Some Background Information
The Sanctuary Project was originally created in 1983 by Antiquatis founder Bruce Peret under the name of Breiðablik, the beautiful home of the Norse god Baldr, described in Snorri Sturluson’s Gylfaginning as the only place to survive Ragnarök, the destruction of the gods. It was inspired by the Tibetan monastery of Shangri-la, from James Hilton’s classic novel, Lost Horizon. It seemed that such a place, though fictitious, needed to exist.
The original intent was to create an archive of knowledge—a “Sanctuary” for preservation—incorporated into a holistic community based on Utopian ideals to preserve and provide knowledge for future generations. As the project developed, it became apparent that preservation required maintenance, and maintenance needed to be done by dedicated individuals living the principles and knowledge it preserved. Thus, a monastic aspect was amended to the project, which later began its development along the lines of the Biblical concept of the “good Steward”1—not just taking care of knowledge, but helping others access and comprehend it. This, in turn, led to the idea of a type of “Hogwarts”2—an unconventional school where religious, philosophical and metaphysical material could be researched and learned by those interested in a more “formal” education.
Though we call it “Sanctuary,” it is not an escape or retreat from civilization. The term “Sanctuary” was selected because it represents a refuge in which the delicate work of pushing the evolutionary process of body, mind, and spirit forward, as an act of deliberate will, can take place; free of slow-to-change social norms and society's defensive reaction to spiritual progress.
This document relates some of the ideas and principles developed over the last 31 years by Bruce "Lone Bear" Peret and other contributors whom have worked on the founding principles of the Sanctuary idea. The concept has been refined many times, and we will continue to do so until we get it right!
The summary that follows was created for your consideration, in the hope of creating a better and more beautiful world.