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

Exploring the Four Noble Truths

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

Vimala BhikkhuniThe Buddha taught that the Four Noble Truths were universal and that from them, suffering can be eradicated. This includes suffering from difficult emotions like anger, fear, worry, craving, stress, and confusion. We will explore some of these emotional states and work with specific meditations that can help as antidotes, leading us to states of happiness and peace. The day will include sitting and walking meditation periods, focusing on specific topics such as Compassion, Forgiveness, Loving-kindness and Equanimity.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

Vimala Bhikkhuni is an ordained Buddhist nun practicing in the Theravada tradition. She leads meditation and other classes at Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, Ill., where she is the only female monk. In addition to weekly meditation groups in Wisconsin, Vimala travels regularly to Nevada and California for meditation workshops and classes.

$60 nonmembers $ 50 members $70 at the door.

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Hear Vimala’s talk “The Buddha’s Essential Teachings” on May 31.

Sound Healing for Emotional Transformation

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

John RobertsonIn times of stress and sickness, we often emit spontaneous sounds that help soothe and heal us, such as the laughter of joy, the crying of sadness, or the moaning of sickness. The therapeutic effect of these primordial sounds has become buried in modern times with our excessive use of sound as speech and singing. Learn how the practice of the Healing Sounds promotes optimal organ health and emotional balance, and helps prevent illness.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

John Robertson has nearly 20 years of 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, Ill. For more:

Join John’s Monday evening Taoist Qigong class beginning May 7.

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$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

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

Yolanda LozanotCelebrate the vitality of summer! As the frequency and vibrations of the bowls 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.

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

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:

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

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A Photographic Expedition into Alternate Realities

Saturday, June 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Atala Dorothy ToyEverything is frequency, and when you adjust yours, you immediately enter into an alternate reality. Explore the ramifications of this truth on a photographic outing. With your camera in hand, interdimensional communicator Atala Toy will guide you on an exploration of the wide range of life forms who co-exist with humans on the Theosophical Society’s campus. You’ll review photo techniques for this type of work, then head out to connect and photograph.

Any kind of camera, including those in a cell phone or tablet, work equally well. It is recommended, but not required, that you attend Atala’s Thursday lecture “Nature Spirits in an Alternate Reality” on June 14 for a primer on the day’s activities.

Atala Dorothy Toy is an interdimensional communicator with over 25 years of professional practice; she is also and an award-winning nature spirit portrait photographer. Her books include We Are Not Alone; Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides, and Ghosts; and Nature Spirits in American Trees. Atala is president of Crystal Life Technology, a metaphysical store in Geneva, Ill.

$30 nonmember $25 members $35 at the door

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Filled with Light: Summer Solstice Meditation & Community Gathering

Friday, June 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Samadhi BanksEmbrace the light within and around you in this unique meditation event! Radiate your truth with sun-inspired, energetic meditations that allow you to feel your inner strength, gather your potential, and honor your highest Self.  Mudras (meditation gestures), mantra (chanting), and accessible movement will enhance your experience, helping you feel positively charged and alive at every level. Instruction and handouts will be provided to continue your journey during the Solstice period.

Bring a meditation pad for comfortable seating (chairs provided if needed).

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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Fire Pit ceremony and Native American Drumming Circle

Saturday, June 30, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Rescheduled for Saturday, July 28, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

drumHelp us honor the completion of our beautiful fire circle with a Native American blessing ceremony! The ceremony will be led by Marilyn Johnston, of Cherokee heritage, and will include drumming and storytelling. There will also be a Giveaway blanket, where participants can bring a small item that is meaningful to them in exchange for a different item on the blanket.

Bring your drum or rattle and join in this special time!

Donations are appreciated. (Free-will donations.)

A Day of Mindfulness and Meditation

Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Santikarro__F.jpgOn 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 gratitude; 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.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

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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Extended Gong Bath: Magic and Rebirth

Saturday, September 1, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Richard Rudis

Enjoy this special opportunity to deepen your experience of Richard Rudis’s signature gong bath. Using principles of Vajrayana Buddhism, specific sacred geometry, mathematics such as the Fibonacci sequence, and instrumentation, Richard creates a dynamic meditative and transformative space where each participant is acoustically guided, via harmonic overtones, into realms of physical wellbeing, emotional balance, cellular healing, and spiritual awareness. Carefully designed vibrational constructs are used to further entice the brain into Alpha/Theta/Delta wave-scapes of creativity, relaxation and enrichment. 

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. To learn more, visit

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

$30 per person (pre-registered) $35 at the door

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Registration is limited to 60 people.


theosofest 2018

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