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 email@example.com.
Sundays, ongoing, 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.
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
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., June 10 – July 15 (6 classes) No class May 2
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
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
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Winter Session: January 8 – March 26 (12 sessions)
Spring Session: April 2 – June 25 (13 classes)
Summer Session: July 2 – August 27 (7 classes) No class July 23 or August 6
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
or call 630-668-1571, ext. 315 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
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.
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. February 26 – April 2 (6 sessions)
While 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
3rd Tuesday of the month
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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 email@example.com. Dave will create a chart for you to use in class.
$20 nonmembers $15 members
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., April 17 – May 22 (6 classes)
Mindfulness 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
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.
|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 15||Power of Thought|
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Winter Sessions: January 9 – March 27 (12 sessions)
Spring Session: April 3 – June 26 (13 classes)
Summer Session: July 3 – August 28 (7 classes) No class July 24 or August 7
Remove 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
Wednesdays, ongoing, 5-5:30 p.m.
This 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.
Donations are appreciated.
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.
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.