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)



2017 Programme 

STUDY GROUP for members and those interested in membership is usually the last Tuesday of the month. NB Check the programme schedule each month for date and the topic. 

Tuesday 31 October  7.15 pm. Study Group —  The Great Breath  - the Universe is Alive - includes video clips  


Saturday 28 October  7.30 pm - The Growth of Consciousness                      with Ricky Cribb - on our illumination by the Soul and the True Reality.                 Public welcome $5 (non-waged $3) Members $2.


The Growth of Consciousness of the heart and the soul is the inner reality that is blind to the lower mind. It is on the higher mind that the soul and the TRUE REALITY can ILLUMINATE the personality. The personality becomes SOUL INFUSED and the GREAT SPIRIT can be known on the ANCIENT PATH of INITIATION.

Ricky was born with his THIRD EYE open … It is here that the ONENESS of ALL THINGS can be SEEN… “TURANGAWAEWAE … STAND TALL in YOUR WAIRUA (SPIRIT) YOUR MANA (POWER) …There are over 7 billion people in the WORLD and only ONE as POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL OR UNIQUE LIKE YOU…”

Ricky was born as an Ariki from the Priesthood lines of Takitimu Waka and is from Kahungunu & Ngati Kauwhata. He has been a student of esoteric philosophy and theosophia including Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, and an Initiate for over 35 years. His current standing as a Apotoro Wairua in the Ratana faith has given him the service to stand between humanity and the creator and serve. TURANGAWAEWAE STAND TALL in YOUR WAIRUA  (SPIRIT/SOUL) YOUR MANA (POWER for good). Wairua the POWER in the HEART of the PEOPLE...

Coming Up -

Tuesday 31 October  7.15 pm. Study Group —  Topic - The Great Breath - the Universe is Alive - includes video clips  

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

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November - The Theosophical Pioneers - TS Central Region hosted by the TS Wellington Branch  

Saturday 25 November 2.30 pm PNTS Annual General Meeting

Dates pending - December  —  presentation on the formation of the TS, the people involved and the Mahatma Letters

December  -  Christmas—End of year Celebration —  Potluck Vegetarian Dinner 


Past Presentations -

Saturday 30 September  7.30 pm - Right  Understanding 

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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

 ‘The Genesis of the Western Mystery Tradition’   - a subject full of misconceptions and ‘fable.’    presented by Warwick Keys        


Warwick will trace the roots of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings – the basis of the Mystery Tradition – from Ancient Egypt forward, with connections to the East. It includes references to the development of the Greek Elysian mysteries, the Rosicrucian philosophy and the masonic orders, including an outline  of the original Egyptian Mystery Schools and their initiations. Warwick aims to provide a forum for discussion - there is much ‘fable’ and mystery on this subject which has a strong connection to the development of theosophical understandings. HPB had her initial training in Egypt with an Egyptian Master and appreciated the source of the Ancient Wisdom knowledge before coming under the influence of her later Masters. ‘Isis Unveiled’ makes it quite clear about her early links to the Egyptian Mysteries, and the source of the wisdom teachings.

Warwick Keys is a researcher writer and a past NZ Theosophical Society President. He has given a number of excellent presentations including on Egypt in the past.   

The presentation will trace the roots of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings – the basis of the Mystery Tradition – from Ancient Egypt forward, with connections to the East. It will include references to the development of the Greek Elysian mysteries,  the Rosicrucian philosophy and the masonic orders. A focus will be on an outline  of the original Egyptian Mystery Schools and their initiations. The presentation is aimed at providing a forum for discussion. There is much ‘fable’ and mystery on this subject which has a strong connection to the development of theosophical understandings. HPB had her initial training in Egypt with an Egyptian Master and appreciated the the source of the Ancient Wisdom knowledge before coming under the influence of her later Masters. ‘Isis Unveiled’ makes it quite clear about her early links to the Egyptian Mysteries, and the source of the wisdom teachings. With  Warwick Keys, Researcher, Writer, and a past TSNZ National President.  



Saturday 29 July 7.30 pm                                                                                                                        (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.

Murray's presentation will be preceded by a Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to join with us in hosting Murray to a shared meal. 



Saturday 27 May 7.30 pm - Public Presentation by Rowena Weth on self-care

'Don't leave yourself behind! - why self-care isn't selfish' 

Practical self-care strategies to boost energy and resilience to help handle whatever comes our way. The session brings together aspects of neuroscience, mindfulness, compassion and fundamentals of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. 

Rowena Weth Certified Life Coach


20 May 7.30 pm -  Tai Chi       Public Presentation by Tom Robertson

 Tai Chi Chuan is recommended to help relieve stress, aid a person’s balance, increase flexibility, promoting good health, and it can be meditation. Some Tai Chi Chuan schools also discuss a spiritual aspect based on the Chinese Classics. So what is Tai Chi Chuan today and how can it impact our lives today?

Tom will explore how Tai Chi Chuan developed, from the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang that lies at the heart of Tai Chi Chuan through its development of the use of Yi (the mind) to lead the Qi (Chi – life force) in the body, to a powerful healthy form of exercise for the mind and the body.

Tom has been studying and training with Sing Ong Tai Chi since 1993 and has been teaching Tai Chi Chuan since 1995. He has had extensive training as a Sing Ong Tai Chi Instructor, while maintaining regular training that includes both teaching and training. Thus Tom is both an Instructor and a Student of Tai Chi Chuan.

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

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






Tuesday 6 December 7.30 pm   2016

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.


2016 Tuesday 22 November 7.30 pm - webcast of our International President Tim Boyd's recent presentation 'Solution to All Problems'


2016 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  


2016 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 continued 

MONDAY 29 August 6 till approx. 9.30 pm   2016

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)

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 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.


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