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INVITATION

You are invited to the

European Congress 2014

Bridging Science and Spirituality

30 July to 3 August

Paris, France

(Opening: 30 July morning–Closing: 3 August before lunch)

Working languages of the Congress are English and French

Organised by

The European Federation of the Theosophical Society and the Theosophical Society in France

Short History of the Congresses in Europe

The first Congress in Europe took place in 1903 in London, England, with the guest speaker Colonel Henry S. Olcott. In the beginning of the 20th century, Congresses were organized almost annually; this established a firm foundation for Theosophists to come together regularly, so that even during the war years Congresses still took place.

In the second half of the 20th century, Congresses were organized after every three or four years. In the 21st century, there have been four Congresses until now: in 2003 in Naarden, The Netherlands (Centenary of the EFTS); in 2004 in Porto, Portugal; in 2007 in Helsinki, Finland; and in 2010 in Rome, Italy (World Congress).

Since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been six Congresses in France. The latest Congress in Paris, which was World Congress, took place in 1971. The latest Congress in France took place in 1984 in Poitiers, which means that exactly after 30 years, in 2014 to be precise, which is also 111th anniversary of the European Federation of the Theosophical Society, the 37th European Congress will be organized again in France, this time in in its capital, Paris.

The aim of the 37th European Congress is to bring members and sympathizers together from Europe and the world, and furthermore to investigate the connection between science and spirituality today. Special guests are expected and will be announced.

Venue

The European Congress will take place in the Adyar Theatre www.theatre-adyar.fr next to the premises of the TS in France (4 Square Rapp, 75007), in the center of Paris, 650 meters from the Eiffel Tower.


The Adyar Theatre

Programme

The programme of the Congress includes lectures and symposium talks. Also a classical music concert and light programmes by the sections are scheduled. On two days the programme ends early in the afternoon.

Detailed programme of the Congress will be published in due time.

The programme of the Congress will be partly broadcasted online. (Livestream)

Registration

Registration fees will be: for members 20 Euros, and for non-members 30 Euros. Check the website of the EFTS www.ts-efts.org and other channels.

The last day to register for the European Congress is May 15, 2014.

Meals/Drinks

Vegetarian lunch (lacto-ovo-vegetarian) will be served daily (from 30 July till 2 August included) by a special caterer either on the premises of the TS France or nearby. On special request vegan lunches will also be served.

The price of meals is 60 Euros for all four days or 17 Euros for one meal.

During breaks drinks (coffee-tea) are served in the premises of the TS France for the price of 20 Euros for the whole Congress. In addition to this, a bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) will be offered daily.

Accommodation

Participants should take care of their accommodation by their own means. Although there are many hotels and hostels near the Adyar Theatre, it is advisable to book the hotel/hostel as soon as possible. The period in which the European Congress takes place is “high tourist season” and the headquarters is situated in the center of Paris.

For finding a hotel/hostel near the Adyar Theatre, the Eiffel Tower can be used as a landmark, because the distance between these two places is 650 meters.

To make choosing and booking easier, a few options are suggested:

Hotels

Among other possible online booking systems, www.booking.com offers a wide number of accommodation possibilities with various price levels.

Hostel/ Bed and Breakfast

For budget-friendly accommodation possibilities near the Adyar Theatre, see:

www.budgetplaces.com/5564/eiffel-tower-accommodation-paris-sort-by-distance-114-9.html

Detailed information are published on the website of the European Federation of the Theosophical Society www.ts-efts.org

At the same time registration will begin via the website of the EFTS or other channels.

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Come and join us in wonderful Paris!!!