Quintessence Institute

Founded in 1995, Quintessence Institute teaches the "Quintessence of Alchemy." A transformative process that helps to create inner-peace, balance, and personal enlightenment...


Hello and Welcome to Quintessence Institute (QI)

I’m Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder/Director of Quintessence Institute. I live in Northwest Washington DC, and feel fortunate to be teaching the public Qmeditation and holistic self-development.  I affectionately call holistic self-development: Alchemy. 

I use the word Alchemy  to describes a blend of modern and ancient esoteric teachings that form a powerful transformative approach to health, wisdom, balance, and spirituality.  In our classes and programs, you’ll learn Qmeditation, contemplation, and how to navigate the ups and downs of daily life. In short, how to gain holistic balance and become more resilient.   

I practice Qmeditation every day and also enjoy an array of physical fitness activities.  Over the last 40 years, I’ve lived a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and studied positive mysticism under the guidance of two enlightened spiritual Masters from India. I feel truly fortunate to be able to share this remarkablbe knowledge with you. 

Through Quintessence Institute, you’ll gain a wealth of rare esoteric knowledge, wisdom, and key-spiritual insights that will enrich your life, help you create holistic balance, and provide you with a profound metaphysical education.

See our ‘Classes Page’for upcoming classes.