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

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

As there is limited space, early registration is encouraged.

Retreat Schedule

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 destiny of the Earth's evolution.

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.

A Sufi Immersion

Saturday, April 7, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Marcia HermansenSufism is a mystical Islamic tradition by which a seeker can find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience. We invite you to come and participate in a full range of Sufi experiences. The workshop will include lectures, presentations, Sufi music, and Sufi meditation. You will hear from academics and practitioners about the essence of Sufi thought and history, along with an exposition of Sufi theosophical concepts.

Marcia Hermansen is a professor of Islamic Studies at Loyola University. She has written extensively on Sufi thinkers and history. Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia is an Islamic theologian and a leading expert on the teachings of the Ibn Arabi, the Great Master. Azam Nizamuddin is a professor of Islamic Thought at Loyola University. He comes from a family of Sufi shaykhs and scholars.

$30 nonmembers $25 members $35 at the door

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Searing Love: Return of Sophia and the Divine Feminine

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rabbi Rami ShapiroThe hallmark of the Second Axial Age—a time of religious and spiritual transformation that dares to put an end to competing religions and silo-specific faiths—is the return of the Divine Feminine in many forms, from Chochmah, Sophia, and Saraswati to Mary, Shekhinah, and Kali and others. The Mother is a fierce lover whose passion burns away the falsehood of separate self and brand name ideologies to reveal an ecstatic unity at home with both the erotic and the ascetic. Rabbi Rami will help us explore the Judeo/Christian teachings of Lady Wisdom (Chochmah, Shekhinah, Christos–Sophia) and invite us to engage in practices that can awaken us to Her presence within and without.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD, 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 directs the One River Foundation for the study of Perennial Wisdom and heads its World Wisdom Bible project. He also writes a monthly column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts its weekly podcast. Visit for more.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door
includes a copy of Rabbi Rami’s book The Divine Feminine

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Hear Rabbi Rami ‘s talk “Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries” on April 12.

Spring Gong Bath Healing

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.

Richard Rudis

Spring is a time of renewal and vitality. We invite you to leap into the season and reinvigorate your core energy by igniting your Soma Chakra via healing waves of sacred geometric sound composed by Richard Rudis. Experience the dynamic meditative overtones and harmonics of a huge earth gong tuned to the sound of AUM, the universal cord that touches the realms where emotional balance, cellular healing, and spiritual awareness are realized and expanded.

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.

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

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Registration is limited to 60 people.


The Dawning of the Seventh Ray and How It Can Help Us Change the World

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

William-MeaderHumanity is at a profound turning point in its evolutionary journey. The heresy of separateness is asserting itself in every nation, causing crises around the world. Fortunately, the dawning of the Seventh Ray – a living energy that periodically conditions human consciousness over time – is re-emerging now and shaping our thoughts with the conviction that the outer world must be reorganized according to a higher set of spiritual principles.

We will deeply consider the light of the Seventh Ray and learn methods of recognizing this divine ray within ourselves, as well techniques that can make us more effective in service. Topics include:

     • The Seventh Ray as it conditions social institutions
     • Transforming the chakras for creative service
     • Crisis as a prelude to Humanity taking the First Initiation
     • The power of ritual and divine organization
     • Developing the Heart within the Head

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

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. Author of Shine Forth: The Soul's Magical Destiny, William has also published numerous articles on all aspects of spirituality. Visit his website:

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear William’s talk “Esoteric Astrology: Revealing the Soul’s Intention” on April 19.

One World . . . One Breath . . . World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018

Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – noon

World Tai ChCome together to be a healing part of history as we change the world! Qigong teachers Reneé Ryan, John Robertson, and Katie Borchert will lead participants in their respective styles, creating a continuous global wave of qi, or life energy. In over 80 nations, people will come together, breathe together, and focus on healing and hope for our world.

Gather outside (indoors, if inclement weather) at 9 a.m. for instruction, silent group practice, and an instructor meet-and-greet. To learn more about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events, visit

All are welcome to attend this free event! No experience is required.

Emotions Run Skin Deep: How Our Outer Layers Reveal Our Inner Health

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Darren WeissmanThe mind is either your greatest tool or your greatest tormentor. Every thought we think, both consciously and subconsciously, directly influences the way we feel and thus heal. Dr. Darren Weissman will demonstrate how to create mind medicine to enhance the body's natural ability to heal. Further, he will reveal the relationship between skin problems and emotions, and discuss how every problem is actually a portal for healing and growth.

Dr. Darren Weissman is a holistic chiropractic physician, international speaker on consciousness, and the developer of The LifeLine Technique®. He is the author of four best-selling books including The Power of Infinite Love & Gratitude and has been featured in several films including the award winning documentary, HEAL. His passion is teaching people how to intentionally change the emotional programs of the subconscious mind to directly enhance our natural potential to heal and thrive.

$20 nonmembers $15 members

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A book signing will follow the program.

White Lotus Meditation Retreat: Living in the Eternal

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Juli CesanoThe Theosophical movement revived a teaching that speaks of a practice and a way of living that can put us in touch with “a peace that passes understanding.” It is the cultivation of a state of being, both in sitting meditation and in daily activities that can make a significant shift in the way we experience life’s beauty and pain. This retreat will teach each stage of this practice.

Those who have little or no meditation experience, as well as those with experience in other types of meditation, are welcome. During the course of the day there will be four sessions of instruction followed by 30-minute sessions of practice. A few simple yoga postures will be shared between sessions.

Beginners who may not be able to meditate continuously for 30 minutes will be encouraged to relax in a more comfortable position.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.

Juliana Cesano is a second-generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over 20 years. She spent two years volunteering at the international headquarters in Chennai, India, before becoming a staff member at the Theosophical Society in America. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

$60 nonmembers $50 members $70 at the door

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Hear Juliana’s talk “Beyond the Conditioned Mind” on May 3.

Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.

Join 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 an open heart and mind, 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 the Parliament of World’s Religions, and founder of Interfaith Prayers for Peace.

Donations are appreciated.

A Guided Gong Meditation

Friday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.

Marian_Gabriela_KrausImmerse yourself in a healing and transformational gong meditation featuring 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, metaphysics, and life-coaching as reflected in health and wellness-related programs, work together to facilitate a powerfully illuminating and inspiring experience. For more:

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

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Rest to Rise: A Day of Yoga Nidra Sleep Meditation for Women

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Karen BrodyTired of feeling worn out all the time? Join a safe circle of women for a day of yoga nidra meditation, a deeply restful, soul-nourishing ancient yogic sleep tool. We’ll spend the day lying down while experiencing the life-changing magic of yoga nidra meditation and learning the Daring to Rest method. The day will include intention-setting, journaling, and gentle movement.

Wear loose clothing. Bring a mat, blanket, and any other items to feel comfortable lying down (pillows, eye pillows, etc.). Also, bring a journal or some paper and your own vegetarian lunch.

Karen Brody is a mom, entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. Her most recent book is Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation (Sounds True, 2017). Karen is the founder of, a website focused on training women leaders to help others move from worn out to well-rested and create a culture of global wellness.

$60 nonmembers $50 Members $70 at door

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Hear Karen’s talk “Daring to Rest: How Yogic Sleep Can Help You Rise Up” on May 17.

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

Register here

Registration is limited to 60 people.

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