Ralph provides guidance on the direction and development of the Art of Dying Institute, serves as a faculty liaison, and helps lead program initiatives.
Ralph is co-founder of the New York Open Center and currently serves as Senior Fellow. Since the Open Center’s inception in 1984 he has created hundreds of programs across the spectrum of holistic learning. In particular, he directs the Esoteric Quest conferences in Europe on the Western Tradition that have now continued for twenty years, and the Art of Dying conferences that address the emergence of a more holistic understanding of death in contemporary America. From 1995 to 2001 he edited Lapis Magazine, winner of the Alternative Press Award 2000 from Utne Reader.
Ralph has been a seminal presence in the development of the global network of holistic centers. A writer and speaker, he is the author of the memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning, published by Divine Arts in September 2015.