Beyond the Forest

The Story of Parsifal and the Grail

Kelvin Hall



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This wonderful retelling is so multi-layered and engaging that it is appropriate for everyone ages 10 and up.  It reads and tells like a breath of fresh air – very highly recommended!!!

The Grail Quest is an archetypal story of the journey of humanity and of each person. Parsifal’s search for wholeness – passed down by generations of storytellers – is re-told vividly by Kelvin Hall.

There is a Parsifal in every one of us as we move from the innocence and naivete of forgetting, through courage and surrender, to love and redemption. Impaired by fear, bewilderment, loss and misunderstanding, we learn to trust the intuition of the heart as well as accepting the wisdom and support of others on the way.

This ancient story, told by Wolfram von Eschenbach in the Middle Ages, asks us why we hold back from asking the compassionate question. It shows how this can result in suffering, and that by engaging with the suffering of others, we acknowledge our own. This brings forth the possibility for renewal.

“The story of Parsifal is close to my heart, and Kelvin Hall’s gift is to bring it closer to all our hearts in a language that can truly speak to us now.”

– Jay Ramsay

Kelvin Hall was first told the Parsifal story by his future wife, Barbara. Storyteller at Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire, he is well-known on the festival circuit. He won the Hodja Cup for Lying and Tall Stories at the Crick Crack Club.

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