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Patrice Chaplin, author of The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château and City of Secrets: One Woman’s True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend has planned a new tour of 11 different sites discussed in her books, from Girona to Catalunya.

The tour is from April 30th to May 5th and includes experiential workshops which form preparation for the Portal Journey.

The itinerary is below.  For more information, visit Patrice Chaplin’s Facebook page or send her an email.

Itinary for the Spring Tour of Girona and Catalunya: A Journey to Transformation Among the 11 Sites from 30th April-5th May 2012.

Following the Initiates’s Journey in the Venus Magic Square, under the Constellation of The Great Bear and the Seven Stars…

Five days from Monday the 30th April to Saturday the 5th of May. Daily experiential workshops to be undertaken on the journey including the history and mythology of each site: sacred geometry, the underlying magical language, and the practices of attunement and absorption which form preparation for the Portal Journey.

The tour will include:

Girona, Ripoll, Romanya de la Selva (including the dolmen), S’Agaro, Empuries and Perillos

With presentations by:

  • Patrice Chaplin, author of City of Secrets, Happy Hour, and The Portal
  • Sylvia Francke, author of The Tree of Life and the Holy Grail
  • Tove Frisvold, registered psychtherapist trained at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS) and member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Malcom Bruce (Musician, composer) Guided meditation.


1000 Euros (includes concessions) excluding lodging- Special discount available at Hotel Ciutat, close to the old town.


Publishers Weekly has written a great article about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Chicago, hosted by the Theosophical Society in America.

The only vendor at each of the two day’s events, it was a great opportunity for Quest to showcase (and sell!) our related titles, including a book His Holiness published with us: The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye.

The article, written by Religion Reviews Editor Marcia Z. Nelson, reads:

The Dalai Lama doesn’t exactly do book tours, but a two-day visit to Chicago this week (July 17-18) saw him highlighting many of the ideas in his last book, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together (Harmony, 2010). At two separate public events that drew almost 10,000 people, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate presented ideas on building bridges between faiths. Monday’s event was an interfaith panel with Michael Lerner (The Left Hand of God); Ingrid Mattson, former president of the Islamic Society of North America; and Peg Chemberlin, president of the National Council of Churches of Christ-USA, with Eboo Patel (Acts of Faith) moderating.

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Chicago was sponsored by the Theosophical Society in America, headquartered in suburban Chicago. The Tibetan Buddhist leader’s relationship with the society began in 1956, when he visited the group’s international headquarters in India and came away with a conviction of the importance of interfaith relationships and human unity, views the society promotes. The Theosophical Publishing House, now known as Quest Books, published one of his first books in English, The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye (1966; second ed., 1991). Jessica Salasek, Quest publicist, said book sales at the events were going well. Some of the Dalai Lama’s many books are compiled from his talks, but that one was written by him, she added.

Read the full article here.

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Patrice Chaplin, author of The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château, was recently interviewed in Diari de Girona, Girona, Spain’s local newspaper.  The interview, which occurred in conjunction with her recent tour of the area, discusses The Portal and can be read via Scribd below.





Patrice Chaplin is on Facebook!

Buy The Portal on Amazon.

This interview was originally published on May 4, 2011.

On Wednesday, April 6, Patrice Chaplin will speak about her most recent book: The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château.  A book signing will follow the presentation.  Get more details about this exciting Watkins Books event here.

At a Glance

What? Author talk followed by Q&A and book signing.

When? Wednesday, April 6, 6.00pm to 7.00pm (free entry)

Where? Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court London

Buy The Portal on Amazon. Find out more about Patrice Chaplin on Facebook.
You can find more information about Watkins books on their website and on Twitter.

This article was originally published March 21, 2011.

“Paul Quinn’s ‘Tarot for Life’ is a must read for anyone who is seriously studying the Tarot.”

— Karen Hollis, professional psychic

Professional Psychic Karen Hollis has written a great review of Paul Quinn’s latest book, Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth. Read the full review here!

Read more about Tarot for Life at and buy the book on Amazon.

Learn more about Paul Quinn on his website and on  Facebook.
Read more about Karen Hollis on her website and on Facebook.
This review was originally posted to on March 21, 2011.

Buddhist practitioner, writer, and teacher Bodhipaksa recently posted a great review of The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation, by Ajahn Sumano Bhikku, on the Wildmind blog!

An excerpt from the review reads, “The second half of The Brightened Mind is solid gold. Sumano’s strength is in emphasizing the “naturalness” of meditation. The second meditation exercise begins with the suggestion, “Allow your eyelids to close gently and begin to think ‘soft.’ That means relaxing the mind and smiling within.” This is beautifully put, and a valuable reminder that meditation can be something we let happen rather than make happen.”

The Brightened Mind will be released June 2011. Pre-order it now on Amazon.
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This review was originally posted on March 11, 2011.

Book reviewer Jim Agnew has posted The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Chateau, by Patrice Chaplin, and Processmind: A User’s Guide to Connecting with the Mind of God, by Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., as two of his “Daily Picks” today!

Buy The Portal and Processmind on Amazon.
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Find out more about Arnold Mindell on his website,, and on Facebook.

These daily picks were originally posted to on March 16, 2011.

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, a Quest Books April 2011 release by Dr. Yannis Toussulis, has been reviewed by Joann Turner in The Messenger!

The review reads:

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden sources of a sacred psychology by Yannis Toussulis, PhD. This is a definitive book on the Sufi ‘way of blame’ that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the ‘way of blame’ (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of ‘blame.’ Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a ‘perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,’ he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

About the Author
Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., is the current director of The Center for Human Inquiry in Emeryville, California where he teaches and conducts research in the practice of cross-cultural negotiation, leadership skills, and contemplative practices. In this and other endeavors Dr. Toussulis combines academic qualifications in intercultural psychology and human science research with practical expertise gained from his thirty-year long experience in Mental Health Services. He conducts a separate private practice as a family psychotherapist (M.A., LMFT #11962) in Emeryville, Califronia.

This review is posted on under the “Reviews” section and “Spriritual-Development” sub-section. It was originally published on March 12, 2011.

Sufism and the Way of Blame will be released in April 2011, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Find more information about Dr. Yannis Toussulis on his website,

Dr. Jean Houston, author of The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation, will be a key speaker during the upcoming Webcast, Awakening to Your Hightest Self: Tales of Transformation from 25 Spiritual Luminaries, hosted by Andrew Cohen.

This free 8-hour audio webcast will be a series of intimate and deeply inspiring stories celebrating the life-changing power of the student-teacher relationship. The webcast is on March 26, 2011 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

In this EnlightenNext magazine article, writer Joel Pitney discusses Jean’s involvement with the webcast. This article was first published on March 3, 2011.

For more info visit

Buy The Hero and the Goddess on Amazon.

You can also find Jean on Facebook and Twitter.

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Phillip Gowins was recently interviewed about his new book, Practical Sufism: A Field Guide to the Spiritual Path, on Blog Talk Radio’s Chaklet Coffee Books with hosts Miriam L. Jacobs and Gayle Delicious Johnson!

Listen to the full interview here.

Read more about Phillip Gowens on his blog
Buy Practical Sufism on Amazon

The interview was broadcast live on March 5, 2011.

Poet and writer Mary Ann Moore recently reviewed To Be and How to Be: Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre, by Peggy Rubin, on the Story Circle Book Reviews site!

An excerpt from this great review reads, “I have enjoyed and appreciated improvisation as well as acting workshops that include shamanic theatre practices, so I was anxious to read Peggy Rubin’s book, To Be and How to Be. The insight gained from my past experience helped my writing practice and I have found Rubin’s book wonderfully inspiring as well. I’m sure readers will be awakened to the possibilities of being stars in their own great play of life and create a home for the book on the ‘spiritual growth’ section of their book shelves.”

Originally published on March 5, 2011. Read the full review here.

To learn more about Peggy Rubin and her work in Sacred Theatre visit

Buy To Be and How to Be on Amazon!

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Online with Andrea host Andrea R. Garrison has followed up her December interview with The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon author Gary Tillery with an amazing review* of the John Lennon Tribute’s official book.

“I started reading this book very early one Monday morning and I did not move until I finished the book. The Cynical Idealist is just that compelling. It is a page turner indeed. This book does not exploit John Lennon. If any thing it is a warm tribute to a man who knew that all we need is love and pleaded that we give peace a chance,” Garrison comments in the review.

Listen to the December 8 interview here!
Find Gary Tillery on Facebook and Twitter
Buy The Cynical Idealist on Amazon

Find Online With Andrea on BlogTalk Radio, Facebook and Twitter

*This review was first published on the Online with Andrea blog on February 23, 2011.

New York Times best-selling author Kathleen McGowan and investigative journalist Phillip Coppens recently interviewed The Portal author Patrice Chaplin on their BBS Radio show The Spirit Revolution. This is the first of a two-part interview, and it’s free to listen and download.

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Phillip Coppens on Facebook and Twitter
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This interview was originally broadcast on February 22, 2011

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UFO Digest also recently posted a review of The Portal.  Reviewer Mary Alice Bennett says, “The mysteries that have been revealed by Patrice Chaplin in her latest book, ‘The Portal’ are ancient, yet living, as practiced today in the classical lands of Northern Spain and Southern France.”

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This interview was originally published on February 9, 2011, a site dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and spirit, has published an excerpt from Gary Tillery’s recent release The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon as well as today’s featured excerpt from Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change by Jim Kenney! These excerpts are both featured in the site’s From the Library blog.

Read the The Cynical Idealist excerpt here!

Buy The Cynical Idealist on Amazon





Read the Thriving in the Crosscurrent excerpt here!

Find Thriving in the Crosscurrent on Amazon

From his forest cave in Thailand, Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu, author of The Brightened Mind explains how the mind keeps us from experiencing reality and how meditation can help you see things “the way that they are” in this newly posted video!

Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu was part of the original group of monks and yogis to visit England in the mid-70’s. During the seven years he lived and trained in England, he worked to restore the old Victorian estate that has become the Dharma lotus of Theravada Buddhism. From this auspicious beginning, more than ten centers in Europe have been established and are flourishing.

As a lay individual, Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu was one of the original benefactors in the purchase and development of Cittavivekn, a cave in northeast Thailand. Since 1998 he has traveled throughout the world leading retreats and spreading his dream of establishing a Spiritual Park outside of Bangkok which would bring together all the world’s religions in the spirit of Unity and Peace.

In his upcoming book The Brightened Mind, Sumano speaks to the modern seeker from his unique perspective as a former Chicago realtor and delivers easy-to-follow guided meditations that teach us how to think productively, thereby tapping into the ultimate source of wealth, our own divine consciousness.

The Brightened Mind will be available this May, and you can pre-order it now on You can also find Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu on Facebook!


Our new release Practical Sufism: A Guide to the Spiritual Path by Phillip Gowins was reviewed in the November/December issue of ForeWord!

“An accessible, practical, all-too-human peek behind the curtain at a mystic path”

—Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord Reviews

Read the full review here!

Buy Practical Sufism on Amazon!

Find Phillip on Facebook!



The Connect with Amy Miller radio show welcomes Phillip Gowins, author of Practical Sufism: A Guide to the Spiritual Path!

In this interview Phillip defines Sufism, describing what qualities are essential for progress on this lesser known mystery tradition recognized by most through the timeless poetry of Rumi and Persia’s captivating whirling dervishes.  Phillip expresses why having a teacher is imperative.  Phillip shares his personal spiritual journey as well as practical meditation principles, such as the role of breathing.


Aired Saturday, November 6th on WSNO 1450 AM

Find Phillip on Facebook!

Buy Practical Sufism on Amazon!

Red Velvet Media, on Blog Talk Radio, and are both talking about the Cynical Idealist by Gary Tillery.

On RVM they enjoyed taking a different perspective of the rock star John Lennon through this, the official book of the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, the Cynical Idealist.  Included in the radio show intro they posted that “This extraordinary figure deserves an extraordinary book and, in The Cynical Idealist, Tillery provides readers with a new and fascinating framework for assessing Lennon’s life and works.

Also, has posted a great deal of praise and information regarding the book.  Their site contains much discussion about John Lennon, his life, and even a featured section of  “A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon” which focuses intently on The Cynical Idealist. frontpage




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