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

Soul Ecology

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Danelys VarcarcelThe overloaded and polluted stimulation of our modern world can leave us feeling spiritually empty. However, we can awaken to beauty when we use our senses to explore our relationship with nature. By skillfully opening our spiritual and physical senses, we develop a deeper awareness of our connection with the whole of Life. During this experiential day filled with thoughtful interaction, artistic expression, meditation, and an outdoor immersion in nature, we will rediscover how to live Soulfully.

Please bring a vegetarian dish/snack to share for a communal “potluck picnic” lunch (outdoors, weather permitting).

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.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Don’t miss Danelys’ talk “Spiritual Ecology” on June 1.

A Guided Gong Meditation

Friday, June 9, 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 gongs and Himalayan singing bowls. The experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to raise one’s vibratory frequency, reach higher states of awareness, and recognize endless possibilities within.

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

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, life experiences in health and wellness-related programs in international corporate settings and entrepreneurial endeavors work together to facilitate a transformational and healing experience. Visit

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

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Mindfulness, Bliss, and Enlightenment

Special Events with Ajahn Brahm!

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Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm is an internationally acclaimed Buddhist teacher and Meditation master.

Born Peter Betts in London in 1951, graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in theoretical physics. Disillusioned with the life of academia, he headed off to the jungles of Thailand, where he trained under famed meditation master Ajahn Chah for nine years. A Theravada monk for over thirty-five years, Ajahn Brahm is a revered spiritual guide and the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia. He is also the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and spiritual adviser and inspiration for Buddhist centers throughout Asia and Australia. He is known for his support for the revival of women's full ordination in Buddhism in traditions where it has been lost. His books are bestsellers in many languages and he regularly tours internationally. 


Mindfulness, Bliss, and Enlightenment

Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to meet and hear the internationally-acclaimed Buddhist teacher and meditation master Ajahn Brahm. Known for his wit and wisdom, Ajahn Brahm is the bestselling author of Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond; Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy; Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung?; and Kindfulness. A self-described meditation junkie, Ajahn Brahm will share his knowledge and experience of the jhanas and insight, which constitute the heart of the Buddha's original teachings. Never before has this material been approached in such an empowering way by a teacher of such authority and popularity.

The event will include time for questions and discussion, and will conclude with a book signing.

This event is curently full. To be put on the waiting list email:

A Day of Meditation with Ajahn Brahm

Thursday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to receive teachings and practice meditation under the guidance of the highly respected meditation master Venerable Ajahn Brahm. Set your worldly concerns aside for the day and be inspired by the joyful presence of Ajahn Brahm as he shares his profound knowledge of Buddhism and meditation. With his usual wit and wisdom, he will provide guidance that will help refine your meditation practice so that you may experience serenity and transformative insights. The schedule for the day will include lectures, Q&A, and sitting and walking meditation sessions.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

$110 nonmembers $90 members

This retreat is curently full. To be put on the waiting list email:


Mindfulness for Holistic Well-being

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jagdish DaveThrough the practice of mindfulness, we can realize both inner peace and outer harmony. In this didactical and experiential workshop, discover how to use mindfulness to manage your day-to-day stress, cultivate single mindedness, mindfully process your disturbing repetitive thoughts, regulate your difficult emotions, and bounce back to positive emotions. You will also learn how to enrich and deepen your relationships with significant persons in your life.

Dr. Jagdish P. Davé, Ph.D., Psy.D., has a rich educational, experiential and professional background in Eastern and Western cultures. In recent years, his focus has been on holistic health, stress management, mindfulness parenting, and multicultural wellness conferences and workshops. He is an active consultant, counselor, and educator at Desert Garden Montessori School in Phoenix, AZ.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Don’t miss Dr. Jagdish Davé’s talk “Mindfulness: An Emerging Paradigm” on June 15. See page

Ancient Tradition for Self-Transformation

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

From the beginning of time, humanity has been provided with a teaching that, although veiled, has been available to all sincere seekers and leads to the ultimate realization – Brahma Vidya in Sanskrit, Theosophia in Greek, Divine Wisdom in our modern language. We will explore some introductory but fundamental principles to these teachings that can help us unfold our inner potential. In the midst of modern life it is possible, and very much needed, that we experience this transformation.

Juliana Cesano has been a member of the Theosophical Society for twenty years. She spent two years at the international headquarters in Chennai, India. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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The Marriage of Heaven & Earth Qigong

Saturday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Note New Day

Don MyersThe Marriage of Heaven & Earth qigong is a great introduction to the physical, energetic, and stress-reducing qualities of tai chi and qigong. The smooth, continuous movements provide many health benefits, and can balance the core power of tai chi, yoga, meditation, and other mind/body practices. This traditional Taoist neigong (internal energy work) system corresponds to the Chinese wood element associated with Spring, the season of growth and renewal.

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 “Embodying the Yin and Yang of Taoism” on April 13.

Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Saturday, July 8, 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 effort.

Discussion over a light lunch follows. If you plan to attend or would like to represent your tradition by speaking, please RSVP to

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.

Despacho Ceremony...Living Prayer! Sacred Ceremony with Peruvian Shaman

Friday, July 21

6:30- 7:00 p.m. Registration and greeting Q'ero Don Mariano

7:00- 8:30 p.m. Despacho Ceremony

Despacho CeremonyJoin Odon Medina Calsin and Peruvian shaman Don Mariano Quispé Flores in the shamanic tradition of ayni despacho: a beautiful mandala-like creation with prayers blown into earth's seeds, flowers and herbs. The intention is for ayni, or right relation, with the collective natural world and in our personal worlds. With deep gratitude for life, we will all participate in blowing our prayers into this living creation as we lovingly pray for union, harmony and reciprocity; oneness with nature; and synchronicity in the flow of life.

After the despacho is prepared, the shaman will bundle it then using it to cleanse the energy body of each participant. The prayer bundle will be offered to fire the following day in sacred fire ceremony.

Don Mariano Quispé Flores is a Q'ero Elder, Kurak Allurek, seer, healer and wisdom-keeper visiting from the Peruvian Andes.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Stress Reduction Gong Bath™

Friday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.

Richard-Rudis_F.jpgThis Gong Bath™ Tour focus is on stress reduction. Experience a dynamic meditative gong bath centered on reducing everyday stress to induce better overall health. Overtones and harmonics touch the realms where emotional balance, cellular healing, energy completion, and spiritual awareness are realized and expanded.

Bring a pillow and mat or blanket to lie on.

Richard Rudis (Sonam Dorje) is a sound pioneer and a pilgrim of Eastern philosophy and Buddhism. He teaches Buddhist dharma and vibrational sound healing internationally. Visit for more information.

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

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Registration is limited to 60 people.

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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