Far Horizons Retreat Center was founded in 1954 by G.V. and Mary Hull. The camp was created as a practical experiment in applying theosophical principles to daily life. The Theosophical Society is a worldwide organization founded in 1875 and dedicated to better understanding our place in the universe as well as the purpose and meaning in our lives.
A central premise of Theosophy (also called the ageless wisdom) is that we are all one. Respect for every religious tradition is a prominent theosophical principle. Membership in the Theosophical Society, or in the camp itself, is not required.
Theosophy is a dynamic and open approach to seeking the wisdom of the Divine.
The term “Theosophy ” is derived from the ancient Greek and is interpreted as “wisdom concerning the divine.” The term has various levels of meaning, any of which are open to interpretation.
It is said to be first used by a Greek philosopher in the 3rd century to designate an eclectic system of philosophy and mysticism.
Central to the concerns of theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and unity among people of all races, nationalities, philosophies, and religions.
The Theosophical Society (the TS) was founded as a world fellowship and membership organization dedicated to promoting the unity of humanity and encouraging the study of religion, philosophy and science so that we may better understand ourselves and our relationships within this multidimensional universe.
According to the TS, all people, whatever their race, creed, sex, caste, or color, are invited to participate equally in the life and work of the TS. The TS imposes no dogmas, but points toward the source of unity behind all differences. The TS, while reserving for each member full freedom to interpret those teachings known as Theosophy, is dedicated to preserving and realizing the ageless wisdom, which embodies both a worldview and a vision of human self-transformation.
This tradition is founded upon certain fundamental propositions:
- The universe and all that exists within it are one interrelated and interdependent whole.
- Every existent being-from atom to galaxy-is rooted in the same universal, life-creating Reality. This Reality is all pervasive but it can never be summed up in its parts, since it transcends all its expressions. It reveals itself in the purposeful, ordered, and meaningful processes of nature as well as in the deepest recesses of the mind and spirit.
- Recognition of the unique value of every living being expresses itself in reverence for life, compassion for all, sympathy with the need of all individuals to find truth for themselves, and respect for all religious traditions. The ways in which these ideals become realities in individual life are both the privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.
The TS stands for complete freedom of individual search and belief which welcomes seekers belonging to any religion or to none.
The motto of the TS is “There is no Religion higher than Truth.” The word Religion in this statement is a translation of the Sanskrit dharma, which among other things means practice; way; virtue; teaching; law; inherent nature; religion; and that which is steadfast or firm. The word Truth in the motto is a translation of the Sanskrit satya, meaning, among other things, true, real and actual. It derives from the root sat, sometimes translated as boundless unconditioned existence.Devotion to truth, love for all living beings, and commitment to a life of active altruism are the marks of the true Theosophist.
Please visit www.theosophical.org for further information about the TS.
An All-Volunteer Board
The Far Horizons mission is to foster an experience of awareness and aliveness for all.
The board of Far Horizons is the official body serving to fulfill this mission. The board is a volunteer committee of elected camp members who are also members of the Theosophical Society. With direct responsibility for camp operations, programs, facilities, marketing and management, the board is committed to the long-term viability of our precious retreat center.
There are 7 board members, each whom serve for 3 years in that capacity. Each year, some board seats are reelected and incumbents are retained. This provides ongoing stability to the board by ensuring the previous year’s knowledge is retained and carried forward.
The 2011 Board:
- David Kroes, President
- Eric Hassett, Vice-President
- Jamie Schwartzman, Treasurer
- Rebecca Smith, Director
Interested in becoming a Far Horizons Board member? Candidates must declare their interest by March 15, 2012 by sending an inquiry in writing to email@example.com