A SACRED PLACE TO BE

A Place of the Sacred and a Sacred Place to Be

The Inner Quest Centre for Integrated Awareness is home to the Open Door Sanctuary, an independent centre of divine service and healing. The Spiritualist community of Victoria, Canada has gathered in an unbroken continuity of service to the public since c.1859. We opened the doors at our present location in 1947.

The Open Door Sanctuary community is dedicated to serving the Divine Intelligence, the God of Your Own Understanding, or that which animates all things. We strive to realize our spiritual potential in the honesty of our nature and our humanity through sacred gatherings, esoteric education, and socio-environmental activism.

What We Understand

At the Open Door we are guided by a set of principles. We do not espouse a creed, dogma, or acknowledge any figurehead, living or dead. Ours is a pathway of personal responsibility and conviction rather than conversion.

Our Principles ©

We are spiritual beings here and now. Life is eternal and we continue to exist beyond the event we call death. Communication with the spirit world, commonly called mediumship, is a sacred act of healing between those who have passed and those who remain on earth. The medium serves those in the afterlife who have a desire to communicate but can no longer speak for themselves. An ethical integral communication will always result in a healing of both the etheric speaker and the recipient of the communication.

— Reverent union with the Divine

— The unity of humankind

— Communion and communication with the Spirit

— Continuous existence of the Spirit

— Personal responsibility

— Compensation of all thoughts, words and actions

— The path of progression open to all that will to tread it

Our Philosophy for Living

Minimize suffering and maximize joy.
Honour diversity and equality.
Foster respect, gratitude, and unity.
Share our talents in service. 
Seek the thread of truth in all things.
Care for the wellbeing of every living thing.
Be true to one’s nature.
Awaken to the sacredness of all life.

Who We Are

When you visit the Sanctuary, you will find a warm welcome and a sense of ease as we create a reverent and respectful space for each individual to discover their own truth, in their own way. Our diverse community comes together in the shared knowledge of the continuity of life, and in the desire to serve as healers, mediums, teachers and within our respective life vocations. The ministers of the Open Door conduct sacred services, offer private counselling in spiritual matters, conduct public weddings and funerals, and attend upon those in need. 

is a minister of the Spiritualists’ National Union, founder and president of the Inner Quest Foundation, and senior minister at the Open Door Sanctuary. He is a tutor at the Arthur Findlay College of Great Britain and holds an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology. Brian is an internationally recognized healer, medium, spiritual lecturer, and teacher.

is a minister of the Spiritualists’ National Union, vice-president of the Inner Quest Foundation, and senior minister at the Open Door Sanctuary. He is a senior tutor and assessor at the Arthur Findlay College of Great Britain. He holds degrees in Applied Psychology, an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology, and has an extensive knowledge of tarot and mythology.

is a minister at the Open Door Sanctuary, spiritual counsellor, and senior administrator at the Inner Quest Foundation. She studied religion and philosophy at the University of Victoria and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Healing from the Spiritualists’ National Union.

Where We Came From

We are part of an ancient theurgical heritage rooted in ancient schools of thought including Alchemy, Monotheism, Gnosticism and Hermeticism, and teachings from the Kabbalist, Bon, Greek, and Celtic traditions.  This esoteric lineage was furthered by 18th and 19th century philosophers such as Emanuel Swedenborg and Andrew Jackson Davis, two of many truth-seekers who dared to share their awareness of spiritual reality in defiance of prevailing religious doctrine. The 19th century also saw Quakers, Universalists, Shakers and other New Thought movements generating substantial mediumistic phenomena, thereby sowing the seeds for the tide of change that gave rise to modern Spiritualism, Theosophy, and it’s godchild, the New Age movement. 

The Open Door Sanctuary itself emerged from this continuum of esoteric philosophy and has since embraced a spectrum of modern philosophical approaches to spirituality including transpersonal thought and consciousness studies. 

Historically, spiritualists have been at the forefront of the western world’s greatest social reform movements including women’s rights, suffrage, racial equality issues of poverty, animal rights and the welfare of children. Today, the community of the Open Door actively continues this legacy as we serve the wider community, take part in political action when the need for justice requires it, and participate in environmental and human rights issues at both global and local levels.

What We Offer

All are welcome to our Sunday Gathering of inspirational addresses, contact healing, music and mediumship. Special sacred celebrations are also held throughout the year highlighting our modern and ancient roots, honouring the cycles of nature, the solstices, and traditional festivals. Join us for some relaxed community time over coffee, tea and conversation following the Gathering, downstairs in our Lower Hall.

The Youth Lyceum is a gathering of children ages 5 to 15 years who meet during a Sunday service to sing, play, paint and garden. The focus is on encouraging responsible citizenship and nurturing their talents. Inquiries welcome.

The Inner Quest healers offer contact healing at the Open Door Sanctuary as part of our Sunday Gatherings. In addition, we offer animal healing, which may be contact or absent healing depending upon the circumstances. Please contact us if you would like to receive absent healing for yourself or a loved one.

Elders of the Open Door come together for an afternoon of community and communion. For active full Congregants of the Open Door, by invitation. See the Calendar for upcoming dates.

The public is welcome to join us for our many social events which both support the work of the Open Door and benefit the wider community. Watch for our popular nature walks in and around Vancouver Island, Coffee Philosophy evenings, garden tours, art shows, fundraisers, and many other events. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our Community in action!

World’s First Spiritualist Columbarium

Victoria, BC, Canada

One crisp December day in 2014, a dedicated Spiritualist community gathered together at the Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, Canada to celebrate the creation of the world’s first Spiritualist Columbarium. The blessing ceremony that day was the culmination of a year of intense fundraising efforts by the community of the Open Door Sanctuary who had determined to build a place where Spiritualists from every corner of the globe could be laid to rest in the company of their Spiritualist family.

It was the inspired vision of Open Door Minister Terri Woolgar and designed by Ministers Brian Robertson and Simon James. It sits atop a hill under a large native Canadian Maple tree, overlooking the lush green lawns of one of the oldest cemeteries in British Columbia.

The Spiritualist Columbarium in Victoria honours our  remarkable history and recognises those pioneers who went before us. It will stand long after our earthly lives have ended and shall say proudly to the world, “We were here”

The Open Door Sanctuary welcomes committed Spiritualists around the world to request a niche in the Columbarium.
Feel free to contact us for more information.

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CONTACT US

General Inquiries: ods@innerqf.com

Healing Requests: healing@innerqf.com

Inner Quest Courses, RetreatsWorkshops

Mailing address: 1600 Cook Street, Victoria, BC,  V8T 3P1 Canada

DONATIONS

The Open Door Sanctuary is entirely self-supporting and deeply grateful for donations that enable us to provide ongoing spiritual services to our community and to the wider world. As a charitable society, we operate a number of Trust Funds and accept bequests for any of these purposes.

Donations to the Open Door Sanctuary are managed by our educational arm, the Inner Quest Foundation, and are tax deductible within Canada.

Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

The Open Door acknowledges the generosity of the City of Victoria for granting us the Permissive Property Tax Exemption.