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Now in its 25th year, the Esoteric Quest is 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 a deep exploration of this profound topic.

The Esoteric Quest Through The Years

The first Esoteric Quest conference was held in 1995 in Český Krumlov, the Southern Bohemian ‘mecca of alchemists.’ Since then, it has proceeded all the way to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the oldest living city in Europe in 2019 and plumbed the esoteric riches to be found in Ancient Greece, Turkey, Alexandria and Sicily. We’ve traveled to Medieval Andalusia, Languedoc and Iceland; explored Renaissance Florence and Bohemia; and more recent eras in Weimar and the Balkans.


In its 25 years, The Esoteric Quest has explored the most spiritually, philosophically and artistically rich places and epochs in the history of Europe and North Africa.


This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a special 25th anniversary conference took place online for The Open Center’s first-ever
Virtual Esoteric Quest

The Esoteric Quest Library

Thanks to a special crowd-funded project, we are pleased to offer the audio and video recordings of almost all previous Quests to the general public. You can view individual lectures and workshops or stream a complete conference for a modest fee, which helps fund future Esoteric Quests initiatives.

For more information on The Esoteric Quest, including past conferences and trips and a video library of Western Esoteric history, visit EsotericQuest.org.

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