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POSTPONED. Communes, Occultism and Modernity
POSTPONED. Communes, Occultism and Modernity

Mon, 16 Mar


Treadwell's Books

POSTPONED. Communes, Occultism and Modernity

Esoterically inspired utopian communities in the era 1880 - 1930; occultism dreaming of a new world

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16 Mar 2020, 19:30 – 21:30

Treadwell's Books, 33 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS, UK

About The Event

 This lecture will be rescheduled for later in the summer. In the meantime, those with tickets will receive a refund.


Spiritual communes, so popular in the 1960s hippie era, were a phenomenon which also flourished seventy years earlier, at the end of the nineteenth century. In this lecture, Dr. Christian Giudice looks at how the arrival of modernity made occult practitioners seek to create social utopias governed by occult-influenced laws. Examples explored will include Lomaland, Lily Dale, Fontainebleau and Cefalù.  The lecture will unpack the ideas which drove each of these occult experiments, and look at their founding, height and demise, focussing particularly on communes founded under the aegis of Theosophy, Spiritualism, the Fourth Way, and Thelema. 

This lecture is part of the 'Occultism and Modernity Series'. Dr Chris Giudice gained his doctorate from University of Gothenburg, and now lives in London; he is the head of the new Kamuret Press and is a regular Treadwell's speaker.


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