Programs Calendar

List of Programs

March 16, 2018
  • The Mysticism of Sound and Music

    John Willard

    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.

March 20, 2018
  • The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life

    Ravi Ravindra
    Eleven Mornings

    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.

March 23, 2018
  • Gita, A Timeless Guide for Our Time

    Isaac Bentwich, M.D

    March 23 -24
    Friday 7:30 - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - noon, 2 - 4 pm.

    The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world’s most trusted guides for happiness, meditation, spiritual growth, and transformation, inspiring inspired brilliant scientists, creative minds,and spiritual teachers of all times. The workshop will explore the melodic nature of the text, using Dr. Bentwich’s new poetic translation, to help us awaken our intuition and truly experience Gita’s wisdom.  The three sessions will be dedicated to exploring the paths of Action, Devotion and Wisdom, as the Gita speaks directly to each spiritual seeker.

    Session $15, Series $40.

    Dr. Bentwich is a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation, whose path is reverence to the teachings of different traditions and religions. He has founded four life-science technology companies leading revolutions in medicine, genomics and environmental conservation. His work on this translation of the Gita has spanned twelve years.

March 30, 2018
  • To Celebrate the Christ Within

    Ravi Ravindra and Priscilla Murray
    Friday Evening – Saturday (Easter Weekend)

    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.

April 10, 2018
  • Vegan Living: Creating a Culture of Peace

    Will Tuttle
    Four Mornings

    April 10 – 13
    Tuesday – 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.

April 17, 2018
  • Krishnamurti on Beauty, Nature and the Earth

    Cynthia Overweg
    Four Mornings

    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

April 27, 2018
  • Un Panorama del Reino Angélico y los Espíritus de la Naturaleza

    Eneida Carbonell, Rodolfo Garbalosa, Alberto Vidaurri
    Seminario de fin de Semana, en Español

    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.

April 28, 2018
  • Violin and Piano Recital

    Saturday Evening

    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.