The Theosophical Society in America


Northeast Federation

Welcome to The Northeast Federation of The Theosophical Society in America

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the continued support of the Sellon Trust. Thank you also goes to the Lodges, Study Centers and members who generously donated enabling the Northeast Federation of The Theosophical Society in America to again produce programs and offer scholarships. Thanks!

Contact Information:

John O'Neill, Northeast Federation President NE Federation
P.O. Box 2162,
Manchester, CT 06045
Phone: 860-649-2534

About Us

The prime objective of The NorthEast Federation is to promote, create and maintain communication, cooperation, and solidarity among branches, study centers, and members at large within the Northeast Federation states. The Northeast Federation offers financial support to developing study centers sponsors lecture tours as well as our annual program at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center.

Membership in the Federation includes all branches, study centers, and members-at-large affiliated with the Theosophical Society in America and located or residing within the geographical limits of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.

Board of Directors

John O'Neill, President
Lyn Trotman, Vice President/Treasurer
Directors - Marianne Wachowski and Angelo Focas
Secretary- Veronica Rivera

For information, please contact
John O'Neill, Northeast Federation President
Phone: 860-649-2534
Email: or write to NE Federation, P.O. Box 2162, Manchester, CT, 06045

President’s Message

Better Living through Compassion

Compassion is the law of Laws; it is the shoreless, universal and essential sea, the commandment of everlasting right and fitness of all things. The Law of Love eternal.

Much attention to the virtue of compassion is present in our contemporary culture. An appeal for more along with a concern that deficiency exacerbates conflict and intolerance. Yet as the old blues tune laments, "Everybody crying mercy and no one knows the meaning of the word."

Our Programs this year will focus on compassion, its meaning, method to enhance and the direct experience of "suffering with.” Memorial day weekend Nancy Secrest will introduce the concept and offer the example of service. July 1st will bring Khenpo Pema Wangdak with The Voice of the Silence part II. Along with the Pumpkin staff, members will continue to probe the path of the bodhisattva. John Sellon memorial Labor Day program,"The Path of the Mystic" led by Juliana Cesano will explore the direct experience of compassion.

Please join us as we attempt to reduce the suffering of the world and try to realize our compassionate Self.

Let us pour forth forces of love, compassion, of friendship, of equanimity and peace, over the whole world, both visible and invisible, above, below and all about, freedom from ill will and enmity towards anyone, untrammelled by any thoughts of resentment, anger, judgement or condemnation.

John O’Neill

 Northeast Theosophical Federation Program 2017

Scholarships: members convened at the 2016 NEF business meeting decided to alter the administration of the John Sellon memorial scholarship program. Each TS member applying for scholarship will be requested to specify amount of support desired up to $130. These scholarships will be available for our 2017 programs at Pumpkin Hollow.

May 26 - 28 Memorial day weekend Living Theosophy Through Compassion and Service with Nancy Secrest

June 30 - July 2 - Voice of the Silence part II presented by Pumpkin Hollow staff and Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Saturday July 1 the federation meeting will be held.

September 1 - 3 Path of the Mystic (Theresa of Avila) with Juliana Cesano

The Way of the Mystic
Juliana Cesano

September 1-3,  Friday dinner through Sunday lunch

Juli CesanoOne of Christianity’s most inspiring saints, Teresa of Avila, brought to the world, in a most unique way, the experience of the ecstatic love for God. The journey within of this passionate mystic of the 16th century conveys with clarity and depth the path of surrendering the lower to the Higher. She became Saint John of the Cross’ mentor, but her work and her writings guided so many after him. Neither illness nor the persecution of the Inquisition, were able to extinguish the inner fire of this courageous woman. During this weekend retreat we will reflect on the practical advice given by Teresa to all sincere seekers.

Juliana Cesano is a second generation theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over twenty years. She volunteered two years at the international headquarters in Chennai, India, and has been part of the staff at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America for the last ten years. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

Study Centers of the Northeast Federation


Hartford Meriden Study Center
contact: Andrew Davies
phone: 860-295-9837
contact: Susan O'Neill
phone: 860-649-2534

District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Washington, DC Lodge
contact: Vladka Shikova
phone: 301-943-6322
contact: Julia Rogers


Maryland Lodge
phone: 410-727-3471
phone: 443-676-9278


Springfield Lodge
contact: Pegg Dragon-Blumenthal
phone: 413-610-1661
contact: Theresa Patrie
phone: 413-218-3867
lodge email:

New Jersey

Maplewood / Westfield
Surya Study Center
contact: Joel Sunbear
phone: 908-578-6617
contact: Barbara Velazquez
phone: 862-216-0745

Red Bank
Red Bank Study Center
contact: Marianne Wichowski
phone: 732-495-3092

New York
Susquehanna Study Center
contact: Tom Moberg
phone: 607-692-4576

Buffalo City of Light Study Center
contact: Gloria Knight
phone: 716-834-7135

Pumpkin Hollow Study Center
contact: Leda Milazzo
phone: 518-325-3583

New York City
New York Lodge
contact: Lyn Trotman
lodge phone: 212-758-5521
contact: Michael Gomes
phone: 212-753-3835

Quest Bookstore in New York City

Pittsburgh Lodge
contact: Andrew Nesky
phone: 412-462-4200

Abraxas Lodge
contact: Sherry Smith
phone: 215-343-0920
contact: Marlene Flor
phone: 215-355-9423

Rhode Island
Providence Study Center
contact: Susan Ockerse
phone: 401-331-0783