Monte Verità Hotel, 26th of August 2017 e.v.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Academia Ordo Templi Orientis, in cooperation with the OTO Grand Lodge of Italy, is pleased to announce a conference at Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland, on August 26, 2017. This site was chosen to commemorate the centennial of the O.T.O. “Anational Congress for Organizing the Reconstruction of Society on Practical Cooperative Lines,” organized by Doctor Theodor Reuss and held on August 15–25, 1917 at Monte Verità.

The program

8:30-9:00, Registration

9:00-9:15, Opening remarks, Gordan Djurdjevic

Session 1, Moderator: Gordan Djurdjevic
9:15-9:45, Henrik Bogdan, “The Anational Congress on Monte Verità at Ascona, August 15-25, 1917”
9:45-10:15, Stephen J. King, “Temple Mount: The Oriental Templar crusade for Verità”
10:15-10:45, Robert Buratti, “The Artist as Prophet and the Mountain of Truth; Ascona and the path of Creative Consciousness”

10:45-11:00, Coffee Break

Session 2, Moderator: Henrik Bogdan
11:00-11:30, Patrizia Ebner, “The Man, the Mystery, and his Legacy – Carl Kellner”
11:30-12:00, Keith Cantú, “The ‘Mystic Anatomy’ of Theodor Reuss”
12:00-12:30, Gordan Djurdjevic, “’The Bird Fights Its Way Out of the Egg’: Hermann Hesse, Ascona, and the Thelemic Zeitgeist”

12:30-14:00, Lunch

14:00-14:15, "Dance of Light" (Dance Solo in conference room. Performing artist: Silvia Berti. Music: J. S. Bach)

Session 3, Moderator: Richard Kaczynski
14:15-14:45, Chris Giudice, “'We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place': Spiritual Communes as an Escape from the Modern World”
14:45-15:15, Manon Hedenborg-White (guest student speaker), “Mystery Translated: Tradition, Transmission, and the Gnostic Mass in German”
15:15-15:45, William Peters, “The Therion File”

15:45-16:15, Coffee Break

Session 4, Moderator: Stephen J. King
16:15-16:45, Jesper Petersen, “’I believe in as much as possible’: The reception of A. Crowley in late 1960s Danish counterculture”
16:45-17:15, Richard Kaczynski, “Leon Engers: A Life in Art”
17:15-17:45, William Breeze, “Conflict, Disinformation and Intolerance on All Points of the Triangle: The OTO at War in World War One.”

17:45-18:00, Break

18:00-18:45, Marco Pasi (guest speaker), Keynote Lecture: “Liquid Magic: Materials towards a cultural history of bodily fluids.”

18:45-19:00, "Dance of Darkness" (Dance Solo in the park. Performing artist: Silvia Berti. Music: Luca Pancaldi)

Registration is closed


Access to the event is limited to 50 people. Registration will be closed upon reaching the maximum capacity for the conference.

Lunch and Dinner are mandatory for all participant.
- Lunch (3-course-menu) from CHF 32.00 p/p + water/coffee lump-sum CHF 8.00 p/p & p/meal
- Dinner (3-course-menu) from CHF 38.00 p/p + water/coffee lump-sum CHF 8.00 p/p & p/meal
Meals will be paid by each participants at the Hotel Reception.

Please inform us about any special dietary requirements.

Monte Verità Hotel booking information will be sent upon registration.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at:

Love is the law, love under will.