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.  No class May 27, July 22 or 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 May 27, July 22 or 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 May 27, 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

Taoist Qigong

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., May 7 to June 25 (7 sessions) No class May 28

John RobertsonTaoist mystics have practiced longevity exercises for millennia with the goal of prolonging life and ultimately achieving immortality. What are the philosophies and exercises that lead them to these practices? Part lecture and part practice, this class aims to demystify the Chinese philosophies of yin and yang, the Tao, the five elements and more; and to teach the basic qigong exercises that lead to health and longevity. An ideal class for those new to Chinese philosophy, qigong and t'ai chi.

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, Ill. For more: www.7StarsMA.com

$100 nonmembers $80 members

Register here

Hear John’s talk “Sound Healing for Emotional Transformation” on June 9.

The Light of Theosophy: An Introduction to the Ageless Wisdom

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., April 2 - June 4 

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   

April 2 Introductory class
April 9 Theosophy: Understanding Your Life 
April 16 Within You Lies the Universe 
April 23 The Non-Physical You: Our Multifold Nature 
April 30 Reincarnation: You Only Live Once!…Or Do you? 
May 7 Karma: Your Influence on Cause and Effect 
May 14 Power of Thought: You’re in Control
May 21 Meditation: What is it?
June 4 Spirituality: Finding your Path 
  Free and open to all!

 

TUESDAY

Meditative Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Spring - April 3 – June 26 (13 sessions)

Summer - July 3 – August 28 (8 sessions) No class on July 24

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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.

Winter classes: $14 per session

 April – June classes: $155 nonmembers $130 members $14 per session

Register here

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

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

Join Juliana for her May 3 talk “Beyond the Conditioned Mind” and for the White Lotus Retreat on May 5

 

 

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

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.

April 4 – June 27 (12 sessions) No class May 30

July 11 – September 5 (9 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. 

 Winter Class - $10 per class

April – June classes: $120 nonmembers   $110 members   $12 per session

Register here

July – September classes: $90 nonmembers   $80 members   $12 per class

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

Don’t miss World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, on April 28!

 

Yin Yoga: Working Connective Tissues for Increased Mobility

Wednesdays, 7:00 -8:15 p.m. 

April 4 – June 27 (13 sessions)

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.

 $145 nonmembers $120 members $14 per session

April – June classes: $155 nonmembers $130 members  $14 per session

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

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, 7:30 - 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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