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IndiaPalace  

 

   

India Palace Restaurant
242 E. Geneva Rd., Wheaton, IL
phone: 630-681-8002/8005 

Vegetable samosa, Aloo Matter, Chana Masala, Rice, Naan, Mango Lassi
Prices: $1 Samosa, $2 Mango Lassi, $5 Samosa & Chana Masala & Naan,
$5 Aloo Matter & Rice & Naan, $8 combo plate everything

AhiskaL

 

    Turkish American Society of Wheaton

Food delights from Turkey
turkish coffee, baklava, grape leaves, and more

KIMMERS    
Kimmer's Ice Cream
109 E. Front St. 
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-765-7704 
 
Hand dipped ice cream . $4 single scoop. $7 double scoop.flavors: vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, cookies "n cream. Hand made ice cream by Kimmers.
     

Around the World Café
organic coffee, special blends organic teas healing products
Bringing the treasures of the earth to the people of the world in coffee, tea, etc. 

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Taste at Common Space

Offering Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free Desserts

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Olcott Library

 

 

 

  Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library Free magazines, audio cassettes, and video cassettes from the library
Plant Sales from plants growing in the library
Cards/Photographs taken on the grounds at Olcott

Used Book Sale in the library!

Learn about our Mending and Book Preservation Services
Visit the library's collection of Sacred books from worldwide traditions, its Archives, DVDs, CDs, and the online theosophical encyclopedia, Theosophy.wiki

 

The Crystal Ranch    
Come out and see Reiki Master/Teacher Carol R for Reiki and an Oracle Card Reading! Be sure to pick up your new Reiki blessed handmade crystal jewelry made by Carol R Designs, too!
Can't wait to see you! 

CNM  

 

 


Michelle Ennsmann, DC, ND
Chiropractic and Naturopathic Physician

CNM Care focuses on empowering individuals by fostering knowledge, health and wellness through personalized holistic healthcare and massage. We will have information about our practice, specific services we offer and information on Naturopathic medicine in general. We will offer brief health consultations from our physician: Dr. Michelle Ennsmann, and chair massages for a nominal fee from our licensed Massage Therapist: Cassie. There will be a raffle for a free 1 hour massage (no need to be present to win).

Bemer    
BEMER PHYSICAL VASCULAR THERAPY

BEMER (Bio-Electric-Magnetic-Energy-Regulator) is a medical device from Germany that JUMP STARTS the entire circulation system from the largest to the smallest vessels. The BEMER’s signal, which holds 5 International patents, activates better blood flow with a longer residual effect, which enhances cardiac function and the body’s ability to utilize nutrients, oxygen and proper waste removal. Better circulation enhances physical fitness, endurance, strength, energy, concentration, mental acuity and reduces stress. BEMER has a patented sleep program for sleep management and light therapy for skin issues, including anti aging.

PLEASE COME VISIT US at our BEMER TENT for a 15 MINUTE SESSION! SEE You at the FEST! DR. Sherry Bresnahan and Karen Healer

   
Ramila Khatau
REFLEXOLOGY AND ACUPRESSURE THERAPIST


Lodaat Aryuvedic Tools for sale and will offer Reflexology of feet , Aryuvedic Head /face massage.

Vegie Dye Block Print scarf and clothing all hand made items

Aryuvedic consultations for Doshas

 Bharatbhushan    

Healing Hands Now
Bharat Kalra

Chakra assessment and balancing through pyramid energy.

I am a licensed massage therapist offerong sessions which are a mix of hands on and energy work.

I teach Reiki all the way upto teacher level.

I teach meditation in one on one as well as group settings

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The Wellness Sanctuary Spiritual Teaching and Healing Center

We are committed to your total healing. Through Organic and Whole Food Plans, Essential Oils, Emotional Re-Patterning, Spiritual Teaching, Workshops and Chios Energy Healing we are the complete healing center. We specialize in Vibrational Medicine which is based upon modern scientific insights into the energetic
nature of the atoms and molecules making up our bodies, combined with ancient mystical observation of the body's unique life-energy systems that are critical but less well understood aspects of human functioning. Vibrational Medicine refers to an evolving viewpoint of health and illness that takes into account all the many forms and frequencies of vibrating energy that contribute to the
"multidimensional" human energy system.

www.wellnesssanctuary.net

   

The Gathering LIghthouse
Patty Glade

We will be offering Psychic Medium readings, Tarot Card readings, and we will have healing sessions Reiki and/or Healing touch (non physical).

www.thegatheringlighthouse.org

     
Sandra Rueve

Sandy Rueve, an alchemist of astrology and clay, helps her clients align with their life path, current intentions, and purpose with handmade, astrologically timed talismans in the form of bracelets, malas, and necklaces.

www.intentionbeads.com

Instagram:
www.instagram.com/intention_beads/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/intentionbeads/

Shungite    

Vladimir Kazinets
House of Ayurveda

We offer large variety of Shungite goods for healing and protection, as well as Shungite stones for water purification. Shungite works on both physical and metaphysical levels. The study of the effect of Shungite on electromagnetic fields showed that it can be used as a protection against harmful EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) of cell phones, television sets, computers, and Earth geo-pathogenic zones. Shungite aids the body in its healing and helps to restore emotional balance. It is a great protector and a guardian, it purifies one’s body, aura, and personal space of any hazardous energies. Shungite is an excellent stone for magical and mystical work, it infuses aura with light, allowing only positive and beneficial energies to come through, and blocks negative energies of any origin, including negative energies of other people. Shungite sticker plate perfect protection against electro-magnetic radiation of cell phones, smartphones, ipods. Shungite water purification sets. Shungite is excellent sorbent, purifying water from many organic and inorganic compounds; it enriches water with fullerenes, powerful antioxidants, empowering it with its healing properties. One of the best ways to protect and heal yourself is to wear Shungite jewelries (bracelets, pendants, rings, necklaces). Shungite pyramid carries energy and gives strength. Shungite pyramid has the ability to heal and protects from harmful substance in the atmosphere. We also offer healing Pharaoh cylinders.

AGP    

 Linda Wagner

I am so excited to be a part of Theosofest again and share my pottery at this festival! I use a combination of lettering, laces, textiles, organics, stamps and found items to impress original designs into Earthenware clay. My pieces are organic in nature with many having metaphysical and theosophical designs, quotes and imagery. I generally work in slab, using an impression of some sort on almost every piece.

I have a variety of glazes, which are all food-safe, so my pieces are not only beautiful but functional. My work consists of artistic creations including: photo frames, platters, bowls, vases, wine carafes, dishes, mirrors, wall art, trivets and trays of every kind. I also have an incredible selection of hundreds of unique pendants including yoga, horoscope, spiritual and natural designs. . Though I love to re-create my favorites, no two pieces are ever the same.

I also carry a full line of custom items which can be personalized per your request.I impress names, dates, quotes, verses, basically anything my customers can think of. They can be ordered at my shows or online through my website, and shipped across the country. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, new babies, graduations, etc.; there are endless possibilities

 Philip Clark      
Philip Clark

I will be offering Numerology Sessions with additional information relating to Birth Angels derived also from the Birthdate and Birth Time.

www.nvo.com/medinumerics

"LET YOUR NUMBERS BE YOUR GUIDE"

www.chicagohealers.com/practitioners/philip~clark

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      Escentials Aroma
Sarah Ingram

Organic herbal products such as: bath teas, eye masks, salves, lavender bundles. 
Organic/wild-crafted ready made essential oil products: diffuser sprays, therapeutic roll-ons, diffuser jewelry.
Metaphysical items: Reiki charged and crystal infused aromatherapy roll-ons and sprays.

     

 

 "Through animal rescue, education and advocacy, Free from Harm seeks to transform society's attitudes about violence and oppression."

       All God's creatures are meant to live a healthy and well balanced life. A Naturally Balanced Dog incorporates a holistic view, with the belief that body, mind, and spirit, cannot be separated but are connected as one. When one of these becomes unbalanced it affects all three levels of health and wellness. A Naturally Balanced Dog's natural pet supply and natural pet foods helps to restore balance and unity of the whole dog.
 Whole Life Whole Yoga    

Whole Life Whole Yoga
Come shop for T-shirts and yoga related goods to support our mission! Whole Life Whole Yoga is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, yoga service organization. We provide yoga programs for people with special needs or disabilities. We accomplish this with the dedicated work of volunteers and with the generous donations and sponsorships. Our purpose is to make yoga accessible to those who greatly benefit from regular yoga practice, but who do not have easy access to traditional yoga classes. As Accessible Yoga Ambassadors, we strive to make yoga accessible and inclusive regardless of one's ability.

 North Coast Wellness     NorthCoast Wellness Center
is home of the floatation pod for sensory deprivation. Immerse yourself in a pool of 93 degree water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts. This creates an anti-gravity environment where your muscles and joints relax and decompress. A true float has no lights and no sound which allows our body and brain to slow down. Or you can pick a color of light to match your chakra while listening to relaxing music. We are also a corrective chiropractic office specializing in scoliosis, chronic headaches/migraines, low back pain, neck pain, recurrent ear infections, and sciatica. We will be offering complementary health assessments at TheosoFest.

 Share      Our booths will feature Share International and its aims and purposes. They are:
1. To inform the public at large about the Emergence of the World Teacher, Maitreya, and the Masters of Wisdom, whose role is to inspire and guide humanity into an era of sharing, justice and peace.
2. To disseminate information about both the achievements and shortcomings of our global society – politically, socially, economically, environmentally and spiritually – and to work cooperatively with the World Teacher and the Masters to manifest the principles of sharing and right human relations in order that all people may have the basic necessities of life.
3. To make more widely available to the public that great body of spiritually-based philosophy known as the Ageless Wisdom Teachings.
4. To encourage practical spirituality through study, meditation and world service. Share International promotes a particular meditation called Transmission Meditation, a group service activity in cooperation with the Masters of Wisdom, for the creation of a pool of higher energy for the benefit of humanity.
Share International makes this information available free to the public through their website www.share-international.org, via outreach and its fee-based Share International magazine.

Our booths are informational in nature, offering free literature on the Emergence and Transmission Meditation. Additionally one booth will feature articles, photos and quotes from past issues of Share International magazine.

 Third Eye logo     Charlotte Grant of Third Eye Consultant will be offering intuitive sessions, such as palmistry, tarot, crystal, aura and energy readings. She will also be providing mini life coaching sessions for those interested in trying out a coaching program. Charlotte is a master energy healer and provides reiki, chakra and aura healing at her office located in the Chicago South Suburbs. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped many clients world-wide discover their true path to peace, balance and harmony with her spiritual guidance and insights.

Mrs. Grant is also a twin flame expert and specializes in twin flame healing and discovery. She will also be offering special readings regarding twin flame connections, reunions and how to release any blockages that may be preventing you from finding your true twin flame.

Drop by and make sure to check out her booth for special products such as candles, crystals, incense and more!

Please Call or Visit Charlotte Grant's Website for More Information!

Phone: 708-540-3393

Website: www.ThirdEyeConsultant.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/ThirdEyeConsultant

 VIRIDE     Vride Wellness Spa

Viride is a wellness spa located in Carol Stream, that is committed to providing you with unmatched attention to achieve your health & wellness goals. Our highly trained staff provides exceptional massage, alternative therapies, nutritional coaching & skincare.
We will be offering demonstrations of Ashiatsu massage at our booth. You've never had a massage like this! The deepest massage available. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique that uses the feet rather than the hands to manipulate soft tissue. “Ashi” means foot and “atsu” means pressure. Our exclusive Aromatherapy jewelry line will be will be available for purchase. These Stainless steel pendant necklaces, car diffusers, & bracelets allow you to wear & have your essentials oils wherever you go. We will also have Aura Cacia essential oils available for purchase. Aura Cacia purchases benefit struggling families &communities around the world as they are a Co-op company not a multi level marketing business.
Viride wellness spa is owned and operated by Von Dirr LCMT who has been a practicing massage therapist in the industry for over 7 years.
Make a lasting commitment, invest in your health & discover total body wellness

Website: http://viridemassage.com

 Maher Baba     Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago (AMBCC)

A place of gathering in devotion to share Meher Baba's Universal Message of Love & Truth.

A spiritual home for our time.
4415 W, Harrison St., Suite 307
Hillside, IL 60162

Contact: Fereshteh Azad (630) 207-9461 or Jim Knutson (630) 272-0097
Books, Pamphlets, Photos, CDs, and DVDs by and about Meher Baba & His Followers.

Henna Painting, Some handmade craft items.
http://www.ambcc.net/

 
 John Gruba    

John J. Gruba – Intuitive Therapist

A dedicated professional, John J. Gruba is a self-employed certified Holistic Health Practitioner, who is deeply committed to sharing his passion for health and well-being with others. He has over 12 years of experience as a healer with a special focus on Aura/Chakra Analysis, Reiki, Past Lives and the Akashic Records. With his intuitive and supportive approach, John believes in treating the body as a whole, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, not only in treating symptoms but working with his clients to determine the cause and how to resolve them. He has helped many people reach a heightened state of relaxation, as well as rejuvenate and stimulate their energy levels.

7 Page Report and Personal Interpretation
$35.00/15 Minute Session
www.revjgruba.webs.com

 Amy_Jamilah_Art    

 

Amy & Jamilah Hassan's Art creations will be selling unique and one of a kind, mandala inspired hand painted and also pyrography engraved earrings, pendants, and bracelets. We will also have hand painted small tables and stools;painted and pyrograpy engrave tissue boutique boxes; cups, and plaques. This year we will be adding decorated t-shirts, caps, canvas bags and mugs.

amyjamilahhassanartcreations.com/

 Summit Lighthouse     Summit Lighthouse

The Summit Lighthouse®, a non-profit organization, is the official source for Teachings of the Ascended Masters from Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet and their students. We are dedicated to making these teachings available to all those looking for answers to life’s difficult questions. The Summit Lighthouse offers workshops, seminars, conferences, online courses, book study groups and events at local teaching centers, as well as opportunities to share with like-minded friends at various levels of affiliation. Books, CDs and Dvds will be available at our booth.

 Light Heart Center     Qigong Healing Meditation
with Renee' Somer Ryan

The Qigong Healing Meditation is used at the Baoding Qigong Research Hospital in China. Renee learned it from Master Wang Jue Ming who was imprisoned for 17 years during the Cultural Revolution for being a Qigong Healer.
This meditation was mandatory for the patients at the hospital. Many patients were paralyzed due to stroke or injury, or diagnosed with various types of cancer. This meditation can be done laying down, seated or standing. For this presentation you will learn to do it sitting in the chairs provided. Handouts will be provided and a Q&A will follow the meditation. Renee teaches Tai Ji & Qigong Wednesdays 11:45am-1:00pm at the Theosophical Society and has a healing practice at the Lightheart Center in Winfield, IL.

 Conscious Community  

 

 

Conscious Community

At ConsciousCommunityMagazine.com we believe that within us all is light, call it God/Goddess, call it Spirit, call it the force that animates life. Our purpose here is to recognize and grow our awareness of that light in ourselves and see it in all other beings. To grow our light increases the light throughout creation. To go out into the world, sharing our light is to be a Lightworker. This site has been developed to bring Lightworkers together; to show ourselves and others the huge community that we are, to help and teach each other, and together to continue to be a force for good in our immediate world and the greater world around us.

 Destiny Sparkles     Destiny Sparkles
Mary-Claire ONeill

My booth will include 1) jewelry: rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, handmade glass beads, and pins/brooches; 2) Art Glass Marbles and paperweights; 3) Sculptures: flowers on stems, small sculptures on a base; 4) Functional Items: Glass Ornaments, both handmade solid sculpturals and mouthblown hollows; Ringholders, Glass straws (with octopuses on them), and stirring stix. My subjects are mostly plants, flowers, landscapes, birds, and nonrepresentational or abstract studies on color, texture, form, etc..

 
 Karli Brown    

Karli Brown, Artist

Karli explores the Awakening Woman through painting and mixed media. Karli starts by going inward, in a manner similar to going on a Vision Quest, to discover an aspect of Self that needs healing, using inquiry and art to move how the story lives in her. "There is an unparalleled joy in tapping into our creativity," Karli says. "That joy is deepened by using our creativity to explore the stories from our past that no longer serve us, bringing them forward, acknowledging them, and then changing them, creating a new story, one of healing and growth." Art transforms. Sometimes the transformation is immediate, but often it is a slow uncovering, a process of bringing back into our consciousness what we don't know, for either integration of what serves us, or the release of what holds us back. Painting is ultimately, Karli says, her ongoing walk with the Divine.

 Olympia Chiropractic     Tushar Rawalji

Are you looking for a Chiropractor or physical therapist? You have come to the right place! At Olympia Chiropractic & Physical Therapy our mission is to help every patient achieve a high level of health and function. Our team of Chiropractors, Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Athletic Trainers strive to help each individual accomplish their health and fitness goals.

We achieve the highest results by combining the use of both chiropractic and physical therapy techniques. Chiropractic addresses the structural issues and protects nerve pathways. Physical therapy improves the stability and strengthens joint and muscles to achieve greater function.


 Namaste

    Namaste Salon:

To create positive, daymaking experiences that make a difference in the lives of our guests, co-workers, community, and the people of the world.

We believe in these guiding principles: Lifelong learning, The power of touch, Love, Protecting the environment, Real beauty from within, Creativity, and. Having a passion for our work. In our participation at Theosofest we will be educating about the Aveda products we sell, which are not just good for you but also the environment. We will be doing complimentary hair braiding and telling people about the services we offer. There will be samples if our products as well, so please come learn about us!

 Creating One Heart     Patrick Feeney
Creating One Heart Ministries

Readings and Reiki - 10 minutes $25

Tina Marie - Psychic/Tarot Readings

Rev. Patrick - Reiki Healings

Colleen - Handcrafted wire-wrapped jewelry by Colleen

 Julie Jancius

 

   

Angel Messages, Energy Healing & Learning to Awaken with Julie Jancius:
Learn how to remove accumulated pain and stress from your body, and how to live in a state of joy, peace and bliss. Julie Jancius, Certified Reiki and Chios Master Teacher, uses a 4-step approach to help you heal yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. These 4-steps include angel messages, teaching you to live in a high-vibration, energy healing and thought repatterning. These tools can transform your life, improve your relationships and lead to a NEW YOU inside and out!

Learn more and book your TheosoFest session in advance at www.jancius.com.

Dauna Needom    

Dauna Needom
Dauna is a New Orleans native who has lived in numerous cities around the US before making the NW Burbs of Chicago my home. She's a professional Tarot and Oracle Reader as well as an Medium and Empath. She knew she was 'special' around the age of seven. As she grew older, she went with her mother to have her Tarot Cards read and became fascinated with the cards and all the other things the stores had to offer. However, she was barred from working with any Divination tools until she was older even though she had prophetic Dreams and was sensitive. She had her first reading at the age of Nineteen and started reading Tarot shortly after.

I will be offering Mini Story Tarot readings as well as Life Path Oracle Readings. Kitty Mystic Emporium will be offering Feng shui balls, Jewelry, wax melts, Tarot Bags, Tarot Decks, Metaphysical Books, and Room Sprays.

Website: ReadingsbyDauna.com

       

 If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact Diana Cabigting at theosofest@theosophical.org.

Presentations

Theosofest 2017

 

Schedule 

Time Auditorium Classroom Meditation Room Outdoors
10:30 am  Opening Ceromony: Prayers from Faiths of the World    
11:00 am The Truth about the Chakras and Kundalini
with Bishop Ruben Cabigting
Meher Baba’s Key Teachings on the Spiritual Path
with Fereshteh Azad & Jonathan Bader
Quieting-the-Mind Meditation with Theodore M. Utchen  

12:00 pm

Mitakúye Oyasin and the Tree of Life
with Quentin Young
The Buddha’s Way To A Trouble Free Mind
with John Cianciosi

The Qigong Healing Meditation
with Renee Ryan

1:00 pm The Kabbalah: Key to Hidden Knowledge
with Richard Smoley
Master Your Energy: What happens in 5th Dimensional Consciousness?
with Lydia Van den Broeck, Ph.D.
Exploring Different Buddhist Meditations
with Jack Hatfield
 Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan
with John Robertson
2:00 pm  Perspectives from CG Jung: A Guide to Traveling the Spiritual Path
with Barbara B. Hebert, Ph.D.
Integral Insights on the Path of Centering Prayer
with Bill Epperly, PhD
Therapeutic Touch as a Meditative Practice
with Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda
 
3:00 pm The Yoga of Nutrition
with Danelys Valcarcel
The Life-Changing Power of Yin Yoga
with Maureen Fogerty

The Wisdom Within: Meditation in the Heart
with Juliana Cesano

Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan
with John Robertson 
4:00 pm

The Moon's Monthly Transit through the Signs of the Zodiac
with Dave Gunning

Kundalini, Chakras, and Spirituality
with Samadhi Banks
The Seeker and the Silence
with Anannya Sri Ram Rajan
5:00 pm

    Spirit Circle Drumming
 
with Karen Tlusty-Rissman
5:30 pm Gong Sound Meditation
 
with Marian & Gabriela Kraus
     

 

 Theosofest 2017 Schedule of Presentations

10:30 a.m. Auditorium

Opening Ceremony: Prayers from Faiths of the World

11:00 a.m. Auditorium

The Truth about the Chakras and Kundalini

Ruben CabigtingExplore the Hindu and Buddhist chakra systems and learn about the three Solar Forces contributing to the creation of the chakras and kundalini, as well as the function of chakras in sustaining life, health, and well-being. Discover the role they play in Christian spirituality and rituals of other religious organizations, as the work of the Holy Spirit can parallel phenomena experienced in kundalini awakening.

Bishop Ruben Cabigting, a life member of the Theosophical Society in America, is a retired Navy commander and ship captain. Also a bishop (retired) of the Liberal Catholic Church and a thirty-third degree Co-Mason of the Eastern Order of International Co-Freemasonry, Ruben has lectured worldwide on Theosophical topics.   top





11:00 a.m. Classroom


Meher Baba’s Key Teachings on the Spiritual Path

An Indian-born spiritual Master often known as “the Awakener” to His followers, despite keeping silent for 44 years, gave a vast treasure of information regarding the soul’s inner journey, the origins and cosmology of creation, the ultimate destiny of the soul, and very practical tips on staying connected and practicing the Inner Presence. Learn some highlights from His teachings, as well as valuable insights and stories from His close disciples.

Fereshteh Azad
is a writer, poet, translator, and follower of Meher Baba and has been serving as the President of Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago since 2010. She started her spiritual quest at the Theosophical Society in the late 90’s.

Jonathan Bader is a longtime follower of Meher Baba and serves as a program director for a statewide network of anti-poverty agencies in Madison, Wisconsin.  top




11:00 a.m Meditation Room

Quieting-the-Mind Meditation

Quieting-the-Mind is a simplified mantra meditation, stripped of all ritual and ceremony. This technique reduces daily stress, and, when practiced consistently over time, can transform you into a more effective person in both your personal and business relationships.

Theodore M. Utchen is an attorney and has been a resident of Wheaton since 1963. He became a member of the Theosophical Society in 2000. Ted has taught his ritual-free system of mantra meditation for many years.  top




12:00 p.m. Auditorium

Mitakúye Oyasin and the Tree of Life

Quentin YoungDuring Black Elk’s Great Vision, he noticed dancing horses turning into animals of every type and into every bird there is, and then flying back to the four directions where they had come from. The vision of these dancing horses, of every color and without number, changing into animals of every type, represents Mitakúye Oyasin (we are all related). Our relations also include the rivers, rocks, and the sacred flowering tree of life. Mitakúye Oyasin is more than just another statement; it a sacred way of life with all things in the universe.

Quentin Young, a mixed-blood Lakota, has been involved in the Lakota spiritual way of life since the age of six. H began keeping a caŋnuŋpa (pipe) in 1989. He has participated in all Seven Rites of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) ceremonies and has Sun Danced for over twenty years. Quentin has taught Black Elk’s vision at the College of DuPage and has lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Illinois.   top




12:00 p.m Classroom

The Buddha’s Way To A Trouble-Free Mind

John CianciosiThe ultimate purpose of the Buddha’s teaching is to guide us toward the realization of enlightenment, the highest peace, or living with a completely trouble-free mind. However, the Buddha was well aware of the nature of ordinary life and the normal concerns, challenges, and problems that we all face. So, in addition to encouraging us to strive for the lofty goal of Nirvana, he also offered very pragmatic advice on how to live life and deal with the various experiences and problems that we encounter in a way that allows us to maintain a trouble-free mind.

John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path (Quest Books, 2001) and is currently the director of Public Programs at the Theosophical Society.  top




12:00 p.m Meditation Room

The Qigong Healing Meditation

Renee Ryan The Qigong Healing Meditation is used at the Baoding Qigong Research Hospital in China, where it was mandatory for the patients at the hospital - many who were paralyzed due to stroke or injury, or diagnosed with various types of cancer. Renee Ryan learned it from Master Wang Jue Ming, who was imprisoned for 17 years during the Cultural Revolution for being a qigong healer. This meditation can be done lying down, seated or standing. For this presentation you will learn to do it sitting in the chairs provided. Handouts will be provided and a Q&A will follow the meditation.

Renee Ryan, co-director of the Lightheart Center in Winfield, has practiced the healing arts since 1977. She teaches the Wednesday tai ji class at the Theosophical Society. She has studied qigong & tai ji in the United States, China and Korea.   top




1:00 p.m. Auditorium

The Kabbalah: Key to Hidden Knowledge

Richard SmoleyThe Kabbalah, a mystical teaching rooted in Judaism, has played a central role in the Western esoteric traditions for hundreds of years. In this talk, Richard Smoley will explore the history of this enigmatic tradition and how it fits in with teachings such as Theosophy. He will introduce the Kabbalistic diagram known as the Tree of Life and show how it relates to human life and consciousness. He will also give some insights into Kabbalistic practice with a guided meditation.

Richard Smoley is editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America. He is the author of ten books, of which the most recent is How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible.   top




1:00 p.m. Classroom

Master Your Energy: What happens in 5th Dimensional Consciousness?

lydia Vanden Broeck_Transformation is finding its way into our Hearts and taking up residence there. Ascension can be disorienting, like being thrust into the unknown without a road map. Life can appear empty and flat as if there should be “more.” Grounding through the lower chakras is important for loosening up age-old emotions so that we neither continue to pay attention to them nor deny their existence. This will help us in our transformative process.

Lydia Van den Broeck, Ph.D., brings a lifetime of dedication, education, and experience to her work as a skilled and intuitive spiritual teacher and compassionate healer. With a doctorate in holistic health sciences and psychotherapy, and through her Energy Mastery™ process, Lydia offers guidance to help master spiritual consciousness in everyday living.   top



1:00 p.m. Meditation Room

Exploring Different Buddhist Meditations

JackHatField_f.jpgJoin us for a discussion on six different meditation techniques, followed by a guided meditation. We will also discuss: Should we, or should we not, practice more than one meditation technique? How do we develop a regular meditation practice? Why should we meditate? How does each meditation address the problems in life?

Jack Hatfield has been a Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and leader for over 35 years. He has practiced in various Buddhist traditions, spending the last 15 years in the Theravada and Pragmatic Dharma traditions. He is president and CEO of a high-tech company located in Naperville.   top




1:00 p.m. Outside: Front of Main Building

Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan

John RobertsonThrough the practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, your mind can achieve a stillness and clarity rarely experienced with other forms of exercise, integrating your body and mind and allowing you to achieve inner peace. Practice strengthens the immune system; improves posture, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength; reduces blood pressure and stress; and releases tension, allowing a feeling of positive energy to flow through your body.

John Robertson has nearly 20 years experience practicing and teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan and qigong and is a student of Taoist philosophy. He is a Level 7 Certified Qigong Instructor with the World Ki Gong Club and a Certified Advanced Instructor and professional member of the National Qigong Association. John owns Seven Stars Martial Arts in Winfield, IL. (www.7StarsMA.com).   top




2:00 p.m. Auditorium

Perspectives from CG Jung: A Guide to Traveling the Spiritual Path

Barbara HebertJung synthesized many aspects of Eastern and Western thought, bringing about different perspectives and insights for many. Some of Jung's more famous statements can be used as guideposts in traveling the spiritual path and increasing our spiritual awareness.

Barbara B. Hebert, Ph.D., is director of the University Counseling Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Barbara, a third-generation Theosophist involved in local, regional, and national offices throughout her years of membership, currently serves as president of the Theosophical Society in America.  top




2:00 p.m. Classroom

Integral Insights on the Path of Centering Prayer

Bill EpperlyThis interactive program will consider the Path of Centering Prayer from the perspective of Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. We will examine Wilber’s model of the spiritual path, a path he says invites us to 1) “wake up,” or move toward non-duality, 2) “grow up,” or move towards psychological maturity, and 3) “show up” as a transformed person in the world. You’ll see your path from a novel perspective and learn tools to enrich your contemplative journey.

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a biochemist and mystic. He has studied contemplative Christianity and Zen Buddhism and is a long-time student of Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. He works as a spiritual director, presenter on The Method of Centering Prayer, and retreat leader. He teaches mindfulness meditation at DePaul University.   top




2:00 p.m. Meditation Room

Therapeutic Touch as a Meditative Practice

MarlillynJohnson Therapeutic Touch® (TT) is a healing modality of the heart, the mind, and the hands. It has strong Theosophical roots as Dora Kunz, past president of Theosophical Society in America, along with Dr. Dolores Krieger, created it to help the suffering in our world! Learn how to access a deep sense of inner peacefulness and quiet – the focus for this presentation. There will also be a short discussion about TT's use as a "hands on" energetic healing modality. The very nature of TT practice brings a potential for much healing.

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTT is a retired professor of nursing. Taught by Dora Kunz, who created TT along with Dr. Delores Krieger, Marilyn has been practicing, mentoring, and teaching TT for over 30 years. A member of Therapeutic Touch International Association, Dr. Johnston is currently an education trustee of that organization.   top




3:00 p.m. Auditorium

The Yoga of Nutrition

Danelys VarcarcelWe often find ourselves disturbed by the hectic pace of our lives and turn to Yoga, Zen, Meditation, and other relaxation techniques with the hope of regaining some inner balance and strength. Yet we continues to be thirsty and hungry for deeper nourishment and growth. This presentation will explore various spiritual aspects of nutrition such as our natural body and soul cycles, some fundamental elements of health, and how to nourish and vitalize the subtle bodies of consciousness to meet the spiritual challenge of our times.

Danelys Valcarcel Cuellar, a Cuban-born artist, is a student of Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and Hindu philosophy who has dedicated the past thirteen years of her life researching the field of spiritual education. Currently working at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, Danelys is also a Montessori, Waldorf, and Krishnamurti teacher.   top




3:00 p.m. Classroom

The Life-Changing Power of Yin Yoga

Unlike many forms of yoga, yin yoga focuses on the connective tissues between muscles, rather than on the muscles themselves. Working the connective tissues helps to stretch your muscles and opens the hip joints, shoulders, and back. This course will cover modifiable poses that reach every muscle and joint in your body. You will also learn the science behind yin yoga and how to tailor your practice to your specific needs. Yin yoga is an essential practice for anyone, and is especially useful to mature practitioners seeking greater mobility.

Maureen Fogerty, certified and Yoga Alliance trained instructor, has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She studied yoga with Paul Grilley, one of the most respected teachers in the yin yoga practice. Maureen teaches at private, corporate and public locations.   top




3:00 p.m. Meditation Room

The Wisdom Within: Meditation in the Heart

Juli Cesano

As much as we like to depend on external sources for guidance and direction, the answer to all questions is within our spiritual heart. Books, seers, teachers can be a source of inspiration and support, but only in the process of establishing a deeper relationship with our own inner wisdom, we create the opportunities to hear the most valid promptings.

Juliana Cesano is a second-generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society's work for over twenty years. She is a certified yoga teacher as well as the manager of the Quest Book Shop in Wheaton.   top 

 

 




3:00 p.m. Outside: Front of Main Building

Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan

John RobertsonThrough the practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, your mind can achieve a stillness and clarity rarely experienced with other forms of exercise, integrating your body and mind and allowing you to achieve inner peace. Practice strengthens the immune system; improves posture, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength; reduces blood pressure and stress; and releases tension, allowing a feeling of positive energy to flow through your body.

John Robertson has nearly 20 years experience practicing and teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan and qigong and is a student of Taoist philosophy. He is a Level 7 Certified Qigong Instructor with the World Ki Gong Club and a Certified Advanced Instructor and professional member of the National Qigong Association. John owns Seven Stars Martial Arts in Winfield, IL. (www.7StarsMA.com).   top




4:00 p.m. Auditorium

The Moon's Monthly Transit through the Signs of the Zodiac

Dave GunningEveryone is aware of their Sun sign in astrology, which is based on one's day of birth and symbolically represents the will to shape our inner character and outer destiny. Most people however are unaware of their Moon sign which represents our daily emotions and desires.

In this presentation we will discuss the meaning of the Moon's monthly ingress through the twelve signs of the zodiac. The Moon transits through each sign in about two and a half days and thus through all the signs about once a month. I want to discuss the meaning of the Moon through each sign and show how people can utilize these various energies.

Dave Gunning is an astrological consultant, teacher and lecturer. His readings, classroom teachings, and talks have always emphasized the importance of the person’s interconnectedness to the Spiritual Self. Dave has written articles for Dell Horoscope magazine and Mountain Astrologer. top


 

4:00 p.m. Classroom

Kundalini, Chakras, and Spirituality

Samadhi Banks Learn about the connection between the Kundalini energy, the chakras, and spirituality - and how it can help you gain a greater awareness within yourself, in your relationships with others, in your sense of spiritual connection, and in your daily life.

Samadhi Banks has been dedicated to natural healing, yoga and meditation for over 15 years. Her dynamic teaching style is rooted in her study of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, as well as the meditation techniques of Buddhism and the Raja Yoga tradition of Brahma Kumaris.   top




 

 

4:00 p.m. Meditation Room

The Seeker and the Silence

Ananya-RyanSilence has always been an integral part of the spiritual path. As seekers of the ancient wisdom in the modern world, to truly enter silence becomes more difficult. The distractions of everyday life, the white noise that permeates our space, and the constant surge of thoughts in our mind are just a few barriers we face. This presentation will explore the power of silence, it's presence (despite our lack of recognizing it), and a few exercises to enhance silence in our lives.

Ananya Sri Ram Rajan is editor of For the Love of Life, the national journal for the Theosophical Order of Service, and the author of Get Real! Fighting the Mythic Woman; Finding Your Authentic Self. As a licensed professional counselor, Ananya uses an integration of energy medicine, indigenous teachings, and Theosophy to facilitate her clients with their inner discovery.

 

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5:00 p.m. Drumming Circle


Spirit Circle Drumming

Karen_TrustyCelebrate your spirit through music and movement! Join us in sacred space for healing rhythms and dance. Based on a blend of traditions, the drum circle draws on our most ancient roots to create expressions of love and joy, raising energy that is held in silence, and then sent out in offerings of prayer followed by grounding. Although some instruments will be available, please bring drums, rattles, or other rhythm instruments if possible. Meet outdoors at the Stone Circle south of the labyrinth.

Karen Tlusty-Rissman is a musician, artist, and celebrant of Spirit in all forms. She has facilitated sacred circles for over 30 years. Her practice, based on the belief that all beings on this planet are One, weaves together the common threads of Native American and pagan teachings as well as reiki energy work and aromatherapy. Co-facilitator of the Community Drum Circle for 15 years and currently leading a meditation class at the Anahata Center, Karen also facilitates many ceremonies honoring life passages, seasonal transitions, and for healing. Karen is available for personal consultation and musical performances.   top




5:30 p.m. Auditorium

Gong Sound Meditation

Marian_Gabriela_KrausThe goal in all healing, meditative and spiritual pursuits is to raise an individual’s vibratory frequency. Performing on gongs and singing bowls, Marian and Gabriela generate a broad and fascinating spectrum of vibratory sounds and frequencies which have the power to transform one’s being, take listeners into otherworldly realms, and provide space for relaxation, healing, and introspection.

Marian and Gabriela Kraus have studied gongs with renowned master teachers and bring a colorful life history with their European and Latin American origins. Their inherent musical abilities, years of studies in psychology and metaphysics, and life experiences in health and wellness-related programs in international corporate settings work together to facilitate a transformational and healing experience. Visit delamora.life for more information.   top

Please bring a pillow and blanket or mat to lie on.

$25 per person (pre-registered) $30 at the door

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11:00 a.m Meditation Room

Quieting-the-Mind Meditation

Quieting-the-Mind is a simplified mantra meditation, stripped of all ritual and ceremony. This technique reduces daily stress, and, when practiced consistently over time, can transform you into a more effective person in both your personal and business relationships.

Theodore M. Utchen is an attorney and has been a resident of Wheaton since 1963. He became a member of the Theosophical Society in 2000. Ted has taught his ritual-free system of mantra meditation for many years.

12:00 p.m 

The Qigong Healing Meditation

Renee RyanThe Qigong Healing Meditation is used at the Baoding Qigong Research Hospital in China, where it was mandatory for the patients at the hospital - many who were paralyzed due to stroke or injury, or diagnosed with various types of cancer. Renee Ryan learned it from Master Wang Jue Ming, who was imprisoned for 17 years during the Cultural Revolution for being a qigong healer. This meditation can be done lying down, seated or standing. For this presentation you will learn to do it sitting in the chairs provided. Handouts will be provided and a Q&A will follow the meditation.

Renee Ryan, co-director of the Lightheart Center in Winfield, has practiced the healing arts since 1977. She teaches the Wednesday Tai Ji class at the Theosophical Society. She has studied Qigong & Tai Ji in the United States, China and Korea.

1:00 p.m. Meditation Room

Exploring Different Buddhist Meditations

Marillyn JohnstonJoin us for a discussion on six different meditation techniques, followed by a guided meditation. We will also discuss: Should we, or should we not, practice more than one meditation technique? How do we develop a regular meditation practice? Why should we meditate? How does each meditation address the problems in life?

Jack Hatfield has been a Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and leader for over 35 years. He has practiced in various Buddhist traditions, spending the last 15 years in the Theravada and Pragmatic Dharma traditions. He is president and CEO of a high-tech company located in Naperville.

2:00 p.m. Meditation Room

Therapeutic Touch as a Meditative Practice

Marlillyn JohnsonTherapeutic Touch® (TT) is a healing modality of the heart, the mind, and the hands. It has strong Theosophical roots as Dora Kunz, past president of Theosophical Society in America, along with Dr. Dolores Krieger, created it to help the suffering in our world! Learn how to access a deep sense of inner peacefulness and quiet – the focus for this presentation. There will also be a short discussion about TT's use as a "hands on" energetic healing modality. The very nature of TT practice brings a potential for much healing.

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTT is a retired professor of nursing. Taught by Dora Kunz, who created TT along with Dr. Delores Krieger, Marilyn has been practicing, mentoring, and teaching TT for over 30 years. A member of Therapeutic Touch International Association, Dr. Johnston is currently an education trustee of that organization. 

3:00 p.m. Meditation Room

The Wisdom Within: Meditation in the Heart

Juli Cesano-

As much as we like to depend on external sources for guidance and direction, the answer to all questions is within our spiritual heart. Books, seers, teachers can be a source of inspiration and support, but only in the process of establishing a deeper relationship with our own inner wisdom, we create the opportunities to hear the most valid promptings.

Juliana Cesano is a second-generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society's work for over twenty years. She is a certified yoga teacher as well as the manager of the Quest Book Shop in Wheaton. 

4:00 p.m. Meditation Room

The Seeker and the Silence

Ananya-Ryan

Silence has always been an integral part of the spiritual path. As seekers of the ancient wisdom in the modern world, to truly enter silence becomes more difficult. The distractions of everyday life, the white noise that permeates our space, and the constant surge of thoughts in our mind are just a few barriers we face. This presentation will explore the power of silence, it's presence (despite our lack of recognizing it), and a few exercises to enhance silence in our lives.

Ananya Sri Ram Rajan is editor of For the Love of Life, the national journal for the Theosophical Order of Service, and the author of Get Real! Fighting the Mythic Woman; Finding Your Authentic Self. As a licensed professional counselor, Ananya uses an integration of energy medicine, indigenous teachings, and Theosophy to facilitate her clients with their inner discovery.

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