Krotona School Programs for Winter-Spring 2023

TS Members Intensive

Pablo Sender, Introduction by Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.

Mahatmas and the Path of Discipleship

On-site and Zoom

January 27 – February 3

Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 – noon,
Sunday 10am – noon, Monday-Friday 10-noon

Afternoon sessions to be announced.

The Theosophical Society brought to the attention of the general public, for the first time in the modern age, a topic of great importance. This is the existence of a group of enlightened beings, the Mahatmas or Masters of Wisdom, who are willing to take disciples in what they called the path of occultism. This path consists of intense spiritual work that enables the disciple to go through a series of initiations taking place in non-physical states of consciousness. Its aim is not one of personal advantage, but of preparation to become a server of humanity. In this class sponsored by the Partners in Theosophy program, Vicente Hao Chin will present an introductory talk on Friday evening. For the remaining program, Pablo Sender will explore the qualifications necessary to tread this path, its main features, and the work of the earnest aspirant. Donations Appreciated

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.

Vicente Hao Chin, Jr, is Past President of both the Theosophical Society in the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS. He is founder and chairman of the Golden Link Schools in the Philippines where Theosophy influences the curriculum. Vic, as he is popularly known, has conducted a workshop internationally based on his book, The Process of Self-Transformation: Mastery of the Self and the Awakening of Our Higher Potentials. He has also authored Why Meditate?  Editor-in-Chief of the Theosophical Digest and Associate Editor of the Theosophical Encyclopaedia, Vic also compiled, edited and published the chronological edition of The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett.

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Christopher Chapple

Karma and Narratives of

Past and Future Lives

Onsite and Zoom

February 17 – 19
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10-noon, 2 – 4pm
Sunday 10-noon

How does karma work? Do impressions from past actions immutably determine our future? Or do we have the power to effect change? This seminar will explore core texts from the Upanisads and the Yogavasistha that invite us to think about how all three moments of time interact: past, present, and future. We will also explore Buddhist and Jain narratives of animals that show nobility, tender affection, and wisdom. Weather permitting, the workshop will include a guided walk on the labyrinth, journaling, and reflective sharing.
Single session $15 Weekend $50

Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He has published more than 20 books, including Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020).

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Ravi Ravindra

The Necessary Journey of

On site and Zoom
Eleven mornings 10-noon
March 14-17 and 21-24 Tuesday-Friday,
March 28-March 30 Tuesday -Thursday

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. Although the description of the demands of transformation vary, in general the transformation leads not to freedom for myself but to freedom from myself. For example, a remark of the Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, “Unless you leave yourself behind, you cannot be a follower of mine.”

We have a spiritual nature as well as a carnal nature. Most of the world is driven by the bodily fears and desires. In order to be free of my usual ego-driven self, it is essential to engage in an impartial self-inquiry in order to understand the self of which I need to be free and the Self which I need to understand and follow. The Self is a part and parcel of the Highest Reality and the call is for each one of us to become an instrument of the Divine will or the Cosmic Intelligence pervading the vast universe, bringing our own unique talent of service.

A searcher soon becomes deeply interested in the long but adventurous journey of self-transformation rather than the destination which always remains a Mystery. Drawing from the traditional sacred literature, Theosophical writings and the teachings of some modern sages, we will explore the voyage of the necessary inner transformation.
Single session $15 Series $150

Ravi Ravindra 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; Science and the Sacred; The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life.

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Martin Leiderman

Taimni’s 15 Points of the Occult Philosophy

On site and Zoom

Apr 21 – 23
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10-noon, 2 – 4pm, Sunday 10-noon

Dr. I. K. Taimni in his book A Way to Self-Discovery (formerly titled Self-Culture) points out that in order to discover and realize our highest potential, we must first steep ourselves in those spiritual Ideas which, once brought to our attention, are self-evident. In this book, we find his unique summary in 15 points of the whole corpus of Divine Wisdom. These will serve as our stepping stones towards a better understanding of our place in the world in which we live, in order to fulfill our responsibilities to ourselves, our fellows, and the beautiful planet on which we live. We’ll explore, study and contemplate these Ideas, expanding them with quotes from Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine, Platonic philosophy and other traditions.
Single session $15 Series $50

Martin Leiderman is an industrial engineer, born in Venezuela and resident in Los Angeles, who retired in 2019 after 37 years with an avionics company. A Life Member of the Theosophical Society in America, he is a national and international lecturer for the Society in English and Spanish. He has facilitated studies at Blavatsky House – the Hague, ITC Naarden, in Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Krotona Institute. Along with his wife, Susan, Martin has hosted the West LA Theosophical Study Group at their home for over 20 years.

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Cynthia Overweg

Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine:

A Transforming Power

On site and Zoom

Apr 25 – 27
Tuesday – Thursday 10-noon

“Every living being comes from the Mother of us all.”
                                 Lao Tzu

In myth, art, music, poetry and spiritual literature, the Sacred Feminine is a transforming power that unites the mind with the compassion of the heart. While the Sacred Feminine is beyond gender and form, conceptually it is the Feminine Principle that gave birth to the matrix of all life. She is our Cosmic Mother and the Earth is part of her manifestation. For centuries the Sacred Feminine has been suppressed, exploited, demeaned and misunderstood. Sufi mystic and author, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, put it this way: “We need to reclaim the sacred feminine both for our individual spirituality and for the well-being of the planet.”

Our sessions together will explore the significance of the Sacred Feminine through time, in the world as it is today, and in a re-imagined world that embraces the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine as primal energies and unified polarities in the mysterious dance of life.

Single session $15 Series $50

Cynthia Overweg facilitates workshops and retreats that focus on self-transformation and inner stillness from a nondual perspective. She is the author of Silent Awareness: The Revelation That Changes Everything and the forthcoming book, Awareness Meditations, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual quest that have been published internationally.

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Cynthia Overweg

Weekend Retreat

Embracing the Empowered Feminine

On site only
Apr 28 – 30
Friday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Saturday 10 – noon and 2 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 – noon

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
Malala Yousafzai

The empowered feminine speaks authentically from inner wisdom and from the truth of lived experience. We express who we are, without reservation or fear. Our voice is clear, distinct and confident. Our weekend retreat will be a relaxed meditative inquiry into the empowered feminine. What does this empowerment mean? How is it acquired? Why does it matter? Our time together includes interludes of meditation, deep relaxation, communion with nature, sacred music, journaling, and an exploration of feminine archetypes that have an impact on women, girls and modern culture. Our aim is to create a supportive and quiet space where the empowered feminine can be fully embraced and a balanced relationship with masculine energies can be approached. Join us for a weekend of meditative inquiry, inner quietude and relaxed exploration in a beautiful setting.
Series $50
Vegetarian Box Lunch option available for Saturday. $15

Cynthia Overweg facilitates workshops and retreats that focus on self-transformation and inner stillness from a nondual perspective. She is the author of Silent Awareness: The Revelation That Changes Everything and the forthcoming book, Awareness Meditations, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual quest that have been published internationally.

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Rev. Jim Burklo

Nurturing the Natural Spirituality of Youth

May 5 – 6
Friday 7:30 – 9pm (On site and Zoom)
Saturday 10 – noon, 2 – 4pm (On-site only)

Recent brain and behavioral research make it clear that spirituality is a universal, natural developmental process. These fresh scientific observations establish an imperative for all parents and educators to actively encourage the spiritual formation of young people.
This workshop will begin on Friday evening. Rev. Burklo will lead adult participants in a brief mindfulness meditation practice, and then give an overview of the recent brain and behavioral science of natural spiritual development. Resources will be introduced and explored to address how parents, educators, and mentors can attend to and nurture the spiritual experiences of young people.
Saturday will be on-site for caregivers and children. (Wear your grubbies because some of our sessions will engage in hands-on artistry!) In this session ritual will be explored that can be adapted at home. Children will be introduced to chants from the world’s religious and spiritual traditions while learning to create sand mandalas, prayer bead necklaces for meditation, and dorodangos– shiny mud-balls – a meditative Japanese art form.

To prepare for the sessions, participants are urged to read the resources at his website, Also, participants are urged to read The Spiritual Child by Dr Lisa Miller – an introduction to the brain and behavioral science of natural spiritual development.

Single session $15 Series $25

Rev. Jim Burklo has been a spiritual educator for over 40 years. He is the Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting, and is the founder of ZOE, a global network of progressive Christian groups at colleges and universities. He is the founder of, a resource for parents and educators to nurture of the spirituality of young people. Jim recently retired as the Senior Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California. He served as chaplain to students and staff, supported spiritual and religious student organizations, and organized interfaith events on campus.
He and his wife Roberta live in Ojai, California.

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