Infinity Foundation is the Chicago area's leading holistic education center. Infinity offers Courses For Life®, providing you with experiential courses in personal, professional, and spiritual growth to enhance your life.
Whether you are at the entry level to the vast world of holistic education, health and healing or seeking advanced training and certification, we are here to serve you. You are invited to attend our courses and free mini-workshops.
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Infinity Foundation Named Best Place for Lifelong Learning Classes and Best Place for Meditation.
As you go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in your journey through life—delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay—happiness is often hard to feel or maintain through adversity. Integrate the latest brain science research with Rick Hanson, bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness, and Sharon Salzberg, bestselling author of Real Happiness, using the ancient wisdom of contemplative practice. Discover practical methods for improving mindfulness and concentration, calming the heart and weaving these positive experiences into your brain and yourself. Bring new strengths into your relationships with kindness and assertiveness.
Includes Open to the Power of Meditation on Saturday night!
Explore self-directed neuroplasticity, the use of targeted mental activity to stimulate and strengthen the neural substrates of your inner strengths. Inner strengths such as resilience, happiness, emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, and feeling valued and loved are the foundation of everyday well-being, personal growth, and spiritual practice. Experience methods for growing the neural basis of these strengths; in particular, steadying your mind.
Buddhist psychology teaches that the primary source of human discontent is craving—fixating on what you do not have while overlooking what you do have—as you search for a more enduring happiness. It is rooted in perpetually feeling you are not good enough and not knowing how to change that. Explore the dynamics of offering and receiving generosity as a powerful means of uprooting the habit of craving. Generosity, whether material or energetic, like offering lovingkindness, returns you to a sense of inner abundance and genuine connection to others. Both the offering and receiving of generosity serve as a direct path to a new and liberating sense of what happiness is and your ability to access it. Combining fascinating information, group discussions, and experiential practices, explore how to:
- Change your brain for the better
- Take in the good and turn good moments into a great brain
- Use the power of positive experiences to clear old pain
- Come home to natural peace, happiness, and love
No previous experience with meditation or neuroscience is needed. There is no charge for the Saturday night program if you register for the retreat, so you do not need to register for both.
Course 141156 CEUs available
Date Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3
Time 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Sat. night optional program 7:00 - 900 PM
Cost $295/275 by July 1
Place Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., near Northbrook, IL
Focus on practical tools that go beyond constricting habitual patterns, such as fear and denial, to enjoy greater happiness and well being. Meditation is the fundamental tool of many ancient contemplative traditions and new modern psychotherapeutic techniques. It can transform your experience from one of isolation and confusion to one of connection, clarity, and compassion. Especially in times of uncertainty, meditation opens you to a power of trust and courage based on wisdom. For 2500 years, Buddhist meditation schools have developed methods for studying and transforming the mind/body process. These meditation practices help develop invaluable skills such as concentration, fluid attention, compassion, and emotional balance. Enhance your ability to take in the positive, develop a meaningful sense of connection to life, and deepen personal satisfaction and contentment. Use skills to calm the mind and more fully experience and enjoy the precious moments of your life. Explore inner resources for activating creativity, vitality, and a core sense of well-being. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the program consists of a guided meditation, teaching, and time for questions and answers.
Date Saturday, August 2
Time 7:00 - 900 PM
Cost $40/30 payment 10 days in advance
Place Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., near Northbrook, IL
There is a way of being in the world that defies the laws of the universe. The great spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles reveal it is beyond every restriction of time and space or limits of any kind. Connect with your true nature, which is immortal and fearless. Join Gary Renard, bestselling author of The Disappearance of the Universe and the long-awaited release Love Has Forgotten No One to experience peace of mind regardless of what is going on out there on the screen called the world. Use techniques to see with spiritual sight, and not make the ego real. Practice true forgiveness and other techniques to help you undo the ego. Engage with Gary as he weaves his teachings with stories, humor, and profundity. Hear about information that he received from his guides in astral travel to other existing universes where he visited the Pleiadians, Orions, and Sirius. Find out about these enlightened beings and what it implies for the use of your mind.
Experience true peace and make it your everyday way of being. Meditations for deepening the material, along with some music performed by Cindy Renard, help you integrate more deeply. Partake in interaction segments with Gary and Cindy in discussion with questions and answers and sharing. Remove barriers of separation and come home to Spirit in perfect oneness by:
- Working with the healing love of Spirit
- Using the process of true forgiveness to experience love
- Replacing analysis with opening to spiritual sight
Uncover the truth of your spiritual invulnerability and accelerate your process of awakening. Be inspired to look at the world and yourself in a totally loving way. Optional Saturday night program includes Q & A and guided meditation with music by Cindy and Gary.
Up Close with Gary Renard
During the retreat, Love Has Forgotten No One, is about spirituality, real spirituality, not what has been passing for spirituality in the pop media over the past two decades. Spirituality has become totally confused with the self-help movement. By the time you finish this weekend you’ll not only know the difference between the two; you’ll also know why only one of them will ever make you happy.
There is a difference between a spirituality that will save you a lot of time and spiritualities that won’t. Spiritualities that save you time will introduce you to the idea of undoing the ego and show you how to do it. The ego is something that great teachings, such as Buddhism and A Course in Miracles (ACIM), define in detail and also describe in strikingly similar ways. In fact, you will find that there are more similarities between Buddhism and ACIM than there are between Christianity and ACIM, even though ACIM uses Christian terminology to speak to a Western audience.
Without going into the distinctions and applications that are necessary to undo the ego, which will come, let us say for now that the ego is the idea and experience that somehow we have separated ourselves from our Source; that there is this thing that is taken on a personal existence, an identity of its own, that is not one with its Source, and which we believe is real. The focus of accelerated spiritual discipline is to undo this ego which is based on the idea of separation. If you undid the false you, which is the ego, then the real you would be all that is left. You don’t have to struggle to be the real you. You do not have to evolve. The real you is already perfect. What needs to be done is to remove the barriers to the experience and the expression of that perfection. Incidentally, that perfection has nothing to do with anything in this world, but something that is not of this world.
There are people, including obviously brilliant and revered scientists, who will teach you that you should “make friends with your ego.” That is cute. The only problem is your ego is not interested in being your friend. Your ego wants to kill you. As ACIM, the spiritual masterpiece that was dictated by Jesus (who is referred to in my books as “J”) to research psychologist Helen Schucman puts it, “The ego is, therefore, particularly likely to attack you when you react lovingly, because it has evaluated you as unloving and you are going against its judgment. The ego will attack your motives as soon as they become clearly out of accord with its perception of you. This is when it will shift abruptly from suspiciousness to viciousness, since its uncertainty is increased.”
This is not a weekend about trying to make spiritual that which cannot be made spiritual. It is about going home to Spirit.
Course 141159 CEUs available
Date Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17
Time 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Sat. night optional program 7:00 - 900 PM
Cost $295/275 by July 16
Place Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., near Northbrook, IL
Any leap you want to make in your personal or professional life that will align or re-align you with your passion and sense of purpose, with your deepest values, with a fit between who you are and what you do is, by definition, a calling. It is an urging from the deep self that tells you what it will take to make your life literally come true.
That calling could be to make a career change or creative leap, take on a new role or let go of an old one, launch a new venture, come back to current ventures with renewed passion and commitment, or simply make a course-correction in your life or work. This hands-on workshop takes a creative approach to the challenges of listening and responding to those calls. Through discussion and experientials, explore:
- Clarifying your callings.
- Working with the resistance that naturally arises.
- Identifying who and what can help you make the changes.
- Creating an action plan of specific steps to anchor your callings in the world.
- Gaining a renewed sense of direction and possibilities.
Gain a deeper understanding of the process people typically encounter in listening and responding to callings. Open to a greater degree of responsiveness in your life with a keener sense for what wants to emerge or happen in any given situation. Creatively explore leadership and stewardship from the inside out: the core of personal authenticity, your own deepest drives and calls for what you most want to contribute. Gain a greater appreciation for the many channels through which callings and passions make their way to you through intuitions, gifts, life patterns, dreams, body symptoms, and synchronicities. Better relate to the resistance that naturally arises in the face of callings and the misalignments that often exist between passions and actions. Identify who and what can help you take whatever next steps are being called for in your own life. Anchor your callings in the world.
Course 142130 CEUs available
Date Saturday, August 2
Time 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, lunch on your own
Cost $90/80 payment 10 days in advance
The capacity for conscious evolution means that our species has become capable of understanding and resonating with the processes of creation itself. Already we can fathom the miracle of cosmogenesis—the story of the evolution of the cosmos. We can reach into the heart of nature and see the invisible workings of creation—the atom, gene, brain, ecological systems, stars, and galaxies. Spiritually we are attuning to the patterns of evolution within us as we begin to transcend the illusion of separation born out of the phase of self-conscious humanity. A great new world view, conscious evolution, is the next shift for humanity. Evolution itself has become conscious in humans—evolution by choice not chance.
Join bestselling author, Barbara Marx Hubbard, whose work has been to offer a direction for pioneering souls of the earth to find life purpose, connect, co-create, and envision together a world equal to our spiritual, social, scientific, and technological potential. Following the recent shift from December 22, 2012, the birth of a new era of evolution now poses deeper questions. Discover what really has been born. Be part of what it is to be a new human—a universal human—one who feels connected through the heart to the whole of life and is awakened from within by the yearning for life purpose and contribution.
Discover the meaning of your new power. Consider images of your future that attract you. Be guided on how to contribute to the evolutionary process. In the midst of a quantum jump to the next era of evolution, be part of a co-creative, co-evolving universal humanity. Recognize that evolution has direction toward greater complexity, freedom, consciousness, and order. Find that direction within yourself. Realize that you are filled with the impulse to be more, do more, love more. Experience a voyage from the origin of creation to the unknown future and:
- Find your own part within the evolving world.
- Gain an evolutionary perspective on the current crisis that gives guidance for action needed now.
- Be assisted in identifying you in own life purpose and participation in the co-creative culture.
- Form evolutionary circles to deepen resonance and cultivate deeper cooperation.
- Find out about key projects and people now transforming the world.
- Gain guidance in how to shift from ego to essence, deepening your own access to your true nature.
Your role, as you engage in conscious evolution, is to become partners in the process of creation, enhancing life on Earth and bringing Earth’s life into the universe. Become awe-struck with the magnificence of cosmogenesis as well as reverence of yourself as a creature of this monumental process.
Course 142146 CEUs available
Date Saturday, September 20
Time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, lunch on your own
Cost $100/85 payment 10 days in advance
Place National Louis University, Skokie Campus, FREE parking