The High Andes of Peru and Bolivia are some of the most mystical lands on the face of the earth, and the birthplace of profoundly spiritual cultures that flourished with great sophistication for many centuries. Few places produce such awe and wonder as the mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, or generate a feeling of such serenity and transcendence as Lake Titicaca.
The Open Center’s 14th Esoteric Quest—our first in South America—will take place primarily in the tranquil Sacred Valley of the Incas, not far from Cusco, next to the rushing Urubamba River, with its snow-capped mountain vistas. The time has come to explore esoteric cultures beyond Europe and the Mediterranean to find forms of holy wisdom shared by both the Western Tradition and pre-Columbian civilization. This Quest will include a visit to Machu Picchu, indeed one of the world’s unmissable experiences, and two nights in Cusco itself, the capital of the Incan Empire. We will learn from writers, scholars, and artists steeped in the wisdom of the ancient Andean cultures, and also participate in ceremonies with indigenous healers and paqos (shamans), intended to deepen our attunement to the mysteries of the living earth and cosmos, and the many beings who inhabit it.
An optional two-day Pre-Conference sojourn in the Sacred Valley will visit the stone terraces and temples of such beautiful and elevating sites as Písac, Moray, and Ollantaytambo. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the Incan and pre-Columbian mysteries of Peru and Bolivia at the heart of their place of origin amidst the magnificent Andean landscape of mountain peaks, rushing rivers, tranquil lakes, and serene valleys. We will also gaze at night upon brilliant skies with their unrivaled panoply of stars wisely reminding us of our interdependence with a vast and silent cosmos.
Co-sponsored with the California Institute of Integral Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies is an accredited university in San Francisco that strives to
embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth.