The Theosophical Society in Europe
Federation of National Societies

Silent Retreat at the ITC, Naarden, The Netherlands, 9 to 12 October 2013

The object of the retreat is to share privileged time in the tranquil atmosphere to foster a quiet mind.  


The Crest Jewel of Discrimination is considered to be a great treasure of spiritual literature. It is indeed a compendium of the Upanishads containing the principles of advaita-vedanta philosophy.


Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu is the Chair of the Council of the EFTS and the General Secretary of the TS France. She has conducted Silent Retreats for years and travels widely to encourage cooperation and promulgate the teachings as well as to share experience in service of the TS. Her main concern is to promote a new way of living where each human life can be guided by universal ethics and the mystic dimension of consciousness.


The programme of the Silent Retreat includes daily talks, question and answer sessions and meditative enquiry. During the Retreat participants can explore and ponder over the principle of One-ness through reflection and inquiry.

The themes of the daily talks are:

• The Crest Jewel of Discrimination – the core of advaita-vedanta

• Discrimination and Renouncement

• The sense of "I", the terrestrial ego, and the Self

• Realization: Liberation and Love

Apart from talks and question and answer sessions participants will remain silent for the rest of the day and practice mindfulness. Peaceful surroundings and silence in the mind enhance gradual movement toward self-inquiry.

The Silent Retreat is jointly organized by the European Federation of the Theosophical Society (EFTS), the International Theosophical Centre (ITC) and the Theosophical Society in the Netherlands (TVN).

Theme: Viveka-Chudamani – The Crest Jewel of Discrimination

Speaker: Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu

(Arrival: 8 in the evening – Closing: 12 before lunch)

Language: English


The Silent Retreat will take place at the International Theosophical Centre (ITC) in Naarden, some 30 km from Amsterdam.

Detailed information about the Silent Retreat – including registration, meals, accommodation, prices etc – can be found on the website of the ITC [].

The brochure and the registration form of the Retreat can be downloaded in pdf: