The Presenters of The Esoteric Quest

Hilmar Örn Agnarsson is the conductor of The South Iceland Chamber Choir with whom he has performed all over the world. He has worked with many of Iceland’s most prominent musicians and composers, as well as with Sir John Tavener. Hilmar was also the bass player in Theyr, the renowned band that helped bring about the New Wave movement in Iceland.

Steindór Andersen is an Icelandic musician noted for his Rímur chanting (related to the Indian ragas), and is most widely known for his collaborations with the band Sigur Rós.

Christopher Bamford is the editorial director of SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Press. He is the author of An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West, co-author of Green Hermeticism: Alchemy and Ecology, and has written numerous introductions to the works of Rudolf Steiner.

Valgerður Bjarnadottir, M.A., holds a master’s in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis on Women’s Spirituality.  She is the author of The Saga of Vanadís, Völva and Valkyrja, and maintains a private practice in Iceland where she lectures, teaches, counsels, and performs.

Haraldur Erlendsson, MD,  is an eminent Icelandic psychiatrist and specialist in the treatment of psychological trauma.  He has long had a keen interest in the esoteric, particularly dream symbolism and yoga.  His recent novel, The Man Who Drew Triangles, draws on his research into earth energies and sacred geometry. Haraldur will accompany our post-conference journey through the Westfjords.

Leonard George, Ph.D., is a Canadian psychologist, educator, writer and broadcaster, and a lifelong student of Western esotericism. Currently he is the Chair of the Psychology Department at Capilano University, British Columbia. The author of two books and dozens of articles, he has been an advisor and presenter for the Esoteric Quest conferences for many years.

Páll Guðmundsson has dedicated his life to his vocation as artist, musician and nature-lover. He has taken part in a large number of both solo and group exhibitions, and is known for the stone harps he builds. He has toured the world performing with the group Sigur Rós.

Erlendur Haraldsson Ph.D. is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iceland and author of many books including At the Hour of Death, Modern Miracles, The Departed Among the Living, and the Physical Medium, Indridi Indridason.

Halvard Hårklau, M.Sc., a biochemist by profession, is a long-time student of the esoteric traditions whose research aims to combine the best of academic rigor with authentic spirituality. An instructor in Mindfulness Meditation, he is also a practitioner of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Gabriel Hilmar, M.A., earned a master’s in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation on Odin and Norse mythology. His essay on comparative religion recently appeared in an anthology entitled Evolving God Images. He was a presenter at the first Joseph Campbell Foundation Symposium in 2010.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson is one of Iceland’s most renowned composers, seen by some as the spiritual father of the new Icelandic music scene. Active in the Ásatrúarfélagið Association for over four decades, he was elected Allsherjargoði in 2003. Under his leadership, traditional Norse paganism has become a well-integrated and respected force in Icelandic society.

Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir is a painter who has felt close to the elves and huldufolk all her life. She runs The Elf Garden outside Reykjavik where she serves as a sort of a translator between humans and elves. 

Christopher McIntosh, D.Phil., is the author of The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason; Gardens of the Gods; and Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival. He was on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism at Exeter University. His fictional writing includes the short stories Master of the Starlit Grove and The Wyrde Garden.

Scott Olsen, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the College of Central Florida and the author of The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret, which was awarded first place for design by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. Scott lectures widely on the Perennial Philosophy with special emphasis on the Divine Proportion and Transformative States of Consciousness.

Björg Þórhallsdóttir has featured as a soloist throughout Europe, bringing audiences fresh interpretations of classical and contemporary Icelandic music. The performance of sacred music has played a significant role in her career, and she was named “The Akureyri Artist of the Year” in 2007.

Marjorie Roth, Ph.D., DMA, is professor of music history at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where she teaches music history, music and magic, and gender and music. She has presented papers at international conferences on Renaissance music and alchemy, spiritualism and feminism, troubadour song and poetry.