Past Conference

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

2007: An Esoteric Quest for, The Golden Age of Andalusia; Sufis, Kabbalists and Christian Philosophers in Medieval Spain
This conference took place in Granada, the evocative and beautiful city lying below the snowy Sierra Nevada that, alone on the Iberian Peninsula, remained under Muslim control until the fateful year of 1492. Outstanding faculty from Spain, France, Britain and the United States addressed such topics as: the Zohar, the Sufis of Andalusia, Arabic alchemy, Ibn ‘Arabi and Rumi, the knowledge system of Ramon Lull, the troubadours, and the place of Spain and Islam in the Grail stories. Evenings were filled with poetry, flamenco, and music that emerged from the blending of ‘Las Tres Culturas.’

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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.

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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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