Palmerston North

At the time of the founding of The Theosophical Society in 1875  one of the initiators made the prediction that in time, science would become theosophy's best ally. The Palmerston North Lodge of the Theosophical Society programme tries to bring forth information from up to date scientific sources which supports what theosophy has handed down through thousands of generations.

See our current programme below 

The Palmerston North Branch of the Theosophical Society was established in 1911. Members meet regularly and discuss theosophical topics. It is an opportunity for like-minded seekers to share and learn together about life and its purpose.

For up to date notification of what is on please supply us with your email address  - email or txt or phone 027 240 2069 or phone 06 353 6221

With consideration to the Covid-19 situation our Programme has cautiously resumed. 

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Tuesdays 6 - 7 pm 

We welcome all those seeking inner peace or equanimity.  

Suggested donation  $5 (Unwaged $3) towards Hall expenses.

Venue: Theosophical Hall, 304 Church Street, Palmerston North Central 

Enquiries: email or  txt 027 649 3849 or phone 353 6221  

LIBRARY OPEN - Saturdays ten am till noon -  over four thousand interesting books to read and also videos to watch.  ( For non-members there is a "Library only" subscription available)



For members. Those interested in membership are invited to attend a few events before making application.  Everyone welcome  Suggested donation  -  Members $2; Non-members - $5         more details pending 


24 Oct 2020 Missing Link

Explore the deep truths of our origin, history, destiny and fate, with celebrated author and luminary Gregg Braden.

Throughout the fossil and archeological records, evidence of ancient civilizations push the narrative of human origins into a time period that many historians are not comfortable with. The discovery of out-of-place artifacts show that we have only gleaned a small portion of human history. These discoveries are not limited to the Earth. These findings push notions once relegated to Science Fiction into science fact.

For three hundred years, scientists have worked to come to an objective understanding of the natural world and our connection to it. As technology and techniques continue to improve, new results to old experiments are challenging past assumptions. We explore the results of cutting edge experiments which confirm that all things are contained within a field which can be influenced by our emotions and innermost beliefs.

Two experiments, conducted by prominent scientists, reveal that the arrangement of photons and DNA can be directly influenced by human emotions. When we learn to embrace these truths, we can begin to unlock the fullest potential we have available to us.

Entry General $5, Concession CS or StudentID cards $3, TS members $2.

Saturday 31 October 3 pm- 2.45 pm Governance Board Trustees visit - for members.  All members are encouraged to attend. Followed by Potluck Dinner and presentation by Governance Board Trustee, Richard Sell.

      Preceded at  5.30 pm Potluck Vegetarian or Vegan Dinner to host our guests. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share in the meal. 


Saturday 7 November 7 pm -  an evening with Shellie Hanley, Celestial Harpist, sharing her near death experience, and her beautiful harp music that was the outcome of that  experience. Entry $10 general, $8 CS or Student ID cards, $5 TS financial members.

Saturday  21 Nov  7 Pm -  Concert with Liam Furey

Entry General $5, CS or Student ID cards $3, Fianancial TS members $2 all PLUS a donation for the musician. 

$5.30 pm Potluck Vegetarian or Vegan dinner. 

More dates pending

AGM date to be decided 

 Saturday 12 December - end-of-year social 





 Past Programme                         


  Saturday 1 August 10 am start till approx 9 pm. Vegetarian lunch included in registration, For Saturday evening please bring a vegetarian or vegan contribution to share in a Potluck Dinner.                 Sunday 2 August 9.30 am start till approx 12.30 pm. (Farewell to those who need leave to travel.)       Lunch and afternoon programme till approximately 5 pm.     

Anyone who wishes to attend without prior registration needs also to include for any meals they wish to attend, a vegetarian contribution to that meal.


The Programme includes - 

Exploring the Realities of Our Existence - Liberating the Soul with Anthea Clement PNTS President 

Introduction  - includes what this means and what is involved in Soul Liberation, the current world situation,  and our part in it - including "Opening the Heart Gateway"  

Unmasking the Void with Benjamin Upton New Plymouth's T.S. President

Within the limits of observation we know of nothing but vibration and void. Could this basic division really be the source of all that we experience?

Living in Tune with Cosmic and Planetary Cycles with Sushma Webber, Wellington T. S  President -

 Ancient wisdom mentions how the powerful energy forces and electro-magnetic influences from the galactic center affects the rise and fall of civilization on Earth. Human beings too are affected by these cycles in addition to nature's cycles on a day to day basis. Understanding these cycles will help us design our lives accordingly to achieve our full human potential.

Reincarnation: A Psychological Perspective with Dr Simon Webber Past Wellington T.S President -

The idea of reincarnation will be explored from a psychological perspective, where we can ask several questions, including: 'Does anyone reincarnate'? If so, who is it that reincarnates'? Such questions will be explored in light of a theosophical framework, which takes into account the idea of Dharma and the spiritual path.

Sound and its use in Healing, with Jim Scrivener New Plymouth T.S past President

includes the use of sound for healing, past and present. Some theosophical references. How sound affects matter. What are we aiming to heal? Some applications in use - music therapy, chanting, vocal toning, solfeggio tuning forks, Tibetan singing bowls.

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 SUNDAY  starting at 9.30 am 

YOU ARE IT! with Helen Sussmilch, Palmerston North T. S. VicePresident and Treasurer.  

We will share a guided meditation, some exercises experiencing the Now and follow our hearts on our personal journey of self-transformation towards our spiritual goals.

Have a Heart, dear - an enlightening history of your heart with John Carver, Hawkes Bay TS President -

John has been studying the heart and consciousness for decades. For his talk he will be linking the physical with the spiritual, using his research into the fields of bioenergetics and quantum physics to bring
you some insights into what that little pump inside you really does.

Self Help for Staying Emotionally and Mentally Healthy in a World of Chaos  - Maya Hammarsal 

Includes demonstration of a self-help tool that can be of benefit to attendees.

Screening of  "Rewire and Expand Your Consciousness"   with Dr Theresa Bullard Ph.D (Physics) via 

Practical - reflection/contemplation and sharing. 

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Registration - General $35; CS or Student ID card holders concession $30; T.S. members $25. 

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Coming up at The Theosophical Society's New Plymouth Branch 
26 and 27 September Central Region Workshop  
JOURNEY Towards SELF  (title pending)


Saturday 14 March 7 pm

Humanity's “ dark night of the Soul”  -

With the acceleration of technological advancements,  what was once science fiction is now science fact,  and the human soul is trying to keep up.  

Collectively we have moved into a ‘dark night of the soul’.   This is part of a cycle that started with the new millennium  and is speeding up.

 Includes a screening of Social Alchemy - Humanity's collective evolution  - with Dr Theresa Bullard PhD (Physics) from her series on, explaining that this battle can only be won on the inside so that it becomes reflected on the outside.                                                                                          So it is up to us, individually to positively affect the collective evolution.

Includes discussion

 General public $5; Student ID or CS cards $3; TS members $2 



Saturday 29 February  7 pm -  Soul as an Atom in the Mid-brain - about a breakthrough scientific-divine revelation with Balaji Raju. 

 - the presentation will 

  •  explain the creation of Brain, its formation during Foetus development, its core connection with the cosmos and will explain the location of the Soul atom

  • decode the secrets of the Kabbalistic tree of life (Kabbalah refers to Skull in Tamil language)

  • answer the Existential question of - Who Am I ? - the purpose of birth and the path to liberation from the impending deluge.  Balaji  will further discuss  the three tangible scales in the eyes , which occludes inner vision of the God particle within us; practical interventions to remove these scales; and the importance of sunlight as Food to the soul. 

Balaji Raju is pursuing his doctorate in Management at Massey University in New Zealand. He has a Double Masters degree from US and Singapore. He has worked in the US, Ethiopia and India. He is a Trustee of the Light Bridge Foundation and spearheads all their research activities.


Tuesday 10 March 7.30 pm                                                                                  After-Death Communications                                                                            presentation by Professor Janice M Holden (USA),                                  EdD, LPC-S, NCC, ACMHP 

In after-death communication (ADC), a living person perceives the presence of a physically deceased person or animal. In this presentation, Jan will summarize a systematic review of published research on ADC from the earliest study in 1894 through the most recent in 2010 involving a total of over 50,000 people from over 20 countries. Findings from this review reveal many facts about ADC, including their prevalence, incidence, forms, effects, and relationship to mental health. Jan will present an example of veridical ADC, in which the experiencer received information during the ADC that was otherwise unknown to any living person and that was subsequently verified as accurate.                                                                                              Audience members who have experienced ADC will have an opportunity to share their experiences and discuss implications of ADC for an understanding of consciousness.


Wednesday 11 March 7 till 9 pm - William Meader - International Teacher and T S America National Lecturer.                                                                        The Spiritual Constitution of the Human Being.

Foundational to the esoteric philosophy is an understanding of the spiritual constitution of the human being. In this presentation, the seven planes of consciousness will be deeply discussed in depth. The energetic relationship between the three periodical vehicles (monad, soul, and personality) will be presented, as well as the role of the Antahkarana as the bridge in consciousness that links the higher-self with the lower-self.

Registration - $33 for the public and $23 for CS card, Student ID and Theosophical Society members.                                                                                 Email  Pre registration will guarantee you a seat. 


2019 Saturday 7 December 10.30 am 

Introduction to your Brain – Dr Joe Dispenza terms being “supernatural” as having the ability to be to change your body and your world by thought alone.

He reveals the formula for rewiring your brain and changing your life. He explains that we are not hardwired to be a certain way for the entirety of our lives. Before you can understand how this works, you need an introduction to your brain and its parts, to learn how they affect what you think, do, and experience. Armed with this knowledge, you have the power to create coherence within.    (Webcast from Gaia Inc)


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2019 Tuesday 17 December 7.30 pm Geometry of Heaven, on Earth 

Webcast from Gaia Inc - Freddy Silva reveals the secrets to the construction and placement of tens of thousands of ancient temples across the face of the planet. Ages ago, after a world-wide cataclysm, an advanced civilization came forth to rebuild the former world of the gods. They built sacred temples, which encoded their knowledge of mathematics and the geometry of the heavens, to create places of power which could transform people’s lives.

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 Saturday 9 November 10 .30 am  - Webcasts— Opening the Heart Gateway and Accessing Universal Consciousness with Gaia Inc Dr Theresa Bullard Ph.Dphysics
Looking at the workings of heart intelligence, to explain the importance of cultivation compassion, gratitude and love. As new science catches up to ancient wisdom teachings, we see the data that the seat of human consciousness is not to be found in the brain, but in the heart. 
And in changing the way we live and changing the way we think will shift us into a new reality. Theresa Bullard, Ph.Dphysics, deftly interweaves complex concepts from ancient mystery teachings and quantum physics to bring us real-world ways in which we can deepen our spiritual connections and manifest a fulfilled life. Doing so, she shows us the way to reunite with source and tap into our unlimited potential as conscious beings.

Donation requested towards Hall costs $5, unwaged $3 and Financial members $2

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Saturday 2 November Carol Collier and Barbara Zanarb from Hamilton. 

4 pm  Carol - 

Theosophy – Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent
‘From the stream to the mighty ocean’  The Soul’s quest to find its way home.

Carol has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 2011 and was the President of the Hamilton Lodge from 2015 – 2018.   Carol initiated branch activities including the theoFest in 2016 and 2017 at Hamilton Gardens, which was open to the public to specifically spread theosophy to a wider audience.  These events were very successful, attracting 40-70 people to most sessions and people from other branches as well.

Carol is currently the Coordinator for the TOS group in Hamilton  and is very well thought of within the community at large.

7 pm from Barbara - 

Who am I in the LIGHT of Theosophy?

HPB’S quote “ETHICS is the Soul of Theosophy”

What ETHICAL practise can assist our Journey?

How does this affect our daily life?

Let us explore, ponder and share our understanding.

Barb Zanarb joined the Wellington Lodge of Theosophical Society in 1965 and the San Francisco Lodge in 1969.   She retired to New Zealand in 2014 and became a National member.  Barbara has had a career in the health field.  Through her years of nursing, travel and practical experience in various spiritual traditions, she has gained huge insights in her search for TRUTH

Donation requested towards Hall costs $5 per presentation, $8 for both; unwaged $3 per presentation and $5 for both; and Financial members $2 per presentation and $3 for both                      

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Saturday 9 November 10 .30 am  - Webcasts— Opening the Heart Gateway and Accessing Universal Consciousness with Gaia Inc Dr Theresa Bullard Ph.Dphysics

Looking at the workings of heart intelligence, to explain the importance of cultivation compassion, gratitude and love. As new science catches up to ancient wisdom teachings, we see the data that the seat of human consciousness is not to be found in the brain, but in the heart. 
And in changing the way we live and changing the way we think will shift us into a new reality. Theresa Bullard, Ph.Dphysics, deftly interweaves complex concepts from ancient mystery teachings and quantum physics to bring us real-world ways in which we can deepen our spiritual connections and manifest a fulfilled life. Doing so, she shows us the way to reunite with source and tap into our unlimited potential as conscious beings.

Donation requested towards Hall costs $5, unwaged $3 and Financial members $2

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Saturday 26 October 7 pm - presentation by Jacque Mahnich - The ego (its constitution, its process and its transformation)

Jacque spent his professional career in Aeronautical Engineering Industry, specialized iny Aircraft Powerplants Systems. He is a regular member of the French Theosophical Society, Adyar, since 1978, and of TOS-France. He is the founder of a Theosophical Study Group in the South of France, and he supports regular theosophical training courses and conferences. Involved in theosophical activities at the international level, he is a member of ITC (International Theosophical Conferences Inc.), a worldwide lecturer, the co-founder of a web blog dedicated to the search for the origin of the Stanzas of Dzyan, and the co-founder of a web-based Project which publish a quarterly review of Researches Relevant to Theosophy.
Jacques has spoken at Science and Spirituality Seminars in NZ and is the facilitator for the Spring School of Theosophy 

Was preceded by a Vegetarian and Vegan Potluck Dinner at 5.45 pm 

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Saturday 19 october 2019 7.00 pm  Sacred Science – New Dimensions of Reality presentation with Julia Tarnawsky. 

Scientists are probing into the dimensions of reality once the province of metaphysics, religious faith and the inner knowing of the esotericist, occult scientist and spiritually enlightened.
Near death experiences report continuing consciousness in higher realms after death. What is the purpose of human consciousness?
Is humanity part of a universal and unfolding design and plan of a higher intelligence?
1970- 2000 saw the flowing of electronic communication between scientists and their deceased counterparts who were working in the higher realms, assisted by human psychic abilities and the angelic kingdom. Impossible!?!?
This is a talk about this process. What do esotericists know about these phenomena? Come and find out  
 As a teacher and private practising psychologist earlier in life, Julia’s interest has always been in psycho-spiritual development. She taught in the Adelaide Lodge and on several speaking tours for TSNZ in New Zealand.
She has a Master of Science degree in Esoteric Psychology from the University of the Seven Rays. Julia lives and teaches with her husband Orest at the Southern Lights Centre Meditation School at Akaroa.  

Donation requested towards Hall costs $5, unwaged $3 and Financial members $2

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Saturday 7 September 

The Brotherhood of Angels and of Men

3.00 pm - Discussion of the Angelic or Devic Kingdom

7.30 pm - Discussion on the work of the Brotherhood

Facilitated by Bill Keidan


Bill Keidan joined the T S in England at 15 years of age. He had read Geoffrey Hodson’s book, The Kingdom of the Gods, which was in the Public Library. He never dreamed that he would ever meet the author, let alone be drawn close to him and his wife Sandra, yet that was the amazing destiny that life had in store for him, happening in Perth when Bill migrated to Australia in 1972


Central Region Workshop -

Two Day Workshop                                              Harmonising Matter and Spirit –                                                Healing the Soul:                                                                         Adapting to Today’s World Workshop

See below for registration details  –               numbers are limited    

Day One - Saturday 24 August 2019 —

Start time: 10 am

Introduction - Foundational Essentials - for Harmonising Matter and Spirit - Healing the Soul - Adapting to and in Today’s World — including interplanetary climate change and unlocking our DNA potentials — Science verifying the Divine Wisdom.

Anthea Clement was a science and a maths teacher, a farmer, horse rider and breeder and is a mother of three children, now all adults. She still enjoys teaching. She was made aware in the mid-nineties of her clairaudience. Anthea has studied theosophy since 2000 and Vipassana Meditation since 2009; both their teachings and their practise are important to her.

Noon: Lunch

Does spirit matter? What are we healing anyway?  What do you think healing is about? What is illness?  Can we really heal the soul? Why would we need to do that? And how?

John Carver When John was eight, on holiday with his parents, a stranger in a                    restaurant in England taught him the basics of pendulum dowsing, and that started him thinking about a lot of things that other kids wouldn't think of. For example, is a carpet male or female? What about a table? Are these valid questions? What is a valid question? In other words, how does this relate to our reality?
When the reality question set in, John had been a chartered electronic and electrical engineer for some years, he abruptly gave up a well-paid job and career to connect more to the universe, and did so for  16 years with no job, and survived with no income thanks to the help of the universe.

He then joined the TS in Glasgow, travelling an hour and a half each way to and went to most meetings. There wasn't so much around in those days! That was followed by emigrating to Australia, becoming self-employed as a healer and quantum physics health practitioner, which he has carried on since finding New Zealand

Approx. 3 pm:  Afternoon tea

Approximately 3.30 pm  -  Fasting as a Spiritual Practice:                                                               Strengthening Resilience and Emotional Intelligence   Historically fasting has been recommended by many religions and spiritual traditions.           Today it is one of the popular trends for improving health and well-being to harmonize our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects.   

Sushma Webber from India, President of Wellington T S, and has a Master of Fine Arts History 

Approximately 5.45  pm  - Vegetarian or vegan potluck dinner. Please bring a contribution to share sufficient to cover what you would eat plus a little more.

7 pm Becoming Aware of the Energy Within - Bryan Pollock  

Programme change as Bryan has had to cancel      

Spiritual Alchemy & Divine Purpose

With an understanding of the alchemy of life and healing we can achieve full potential and live the life we were meant to have. Dr Theresa Bullard PH D Physics explains how consciousness works through the fundamental components of the universe to fulfil purpose with a scientific explanation about raising your soul to higher plains of existence.   

She continues with

Creating Whole Brain States

exploring how can we be more consciously aware of our full capacity with expanding consciousness to access transcendent states that tap into the unlimited potential of the unified field, explaining that we have the power to rewire our neurological system to boost neuroplasticity.

Solar Flash: Ascension Energetics –

David Wilcock with evidence that other stars have encountered a dimensional shift, indicating the inevitable transformation of our solar system

Supper and recess for the night ~ 9 pm

Day Two  -  Sunday 25 August 2019

— please be seated by 9.30 am


9.30 am  Feeding the Soul and Receiving the Rewards  - covering the impact of regular meditation and uplifting activities on our day-to-day lives by nourishing the Soul and receiving its benefits.     (The presentation will include a guided meditation.)

                                                                                                                                Helen Sussmilch is one who is in Love with Life. Helen Sussmilch is one who is in Love with Life. In search of self-transformation she travelled to Spain, spent six months with the Ishayas of the Bright Path and took vows as a monk. Her life's work is to encourage others to make the choice and take steps on the journey which leads to self-realisation

Approx. 10.15 am Morning tea

Approx. 10.45 am Colour in Your Daily Life - looking at colour in our environment, light and the rainbow, our relationship with colour, colour meditation and colour breathing  

Pamela Stainton is a long term member of the Wellington Lodge and has served on the Committee. She works in the area of children's literacy, currently between two schools. She is a Yoga teacher and has many other interests  including art, colour and writing.


 If time allows The Earthing Movie 15 minutes  (Gaia Inc)

 Approx Noon Lunch  


1.15 pm Harmony in Action  - how we actively share harmony in our world including macro/micro aspects       

Kirsty Morton has been involved in Theosophy since 2012 and filled the full spectrum of various committee roles, currently President. She is a parent and grandparent, working full-time in the health sector with history in social community and auditing. She also is a Reiki 2 practitioner, dabbles in creative ventures and supports community development events doing face painting.

2.15 pm Inner Communication - Vital for Health and Harmony - Vibration is fundamental to the operation of our universe and therefore important to us.    Are we able to sense more than we realize?                                                                        What benefits can come from listening to our bodies?   

Benjamin  Upton is a software developer from New Plymouth, who spends his spare time uncovering the connections between the scientific and the spiritual. A keen follower of scientific theories that have been swept under the carpet by the mainstream scientific dogma, he hopes one day we as a collective will experience a consciousness renaissance.

Approx. 3.30 pm afternoon tea

4 pm finish

Hosted by TheosophyPN

304 Church Street

Palmerston North Central

For Registration email

Numbers are limited   

Fees –

“At the door” entry –                                                                                                  numbers are limited i.e. no guarantee of entry

Both days $35 includes lunches.

One day  - either day including lunch  -  $20 plus on Saturday, a vegetarian or vegan contribution to Potluck dinner.

Saturday Evening only - $8

Morning or afternoon $8, (Does not include lunch)

Others $5 each 



Saturday 10 August                                                                                      3.30 pm Kayla Upton with The Qabalah of Oz in Technicolour  - Ancient Mysticism made easy using the age old treasure “The Wizard of Oz”                      6 pm Vegetarian and Vegan Potluck Dinner                                       7.30 pm -  Ben Upton with The Uncertain World of Quantum Physics - advancement in understanding the quantum realm

$5 each or $8 for both



 Saturday 29 June - Murray Stentiford M. Sc. -  sponsored by TSNZ.                                                       

Two Presentations

Afternoon 3 pm    
Self Awareness Yes, but Which Self are we Talking About!?

What happens when we become aware of the powerful source of Light and Love within us, alongside our unruly trouble-making parts? Hear how the experience of self can be radically deepened and widened until it embraces all Life itself; as one Self in All. Presentation and discussion

 Vegetarian and Vegan Potluck dinner at approximatelty 6 pm.                                               Please bring a vegetarian or vegan plate to share.

And evening at 7.30 pm                                                                                                               Responsibility in the Web of Life - the Arrow of Evolution

We set the stage by exploring the striking ways that things are interconnected in Nature, and then consider how spiritual oneness leads to fulfilment and joyful service as our deepest nature unfolds.


Saturday 6 July 7 .30 pm -                                                  Healthy Ageing and Well-being with Naturopaths Mairie Fromont and Andrew Gowan.



20 July - John Vorstermans (TSNZ President)   

2 pm The Journey Home and 4 pm The Pilgrim's Journey  
Followed by a Vegetarian and Vegan Potluck Dinner at Approximately 6 pm
Participants are invited to bring a vegetarian or vegan plate to share in hosting John.


Saturday 4 May 7.30 pm  -   Music and Spirituality   -   presentation with Guy Donaldson

Local community musician, Guy Donaldson, discusses music and the brain, how music connects with our consciousness, the historic connection of music with spirituality, the insights of Pythagoras, music’s relationships with mathematics and quantum theory, and how the quest for meaning has led some philosophers to believe that mathematics and music equally point to there being some givens in the universe beyond our immediate apprehension, but which form the basis of our existence.

Guy Donaldson received his formative piano instruction from Maurice Collier, and then at Canterbury University with Maurice Till. In 1984 he studied in London with Paul Hamburger and Roger Vignoles. Guy was a senior lecturer in music education at Massey until 2004, when he took leave to pursue his passion for performance and music teaching. He is active in the Manawatu as a teacher, adjudicator, piano soloist, accompanist, chamber music player and music coach, and was until the end of 2018 music director of the Renaissance Singers. He has in recent times given talks to U3A and to the Theosophical Society.


Saturday 13 April 10.15 am - Members and Friends are invited to watch a screening of the NZ Award Winning Documentary "The Big Fat Lie' -

on the traditional NZ diet and the health issues involved. Among the awards won are Best Documentary Feature and Best Message – the message being on how to escape a lot of our modern diseases (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, many cancers, osteoporosis, and gut diseases). 

Donations towards Hall costs welcome


Saturday 30 March 1.30 till ~ 9 pm  - Barry Bowden (Aust) 

Search for the Inner Self  Workshop  

-  includes how to deal with negative emotions and reactions, and understand how the mind is really meant to work. This Workshop is both intellectual and practical with discussion and feedback.

Particants are invited to please bring a Vegetarian or Vegan contribution to share in a Potluck Dinner  (~ 6.30 pm)  

Barry Bowden is a National Lecturer for The Theosophical Society in Australia. He has twenty three years of  Bio-Dynamic farming.   


Venue: Theosophical Hall, 304 Church Street, Palmerston North Central 

Saturday 2 March 7.30 pm -  Practical Mysticism - The Way of the Future 
For centuries, mysticism has been a major force in our quest to experience God and the spiritual dimension of life. Over time, this quest has evolved into a new and more enlightened approach called practical mysticism. To be a practical mystic, an individual must be inwardly oriented toward the soul while at the same time focused on practical action in the outer world. In this presentation, the nature and application of practical mysticism will be presented. Methods for blending love and mind will be discussed, as well as a more enlightened understanding of spiritual service.  Presentation to the Theosophical Society in America by Dr William Meader 

William is an influential and respected teacher of The Esoteric Philosophy. He has established an international reputation for his gift as a communicator of this philosophy. His extensive teaching program includes a diverse array of workshops and lectures devoted to nurturing a deeper understanding of the spiritual path, both from an individual and global perspective. His undergraduate degree is in business administration. His Masters Degree is in psychology and his Doctorate Degree in Esoteric Philosophy.

This is a Theosophical Society in America webcast.


Saturday 16 February 7.30 pm   - The Use of Higher Sense Perception          to Benefit Humanity - including the similarity in today's science to findings of the clairvoyant investigation of atomic and subatomic particles -          'Occult Chemistry' published in 1919  -                                                                                                         presentation by Anthea Clement Dip Tch Chem








Saturday 29 September 7.30 pm. Sacred Activism - Murray Stentiford touring on behalf of TSNZ.

Preceded at 6 pm by a Vegetarian Potlumber beginning at 6 pm. 

Sacred Activism - Contradiction in Terms or our Only Hope?

  The world may be waking up but it needs us more than ever to tap into the sacred fire deep within every human heart, and put it into action. How can we express Divine Universal Compassion in radical action but stay grounded?

This talk aims to look fearlessly at the problems and inspire with possibilities, within the spacious worldview of Theosophy.  Discussion is welcome, whatever your spiritual belief or none.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August
Energy Healing - Perennial Wisdom - Self-help to better health                                                physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,                                             in the promotion of the perfect functioning of energy

For individual titles and times see below 

- Timetable and door charges are below for the Workshop Programme 

'Geopathic Stress Lines, their effect on our health and how to minimise their effect.' Quantum Biofeedback and what it can do to reduce stress in our lives and make us well again.  A practical demonstration. - Bryan Pollock (Wellington previously New Plymouth) and Allan Morse (Wellington)

'Humans, Energy and Healing' - Terry Murphy (Hawkes Bay) will explore the current thinking on the nature of energy, the history of energy and how we use it in our daily work. 

‘Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep for Self-Healing’ - Sushma Webber (Wellington) It is said we are living in a sleep-deprived society resulting in long-term consequences such as heart problems, diabetes and obesity to name a few. Recent studies have found that Yoga Nidra, an ancient yogic technique, has many physical benefits. However, the Yoga Nidra practice is rooted in awareness and helps in self-transformation when practiced regularly.

'Yoga of Light Meditation' - Dr Simon Webber (Wellington) The Yoga of Light meditation was devised by Geoffrey Hodson, author and well known, and respected, member of the Theosophical Society, as a guide to one's meditation practice.  Simon will talk about the 'Yoga of Light' method and then lead a meditation using this guideline.

And from Palmerston North -
‘The Energy of Love’– with ‘Ekanta’ - Helen Sussmilch. Self-transformation. “If you see with the eyes of love, love is all you see.” Using contributions from the teachings of Patanjali, Jesus Christ and the Ishayas. Covering how to regain our authenticity, healing the Shadow Self, and living with simplicity.   

‘Our Energy Systems and the Daily Energy Routine to Self-Help’  – Anthea Clement will explore the human energy systems and how, using this knowledge, we can help ourselves, and others, to better complete health. Includes practical with the simple, yet powerful techniques of Energy Medicine. Everyone can enhance the health of the body’s energies. 

Energy Healing Workshop 

Saturday   25 August 

10 am        Welcome and introduction       — PNTS President

                   Our Energy Systems and the Daily Energy                                                   Routine Workshop                       - Anthea Clement

Noon         Lunch break

1.30 pm   The Energy of Love                        - Helen Sussmilch

2.45 pm    Afternoon refreshments

3.15 pm    Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep           - Sushma Webber

 5.45 pm   Vegetarian POTLUCK DINNER

 7 pm         Quantum Indigo BioFeedBack     

                   and Geopathic Stress Lines       

~ 9 pm       Supper and recess 

Sunday 26 August 

9.30 am    Yoga of Light Meditation         -  Dr Simon Webber

10 am       Morning refreshments

10.30 am Our Energy Systems and the Daily Energy                                                         Routine Workshop  (Part two)    - Anthea Clement

Noon      Lunch break

1.30 pm Humans, Energy and Healing           -  Terry Murphy

3.30 pm  Afternoon refreshments and farewell

All day Saturday $20  PLUS if staying for meals vegetarian contribution 
All day Sunday $14
Saturday evening – (advertised in paper etc ) $10  (members $5)
Sunday afternoon (advertised in paper etc ) $8 (Members $4)
Other Individual sessions  $7 (Members $3.50)          

Concessions for Gold card, Student ID and Community Services card holders


For any other questions email or phone (06) 353 6221 or 027 2402069  

 in conjunction with The Theosophical Society Central Region                    (from Hawkes Bay over to New Plymouth and down to Wellington) 
Facilitators from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North.


Saturday 14 July -  Julia and Orest Tarnawsky –  
2 pm till 4.30 pm -  Living Values Workshop with Julia;
Potluck Vegetarian Dinner 6 pm; 
7.30 pm - The Electric Universe with Orest

Saturday 14 July 2 pm  Living Values – Workshop with  Julia Tarnawsky -

Values express our unfolding capacity to invest in, and devote ourselves to, activities within the world and within ourselves. Julia has taught both in Australia and for TSNZ. She will look at the living ness of theosophical ideas as they influence life, their relevance in providing an ‘anchor’ and a ‘compass’ in our rapidly changing world.

As a teacher and private practising psychologist earlier in life, Julia’s interest has always been in psycho-spiritual  development. She has a Master of Science degree in Esoteric Psychology from the University of the Seven Rays, and lives and teaches with her husband Orest at the Southern Lights Centre Meditation School at Akaroa.

6 pm Vegetarian Potluck Dinner – please bring a plate of vegan or vegetarian food to share in hosting Julia and Orest

7.30 pm The Electric Universe presentation with Orest Tarnawsky 

- Essentially knowing how to     enhance this “electrical flow” may be useful in promoting well-being. The gradual realisation of the significance of electricity in the human form was initiated by Harold Saxton Burr - Blueprint for Immortality - Electric Patterns of Life. Since then much investigation has contributed to our understanding. Several researchers and their work will be discussed.  Orest Tarnawsky had an early career as an art teacher and sculptor. Deep interest in the Ageless Wisdom teachings led him to attaining a Masters of Science in    Esotericism through the University of the Seven Rays. Combined, these developed Orest’s passion for and skill in mentoring those on the quest towards awakening consciousness and in teaching the Ageless Wisdom teachings through creative expression, study and meditation to all that enquire the way. He has a particular interest in plasma, sound and electricity in their microcosmic and macrocosmic aspects. (Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Arts (visual arts). Master of Science in Esotericism (esoteric psychology)).



     Saturday 2 June 7.30 pm John Vorstermans TSNZ President
looking at the essential steps to transforming the mind                                       as shared in the Yoga Sutras,                                                                                    with The Essence of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The goal is to awaken our awareness to who we are, the steps of which are made remarkably clear through this exposition by the famous sage Patanjali.  Modern yoga today is a small part of one of the steps involved which becomes much more powerful with the underlying practices shared in this great text.

John Vorstermans is the National President of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand. He is a qualified Ayurveda medical practitioner and herbalist, with interests in evolving technologies in education. He has studied many aspects of the ancient wisdom, particularly with moving from a knowledge to a practice of the wisdom principles as it relates to transformative processes in ones way of life.  To John Theosophy is a way of life, not simply an intellectual pursuit.  

Preceded at 6 pm by a Vegetarian Potluck Dinner - please bring a vegetarian plate to share in hosting John.


Saturday 5 May 7.30 pm

"Mindful Living in Modern times" -

To be able to live our life to its full potential in this day and age, it requires us to learn more skills and understand more about our own Mind. For some each day is another wonderful day of beautiful experiences, while for some the day could be difficult dealings to the extent that is tiring and draining due to contentious interactions with information overflow.
Mindful living session that takes you through understanding experiences that allows you to live with your full potential no matter what people, events and situation bring to you.
With Ravi Mistry, Art of Living Facilitator National Coordinator,                                                        hosted by TheosophyPN, Palmerston North Central. 


Saturday 7 April 7.30 pm

Dementia does not discriminate!......

Speaker: Donna Hedley Manager Alzheimers Society (Manawatu) Inc - her passion 

educating the community to become “dementia friendly” and how to reduce your risk of developing dementia!

Donna is an ex nurse, who has worked for Alzheimers Manawatu for 5 years, prior to that 9 years Managing Alzheimers Hastings - in that time building the community facility and services over that period. In the time here in Manawatu, services have more than tripled and now provide services throughout the region.She is currently working on future proofing the local services to meet the growing demands and increasing costs of services.


 Saturday 10 March 7.30 pm,


Webcast from the Theosophical Society International Convention by International President Tim Boyd entitled The Heart's Wisdom.

Tim Boyd specializes in speaking to Youth. 




"Breathing For a Better Life" experiential workshop - facilitated by Claire Bhavani Winzar, 7.30 pm Saturday 3 February.

Learn two key, very simple, yoga breathing techniques

Let your rational mind bask in the science of yoga breathing benefits for the body

Find out how the nervous system is effected by what Claire calls "the Rolls Royce of yoga breathing techniques"

How could this one technique support you and your loved ones?

Hosted by The Theosophical Society's Palmerston north Branch, 304 Church Street, Palmerston North Central. $5 registration 

Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30 pm 

OPERATION LIGHT SUMMIT -             The Planetary Crisis

Presentation by the Unity Trust

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis, and there is widespread, deep concern. This presentation offers an analysis of the serious nature of the present world emergency, what we can do to positively affect it, and the significance of this in both esoteric and practical terms.

Nicola was a guest speaker in New York City earlier this year on behalf of the Unity Trust at The Edgar Cayce Centre. She also spoke at Anthroposophy N.Y.C.
The Centre for Remembering and Sharing (A Course In Miracles)
The work was endorsed there by Marianne Williamson. 


Saturday 11 November 7.30 pm - Shape Your Own Future Destiny                  - with the Law of Nature

Know Universal Law and Your Self - Be your own Master, for the highest good of all concerned.

Science has shown in reality, a person’s perception, not genetic programming, is what spurs all action in the body. It is actually our beliefs that select our genes, that select our behaviour. Our emotions physically shape reality!

Anthea, a science (and maths) teacher, knows the difficulties a lack of knowledge of Universal Law caused her. Therefore she likes to bring forward science that verifies the Ageless Wisdom teachings.



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2 and 16 September 7.30 pm - Two evenings with Helen Sussmilch who spent six months on retreat in Spain with the Ishayas of the Bright Path during 2016.  More information follows - 

2 September 7.30 pm - the first of two evenings — Choosing a Better Life — A Mindful Choice    

introduction from Helen Sussmilch, with DVD showing the impact of meditation on people’s lives.

And Saturday 16 September 7.30 pm  -   Living a Better Life — Mastery of the Self        

presentation by Helen  Sussmilch who spent six months on retreat in Spain with the Ishayas of the Bright Path during 2016.  Helen in discussion will cover our desires, our true nature, how we forgot this, the impact of limiting beliefs, how to return to our natural state of being and how to experience this state permanently.         She will explain the basis for this meditation practice, and its benefits for personal growth - physically, mentally and emotionally.  


Saturday 12 August 7.30 pm                                                                                                                         preceded by Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6 pm

 Saturday 29 July 7.30 pm                                                                                                                        (was preceded by Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6 pm)

The Power of Thought with John Vorstermans TSNZ National President on behalf of TSNZ

Exploring the power behind thoughts and words and how they affect ourselves and those around us.  Here we look at how our thoughts create our reality and how we create powerful thought forms which affect every aspect of our lives - not only in this incarnation but in future ones - and how we may dissolve them.

John Vorstermans is the National President of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand.  John is a qualified Ayurveda medical practitioner and herbalist, has a deep interest in the ancient wisdom tradition. He has studied, and endeavours to practice, the timeless wisdom principles.  In recent times, John has focused on transformative processes that help people to understand themselves and create dynamic changes in their view of reality.  John comes from an IT background with a special interest in Internet Communications and technology.


Saturday 22 July 7.00 pm Attaining Self with Sreejith Sreekumar

The Topic is very timeless, profound, vital and unique in its nature. It expounds the goal of human life revealed by the Vedic Scriptures and enlivened by the Wise Masters. In the discussion we shall try to think more about our possible preparations as Spiritual Seekers for the divine journey to unveil our potential nature of Truth, which we call our Self. Let us try to reflect and rediscover our Real identity within us through grace of Lord.

Sreejith Sreekumar(Sree) has spent a decade with Chinmaya Mission, Spiritual Organisation in Bharat (India) pursuing the spiritual knowledge from the divine lineage of  Sages who had learned and served under H H Swami Chinmayananda. He has committed to his Guru and continues to serve Chinmaya Mission and those seeking the highest Truth. He has conducted lectures and seminars on Eastern Philosophy viz. Advaita Vedanta, workshops & games on Personality Development, Self-Management Strategies and National Awareness for Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (Youth wing) in India. He is conducting Bhagavad Gita study group, Sessions in Vedanta and Sanskrit in Palmerston North as well as online (Skype) Vedanta study sessions as part of the life of Service towards fulfilling his Master's Mission and Vision.


SUNDAY 9 July 1 till approximately 4.30 pm

Self Development Workshop - Self Discovery with the Path of Knowledge -                                                                Know Yourself with Laughter, Love and Light.   

About the Path of Knowledge - Theosophy or the Ageless Wisdom – The Theosophical Society was set up for the purposes of investigating Universal Laws. Its first aim is acknowledgement of the oneness of all life. The second the method of investigation in preparation for the third – the investigation of the powers hidden in nature and latent in man. Knowledge of the Law enables us to know who we really are and be liberated.



Saturday 24 June 7.30 pm  The Rise of Global Consciousness and The TS  -                              with Murray Stentiford M Sc, National Speaker on behalf of TheosophyNZ

Terrorism and strife might seem to dominate the news at times, but beneath it all is a mighty groundswell of goodwill and connection; caring for planet and people. It is nothing less than a spiritual movement towards global consciousness. Discover what vital seeds the Theosophical Society has been planting for this global movement to emerge.

Murray Stentiford combines a lifelong interest in science, music and spirituality with a passion for exploring and sharing things. He sees Theosophy as a unifying framework that embraces the endless facets of human existence.

Murray has held several positions of responsibility in the Theosophical Society over the years, including National Vice President and National Education Coordinator.

He has a Masters degree in Physics and is an accomplished musician.


Saturday 13 May 7.30 pm -  Public Presentation by Professor Ralph Sims

Feeding the Planet – challenges for the future.

 As world population increases and demand for protein rises with growing middle classes in developing countries, can the world produce enough food? Given that agri-food supply uses around one third of end-use energy and produces around one quarter of all greenhouse gases, will we need to move away from animal proteins (mainly milk and meat products) to vegetable proteins? If so, what are the implications for NZ?

Ralph Sims is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University where he has researched renewable energy and climate change mitigation for several decades. He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand panel for the 2016 study Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand and for Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has led teams of authors on Energy Supply (2007), Renewable Energy Integration (2011), and Transport (2014). He was Senior Researcher at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris for four years and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), based in Washington D C and linked with UNEP and World Bank. He is presently contracted by UN FAO to lead several projects on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agri-food supply chains and has consulted for many organisations including OECD, Shell, Chevron and Meridian Energy.

All welcome $5 (Members and the unwaged $2)  

Saturday 29 April 7.30 pm - Guy Donaldson with "The Tree of Life"

Even as traditional forms of religion struggle for membership in a science-informed society, the desire for meaning in life remains as part of our humanity. The ancient Qabalistic symbol of the Tree of Life, mentioned briefly in Genesis, is said to have been the soul of Judaism.  However while it became known amongst intellectuals in medieval and Renaissance times it is little known today. Nevertheless it remains a wonderful mechanism for illuminating the essences and commonalities of such great wisdom traditions as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. It moreover embodies the Big Bang Theory of the beginning of everything, and offers a map of consciousness that connects to insights that have become available through quantum physics.

 Guy was a senior lecturer in music education at the Massey University College of Education until 2004, when he took leave to pursue his passion for performance and music teaching. He is well known in the Manawatu area as a teacher, adjudicator, piano soloist, accompanist, chamber music player, music coach and conductor. He is the convenor of the Globe Sunday Matinee concert series, formerly the Te Manawa Art Gallery Sunday concert series and has been the musical director of the Renaissance Singers since 1989.  Guy’s performing schedule in 2016 has included chamber music performances as part of the Globe series and accompanying the Palmerston North Choral Society in a programme of opera music. He has also given a solo piano recital featuring music by local composers Helen Caskie and Graham Parsons. On June 24 2017 he will conduct the Renaissance Singers in a programme entitled Into the Light.

 Although Guy is best known as a musician, he has a passion also for researching big picture issues. He has given a number of talks for the Theosophical Society. In 2015 He gave a talk to U3A on changes and conflicts in music in the twentieth century, and in 2016 he spoke on the impacts of 1990s political decisions on New Zealand life.

Tuesday 4 April 7.30 pm  -  Dr Douglas Osto Ph D.

Nondual Kashmir Śaivism is a religious philosophy that developed in Kashmir, India primarily between the ninth and eleventh century of the Common Era, and is currently undergoing a global revival. Like the philosophy of Advaita Vedānta, Kashmir Śaivism is a monistic, or nondual system, that asserts that ultimate reality is pure bliss (ānanda) consciousness (cit). However, unlike Advaita, Kashmir Śaivism does not claim that the phenomenal world of difference is merely an illusion (māyā); rather is maintains that the world, as the vibrational energy (spanda) of consciousness is real. This has led some modern commentators to describe it as a form of “idealistic realism.” Another important difference between Kashmir Śaivism and Advaita is that while Advaita finds scriptural authority for its philosophy in the Vedas, Kashmir Śaivism looks to the Tantras devoted to the God Śiva as the supreme consciousness. Finally, whereas Advaita philosophy is meant primarily for male ascetic renouncers, Kashmir Śaivism was developed to be practiced by both male and female householders, and therefore is completely compatible with modern life. This presentation will outline the worldview and main philosophical concepts of Nondual Kashmir Śaivism and describes some of its unique practices for realizing the supreme state of oneness and bliss consciousness





Theosophical Order of Service

Donations Welcome to thePNTS TOS (The Theosophical Order of Service) to support the Palmerston North Safecity programme. 

Regular Meetings

    When: Check out the Programme Details to find out upcoming presentations and events. 


Meditation:    Mindfulness Meditation as taught by Dr Douglas Osto -

Non-sectarian Group Meditation  6.00 -7.00pm – Tuesdays  Entry - $5 (Unwaged - Koha $3 - $2)

 Both members and public welcome.

Study Group:

    When: at least monthly Tuesdays 7.15 pm - dates and topics are sent out by email.                                                 Enquiries welcome  - see contact details below 

Library: Open 10.00am - 12.00 noon -- Usually every Saturday                                                Email or phone Anthea 353 6221 if you wish to check.

A few of the participants at Barry Bowden'sWorkshop "The Search for the Inner Self". From the left Committee members, Peter French, and Lorette Campbell, Vice President and Treasurer Helen Sussmilch, President Anthea Clement, and Julie Jeffrey, in front  with TS Australia National Lecturer, Barry Bowden TS Australia and Margaret Torr.

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