From the Sierra Nevada to the Himalayas, mountains have an extraordinary power to evoke wonder, awe, and a sense of the sacred. Drawing on his own research and work with national parks and World Heritage sites, the instructor will take us on a journey to explore the importance and symbolism of mountains in different mythologies, religions, history, literature, and art. We will focus on the key role that mountains play in inspiring environmental conservation and spiritual growth.
Edwin Bernbaum is an author, mountaineer, and scholar of comparative religion and mythology whose work focuses on culture and the environment. His book Sacred Mountains of the World (UC Press) won the Commonwealth Club’s gold medal for nonfiction and was the basis for an exhibit of his photographs at the Smithsonian Institution. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.