TS Adyar International

Day 3: Panel discussion, and Interview about a Theosophical book


  • Antonio Girardi
    Antonio Girardi
    General Secretary of the TS in Italy

    Antonio Girardi has been the Director of an important foundation that deals with innovation, education and training, and starting-up businesses. He has been a board member of the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padua) for more than twenty years. He has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1980 and the General Secretary of the Italian Section since 1995. He is the chief-editor of the Rivista Italiana di Teosofia. He has written four books on theosophical subjects. He has also edited the book “La Società Teosofica: storia, valori e realtà attuale”. (Theosophical Society: history, values and current situation).

  • Diana van Vloten
    Diana van Vloten
    Member of the TS in Spain

    Diana van Vloten became a member of the Theosophical Society of the Arjuna lodge in Barcelona (Spain) in 2005. She is the third generation of theosophists, as both her parents met for the first time during the European World Congress held in Montecatini (Italy) in 1952.
    During her early childhood, her family used to go every year to Saanen (in Switzerland) where they would gather to listen to Krishnamurti.

  • Maria Joao Figueira
    Maria Joao Figueira
    Member of the TS in Portugal

    Maria Joao Figueira was born in Portugal on the 31 May of 1961, being therefore 60 years old this year (2021).

    Chemical Engineer, specialized in Climate and atmospheric environment, she has been working for the past 30 years for the portuguese government in the area of industry control, environment and natural resources policy.

    Having had her first contact with the Portuguese Theosophical Society at the age of 17 years, she has since then prosecuted her studies in various areas of theosophical interest, from west to east religions, mythology, psychology and science.

    Being a member of the Portuguese Theosophical Society she directs the work of the branch Boa Vontade, located in Évora, where she resides since 2009, and to a new group of studies named Hermes, located in Lisbon, since 2017.

  • Patrizia Calvi
    Patrizia Calvi
    Member of the TS in Italy

    Patrizia Moschin Calvi, Born in 1962, joined the T.S. in Italy at the age of 20 and soon became an active member in the Group of Vicenza, especially in the TOS activities.

    Since 1995 works as a full-time volunteer in the Italian General Secretariat. Currently in charge of the editorial staff of the Rivista Italiana di Teosofia, she is also one of the translators of the magazine and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Italian Theosophical Publishing House.

    President of the Theosophical Group of Vicenza from 2004 to 2013, she is a member of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the Theosophical Society in Italy. Elected to the Executive Committee of the EFTS in 2004. One of the main organizers of the World Congress in Rome, 2010. Appointed as a Council member of the I.T.C. of Naarden on 2012. Appointed Additional Member of the International General Council in 2017.

    Living the theosophical experience with the belief that Universal Brotherhood without distinctions and Beauty are a union that cannot be untied.

  • Sabine van Osta
    Sabine van Osta
    General Secretary of the Belgian Section

    Sabine Van Osta (° 1968) is an active member of the TS since 2001. She became lodge president of the young Antwerp Lodge (Loge Witte Lotus) in 2008, board member of the Belgian Section from 2004 till 2008 as Secretary to the Board and back in the Board again since 2012. At the end of 2013, she was designated General Secretary of the Section. Apart from the organisational work, she also gives lectures and animates study groups in Belgium and the Netherlands on core theosophical themes in Dutch, French and English. She has translated articles of theosophical authors; her own articles were published in various theosophical publications. She has regularly travelled mainly in Europe to attend congresses of other national Sections. In daily life, Sabine works since 1998 full time as assistant to the Company Secretary, in charge for organising corporate meetings on the level of Board and Shareholders. She lives in Antwerp, Belgium with her husband.

  • Vipinchandra Shah
    Vipinchandra Shah
    Member of the TS in Kenya

    Vipin Shah is a 71 year old businessman, with varied interests. Microbiologist by training, Vipin is fascinated by science, economics, history, philosophy, and geography. Evolutionary biology, liberal conservatism, mind-boggling discoveries in the quantum realm, eastern and western philosophy and the teachings of Buddha take most of his waking time.
    He was drawn to The Theosophical Society almost fifteen years ago and he has given several talks at the Nairobi lodge on esoteric subjects.
    He is a Taichi practitioner for over thirty years and is convinced that it has been a major source of his strength. Additionally he is a purist on the benefits of a good diet. His other hobby is reading and collecting rare books. He is also a numismatist with almost a complete collection of German East Africa rare coins.


Dec 29 2021


5:10 pm - 6:15 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 29 2021
  • Time: 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm

Day 3: Panel discussion, and Interview about a Theosophical book


“Living in the Now: Challenges of the Inner Life”


Sabine van Osta (Belgium)


Vipinchandra Shah (Kenya)

Patrizia M. Calvi (Italy)

Maria Joao Figueira (Portugal)

Diana van Vloten (Spain)


5-10 min: Videos of headquarters in Europe-Africa



Interview about a theosophical book

Sabine van Osta (Belgium) speaks with Antonio Girardi (Italy) about his most influential theosophical basic literature book