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.

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.

Five Element Drumming Workshop

Saturday, January 13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Debi KermeenEnergize, empower and balance your life with an in-depth exploration of the ancient five elements of the African Dagara Medicine Wheel, including the teachings, rituals, and drumming rhythms of each element. Learn how each of us is inextricably linked to a certain element by birth, and how you can use this knowledge to balance your own energy and life. You will also be invited to walk a labyrinth while the group holds the space, drumming your rhythm of choice.

Debi Kermeen is a Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator and a founding member of The Labyrinth Society. She also co-owns Labyrinths in Stone. Debi is trained in healing energy work including Reiki, Healing Touch, sound healing, shamanism, and Five Element Drumming.

$25 nonmembers $20 members $30 at the door

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Hear Marty and Debi Kermeen’s talk “Labyrinths as Transformational Healing Tools” on January 11.

Therapeutic Touch Basic Course: Healing with the Heart and Hands

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

Saturday, January 20, 9:00 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. Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, a registered nurse and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, has devoted nearly 20 years of her career to hospice care. She is author of Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well (Quest Books, Fall 2015). 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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Join Marilyn’s Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Practice group on Wednesdays.

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Friday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.

YolandaLozanot_F.jpgStart the New Year with the renewing energy of crystal bowls. 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.

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. Visit www.yolandahealinghearts.com for more information.

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

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A Guided Visioning & Vision Board Workshop: Living the Life You Imagined

Saturday, January 20, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Samadhi BanksSamadh iBanksTap into your deepest yearnings and illuminate your brightest light as you clarify a beautiful vision of the life you were meant to lead and develop simple tools to powerfully manifest this vision into reality. Experience a grounding meditation to reset and center, followed by a guided visioning exercise to help you unveil the path toward your highest purpose. You will then create a vision board to support you in this journey and remind you of your insights.

Vision board materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies as well.

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.

$35 nonmembers $30 members $40 at the door

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Join Samadhi Banks for her workshop Inviting the Light: Renew & Rejuvenate for the Spring Equinox on March 10. 

St. Teresa of Avila’s Path of Contemplative Prayer

Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Juli CesanoSt. Teresa of Avila shared with her Carmelite sisters a teaching that transcends the boundaries of Christianity. In her writings, the woman who became the mentor of Saint John of the Cross speaks with utter honesty about the intricacies of the spiritual path and gives practical advice applicable to all sincere seekers. During this workshop, we will reflect on St. Teresa’s words and practice as she did.

Juliana Cesano is a second generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over twenty years. She volunteered two years at the international headquarters in Chennai, India, and has been part of the staff at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America for the last ten years. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

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

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Don’t miss Juliana’s talk “The Way of the Mystic: St. Teresa of Avila’s Life and Teaching” on January 25.

Being Alive, Embodied, and Aware in the Present Moment

Friday, February 2, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, February 4, 3:30 p.m.

SantikarroWe are inescapably embodied. Alive, we breathe. Aware, we experience outer and inner worlds. Important Buddhist teachings and practices bring us back to the fundamentals of embodied, sensate life, where we are able to cultivate insight and compassion. Trying to escape to some other place or another reality is beside the point.

This retreat will explore our basic embodied realities along with meditative tools for deepening mindful presence within them. Through guided meditations, practice discussions, noble silence, and plenty of time for meditation, this retreat 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 “The Heart of Mindfulness: Simply Experiencing” on February 1.

A Guided Gong Meditation

Friday, February 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, and life experiences in health and wellness-related programs work together to facilitate a transformational and healing experience. For more, visit delamora.life.

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

Spinning Destiny with the Three Fates

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

Hazel Archer GinsburgCome face the three Fates (the Nordic Norns, the Greek Moirai and the Wyrd Sisters) and ask: How can I co-create with Destiny to spin the thread of my life with integrity, to heal and clear the collective karma, and achieve my True Becoming? Through the power of myth-telling, ritual tasks such as interactive drumming, and Socratic questioning, we will journey into our soul-depths to stand before the Daughters of Necessity and meet our true calling.

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, visit www.reverseritual.com.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Accessing Inner Vitality: Practical Ways to Use Energy for Health and Contentment

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn-MitchellLearn practical ways to shift your own energy for greater health and well-being. By accessing your inner source of vital energy and soothing fears that block this energy, you can experience more peace and presence. Inner vitality can be used to recover from physical, emotional and mental ailments, even in serious conditions. Join us to learn the key to unlocking your inner healing.

Dr. Marilyn Mitchell received her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her residency at the University of Chicago. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is an educator, speaker and health visionary and is a leader in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Mitchell is also the founder of HealingSpace.

$25 nonmembers $20 members $30 at the door

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Hear Dr. Mitchell’s talk “Vibrational Medicine: Energy Healing for Reversing Health Disorders” on February 15.

Cultivating a Virtuous Life

Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Minor-LileActions rooted in kindness, compassion, generosity, and unselfish love seem to engender universal acclaim and respect across all cultures and spiritual traditions. In this experiential and interactive workshop, we will examine our own relationship with these virtues, what it means to be virtuous, and learn time-tested practices for developing and strengthening these qualities within ourselves.

Minor Lile, MBA, MSD, is the director of programs and development for the Orcas Island Foundation. From 1995-2017, Minor was the executive director of the Foundation, which oversees the operation of Indralaya, a Theosophical center located in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently a board member of the Theosophical Society in America.

$30 nonmembers $20 Members $35 at door

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Hear Minor’s talk “The Dharma Karma Nexus” on February 22.

The Shamanic Way of Living, Growing, and Dying with Grace

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Christina PaterosWe gather on this day to celebrate life; practice shamanic cleansing and clearing rituals; and learn ways to release attachments so that we support ourselves and loved ones to live with joy, grace, and ease, and to die with the gifts in which we have lived. We will also gather in shamanic ceremony to honor all those who have crossed from this life. Specific shamanic techniques will be taught and practiced.

Christina Pateros is a painter, spiritual guide, healer, teacher, and steward of spiritual journeys to sacred lands. She owns a healing practice and also creates fine collectible paintings available through galleries and by commission. Her shamanic practice offers cleansing and clearing of beings and spaces. For more information visit christinapateros.com.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

$70 nonmembers $ 60 members $80 at the door.

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Triple Gong Experience

Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Triple_Gong_Ela_Susan_JenBecome 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 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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Inviting the Light: Renew & Rejuvenate for the Spring Equinox

Saturday, March 10, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Samadhi BanksThe vernal equinox marks our transition into spring, as we move away from the darkness of winter into a period of rebirth and renewal. Join us to contemplate the rhythms of nature and consciousness; your relationship to Light in mind, body, and spirit; and how to enter a new season in balance. Experience a selection of cleansing, gently energizing practices from the Kundalini yoga and meditation tradition including breathwork, gentle movements, mantra meditation, and deep relaxation.

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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Join Samadhi Banks for her workshop A Guided Visioning & Vision Board Workshop on January 20.

Lojong: The Living Tradition of the Universal Hero/Heroine

Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 18, 3:30 p.m.

Glenn MullinTibetan Buddhism is comprised of lineages of transmission coming from India. Lojong is the code name for a lineage of meditation and contemplation that forms an important foundation for all schools and sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The term literally means "Mind Transformation," but refers to specific methods for cultivating wisdom and compassion on a daily basis, and bringing them to full fruition. We will learn more about the methods of Lojong and have time for practice over the course of the retreat, including an initiation known as The Three Wrathfuls: Vajrapani, Hayagriva and Garuda.

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. For more, visit www.glennmullin.com.

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’s talk “Spiritual Adventures in Bhutan: A Travelogue with Glenn Mullin” on March 15.

Master your Energy, Master Your Life

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

Lydia Van den BroeckLast year’s solar eclipse laid the foundation for the 5th dimensional opening into Unity Consciousness. This is the final step to consciously invite and harmonize the parts of ourselves that we left behind. Our DNA is being rewoven and our crystalline DNA has been activated so that our energy field can be in greater harmony with our physical bodies. Come prepared to loosen age-old emotions and ground through the lower chakra – opening doors you never thought possible.

Lydia Van den Broeck, Ph.D., brings a lifetime of dedication, education, and experience to her work as a skilled and intuitive spiritual teacher and compassionate healer. With a doctorate in holistic health sciences and psychotherapy, and through her Energy Mastery™ process, Lydia offers guidance to help master spiritual consciousness in everyday living

$70 nonmembers $60 members $80 at the door

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Hear Lydia’s’s talk “Master Your Energy: What Happens in 5th Dimensional Consciousness?” on March 22.

Working with Angels

Saturday, March 31, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

At times, many of us feel helpless and frustrated when faced with the puzzling riddles and challenges of our lives. Theosophy teaches that our spiritual work is guided from within by the tender hands of heavenly hierarchies. In this workshop, we will find ways to harmonize with higher spiritual realms, not only for our own sake, but the sake of all kingdoms of nature and the evolution of the Earth's destiny.

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.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Hear Danelys’s talk “Easter: A Threshold to Freedom” on March 29.

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