The Theosophical Society in America

2019 SNC Speakers

Mitch Horowitz

MitchHorowitz.jpgA widely known voice of esoteric ideas, Mitch Horowitz is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality; Occult America; and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life.

Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon,, and Politico.

He is the voice of popular audio books including Alcoholics Anonymous and The Jefferson Bible. Mitch has discussed alternative spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, and throughout the national media.

The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” His work has been censored in China.


Lecture 1: The Secret Doctrine and America

Historian and writer Mitch Horowitz considers what HPB's magnum opus said about the future and destiny of the United States, including her early insights into America as an engine of cultural and spiritual progress.

Lecture 2: The Secret Doctrine and the Forbidden

Mitch Horowitz explores how HPB examined and redefined unorthodox topics in The Secret Doctrine, from the divine feminine to Akashic "photographs" to the myth of Lucifer, and reintroduced arcane or forbidden subjects into modern life.  


Elena Dovalsantos

ElenaDovalsantos.jpgElena Dovalsantos taught at the university level and spent her career in scientific research. A third-generation Theosophist, she has been a member of the Theosophical Society for over 45 years. She served as past president of the Beacon Theosophical group in San Diego and is current president of the TS in the Ojai Valley in California.

Elena leads classes on The Secret Doctrine internationally, serves as a regular lecturer at the Krotona Institute's School of Theosophy, and co-facilitates online webinars sponsored by the TS in America.  


Lecture: Catching the Fire from the Flame of Truth

The Secret Doctrine brought to humanity the knowledge that has been in the possession of seers throughout the ages. Among its most important teachings are the principles of the oneness of all life and the full realization of that oneness which is the purpose of the human journey. These are truths that can set us free from the causes of suffering and misery to bring us to perfect peace and fulfillment. What are the implications of these key teachings of the occult philosophy, which, according to HP Blavatsky, is the science of life, the art of living? Can we use the fire of understanding to lift ourselves and humanity from the bondage of physical existence?



Maria Parisen

MariaParisen.jpgMaria Parisen, a TS member since 1969, has served on the board of directors of the Detroit Lodge, the TS in America, the Theosophical Order of Service, and currently the Krotona Institute where she also directs Krotona’s School of Theosophy. 

Maria has guided workshops and retreats for the Society internationally and edited the Quest book, Angels and Mortals: Their Co-Creative Powers

A retired rehabilitation nurse with a Masters in Nursing Science, her interest is primarily in Theosophy as applied to our individual and collective potential for healing and wholeness.  

Lecture: Calling and Covenant: Our Undivided Relations with All Life

The Secret Doctrine affirms that amid diverse appearances and modes of consciousness, a unified source and spiritual bond links all forms of life. The evolution of all beings, visible and invisible, is related directly to human perception of this deep, abiding union.  Each encounter in our daily lives may call to our imagination, in symbol, form and action, elements of an ageless covenant of cooperation and spiritual fulfillment. 



Pablo Sender, Ph.D.

Pablo  SenderPablo Sender has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1996. He has lived and worked at the International Headquarters of the TS in Adyar, India and at the National Center of the TS in America, and he is currently at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California. 

An international speaker, Pablo has presented programs and retreats around the world. He writes for many Theosophical journals and is the author of The Evolution of the Higher Consciousness. Visit his website at 

Lecture 1: A Universe of Purpose

This talk will explore a unifying view of the universe that brings together the scientific and spiritual perspectives. The account of the universe presented in the late nineteenth century by Helena P. Blavatsky challenged many of the assumptions held by the science of her time, but it shows surprising parallels with the modern scientific view, as well as significant differences. More importantly, it depicts a universe of purpose, designed to further the evolution of matter and consciousness.

Lecture 2: Brotherhood and Racial Theory in The Secret Doctrine

The fundamental teaching in The Secret Doctrine (SD) is that, essentially, we are all one. This boundless unity, when manifesting on the planes of limitation, appears as an infinite diversity of forms. The theory of evolution of humanity through "Root-Races" offered in the SD has often been misinterpreted outside Theosophical circles. This talk will explore this theory, and how, when properly understood, it becomes the foundation for a sense of universal brotherhood without distinctions.