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The Esoteric Quest Conference August 24-28 2009

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The 8th conference by
The New York Open Center’s on the Western Esoteric Tradition. Top rated speakers, influential artists, writers and participants will convene from all over the world at

Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York, to explore the history and renewal of the American soul.

Insightful plenary sessions, activities and workshops will address topics including the Onondaga Nation, the early Feminists, Alchemists, 20th Century spiritual and esoteric thinkers, Freemasonry’s Role in American History, Transcendentalists, and America’s mystical past and much more. Faculty includes:

* Christopher Bamford is the editorial director of SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Press. He is the author of An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West, and has written numerous introductions to the works of Rudolf Steiner. Most recently, he co-authored Green Hermeticism: Alchemy and Ecology.

* Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D. who was educated at Cambridge and Cornell Universities and has taught at Colgate University since 1971. He has written, edited and translated numerous books on music, esotericism, and intellectual history including Harmonies of Heaven and Earth and The Theosophical Enlightenment.

* Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D. who is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, and translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras. He is also the author of numerous books including the national bestseller Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness, and Anger (the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins).

* Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D. is a feminist pioneer, activist and author of several books including Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists. She is a founder of one of the nation’s first women’s studies programs and appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary ‘One Woman, One Vote’. She is executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.

Cultural events include Gospel music performed by Chanda Rule, stories of Sicilian and Jewish Immigrants who worked in the garment industry in New York City in 1905 as told by Gioia Timpanelli and an evening of the songs of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger that will take us to the heart and soul of America.

For more details, please visit
Carrie Wykoff
Conference Coordinator


May 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm