Summer National Convention 2020
One Heart, One Breath, One World
This year our National Convention is to be held in the Centre of Excellence at St Paul’s Collegiate, 77 Hukanui Road, Chartwell, Hamilton - hosted by the National Section.
We come together to explore theosophy and the power of the Heart to unify and transform our approach to life. We seek to understand the Spiritual journey as a transformative experience of integration and expanded awareness for each individual. The spiritual journey is often spoken of as the journey home, to KNOW and BE who we truly are. Come and join us for this exciting adventure!
The following Events are open to the public
Awakening the Heart Mind - John Vorstermans
Friday 17 January, 7.30 pm
Speaker: John Vorstermans is the National President of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand. John 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 one’s way of life. Theosophy to John is a way of life, not simply an intellectual pursuit.
Incredible Power of Silence - Dr Deepa Padhi
Saturday 18 January, 9.30 am
Speaker: Dr Deepa Padhi, International Vice-President of the Theosophical Society, is a retired Professor of Philosophy. Her work as a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar was: Live and Let Live – An Analytical Study in Holistic Ethics. Dr Padhi wrote The Ethical Philosophy of the Bhagavad Geeta and edited a book on women’s issues: Yes, She Can. She writes on social, philosophical, Theosophical and spiritual issues for magazines and journals. Dr Padhi joined the TS in 1994. She joined the Theosophical Order of Service in 2006 and in 2012, the Mahabharat Group started the project Change the mindset to stop violence against women. She is associated with orphanages, old age homes, and institutions taking care of women. She believes in practical Theosophy, which to her is spiritual self-transformation and service
Grow as the Flower Grows - Nancy Secrest
Saturday 18 January, 2.00 pm
Speaker: Nancy Secrest, the International Treasurer of the Theosophical Society, began studying metaphysics and comparative religion in childhood. She encountered Theosophy in her early twenties and joined the Theosophical Society in 1980. Nancy served as National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in America (TSA) from 1988 through 1990. A Certified Public Accountant by profession, Nancy subsequently served as National Treasurer of the TSA for eighteen years. She currently holds the position of International Treasurer of the Theosophical Society. Nancy became the International Secretary of the Theosophical Order of Service in December 2014. Since then she has traveled in the USA, Europe and India giving presentations, talks and workshops on both theosophical topics and TOS work. Her articles, and some of her talks, have been published in The Theosophist and other theosophical publications.
The Four Pillars of Enlightenment: living from Heart - Dr Nicky Hamid
Sunday 19 January, 11.30 am
Māori Ways of Healing – A Look at Indigenous Knowing & Healing - Donna Kerridge
Sunday 17 January, 7.30 pm
Toitū te whenua, Toitū te iwi
When we know how to heal the land (Papatūānuku), the people will prosper
Speaker: Donna Kerridge (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Maniapoto) is a traditionally trained Māori medicine practitioner. She is a passionate advocate for the sharing of traditional Māori knowledge as a means to address health inequities in the modern world. She is the contracted spokesperson for Te Kāhui Rongoā, the New Zealand national collective of Māori medicine practitioners. Donna served two terms on the Board of the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and was the developer of their NZQA approved Graduate Diploma in Māori Medicine for health professionals. She is a guest lecturer at a number of tertiary organisations around the country including Otago University School of Pharmacy. For three years Donna was the resident rongoā Māori presenter on the weekly Māori
Venue: St Paul's Collegiate - Hamilton
Dates: Thursday 16 January 2020 evening to Wednesday 22 January 2020 (departures after breakfast)
AGM: Friday 17 January 2020
Convention registration: For members of the Theosophical Society
Public Presentations: There will be several keynote presentations open to the public - details above.
REGISTRATION: Registerations are now closed