The Theosophical Society in America

Classes and Groups

SUNDAY

presented at the National Center

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters These classes and groups are held 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.

Meditation Group

Sundays, ongoing,  11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  No class Sept 2

Jim-Bosco_FEach week, a topic related to meditation will be presented and discussed, followed by a brief guided meditation and longer silent meditation. Instruction will be provided for beginners, but practitioners of all levels are encouraged to share their path of meditation.

Jim Bosco, a student of Theosophy and meditation for over 35 years, has studied at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and the Temple of Kriya Yoga.

No charge. Donations appreciated.

For more information, please call 630-668-1571 ext. 315.

Reiki Practice Circle

Sundays, ongoing, 12:30–1:30 p.m. No class Sept 2

MeredithBosco_fGather to deepen your Reiki energy connection in our sharing circle designed for experienced practitioners and novices alike. Meditation and practice are emphasized in every session followed by a short discussion to broaden our awareness and enhance our approach to this profound, energetic healing art.

Jim Bosco has been a student of yoga philosophy, Theosophy, and meditation for over 40 years. He has also been a Reiki Master Teacher for nearly 20 years. Meredith Bosco, a lifelong meditator and spiritual seeker, is also a Reiki Master Teacher, expressing her spirituality through the practice of energy healing.

Donations are appreciated

Advaita Study Group

Sundays, ongoing, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  No class July 22 or Sept 2

Advaita Vedanta is a school of Hindu philosophy and spiritual practice. Each week we read and discuss chapters from an Advaita book (currently The Truth Is by Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji)) and listen to or view Advaita-oriented materials from various sources.

$5 suggested donation

 

MONDAY

Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan (24 Postures)

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., September 17 – December 10 (12 sessions) No class November 12

John RobertsonThrough the practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, your mind can achieve a stillness and clarity rarely experienced with other forms of exercise, integrating your body and mind and allowing you to achieve inner peace. This class will help you develop harmony with the world on a physical, mental, emotional and ultimately, spiritual level. Practice strengthens the immune system; improves posture, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength; reduces blood pressure and stress; and releases tension, allowing a feeling of positive energy to flow through your body. Over the course of the class we will learn the complete 24 posture form.

Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes.

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, IL. (www.7StarsMA.com).

 $144 nonmembers $120 members

Register here

 

Introduction to Theosophy: A Spiritual Path

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., September 17 – November 5 (8 sessions)  

We invite you to join with other seekers to learn about some essential Theosophical concepts in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Classes are not successive, so you can join at any point in the series. Participants will engage with the content of each class through meditation, discussion, and practical application. 

  Topics include
WEEK 1 Theosophy and the Ageless Wisdom 
(a basic introduction to the Society, its mission, ethic, and history)
WEEK 2 Unity: The Theosophical worldview
WEEK 3 Human Energy Fields (a discussion about the human constitution)
WEEK 4 Reincarnation
WEEK 5 Karma
WEEK 6 Power of Thought
WEEK 7 Meditation
WEEK 8 Spirituality and the Art of Living
  Donations appreciated.

 

TUESDAY

Meditative Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Summer - July 3 – August 28 (8 sessions)

Fall - September 11 – December 11 (14 sessions)

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This slow-paced yoga class is open to all ages and levels. Each class begins with a short meditation, then transitions into a conscious and gentle movement that takes us to each asana (posture). As a deeper connection with our inner stillness is established, long-lasting relaxation, flexibility, and strength develop.

Juliana Cesano, has been a member of the Theosophical Society for twenty years. She spent two years at the international headquarters in Chennai, India. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America.

Summer  classes: $14 per session

Fall classes: $170 nonmembers, $140 members, $14 per session

Register here 

or call 630-668-1571, ext. 315 or e-mail: info@theosophical.org.

Dharma Study Group

Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.mNo meetings in July and August

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Join our exploration of the essential spiritual aspects of the oneness of life. Meetings are devoted to inquiry and meditation. We also engage in monthly service projects or group activities. Books for discussion: Think on These Things by J. Krishnamurit and The Spiritual Life by Annie Besant. All are warmly welcomed. 

Email DharmaStudyGroup@theosophical.org for more information.

Donations are appreciated.

Stargazing: An Astrology Discussion Group

Astrology's Natural Way to Health and Wellness

 3rd Tuesday of the month  

 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

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A person’s astrological birth chart speaks in an exciting symbolic language, guiding seekers along the path of self-knowledge. Beginning in April, Dave Gunning will present a series of five monthly discussions focusing on medical health and wellness through astrology. Familiarity with the basics of astrology is recommended, but these intriguing discussions are open to all. Please bring your chart and a notebook; a class outline will be provided.

Dave Gunning is an astrological consultant, teacher, and lecturer. His readings, classroom teachings, and talks have always emphasized the importance of the person’s interconnectedness to the Spiritual Self. Dave is a contributor to Dell Horoscope and Mountain Astrologer magazines.

Please send your date of birth, including the time (if known), city, and state or country to Dave Gunning at astrogunning@sbcglobal.net. Dave will create a chart for you to use in class. 

$20 nonmembers   $15 members 

 

WEDNESDAY

Gentle Tai Ji Movements for Inner and Outer Peace

Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Summer - July 11 – September 5 (9 sessions)

Fall - September 12 – December 12 (14 sessions)

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Qigong and Tai Ji are ancient forms of meditative movement rooted in Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Using the mind and body to harmonize energy, these movements support physical and emotional health, reduce stress and create inner peace that is reflected outward to those around you.

Reneé Ryan, codirector of the Lightheart Center, has practiced the healing arts for 30 years and has studied Qigong and Tai Ji in the United States, China, and Korea. 

Summer classes: $12 per class

Fall classes: $140 nonmembers, $120 members, $12 per class

 Register here

For more info call 630-668-1571, ext. 315 or e-mail: info@theosophical.org.

 

Yin Yoga: Working Connective Tissues for Increased Mobility

Wednesdays, 7:00 -8:15 p.m. 

July 11 – August 29 (8 sessions) No class on July 4

Unlike many forms of yoga, yin yoga focuses on the connective tissues between muscles, rather than on the muscles themselves. Working the connective tissues helps to stretch your muscles and opens the hip joints, shoulders, and back. This course will cover modifiable poses that reach every muscle and joint in your body. You will also learn the science behind yin yoga and how to tailor your practice to your specific needs. Yin yoga is an essential practice for anyone, and is especially useful to mature practitioners seeking greater mobility.

Maureen Fogerty, certified and Yoga Alliance trained instructor, has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She studied yoga with Paul Grilley, one of the most respected teachers in the yin yoga practice. Maureen teaches at private, corporate and public locations.

 July – August classes: $95 nonmembers $80 members $14 per session

Register here

Life Yoga: A Taoist Yoga Class

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m., September 12 – December 12 (14 sessions)

Tasmin_WalkerRemove mental stress and release physical tension!

This class uses a system of yogic study modeled around the practices of Zen Meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Longevity Practices. Each class is tailored to address current mental stress and physical tension experienced by participants, then proceeds with a relaxation meditation followed by releasing, strengthening, and energy circulation practices. The goal of these practices is to ultimately teach the practitioner how to return to an original state of health and well-being.

Tasmin Walker began her physical training as a professional ballet dancer. She is certified in multiple styles of yoga and has spent several years in meditation centers around the world. She has committed her practice to the life study of health, wellness and preventative medicine. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing Mebo Traditional Chinese Medicine Training Center, in Beijing, China.

$170 nonmembers, $140 members, $14 per session

Register here

Meditation: A Practical Introduction

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., September 12 – October 31 (8 sessions)

John_CianciosiThis course will give participants a comprehensive overview of both the theory and practice of meditation. We will use simple techniques such as systematic relaxation of the body and mindfulness of breathing to cultivate greater awareness, concentration, and serenity. Through mindfulness in action, we learn to make meditation an integral part of life. With this foundation, we investigate the nature of emotions and mental states such as anger, irritation, and worry, and realize that we can free ourselves from such states. We discover that through the ‘miracle of being awake,’ we can choose to live with a peaceful and joyful heart.

Each week will include a period of guided meditation. 

John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path and is currently the director of public programs at the Theosophical Society.

$60 nonmembers, $50 members

Register here

Life Ahead

A Spiritual Group for Young Adults under 35 

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month,  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  No meetings in July and August

Join with other young adults interested in exploring various aspects of spirituality. In an open-minded, friendly and supportive environment, we look for the common ground within all religions, sciences, philosophies, and the arts. Through inquiry, meditation, and group activities, we can enhance our self-development, awareness, and connection with the world. Currently exploring: Arts and Their Mission in the Evolution of the Human Soul.

For more information contact LifeAheadGroup@theosophical.org.

Healing Circle

Wednesdays, ongoing, 5-5:30 p.m. 
Meditation Room

healingThis ceremony, initiated by Geoffrey Hodson and sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service, offers healing meditation in the service of those in need. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Contact the Healing Network Director at tos2healing@gmail.com or visit www.theoservice.org and click on Healing Network for more information.

Donations are appreciated.

Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Group for Members

Wednesdays, ongoing, 7–8:00 p.m.  No meetings in July and August

For Theosophical Society members only, this study group meets to explore core Theosophical teachings and their relationship to life as well as to various spiritual traditions; and to encourage participation in study, discussion, meditation and service.

For more information, email wheatonolcottlodge@gmail.com or visit www.wheaton.theosophical.site.

 

Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Practice

First and third Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  No meetings in July and August

This is a healing circle and practice group whose purpose is to provide the opportunity to receive Therapeutic Touch (TT), which creates a sense of relaxation, peacefulness, and balance. Our circle has a short meditation, TT practice, and for those interested, simple instruction for use with family and friends.

Therapeutic Touch is administered under the guidance of two qualified practitioners: Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, EdD, RN,QTTP,QTTT, (1st Wednesday) and Janet Wehr, RN,QTTP, (3rd Wednesday). Marilyn, a retired nursing professor, learned TT from Dora Kunz and Dr. Dolores Krieger, the developers of TT, and has been teaching and practicing in the health-care arena for over 30 years. Janet, a nurse for 23 years, and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, has devoted the last 17 years of her career to hospice care. Her book, Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse’s Stories of Dying Well, was released in October 2015 by Quest Books. 

 Drop-ins welcome!   $5 suggested donation per session

 For more information, please call 630-668-1571, ext. 315.

 

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