The Theosophical Society in America

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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: 

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


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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 or contact:

Laurie Taylor
PO box 453
Ojai, CA 93024
Cell: 805-798-4341
Hone: 805-646-4835


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.

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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


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


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.


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".


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.


Orcas Island Foundation
360 Indralaya Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
phone: 360-376-4526
contact: Minor Lile
Indralaya web site:

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 Programs





Michele and Pablo Sender

Weekend Seminar

Cultivating Awareness

September 22 – 24

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

Sunday 10 – noon

Bringing harmony to our often disorderly emotions and actions is a main focus of spiritual traditions. An essential discipline for this is the cultivation of an awareness that is free from judgment or justification.  Although awareness is an intrinsic aspect of our nature, discovering how to witness our mental and emotional activity with equanimity can be challenging.  Michele and Pablo will guide awareness practices to help us explore together the subtle workings of our internal and external worlds.  Discover how cultivating awareness may enhance mindful, heartfelt relations within ourselves, the wider community, and the natural world.

Michele Sender joined the Theosophical Society in 2006.  She has a degree in education and has taught positive thinking skills to high school at-risk students. When serving on the TSA national headquarters staff, she also was president of the Wheaton-Olcott TS lodge.  Michele has given lectures and seminars on the practical application of Theosophy, both in the US and UK.


Pablo Sender, PhD, has served the TS since joining in Argentina in 1996, including several years as a staff member at the international (Adyar) and American national headquarters. Pablo presents theosophical programs worldwide in English and Spanish, guides on-line classes, and contributes regularly to theosophical journals. Pablo and Michele are Krotona residents.


Pablo Sender

Four Mornings

Seeking the True Self

September 26 – 29

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

“Man Know Thyself” is a famous aphorism inscribed at the entrance of the Delphi oracle in Greece. Many spiritual traditions have pointed out that the root of suffering and conflict lies in our ignorance of who we really are.  However, self- knowledge is not easy. It requires the peeling back of the layers of false conceptions and mistaken identities, as well as the awakening of a deeper perception able to realize our essential natures.  We will engage in and explore four meditative practices: self-examination, self-inquiry, self-observation and self-dwelling.

Series $50, Single session $15

Pablo Sender, PhD, has served the TS since joining in Argentina in 1996, including several years as a staff member at the international (Adyar) and American national headquarters. Pablo presents theosophical programs worldwide in English and Spanish, guides on-line classes, and contributes regularly to theosophical journals. Pablo and Michele are Krotona residents.

Cecil Messer

Four Mornings + Weekend

A Journey of Awakening

October 3 – 6

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

Oct 6 – 8

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

Sunday 10 – noon

Based on Cecil Messer’s book, Out of Darkness: From Chaos to Clarity via Meditation, this class provides a GPS to guide us on a homeward-bound journey to our primordial source of being, our personal mythical Eden.  The format is an open-minded inquiry into prerequisite qualities distilled from core teachings of wise ones. This opens us to a spectrum of meditation approaches for liberation from suffering and enlightenment for the benefit of others.  Meditation practices connect us to a profound spiritual experience.  Short practices will progress in nuanced stages to unfold a coherent wholeness and begin the process of relating to the fruits of meditation - radiant love and luminous clarity.

The weekdays focus on experiencing the foundations necessary for meditation practice. The weekend is oriented towards exploring a variety of paths and approaches to meditation.

Four Mornings: Series $50, Single session $15

Weekend: Series $50, Single session $15

Full course: $90

Cecil Messer, a retiree of the NASA Space Program science and engineering team, and an ardent inquirer into the core values of spiritual traditions, has presented classes for Krotona School on meditation and related spiritual teachings. He conducted a year-long online seminar, Exploring the Heart of Meditation, for the Theosophical Society in America, and has published articles in national and international periodicals.  Currently he resides in the mountains of North Carolina where he practices non-sectarian Buddhism.

Robert Ellwood

Four Mornings

The Unknown God: Unconventional Christian Mystics and Visionaries

October 10 – 13

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

Among topics to be presented will be the Gnostics, including the Gospel of Thomas and newly-discovered Gospel of Judas, with reference to Helena Blavatsky’s writings on the Gnostics.  We will then move on to controversial but significant medieval figures like Joachim of Flora, Margery Kempe, and Mechtild of Magdeburg. Next will come more recent personalities like Thomas Traherne, the English seer, and Emanuel Swedenborg.  We will end the survey with Harriet Tubman, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, soon to appear on the $20 bill, who was guided by a series of remarkable spiritual experiences.

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. Robert has published widely and authored several books on comparative religion and theosophy.

Gwen Wyatt

Four Mornings

Spirituality in Health Care: Consideration of Complementary Therapies

October 17 – 20

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

There are many ways to approach well-being and quality of life.  Health and illness can be viewed on a continuum, but what role does spirituality play in our state of being? We will look at what science tells us about health from a biological perspective and what theosophy tells us about well-being from a spiritual perspective. We will examine how complementary therapies differ from medical therapies and explore the balance between quality of life and length of life.  This will include an examination of the philosophical intersection between spirit and science with regard to our state of health.  Looking through our theosophical lens, we will question where truth lies for each of us.

Series $50, Single session $15

Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, has been a theosophist since 1983, drawn through her training with Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger in the practice of therapeutic touch.  She has honed her skills in complementary therapies with an emphasis on the care of cancer patients, during 30 years of teaching, scholarship and service at MSU. Gwen’s research is recognized internationally for its contribution to supportive care for cancer patients.  Her current NCI (National Cancer Institute) study explores the efficacy of home-based reflexology and meditative practices for symptom management.

Adelle Chabelski


Higher Truths as Seen Through the Genius of The Twilight Zone

October 20 – 22

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

Sunday 10 – noon

Serling, the creative genius and writer behind The Twilight Zone series, realized the impact of words and the imagination on the heart and conscience. He also understood that film can help us question our perceptions and social norms, and can inspire change.  Serling addressed contemporary issues such as social injustice, racism, prejudice, scapegoating, fear, and the profound moral questions posed by war. After encountering censorship from networks and their sponsors, he wrote using fantasy and science fiction.  Many of his stories examine our values and teach important lessons about empathy, ethics, freedom, and death. We will view several episodes of The Twilight Zone, exploring themes which reflect higher philosophical truths and that each of us has the ability to change the world. Additional showings may be arranged for Saturday evening.

Series $50, Single session $15

Adelle Chabelski, translator, writer, and human rights advocate, was historical advisor and interviewer for two award-winning documentaries, one on the former Soviet Union and the other, produced by Steven Spielberg, on the Holocaust. She served on the Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch, has chaired international conferences on human rights issues, and has guided academic and professional delegations, including peace delegations, to Asia and Europe. Adelle has also served as president of the Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley.

Minor Lile

Four Mornings

Seeking the Traces: A Dharma Practicum

October 24 – 27

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

This experiential workshop helps us to reflect on and gain a deeper sense of self and purpose based on the wisdom tradition teachings on dharma.  The basic premise of the course is that each of us comes into life with a calling or unique gift, something that we have earned and have the opportunity to express in this lifetime. It is our responsibility, or duty, to discover and endeavor to fully live into this offering of one’s self.  As our lives unfold, our understanding of how to do this evolves and we must learn to adapt to changing circumstances.  We explore methods, practices and insights that support continually being in touch with this dynamic process, and work collaboratively to develop a theoretical and practical approach to dharma.

Series $50, Single session $15

Minor Lile has served as executive director at Indralaya, the theosophical center on Orcas Island, WA, where he and his wife Leonie Van Gelder have lived and worked for 18 years. He also serves on the Theosophical Society in America’s national board of directors for its western district.


Cynthia Overweg

Four Mornings

Freedom & the Quest for Meaning

October 31 – November 3

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

The quest for meaning and a longing for freedom are fundamental questions of human existence. We long to be free of restraints and entanglements, yet we often seek meaning in the very things that enslave us.  Spiritual understanding seems to grow slowly within us, much like a spiral.  We seek, we falter, we learn, we grow; and then we begin again, though it seems we never quite reach the wholeness we seek. What does it mean to be free?  Is it possible to be free of seeking? What is human existence for?  We will approach these questions from both Eastern and Western perspectives.  Our guides in this inquiry will be HP Blavatsky, J Krishnamurti, Christian mysticism, Ramana Maharshi, and the Upanishads. Our intention will be to delve deeply into our own being.

Series $50, Single session $15

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, spiritual storyteller, writer and filmmaker. Her focus is on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in wholeness and peace. Her work has won awards from the National Endowments for the Arts and the American Film Institute. Cynthia lives in Krotona with her


Cynthia Overweg

Weekend Retreat

Peace & Stillness

November 4 – 5

Saturday 10 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – Noon

We live in a world that has become ever more divided. Yet as human beings, we are more alike than different; we all have the same basic needs, and we share a mutual longing for happiness and fulfillment. So why can’t we be at peace and live harmoniously with each other and with nature? Sages from every tradition tell us that peace has to be cultivated from within before it can flourish in our lives and in the world. Through stillness, contemplation, deep listening and communion with nature, we will relax and explore the stability and comfort of inner peace.

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

Retreat $40 + $12. Pre-registration is required

Cynthia Overweg is an educator, spiritual storyteller, writer and filmmaker. Her focus is on the interconnectedness of life and our shared aspirations to live in wholeness and peace. Her work has won awards from the National Endowments for the Arts and the American Film Institute. Cynthia lives in Krotona with her

E Carbonell, M Leiderman, P Sender, G Torres

Seminario de fin de semana, en español

Cosmogonía en la Doctrina Secreta

17 19 de Noviembre

Viernes 7:30 9 pm, Sábado 10 12 y 2 4 pm

Domingo 10 12

Hacia el final de su vida, H. P. Blavatsky escribió el libro La Doctrina Secreta, considerada como su magnus opus. Al publicarse en 1888 fue una fundamental contribución a la filosofía esotérica. El núcleo de la obra son las Estancias de Dzyan,” una serie de aforismos secretos que describen la evolución del cosmos y la humanidad desde un punto de vista esotérico. En este programa los cuatro explorarán las Estancias de Cosmogénesis de La Doctrina Secreta sobre el despertar del cosmos al final de la “noche universal, la formación del sistema solar, y la evolución de este planeta.

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.

Martin Leiderman, es ingeniero industrial, fundador y miembro del Centro de Estudios Teosóficos del Oeste de LA y es parte de la Junta Directiva del Instituto de Krotona. Ha dado programas para la ST internacional en varias áreas y ha desarrollado nuevas formas de estudiar La Doctrina Secreta y otros materiales con bellas y vívidas ilustraciones.

Pablo Sender, PhD, ingresó a la ST en Argentina, en 1996. Vivió y trabajó en la sede internacional en Adyar, India, luego en la sede de la ST de América, en Wheaton, vive ahora en Krotona. Presenta programas en inglés y español, clases sobre La Doctrina Secreta, publica artículos en varias revistas teosóficas y ha escrito dos libros en español.

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

Donation $12, Students Welcome as our Guests

Four Mornings
Amit Goswami
Quantum Economics, Deep Ecology, and Social Transformation
May 2 – 5

Tuesday – Friday 10 – noon

Today’s distorted capitalistic system creates repetitive boom-and-bust cycles, enriching a few at the expense of the majority. While many economists believe a new economic model is necessary, there is no consensus on what to do or how to do it. Amit will discuss a reformulation of economics based on the quantum worldview. Quantum economics recognizes that we not only live and work in a physical place; we also inhabit an internal place of feeling, thinking, and intuition. These aspects of our being must be included in the economic equation. We will explore how vital energies, meaning and values can be restored to economics, and how quantum economics and deep ecology go hand-in-hand in sustainability. They can inspire positive social transformation, protect the planet, and provide a spiritual grounding which gives meaning and dignity to life and to work.

Series $50, single session $15

Amit Goswami, PhD is a retired professor of theoretical physics, University of Oregon in Eugene, where he had served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness.” In addition to a successful textbook Quantum Mechanics, he has written many popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. His upcoming book Quantum Creativity which provides instruction about how to engage in both outer and inner creativity. Amit Goswami is a practitioner of spirituality and transformation. He appeared in the films “What the Bleep Do We Know,” “The Dalai Lama Renaissance,” and the award-winning, “The Quantum Activist.” For more information see his website

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