Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval poem Parzival holds cosmic secrets for our time. Wolfram began reciting his Parzival in the 13th century, yet its story line, artistic language, and esoteric structure fully entertain, nourish, and fascinate us today.
What spiritual mysteries are working through its magical appeal? What secrets about our time might the Red Knight’s 9th century adventures reveal to us? How is Parzival related to the Eightfold Path of Buddha? What symbols of Christ weave through the narrative?
We will explore each of the story’s 16 “books” or chapters over 16 sessions, studying its zodiacal structure and drawing upon Rudolf Steiner’s profound insights concerning the Arthurian, Grail, and Parzival streams to light our path. There is also a final 17th session dedicated to questions and answers.
Each session will include a combination of lecture and eurythmy. Alice and Brian are designing each class period as a weaving of story and eurythmy to encourage and bring to life in our beings the mystery wisdom that infuses the classic and transformative tale of Parzival. It promises to be exciting, stimulating, and lots of fun to engage this dramatic adventure together!
We will refer to the 1961 Vintage Books Edition of Parzival, translated by Mustard and Passage. This edition is available through various booksellers, including Amazon and AbeBooks: On Amazon On AbeBooks
Registration provides you with lifetime online access to the course at WiseCosmos.org.
Please join our study of Wolfram’s Parzival as we strive to reawaken within ourselves the quest for the Grail!
This series was originally recorded January 14 - June 3, 2019. PRESENTER
Brian Gray is a Founding Member of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative and is its current President of the Board of Directors. Brian is a musician, teacher, lecturer, and writer on many topics drawn from Anthroposophy – the work of Rudolf Steiner. He loves to share research from the realms of star wisdom, biography, cosmology, Waldorf Education, sacred architecture, and esoteric Christianity. Brian was a core faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California for 38 years, and also served as RSC’s Director of the Foundation Program from 1991-1998, and again from 2006-2016.
President, Board of Directors
Fair Oaks, California, USA
Brian Gray is a teacher, lecturer and writer on many topics drawn from Anthroposophy – the work of Rudolf Steiner. He loves to share research from the realms of star wisdom, biography, cosmology, Waldorf Education, sacred architecture, and esoteric Christianity. Brian was core faculty at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California from 1981-2016. He also served as RSC’s Director of the Foundation Program from 1991-1998, and again from 2006-2016.
Brian earned a BA in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Inspired in 1979 by René Querido – one of his master teachers at RSC – Brian completed a certificate in Waldorf Teacher Education in 1981. Brian has helped lead tours through Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land, exploring sacred architecture, sacred sites, and Parzival’s quest for the Holy Grail.
Brian is stimulated and nourished in his work and research by family life, music, art, architecture, astrology and astrosophy, community building, and spiritual interests. He states, “It has been a blessing to be able to do the things that I love, and to share many interests with my brothers and sisters through our work together at Rudolf Steiner College and through Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative.”
Eurythmist and Teacher
Citrus Heights, California, USA
Alice Stamm has a knack for enlivening body, soul, and spirit through eurythmy experiences tailored to the needs of the individuals present. She does this while simultaneously bringing to life in our beings the heart element of whatever it is the group is focused on learning or accomplishing.
Alice Stamm began her eurythmy training in Eckwalden, Germany and finished with Else Klink in Stuttgart, Germany. She also received a degree in therapeutic eurythmy from the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. She has been teaching eurythmy since 1975.
Alice returned to the United States in 1978 and has taught adults and children in many capacities ever since. After teaching in Kimberton, PA and Los Angeles, she taught at Rudolf Steiner College for many years. She presently teaches in the Gradalis Teacher Education program and in local public and private Waldorf schools in Sacramento and Davis.
Alice is a founding member and former president of the Eurythmy Association of North America and the Section for the Performing Arts Council in America. She has enjoyed working with Brian Gray in his presentations for Wise Cosmos.