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

The Shamanic Way of Living, Honoring, Growing, and Manifesting

Saturday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Christina PaterosStarting with love and gratitude, with the acknowledgment that worry is creating what we do not want, we will practice visioning and creating in a grounded circle, honoring and celebrating Mother Earth as our home. Through cleansing and clearing, ceremony, guided visioning, and practice of grounded rituals and techniques, we will actively embrace Creating. Intentions include both personal and collective/global work. All are welcome, whether brand new to shamanism or a seasoned practitioner. Come with a desire for a heart-opening and expanding experience. 

Christina Pateros, artisan, spiritual guide, and teacher, is in service as steward of spiritual journeys to sacred lands. She has a healing practice, and as artisan, she merges her healing with spiritual gifts creating powerfully pleasing art pieces. Her shamanic practice offers cleansing and clearing of beings and spaces while connecting to clients and their divine guidance and magnificence. For more information see: or 

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Dress in layers and bring a mat for inside work with possible outside time, weather permitting. 

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

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Go Within: Principles for the Spiritual Practice

Saturday, December 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Juli CesanoExperiencing the intangible requires a deep transformation of our outlook on life. The journey is steep, but it can be tread by anybody. It begins with simple daily decisions followed wholeheartedly, even amid life’s turmoil. During this experiential workshop we will consider and practice the teachings left by those who walk ahead of us. 

Juliana Cesano is a second generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over twenty years. She volunteered for 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.

$20 nonmembers, $15 members

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Flower of Life Gong Bath

Friday, December 7, 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, visit

Bring a pillow and mat or blanket to lie on.

  Registration is limited to 60 people.

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

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

Saturday, December 8, 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 and Gynecology and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is an educator, speaker, and health visionary. 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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Celebrate the Season

Friday, December 14, 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 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

Friday, 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, $20 at the door

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Winter Solstice Family Celebration

Saturday, December 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Genis SchmidtLet us join together young and old in celebrating the Winter Solstice.  Winter is a time of connecting with the earth, the time when we celebrate the birth of the New Year. 

This celebration is designed for families with children but is open to all.  The event will begin by inviting the Four Directions to join us.  Then we will sing, dance, create, share, and make music. We will also eat* to bring the energy from the celebration into ourselves. This celebration is a time to share our personal traditions and spirituality.  If you would like, please bring something that represents winter to you such as a story, poem, or artwork. 

Genis Schmidt has been leading seasonal celebrations for over seven years and has taught outdoor education and nature-based spirituality to children.  She is mentored in the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) and has been trained in teaching DUP to children.  She has two daughters and loves witnessing their sense of wonder about nature and spirituality.

Registration is required. Parents are required to stay with their children at all times. *Please let us know if anyone has food allergies at the time of registration.

$30 (per family) for nonmembers, $25 (per family) for members  

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Meditation for World Peace

Monday, December 31, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

This 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

There is no charge for this event—however, all donations (monetary or canned/paper goods) will be donated to the Humanitarian Service Project.

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