The Theosophical Society in America

Events, Workshops, and Retreats

presented at the National Center

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters These events, workshops and retreats are offered at our National Center, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL.

 Pre-register online by clicking on the highlighted link, or by phone: 630-668-1571, ext. 315; or by e-mail

A Guided Gong Meditation

Friday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.

Marian_Gabriela_KrausImmerse yourself in a healing and transformational gong meditation with Marian and Gabriela Kraus. The couple’s sound therapy work features a guided visualization, followed by an hour-long sound immersion with three large gongs. The experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to raise an individuals’ vibratory frequency, reach higher states of awareness and recognize endless possibilities within.

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

Marian Kraus, a student and practitioner of metaphysics for over thirty years, utilizes three large gongs, several Himalayan singing bowls, four Burmese whirling gongs, tuning forks, and other instruments to present guided gong meditations. He is a member of the International Sound Healers Association, the Harmonic Therapy Association and a licensed PSYCH-K® facilitator. Learn more at

Gabriela Kraus, a native of Mexico, became a Gong Master through the guidance of the legendary Don Conreaux. She applies the gongs in combination with her studies in universal energy and humanistic psychotherapy and continues to guide men, women, and couples in the profound experience of a life of consciousness and evolution, filled with love, peace, confidence and joy.

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

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Mysteries of the Great Pyramid Revealed

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

James PhillipsAccording to sedj’dee, the wisdom-keepers of the Sacred Mysteries of Egypt, the purposes of the Great Pyramid of Giza were many. It acted as a house of initiation; a power plant to generate, transform, and transmit piezo-electrical energy; and may have been a star gate for the avatar priests of Zep Tepi (the First Time) to travel across the galaxy and commune with mind-body-spirit complexes in the constellation of Orion. In this workshop, hear circumstantial evidence supporting this theory and gain a deeper understanding of the purpose and spiritual meaning of the Great Pyramid of Giza as taught in the sacred mystery schools of ancient Egypt.

James Phillips has dedicated his career to making the wisdom of ancient Egypt relevant for today’s audiences. A graduate of the Monroe Institute in Virginia, Jim is the creator of the best-selling imaginization series of creative visualizations to support listeners in deep relaxation, rejuvenating sleep cycles and other extraordinary states of awareness. Visit

$30 nonmember $25 member $35 at the door

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Don’t miss Jim’s talk “Pharaoh Akhenaten and the Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt” on January 19.

Yoga and Meditation for Difficult Times

Saturday, January 21, 28, and February 4 (3 sessions), 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The practices of yoga and meditation are life companions. What we cultivate daily comes to our aid in difficult times. But when life places its heaviest hand on our shoulders, there is also a need for external guidance and support. In these three consecutive weeks, you will find comfort and encouragement as well as useful practices to get in closer touch with an inner and unlimited source of peace.

Juliana Cesano is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT. Meditation and the exploration of her spiritual path have helped her develop a contemplative yoga practice. She spent two years at the international headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Chennai, India and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

$75 nonmembers $60 members

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The Holographic Mind: An Ancient Path for Modern Life

Saturday, January 28, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Neuroscience has made many advances regarding the brain and its workings, and have recently described a mechanism that mirrors the wisdom that the Buddha, the Vedas, and indigenous peoples have known for thousands of years. These ageless teachings can help us overcome the stress of day-to-day living in contemporary life by revealing the true nature of experience. Hands-on exercises will help us explore the inner workings of our mind, the illusion of who we think we are, and some of the ways in which we distort our reality.

Lunch on your own. Brownbag a vegetarian meal or join others at local restaurants.

Venerable Acharya Shaku Mui Shin Shi (Sensei Mui) was ordained in 1971. He is currently a teacher with Hongaku Jodo, an organization of Buddhist teachers and clergy in the Western tradition. Sensei Mui’s style is to clearly present the teachings found in the early Buddhist scriptures as well as the writings of the Mahayana traditions making even the deepest concepts accessible to people in the 21st century.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Don’t miss Sensei Mui’s talk “Does a Fish See Water? An Introduction to the Holographic Mind” on January 26.

Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Qigong

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop introduces foundational methods of traditional Taoist neigong which cultivate the core energy (qi) of your body. You will learn practices in which you use your mind to release pain and dissolve tension, combine tai chi movement with alignments for maximum energy flow, and energize your internal organs. Don will also teach the unique Taoist Spine Stretch, which helps relax the muscles of your back, neck and shoulders, and moves each vertebra of your spine.

Lunch on your own. Brownbag a vegetarian meal or join others at local restaurants.

Don Myers has over 30 years of experience as a student of Taoism and practitioner of tai chi, qigong and neigong, and has taught for 25 years. Holding seven Instructor Certifications from Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, Don is also a Certified Advanced Instructor and professional member of the National Qigong Association. He owns Silver Ox Tai Chi in Geneva (

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear Don’s talk “The Dissolving Methods of Lao Tzu's Water Meditation Tradition” on February 2.

Therapeutic Touch Basic Course: Healing with the Heart and Hands

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a gentle, healing practice using the hands, heart, and mind to bring a sense of balance, peacefulness, and well-being to those who are ill, dying, or have simple everyday stressors. It is a holistic; evidence-based healing therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy. This course is the first of two required courses for those seeking the credential of Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner.

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTT, is a retired professor of nursing. She is a member and educational trustee of the Therapeutic Touch International Association.

Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN, QTTP, is a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and presents for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of DuPage.

$90 includes a booklet and handouts

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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Friday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.

Let the frequency and vibrations of the bowls shift your brain into higher states of consciousness. Using the powerful energy of the full moon and Valentine’s Day, we can release unwanted blockages, open our hearts to healing, and fully accept and love ourselves. Deeksha, or the Oneness Blessing, creates balance in the hemispheres of the brain, releases fear, and invites the higher frequency of love to enter, allowing us to reconnect with our spiritual essence.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat and/or blanket.

Yolanda Lozano has over 20 years of extensive bicultural training in the healing arts from master teachers in India, China, and the United States. Visit for more information.

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

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The Meditative Mind: A Centering Meditation Retreat

Friday, February 24, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.

Mindful, natural breathing brings us to a grounded space in the center of our bodies. This grounding is excellent for observing life with peacefulness, stability, and clarity. By reflecting on the nature of the breath, we can expand our awareness to encompass everything else. This retreat will explore the qualities of awareness centered in our bodies, on the breath, and on non-judgmentally opening to the space around us. Guided meditations, practice discussions, noble silence, and plenty of time for meditation will support exploration and growth in these practices.

Santikaro is the founder of Liberation Park, a Buddhist retreat center in Wisconsin. There he teaches Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources. He was a Buddhist monk for 19 years and a disciple of the renowned Thai meditation master Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

Retreat sessions, meals, private lodging—$350
Retreat sessions, meals, shared lodging—$250
Retreat sessions, meals—$150

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Hear Santikaro’s talk “Revealing Reality through Mindful Inquiry” on February 23.

Kundalini and the Aura

Saturday, March 4, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Take a mystical ride with an exploration of Kundalini energy and the aura! Gain a deeper understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual significance of Kundalini, the energy of creative consciousness, as it moves through the energy centers known as chakras and expands into the aura. Learn how the projection and quality of your energy impacts your daily life, relationships, and experiences. Through meditation, movement, and other traditional practices you will learn to develop your aura and hone this sense of energetic awareness within yourself and all around you.

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.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Chakra Clairvoyance

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

From yoga to energy healing, there are hundreds of systems for describing and using the chakras for personal growth and healing as well as psychic and spiritual advancement. How can we sort through all this information in a clear and responsible way that leads to physical, emotional, and spiritual growth? In this day-long experiential workshop, Kurt Leland will provide a simple and safe set of techniques for learning about our chakras and what they have to teach us about self-care and self-development.

Lunch on your own. Brownbag a vegetarian meal or join others at local restaurants.

Kurt Leland is the author of Rainbow Body: A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan (Ibis Press, 2016). He has also annotated and provided an afterword for a new edition of C. W. Leadbeater’s classic work The Chakras. He teaches classes on how to perceive and work with the chakras to benefit our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear Kurt’s talk “The Chakras: A Magical Mystery Tour” on March 9.

The Milarepa Lineage of Easy Enlightenment: The Five Pronged Mahamudra Training

Friday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 19, 3:30 p.m.

The lineage of the Panchen and Dalai Lamas of Tibet incorporated the transmission from Milarepa and Gampopa known as Chakchen De Nga, or “Five Features of the Mahamudra Training.” Here, Mahamudra is a Sanskrit term, with maha meaning “great” and mudra meaning “stamp” or “seal.” The sense of the statement is that the practitioner trains his or her mind in the act of stamping every moment of experience with the universal mystical qualities of bliss and emptiness. This is not an abstract tradition, but a precise method of resting awareness in these universal “wisdoms.” The weekend sessions alternate between instruction and guided meditations.

Lama Glenn Mullin trained in Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas for 15 years, and has published some 30 books on Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught Buddhist meditation for the past 30 years, often touring for six months of the year through North America, Asia, and Europe. He also leads pilgrimages through the sacred sites of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan each year.

As there is limited space, early registration is encouraged.

Retreat sessions, meals, private lodging—$350
Retreat sessions, meals, shared lodging—$250
Retreat sessions, meals—$150

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Hear Glenn speak about “A Visual Journey through Tibet’s Mystical Lineage” on March 16.

Triple Gong Experience

Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Synchronize with the rhythm of the Spring Equinox! Become immersed in the rich tonal vibrations of 3 harmonious gongs as you detach from the pressure and content of the mind. Evoking physical, emotional, and spiritual responses, the vibrations of the gong stimulate and work on multiple levels to heal and transform. After a gentle, seated Kundalini yoga warm-up and meditation to prepare the mind and body, relax and be embraced by sound.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat and/or blanket. In the communal spirit, we'll share a cup of homemade Yogi Tea afterward.

Jenny Bergold and Ela Geske received their Kundalini Yoga instructor and gong training through the 3HO Foundation (KRI). Maureen Milliken is a yoga instructor, sound practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and shamanic facilitator. They are all honored to help you become more bountiful, blissful, and beautiful through Kundalini Yoga and this triple gong event.

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

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A Practical Guide for Self-Healing

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop presents a practical guide for help in controlling the aspects of our lives we can control, and letting go of the aspects that we cannot. Understanding the limitations of what is within our power to control helps us live a healthier existence physically, mentally, and psychologically. Robyn will teach methods to help boost the immune system for optimal health, including meditation, visualization, and how to use all of our senses to enhance our body’s natural resources.

Robyn Lawrence Finseth, M.S., D.C., is a life-long Theosophist, having been born into a Theosophical family. She is also a practicing chiropractic physician in Oregon. Robyn has lectured and taught at Camp Indralaya and will be a featured speaker at the Society’s 2017 Summer National Convention held in Wheaton, Ill. Her life’s focus has always been connected to healing.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear Robyn’s talk “Demystifying Clairvoyance” on March 23.

Reincarnation: A Component of Spiritual Evolution

Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

While the belief in reincarnation has become more widely accepted, its full implications are not commonly understood. Each cycle of reincarnation presents a new opportunity for human beings to learn and develop specific skills necessary for spiritual evolution. During this workshop, we will identify the spiritual skills that are currently important, and how they enhance our spiritual journey after we die. We will also look at the evolutionary significance of a new way of looking at our relationship with loved ones who have died, and practical steps to cultivate a relationship which is safe and based on a foundation of spiritual service.

Lynn Stull has been a student of Anthroposophy for over 20 years and is a professional eurythmist, artist, and author of Wonders at the Veil: Creating a Living Relationship with Your Loved One Who has Died (March 2016). For information about the products and services Lynn offers please visit

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear Lynn’s talk “Reincarnation: A Component of Spiritual Evolution” on March 30.

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