Palmerston North

Palmerston North Branch of the Theosophical Society

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 people to share and learn together about life's journey. Topics investigated are broad and varied and guaranteed to whet any appetite. 


Weekly Meditation - Tuesdays 6 till 7 pm 

Mindfulness Meditation as taught by Dr Douglas Osto (Ph D)

Entry $5 (Unwaged $3 - Koha)



2017 Programme 

Tuesday 28 February 7.30 pm 

Healing Our Past Lives – Exploring the Many Lives of the Soul

Past-life stories can heal present day problems. Julie Jeffrey, using Dr Roger Woolger’s Deep Memory Process, a safe and powerful system to access past lives, will explore and facilitate an exploration of our own past lives. According to Dr Roger Woolger “To know who we are, we must first know who we were”. By accessing our own soul’s deep guidance system, lost stories of our past lives become the catalyst for self-discovery and healing of our present lives. This is the first of a series of 5 and we will use Dr Woolger’s proven regression tool, a step by step guided memory exercise, to access our own past lives. Discussion and sharing in small groups will follow. Join us on Tuesday at 7.30pm (or 6pm if you would like to attend the Group Meditation first) on the 28th February.  All welcome. $2 members and unwaged, $5 waged.


Saturday 11 March 7.30 pm  preceded by a Potluck Vegetarian Dinner at 6.15 pm.

Spirituality, Happiness and Sustainabilty with Dr Rohana Ulluwishewa M.Sc. Ph.D. More information follows the poster.

Spirit literally means that which gives life to a system, and spirituality is the state of being one with spirit. In terms of quantum physics, spirit is prime energy, which is conscious, aware, intelligent and blissful. It fills the universe. In spite of its vastness, it is one---a single field of energy. The one manifests itself as many in material forms, creating the material world: living beings and non-living objects. Sustainability literally means the ability of all living beings and non-living objects to sustain themselves. If they were to be sustainable and blissful, each of them must behave, not as a self-centered individual but as an integral part of one. They can behave so, if they are in the state of one with spirit or are spiritual.  Recent discoveries in neuroscience reveal human beings are endowed with the capacity to be one with spirit and to become who we really are. Once we become one with spirit, its oneness expresses itself through us as an inner urge to connect with others and serve others selflessly. This is unconditional love. This presentation, with the help of scientific evidence, demonstrates how spirituality could bring not only sustainability, but also happiness, to the world.  

Rohana Ulluwishewa, author of Spirituality and Sustainable Development (Finalist, International Book Awards, 2014) published by Palgrave Macmillan, UK and Spirituality Demystified: Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms (Winner, AWCT unpublished manuscript awards, 2015). He was an Associate Professor at the Sri Jayewardenepura University in Sri Lanka. After gaining a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, he completed his PhD at Kyushu University, Japan. In his thirty years of academic career he has worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam, and was Visiting Fellow at Wageningen Agricultural University and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and at Leeds University, UK. He served as a consultant for many national and international development agencies and has published in numerous international journals. He was also an Honorary Research Associate at Massey University in New Zealand, where he currently lives. 


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



Coming up -  

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

Saturday 13 May 7.30 pmProfessor Ralph Sims speaking on the world food situation.



Tuesday 13 December 7.30 pm - Christmas Celebration.




Tuesday 6 December 7.30 pm

Doing Time Doing Vipassana is an award winning documentary on the benefits of Vipassana Meditation (Vipassana means insight). It is the story of how hope came to one of the most notorious prisons – Tihar Jail in New Dehli - and of India’s first female Inspector General of prisons daring to fight for genuine rehabilitation of the thousands under her care. Most of all it is the story of the prison inmates themselves and the profound changes they underwent through the practice of Vipassana Meditation.

This ancient technique has now travelled beyond India’s borders and is established in over one hundred countries around the world, with 170 Centres and also with courses being held in another 132 places. It has been implemented in prisons in USA, Taiwan and other counties with dramatic results.   

Produced and directed by Eilona Ariel and Ayelet Menahemi.


Tuesday 22 November 7.30 pm - webcast of our International President Tim Boyd's recent presentation 'Solution to All Problems'


Tuesday 1 November 7.30 pm   Meditation? Yes? Why Vipassana?

Results from scientific empirical studies has shown meditation is beneficial to our well-being.   The Vipassana method is phenomenally successful throughout the world.

Anthea Clement DipTch (Sci, Math, a Vipassana meditator since 2009,  explains why  


Saturday 8 October 7.30 pm 

Saturday 8 October 7.30 pm 

Discover the potential of your aura - Man Visible and Invisible, a Soul's Growth through Reincarnation with TS Australian Lecturer Barry Bowden.

Looking at a soul’s growth through the human aura, how the colours and size change with the evolution of the inner being, and as we grow from life to life the human aura changes - from humble beginnings with an almost colourless aura, until it is shining like the sun. Includes showing that negativity is only a lack of development, and how we can change that.

A Bio-Dynamic farmer of 23 years, Barry is here initially for the triennial TS Indo Pacific Conference being hosted by TSNZ, and touring NZ on behalf of TSNZ’s education programme 

We will host Barry to a Vegetarian Potluck Dinner beginning at 6.15 pm. Everyone is welcome -  please bring a vegetarian plate to share.



The Past Programme

MONDAY 29 August 6 till approx. 9.30 pm

Following the Heart to Enlightenment Seminar with Dianne Kynaston,  Australian National Lecturer, on nurturing the qualities necessary for spiritual growth  - touring on behalf of TheosophyNZ.

Hosted by TheosophyPN, 304 Church St. Palmerston North Central.

Includes looking at the qualities of character we have to develop as we walk the Path to Enlightenment, guided by the goddess of wisdom, the Goddess Prajnaparamita - She who leads us towards Enlightenment - the 'Paramitas', and the Heart Sutra - one of three major texts of Buddhist Teachings, its historical background and examines the very profound concepts that are presented in it.

                                                                                                     $5. (Members - $2)



Saturday 27 August TS Central Region Event

Saturday 27 August TS Central Region Event

Learning to Meditate – Two Part Workshop with Kavita Parshotam

Meditation helps reduce tension and stress and makes us happier and calmer.

Part One - 3 pm till approx. 5 pm and Part Two - 7.30 pm till approx. 9 pm. (Optional - Potluck Vegetarian Dinner at 6.15 pm – please bring a vegetarian plate to share)

Part One:                                                                                                                       What is meditation?
What are the benefits of meditation?
How does meditation help with stress and anxiety?
Take away techniques that you can begin to practise immediately
Opportunity to talk to people who have been meditating regularly

Kavita aims to make her workshops like a heart to heart conversation among friends.  You will learn a simple technique that you can begin to practise immediately. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Part Two: The Path of Kriya Yoga                                                                                 Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth.

It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine.

Its effectiveness has been proven in the lives of people from all walks of life, religion, and nationality.

In this seminar you will get an introduction to the Path of Kriya Yoga and learn what makes it effective. You will also go away with a simple technique that you can begin to practise immediately.

Kavita Parshotam is a serious meditator for more than twenty years, Kavita left her promising business career to devote herself full time to sharing the teachings of Self-realisation. She is the founder of the Narrows Retreat, New Zealand’s first Ananda centre, where she teaches yoga, meditation, and other classes on the philosophy and practice of the journey towards Self-realisation.

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                                           The Past Program

Tuesday 16 August 7.30 pm - The Age of Aquarius                                                    “I know, let me help take you there” with Julie Jeffrey BA PGDipArts(Phil)

What impact will the coming Age of Aquarius have on your life? The Age of Aquarius will be a time of breaking down of prejudices on many levels; a time of radical change and great potential for individual growth and expansion. Where consciousness will evolve and expand from the self-consciousness of Leo to group awareness of Aquarius. From Me to We. An era of peace, of unity, of love, of friendship, of understanding, of collaboration and of fraternity; where we break free of centuries of false doctrines, destructive indoctrinations in education, medicine and religion.

We need to focus on what we can give to society rather than what we can take, on kindness, truth, spirituality and enlightenment, to create spiritual fitness. We need the ability to command our brain, mind and states of consciousness consciously through the filter of intuition and wisdom


Saturday 30 July 2 pm 

The Hidden Mystery of Christianity Seminar

John Vorstermans, National President of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand, takes a look at the hidden mystery of Christianity. 

Christianity suddenly sprang up in Europe as a new religion two thousand years ago. 

Was it really a new religion or, simply a new name for presenting and preserving some of the hidden mysticism that has always been in the world? 

In this Seminar we will explore the pre Christian roots of Christianity, some of its secret teachings, its mystery language and how it can give each of us a deeper insight into ourselves.

John has a deep interest in the ageless wisdom tradition and over recent times John has focused on transformative processes that help people to understand themselves and to help create change in their lives.


TUESDAY 12 July 7.30 pm

Tuesday 12 July 7.30 pm - The Wisdom Way - Exploring the Way of Wisdom which includes the concepts that science continues to research and verify; and how it can assist us in our permanent personal development                                                                                   with Anthea Clement Cooper Dip Tch 

Much of what used to require faith to put into practice, science has now demystified. Living this knowledge will help the individual resulting in clarity of thought, emotional composure, intuition, inspiration, insight and inner peace…and much much more …  

Anthea’s background is science and theosophy. She was a science and maths teacher – leading a very ordinary life - marrying and bringing up three children. In the mid-nineties, at about 48, she became aware of the “inner life” and her clairaudience, and subsequently the need for control over her own mind and body.  She was made aware of the sentience and power of the invisible world – in beautiful and helpful experiences and others of interferences and deceit, which led to looking for explanations, which she believes she found.


Saturday 18 June 2016

Ancient Egypt Shows The Way Forward For Humanity to live in harmony and move forward together as One, according to Wanganui amateur Egyptologist and theosophist Warwick Keys, researcher and writer and a student of the history and lore of Ancient Egypt and ancient civilizations in general.

“In a perfect society, if all the people lived according to the ancient Egyptian law of Ma’at, the forerunner of the concept of unity, harmony and justice, then we would have an ‘ideal’ world, The Egyptians developed the concept and tried to apply it with some success, particularly early on, which is one of the reasons for the longevity of their civilization."

“Very few people realise that the Ten Commandments, from which our laws are derived, came from the Egyptian Precepts of Ma’at recorded at least 2000 years before Moses, who was probably an Egyptian prince and was schooled in the ancient wisdom tradition of Egypt. The 24 Precepts of Ma’at are more comprehensive than the Ten Commandments. They embrace all aspects of existence including the basic equilibrium of the Universe, the relationship between constituent parts, the cycle of the seasons, heavenly movements, religious observances, fair dealings and honesty and truthfulness in social interaction."



1 May 2016  Theosophical Order of Service fund raiser

- Members and Friends are cordially invited to a private screening of Disney's 'Inside Out' movie on our floor to ceiling screen. Please bring your children and grandchildren ... and parents and grandparents - suitable for all ages   :-)  

23 April 2016       Our Cosmic Journey through the Tapestry of Life

A two-part exploration of the journey of the soul through the cycles of Reincarnation and Karma, drawing on ancient wisdom, clairvoyant perception and contemporary research.

Through the Gateway of Death - on the immensity and wonder of this transition and what follows and how life's experiences are processed and its lessons distilled in the subtle states after death

Entering a New Life - the process leading to birth, drawing on a range of clairvoyant and contemporary sources and on the abilities, challenges and learning opportunities in the new life

Murray Stentiford has an extensive background in science, music and spirituality. He likes to stimulate the exploration and discovery of leading-edge topics. Murray has a Masters degree in Physics and is an accomplished musician, having played professionally on more than one instrument in the past. He sees Theosophy as a magnificent framework that relates to every facet of human existence. Murray has held several roles in the Theosophical Society in New Zealand including National Vice President and Education Coordinator.  He is touring NZ as part of the TSNZ Educational programme.

Saturday 23 April: Registration from 2.30 pm and a cup of tea              

Registration from 2.30 pm and a cup of tea                                                                  First part: 3 – 5 pm Through the Gateway of Death                                           Optional 6 pm Vegetarian Potluck Dinner – please bring a vegetarian plate to share                                                                                                                   Second part:   7 – approximately 9 pm Entering a New Life


9 April 2016    The Maharishi Effect

In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation®technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. This phenomenon was first noticed in 1974 and reported in a paper published in 1976. Here, the finding was that when 1% of a community practiced the Transcendental Meditation (TM®) program, the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. At this time, the phenomenon was named the Maharishi Effect. The meaning of this term was later extended to cover the influence generated by the group practice of the TM-Sidhi® program. Generally, the Maharishi Effect may be defined as the influence of coherence and positivity in the social and natural environment generated by the practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs.

Presenter, Tony Martin, learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1976. He completed Teacher training in TM in 1995-6 and since then has taught TM to hundreds of people throughout the central North Island. He also has a career background in arts management. Tony is TM Centre Chairman for Palmerston North where he runs regular instruction courses in TM, meditation checks and TM group meditation and knowledge meetings

Saturday 5 March 2016

Vision on Vedanta  -

A quick glimpse on the very ancient school of Hindu Philosophy and its teaching.

An overview on Hindu Scriptures detailing the school of thought viz. Advaita (Nondual) Vedanta and a brief explanation of paths which will leads to this way of life.

Speaker: Sreejith Sreekumar(Sree) had spent a decade with Chinmaya Mission, Spiritual Organisation in Bharat (India) pursuing the spiritual knowledge from the divine lineage of seers who had learned and served under H HSwami Chinmayananda ji. 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 part of the life of Service towards fulfilling his Master's Mission and Vision.


Theosophical Order of Service

Donations Welcome to thePNTS TOS (The Theosophical Order of Service) to support the Palmerston North Safecity programme. Currently donations go to the ‘Street Van’ which helps people in need on the streets at night during the weekends, and facilitates programmes for people suffering from addictions in one way or another.

Regular Meetings

    When: Check out the Programme Details (see below) 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: most Tuesdays 7.15 pm - dates and topics are sent out by email. Enquiries welcome  - see contact details below 

  Currently Dr Pablo Sender DVD series   (for members and prospective members)

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


Theosophy Palmerston North
06 353 2310
304 Church Street, Palmerston North
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