Lectures 2019 Spring

Details of the 2019 Spring programme of lectures may be found below. The entrance fee to each lecture is currently £8 for members and £10 for non-members.

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Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

Directions for getting to Steiner House may be found here.

Doors Open 6.45 p.m. Lecture begins at 7.15 p.m.

Friday April 26th – RILKO Annual Notices (at 6.45pm), followed by

Jonathan Harwood


Discover the secret patterns set out by the positions of churches in the South Dorset landscape. Jonathan Harwood has been unravelling the mysteries hidden in his local area for over 20 years.

Inspired by Henry Lincoln’s ‘key measure’, in his discovery of a vast geometrical temple in the landscape around Rennes-le-Château, Jonathan takes us on a journey into a heretical hidden past in which Druids bound the landscape to their gods in the language of geometry and number. Their successors, the early Christian Gnostics, reinvented these patterns for the Christian era, using the floor plan of the Holy of Holies of the Temple of Solomon as their symbol of the sacred marriage of heaven and earth, represented by Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

In describing the symbolism of a number net constructed in the Celtic world of Dorset, Jonathan will explore the gematrial and canonical numbers and their significance in employing the measure of the cosmos and harmonic ratios to prevent a ‘wasteland’.

For further information visit www.dorsetgeometry.com

Jonathan Harwood is a retired civil servant, having spent 29 years in HM Land Registry. He has a degree in Social Anthropology. In his spare time when not working with maps, he enjoys painting and is an active member of a local choir.

Previous lectures:

Friday March 29th – Sylvia Francke


In investigating the Green Man, we enter a domain where myth and alternative science meet. The great forests of Northern Europe, which bordered on sparsely populated settlements, were an ever-present reminder of the mysterious dark world which the ancient peoples entered each night; a region which has sometimes been interpreted as the ‘unconscious’.

In Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, characters with seemingly unsolvable problems enter the dark forest at night; but, upon waking in daylight, find that these have been miraculously resolved. We learn from Viktor Schauberger’s pioneering work in the field of Life Sciences that this cool forest cover creates ideal conditions for the maintenance of life.

The Green Man, usually depicted with newly forming foliage and fruit pouring forth from his ears, nose and mouth, can be seen as representative of ‘life’ emerging into the physical world. He is a symbol for the mysterious force which brings the burgeoning growth of vegetation to proliferate from early spring to the height of summer.

From early times, the presence of the Green Man was so powerful that he could not be obliterated from Church decoration, even long after The Council of Whitby had put a curb on the ancient pagan beliefs. We will also search for the Green Man’s connection to other Pagan deities: to Cernunnos, Herne the Hunter, and Pan.

Sylvia Francke studied for the stage and teaching. In her book, “The Tree of Life and the Holy Grail”, pub­lished by Temple Lodge in 1996 (revised in 2007), she incorporated her understanding of Anthroposophy (Spiritual Science), in an attempt to give an alternative view on the subject of the books preceding and following publication of “The Da Vinci Code”. Sylvia is a RILKO Council member, a previous Chairman of RILKO and is also on the Council of The Francis Bacon Society.

Friday February 22nd – Geoff Stray

THE CHARTRES LABYRINTH MYSTERY – a pre-recorded lecture

This recording of a lecture given by Geoff Stray, to Glastonbury Positive Living Group in 2016, is the culmination of his eleven years of research. In 2006, Geoff was walking across the 800-year-old Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral when he noticed circles of light moving across it. A search for an explanation in all of the books in the cathedral bookshop revealed nothing (though one single guidebook dismissively mentioned a similar light in the transept that was installed 500 years later, in 1701). The strange phenomenon was conspicuous by its absence.

Further research showed that all printed sources were silent on the phenomenon, so a Chartres specialist was consulted – a student of Keith Critchlow (professor of architecture specialising in sacred geometry, who has studied Chartres Cathedral for over 40 years). His student had visited Chartres six times, particularly to study the Labyrinth, but had never noticed any lights on it. Somehow everyone had missed this “elephant in the living room”.

Geoff returned in 2011 to film the real “son et lumière” — as you will see during his talk — and took a further six years to crack open the mystery, which solves a question people have been asking for years about Chartres: “What is the purpose of those unique ‘cusps’ that surround the Chartres Labyrinth?” Labyrinths at the cathedrals of Amiens, Rheims, Poitiers and Sens were all built after Chartres; and all were destroyed, (though Amiens has been rebuilt) and none of them had cusps.

The conclusion will be controversial, but only to historians and the clergy. To the open-minded, it will seem suddenly obvious. Members of the audience may be inspired to become involved in this Labyrinth Mystery, by going to Chartres themselves to check the findings independently, and hopefully to find the hypothetical smoking gun.

Geoff Stray is the author of “Beyond 2012” and “The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars” in the Wooden Book series. He also wrote a little book called “Mysteries of the Long Count”, and in 2018 produced an anthology of stories called “Mendip Madness” about his encounters while driving a bus around Somerset. He also drives the tour-bus for the Megalithomania conference (held annually in May). His recent publication is entitled “Glastonbury Underground: Searching for the Lost Treasure of Avalon”.

Friday January 25th – Joseph MacDermott


After the publication of the book “Twelve Tribe Nations”, by John Michell & Christine Rhone, in 1991, John Michell (1933 – 2009) subsequently published, in 2000, a supplement to the twelfth chapter of the book. He entitled it: “The Temple at Jerusalem: A Revelation”. In this book, John examined again the possible site of the original Temple, supposedly built for Solomon, using the measures described in several places in the scriptures.

This lecture offers Joseph a chance to continue the exposition of the numerous ‘revelations’ presented by these two books. The lecture material also touches on a number of coincidences and experiences stemming from the religious nature and long history of the old city, from the Caesars to the British mandate and the birth of the State of Israel 70 years ago.

Joseph MacDermott is presently a member of RILKO’s Voluntary Council. In the late 1960’s, he spent six years in a religious society, who for some time have been the custodians of a famous site in the old city of Jerusalem. He is a member of the historical order of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem and he is also a member of the controversial British Israelites. Joseph hopes that RILKO’s opening lecture, beginning their ‘Golden Jubilee’ year in 2019, may offer yet more revelations!