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This year’s Quest will be the sixth in the Open Center’s series of conferences on the Western Esoteric Tradition. Our other conferences on this theme include:


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2006: An Esoteric Quest in Central Europe, From Renaissance Bohemia to Goethe’s Weimar
This eight-day itinerant conference began in the Czech Republic in Kutna Hora and then proceeded to Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) in western Bohemia. It concluded in Weimar, Germany, and followed the Western Esoteric Tradition from Sixteenth-Century Bohemia to its reemergence in Goethe’s artistic and scientific work.
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2000: The Italian Renaissance and the Esoteric Traditions; Hermetic, Cabalistic and Neo-Platonic Philosophers & Their Influence Today
This five-day conference took place in Florence, Italy and looked at the world of Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and the many other remarkable figures and esoteric impulses that characterized Fifteenth-Century Florence.
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1998: The Grail: Arthurian Mysteries and the Grail Quest
This conference brought alive the Celtic background of the Grail stories and explored the roots and meaning of the Arthurian legends. It was held in Lampeter, Wales.
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1997: Prague, Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition
Held at the Zofin Palace on an island in the center of Prague, this conference coincided with the Festival of Rudolf II, the Emperor in 1600, and investigated many aspects of the alchemical world of renaissance Bohemia.

1995: The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited; The Western Mystery Tradition in Bohemia. A Conference in Honor of Frances Yates
The first of the Open Center’s conferences on the Western Tradition, this event brought together scholars, researchers and writers in the Southern Bohemian mecca of alchemists, Cesky Krumlov. It was named after Frances Yates’ pioneering work, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment.
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