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 meetings on December 23 and 30

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 meetings after Sunday, December 16

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.  

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)


Winter - Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., February 4 – April 29 (12 sessions) No class March 25

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).

$195 nonmembers, $175 members

Register here

 

Beekeeping 101: Essentials for Successful Beekeeping

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m., March 4 – April 8 (6 sessions)

This class will cover the essentials of beekeeping and how to keep your bees healthy and alive. You will be taught to see the world through the honeybees’ eyes and will learn everything you need to do to care for them throughout each season of the year. The class is taught by full-time beekeeper Bill Whitney of City Bee Savers, who has 25 years of successful beekeeping experience. There will be at least one weekend class to gain hands-on experience.

This class is suitable for beginners as well as beekeepers with some experience. A full syllabus is available online.

$110 nonmembers, $100 members

Register here

Introduction to Theosophy: A Spiritual Path

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., January 30 – March 6   

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
January 30 Theosophy and the Ageless Wisdom 
(a basic introduction to the Society, its mission, ethic, and history)
February 6 Human Energy Fields (a discussion about the human constitution)
February 13 Reincarnation
February 20 Karma
February 27 Power of Thought  
March 6 Meditation   
  Donations appreciated.

 

TUESDAY

Meditative Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

 December 18  - Free Class

Winter January 8 – March 26 (12 sessions)

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This yoga class, open to all ages and levels, will focus on present moment awareness. Classes begin with a short meditation and transition into a conscious and gentle movement that take us to different asanas (postures). As a deeper connection with our inner nature is established, 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.

$145 nonmembers, $120 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.m

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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. Krishnamurti and The Spiritual Life by Annie Besant. All are warmly welcomed. 

Email DharmaStudyGroup@theosophical.org for more information.

Donations are appreciated.

The Essentials of Buddhism

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. February 26 – April 2 (6 sessions)

John_CianciosiWhile it is inspiring to know that the Buddha realized enlightenment, it is even more so to learn that we each have the potential to achieve it ourselves by “knowing and seeing” the true nature of existence. Out of compassion for humanity, the Buddha outlined a very clear, systematic, and practical course of training which can be followed to realize the unconditioned through direct experience. The Buddha did not want us to believe in the Truth; he wanted us to realize it. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the essential teachings that are central to all schools of Buddhism.

Topics to be covered include:
    • The Historical Buddha: The Embodiment of Human Potential
    • The Four Noble Truths: The Heart of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and Teaching
    • The Three Characteristics of Existence: The Underlying Emptiness of all Conditioned States
    • The Law of Karma and Rebirth: The Natural Law that Underlies the Process of Life and Rebirth
    • Dependent Origination: The Conditioned and Conditioning Process that Governs Life
    • The Noble Eightfold Path: The Middle Way Leading to Liberation
    • Meditation: The Systematic Cultivation of the Mind
    • Enlightenment: Liberation from Conditioned Existence

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

Stargazing: An Astrology Discussion Group

 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. These monthly discussions on various astrological topics are led by Dave Gunning, guest speakers, or group members. They are not classes or individual readings, but a sharing of astrological knowledge. Familiarity with the basics of astrology is recommended, but these intriguing discussions are open to all.

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

Life Yoga: A Taoist Yoga Class

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

January 9 – March 27 (12 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.

$145 nonmembers, $120 members, $14 per session

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.  

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. 

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.  

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.

 

SATURDAY

The Transpersonal Nature of Therapeutic Touch: Intermediate Level

Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Starts September 19

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is an ever-evolving journey into the wonders and wisdom of our deeper selves. Explore that journey through deepening and reflective exercises, meditation, and more hands-on practice of TT with this second course toward the credential of Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. (Prerequisite: Foundations of Therapeutic Touch). This is an excellent workshop for health care practitioners, caregivers of family and friends, or for enhancing your own personal growth toward peace and well-being!

Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTT, is a retired professor of nursing. TT has been reflected in her teaching, practice, and way of life for over 30 years. Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN, QTTP, is a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, a nurse for over 20 years and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, has devoted most of her career to hospice care.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Tea, water, and snacks will be provided.

$90 includes a booklet, handouts, and TTIA certificate of completion

Register here

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