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 info@theosophical.org.

A Day of Mindfulness and Meditation

Saturday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SantikarroOn this daylong silent retreat we mindfully take pause from busy lives and concerns in order to explore our capacity to be awake, grounded, and open to life's realities. Grounding practices include deep, mindful breathing with fully released exhalations; the enjoyment of appreciation; and gracefully bearing under the flow of uncertain conditions. The grounds and sacred space of the Theosophical Society invite us to slow down and be present with the inner spaces to which we have privileged access and for which we have most responsibility.

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.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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TheosoFEST

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TheosoFEST is an annual open-house mind, body, spirit, festival celebrating the wisdom of the ages, the unity of all life, and spiritual self-transformation. We invite you to join us for this free event exploring spirituality and community! Bring your friends and family!

Read more: TheosoFEST

TheosoFest Gong Sound Meditation

Saturday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.

Marian Gabriela KrausThis experience, designed to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing, is offered at the end of TheosoFest.

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.
 

$25 per person

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Exploring and Experiencing Labyrinths

Saturday, September 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Neal HarrisLabyrinths are wonderful intuitive and healing tools. For over four millennia, labyrinths have helped people relax, meditate, make healthy life choices, and connect to their spiritual guidance. A labyrinth practice can also enhance creativity and assist with emotional and physical healing. In this workshop, explore and experience walking and finger labyrinths and participate in a ceremony to honor the energies of Mother Earth.

Neal Harris, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, owns and manages Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center. In 1995, he created the first permanent outdoor labyrinth in Illinois and has consulted and created other public labyrinths including the one at the Theosophical Society. He also makes fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths, and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths. Neal is both a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and a Certified Veriditas Facilitator.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Neal Harris: Hear his talk “Mysteries of the Labyrinth” on September 14.

Autumnal Equinox: Abundance Meditation Celebration

Friday, September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Samadhi BanksCelebrate abundance and cultivate gratitude for all the blessings in your life with a special meditation on the Autumnal Equinox! Let go of your worries and stress, and encourage resolution, repair, and re-patterning at every level by participating in restorative mantras (chanting), mudras (gestures), and a variety of other meditation techniques. Take this time for self-renewal to more fully enjoy the season.

Samadhi Banks has been dedicated to holistic wellness, yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. She brings her breadth of experience and dynamic teaching style to in-depth studies and teacher training programs in the philosophy and practices of Kundalini, classical yoga and meditation, Reiki, and crystal and gemstone therapy. She also offers The Indigo Project, a course for understanding and supporting the unique needs of today's children from an energetic and chakra-based perspective.

$15 nonmembers $10 members $20 at the door

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Join Samadhi Banks for her Enliven & Enlighten Every Day workshop on November 11  and Inviting the Solstice on December 21

Mindfulness of Breathing: Less Doing, More Being

Saturday, September 23, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

John CianciosiThe goal of meditation is to develop the beautiful silence, stillness, and clarity of mind that facilitates the arising of deep insight. However, it does require a skill that can only be developed through regular and constant practice. This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to practice Mindfulness of Breathing and walking meditation in a relaxed, quiet, and peaceful environment. Skillful guidance and sharing will be provided to help facilitate participants’ progress toward peace.

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 the author of The Meditative Path (Quest Books) and is currently the director of Public Programs at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Note: Andrew Harvey's workshop has been cancelled.

The Horn of Plenty: Fall Festivals Ancient and New

Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hazel Archer GinsburgJoin an experiential event celebrating the Autumnal Equinox as we look back to the fruits of the past and prepare for what is coming toward us from the future. Our ancestors called this Sabbat, Harvest Home or Mabon. In Greece and Rome it was dedicated to Dionysus or Persephone and Demeter. Today, we are invited to stand with the powerful Archangel Michael, in balance between the light and the dark, as we create the “festival of the future.”

Hazel Archer Ginsberg is a spiritual midwife and trans-denominational minister working in an eclectic style that inspires connections, initiating us into the magic waiting to be revealed in the cycle of the seasons. She is also the festivals coordinator for the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, a lecturer, promoter, blogger, poet and performance artist. For more: www.reverseritual.com.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door Lunch on your own.

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The Voice of the Silence

Saturday, October 7, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

David BruceTwo years before her death, H. P. Blavatsky published a small book called The Voice of the Silence. An illuminating and inspirational spiritual guidebook, the dedication page reads: “To the few.” What did she mean by that? Who did she have in mind? This workshop touches upon topics such as paradox, mysticism, and the Path. There will be time for discussion and reflection.

David Bruce, a third generation Theosophist, was active in the Milwaukee Lodge from 1985 to 2003, where he served as program chairman, treasurer, and president. He served one three-year term on the TSA Board of Directors under President John Algeo, and in 2003 he became Director of Education at the national center. David has been National Secretary since 2010.

Each registered participant will receive a free copy of The Voice of the Silence.

$20 nonmembers $15 members $25 at the door

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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Friday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Yolanda LozanoAfter a full moon, crystal bowls provide sound support as their frequency and vibrations bring harmony to the etheric, emotional, and physical bodies. The brain shifts into higher states of consciousness, thoughts are slowed down, and the heart opens to healing. 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.

Yolanda Lozano has over 20 years of extensive bi-cultural training in the healing arts from master teachers in India, China, and the United States. She integrates breathing techniques, toning and chanting, meditation, movement, vibrational energy healing, and self-care while listening to the True Self within. For more: www.yolandahealinghearts.com

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

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Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Saturday, October 21, 11:30 a.m.

Mazher AhmedJoin us for an event devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Our speakers come from the ecumenical community to offer prayers and blessings of peace. With open hearts and minds, reach out and share your expertise and ideas in this global movement. Discussion over a light lunch follows. If you plan to attend or would like to represent your tradition by speaking, please RSVP to hmahmed@hotmail.com.

Mazher Ahmed, born and educated in India, is involved in a number of interfaith endeavors. She is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center in Illinois, an emeritus trustee for the Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions, and founder of Interfaith Prayers for Peace.

Donations are appreciated.

A Turkish Musical and Cultural Immersion with Latif Bolat

Saturday, October 21
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Traditional Turkish Dinner (vegetarian)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Concert

Lati_BolatArt, music, and poetry reveal the depth of our feelings and experiences, uniting all people. We invite you to share in this wonderful immersion of Turkish food, music and culture.

A tasty traditional Turkish cuisine provided by the Turkish American Society will be served before the concert. Following, Latif Bolat will give a full concert with Turkish Sufi music, poetry, and stories. He will perform as a singer and accompany himself on traditional Turkish instruments.

Poetry from 13th century mystics Rumi and Yunus Emre will also be recited. Pictures of the Turkish countryside, cities, artwork, architecture, and people help create an immersive cultural experience that enables a deeper understanding of Turkish culture.

Latif Bolat is one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians outside of Turkey. He has played across continents and has composed soundtrack music for a television series and PBS documentary. With a vast repertoire that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles, and specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music.

$40 nonmembers $35 members $50 at the door
Concert only: $25 pre-registered $30 at the door

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The Pursuit of Happiness: Mindfulness with Loving-kindness

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Friday, October 27 – Sunday 29

Bhante SujathaWhile we can’t buy happiness and we can’t build it, we can cultivate a simple mindfulness practice that leads to sustainable happiness that will permeate every aspect of our lives. Mindfulness in everyday life is easy to learn, simple to practice, and an essential element in creating a happy life. Bhante Sujatha will teach and guide us with techniques taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago, including instruction on mindful breathing, concentration techniques, opening the wisdom eye, sitting and walking practice, and group discussion.

Bhante Sujatha became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka over 30 years ago. He teaches loving-kindness meditation with an approach that is deep, yet simple. A joyful, radiant, and wildly energetic monk, he is the abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, Ill.

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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Don’t miss Bhante Sujatha’s talk “Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation” on October 26

Special Events with Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

Free Book Signing

Friday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

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We are excited to offer a unique opportunity to meet and greet Eben Alexander and Karen Newell in our auditorium, where they will be signing copies of their new book Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness (Rodale, 2017).

Entrance is free; however, only books purchased at the event are eligible for a signing.

 

 All Day Workshop

Living in a Mindful Universe: Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join Eben Alexander, MDNew York Times best-selling author of Proof of Heaven, and Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, for an illuminating workshop with insights, discussions, and experiential explorations through sound meditation and heart activation.

Transcending the limitations of the human brain and of the physical-material realm allows us to recognize the fundamental truth of our underlying nature. Accessing this infinite awareness enables us to integrate the soul’s journey into our lives here on earth. As each of us discovers our soul’s true purpose, together we can shift the current predominant world paradigm into one that acknowledges the oneness and interconnectedness of all. 

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Eben Alexander, M.D., was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. For more information visit www.ebenalexander.com.

Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She empowers others by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation. For more information visit www.sacredacoustics.com.

Early bird special! $100 for registrations received by October 15

After October 15 - $125 nonmembers $110 members $130 at the door 

Box lunch available at the event - $10

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Triple Gong Immersion

Friday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Triple_Gong_Ela_Susan_Jen_2017Become immersed in the rich tonal vibrations of three harmonious gongs as you detach from the pressure and content of the mind. Evoking physical, emotional, and spiritual responses, the vibrations of the gongs work on multiple levels to stimulate, heal and transform. After a gentle, seated yogic 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 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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The Transpersonal Nature of Therapeutic Touch: Intermediate Level

Saturday, November 11 and 18, 10:00 a. m. – 5:00 p.m.

Marlillyn JohnsonLisa LeamyTherapeutic Touch (TT) is an ever-evolving journey into the wonders held within our deeper self. Explore that journey through deepening exercises, meditation, reflective practice, and more hands-on practice of TT with this second course toward a credential of Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner (prerequisite Basic Course).

Please brown bag a vegetarian lunch. Tea, water, and snacks will be provided.

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTT, is a retired professor of nursing. TT has been reflected in her teaching, practice, and way of life for over 30 years. Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN, QTTP, is a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, a nurse for over 20 years and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, has devoted most of her career to hospice care.

$90 includes a booklet, handouts, and TTIA certificate of completion

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Enliven & Enlighten Every Day: Bringing Kundalini and Your Chakras to Life

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Samadh BanksJoin us for a chakra workshop based on applying the Kundalini energy and chakra theory to daily living. Learn how to identify and release energetic barriers, and find ways to move into a more fully realized life, embracing wholeness, wellness, and freedom at every level. Gain the ability to move more fully into the flow of Universal energy to serve your life's purpose.

Samadhi Banks has been dedicated to holistic wellness, yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. She brings her breadth of experience and dynamic teaching style to in-depth studies and teacher training programs in the philosophy and practices of Kundalini, classical yoga and meditation, Reiki, and crystal and gemstone therapy. She also offers The Indigo Project, a course for understanding and supporting the unique needs of today's children from an energetic and chakra-based perspective.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door Lunch on your own.

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Samadhi Banks: Join her for an Autumnal Equinox workshop on September 22  and Inviting the Solstice on December 21.

 

Inner Transformation and Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ravi RavindraExplore the various yogas in the Bhagavad Gita, a classic of Yoga. Krishna, who reveals himself as an incarnation of the Highest Divinity, teaches a variety of yogas under the general canopy of Buddhi Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness. You are invited to take your essential inner being seriously, move towards breaking bonds with suffering, and gradually realize your oneness with the essential being of Krishna Himself. The workshop will begin with a directed meditation.

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at Theosophical schools. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more: www.ravindra.ca.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door Lunch on your own.

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Ravi Ravindra: Hear his talk “Wondering ‘What am I?’” on November 16.

Flower of Life Gong Bath

Friday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.

Richard RudisThe Flower of Life Chakra Empowerment Tour comes to Wheaton! Experience a dynamic meditative Gong Bath with the rising and falling rhythms, tonalities, and vibrations of an Earth Gong tuned to the sound of the primordial AUM - the vibrational signature of our Mother Earth. Richard will use the ancient sacred geometry of the Flower of Life to empower each chakra point with healing chi.

Richard Rudis (Sonam Dorje) is a published writer, musician, and lecturer on the subject of vibrational sound healing as it is reflected within Tibetan Buddhism. An American practitioner of the Vajrayana path and a sound pioneer, he has studied sacred instruments and their playing techniques across Asia, conducting transformational sound mandala concerts internationally. For more: www.sacredsoundgongbath.com.

Bring a pillow and mat or blanket to lie on.

$25 per person (pre-registered) $30 at the door Registration is limited to 60 people.

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Understanding Impermanence: Fostering Compassionate Presence through the End-of-Life Journey

Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

DhananjayJoshi_f.jpgThere is a great spiritual need for those suffering from terminal and long-term illnesses. A deep understanding of basic principles of impermanence can lessen suffering and evoke a compassionate acceptance. Healing then becomes a journey filled with loving-kindness and friendship with the ultimate destination. Through guided meditations, prayers, and Scripture readings, you will acquire tools for coping, accepting, and offering a helping hand to those in need.

Anagarika Jyotipala (Dhananjay Joshi) draws upon his vast experience with Hindu, Vipassana and Zen meditations. He is the author of Making Friends With Death. Richard Baer has worked in end-of-life care his entire career as a hospice nurse and educator.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door Lunch is included.

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Integral Mindfulness: A Path to Whole Body Awakening

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bill EpperlyIntegral Mindfulness combines the power of mindfulness meditation with Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. Learn how to practice mindfulness in the great arenas of life: the self, relationships, the body, and mindful engagement with the world. We’ll also practice mindful awareness of ourselves across the developmental spectrum, from root to crown chakra. Learn how to use mindfulness practices to become fully embodied and heal and integrate all aspects of your being.

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.

Wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching and meditation while lying down.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door Lunch on your own.

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Bill Epperly: Hear his talk “An Integral Approach to Mindfulness Meditation” on December 7.

Celebrate the Season

Friday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.

Paula FinneganCelebrate and welcome in the season with kindred spirits by sharing stories, ceremonies, songs, or poems from your faith tradition, family customs, or cultural heritage, followed by drumming! Please bring vegetarian, non-alcoholic holiday goodies to share as we close the evening in the festive holiday ambiance of Nicholson Hall!

Paula Finnegan, program coordinator, will facilitate this seasonal celebration with everyone’s participation.

There is no charge for this event—however, all contributions (monetary or canned/paper goods) will be donated to the Humanitarian Service Project.

Inviting the Solstice: An Evening of Reflection, Meditation, and Self-renewal

Thursday, December 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Samadhi BanksDelve inward for self-reflection, deeper understanding, and stillness as we approach the darkest point of the year. Let go of your worries and stress, and encourage resolution, repair, and repatterning at every level by participating in restorative mantras (chanting), mudras (gestures), and a variety of other meditation techniques. Take time for self-renewal to more fully enjoy the season. A perfect occasion to bring friends and family!

Samadhi Banks has been dedicated to holistic wellness, yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. She brings her breadth of experience and dynamic teaching style to in-depth studies and teacher training programs in the philosophy and practices of Kundalini, classical yoga and meditation, Reiki, and crystal and gemstone therapy. She also offers The Indigo Project, a course for understanding and supporting the unique needs of today's children from an energetic and chakra-based perspective.

$15 nonmembers 10 members $15 at the door

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Samadhi Banks: Join her for an Autumnal Equinox workshop on September 22  and Enliven & Enlighten Every Day on November 11

Meditation for World Peace

Sunday, December 31, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

world peaceThis yearly event coincides with group meditations around the globe. Using the concentrated power of thought to generate energy for peace, we meet to help heal the sense of separation among human beings and to release light, love, and spiritual energy. Everyone is welcome!

If you would like to participate by reading a quote or bringing refreshments for community afterwards, please contact Kimisu at ksmcdot@gmail.com.

There is no charge for this event—however, all donations (monetary or canned/paper goods) will be donated to the Humanitarian Service Project.

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