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 Inner Process of Therapeutic Touch: Advanced Workshop

Friday, April 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this Therapeutic Touch course we will use in-depth reflection, sustained dialogue, and activities to:

  • Explore the evolution of the inner processes of TT and its applications
  • Discuss TT and its future and our place in it
  • Deepen our understanding of self-transformation as healers
  • Explore shifts in consciousness that occur during the TT process
  • Deepen our understanding of the inner self through practice and documenting the phases and elements of TT
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the TT process
  • Appraise selected research projects and identify potential for developing research or quality improvement projects

Prerequisites: Foundations of TT (Basic), The Transpersonal Nature of TT (Intermediate), and a minimum of 6 – 9 months of regular practice after the Transpersonal class (or at the discretion of the instructor).

Sue Conlin, BA, QTTT, has been practicing TT since 1990, teaching since 1998, and has studied with the co-creator of TT, Dolores Krieger. She is past president and currently serves as operations manager of Therapeutic Touch International Association (TTIA) and is credentialed by Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc.

Mary Anne Hanley, PhD, RN, QTTT, has been practicing and teaching TT since 1984 and has participated in and conducted research related to TT. She is the Education Trustee of the Therapeutic Touch International Association.

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, EdD, RN, QTTT, has been practicing TT since the early 80’s, learning from both Dora Kunz and Dr Dolores Krieger, creators of TT. She has taught TT to numerous groups of nurses, nursing students, and community individuals during her years as a nursing professor and currently in retirement. She is the Credentialing Trustee of Therapeutic Touch International Association.

This Program is an approved CNE Activity. For more information please contact

$150 per person

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One World . . . One Breath . . .

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come together to be a healing part of history as we change the world! Qigong teachers Reneé Ryan, John Robertson, and Mark Weaver 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 9:00 a.m. for instruction, 10:00 a.m. for silent group practice, and 11:00 a.m. for 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.

White Lotus Retreat

Heart-Centered Meditation

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

Beginning or recommitting to a daily meditation practice can significantly change the quality of your life. Inviting a Divine presence to guide your day and actions has an impact not only on yourself, but also on your environment and relationships. Learn the foundations of a heart-centered meditation that you will be able to take with you and practice at home. During the course of the day there will be four sessions of instruction followed by 30-minute sessions of practice. Beginners who may not be able to meditate continuously for 30 minutes will be encouraged to relax in a more comfortable position. This retreat is open to both those who have no meditation experience as well as those with experience in other types of meditation.

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.

$35 nonmembers, $25 members, $45 at the door

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World Labyrinth Day

Saturday, May 4, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us at our beautiful labyrinth and participate in a global event for peace. Over 5,000 people in 35 countries around the world will participate in a wave of healing and peace by “Walking as One at 1:00 p.m.” John Robertson and Neal Harris, who helped create our labyrinth, will lead this event. After walking the labyrinth, there will be discussion about bringing more peace, love, and healing to the world through the use of the labyrinth.          

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. Neal Harris created the first permanent outdoor labyrinth in Illinois and has consulted and created many other public labyrinths, including the one at the Theosophical Society.

Free and open to all! Dress for the weather: the event will be outdoors only.

May Day (Beltane) Family Celebration

Friday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. 

Let us join together in celebrating Beltane, or May Day. Beltane is the time to welcome beauty – both the outer beauty of blossoming flowers and our own inner beauty. 

This celebration is designed for families with children but is open to all. It will begin with a short ceremony to connect us to nature. Next, we will sing, dance, create, share, and make music. We will then share beautiful flower bouquets with some very important people. The event will end with another ceremony to direct the energy from the celebration inward. 

Parents are required to stay with their children at all times. When you RSVP, please indicate any food allergies. 

 Facilitated by Genis Schmidt and Shantal Alonso

This event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

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Indigenous Guidance for Today’s World

Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



Indigenous communities hold powerful wisdom that can help guide us in today’s challenging world. Learn about ancient prophecies; the wisdom Nature teaches; principles, laws, and values of the indigenous peoples; and how to identify Truth over your personal truth through a combination of lectures and group activities. You will be provided with the knowledge and practical tools to move toward becoming a Warrior. 

$25 nonmembers, $20 members, $30 at the door

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Sacred Ceremonies

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for three indigenous ceremonies performed by the stone circle (weather permitting), including smudging and fire ceremony.

  • Forgiveness Ceremony is based on forgiveness of self and others and is paramount in moving forward from past hurts and traumas. Participants will make two circles, facing each other, and will move around the circle to offer and receive forgiveness.
  • Wiping of the Tears Ceremony encourages participants to hold past pain and tears in open hands, so they may be “wiped away.”
  • The Talking Circle Ceremony will give participants an opportunity to share their experience in the Ceremonies and to ask questions.

 There is no charge for participation in these ceremonies, but donations are appreciated. No photos or recordings will be allowed.

Rev. Cynthia Jo (C.J.) Wright is the director of the Rainbow Spiritual Education Center, a member organization of the Kentucky Indigenous Peoples organization. She has Cherokee roots and has explored the Cherokee traditions and indigenous ways by being mentored by tribal leaders and educators from the Cherokee, Creek, Lakota, Dakota Sioux, and other tribes over the past 18 years. She also serves as Chaplain for the Anchorage Middletown Fire EMS and and is an international certified trainer in critical incident stress management, a certified Trauma Services Provider, and certified Trauma Responder.

A Guided Gong Meditation

Friday, May 17, 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, visit

 $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door

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Introduction to Taoist Yoga

Saturday, May 18, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A complete approach to health and wellness, Taoist Yoga is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can be used to correct imbalances and heal the body. Learn the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how to apply asanas (postures), breathing, visualization, and relaxation exercises to adjust the flow of energy through the meridians (energy pathways) of your body for optimal health and wellness.

John Votaw, a personal disciple of Grandmasters in Taoist Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and meditation, will teach the origins and philosophy of Taoist yoga and how it is applied as a complete approach to health and wellness appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. Head Life Yoga Instructor Tasmin Walker will then instruct practices within the Life Yoga system consisting of:

  • Releasing practices for relieving tension from the connective tissue and muscular system
  • Strengthening practices for generating more strength with less effort
  • Practice-Based Healing for creating imbalances within yourself
  • Longevity practices for extending the length and quality of your life

John Votaw, founder of the Life Yoga system, is an ordained Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist Teacher and a trained Taoist Master. He has spent over 25 years practicing and teaching the arts of yoga, meditation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tasmin Walker is certified in multiple styles of yoga and has spent several years in meditation centers around the world.

$30 nonmembers, $25 members, $35 at the door

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Claiming Joy

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Leslie Sann.JOY isn’t about the absence of disturbance. Painful experiences, as with pleasurable experiences, come and go. JOY is about the presence of something deeper than the ebb and flow of the human experience and is as available as your next breath. Breathwork has been a life enhancing practice for thousands of years. Consistent practice will change the neural pathways in your brain so you can more easily calm down and open to the joy that is always present.

Learn vital tools to achieve more peace and joy in your life in the form of explorative inquiry followed by 30 minutes of focused breathwork. 

Leslie Sann, MA, LCPC, is the author of the award-winning book, Life Happens: What Are YOU Going to Do About It? She is the founder of the Living by Design School. For over 30 years Leslie has been helping people create a joyful life personally, professionally, and in their relationships, guiding them to live by design rather than by default while learning to live in joy regardless of circumstances. Visit for more.

$35 nonmembers, $30 members, $40 at the door

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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Friday, June 7, 7:00 p.m.

Yolanda-LozanoCelebrate 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.

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, visit 

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat and/or blanket.

$25 per person in advance, $30 at the door

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Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Saturday, June 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 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.

Active Hope Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kathleen RudeTransform your fear and exhaustion into empowerment and inspiration!

Active Hope is about what we would love to see happen in the world. It’s about becoming a participant in bringing those things about. Active Hope a practice, a way of living with purpose. This groundbreaking workshop is designed for those who want and need a deeper sense of inspiration, hope and renewal to support their healing work during these troubling times.

This interactive experience is based on The Work that Reconnects, an innovative process developed by Joanna Macy, internationally-acclaimed author, eco-philosopher, and activist. The Work helps us transform fear and despair into inspiration and a sense of empowerment. Experience the healing power of gratitude, find compassion in honoring your pain for the world, embrace your connections with each other and with the web of life, and realize your potential to make a difference.

The Active Hope workshop includes experiential practices, movement, inspirational readings and teachings, and simple rituals. 

Kathleen Rude holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology and an MS in Natural Resources. She began her career as an environmental writer. Her studies of indigenous spiritual practice led her to become a shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. She has been mentored by Joanna Macy and is a senior facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. In addition to her Active Hope workshops, she also runs workshops on environmental awareness and Earth-based spirituality. Kathleen is the author of The Redemption of Red Fire Woman.

$65 nonmembers $55 members $75 at the door

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Special Events with Ajahn Brahm!


Ajahn Brahm is an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and bestselling author. Born Peter Betts in London in 1951, he graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in theoretical physics, but, 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 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. We are excited to welcome Ajahn Brahm for a public lecture and daylong meditation retreat as he tours the U.S.



Public Lecture:

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: Renowned Buddhist Monk Shares Wit and Wisdom

Wednesday, June 19, 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.

$20 per person. Pre-registration is required for this event.

This event takes place at College of DuPage:

College of DuPage
Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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Meditation Retreat:

A Day of Meditation with Ajahn Brahm

Thursday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At the Theosophical Society

buddha logoTake 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. Topics to be explored include:

  • Cultivating mindfulness
  • The nature of concentration
  • The arising of Insight

The schedule for the day will include lectures, Q&A, and sitting and walking meditation sessions. 

A vegetarian lunch will be provided. 

$120 nonmembers, $100 members. Pre-registration is required for this event.

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Filled with Light: Summer Solstice Meditation

Friday, June 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Samadh iBanks.Embrace 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.

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.

Bring a meditation pad for comfortable seating (chairs provided if needed).

$15 nonmembers, $10 members, $20 at the door

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Gut Health

Saturday, June 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Swati Mhaske.

Ayurvedic medicine is a 5,000-year-old mind/body healing system based on Vedic knowledge, fused with modern science. It concentrates on prevention and understanding one's own makeup, and focuses on how the outer world and environment affect one's daily life. The concept of agni, or digestive fire, is seen by Ayurveda as the very source of life and is the primary indicator of gut health. Ayurveda teaches us that impaired agni is at the root of every imbalance and disease. During this workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of agni and learn practical tools with which to tend to your own agni. Topics include: 

  • What is gut health and digestive fire?
  • Ayurveda on gut health and diseases
  • Prakriti (Individual Constitution) and digestion correlation
  • Healthy recipes (includes handouts)
  • Six tastes and gut health
  • Remedies to poor gut health

Swati Mhaske, BA, MS, MSc, Pharm, is an Ayurveda physician with a Bachelor degree in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery and a Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine from India. She also has extensive hands-on training in Panchakarma (detoxification and body cleanse procedures) and offers one-on-one Ayurvedic and Panchakarma consultations in treating lifestyle disorders, hormonal imbalances, fertility issues and other health imbalances in adults and children at her company HemaVeda in Crystal Lake, IL. 

$25 nonmembers, $20 members, $30 at the door

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Mindfulness for Peaceful Relationships

Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Jagdish Dave.The practice of mindfulness can help us realize both inner peace and outer harmony with our world and those around us. Explore practical ways to cultivate peaceful and meaningful relationships using powerful mindfulness techniques. Through a combination of lectures and experiential exercises, we will discuss how the differences between people are a part of every relationship, and how our needs, thoughts, desires, and expectations motivate us to relate in certain ways. We will then learn how to build bridges instead of walls and develop the kind of relationships that are fulfilling for everyone involved.  Imagine the peace and joy of having enriched, deeper relationships with all the people in your life! 

Dr. Jagdish P. Davé, PhD, PsyD, 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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Spirit Circle Drumming

Saturday, June 29, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Karen-Tlusty-Rissman.Nurture your spirit through rhythm and meditation. Based on a blend of traditions, this Spirit Circle draws on our most ancient roots to creatively raise group energy. Each round will begin with a chant or Native American flute song. Rhythm instruments will gradually come in until the drumming reaches its natural conclusion. A few moments of silent meditation will follow as we take in the energy that was raised and send it out in blessings. This is a safe place to connect with your deepest wisdom, honor your inner guidance, and create more love and light for yourself and the universe. You are welcome to bring your own drums, rattles, or rhythm instruments. A limited number of shared instruments will be available. 

Karen Tlusty-Rissman is a musician, astrologer, artist, and celebrant of Spirit. She currently leads a variety of meditation classes in the western suburbs and has facilitated sacred circles for over 35 years. She weaves the common threads from many Earth-centered traditions as well as astrology, aromatherapy, and energy work to provide participants with a direct connection to their inner Source.  Karen plays the Native American flute, concert flute, bass guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, and gong.  She is available for private consultation, meditation classes, musical performances, and lessons. Visit her at 

$10 per person

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theosofest 2019

TheosoFEST is an annual open-house mind, body, spirit, festival celebrating the wisdom of the ages, the unity of all life, and spiritual self-transformation. We invite you to join us for this free event exploring spirituality and community! Bring your friends and family!

Read more: TheosoFEST

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