River of the Sun:
The Silent Eye workshop for Spring 2015
The Silent Eye are pleased to announce the theme of the 2015 weekend workshop. Further details will follow later in the year meanwhile you can click the links to the previous workshops to get an idea of what to expect.
Egypt 1290 BCE
It is three generations since Egypt was torn apart by the rule of the enigmatic Pharaoh Akhenaten, who eviscerated the power of the ancient priesthood and moved the centre of political and religious power 250 miles North from Thebes to a new city on the Nile known as Armana.
The rulers of the 19th Dynasty determine to reverse the damage of the heretic Pharaoh. Seti I begins to restore Egypt’s military might to face changed world, with its new enemies. This ruthless outward focus is a vivid contrast to the former heretic Pharaoh’s peaceful but materially damaging reign.
But what of the spiritual legacy of Akhenaten? Is nothing left of his radical teaching, his doomed attempt to replace the ancient religions of the once-noble priesthood and its former Gods with a single deity, the Aten, symbolised by the Sun disc?
Our workshop follows the life-story of a young man named Amkhren, whose heart’s desire is to be a priest in the temple of Isis on the ancient island of Philae. Amkhren is lowly born and an orphan; but a chance meeting between his grandfather and Neferaset, the high priestess of Isis, opens the door to a mysterious world where the earnest and eager young man discovers that life on Philae contains hidden secrets and has a deeper and enigmatic face to its rituals.
We take part in the life of Amkhren, as he is admitted to the apprentice priesthood, then on to his graduation to its full ranks. We return, years later to find him changed and powerful, visited by those from afar who seek wisdom of a deeper nature. Watched over by the resourceful Neferaset and her brother Anzety, high priest of the cult of Osiris, Amkhren treads a deadly path as he falls under the watchful eye of the newly appointed Menascare, a shadowy figure whose power derives from the soon to be appointed Ramases II with his sworn intent to remove the last traces of the former pharaoh Akhenaten, now known simply as “the erased”.
Dates: Weekend of 24-26 April, 2015. Location: The lovely Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales. England.
Don’t miss it! Demand will be high and there are limited places.
For further details or to reserve your place: email@example.com