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During August every year, the Foundation holds a six day Summer School and knowledgeable theosophical speakers provide a great variety of inspiring talks and workshops.

It takes a year of planning and dedicated work by the organising team and speakers to produce an exciting and stimulating Summer School programme, and the lecturers, study leaders, workshop leaders and therapists make the week very memorable and enjoyable.

There is a different theme each year and the school takes place at different venues around the country.  The School is very welcoming and there is always something for everyone:  yoga, meditation, lectures, study groups, workshops, and many interesting practical sessions after lunch.

The School caters for beginners and seasoned students and participants look forward to the next year’s school with anticipation.  The 2017 School will be in Birmingham and the theme is:  ‘Many Paths one Goal.’

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Many Paths one Goal

SUMMER SCHOOL

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME – 5th to 12th AUGUST 2017

Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham.

 CHIEF GUEST SPEAKER:  MICHAEL GOMES

 

This year we are returning to Hillscourt, the Headquarters and Conference Centre of the NASUWT, situated in the beautiful wooded Lickey Hills near Rednal on the outskirts of Birmingham.

The title for the week-long school is “Many Paths; one Goal” and the guest speaker is Mr Michael Gomes, the well-known theosophical historian and writer.  Michael lives in New York and will be giving the Blavatsky Lecture which will celebrate 100 years of Blavatsky lectures.  He will also be giving a public lecture entitled “The Benefits of Theosophy” and a third lecture on HPB’s esoteric instructions.

The other speakers and study group leaders who come from all around the country are:  Susan Bayliss, Pamela El- Hosaini, Wayne Gatfield, Noeline Hart, Janet Hoult, Robert Kitto, Janet Lee, Tony Maddock, Petra Meyer, Leslie Price, Wanda Sellar, Barry Thompson, Cynthia Trasi, Michael Van Buren, Bhupendra Vora and Tim Wyatt.  We will also have the pleasure of Nancy Secrest, the International Head of The Theosophical Order of Service.

Some of the topics covered include, The Mahatma Letters, The Masters, The Secret Doctrine, Soul-centred Astrology, The Path of the Sun – Cosmic and Human, The Kabbalah, The Hero Quest, The Western Esoteric Tradition, Theosophical Art, how Theosophy helps us to understand history and the historical significance of the Society itself, how to bring Theosophy into our everyday lives, A Free Thinker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and The Face of Service.  Programme details are overleaf.

All accommodation at the venue is en-suite with a few double rooms available.  There is a discount for those booking before the end of May.  The cost for the whole week will be £500 before May 31st and £520 thereafter.  Day visitors will be charged £30.  Early application is advised.

Jenny Baker

Director of Summer School

Foundation for Theosophical Studies

For booking enquiries please contact:   020 7563 9818 

Director of Summer School

Foundation for Theosophical Studies

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham.  5th to 12th August 2017

Daily:  7.00 Yoga, 8.00 Breakfast, 9.30 Meditation, 10.45 Coffee, 13.00 Lunch, 15.45 Tea,

18.00 Dinner, 21.00 Meditation.

Saturday 5th August:

Arrivals and registration from 2.30 pm.

19.30 Welcome and short presentations by study and workshop leaders.

Sunday 6th August:

9.45        The Western Esoteric Tradition.  Noeline Hart.

11.15     Study Groups (Sunday to Tuesday):

The Path of the Sun – Cosmic and Human.  Susan Bayliss

Transformation in Myth – The Hero Quest.  Robert Kitto.

The Mahatma Letters.  Tony Maddock and Janet Hoult.

Astrology of the Soul.  Wanda Seller.

14.30     Workshops:

Astrology – Reincarnation, Karma and the Birthchart.  Ted Capstick.

Chi Kung – How to Super-Charge Your Energy Naturally.  Mike Hall.

Healing for your Body, Mind and Spirit.  Veda Hutchinson.

16.30     A Multitudinous Universe – The Blavatsky Lecture at a Hundred.  Michael Gomes.

19.00     The Face of Service –  A Theosophical Order of Service Presentation.  Nancy Secrest.

Monday 7th August:

9.45:      From Death to Immortality – The Message of the Katha Upanishad.  Bhupendra Vora.

11.15:    Study Groups as Sunday.

14.00     TOS AGM.

14.30     Workshops:

Astrology – Reincarnation, Karma and the Birthchart.  Ted Capstick.

Healing for your Body, Mind and Spirit.  Veda Hutchinson.

Theosophical Order of Service AGM  – 2 pm start.

16.30     The Historical Path to Theosophy.  Leslie Price.

19.30     Video Presentation.   Damon Scothern.

Tuesday 8th August:

9.45:      So Many Paths that Wind and Wind.  Cynthia Trasi.

11.15:    Study Groups as Sunday.

13.45     Outing to Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton (National Trust).

19.30     The Benefits of Theosophy.  Michael Gomes.  (Public Lecture at the Conference Centre).

Wednesday 9th August:

9.45:      The Path of Discipleship.  Michael Van Buren.

11.15:    Study Groups (Wednesday to Friday):

Introduction to The Secret Doctrine.  Pamela El-Housani.

Musings on the True Theosophist’s Path.  Wayne Gatfield.

Climbing Jacob’s  Ladder – A Path to Higher Consciousness.  Noeline Hart.

The Yoga of Wisdom, The Yoga of Action, The Yoga of Devotion.  Bhupendra Vora.

14.30     Workshops:

Reincarnation, Karma and the Birthchart.  Ted Capstick.

Chi Kung – How to Super-Charge Your Energy Naturally.  Mike Hall.

Cycles of Eternity.  Tim Wyatt.

16.30     Madame Blavatsky’s Vital Occult Doctrine of Emanations.  Janet Lee.

19.30     Theosophical Forum.

Thursday 10th August:

9.45:      A Free Thinker’s Guide to the Galaxy – The Search for Truth.  Tim Wyatt.

11.15:    Study Groups as Wednesday.

14.30     Workshops:

Healing for your Body, Mind and Spirit.  Veda Hutchinson.

An Art Practice – 2 pm start.  David Maddrell.

Cycles of Eternity.  Tim Wyatt.

16.30     The Masters as Ideals and Facts.  Barry Thompson.

19.30     Classical music presentation.  Jenny Baker.

Friday 11th August:

9.45:      Blavatsky’s Esoteric Instructions.  Michael Gomes.

11.15:    Study Groups as Wednesday.

14.30     Workshops:

Yoga Nidra.  Jenny Baker.

Chi Kung – How to Super-Charge Your Energy Naturally.  Mike Hall.

An Art Practice – 2 pm start.  David Maddrell.

Cycles of Eternity.  Tim Wyatt

16.30     Logos – Source and Goal of All Existence.  Petra Meyer.

19.30     Theosophical and General Knowledge Quiz and Closing.

Saturday 12th August:

Departure after Breakfast.


We will also have the pleasure of Nancy Secrest, the International Head of The theosophical Order of Service.

All accommodation at the venue is en-suite with a few double rooms available.  There is a discount for those booking before the end of May.  The cost for the whole week will be £500 before May 31st and £520 thereafter.  Day visitors will be charged £30.

Residential and Day Delegate application forms follow on the next two pages and larger A4 versions are available from the Foundation and TS websites.  Early application is advised.

Jenny Baker

The Summer School is very popular and early booking is recommended. The detailed programme will be soon available.

Download the Residential Application Form here

Download the Day Delegates Application Form  here.

Summer School 2016

Reviews

When I received the leaflets and the letter outlining directions to the venue, I began to feel a heightened excitement about the quickly approaching Summer School at Bristol University on 6th August. I checked out the Wills Hall residential site on google and what a distance it appeared that I had to cover by rail from Durham. The travel, however, was the only hardship I experienced during a fantastic week. On leaving the train at Temple Meads, I bumped into a fellow student who became my constant companion throughout the week and shared a taxi to Wills Hall. We checked in at the registration office and after receiving our keys and directions made our way to our rooms. I had a very clean and decent room ensuite and it was very close to the Conference Hall where most of the lectures took place. At 6pm we had our first evening meal and it was at this point that I met someone else who for the rest of the week I accompanied to Yoga each morning. I found the meals to be of very good quality and a decent variety of choice and the staff were very attentive too. The Grand Dining Hall with a high ceiling, exquisite wood panelled walls and beautiful chandeliers was reminiscent of a scene from a Harry Potter movie. Click here to read more….

Summer School 2016 Programme

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Summer School 2015

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Reviews

The title of the School was “The Relevance of Theosophy: Spirituality in Daily Living” and the talks included “Soul, Personality and the Rainbow Bridge”, “Living in the Presence of the Soul”, Being a Theosophist in Principle”, “Embracing the Dragon of Wisdom” and “ Living the Mystical Heart of Theosophy”. We also held eight three day Study Courses with titles such as “The Essential Tools of Practical Theosophy”, “Theosophy for Beginners “, “ The Secret Doctrine” and “ Meditation”. the School was held from July 31st to August 6th at Hillscourt, the conference Centre of the NASUWT, at Rednall.  The School, which is open to both members and non-members of the Theosophical Society, attracts people from all over the world. This year we had delegates from Wales, Scotland, Brazil and New Zealand. Read more…

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Summer School 2014

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