Monday, September 22, 2008

Join Estouric for Visionary Hollywood bus tour

Visionary Hollywood Tour Explores Mystical Historical Sites In the Middle of LA

"Erik Davis' mindblowing lectures are enlightening adventures to begin with but put him on a luxury bus headed for five of Hollywood's best mystical historic sites and things get positively rapturous." - Steve Nalepa
(Flavorpill's pick of the weekend)

WHAT: "Visionary Hollywood" bus tour of historic spiritual sites

WHEN: Saturday October 4, 11am-3:30pm, departs from Bodhi Tree Bookstore in West Hollywood

COST: $64/person, snacks included

MORE INFO: visit or call 323-223-2767

California is famous for its diversity, its eccentricity, and its prophetic influence on popular culture. Since the 19th century, the Golden State has also been one of America's most fertile climates for spiritual and religious movements. On October 4, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal L.A.'s secret history, returns with a second edition of VISIONARY HOLLYWOOD, the sold out tour which debuted in June, hosted by San Francisco-based writer Erik Davis and inspired by his acclaimed 2006 book "The Visionary State."

On this journey of exploration through the mystic realms of Los Angeles, passengers will join Erik on a guided tour of five extraordinary religious sites, meet followers of their respective faiths and explore the fascinating history of alternative religious practice in Southern California.The tour departs from Bodhi Tree Bookstore in West Hollywood and includes visits to five extraordinary destinations:

THE AETHERIUS SOCIETY, a center for cosmic consciousness and healing founded in 1955 by UFO contactee Dr. George King, where guests will hear actual recordings of an extraterrestrial voice conveying significant messages.

KROTONA APARTMENTS, a former Theosophical retreat founded in 1914, where guests will have a rare opportunity to visit the central courtyard and view the Rosicrucian window of this now-private residence.

SISTER AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON'S PARSONAGE, the beautifully restored private home and museum to the life of the influential and charismatic founder of the Foursquare Church on the edge of Echo Park.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY, founded in 1934 as a non-denominational repository for the wisdom of the world, where guests will be guided by librarian, lecturer and author Maja D'Aoust through the Society's remarkable library.

THE VEDANTA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERNCALIFORNIA, founded in 1930 to bring sacred Hindu philosophy to the West, where guests will be given a presentation on the Society's history and programming, and browse in its fine gift shop.

Tour cost includes snacks and beverages served at The Aetherius Society and a seat on a luxury coach class bus equipped with monitors, air conditioning and restroom.

The post tour book signing at Bodhi Tree includes host Erik Davis, Maja D'Aoust (Philosophical Research Society librarian and author of "The Secret Source") and Louis Sahagun (author of "Master of the Mysteries," a new biography of PRS founder Manly P. Hall).

ABOUT THE HOST: Erik Davis is a San Francisco-based writer, culture critic, and independent scholar. He is the author of "TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information," as well as a short critical volume on "Led Zeppelin IV." Davis contributes to scores of magazines, and his essays have been included in over a dozen books. He won a Maggie award for his "San Francisco Magazine" profile of the Internet entrepreneur and UFO contactee Joe Firmage, while "The New Yorker" has recognized his expertise in the works of the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. He lectures frequently on topics ranging from electronic music to the evolution of consciousness.

For more information about Erik Davis, visit

For more on The Visionary State, visit

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule:
Sat Oct 4 ­ Bodhi Tree ­ Visionary Hollywood with Erik Davis
Thurs Oct 9 - The Hippodrome / Hazard's Pavilion (Downtown LA Art Walk Shuttles, free)
Sat Oct 11- Vroman's Bookstore - Raymond Chandler's LA
Sat Oct 18- Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat Oct 25 ­ Halloween Horrors with Crimebo the Clown
Sat Nov 1- Noir November: The Real Black Dahlia
Sat Nov 8- Noir November: The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's SoCal Nightmare
Thurs Nov 13 ­ The Hippodrome / Hazard's Pavilion (Downtown LA Art Walk Shuttle, free
Sat Nov 15- Noir November: Wild Wild West Side
Sat Nov 22- Noir November: Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
Sat Nov 29- Noir November: Blood & Dumplings
Sat Dec 6- Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's LA
Thurs Dec 11- The Hippodrome / Hazard's Pavilion (Downtown LA Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat Dec 13- Pasadena Confidential

For more info on Esotouric, visit

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