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 July 21 or 28

Meditaion Group

Join our meditation group every Sunday, to nurture your commitment to practice. Each 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 welcome.

Facilitated by Juliana Cesano

No charge. Donations appreciated.

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

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

Taoist Qigong

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., June 10 – July 15 (6 classes) No class May 2

John Robertson

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

$100 nonmembers, $80 members

Register here

 

TUESDAY

Meditative Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Spring Session: April 2 – June 25 (13 classes)

Summer Session: July 2 – August 27 (7 classes) No class July 23 or August 6

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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.

Spring Session: $155 nonmembers, $130 members, $14 per class

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.

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

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., April 17 – May 22 (6 classes)

Bill EpperlyMindfulness meditation is a path to enhanced spiritual awareness and, ultimately, awakening to our interconnectedness to all life. In this six-week course, you will learn an integral form of mindfulness meditation that embraces four key aspects of life: Self, Body, Relationships, and Social Engagement. You will come away with an established practice of mindfulness meditation as well as tools for taking mindful awareness into all aspects of your life. Prior meditation experience is helpful but not necessary

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a research biochemist who left the lab in pursuit of enlightenment. He has studied contemplative Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Ken Wilber’s integral spirituality. He teaches mindfulness at DePaul University and serves individuals as a spiritual coach and teacher. His websites are billepperly.com and integralawakenings.com.

$70 nonmembers, $60 members

Register here

Read more: Mindfulness Meditation

Introduction to Theosophy: A Spiritual Path

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., April 17 – May 22

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 17 Theosophy and the Ageless Wisdom 
(a basic introduction to the Society, its mission, ethic, and history)
April 24 Human Energy Fields (a discussion about the human constitution)
May 1 Reincarnation
May 8 Karma
May 15 Power of Thought  
May 22 Meditation   
  Donations appreciated.

 

Life Yoga: A Taoist Yoga Class

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Spring Session: April 3 – June 26 (13 classes)

Summer Session: July 3 – August 28 (7 classes) No class July 24 or August 7

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.

Spring Session: $155 nonmembers, $130 members, $14 per class

Register here

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 Dean, 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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