Date & Time
Ralph White and Andrea Lomanto
The Open Center’s highly regarded Esoteric Quests are its longest running program and have explored the brilliant beauty of the Western Tradition for almost a quarter of a century. This evening we invite you to hear Open Center co-founder and Quest Director, Ralph White, describe our upcoming Quest in August in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the oldest living city in Europe and the European Capital of Culture in 2019. This often overlooked corner of Southeast Europe is possessed of an amazingly rich spiritual and cultural history, going back to the Great Mother Goddess, and the gods of music and wine, Orpheus and Dionysus. Plovdiv’s fascinating 6,000 year history includes Thracians, Macedonians, Ancient Romans, Manicheans, Ottoman Sufis, native Bulgarian mystics from the Bogomil tradition, and a vibrant folk tradition. Quest coordinator, Andrea Lomanto, will provide practical information for potential registrants.
An Evening Event
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30pm
August 22 – 27, 2019
An Esoteric Quest in Bulgaria: At the Crossroads of the Mysteries
In Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the Oldest Living City in Europe
New York Open Center
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center and currently serves as Senior Fellow and Conference Director. Since the Open Center’s inception in 1984 he has created hundreds of programs across the spectrum of holistic learning. In particular, he directs the Esoteric Quest conferences in Europe www.esotericquest.org the Western Tradition that have now continued for twenty years, and the Art of Dying conferences www.artofdying.org that address the emergence of a more holistic understanding of death in contemporary America. From 1995 to 2001 he edited Lapis Magazine, winner of the Alternative Press Award 2000 from Utne Reader. He has been a seminal presence in the development of the global network of holistic centers www.centersgathering.org. A writer and speaker, he is the author of the memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning.
Andrea Lomanto has served as the registrar for the Esoteric Quest since 2006. She is also a puppetista, educator, and founder of Power Up Youth Project.