The Heart of the Rose Festival

January 19th and 20th 2019

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


Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts

Saturday 19th: Introduction to the theme

TimeEventSpeaker(s) / Location
10:00 - 10:05
Hildegard von Bingen , soloRachael Murray Brown, soprano
10:05 - 10:30The Liberal ArtsJohn Martineau
11:30 - 12:00Coffee
12:00 - 12:30Introduction to Paneurythmy
David Lorimer
12:30 - 13:00Introduction to EurythmyCoralee Fredericksen
13:00 - 14:30Lunch
14:30 - 15:00- Paneurythmy Practical
- Eurthmy Practical
Theatre : Part Group
Lecture Room: Part Group
15:00 - 15:30- Paneurythmy Practical
- Eurthmy Practical
Theatre : Part Group
Lecture Room: Part Group
15:30 - 16:00Tea
16:00 - 17:005 in musicGregers Brinch
17:00 - 17:30Plenary Session
17:30 - 19:00Dinner
19:00 - 21:00Piano Recital: Epiphanies
(with Interval)
Douglas Finch


Sunday 20th January 2019 Programme

. Time Lecture RoomEurythmy RoomStudio
10:00 - 10:15Introduction
10:15 - 10:45Eurythmy performance
The Rose and Fall
(Live or Video TBA)
10:45 - 11.30Sylvia Francke
Talk TBA
Paneurythmy Workshop
David Lorimer
Astronomy Workshop
Alex Murrell
11:30 - 12:00COFFEE
12:00 - 13:30Julia Octave in Sound and Colour Workshop
ManyAnne Paterson
Sacred Geometry Workshop
Daniel Docherty
Goethean Workshop
Malin Starett
13:30 - 15:00LUNCH
15:00 - 15:45Talk TBA
Edi Bilimoria
Julie Cronshaw
Cecchetti Ballet Workshop
The Trivium - Interactive Talk
Leon Conrad
15:45 - 16:30Talk TBA
David Lorimer
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16:30 - 17:00TEA
17:00 - 17:30Talk TBA
Philip Kilner
Eurythmy Workshop
Coralee Fredericksen
Number - Interactive Talk
Nicola Graves-Gregory
17:30 - 18:00Plenary and Close

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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: logic, grammar 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, in Rudolf Steiner House 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, c.1: The Heart of the Rose, again with talks and experiential workshops.

If you want to contact Sylvia or myself about the festival or the research group, you can email us at Blessings.

Nicola Graves-Gregory

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.


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 understand the world around us? And what’s so special about 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‘.

About Leon Conrad

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.

Alex Murrel – 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 five-fold symmetry of roses and the six-fold 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...