The Theosophical Society in America

Camps

Indralaya

Orcas Island Foundation
360 Indralaya Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
phone: 360-376-4526
contact: Barbie Luna
Indralaya web site: www.indralaya.org

Indralaya was founded in 1927 by members of The Theosophical Society in America as an ongoing experiment in living according to theosophical principles. Since that time, Indralaya has been a gathering place for those who are interested living in harmony with nature and with the first Object of the Theosophical Society, which is to form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity. READ MORE . . .

Krotona

Krotona School of Theosophy


Since its founding in 1967, the Krotona School of Theosophy has been helping students deepen their understanding of theosophy, the ancient wisdom, in its many forms, and has encouraged them to live a spiritually oriented life. The school emphasizes "transformative education" which focuses on spiritual renewal. Such studies lead students to orient themselves to eternal truths in a changing world.

The school, an integral part of the Krotona Institute, supports the work of The Theosophical Society and its three objects, which are concerned with: 1) The unity of all people; 2) The study of comparative religion, philosophy and science; and 3) The investigation of unexplained laws of nature and our latent powers. School programs reflect the peace and special presence that make Krotona the spiritual center it is.

www.krotonainstitute.org


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Seekers in harmony with our aims are welcome. Write, phone, fax or email for information and reservations.

Director, Maria Parisen
Krotona School of Theosophy
46 Krotona Hill
Ojai, CA 93023-3901
Phone: 805-646-1139
email: schoolinfo@krotonainstitute.org

Registration

Write, phone, fax or e-mail for reservations.

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance for accommodations and class tuition is available for some programs to qualified members of the Theosophical Society and other serious students. You may request an application at the time of registration.

Course Tuition

Tuition fees help us to provide quality programs. However, no serious student will be denied admission to any program due to inability to pay. For students who are able, donations above the suggested fees are greatly appreciated.

Accommodations

A limited number of comfortable apartments with kitchens are available for students. Most accomodations are shared. Krotona School provides accommodations at the lowest possible rates: $40 per person per night, and $230 per person per week. Priority is given to members of the Theosophical Society and to those registering for two or more weeks.

Getting Here

Students arriving by air may fly into LAX and rent a car or take a shuttle to Ventura, or fly into Burbank (Bob Hope Airport) and take a train or shuttle to Ventura. We can arrange for a driver to meet you in Ventura and bring you to Krotona.

Driving Directions to Krotona Institute

From Ventura: Ojai/Hwy 33 exit from 101. Drive 12 miles. After passing Villanova School, take the next left (Krotona Rd on the left, Hermosa Rd on the right). Two stone pillars mark the entrance.

From Ojai: Krotona is on Hwy 33/150 at Krotona and Hermosa Roads, .6 mile south of the "Y".


WE ARE GRATEFUL

Herbert A Kern, a theosophist and industrialist, generously supported the Krotona Institute of Theosophy from 1958 to 1962. Since 1966 the Kern Foundation, with Herbert's son, John, and grand-daughter, Louise, as advising trustees, has supported the School with generous grants, enabling it to operate at its present level, bringing faculty to Krotona and offering scholarships. We are grateful for Herbert Kern's vision and for John's and Louise's dedication to supporting the School over the years.

Emily B Sellon, who shared her vast knowledge of theosophy with her students, and John A Sellon, an investor, were visionaries who devoted their lives to theosophy. It was their wish to support the Krotona School of Theosophy. We are grateful to their sons, Peter, Michael, and Jeffrey, for their generosity and dedication to the support of the School in their parents' names.

Far Horizons Camp

P. O. Box 857
Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
phone: 559-565-3692 (from June 15 to September 15)
programs and registration: 559-530-0080
Web site: www.farhorizons.org 
 

far horizoionsSince 1954, Far Horizons has provided a summer experience in Theosophical living. It is a center for spiritual education, and a place of calm, located at 7,200 feet in the High Sierra forest. Members and nonmembers alike find peace in this special place.

Our programs run from Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours, morning and evening. Delightful vegetarian meals are served under the trees, and the lazy afternoons can be spent integrating the program material, relaxing, or simply exploring nearby natural beauty. Select from camping, simple room with bath house, small apartments, or private cabins for your stay. We invite you to visit Far Horizons this summer to participate in an exploration of spiritual healing for yourself and others.

2017 Summer Programs


 

Krotona Programs

 website: www.krotonaschool.org


KROTONA SCHOOL OF THEOSOPHY

2018 FALL CLASSES 

 


Catherine Ann Jones
Weekend Writing Workshop, (No previous writing experience necessary)

Awakening the Inner Visionary

October 5 – 7
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm , Sunday 10 – noon

Sages and seers of the past knew that accessing and communicating with the inner visionary is a universal way of healing, growth, and transformation.  Deep listening, an important tool for staying in touch with your inner Self, helps to cultivate and deepen inner awareness.  More than simply recalling what you know, deep listening is learning to trust that inner voice that reflects intuitive insight.  All that is required is to be still and attentive, not to what the ego desires, but to the soul’s calling.  It is not only the world that needs changing – it is ourselves.  Awakening the Inner Visionary offers a creative tool for individuals, therapists, and teachers by providing a means for a deeper dialogue with the Soul, a step by step journey of discovery.  
Series $50, Single Session $15                     

Catherine Ann Jones, a Fulbright Scholar studying shamanism in South India, holds a graduate degree in depth psychology and archetypal mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. She has served on faculties at The New School University (NYC) and USC (LA) as well as the Esalen and Omega Institutes.  An award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter, her books include The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing, Heal Your Self with Writing, Freud’s Oracle, and What Story Are You Living? Catherine is a writing consultant, leading workshops both and abroad, and teaches five online courses at DailyOm.com.  www.wayofstory.com


 

Robert Ellwood
Four Weekday Mornings

Islam: The Shape of a World Religion

October 9 – 12
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The religion of Islam has been much in the news. We will endeavor to get behind the headlines to understand this faith of millions in a non-partisan way:  where it came from, starting with the life of the Prophet Muhammad; its sacred text, the Qur’an; basic beliefs and practices; its expansion and variations, including the Sunni and Shi’a schools; and the Sufi mystical tradition. Huston Smith’s beautiful 30-minute film, The Sufi Way, will be featured. Finally, we will consider Islam from Theosophical and interfaith perspectives.
Series $50, Single session $15

A visit to a local Islamic Center may be arranged separately from class.

Robert Ellwood, PhD, is emeritus professor of religion at the University of Southern California. He has served as vice president of the Theosophical Society in America, as director of the School of the Wisdom at the TS headquarters in Chennai, India, and has presented internationally for the Society. Robert has published widely and authored several books on comparative religion and theosophy.


Steven Scholl
Four Weekday Mornings 

Exploring the Imaginal Depths of the Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi

October 16 – 19
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

This class will explore the life and teachings of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273). Rumi’s biography will highlight his relationships with his father, Sultan Baha Valed, and his friend and teacher, Shams-i Tabriz. We will explore Sufi cosmology and Rumi’s teaching on the nature of the soul, ecstatic love for the Beloved, and more.  This course seeks to answer two main questions: why we love Rumi’s poetry and why we need Rumi’s poetry in this historical moment to help us shape our world. We will draw on the studies of Henry Corbin, James Hillman, and Franklin Lewis, to help us enter into a deeper engagement with Rumi’s soul-stirring poetry.  Bring your favorite Rumi poems to share. 
Series $50, Single session $15

Steven Scholl is an independent scholar of Islam and comparative religion. He has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East after doing graduate studies in Islamic philosophy and history at McGill University. He is the founding publisher of White Cloud Press and is the editor of several books, including The Peace Bible: Words from the Great Traditions and Common Era: Best New Writings on Religion. He writes on religion and culture for various publications and has co–written a new book with Sam Deeb titled Muhammad. He leads trips to Morocco and the World Sacred Music Festival every June and is launching tours to Turkey, Israel, and Palestine.  <www.imagineadventures.com>


Cynthia Overweg
Four Weekday Mornings

The Voice of the Silence and Freedom from the Known

October 23 – 26
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – noon

It has been said that a silent mind opens the door to inner freedom and awakens compassion in the human heart. But the mind is too noisy and disordered to be free, or to listen to what the heart seeks. Why is this so? What is inner freedom? Why is it so elusive? How does a quiet mind bring us closer to what is beautiful and true? This program is an inquiry into these questions. We’ll explore The Voice of the Silence by HP Blavatsky and Freedom from the Known by J Krishnamurti. Our aim is to probe, ask questions, and look inwardly at our longing to be free of conflict and alive to the wonders of life.
Series $50, Single Session $15

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, writer, filmmaker and spiritual storyteller. Her work focuses on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in harmony and peace.  She is the author of the forthcoming book The Silence We Don’t Know. Cynthia’s work has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. <www.cynthiaoverweg.com>


Cynthia Overweg
One–Day Retreat

The Ocean of Silence

October 27
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Interior silence is often imagined as an ocean – vast, deep, powerful, and unknown. When the mind is silent, life has exquisite beauty, balance, and equilibrium. In the ocean of silence, there is no concept of time, no deadlines, no stress. To still the mind and relax in a supportive environment is the aim of this retreat. With self-inquiry, deep listening, and walks in Nature, our intention will be to access an inner space of wholeness and peace.

A box vegetarian lunch is available on Saturday
 or participants may bring their own vegetarian lunch.

Retreat,  $35
Lunch, $13 
Pre–registration is required

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, writer, filmmaker and spiritual storyteller. Her work focuses on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in harmony and peace.  She is the author of the forthcoming book The Silence We Don’t Know. Cynthia’s work has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. <www.cynthiaoverweg.com>


Nelda Samarel
Four Morning Workshop

Therapeutic Touch:  Using Energy for Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Healing

October 30 – November 2
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – noon

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a form of energy healing that offers a path to better health. Its goal is to assist recipients to restore well-being at all levels. TT is particularly useful for treating stress-related conditions, relieving pain, healing wounds, and boosting the immune system.  It complements medical care and supports healing for people of all ages and states of health. The technique is gentle, simple to learn, and requires no direct physical contact.  Through supervised practice, participants in this workshop will learn beginning skills in TT, as well as gain an understanding of its underlying principles. A certificate of attendance will be provided. As enrollment is limited, preregistration is strongly encouraged. 
Series $50 (no single sessions)

Nelda Samarel, EdD, RN, a long-time student of the Ageless Wisdom, has served as director of the Krotona School of Theosophy, western district director for the Theosophical Society in America, and on the executive board of the Inter-American Theosophical Federation. A retired professor of nursing and researcher, she has been practicing and teaching Therapeutic Touch since 1980. She has numerous publications and presents internationally.   


Elvira Carbonell, Angela Murillo,Luz Tamarit, Gaspar Torres
Seminario de fin de semana, en español

Exploración de Cuatro Joyas Espirituales Teosóficas

16 – 18 de Noviembre
Viernes 7:30 – 9 pm, Sábado 10 – 12 y 2 – 4 pm, Domingo 10 – 12

Este fin de semana estudiaremos ideas y temas transcendentales  sobre el camino espiritual basado en cuatro joyas teosóficas: A los Pies del Maestro, Luz en el Sendero, La Voz del Silencio y el Bhagavadgita. A través de ilustraciones y reflexiones, exploraremos algunas de las enseñanzas y pensamientos profundos necesarios en el crecimiento y desenvolvimiento del alma hacia la unión con lo Supremo.  Aunque estos libros estén llenos de sugerencias para un mejor comportamiento en la vida humana, éstas se convierten, cuando se practican, en verdaderas realizaciones espirituales y por lo tanto fluirán de manera natural, espontanea y transparente.

Serie Completa $50, Una Sola Sesiŏn $15

Luz María Tamarit: Nació en Valencia, España, y vive en USA. Desde muy joven buscó el camino espiritual, comenzando por Krishnamurti. Es trabajadora social y continúa trabajando con jóvenes con problemas de aprendizaje. Es presidenta de la Logia España en Los Angeles y también ha servido en la junta directiva del campo teosófico Far Horizons.

Angela Murillo: Nació en Cali, Colombia, y desde muy joven empezó a estudiar obras teosóficas como Isis sin Velo y La Doctrina Secreta. Luego al llegar a los Estados Unidos pudo llegar a la Logia España, Los Angeles, y hacerse miembro de la TS desde el 2005. Ha sido Presidenta de la Logia España, donde actualmente sirve como Secretaria.

Elvira Carbonell:  Tiene una maestría en estadísticas aplicadas de la Escuela de Salud Pública de UCLA y ha trabajado para la sede internacional en Adyar y para la Sociedad Teosófica en América en Wheaton, IL, por muchos años. Ha estado interesada en la metafĭsica de los estudios teosóficos y es miembro de la Logia España en Los Angeles.

Gaspar Torres: Nació en Cuba, teósofo desde joven y fue Presidente de la Sección de ese país. Desde 2011 vive en Krotona, dando conferencias y estudiando con un grupo en internet La Doctrina Secreta y otros temas teosóficos.



Winter Spring 2019

An Uncommon Journey


 

 

Stephan Hoeller
Weekend

Synchronicity: A Mysterious Connecting Principle of Life and its Meaning

January 18 – 20
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

One of the most intriguing and at the same time least explored discoveries of a psycho spiritual nature is the principle of synchronicity. Discussed for the first time by CG Jung in 1952 and described as “a causal connecting principle” of events in human experience, it has a profound bearing on many areas of endeavor and knowledge, from the physical sciences (as recognized by Nobel-prize winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli), to parapsychological phenomena as well as divination, alchemy, and prophecy. Dr Hoeller will clarify the nature of synchronicity and its workings in several borderline disciplines.
Series, $50, Single session $15

Stephan Hoeller, PhD, has been a member of the Theosophical Society for over 50 years, and is president of the Besant Lodge of Hollywood. He has taught esoteric subjects internationally and has authored books on CG Jung, Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and kindred subjects. His teachings on Jung’s Red Book are well known among students of Jung’s work throughout the world. Dr Hoeller is also a Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica, a church of Gnostic descent and tradition, and continues to lead a Gnostic parish in Los Angeles.

 

Pablo Sender with Partners in Theosophy Faculty
TS Members Intensive, One Week

“The Voice of the Silence”: A Way of Self-Discovery

January 25 – February 1
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm
Sunday – Friday 10 – noon
(Likely afternoon sessions Monday and Wednesday)

HP Blavatsky’s The Voice of the Silence is a small book in size, “Dedicated to the Few” by its author. However, it has become a Theosophical classic that has inspired generations of seekers. The three “Fragments” that compose the book deal with the aspirant’s spiritual awakening and the treading of the path of compassion and service, shunning that of individual liberation. In this intensive seminar, the mentors of the Partners in Theosophy Program will present deep and practical teachings found in this important text. Some topics to be explored are self–knowledge, the paramitas of perfection, meditation in the heart, the path of compassion, and more. Speakers for the week include Barbara Hebert, Maria Parisen, David Bruce, Nelda Samarel, Robert Ellwood, and Pablo Sender.

• Registration for this program is open only to Theosophical Society members.
• The workshop is offered as a full series only, no single sessions.
• Pre-registration is required.
• Donations are welcome.

Faculty for The Voice of the Silence: A Way of Self-Discovery.

Pablo Sender, PhD, has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1996. He has lived and worked at the international headquarters of the TS in Adyar, India, at the national center of the TS in America, and is currently residing in the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California. He has presented programs and retreats in India, Europe, Oceania, and the three Americas. He writes for many Theosophical journals and is the author of The Evolution of the Higher Consciousness. Visit his website at PabloSender.com.

David Bruce has served as national secretary of the Theosophical Society in America since 2010. He is responsible for scheduling national speakers for local groups, managing the TS National Lodge, supervising the prison program, and recording the minutes of the TSA Board of Directors meetings. David also served as TSA director of education from 2003 – 2010.

Robert Ellwood, PhD is emeritus professor of religion at the University of Southern California. He has served as vice president of the Theosophical Society in America, as director of the School of the Wisdom at the TS international headquarters in Chennai, India, and has presented inter- nationally for the Society. He has published widely both professionally and in theosophical journals, and authored books on comparative religion and theosophy.

Nelda Samarel, EdD, retired nursing professor, is a long-time student of the Ageless Wisdom. She has been director of the Krotona School of Theosophy, a director of the Theosophical Society in America, and on the executive board of the Inter–American Theosophical Federation. Dr Samarel presents internationally and has numerous publications.

Barbara Hebert, PhD, president of the Theosophical Society in America, is a third–generation Theosophist who has held local and regional positions throughout her 40 years’ TS membership. As an adjunct professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in the health and human services department, she also served as executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House and maintained a private mental health practice. She now presents internationally for the Society and writes regularly for The Quest, the American Section’s journal.

Maria Parisen, director of Krotona School of Theosophy, also serves on the Institute’s Board of Directors. A TS member since 1969, during her many years with the Detroit TS she also served on the governing Boards of the TS in America and the Theosophical Order of Service. Maria has presented programs and retreats internationally and compiled the Quest anthology, Angels and Mortals: Their Co-Creative Powers.


 

Nelda Samarel
Four Mornings
“The Mahatma Letters”: Questions of Good and Evil, God, and Matters of Life and Death

February 5 – 8
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The correspondence between two Englishmen and their Adept Teachers, published as The Mahatma Letters to AP Sinnett, is one of the classics of Theosophical literature. In this seminar, we will explore the origin and nature of the letters and examine some of the teachings they contain. We will specifically examine what is often referred to as the most controversial of the letters dealing with the concepts of evil and God. We also will explore the Mahatmas’ teachings about after–death states.
Series $50, Single session $15

Nelda Samarel, EdD, retired nursing professor, is a long-time student of the Ageless Wisdom. She has been director of the Krotona School of Theosophy, a director of the Theosophical Society in America, and on the executive board of the Inter–American Theosophical Federation. Dr Samarel presents internationally and has numerous publications.


Peggy A Heubel
Four Mornings

Reflections on the Immanence of God

February 12 – 15
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

How might we perceive here and now the divinity all around us? As human beings, we seem to be separate from all other beings and all things. This feeling of detachment is natural in the early course of evolutionary progress but must, as we strive for spiritual maturity, be overcome. Recognition of the oneness of the indivisible nature of all things must become a reality in thought, word, and deed – a change in mindset. How do we reconcile the differences between a transcendent deity who, by definition, is separate from ourselves and that which is said to be the very core of all existence?
Series $50, Single session $15

Peggy A Heubel retired nine years ago from a thirty-year career in law enforcement. She was already an active theosophist during this time, having joined the Society in 1977 with a keen interest in human potential as exemplified in the masters of wisdom. She is currently president of the Theosophical Society of the East Bay in northern California, a member of the theosophical camp, Far Horizons, a mentor for the Society’s Prisoner Correspondence Program, and a Board member of the Theosophical Order of Service.


 

Robert and Richard Ellwood
Weekend

Light & Music from the Inner Planes: The Clairvoyance of Geoffrey Hodson

February 15 – 17
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

Geoffrey Hodson (1886-1983), prolific Theosophical writer and speaker, was particularly well known for his clairvoyant perceptions of devas and nature spirits, of thought–forms associated with music, and of the human aura. In this class we will survey the life and thought of Hodson, including his esoteric interpretation of the Bible, but focus especially on his books The Kingdom of the Gods, The Fairy Kingdom, and Music Forms, together with his recorded lecture, The Aura. Richard will provide powerpoint interpretations of Hodson’s stunning colorful visions of those secret kingdoms, and also appropriate music to go with Music Forms, while Robert offers spoken commentary.
Series $50, Single session $15

Robert Ellwood, PhD is emeritus professor of religion at the University of Southern California. He has served as vice president of the Theosophical Society in America, as director of the School of the Wisdom at the TS international headquarters in Chennai, India, and has presented inter- nationally for the Society. He has published widely both professionally and in theosophical journals, and authored books on comparative religion and theosophy.

Richard Ellwood is a Krotona resident and director of technology of Besant Hill School in Ojai, CA, a residential high school whose founders included notable theosophists. Formerly, he worked as a computer programmer for the Theosophical Society at its Wheaton, IL headquarters. Richard currently helps maintain the web site and other technology projects at Krotona.


John Cianciosi
Four Mornings

Buddha-Dharma: The Path to Liberation

February 19 – 22
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 12:30 pm

That the Buddha realized enlightenment may be inspiring, but what is of greater importance is the fact that we all have the potential to achieve enlightenment by “knowing and seeing” the true nature of existence. Out of compassion for humanity, the Buddha outlined a very clear, systematic, and practical course of training which can be followed to realize the unconditioned through direct experience. The Buddha did not want us to believe in the Truth, he wanted us to realize it. His teachings are a call to action. We will explore the essential teachings and see how to implement them. Topics to be covered include: the four noble truths, dependent origination, transcendental dependent origination, and bhavana: systematic cultivation of meditation.
Series $50, Single session $15

John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path and is currently the director of public programs at the Theosophical Society in America’s national headquarters in Wheaton, IL.


 

Ravi Ravindra
Eleven Weekday Mornings

The Journey of Transformation

March 19 – 22, 26 – 29, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon
April 2 – 4, Tuesday – Thursday 10 – noon

The one single lesson of all the scriptures and sacred writings is that unless searchers undergo a radical transformation of the whole of their being, they cannot come to the Truth or God or the Real. In this course we will explore the various steps and stages of transformation as understood in the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian sacred literature and in the teachings of a few modern sages such as Blavatsky, Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff. The journey begins with an impartial self-inquiry, gradually leading to an increasingly willing submission to the Cosmic Intelligence pervading the vast universe.
Series $138, Single session $15

Ravi Ravindra, PhD, is professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he taught in the departments of physics, philosophy and comparative religion. He has authored many papers in physics, philosophy and religion and several books, including Pilgrim Soul; The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism; The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras; and The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life.


  

Ravi Ravindra and Priscilla Murray
Friday Evening – Saturday

From Siddhartha Gautama to the Buddha

March 29 – 30
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon and 2 – 4 pm

Based on the generally accepted narration of the life of Siddhartha Gautama, we will explore how he, born as a prince, was transformed into the Buddha, an Enlightened Being undertaking to set the wheel of Dharma in motion for the welfare of other searchers. During the workshop we hope to explore the experience of the various temptations and threats brought by Mara. We will try some relevant exercises to understand the famous remark of the Buddha: “Look within, you are the Buddha.”
Three sessions $45, Single session $15

Ravi Ravindra, PhD, is professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he taught in the departments of physics, philosophy and comparative religion. He has authored many papers in physics, philosophy and religion and several books, including Pilgrim Soul; The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism; The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras; and The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life.

Priscilla Murray has a BSc in mathematics, MA in philosophy and a PhD in education. Now retired, she has taught at all levels of education from primary school to the post–graduate level. She was the associate editor of the eight–volume series The Inner Journey: Views from the Great Traditions.


 

Cynthia Overweg
Four Mornings

The Sermon on the Mount: A WisdomTeaching for the Modern World

April 16 – 19
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most powerful and influential wisdom teachings ever given. It was radical and revolutionary, and it challenged religious and secular authorities with its call for mercy, compassion, freedom from oppression, and spiritual unfoldment without the burden of dogma or the abuse of power. The teaching that Christ gave more than two thousand years ago is as meaningful today as it was then, perhaps more than we realize. We have yet to understand the wisdom of what was said. The focus of this series will be on deeper insights into the eight Beatitudes, arguably the most beautiful, elusive and compelling portion of the Sermon. But we will also explore the entire text and discuss the spiritual and ethical values it conveys to our turbulent and violent world.
Series $50, Single session $15

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, writer and retreat leader. Her focus is on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in wholeness and peace. She has written many articles about the spiritual quest and is author of the forthcoming book, The Silence We Don’t Know. Cynthia’s work has won awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the American Film Institute. For more info: www. cynthiaoverweg.com


 

Cynthia Overweg
One Day Retreat

Renewal: Finding Peace in Troubled Times

April 20
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Spring is a time of renewal. Flowers bloom with vibrant color, birdsong fills the air, and all of nature is alive with new energy and beauty. But does this renewal happen within us? Are we renewing our energy, vitality, and creativity? The noise and chaos of today’s world do not support our need for renewal, so it’s up to us to create a space where that can happen. This retreat is an opportunity for renewing your spirit and finding inner peace, no matter what goes on in the outer world. Join us in a supportive and quiet atmosphere where inner tranquility is lovingly welcomed like an old friend.

A box vegetarian lunch is available on Saturday or participants may bring their own vegetarian lunch.

Pre–registration is required.
Retreat, $35
Lunch, $13

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, writer and retreat leader. Her focus is on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in wholeness and peace. She has written many articles about the spiritual quest and is author of the forthcoming book, The Silence We Don’t Know. Cynthia’s work has won awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the American Film Institute. For more info: www. cynthiaoverweg.com


 

Sr Gabriele Uhlein
Four Mornings

Sainted Art: Giotto’s Life of “St Francis of Assisi “ in 28 Frescoes

April 23 – 26
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

Mystical, magical and full of spiritual symbolism, the remarkable frescoes of Giotto in the great Basilica of St. Francis shine with spirit. Painted only 70 years after the saint’s death at a moment of great cultural shift, they tell a remarkable story. Join Sr Gabriele as she explores both the spiritual and artistic milestones these frescoes in Assisi represent. Be amazed at the contemporary synchronicities and the wisdom they offer for our own time of shift. Each session will include meditation and conversation.
Series $50, Single session $15

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD Franciscan, spiritual psychologist and artist, Sister Gabriele has dedicated over 40 years to recovering and celebrating the experience and wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as the exploration and integration of contemporary spiritual thought, both East and West. Her classes range from contemplative meditation sessions to an in–depth exploration of on–going spiritual and communal transformation. She currently lives and works at the Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin – a natural sanctuary for spiritual deepening and global transformation.


 

Sr Gabriele Uhlein
Four Mornings

Sensing the Living Light: The Unitive Visions of St Hildegard of Bingen in Image and Music

April 30 – May 3
Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The unique visions of St Hildegard inspired numerous medieval mystics and continue to amaze scholars with their comprehensive and radical world-view. Using the 26 stunning illustrations from St Hildegard’s master–work “Scivias” and corresponding music composed in resonance with the “sound of heaven,” Sister Gabriele will explore the profoundly unitive perspective of this great 12th century woman. Each session will include simple chanting–meditation and conversation.
Series $50, Single session $15 

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD Franciscan, spiritual psychologist and artist, Sister Gabriele has dedicated over 40 years to recovering and celebrating the experience and wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as the exploration and integration of contemporary spiritual thought, both East and West. Her classes range from contemplative meditation sessions to an in–depth exploration of on–going spiritual and communal transformation. She currently lives and works at the Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin – a natural sanctuary for spiritual deepening and global transformation.


 

Michael Mendizza
Weekend

Fundamental Challenges: Living the Insights Offered by J Krishnamurti

May 3 – 5
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon and 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

Without understanding what the so-called teachings are, their fundamental intention, we remain like travelers in a foreign land without a map. We will explore together:

• “There are no teachings.” (J Krishnamurti) Then what are the teachings?
• Two realities: A problem can’t be solved at the same level that of the problem was created.
• Direct Experience vs Concept, Living in Insight
• Only One Enlightenment.
• The Problem of the “Self” Who Grasps? What Becomes?
• Always Awakening, Complete Attention Without a Center.
• It is always now. Now is all there is. How does this change how we conceive of our life and death?

The focus is not to interpret the teachings but examine, explore and discover what the teachings are. Source materials will be Always Awakening, The Buddha’s Realization Krishnamurti’s Insight, the new first–generation video series, and other materials.
Series $50, Single session $15

Michael Mendizza is an author, educator, documentary filmmaker, and founder of Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center. Michael’s latest books are Always Awakening, Buddha’s Realization Krishnamurti’s Insight and Playful Wisdom, which describes the profound transformations adults and children can share during the first critical two years, an unprecedented study for new or returning fathers and mothers. Visit him at  michael@ttfuture. org


 

Gaspar Torres and Pablo Minniti
El Fin Semana

La Muerte a la Luz de la Teosofía

Mayo 17 – 19
Viernes 7:30 – 9 pm, Sabado 10 – 12 y de 2 – 4 pm, Domingo 10 – 12

Este seminario se adentrará en las grandes leyes de la Teosofía, especialmente cómo operan en la evolución de la conciencia, después de la muerte física, facilitando el constante ascenso del alma, tanto en las tres etapas de la vida, después de cada muerte, así como en todos los sucesivos ciclos de reencarnaciones del alma, todo ello regido por la Gran Ley del Karma.
Serie Completa $50, Una Sola sesiŏn $15

Pablo Minniti es miembro de la Sociedad Teosófica (ST) en América desde 1989 y fue presidente de la Logia Hispana en la ciudad de Nueva York. Reside y trabaja como voluntario en el Instituto teosófico de Krotona.

Gaspar Torres nació en un hogar teosófico en Cuba, se unió a la Sociedad desde joven, y fue Presidente de la Sección de ese país. Desde 2011 vive y trabaja en Krotona, y guía grupos de estudio por internet sobre las obras de HP Blavatsky, IK Taimni, así como otros temas y autores teosóficos.


 

Saturday Evening Violin Recital
Carmelo de los Santos
Saturday May 18, 7 – 8 pm
Krotona Hall

We are delighted to welcome Carmelo de los Santos again to Krotona Hall.

Carmelo de los Santos , DMA, is one of the most respected and sought after Brazilian violinists of his generation. He gained “celebrity status” in Brazil, at the age of 16, by winning its most prestigious music competition, the Eldorado Prize, in Sao Paulo. Since then he has been invited as guest soloist with major orchestras in Brazil and the Americas, has performed and taught in master classes and international music festivals, and collaborated with distinguished artists and groups.
Suggested donation $12. Students free

An associate professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, Carmelo’s repertory is extensive, spanning Baroque to Contemporary, and passing through all major concertos for violin and orchestra. He is also an advocate for Brazilian classical music, past and present. A third-generation Theosophist, Carmelo lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Eugenia, also a violinist who teaches privately, and their nine year-old son, Arthur.

 

 

 


Far Horizons Vounteer

 


If you have been to Far Horizons in years past, you realize that volunteers run the camp as well as show up to support it.  What you may not know is that although we successfully completed the season of 2008, the volunteer staff continues to feel pressure because, to keep up the standard, we needed more help.  For the coming year, generating a strong staff of volunteers is a top priority.  To do so, we are reaching out to you, people who have experienced (and benefited from)  the unique offerings of Far Horizons.
If you (or any friends you can think of that would be a good fit for Far Horizons) have interest in being a part of the Far Horizons staff this summer, consider applying!
When you volunteer you get to live:

  • With 3 delicious, organic vegetarian meals a day.
  • In the absence of electricity – a subtle, but noticeable change that gives your body a break.
  • In the spirit of service, sharing your gifts with others
  • Surrounded by forest and wilderness, with many hiking, exploring and meditative opportunities.
  • In community, coming together daily with others that share common goals.
  • With the option to attend any of the personal growth workshops that take place every week.

All of this in trade for a contribution of work to keep the place running.
Listed above are just a few of the reasons why spending a summer of service at Far Horizons is so enriching, and there are many more to be discovered in the experience. 2009 is a good time to explore what else you will find during a summer at Far Horizons that you won’t forget.

A big thank you and a bear hug to all the volunteers that have helped in the past and to all of those yet to come.  See you beneath the trees!


For more information go to www.farhorizons.org or contact:

Laurie Taylor
PO box 453
Ojai, CA 93024
Cell: 805-798-4341
Hone: 805-646-4835
e-mail: laurie@oregondays.com