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.

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, 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 www.lynnstull.com.

$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.

Unlocking the Soul’s Purpose

Saturday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

William MeaderFor those who are consciously walking the Path, the question of spiritual purpose is a topic of interest and inquiry, though the answer often seems difficult to grasp. William Meader will examine this profound question from several angles. The search for right relationship, divine indifference, and the establishment of a point of tension will be emphasized as keys that reveal the soul’s destiny. These topics will be presented with the understanding that the soul’s purpose invariably pertains to the new civilization emerging before our eyes.

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

William Meader is one of the most influential and respected international teachers of esoteric philosophy. With his gentle humor, sensitivity, and deep understanding of the spiritual path, he provides a diverse array of workshops and lectures on the spiritual path. Author of Shine Forth: The Soul's Magical Destiny, William has also published numerous articles on all aspects of spirituality. Visit his website: www.meader.org.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Don’t miss William’s talk “Practical Mysticism: The Way of the Future” on April 6.

Contemplation of Mind: A Systematic Approach

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vimala Bhikkhuni Explore what it means to "watch the mind with the mind" – a vast but practical meditation approach. In this workshop, we will work with our minds, moving between discussion and practice with a focus on Cittanupassana, or Contemplation of Consciousness. When we know the mind, we can successfully navigate through hindrances and defilements that prevent us from experiencing peace and happiness. As we develop skill, we relax into our meditation practice and are able to live more mindfully. Participants should have some meditation experience.

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

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 “Contemplating the True Nature of Mind” on April 20. See page

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

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

Celebrate the new life of springtime 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. Visit www.yolandahealinghearts.com for more information.

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

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One World . . . One Breath . . . World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Let's come together to be a healing part of history as we change the world! The Theosophical Society hosts tai chi and qigong teachers Reneé Ryan, Don Myers, John Robertson, and Katie Borchert as they lead participants in their respective styles, creating a continuous global wave of qi or life energy. In over 80 nations, people will be coming together, breathing together, and focusing on healing and hope for our world.

All are welcome! No experience required. Gather outside at 9 a.m. (indoors, if inclement weather) for this free event!

 9:00 a.m. Instructors demonstrate forms
10:00 a.m. World Event Silent Group Tai Chi Practice
11:00 a.m. Meet with instructors and learn more about their movement practices

To learn more about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events, visit www.worldtaichiday.org, www.thelightheartcenter.org, or www.facebook.com/WTCD.Chicago.

The Sacred Art of Loving-kindness

Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rabbi Rami ShapiroWe are all born with the capacity to act with compassion, though we often lack the insight and will to do so. In this inspiring and practical exploration of the art of loving–kindness, Rabbi Rami will share the tools we need to realize the divinity of self and other, and to manifest godliness in our own lives. Drawing on the Thirteen Attributes of Loving–kindness articulated in the Book of Exodus and placing them in the context of inter–spirituality, we will explore teachings and practices from many of the world’s religions: metta (Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion), shmirat halashon (Jewish practice for cultivating right speech), mantra (Hindu practice for shifting from self to Self), kenosis (Christian practice for self–emptying), and dhikr (Muslim practice for awakening in, with, and as God) as ways to cultivate compassion, grace, patience, and forgiveness.

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

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ph.D., is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. A professor of religious studies, student of the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism, and a congregational rabbi, Rabbi Rami currently directs the One River Foundation for the study of Perennial Wisdom and heads its World Wisdom Bible project. He also writes the “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com). Contact him through his website: oneriverfoundation.org.

$70 nonmembers $60 members $80 at the door

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Don’t miss Rabbi Rami’s talk “The Need for Perennial Wisdom in Today’s World” on May 4.

Tantric Gong Bath™

Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

Richard RudisThe Tantric Gong Bath™ Tour comes to Wheaton. Experience a dynamic meditative gong bath centered on opening and channeling your personal life force. 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 www.sacredsoundgongbath.com for more information.

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

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Registration is limited to 60 people.

White Lotus Retreat: Meditation on the Heart

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pablo SenderEsoteric teachings provide a variety of approaches for cultivating a heart-based meditation. Join Pablo in this one-day meditation retreat to explore and practice some of these valuable methods.

The retreat is appropriate for both those who have little or no meditation experience as well as those with experience in other types of meditation. During the course of the day there will be five 30-minute sessions of instructions on how to calm the mind and focus it on the heart area, followed by 30-minute sessions of practice of the different stages of this meditation. There will also be sessions of yoga and tai chi.

Note: Beginners who may not be able to meditate repeatedly for 30 minutes are encouraged to bring a notebook to record their experiences as they wait for the meditation session to end.

Pablo Sender, PhD., has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, several European countries, and the three Americas. He is an author and a prolific writer of articles published in various Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website: www.pablosender.wordpress.com.

As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

All retreat sessions (lunch included) —$110

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Don’t miss Pablo’s talk “The Heart and the Spiritual Consciousness” on May 11.

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 joyfully.

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 delamora.life.

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

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The Marriage of Heaven & Earth Qigong

Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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 (www.silveroxtaichi.com).

$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.

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Enlightenment

Special Event with Ajahn Brahm!

Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Ajahn BrahmJoin 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.

Ajahn Brahm, 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 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 $35 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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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 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.

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 www.sacredsoundgongbath.com for more information.

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

Register here

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

Register here

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