The Heart of the Rose

Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Festival

January 19th and 20th 2019

A collaboration between Mathematics & Mythos and
the Scientific and Medical Network


Saturday 19th January: Talks and Demonstrations

Event / Theatre
09:30 - 10:00REGISTRATION
10:00 - 10:05Welcome to the Festival
10:05 - 10:10
Soprano SoloJulia Katarina Soper
10:10 - 10:30Introduction:
From Pythagoras to the present
Nicola Graves-Gregory, Sylvia Francke, David Lorimer
10:30 - 11:30The Liberal ArtsJohn Martineau
11:30 - 12:00COFFEE
12:00 - 12:30Introduction to PaneurythmyDavid Lorimer (Video)
12:30 - 13:00Introduction to EurythmyCoralee Frederickson
13:00 - 14:30LUNCH
13:00 - 13:30Paneurythmy Practical (optional)
Lecture Room
David Lorimer
14:00 - 14:30Eurythmy Practical (optional)
Lecture Room
Coralee Frederickson
14:30 - 15:30Geometrical Forms in Eurythmy

Paradise Regained through the Heart of the Rose

Eurythmists from Greater London

Sylvia Francke

15:30 - 16:00TEA
16:00 - 17:00Number and MusicAndrew Thompson
17:00 - 17:30Plenary Session
17:30 - 19:00DINNER
19:00 - 21:00CONCERT
Piano Recital: Epiphanies including commentary and readings on the expression of numinous experience in music
Douglas Finch


Sunday 20th January: Talks and Workshops

Lecture Room
Eurythmy Room
09:30 - 10:00REGISTRATION
10:00 - 10:15Introduction
10:15 - 11:30 David Lorimer
Paneurythmy Workshop
Coralee Frederickson
Eurythmy Workshop
Alex Murrell
Astronomy Workshop:
Mercury - drawing, moving, evolving
11:30 - 12:00COFFEE
12:00 - 13:30Leon Conrad
Interactive Talk:
The Trivium -
Gracious Grammar
Daniel Docherty
Sacred Geometry Workshop
Heaven in a Wild Flower
Malin Starrett
Solutions to pollutions in the Airy realm
13:30 - 15:00LUNCH
15:00 - 15:45Edi Bilimoria
Isaac Newton and Srinivasa Ramanaujan
Julie Cronshaw
Cecchetti Ballet Workshop
Mary-Anne Paterson & Julia Soper
Workshop: The Octave in Sound and Colour
15:45 - 16:30David Lorimer
Talk :Triangle of Mind, Heart and Will
Ballet Workshop continuedSound and Colour Workshop continued
16:30 - 17:00TEA
17:00 - 17:30Philip Kilner and Edi Bilmoria
Concealed Beauty of the Fluent Heart
Words, images and music
Nicola Graves-Gregory
Interactive Talk:
5 - The Pentagram at the Heart of the Rose
Sylvia Francke
Talk: The Rose as Emblem of Esoteric Christianity
17:30 - 18:00Café conversation
Plenary and Close

See below for details of Festival Presenters and Presentations

Please Note:   The Organisers reserve the right to make minor changes to the programme at short notice if necessary.





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Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts

The 7 Liberal Arts were the fundamental form of higher education in the Middle Ages. They are based on Platonist ideals. At one level they give a grounding in the skills considered necessary for someone to take an active part in civilised society. At another level, they can lead to an experience of the Divine. They comprise the Trivium, the 3 verbal arts: grammar, logic and rhetoric, and the Quadrivium, the 4 mathematical arts: arithmetike (the study of the qualities of number), geometry, astronomy and music.

The Renaissance and Enlightenment periods saw seismic shifts of all aspects of life in Europe. The liberal arts diminished in importance with the emergence and growth of rationalism and humanism. Around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, again there were deep changes in all realms of science and the arts. In recent times it has become more and more apparent that art and science are not separate areas, also that science and spirituality are not diametric opposites. This recognition has caused a renewal of interest in the liberal arts and their value today.

In October 2017  we created the Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Festival : An Introduction,  which took place at Rudolf Steiner House in London, to give people an opportunity to learn more and begin to explore the possibilities of these arts anew.

On 19th and 20th January 2019 we shall return to Steiner House with the Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Festival: Chapter 1, The Heart of the Rose, again with talks and workshops. We hope you will join us.

Nicola Graves-Gregory


Festival Presenters and Presentations

Dr Edi Bilimoria – Isaac Newton and Srinivasa Ramanujan


Mathematical Souls in Spiritual Resonance

Despite its understanding of the minute details of cerebral mechanisms as a result of decades of research and vast expenditure, modern science still seems completely at a loss to pronounce on or explain the unexpected onset of genius – other than by positing an accidental concurrence of genes that happened to produce just the right kind of physical and chemical processes and neural networks in the brain. The works of geniuses are utterly unique. Yet, we can discern significant similarities in their upbringing, lives, character, outlook, lifestyle, and manner of working.

Accordingly, in the first part of this lecture we trace the common elements and highest common factor in the very different personal lives of Newton and Ramanujan. We then outline their individual trajectories – two blazing comets that lit up the mathematical firmament. Finally, we show how the occult sciences alone can illuminate and enlarge our field of enquiry and deepen our understanding into how and why such phenomena occur.

We attempt to elucidate the mind process whereby the genius attains to his insights by something like direct contact with the unknown sources that surround us and thus perceive the spiritual dynamic that conspires to produce illimitable genius – that rare individual whose example proves the flowering of the latent powers in humanity whose distant future growth and splendour has no limit.


Dr Edi Bilimoria, DPhil, FIMechE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer, educationalist, and consultant engineer. Born in India and educated at Imperial College and the universities of Sussex and Oxford, he is Board Director and Treasurer of the Scientific and Medical Network, which awarded him a prize for his book The Snake and the Rope.

Given his eastern background and western education he has an unusual blend of experience in the fields of science and the arts, and significantly, a cross-disciplinary and universal outlook regarding his principal vocation – philosophy.

A student of the perennial philosophy for virtually half a century, Edi has given courses, lectured extensively in the UK, and internationally in California, The Netherlands, India, and Australia. He was on the Board of Directors for the Theosophical Society in England and worked as Education Manager for The Theosophical Society in Australia developing study courses and study papers, researching, lecturing, and organising and chairing international conferences.

As an award-winning Consultant to the petrochemical, oil and gas, aerospace, transport, and construction industries, Edi has been Project Manager and Head of Design for major innovative projects like the Channel Tunnel, offshore installations and the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier for the Royal Navy. Once an enthusiastic glider pilot, Edi is also a pianist of concert standard having studied at the Trinity College of Music.


Leon Conrad – Gracious Grammar

Explore the inner workings of grammar in a simple, approachable, fun way. Why did early manuals approach grammar from the starting point of sound? What is it about nouns and verbs that is so important? And how do they help us to understand the world around us? And what’s so special about the studying of grammar as part of the integrated and integrative system of Classical Liberal Arts education? Whether you’ve drawn a blank in the past where grammar is concerned, whether it is, or isn’t your thing, we all use grammar every day. This workshop will help you find or rediscover the grace in grammar – the kind of grace that ends up working on you like an intransitive verb—a verb which describes an action that starts and ends in the subject: ‘The rose blooms‘.

Riddle-writer, word-weaver, stitch-lover, Leon was born in London, where he now lives, but he spent his formative years among the souks and bazaars of Alexandria, Egypt. His imagination is full of magical places. One of his favourites is the crossroads where music and language come to dance. He works as a creative writer, editor, storyteller, voice teacher and educator.

He is co-founder of The Academy of Oratory, which provides training sessions for professionals, drawing on the age-old power of storytelling and rhetoric to help clients bring their ideas to life when they present, runs a Tutoring business, The Traditional Tutor, specialising in a classical Liberal Arts based approach to education. He is a keen advocate of traditional ways of thinking and working and in 2016 founded The LifeLore Institute to promote better understanding and appreciation of the role that tradition bearers can play in society at large.
Leon has published a number of articles on educational and cultural topics, and arts and crafts. He is co-author of Odyssey: Dynamic Learning Journey with David Pinto, and author of History Riddles (Liberalis Books). He is currently working on two books: Bible Riddles and The Unknown Storyteller. The latter is the culmination of a five-year research project into the dynamics of how story stories.



Julie Cronshaw – Cecchetti Ballet Workshop

Portraits of Julie Cronshaw. 17.1.16 Photographer Sam Pearce/

RBS Dip.TTC (FISTD) Enrico Cecchetti Diploma

Julie Cronshaw is a Master Teacher in the Cecchetti Method, a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and a Graduate of the Royal Ballet School’s Teacher’s Training Course. She danced professionally in Germany, the United States and Russia before returning to the UK to found Highgate Ballet School in 1995. She continues to direct and teach at the school as well as guest teaching in the UK and internationally. In 2013 she qualified as a body conditioning teacher in Gyrokinesis ®.

Ms. Cronshaw’s work with master ballet teacher Roger Tully across two decades led to a new understanding of the Physical Principles behind the Cecchetti Method, which now forms the backbone of her own teaching methodology. In 2015 she created the website and blog, The, as a forum to present the Method and in 2018 presented a documentary shortly to be released on Youtube: Ballet’s Secret Code, outlining these six fundamental physical principles.

In 2007, Miss Cronshaw became a founding member of the Société Auguste Vestris Paris, and in 2016 for the Italian branch of the society. She has taught masterclass events for both societies since 2010.

Essays and articles written by Miss Cronshaw for the Société Auguste Vestris have appeared in the programmes and book published on the occasion of the ‘Nuits blanches du Centre de danse du Marais’, and in Cecchetti Society newsletters in the UK, Canada and South Africa.

Daniel Docherty – Heaven in a Wild Flower

A practical exploration with compass and straight-edge of the fivefold Flower of Life diagram.

This will involve seeking a deeper understanding of how the Golden Ratio is a fundamental proportioning principle linking Heaven and Earth.

{Paper and geometry tools provided}

Daniel Docherty is co-founder and Director of Studies at SAOG Studios, Emerson College.

A geometer, artist and educator who teaches in the UK and internationally.


Douglas Finch – Piano Recital: Epiphanies including commentary and readings on the expression of numinous experience in music

Click here for full Douglas Finch Concert Notes PDF for printing


Three Preludes and Fugues from J.S. Bach’s second book of the “Well-Tempered Clavier”

Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin… Tod ist mein Schlaf worden(“With peace and joy I travel there… death has become my sleep”)

Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G-Major

 The Prelude is a study in scales, while the Fugue (three voices) is of simple arpeggiated harmony.

Prelude and Fugue no. 12 in F-Minor

 The Prelude is a sad, questioning aria, with expressive ‘appoggiaturas’ – the keyboard’s emulation of the human voice. The Fugue is an energetic, assertive dance.

Prelude and Fugue no. 9 in E-Major

 The Prelude is made up of intricate flowing lines in three voices.

The Fugue, in four voices is Bach’s profound study and amalgamation of traditions from the 13th to the 17th century in settings of an older theme from Gregorian chant, used by Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) in Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium, Josquin des Prez (1450-1521) in Missa Pange Lingua, Johann Jacob Froberger (1612-67) in his Fantasia no. 2 and Johann Joseph Fux in his Gradus ad Parnassum, to name just a few.

Improvisation -postlude (D. Finch) on aspects of the above composers’ use of the Page Lingua theme.


Three pieces by Douglas Finch

Lyric (1984)

The underlying musical idea of this piece was conceived on an evening walk outside of Leaf Rapids, Northern Manitoba in autumn 1983. The sky behind the pine trees seemed to beckon with a deep luminescent blue, but after a short time turned dark, cold and threatening. I sensed a kind of duality in nature –consoling and frightening at the same time. It brought to mind a section of one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘Improvised Verses’:


The Enchanted Mesa (1990)

This piece was inspired by Krazy Kat, the dreamlike comic-strip creation of George Herriman, syndicated in the Hirst newspapers in America in the 1920‘s, 30‘s and 40‘s. Underlying the storyline of a love-hate triangle between a mouse, a cat and a policeman-dog is a shimmering world of ever-changing Arizona Desert backdrops, symbolism from Navajo folklore and whimsical hilosophical and poetic musings. One of the characters, Joe Stork, lives on the Enchanted Mesa (a high table-like rock formation in the desert) from whence he flies down to dispense his “bundles of joy” of new life to the surrounding populace. This little Overture (for an imaginary Opera) depicts the Mesa at sunrise, a symbol for the sacredness of life and its constant regeneration.

Too much Happiness, from Epiphanies, for speaking pianist (2016-17)

This piece has been developed in collaboration with pianist Megumi Masaki and new media artist Sigi Torinus, and it has provided an opportunity to reflect on Alice Munro’s writing, which has had a considerable influence on me over the last three decades.


Three pieces by Frédéric Chopin

Chopin’s harmonic language and structure is deeply personal and unique, but he was greatly influenced by J.S. Bach, whose music was just starting to be appreciated by the Romantic generation of composers, most notably Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt. I will be reciting a poem about Chopin by my teacher, the Canadian pianist and poet William Aide.

Nocturne in B-Major op. 62 no. 1

Mazurka in A-minor op. 59. no. 1 

Ballade no. 4 in F-Minor, op. 52


Douglas Finch – Improvisation on themes from the audience

Improvisation, for me, can be a means of pure entertainment and enjoyment, but it can also be a process of contemplation and discovery. Robert Browning’s poem Abt Vogler is about the German Organist, composer and improviser Georg Joseph (or ‘Abbé’) Vogler, a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven, renowned for his improvisations. Browning explores the ephemeral but profound nature of artistic creation in general through the particular art of musical improvisation:


Sylvia Francke – The Rose as Emblem for Esoteric Christianity

A hexagram incorporates the perfection of Paradise, represented by the purity of a Lily, when humanity was indivisible from its Creator. Through Lucifer and The Fall humanity attains individuality but loses Paradise. The Fall has been described as a literal “fall” into matter, which can be illustrated by a Cross. Plato described how “The World Soul is nailed to the World Body”; this is reversed by the Incarnation and Resurrection of Christ, the dynamic of a Lemniscate: “the Logos brings the wide reaches of Creation to enter confines of fallen Earth.” *

Lucifer is strangely connected to the planet Venus, whose path of conjunctions with the Sun over a period of eight years inscribes an almost perfect pentagram across the Zodiac. This pentagram at “The Heart of the Rose” holds the secret of Esoteric Christianity: of the Manicheans, Cathars, Templars and Rosicrucians, whose mission was to prepare for humanity’s new entry into Paradise as free individuals.

*From a quotation of Plato.


Coralee Frederickson – Introduction to Eurythmy


Coralee Frederickson has an international background as a teacher in eurythmy trainings and performance.

She presently co-carries training for Chinese students in Sweden and China and a Masters Course in Eurythmy in the UK through Alanus University, Germany.


Dr Philip Kilner & Dr Edi Bilmoria – Concealed Beauty of the Fluent Heart

Most of us have a sense of our heart’s central significance in our lives, but its streaming blood and mobile forms are concealed. What do we really know of their flowing, mobile reality?

Our heart moves here in our chest, both responsive to and dependably delivering the streaming of our blood – inward though veins and outward through arteries. The in-streaming blood mingles, turns and twists through flexible boundaries of muscle, valves and connective tissue. Between them, they are maintaining unity in the diversity of our organism, and continuity through continual change.

This presentation offers images to give glimpses of these realities – closer to home than the clothes we wear. It will conclude with a selected image sequence, accompanied by piano music.


After qualifying as a medical doctor, Philip spent several years outside medicine, experiencing life in Camphill communities and studying sculpture, geometry and flow with John Wilkes at Emerson College in East Sussex. Studies of vortical and spontaneously rhythmic phenomena of flow through shaped boundaries raised questions about flow through the heart that lead him back into mainstream medical research. Initially this was in relation to reconstructive heart surgery and then, for 28 years, in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart. He has co-authored over 150 research publications in the field of cardiology. Since his retirement, Philip leads courses based on Goethe’s approach to scientific-artistic discovery at Emerson College.

David Lorimer – The Triangle of Mind, Heart and Will

Each of us is called to a path of integration even if our natural inclination leans towards either the thinking mind, the feeling heart or the active will – the paths of jnana, bhakti and karma yoga. This means developing light and wisdom in the mind, love and warmth in the heart and strength in the will. Christianity has tended to neglect the body along with the feminine.

In the Cathar country, where I live, there is great interest in the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene – “the beloved companion”- representing the integration of masculine and feminine as well as of sexuality and the sacred. The Gospel of the Beloved Companion is a powerful text in this respect. I will also explain the ways in which mind, heart and body are integrated in the teaching and practice of the Bulgarian Spiritual Master Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov).

Alex Murrell – Mercury: Drawing, Moving, Evolving




Drawing the Mercury  epicycles.

Moving the Mercury year.

Finding Mercury forms in Nature.

The relationships of Mercury and Venus to the Earth display symmetries which we recognise in the ascending spiral of leaves up a stem, and in the forms of many flowering plants: the fivefold symmetry of roses and the sixfold symmetry of lilies being famous examples.

It is an act of imagination to follow the development of plant forms as a sequence of expansions and contractions. Goethe saw it in his mind’s eye, and William Blake expressed it in verse:

Thou perceives the flowers put forward their precious odours;
And none can tell how from so small a centre comes such sweet,
Forgetting that within that centre Eternity expands Its ever-during doors...

Malin Starrett – Solutions to Pollutions in the Airy Realm

Sometimes, what may seem like recent problems, have already been encountered  long ago. Particulate air pollution was causing problems in the 13th century, with a nationwide antipollution law passed in 1388. On  a more obvious spiritual-physical level, St. Thomas Aquinas is claimed to have stated a role for church bells in repelling demons.
In this experimental workshop, we will look back to the medieval period and then to the present situation, assessing the various kinds of pollution in the air today and how we can help to reduce them.

Andrew Thompson  – The Spiritual background to Number in Music

This presentation will show how musics of successive epochs from c8,000 BC to our times are based on the numbers 7 progressing through to 3. We will also explore the qualities of these numbers as expressed in the pure and tempered intervals denoted by them. It is based on the pioneering research of Heiner Ruland and Hermann Pfrogner, will include recorded and live musical examples, and exercises in listening. It will place music in a much larger and longer chronological timespan than we are used to, and thereby demonstrate how it has a fundamentally spiritual orientation.


Andrew Thompson learned flute with Hilary du Pré, and trained in voice and music education with Michael Deason-Barrow at the Tonalis Music Centre. For the last 12 years he has taught music in the ‘different learning needs’ environment of Ruskin Mill Trust. Here he has fashioned a method in which young people are enabled to develop their creative musical potential in whatever way best suits their interests and learning style.   He also gives song recitals both with the pianist Roger Stephenson, and also with Jorien van Tuinen and Joris Boon of the Weidler Quartet.


His approach to music is informed by 1) the need to find a new peripheral sounding tone quality to meet the new needs of humanity, since the dawning of the Light Age.   This has led him to study the Werbeck method of singing also known as the ‘School of Uncovering the Voice’. Also it has led him to work with the pioneering instrument-maker, Manfred Bleffert, and together with students and staff at Ruskin Mill has made xylophones, glockenspiels, tubular bells and gongs with these properties. And 2) a phenomenological approach to musical elements – ie a search for the qualities with which number manifests itself in music