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Esoteric Quest Presenters

Paul Bembridge, M.Phil.,

Paul Bembridge, M.Phil.,

Paul is a historian of Western esotericism who has served the Open Center on numerous occasions, tracing the rich spiritual traditions within European literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he has taught in several British universities, most notably alongside the late Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke at the University of Exeter’s Centre for the Study of Esotericism. Originally trained as a medievalist at the University of York, in his early twenties, Paul is delighted to be back on home ground for our conference in Portugal. 

Amanda Booth

Amanda Booth

is an English voice actor and translator who has lived in Portugal for many years. She has performed in a number of plays by, or about, Fernando Pessoa, both in the UK and Portugal, and has given readings of Pessoa’s translated works and English poems at venues throughout LIsbon.

Fabrizio Boscaglia, Ph.D.,

Fabrizio Boscaglia, Ph.D.,

is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Lusophone University. He also collaborates with the University of Lisbon, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, and the National Library of Portugal. His main research interests are Fernando Pessoa, Sufism, and Islam in Portuguese culture.

Paulo Borges, Ph.D.,

Paulo Borges, Ph.D.,

is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lisbon, and a meditation teacher. He has authored fifty-five books on philosophy, fiction, poetry, and theater. Co-founder and president of the Circle of Inter-Being, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tibiscus University, Romania in 2017, and given the 2019 Ibn Arabi–Taryumán Award for his work in inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.

Tânia Cardoso, Rodrigo Crespo and Catarina Anacieto

Tânia Cardoso, Rodrigo Crespo and Catarina Anacieto

are accomplished Fado performers, composers, and instrumentalists who share original works and reinterpretations of traditional songs for voice, acoustic guitar, and cello. Inspired by poets from Al-Andaluz to Lusofonia, they take audiences on a musical and poetic journey into the land and spirit of Portugal.

Manuel Gandra

Manuel Gandra

is well-known in Portugal for his writing and extensive teaching of esoteric and mystical subjects. His research on the mythical history and geography of Portugal, with special reference to the Templars and the Knights of Christ, has resulted in many books including The Hidden Face of Europe: On a Mythic History of Portugal, and The Templars and Initiation. He also is the founder of the Hermetic Museum in Barquinha.

Leonard George, Ph.D.,

Leonard George, Ph.D.,

is a Canadian psychologist, writer, educator, and broadcaster. He has given lectures and seminars on five continents and has written two books: Crimes of Perception: An Encyclopedia of Heresies and Heretics, and Alternative Realities: The Paranormal, the Mystic, and the Transcendent in Human Experience. A life-long student of esotericism, he has served for many years as an advisor and presenter for the Esoteric Quest.

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D.,

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D.,

was born in England and educated at Cambridge and Cornell Universities. From 1971 to 2016 he taught Music History at Colgate University. One of the most knowledgeable speakers we have on esoteric and musical subjects, his books include Harmonies of Heaven and Earth, The Theosophical Enlightenment, The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance, Upstate Cauldron, and The Greater and Lesser Worlds of Robert Fludd.

Christopher McIntosh, D.Phil.,

Christopher McIntosh, D.Phil.,

is a scholar of the Western Tradition and the author of many books including The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason; Beyond the North Wind; The Fall and Rise of the Mystic North and his latest work of non-fiction, Occult Russia: Pagan, Esoteric and Mystical Traditions. His fictional writing includes the short stories Master of the Starlit Grove and The Wyrde Garden.

Scott Olsen, Ph.D.,

Scott Olsen, Ph.D.,

was Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the College of Central Florida and the author of The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret, which was awarded first place for design by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. He lectures widely on the Perennial Philosophy with special emphasis on the Divine Proportion and Transformative States of Consciousness.

Marjorie Roth, DMA, Ph.D.,

Marjorie Roth, DMA, Ph.D.,

teaches music history at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. An active teacher, scholar, and performer, she has published on Orlando di Lasso’s motet cycle, Prophetiae Sibyllarum, and on music history pedagogy. She was the organizer of a recent symposium devoted solely to Esoteric Music Performance and Research which attracted scholars from the US, Canada, and Europe.

Yuri Stoyanov, Ph.D.,

Yuri Stoyanov, Ph.D.,

is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and currently lectures as a visiting professor at universities in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has published widely on the interaction between mystical and esoteric currents in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and their survival into the modern era. His publications include The Hidden Tradition in Europe, The Other God and Defenders, and Enemies of the True Cross.

Nuno Ferreira Gonçalves

Nuno Ferreira Gonçalves

holds a master’s degree in the Science of Religions from the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies. He is a researcher, lecturer and author of books and articles in the fields of esotericism, symbolism and the mythical imagination. He is also a musician and music teacher. He directs a weekly cycle of studies engaged with the work of Professor Henrique José de Souza, founder of the Brazilian Theosophical Society.

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Ralph White

Ralph White

is the creator and director of the Esoteric Quest series of conferences and journeys, begun in 1995 in Bohemia. He co-founded the New York Open Center, and is the author of the memoir The Jeweled HIghway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning. Ralph also edited and introduced The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited, an anthology based on the first two conferences in this series. He lives in New York City.

Carrie Wykoff

Carrie Wykoff

has been the Conference Coordinator for the Esoteric Quest since 1998. She produces all types of events and the Quest is truly one of her favorites. She is also an interfaith minister, a musician, a fitness instructor and is the Executive Director of The Rosendale Theatre, a non profit multi arts center in the Hudson Valley.

Andrea Lomanto

Andrea Lomanto

has worked with the Esoteric Quest since 2006. She is a puppetista and visual artist, working independently and collectively to support social justice movements. She also began the Power Up Youth Project, using public procession as a means for young people to creatively respond to issues of their choosing.

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