Thursday Evening Programs

Mindful Meditation for Health and Happiness

September 11, 7:00 p.m. 

ShuddhaanandaaBrahmachari_fThe purpose of mindful meditation is not to achieve anything, but to reach a state of letting go, a profound state of relaxation. It is our willingness to do nothing, to just be with the self, in silence, without any external support. It is in this powerful state of mind and stillness that great innovations and creative genius happen. With 40 years of meditation and mindfulness experience, Shuddhaanandaa truly demonstrates this art of meditation and walks the talk! 

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari is a globally-acclaimed motivational and spiritual teacher, author, social advocate, and peace maker. His Simple Art of Managing Stress and Course in Mindfulness programs have inspired audiences worldwide. Author of internationally acclaimed Making Your Mind Your Best Friend, Shuddhaanandaa received the Man of Peace Award from the World Organisation for Peace in 2012. Founder of Lokenath Divine Life Mission in 1985, he developed groundbreaking programs that serve thousands of poverty-stricken individuals in slums of Kolkata and remote villages of West Bengal.

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$10 nonmembers $5 members


A Convergence of Wisdoms

September 18, 7:00 p.m. 

TimBoyd_FZen master Shunryo Susuki made the statement that "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." Modern times have been characterized by an ever-increasing specialization of knowledge to a point where even within fields of medicine, physics, philosophy, religion, and the arts, meaningful contact is difficult. The ageless wisdom tradition asserts the possibility of a unity among the various approaches to an understanding that lies beyond knowledge. 

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, is also the new international president of the Theosophical Society as well as the Theosophical Order of Service. A long-time student of the Ancient Wisdom, Tim lectures internationally, conducting workshops on Theosophy and spirituality.

$10 nonmembers $5 members

Awakening to the Way Things Are

September 25, 7:00 p.m. 

AjahnViradhammo_fThe word Buddha means the Awakened One and we can all awaken to the reality of existence. The truth is not a secret that needs to be revealed to us by someone else. The Buddha said that it is imminent, timeless, and to be realized directly by oneself. The mind blinded by delusion does not see that truth, but it is possible to cultivate the path that allows us to penetrate through the veil of appearance and realize the truth of The Way Things Are. This is the path to freedom and peace. 

Ajahn Viradhammo, the son of Latvian refugees, was born in Germany, but grew up in Toronto. For a time he lived in India where he was introduced to the teachings of the Buddha. Eventually traveling to Thailand, he became a Buddhist monk and disciple of the late Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Viradhammo has helped establish a number of monasteries in England and New Zealand and is currently Abbot of Tisarana Monastery in Ottawa, Canada.

$10 nonmember $5 member

Invisible Worlds: Annie Besant on Psychic and Spiritual Development

October 2, 7:00 p.m. 

KurtLeland_FAnnie Besant was a passionate advocate of the Third Object of the TS, which involves the exploration of unknown laws of nature and the spiritual powers latent in humanity. Based on Madame Blavatsky's esoteric teachings, Besant developed a set of principles designed for safely pursuing this Object. Differentiating between occultists, who pursue psychic development, and mystics, who pursue spiritual unfoldment, she provides guidance and support for whichever path we may be called to follow. 

Kurt Leland, fascinated with the possibilities of consciousness, had his first astral projection experiences at age 14. Researching such experiences led him to the writings of Robert Monroe, Jane Roberts, Annie Besant and Theosophy; cross-cultural studies of the Egyptian, Tibetan, Hindu, and Buddhist sacred texts; as well as ancient and modern theories of dreams, shamanic journeys, and near-death experiences. An award-winning poet, composer, and author, he compiled Invisible Worlds: Annie Besant on Psychic and Spiritual Development (Quest, 2013) and maintains an intuitive counseling practice in the Boston area. For more information, visit

Book signing after the program.

$10 nonmember $5 member

Join Kurt for Do You Know Which Body You're In? a workshop on Saturday, October 4. See Workshops and Retreats.

Beyond Past Lives

October 9, 7:00 p.m.

MiraKelley_FLearn about the nature of time, karma, destiny, free will, and how each choice made creates a new reality. Sharing the life-changing lessons that she and her clients have learned through past life regression, Mira Kelley will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit. Discover how to connect with your Higher Self to receive valuable guidance. 

Mira Kelley grew up in Bulgaria where at the age of 13 she had a powerful regression experience. Following her intuition, she came to the U.S. for her higher education and practiced law as a corporate and securities attorney. She rediscovered the instantaneous emotional and physical healing available through regression, and now assists people in transforming their lives through regression. Stories from Mira’s sessions are included in Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Miracles Happen by Brian L.Weiss, M.D., and are featured on Mira’s book Beyond Past Lives was released in July 2014. Her Web site is

$10 nonmember $5 member

Book signing after the program.

Join Mira for a Past Life Regression Healing Workshop on October 11. See Workshops and Retreats.

Kundalini Awakening

October 16, 7:00 p.m.

JamesLeFevour_FAccording to yogic tradition, Kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment. Learn about traditional, Theosophical, and modern medical perspectives of Kundalini, as well as historical figures who have awakened the energy. 

James LeFevour is an active friar at the Theosophical Monastery in San Diego, CA. A national Theosophical speaker, his articles on a variety of Theosophical subjects have appeared in Quest and online in Ubique and Theosophy Forward.

$10 nonmember $5 member

The Problem of Evil

October 23, 7:00 p.m. 

PabloSender_FOne of the main mysteries in the philosophy of religion is the existence of evil and suffering in a universe that is supposed to be created and ruled by an omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent God. How can this apparent paradox be explained? Assuming that evil and suffering are wrong, some conclude that God does not exist, while others postulates that evil is the outcome of humanity’s misuse of the free will given by God. Is there a Theosophical perspective? 

Pablo Sender, PhD. has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. He is an author and a prolific writer of articles published in various Theosophical journals. Pablo is also facilitator for the Living Theosophy series. See Classes and Groups.

$10 nonmember $5 member

The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother

November 6, 7:00 p.m. 

RussellFourEagles_FListen this evening, to the old wisdom and practices of the Oneida Nation that Russell FourEagles hopes are not forgotten. He’ll recount sacred Oneida myths and cosmology, describe healing ceremonies and traditions that have been handed down for generations and taught to him by his grandmother, and share his own inspiring and  personal stories regarding how his book, The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother, came to be written. 

Russell FourEagles (Atu-nyute Kaye) is an oft sought-after source of wisdom on the authentic ways of the Original People locally, nationally, and worldwide. Educated in the Oneida healing tradition by his grandmother, he began practicing traditional medicine work in 1973 and opened Soaring Eagles Wellness Center in Wisconsin in 1998. Russell has taught workshops at the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and regularly speaks as a Native American Medicine Man, openly sharing his knowledge so that the old ways are remembered.

$10 nonmember $5 member

Keepers of the Wisdom: Profiles of Uncommon Courage

November 13, 7:00 p.m.

DavidBruce_FStudents of esoteric lore owe a deep debt of gratitude to those brave souls who kept the wisdom tradition alive by demonstrating “dauntless courage” and “a courageous endurance of personal injustice.” From Socrates and Hypatia of Alexandria to Giordano Bruno and Mme. Blavatsky, these sturdy souls paid a heavy price while paving the way for others. 

David P. Bruce is a third-generation Theosophist. His study of music was interrupted by three years in the U. S. Army Band which included a year in South Korea where he discovered Tai Kwon Do and martial arts. After a twenty-five year career in the industrial electronics distribution field, David joined the staff at Olcott in 2003 as education director and currently serves as national secretary of the Theosophical Society in America.

$10 nonmember $5 member

The True Purpose of Yoga

November 20, 7:00 p.m.

NicolaBachman_FYoga is so much more than physical postures. This ancient system offers a comprehensive path to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Discover the full meaning of the word “yoga,” including its primary principles regarding the nature of life, its true purpose, and the practices that can help us realize that goal. Learn how yoga can be applied as a moment-by-moment practice of mindfulness that results in inner contentment, happiness, and wisdom. 

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other related topics since 1994. He studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is E-RYT500 certified. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools and also wrote an easy-to-read paperback on yoga philosophy called Path of the Yoga Sutras.

$10 nonmember $5 member

Join Nicolai and Lori Gaspar for a Weekend Yoga Retreat, November 21 – 23. See Workshops and Retreats.


Who Were the Essenes?

December 4, 7:00 p.m. 

RichardSmoley_FThe Essenes, a mysterious group that flourished around the time of Christ, have been the source of much curiosity. Were they the adepts that taught Jesus? Jewish extremists? The forebears of the New Age? In this talk, Richard Smoley explores the history and the background of the Essenes and puts some myths to rest. 

Richard Smoley is a distinguished authority on the mystical and esoteric teachings of Western civilization. Editor of Quest Books and Quest magazine, he is author of Supernatural: Writings on an Unknown History; The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe; Conscious Love; The Essential Nostradamus; and Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism. Richard's next book, The Deal: A Guide to Radical and Complete Forgiveness, will be published in January 2015.

$10 nonmember $5 member

Change Your Story – Change Your Life

December 11, 7:00 p.m. 

CarlGreer_FWhat are the benefits of reflecting on our life stories? There are various practices that engage both the right and left sides of our brains that aid us as we look back. While envisioning a new chapter, as well as the possible obstacles encountered bringing it into being, learn about using Jungian and shamanic practices to engage transpersonal realms to gain energy and information to fuel a new chapter in that story. 

Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. After a long career in the business world, he returned to school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has trained with Peruvian shamans and through Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s Healing the Light Body School. Carl teaches at the Jung Institute in Chicago, is on staff at the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, and holds workshops on Jungian and shamanic topics. His latest book is Change Your Story – Change Your Life: Using Shamanic an Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation.

$10 nonmember $5 member


Celebrate the Season

December 18, 7:00 p.m. 


Celebrate this Season of Light by sharing stories, ceremonies, songs, or poems from your faith tradition, family customs, or cultural heritage. Please bring vegetarian, non-alcoholic holiday treats or drinks to share as we close the evening with socializing in the festive holiday ambiance of Nicholson Hall! 

Paula Finnegan, Program Coordinator, will facilitate this seasonal celebration.


There is no charge for the program. However, please bring canned goods or paper products which will be donated to the Humanitarian Service Project.