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 Marriage of Heaven & Earth Qigong

Saturday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Note New Day

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 (

$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.

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

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.

Despacho Ceremony...Living Prayer! Sacred Ceremony with Peruvian Shaman

Friday, July 21

6:30- 7:00 p.m. Registration and greeting Q'ero Don Mariano

7:00- 8:30 p.m. Despacho Ceremony

Despacho CeremonyJoin Odon Medina Calsin and Peruvian shaman Don Mariano Quispé Flores in the shamanic tradition of ayni despacho: a beautiful mandala-like creation with prayers blown into earth's seeds, flowers and herbs. The intention is for ayni, or right relation, with the collective natural world and in our personal worlds. With deep gratitude for life, we will all participate in blowing our prayers into this living creation as we lovingly pray for union, harmony and reciprocity; oneness with nature; and synchronicity in the flow of life.

After the despacho is prepared, the shaman will bundle it then using it to cleanse the energy body of each participant. The prayer bundle will be offered to fire the following day in sacred fire ceremony.

Don Mariano Quispé Flores is a Q'ero Elder, Kurak Allurek, seer, healer and wisdom-keeper visiting from the Peruvian Andes.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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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 for more information.

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

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Registration is limited to 60 people.

Double Gong with Crystal Bowls: A Summer Escape

Friday, August 11, 7:00 p.m.

Maureen_SusanBecome immersed in the rich tonal vibrations of two harmonious gongs as you detach from the pressure and content of the mind. This 90-minute “vacation” evokes physical, emotional, and spiritual responses to the vibrations of the gongs which stimulate and work on multiple levels to heal and transform. After a gentle, seated yogic warm-up and meditation to prepare the mind and body, be embraced by the sound and magical vibrations of singing crystal bowls as they ease you into deep relaxation for an even deeper gong sound experience.

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.

Susan Tauster has practiced and taught Hatha and Kundalini yoga and meditation for over 20 years, receiving her Kundalini instructor training, including gong training, through the 3HO Foundation. Maureen Milliken is a Yoga instructor, sound practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and Shamanic facilitator. She will also work her magic with singing crystal bowls. They are honored to help you become more bountiful, blissful, and beautiful.

$30 nonmembers $25 members (preregistered) $35 at door

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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

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