The Theosophical Society in America

Krotona Programs





Stephan A Hoeller
Weekend Seminar
CG Jung’s Prophetic Insights: Revisiting the Spirit of The Red Book
January 19 – 21, Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm , Sunday 10 – noon

HP Blavatsky wrote that psychologists in the coming centuries would have to deal with great changes in the souls of future populations. Certainly, one such psychologist was CG Jung, who in his posthumous The Red Book expressed his vision of the coming age. Dr Hoeller, who has spoken of The Red Book in Krotona, will evaluate intimations of psycho-spiritual changes to come. (As often, a prophet is not primarily a forecaster of the future but a voice reminding us of transcendental realities of past, present and future.)
Series $50, Single session $15

Dr Stephan A Hoeller, has lectured for the Theosophical Society for over 50 years in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He authored two books on CG Jung: The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead and Jung and the Lost Gospels. He is retired as associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oriental Studies and is a bishop in the Gnostic Church. He has recently been invited to contribute to Jung’s Red Book for Our Time, to be published by Chiron Publications this year.

Pablo Sender, with Partners in Theosophy Faculty
Members’ Intensive
Regeneration: Human and Global
January 26 – February 2, Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm, Sunday – Friday, 10 – noon
Likely afternoon sessions Monday and Wednesday.

Theosophical teachings provide a deep and fascinating worldview that can bring a different understanding of life. However, these teachings are meant to be more than a philosophy. According to one of Blavatsky’s teachers, the Theosophical teachings were given “for their practical bearing on the interests of mankind.” In this intensive seminar, the mentors of the Partners in Theosophy Program will explore the nature of the change needed today, both in its psychological and spiritual dimensions, the role of the Theosophical Society as a vehicle of transformation, and practices that can bring about a regeneration not only in the individual, but also in the totality of human consciousness.
• 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.

Pablo Sender, PhD, joined the Theosophical Society (TS) in 1996 in Argentina, where he obtained a doctorate in biological sciences. He lived and worked at the TS international headquarters in Adyar, Chennai, India, and later at the national center of the TS in America in Wheaton, IL. Pablo presents lectures, seminars and classes internationally as well as on-line courses.

Nelda Samarel
Four Mornings
Demystifying Dying, Death, and After
February 6 – 9, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

Removing the mystery of dying, death, and after, one may learn to live more fully and also to more effectively comfort and support loved ones experiencing the dying process. Because our attitudes about death and after-life affect how we respond to our own and others’ dying, we first will explore the meaning of dying for ourselves. The workshop also will include: responses to dying and meeting changing needs throughout the process: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual; and what happens after death, or, where do we go from here? This workshop is intended for anyone who will someday die, and for all who will ever experience the death of a loved one.
Series $50, Single session $15

Nelda Samarel, EdD, RN, is a retired nursing professor with many years of hospice and healing experience. She presents internationally and has numerous publications, including Caring for Life and Death, and Helping the Dying: A Guide for Families and Friends Assisting Those in Transition. A long-time student of the Ageless Wisdom, Dr Samarel 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.

Elena Dovalsantos
Four Mornings
Finding Peace Amid the Challenges of Life
February 13 – 16, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

When life is throwing us curve balls, how do we cope? When someone we know is suffering, how do we deal with it? How can we manage through difficult relationships, loss, health and disease, fear, and loneliness? What is the root cause of the conflicts? Can we use the wisdom left to us by the teachers of humanity to put these problems into perspective, make sense of things, meet life’s challenges, help those in need? In these sessions, we will explore these issues and techniques that may help us find peace.
Please pre-register. Attendance limited.
Series $50, Single session $15

Elena Dovalsantos, PhD, MBA, has a doctorate in chemistry and a masters degree in management. She taught at the university level and spent most of her career engaged in scientific research. A third generation theosophist, she is a devoted student of the Ageless Wisdom, served as past president of the Beacon Theosophical group in San Diego and co-facilitates theosophical study groups in Krotona as well as on the web.

Arthur George
The Nature of Religious Truth: A Mythological and Depth Psychological Perspective
February 16 – 18, Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

This program explores the nature of religious experience and religious truth from a mythological and depth psychological perspective, with the goal of applying this understanding to one’s own spiritual life. The program first explores the commonalities of personal “religious” experience across world religions and in secular spiritual practices, its psychological aspects in relation to the Self, and how such experience is manifested in world myths and in organized religious doctrine. The class then turns to the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, tracing the evolution of the God-image in the Old Testament and in Christianity, ultimately focusing on how the mediating figure of Christ and the spiritual/psychic realities of the Incarnation, the Divine Child, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection can be applied in our own spiritual development, regardless of whether one is a Christian. The format is lecture, discussion, and experiential, with visuals.
Series $50, Single session $15

Arthur George is a cultural historian, mythologist, and author. He is a frequent speaker at scholarly conferences and other events on mythological, religious, and related topics. He is the author (with his wife Elena) of two award-winning books, the latest of which is The Mythology of Eden (2014), and is currently writing a book about the mythology underlying our seasonal holidays and how we may use this knowledge to observe them in a more spiritually relevant manner. He has a mythology blog at and a website with Elena at

Robert Ellwood
Four Mornings
Karma: Past, Present, Future; Good, Bad, Mysterious
February 20 – 23, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

This class will be about Karma, the educative consequences of our thoughts, words, and deeds. We will look at some Theosophical texts on the subject. Students will then be invited to share personal or other accounts suggestive of karma, and together we will try to come to a deeper understanding of this key to the meaning of our lives.
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 headquarters in Chennai, India, and has presented internationally for the Society. Dr Ellwood has published widely both professionally and in theosophical journals and authored books on comparative religion and theosophy.

John Willard
The Mysticism of Sound and Music
March 16 – 18, Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

From the earliest indigenous people’s ceremonies, to today’s “connected and interdependent” world; from a native sweat lodge, to the churches and temples of every world religion; sound and music have provided a gateway to the sacred; to a space where the ordinary becomes extra-ordinary. There is a universal tone underlying all existence. Every tradition attempts to point the way using words such as “the soundless sound”, “the voice of the silence” and “the sound of one hand clapping”. When we are able to quiet the mind and the distractions of our everyday life, we hear its whisper. After grounding ourselves in the most current physical and metaphysical research, we will explore through direct experience how sound and music could become a gateway to personal and planetary healing and transformation. The overarching theme of all of our work together is grounded in the unifying and transformative power of deep listening.
Series $50, Single session $15

John Willard, MS Management, stumbled upon the esoteric teachings of Taoism, Chan Buddhism, Zen, Sufism, and Gl Gurdjieff in his late teens. Until age 29 he studied intensively and simultaneously with several mentors: a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, a student of GI Gurdjieff and early American Zen practitioner, and a master builder-contractor. For the next 30 years, John strived to help his design--build clients create a sense of place, a sense of space, and a sense of connection in their personal living spaces and lives. With an attitude of wonder and gratitude John seeks to engage and exchange with other like-minded seekers in exploring the transformational mysteries of sound, music and deep listening.

Ravi Ravindra
Eleven Mornings
The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life
March 20 – 23, 27 – 30, April 3 – 5, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon
Final week Tuesday – Thursday 10 – noon

The Bhagavad Gita is the single most important text to originate in India. In this text Krishna, an incarnation of the Highest Divinity, teaches his beloved disciple Arjuna that no action can be right according to the demands of dharma unless the person is transformed into the right actor by the discipline of yoga. Further, the accomplishment of yoga needs intervention from the forces and energies subtler than our usual selves, requiring sacrifice (yajña) of our attachment to what we ordinarily are. Thus, the Bhagavad Gita, a part of the Dharma literature, becomes a classic of Yoga as Krishna teaches a variety of disciplines all under the general umbrella of buddhi yoga, the yoga of awareness and integrated intelligence, assisting a searcher to be simultaneously engaged skillfully in the battle of life like Arjuna while remaining above the battle like Krishna. The course will be based largely on the latest book by Ravindra with the same title as the course.
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 (Easter Weekend)
To Celebrate the Christ Within
March 30 – 31, Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4 pm

Although for the purpose of transmission of culture from one generation to another, subtle internal realities need to be externalized, all serious spiritual searchers have proceeded in the reverse direction from the outside inward. Great Christian mystics – for example, the great initiate St Paul, Meister Eckhart and Angelus Silesius – have searched for the spirit and consciousness of Christ within themselves. We will explore a few remarks of these luminaries in our celebration of the Christ within and also try some exercises for an inward attention.
Three sessions $45, Single Session $15

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.
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.

Will Tuttle
Four Mornings
Vegan Living: Creating a Culture of Peace
April 10 – 13Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The essence of spiritual practice is awakening to our original wisdom, beyond the confining ideas of cultural conditioning. Dr Tuttle’s book, The World Peace Diet, translated into 16 languages, has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century – the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the unity of all life. It makes explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems – psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. This course offers tools to understand and practice vegan living as a spiritually, culturally, and physically transforming path of awakening.
Series $50, Single session $15

Will Tuttle, PhD, lectures, guides workshops, and performs widely internationally. His doctorate degree explored educating intuition and altruism, and he has taught college courses in creativity, comparative religion, and philosophy. A recipient of the prestigious Courage of Conscience Award, Will is a former Zen monk and Dharma Master in the Zen tradition. An acclaimed pianist and composer, his presentations often include his music as well as evocative animal paintings by his spouse, Madeleine, a visionary artist from Switzerland.

Cynthia Overweg
Four Mornings
Krishnamurti on Beauty, Nature and the Earth
April 17 – 20, Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

“When you lose touch with nature, you lose touch with humanity.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

In his journals, Krishnamurti wrote with great sensitivity about the beauty and wonders of nature, poetically describing his timeless encounters with the aliveness of the earth – a mountain bathed in luminous light; a grove of trees imbued with the “immensity” of silence; a lone lizard warming itself on a rock. His walks in nature often filled him with awe. But he also observed what he called a lack of “tenderness” in the way most humans respond to nature, and suggested that without an authentic relationship to the natural world, humanity will remain divided, violent and unable to be at peace with itself. “If we could establish a deep, long, abiding relationship with nature…we would never slaughter another human being,” he wrote. This program will explore Krishnamurti’s profound kinship with nature, and what we can learn from his insights.
Series $50, Single session $15

Cynthia 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 has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. For more information visit:

Eneida Carbonell, Rodolfo Garbalosa, Alberto Vidaurri
Seminario de fin de Semana, en Español
Un Panorama del Reino Angélico y los Espíritus de la Naturaleza
Abril 27 – 29, Viernes 7:30 – 9 pm, Sábado 10 – 12 y de 2 – 4 pm, Domingo 10 – 12

Consideraremos las particularidades y funciones de las varias categorías de Ángeles y de los Espíritus de la Naturaleza quienes vivifican, informan y cooperan con la humanidad en su vía ascendente de la evolución física, psíquico-mental y espiritual de esta. Utilizaremos material de estudio de Geoffrey Hodson, C.W. Leadbeater, H.P. Blavatsky, Dora Kunz y otros así como videos sobre el tema.
Serie completa $50, una sola sesión $15

Eneida Elena Carbonell es graduada de UCLA con Licenciatura en Matemáticas Aplicadas y es maestra de Matemáticas para Adultos en Los Ángeles. Ha trabajado en la Biblioteca de Adyar, India y en el Instituto Teosófico de Krotona. Ha dado diversos seminarios en inglés y español, en Krotona y para la Federación Teosófica Interamericana.
Rodolfo Garbalosa se hizo miembro de la Sociedad Teosófica en Cuba en el año 1956 y continua siendo un miembro activo de la ST en América. Es el actual Vice-Presidente de la Logia España en Los Angeles y conduce un ciclo de estudios sobre “La Vida Interna” basado en escritos de CW Leadbeater.
Alberto Vidaurri, tiene un BA en Comunicaciones, cinematografía, y artes y ha sido miembro de la Sociedad Teosófica en México desde joven. Él tiene experiencia como escritor creativo, traductor, productor y director de teatro, película, TV y publicidad. Alberto es ahora miembro de la Logia España de la Sociedad Teosófica en Los Angeles, donde el coordina el Departamento de Comunicaciones.

Saturday Evening
Violin and Piano Recital
Carmelo de los Santos & Amy Lin
Krotona Hall, April 28, 7 – 8 pm

The path of a musician is full of the “matter versus spirit” paradox: attention to technical detail might kill the freshness of self-expression, while only focus on self-expression might produce a work of art that is a poor representation of the subtle inner realities. In the case of the performing arts that paradox is amplified by the act of producing art live, in a given moment, with all the physical and psychological challenges that it involves.The duo Lin/de los Santos will present a violin and piano recital with a wide range of music styles: Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Gershwin Three Preludes, Faure Elegie, Rachmaninoff Vocalise, and the great “Kreutzer” Sonata by Beethoven, a masterpiece of the Classical/Romantic era.
Suggested donation $12. Students free

Pianist Amy Lin was born in Taiwan, and immigrated to the United States with her family as a youngster. She spent ten years working intensively with acclaimed pianist Leon Fleisher, receiving a Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at the Peabody University in Baltimore. As a direct descendant from the “Beethoven school” (through Czerny, Leschetizky, Schnabel and Fleisher), Amy Lin takes special interests in the music of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. Amy Lin is a professor at the Conservatory of Strasbourg in France.
Carmelo de los Santos, DMA, associate professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, is one of the most respected and sought-after Brazilian violinists of his generation. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras in South America, as well as at Carnegie Hall with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, both as soloist and conductor. His passion for teaching has brought him to master classes and important music festivals around the world. A third-generation Theosophist, he has performed for the Society internationally.

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