Date & Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ralph White and Andrea Lomanto
Portugal and Galicia, Spain: The Knights Templar and the Camino of Santiago de Compostela
The Esoteric Quest is the Open Center’s long-running and highly regarded series of conferences and journeys on the Western Mystery Tradition. This September, our 16th Quest takes us to Portugal, a land of bright sun, lush vineyards and expansive sea.
It is richly endowed with little-known spiritual and esoteric history. From the deeds of the Knights of Christ – successors to the Knights Templar – and their grandmaster, Prince Henry the Navigator, at the dawn of the Age of Discovery, to the exquisitely soulful music of Fado, Portugal is filled with beauty, a complex history, and deep roots in the mysteries.
Our Quest will also include one Post-Conference journey following the traces of the Templars, and a second heading to Santiago de Compostela and its legendary pilgrimage route, the Camino, in Northwest Spain. This evening will describe our upcoming Quest in full.
The Open House will be followed by an optional screening at 8:30 pm of Carlos Saura’s film, Fados, highlighting Portugal’s achingly beautiful art form.
An Evening Event
Friday, April 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
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.