SUMMER SCHOOL 2011: 2 - 9 July
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General Summer School information and previous years' class details
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Big Mind, Healthy Heart:
Healing Life on the Sufi Way
- Introduction to the Sufi path and lineage of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, Hazrat Pir Samuel L. Lewis and Hazrat Pir Murshid Moineddin Jablonski;
- A variety of classes: some especially for those exploring taking up Sufi practice, as well as for those already on the Sufi path - beginners, middle and more advanced (including Sufi guides);
- Guided retreat processes using Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi zikr and wasaif (mantric practice), walking meditation, body awareness and contemplation, Sufi Soulwork, Sufi healing practice, silence and Sufi teaching stories;
- A wonderful way to experience and share practice with the main Ruhaniat Sufi guides in Europe;
- A beautiful venue in nature, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food catering to a variety of diets - experience our "Sufi café" atmosphere on the terrace of Proitzer Muehle;
- Joyous community with seekers from a dozen countries and languages - "eating, dancing and praying together".
Health and healing affects our lives in so many ways - not only physical healing but also the challenge of finding greater balance in heart, mind and soul. On the Sufi path, we have many resources for taking a "big mind" view of our human journey, and many tools for creating the "healthy heart" we need to live life joyfully and with purpose.
During this year's summer school, we will draw from the rich lineage of our teachers, including classes on music and healing, balance and healing in everyday life, healing Walks, stories as healing, Soulwork, the "invisible worlds", extended zikr (remembrance practice) and meditation.
Hazrat Pir Moineddin Jablonski dedicated his life to healing in all of its forms, and this year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of his passing.
Our teachers will include the main Ruhaniat Sufi guides and initiators in Europe: Murshida Gita Sophia, Khalif Tansen, Khalifa Baraka, Sheikh Jelaluddin, Sheikha Rahmana, Sheikha Alima and Sheikh(a)s Wali and Arienne and Murshid Neil Douglas-Klotz (director).
Our summer school is dedicated to the service of peace and for the benefit of all living beings. Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (1896–1971) was a mystic schooled in both Zen and Sufism, recognized as a teacher in both traditions, who felt that spirituality should be a matter of living experience, not division and conflict. His spiritual successor, Moineddin Jablonski (1942–2001) believed that spirituality was not fully realized until fully embodied, with all elements of the personality – light and dark – included in a life of joy and compassion. Both lived and taught in the tradition
of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), who brought a tradition of universal Sufism to the west. On this path we recognize equally all the different spititual traditions of the world and honor them as an expression of the Holy.
If you wish to explore the Sufi path, the Summer School is a good place to start. The variety of classes as well as the relaxed, informal atmosphere and sharing with people from many different lands is invigorating. If you are steadily traveling the path and encountering challenges (as we all do), you can find here both guidance and a company of fellow travellers with open hearts and arms ready to embace you. We hope you can join us!
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti, Director
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Scotland):
Big Mind, Healthy Heart: Healing Life on the Sufi Way
(Sources: "Healing" and "Mental Purification" of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis and Murshid Moineddin Jablonski (all-school class)
Healing is central to the Sufi Path. As we follow the inner way of love and self-knowledge, we have the precious opportunity to use make the best use of the time we have in these bodies. The all-camp class will share practices, Walk, chant, zikr, meditation, Sufi stories and teachings from the main teachers of our lineage on developing a healing attitude towards life. Murshid Saadi will lead a class for Sufi initiators and others by permission, this year on tassawuri, attunement, tawajjeh (breath-energy communion), and the psychic realm in relation to working with mureeds.
Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen (Germany):
Sufi Soulwork for Integration and Healing
(Source: the teachings of Murshid Moineddin Jablonski, and the book "Gift of Life")
In this meditative practice we learn to connect more clearly and in ever-deeper ways with the divine source in us, the True or High Self, the Spirit of guidance. This allows us to courageously and patiently discover all the inner voices (or parts of ourselves), which are hindrances for a life with a wide mind and open heart. These old wounds, concepts and anxieties don't serve us any longer. Accepting them with respect transforms them into inner allies, for a peaceful inner family. Getting to know ourselves more and more we grow into an authentic being full of compassion and love, for the benefit of all sentient beings. Practices include: Soulwork meditation, wazifa, prayer, walking meditations, Dances, zikr, fikr (breath practice), silence.
Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany (Germany):
Introduction to Sufi Mysticism:
Opening the Heart to the Path of Love
(Sources: Gathekas for Inquirers of Hazrat Inayat Khan)
Sufism as the "spiritual architecture" of the present and future offers us practical methods to heal ourselves individually and collectively, as well as to create a peaceful way of living on our home planet earth. The class will offer the opportunity for questions and answers, and share keys and practical tools of the Sufi path. This class is not only for those on
a Sufi path but for newcomers, beginners, and all who may be interested. Walk, Dance, wazifa, zikr and other practices
Sheikha Alima Stoeckel (Germany):
Touching the Invisible Worlds
(Source: writings of Murshid Samuel Lewis "On channeling, tassawuri and attunement")
practices that increase our hearts’ capacity, our vitality and balance
and that refine the breath, we will explore altered (extended) states of
consciousness. We can experience higher and extended ways of being in the
Sufi practice of tassawuri (attunement to the outer and inner teacher). But
what about channeling, angels and all those phenomena that are more and more
accessible and natural in the evolution of human spirit? Our transmission
opens a path to experience and develop these spiritual abilities in a healthy
and balanced way – in service of life and for the benefit of all beings.
With Dances, Walks of the planets, masters, saints and prophets, attunement,
meditation, silence, sharing.
Khalif Tansen Philip O'Donohoe (England):
The Healing Power of Music and Sound
(Sources: papers of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis)
Inayat Khan considered that health was based on rhythm and tone. Health therefore
depends upon the music of one's life. We will explore the mysteries of rhythm
and tone and how to utilize them for our own resonant healing. Additionally
we will also study a number of different healing mantras along with a number
of methods of producing healing sounds and music.
Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm (Germany):
Embodied Wisdom - The Walks as the Movement of Life
way we move influences our attitude to life. In his teachings on psychology,
Hazrat Inayat Khan encourages us to discover the significance of movements,
and to use this influence more actively. Murshid Samuel Lewis raises walking,
and walking meditation, to an elemental art of life. Through movement we
discover how we can embody healing principles: walking our own way of life
– in balance, in the right rhythm, with power and consciousness.
Khalifa Baraka von Kügelgen (Germany):
Healing and Wazifa (and the Healing Ritual
of Hazrat Inayat Khan)
In the Sufi tradition, the practice of the "most beautiful names" (Asma
ul Husna) are known as especially precious remedies whose deeper knowledge
offers an abundance of inspiration and elevation, as well as ways to diagnose
problems. By wazifa, Murshid Samuel Lewis says, we remove the clouds that
obscure the divine light, and with the choice of wazifa we select the proper
vibrations for our purpose. We will explore healing practices for bodies,
hearts and souls—practices in silence, with tone and with movement,
practices for our self, for others and for absent healing, for the earth
and for the atmosphere. In addition, the class will offer an introduction
to the work of the DHO (Dervish Healing Order) and a deeper understanding
the Healing Ritual of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Khalif Wali & Sheikha Ariënne van der Zwan (Germany)
The Invocation by Hazrat Inayat Khan
We all know and love the Invocation of Hazrat Inayat Khan, but it is also a
source of many questions and stumbling blocks. Why do we go toward the One
if we already are in the One? What is “Perfection” about? Is
the Only Being only united with the illuminated souls or with us all? And
what about the use of the word “Master”? These questions and
many more are explained by taking the Invocation step by step, line by line
and getting deeper into the mysticism of Inayat Khan. Approached this way,
the Invocation proves to be both a good introduction to the Message and a
deepening for those further on the path. With Dance, zikr, chant, walking
meditation and other practices.