It is amazing that an organisation such as the Theosophical Society in England, which claims to

be a spiritual organisation, can have no consideration for the future of the wildlife in its care.



Tekels Park

A Spiritual Centre

A Sanctuary for Wildlife

Not for much longer

The Tekels Park Guest House is still taking bookings for spiritual weekends at this 50 acre woodland estate near Camberley, Surrey, England. Many may still arrive for a Tekels Park “spiritual” holiday unaware of the cloud hanging over the park and the wildlife. Amazingly the Tekels Park website still advertises the park as a sanctuary for wildlife.


The estate is owned by the Theosophical Society (Adyar) in England and has been a Spritual Centre since 1929. The sale to a developer is surrounded by secrecy with even many of the Society’s 200 members being kept in the dark. News is now leaking out and many are outraged. When one considers the horrendous effects that the sale of Tekels Park will have on the wildlife, it is easy to see why the sale is being kept quiet.




Some Views of

Tekels Park















Tekels Park has no statutory protection against this happening.





















St Francis Church


Church building paid for in 1930 by Theosophist

and church member, Josephine Chambres.


Registered as a place of worship in 1931


St Francis Church has served the needs of

Christians within the Theosophical movement for

decades and church members now feel betrayed

at the loss of control of their building.



St Francis Church at Tekels Park

Dedicated to St Francis of Assisi.


The congregation will now have to negotiate permission

to worship in a church they have been using since 1931.

Ironically St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals

and the Environment but don’t tell the Tekels Park management



The Tekels Park Wildlife


Tekels Park is sanctuary for animal wildlife including deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers, bats, newts and stoats, and for birdlife including sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, tawny owls and many more.


Theosophy talks of a compassionate attitude to animals and the sale of a sanctuary for wildlife to a developer has caused serious division in the Theosophical Society in England



The Deer


The Theosophical Society in England once valued the wildlife in its care

but now has no concern for its future.




Although the law gives protection to deer against cruelty, they are not in fact a protected species and could be slaughtered. It is difficult to see how the continued existence of the deer in Tekels Park would be compatible with development.


The Tekels Park Badgers


Badgers have been residents of

Tekels Park for centuries.



There are fears that development will destroy

their foraging area on which they depend.


The law gives more protection to badgers than it does to deer. It is illegal to harm a badger, destroy or obstruct the entrance to badger setts or to keep one as a pet. Protection against the effects of development is less clear and badgers depend on a wide foraging area which could be reduced or destroyed by development.


In the United Kingdom, badger setts are protected from disturbance or destruction under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.



The Trees


There are many species of trees including 3 types of redwood, ginkgo, eucalyptus, red oak, tall magnolias and lebanese cedars.


Spiritual Retreat ?

Enjoy before the bulldozers move in


Tekels Park has always been, and still is, advertised as a “Spiritual Retreat”. The vegetarian guest house continues to take bookings on this basis and here is a write up for a Tekels Park event in 2010


Theoversity - The Spiritual Retreat

Tekels Park, Camberley, Surrey
23 – 25 April 2010  

Most people need a moment or two away from the general activity of the everyday life whether professionally or a busy home life with all its pressures and demands. This weekend is an opportunity to take a break and relax, reassess or prepare for up and coming talks or presentations. The weekend is also for those who wish to spend time in meditation and contemplation on their lives, their future and fulfillment.


The surroundings of course form the basis of the spiritual experience being sold here. One can only speculate on the effect on this experience of the realization that Tekels Park could soon be going under the bulldozer with the inevitable disastrous effect on the wildlife.


It would also be upsetting to find out about the sale after the spiritual event.


A number of spiritual groups, who have used Tekels Park in the past, have now gone elsewhere.


The Theosophical Society in England is keeping its plans for Tekels Park secret,

even from its own members



Compassion for Animals


The Compassion for Animals Issue puts

The Theoversity on the Defensive



The Theoversity was established by the Theosophical Society in England (Adyar) in 2006 to promote Theosophical teachings. Compassion for animals was certainly therefore part of the Theoversity’s agenda. Developments at Tekels Park have compromised the Theoversity’s position.


The Theoversity held its courses at Tekels Park until the Summer of 2010 when it moved out to hired venues in Southampton, Chorley and Glastonbury. This move confused many as the Theosophical Society in England’s leadership have claimed that from the start of negotiations in late 2009, that an agreement with the development company was being drawn up, by which the Theosophical Society can use Tekels Park after it is sold. The Theoversity’s move away from Tekels Park has led to speculation that no such agreement is possible and that the Theoversity now wishes to distance itself from matters at Tekels Park.


The Theoversity organizers have remained silent on the issue of the Tekels Park Wildlife and how this affects the Theosophical teachings that it offers. The issue of the Tekels Park Wildlife may haunt the Theosophical Society in England for many years to come.



Diploma in Theosophy


The Theosophical Society in England is now offering a Diploma in Theosophy course which appears to include nothing about compassion for animals.



Who’s Behind the Sale ?


The whole deal is shrouded in so much secrecy that even the majority of the Theosophical Society’s actual card carrying members don’t appear to know what is happening but here are some contact points.


Tekels Park is owned by;


The Theosophical Society in England (Adyar)

50 Gloucester Place

London W1U-8EA


Tel 0207 563 9817




Please note that there is more than one Theosophical Society. Only the Theosophical Society with its headquarters at Gloucester Place, London is connected to Tekels Park. This is generally known as the Theosophical Society (Adyar) as its international headquarters are in Adyar, India.


The Theosophical Society administers the Tekels Park Estate through a limited company


The Tekels Park Estate Limited

4-6 Church Road, Burgess Hill,

West Sussex

RH15 9AE,


It doesn’t require a Diploma in Finance or even a Diploma in Anything to know that this is a bad time economically to sell Tekels Park


Many are unhappy not only that this is certainly a bad time to get a good price for the Tekels Park Estate but that professional advice in 2009, not to sell the Park, has been ignored.



Despite the attempt to keep the sale secret, the

Adyar Theosophical Society leadership, and

members who have had a long association with

Tekels Park, are fully aware of what is being done

to the park and yet are happy to conduct

Theosophical Society events there.




The Theosophical Society in England now feels that the Tekels Park

animals have served their purpose and can be discarded








From the Website Owner:- Dave Marsland


I am dedicated to the future of the Tekels Park animals and have created this website in support of saving them.


My main concern in posting information on this, and related websites, is to draw attention to the sale of the 50 acre sanctuary for wildlife to a property developer and the inevitable deaths of the animals by slaughter or habitat destruction.


The killing of the Tekels Park animals would be an obscenity and as a long standing student of Theosophy, I cannot turn a blind eye.


I maintain that the Tekels Park management and the Theosophical Society in England leadership have attempted to keep the fate of the Park and its wildlife from public attention and the attention of the Theosophical Society in England members.


Dave Marsland


You may contact me on davemarsland@aardvarktheosophy.co.uk





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