IMU Events category

  • Interview with Amona: About Focusing

    Amona Buechler has been studying and practicing Focusing in various countries and diverse contexts since 2013. She will teach two Focusing workshops in June 2018 in Chicago, one for beginners, and one for those with some experience. Here she is interviewed on Focusing by Evanston-based writer Clare LaPlante.


    1. Q: What is a brief definition of Focusing?

    Amona: The Focusing Method arose out of a question that University of Chicago psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin asked in the 1950s: Why does


  • Finding Balance at the Beach

    “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” ~Wallace Stevens

    Each month at IMU we plan a Sunday in the great outdoors, mindfully exploring the local state parks, tapping into the rejuvenating serenity of nature no matter the weather. Last month, on May 4, we ventured to Warren Dunes State Park to meditate along the beach, the dunes, and nearby woods, with the crashing of waves as our soundtrack.

    The day began at 6:00am with the daily silent sitting practice at IMU, followed by


  • Can Two Souls Become One?

    A guest post by Barret Hedeen

    A Soul’s Journey workshops are portals into a deeper sense of self, one that can transcend time and space, allowing access to an experience beyond our normal daily awareness. By seeing the source of the patterns that we relive over and over, we can begin to shift out of our often painful way of going through life. Carolyn Hennes experienced this in a workshop with energy healer Barret Hedeen, exploring her past lives, and one lifetime in particular.

    Carolyn is t


  • A Gathering of Goddesses

    A guest post by Chrissy Jacobs

    Goddesses unite! Eight powerful women bared the cold and gathered on Sunday night January 26, to share, learn, teach, heal, and create with one another. Tracey Ostrand, also a Reiki Teacher, was the gifted facilitator of the evening, and Amona Buechler represented IMU as a gracious hostess. 

    The evening began with warming, comforting tea and sharing of personal experiences. The topic was energy healing and how we sometimes "take on" others energy. Many similarit


  • Fundraiser 2013 for UMAA

    Our fundraiser on Saturday, December 7 for the Universal and Multiversal Academy was a big success! We were pleasantly surprised to raise $2,439—more than we expected—which was sent to our sister meditation school in Freiburg, Germany, where it will be very much appreciated and needed to continue Bhashkar’s work, which has supported so many of us through the years.

    In the words of Bhashkar:

    “…There are situations where you give, so you give, and there are situations where you take


  • Greening IMU

    By Amona Buechler

    Greening our lives is the best thing we can do to help life on our planet survive. And yet, we often treat activities that help us live more greenfully as something 'extra' - almost a luxury.

    In fact, truth be told, I have found myself becoming more and more careless about living green in the 15 years I have lived in the US, for several reasons. First, environmental care in the U.S. is still not a priority. As a result, activities that can green our lives can easily slip off


  • Entranceway to Presence: A Hiking Meditation

    By Amona Buechler

    Our August Hiking Meditation was wonderful as usual; we went to Warren Dunes in southern Michigan, one of our favorite choices next to Indiana Dunes, Matthiessen State Park, Kettle Moraine State Park, Starved Rock, Bong State Park, and many more.

    It amazes me over and over, after many years of doing this Hiking Meditation on a regular basis, how grounding, relaxing and mind-clearing it is. It's just one day!!!

    Nature and the attention to nature is just a miracle and the same


  • Sinking Deeper into the Self

    By Amona Buechler

    Our 5 day meditation and self-exploration retreat in Wisconsin with Bhashkar Perinchery was wonderful. Daily walks in beautiful forests, swim breaks in the Kickapoo River, meditations, watching films, all while watching the inner film and identifications taking place and sharing our experiences, made it a challenging and adventurous, yet also well rounded and pleasant experience.
    I have joined retreats with Bhashkar at least once a year for the past 15 years, and still there i


  • Do You Want to Live Joyously or Miserably?

    Bhashkar's began the Live Joyously OR Live Miserably? Learn To Choose workshop on Saturday, July 6 talking about the art and need to stay with the heart versus following the pulls of fear and judgment. This lead into the first exercise: simply looking into each other’s eyes. Yes just that, but for maybe 5 minutes with every person before switching to the next. The other to be seen as a mirror, in such a way that we notice what takes place within us while looking into the other person's eyes. A


  • "Pure Bliss": Essentially You Are Born to Flower

    It was with great excitement that this past Friday (July 5), we welcomed the initiator of the IMU Meditation Center, Bhashkar Perinchery, to Chicago from Germany to commence a much anticipated 10-day event series as he offers his unconditional love, inspirations, and teachings on how to live a full and thriving life by cultivating the 3-C’s: Consciousness, Compassion, and Creativity.

    Our first event was a talk by Bhashkar entitled Essentially You Are Born to Flower where he helped us become a