The Theosophical Society in America

Classes and Groups

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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.  

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. (after morning meditation) 

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)

 Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., January 8 – April 9 (12 sessions) No class January 15 and February 26

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).

Winter classes - $180 nonmembers $160 members

Register here

The Light of Theosophy: An Introduction to the Ageless Wisdom

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Join with other seekers to learn about Theosophical concepts, exploring various topics such as reincarnation and life after death, karma, the power of thought, meditation, and more. Classes are not successive; therefore, seekers can join at any point in the series. Participants will engage with the content of each class through meditation, discussion, and practical application. 

Topics that will be explored include:

January 8: Theosophy: Understanding Your Life
January 15: No class
January 22: Within You Lies the Universe
January 29: The Non-Physical You: Our Multifold Nature
February 5: Reincarnation: You Only Live Once!…Or Do you?
February 12: Karma: Your Influence on Cause and Effect
February 19: Power of Thought: You’re in Control
February 26: Meditation: What is it?

Free and open to all!

TUESDAY

Meditative Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Winter -  January 9 – March 27 (12 sessions)

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This yoga class, open to all ages and levels, will focus on present moment awareness of the postures. Classes begin with a short meditation and transition into a conscious and gentle movement that will 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.

 Winter classes - $145 nonmembers $120 members $14 per session

Register here 

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

Join Juliana on Saturday, January 27 for her workshop St. Teresa of Avila’s Path of Contemplative Prayer

 

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. All are warmly welcomed. Current texts: How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation by Rudolf Steiner

Email DharmaStudyGroup@theosophical.org for more information.
Donations are appreciated.

Stargazing: An Astrology Discussion Group

 3rd Tuesday of the month  

 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

DaveG_FA 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 led by Dave Gunning, guest speakers, or group members 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 a person's interconnectedness to the Spiritual Self. Dave has written articles for Dell Horoscope magazine and Mountain Astrologer

$20 nonmembers   $15 members 

 

WEDNESDAY

Gentle Tai Ji Movements for Inner and Outer Peace

Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

January 10 – March 28 (12 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.

Renee 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. 

  $10 per class 

Winter Class -$115 nonmembers $100 members $10 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. 

January 10 – March 28,  (12 sessions)

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.

 $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 members of the Theosophical Society only, this study group explores the Theosophical teachings and their relationship to other traditions, encouraging discussion and interaction with Theosophical ideals. For more information 
email: info@wheatonolcottbranch.site

For information about the program of study and resources visit the Wheaton-Olcott Branch Website at wheaton.theosophical.site

Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Practice

First and third Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 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.

 

FRIDAY

Meditations for World Peace

Last Friday of the month, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. CT

doveJoin us each month for a group meditation for world peace. This short program features a discussion regarding peace and unity among all people followed by a 15-minute World Peace Meditation. Each month will feature a different speaker and meditation and will represent a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.

These meditations will also be livestreamed on our website, YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

You are invited to stay for a short discussion after the meditation.

Free and open to all!

 

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