(Latest update 1/28/15)
WTI is a 501(c)3 non-profit community service organization, incorporated in 1971 for the express purpose of "saving the Planet." WTI engages in research and education in all aspects of survival.
WTI SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2015
All Events, unless otherwise indicated, are held at 5835 Burwood Ave, Highland Park, CA 90042.
Cost: We suggest an $8.50 donation per event, per person, to attend the unique, “life-enhancing” Events of this nearly half-century old non-profit corporation.
RSVP: Let us know if you plan to come by calling us at 323 620-4720. You can also reserve via the mail, by sending a check for the event, to WTI, Event chair, 5835 Burwood Ave., Highland Park, CA 90042
Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m., we conduct Spiritual Studies outdoors under our 150 year-old “Bodhi tree.” Topics vary from week to week. We recommend you call in advance, especially if it is a holiday weekend when we might have another event that supercedes this.
We suggest a donation of at least $8.50 to cover our costs and support our activities. However, for those of you who cannot afford this, we conduct a simple work activity after the session so that your remuneration / donation can be achieved by participating in UP-lifting educational “hands-on” activities.
The listed topics are subject to change. If a higher priority arises for a timely topic to share, we will re-schedule the listed topic for a later date. It is best to call 2 to 3 days ahead if you wish to verify the topic.
Blank spaces after a date means that the topic for that Sunday has not been determined at the time of this posting.
Feb. 1: Empathy vs. Sympathy: These are NOT the same.
Feb. 8: Who was Saint Valentine and where did all our Saint Valentin's day customs come from?
Feb. 15: What are the qualities of a great president, both personal and public? And which U.S. presidents have exhibited Greatness?
Feb. 22: Where did the custom of Lent arise in the Catholic Church? Is it pre-Christian? What are its esoteric aspects?.
March 1: Is Reincarnation a real phenomenon? How can you know? Viewing of a Star Trek episode and discussion.
March 8: Reading and discussion, based upon “Thinking and Destiny,“ “Man and Woman and Child,“.
March 15: Exploration of the mysterious person named Patricius, who was later called Saint Patrick. Was he an Immaculate Warrior?
March 22: Spring begins. Why have all the ancient cultures been fixated upon the cycles of seasons and cycles of the body? Discover that there is a unique timing within our bodies that corresponds to nature, heredity, and evolution.
March 29: Palm Sunday. We will explore the symbolism of this pivotal day, which leads to the trials and crucifixion of Yeshua ("Jesus").TOPICS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR WILL BE LISTED SOON....
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, there is a presentation EVERY Sunday at 9:30, on a timely subject. If you need to know the subject, please email us.
SPECIAL EVENTS for Holidays and Holy Days
We suggest a donation of $20.00 to assist in covering our costs and support our activities. We also have unique books, unique survival tools, unique greeting cards, and a carefully-selected sampling of “life-changing” poetry for sale.
Monday, January 20, 11am. Martin Luther King Day. We will explore the aspects of character that shaped Martin Luther King and defined him as a moral leader. We will look at “Brother John,“ or another suitable film.
Monday, February 17, 11am. President’s Day.We annually explore the characters of past and recent U.S. Presidents and examine what (psychologically) are “presidential” traits. We then compare / contrast those traits with the exhibited traits of the current candidates “running for president.” Always included is deep-probing movie /documentary focusing on a biography of one of the past presidents.
Sunday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.Palm Sunday. We will view segments of the “Jesus of Nazareth” movie and discuss the practical meaning of “the Easter Message.” We'll also discuss the meaning of Passover.
Friday, April 18, Noon. Good Friday. Our traditional method of commemorating Good Friday began in 1969 with a unique aspect of our Survival Training School, where all students (and families-invited) carried heavy "crosses" on the "Rugged Way" dirt driveway of our headquarters, whilst Handel’s "Messiah" is loudly played. Participants focus upon attempting to empathize with "crucifixion pain,"whilst prana-breathing, and feeling deep repentance from our own misdeeds and destructive behaviors. A waiver is required to participate.
Sunday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. We explore the "resurrection"-theme of Easter, share appropriate sustenance (hot cross buns, deviled eggs, et al.), and view one of the five uniquely-appropriate movies: "Star Man," or "Powder," or "Jesus Christ Superstar," or Gibson’s provocative "Passion of the Christ,” or “The Missing Years of Jesus.”
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Earth Day. Contact us for details. This is the day devoted to re-learnign how we should all live ecologically, even (and especially) in the urban setting. We'll discuss and share practical ways of action.
Sunday, May 11, 9:30 a.m.. Mother’s Day. For the past 50 years, our focus has been the universal principle we call "Mother-ness" that all men and women should strive to exemplify in our daily life. Join us as we discuss this (and related topics), in conjunction with viewing one of several uniquely-appropriate (seldom-seen) classic movies: "I Remember Mama," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Friendly Persuasion,” and others.
Monday, May 26, 11 a.m., Memorial Day. On this legal holiday, we explore the unique human insanity of warfare, and the hypocrisy of so-called “just war.” Join us for viewing (then insightfully-discussing) one of several unique (seldom-seen) classic movies, such as "Saving Private Ryan," "Icestation Zebra," "Silent Night," "Burmese Harp,” “All’s Quiet on the Western Front,” et al. [p/da]
Sunday, June 15, 9:30. Father’s Day. For the past 50 years, we’ve focused upon the universal principle called "Father-ness" that all men and women should strive to exemplify in our daily life. Join us for this presentation and one of the following films: "The Greatest Gift," or one of the James Stewart films where he models "fatherness."
Friday, July 4, 11 a.m., Independence Day. Our focus is upon the U.S.A.’s UNIQUE Second Amendment document. We will discuss the Second Amendment, and also discuss the meaning of "freedom" and "independence," and its many counterfeits. We will also view either "Friendly Persuasion," "Seven Samurai," "Magnificent Seven," "High Noon," or "Shane."
Monday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m., Labor Day. On this legal holiday we explore the meanings of 1) "Good (uplifting) labor," and 2) "by their works ye shall know them," and 3) Peripatetic teachers (aka "hobos"). We’ll also view an appropriate film, such as "Razor’s Edge," "Siddhartha," "Gandhi," "Wycleth" (a film about the man who published the Bible for the first time), etc.
Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. Halloween. What is this "All Hallows Eve" all about? We’ll look at the Celtic SAMHAIN roots of this day (and the Nov. 1 All Soul’s "Day of the Dead" commemoration practiced in Mexico, and the Nov. 1 All Souls Day). You will experience the Fear's Graveyard educational walk as a way to deal with fearful thinking.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, Noon, Veterans Day. On this sobering legal holiday we explore a SHOCKING ("kept hidden" by most governments) ENORMOUS ramifications that are included in the topic of "The CASUALTIES of War." A stimulating presentation, and a viewing of one of the following: “Burmese Harp,” “All’s Quiet on the Western Front,” etc.
Thursday, Nov. 27, Noon, Thanksgiving. Though most Americans annually gather to "give thanks to God" for the Puritan invasion of Massachusetts in 1620, most NATIVE "original Americans" deem it to be a commemoration of the first step of what expanded decade by decade into a 300 year "genocide." We annually "look at both sides" with focus upon REMEMBERING what actually occurred when the Europeans decided to invade and forcefully take this continent (including Canada) from the native inhabitants. We usually do a few "primitive practices" on that day (shooting arrows with our traditional bows, making fire the old-fashioned way, making usable twine from yucca, gathering "wild foods", etc., here on our acre "wilderness"), and gain new perspective on what "Giving Thanks" REALLY means.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m. During our UNIQUE Christmas Eve gathering, we focus upon the Real Meanings of such Christian traditions as "gift giving," "Spirit of Christmas," "birth of Jesus," "the manger," "Bethlehem star," "Magi," et al. We do some unique caroling, and feelread two extraordinarily-lovely Poesic-Artworks, together. We then, if time permits, we will feel-view an appropriate movie, such as "Miracle on 34th St.," "It’s a Wonderful Life," Alistair Sims’ version of "Scrooge," "Silent Night,” etc.
Thursday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m. Christmas Day. We examine the "pre-Christian" symbols. Where did they come from? What did they originally mean? What does Christmas have to do with the Solstice, the Sun/Son, Christ-Consciousness, and what does all this have to do with our spiritual evolution. We also honor the tenets of Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, which begins Friday, Dec. 26.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 11:15 p.m. As way of reviewing what we "accomplished" over the previous 365 days, we gather on our "Heroism Arena" for our traditional New Year’s Eve "limit breaking" and midnight "Toast to The New."
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2014. New Years Day. Come join whatever is planned. Call for details.