The Travel Adventures Of An Intrepid Spiritual Seeker with Ralph White

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Ralph White came to America in the early 1970s while the Vietnam War was still raging. On his Christmas break while teaching courses in Chicago he drove Route 66 to Los Angeles. In the desert of New Mexico he had his first spiritually transcendent experience. He says, I felt like my mind expanded in consort with the scope of the landscape: seeing the vast stars above, the silence, and just the scale of the landscape.” All this was accompanied by the soundtrack of George Harrison playing My Sweet Lord. “I was having these profound experiences and if they were real then nothing could be more important...I made the decision to follow my heart and investigate.” And his heart took him to Canada, later driving from Vancouver through Central America, ending up in Peru and Ecuador. He received his “life assignment” in Machu Picchu and that was an insight about the need to create a more holistic and ecological world and culture and society. He started the Open Center in New York to do just that. Later, he had many other exciting and enlightening travel experiences including an undercover trek into Tibet and being in Russia during Glasnost. He also shares with us the importance of the teachings of Rudolph Steiner. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Ralph White is cofounder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban center of holistic learning. He was the former editor of the award-winning Lapis magazine. Born in Wales, he now resides in New York City. His current activities include the Esoteric Quest series of conferences in Europe that focus on the lost spiritual history of the West. He also presents the Art of Dying conferences.

Ralph White is the author of the memoir:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • White describes his childhood homes: first in coastal Wales and then the grim industrial city of Huddersfield, England
  • His challenging arrival in the U.S.A.
  • How his life changed in the deserts of New Mexico
  • How his trek from Canada to South America bestowed on him his “life assignment”
  • His calling to create The Open Center in New York
  • Why knowing the history of a place is important
  • How he snuck into Tibet undercover to deliver a precious relic
  • His travels to Russia when Glasnost was happening
  • Why the work of Rudolph Steiner remains significant in these times

Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 9/22/2015       Program Number: 3557

Music Playlist

From Album: Journey Between
Artist: Baka Beyond
1998 Rycodisk – Hannibal #HNCD 1415

Opening Essay: Track 05 Cotu
Music Break 1: Track 06 Land's End
Music Break 2: Track 04 Konti
Music Break 3: Track 08 Queen of Ngorongoro