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Esoteric Quest

A Virtual Exploration of The Spiritual History of The West

October 23-27, 2020

For the first time in its 25-year history, The Esoteric Quest — one of the leading global conferences on Western Esotericism — will be held as a digital summit. This wisdom-packed 5-day event will bring together the world’s foremost leading experts, writers, artists and academics for an interactive online travel experience exploring the lost or half-forgotten spiritual history of the West through lectures, musical performances from Iceland to Occitania, breakout sessions and much more. Join us for an immersive, virtual journey across the world as we dig deep into the history, mysticism and wisdom traditions of the West, including:

  • Honoring the first Esoteric Quest in 1995 in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, the Southern Bohemian Mecca of Alchemists (described as the “esoteric woodstock” by Gnosis magazine)
  • Presentations on the Italian Renaissance and the influence of Esoteric Traditions in Florence, Italy and how they spread to Elizabethan England
  • Glimpses of the Golden Age of Andalusia in its Portuguese dimension
  • Music of the Cathars and Troubadours in 12th century Languedoc in France
  • Explorations in the esoteric Art of Memory and the work of the great historian Frances Yates

What Is The Esoteric Quest?

Now in its 25th year, the Esoteric Quest is one of the world’s leading international conference and travel series engaged with the rediscovery of the lost or half-forgotten spiritual history of the West. Founded in 1995, it brings together scholars, writers, artists, and performers deeply versed in the Western Esoteric Tradition and offers some of the leading events in the world on this profound topic. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th anniversary conference will take place online for The Open Center’s first-ever Virtual Esoteric Quest. For more information on The Esoteric Quest, including past conferences and trips, and a video library of Western Esoteric history, visit EsotericQuest.org.


  • Christopher McIntosh
  • Yuri Stoyanov
  • Leonard George
  • Marjorie Roth
  • Alastair McIntosh
  • Haraldur Erlendsson
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • Scott Olsen

Who Is It For?

Anyone and everyone. Whether you are fascinated by history or spiritual studies, or someone looking to deepen your knowledge of some of the most profound mysteries and wisdom traditions of the Western part of the world, and the myriad cultures that have fed into this stream, The Esoteric Quest is for all who are curious. Tap into your ancestor’s roots, debunk pop culture depictions and get to the heart of the real deal, or just simply learn something new.

How Do I Attend?

The event will take place entirely online. Our program will feature a mix of morning, mid-day, and late afternoon/evening sessions in different formats to keep you engaged, active, and having fun. All sessions will be recorded, so if the time zone or other commitments prevent you from experiencing sessions live, they can be easily accessed later. Stay tuned for the announcement of our program!

How Do I Purchase Tickets and How Much Do Tickets Cost?

Stay tuned! Pricing will be announced with our program and tickets will be on sale soon. For any inquiries, contact: Andrea Lomanto, quest@opencenter.org

Esoteric Quest: A Virtual Exploration of the Spiritual History of the West

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  • 15 Session(s)
  • Oct 23 2020 09:00 AM EST
  • Classes fill up fast and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot today.


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Leonard George

Leonard George, PhD lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Now retired, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Music Therapy at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C., and served as the Chair of the School of Social Sciences there.

Ellen Goldberg

Ellen Goldberg, MA, a psychotherapist and mystic, is the author of The Art and Science of Hand Reading. Founder of the School of Oracles, she has been working within the Hermetic tradition for 40 years and has been an Open Center faculty member since 1986.

Alastair McIntosh

Alastair McIntosh, Ph.D., is a leading Scottish activist and Quaker whose life’s work lays out the spiritual basis for social and environmental change. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate PowerSpiritual Activism: Leadership as Service,  and Poacher’s Pilgrimage of which it has been said, “I felt that I had been led to holy ground.”



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