Open Hearts and Spacious Minds. Sufi Dancing and Meditation.

Date(s) - 23/01/2016 - 24/01/2016
All Day

Brigsteer, Nr Kendal

Leader details:

At this time of the year when it can be cold, windy, wet and dark it can be easy perhaps to feel downhearted, to long for the warmth of the sun. Yet there are ways to allow the inner sun of your own heart to shine more brightly and to feel its healing radiance flowing throughout your whole being.

Learn how to let your light shine more fully and to experience joy, real joy, in all its fullness. In joy we live and move and have our being we could say.

Taking time to replenish your inner being on a regular basis is a necessary form of healing and maintenance. Step aside from your busy life to taste some real spiritual nourishment. This kind of food for the soul is healing on all levels of being.

Our Sufi Dance gatherings happen in Brigsteer three times a year. It’s always so wonderful to join in the circle together. Each time we gather we have the sense of reconnecting with Unity, of Re-Union with the Beloved. It is our Yoga, our Union with the Divine. As we say in our Zikr, our Remembrance of Unity, la illaha illa ‘llah. There is only One Reality which is Unity.

A special word for those who may be considering coming along for the first time. You may have been on the mailing list for a while or a perhaps friend may have passed this email on to you. Perhaps now is the time for you to try it out. Do get in touch and I can answer any of your questions and perhaps put your mind at ease.

In our circle everyone stands equal to everyone else. The dances, or more accurately we could call them body prayers, are easy and accessible. The movements are simple and the sacred phrases of the chants are all explained fully. It’s an easy process and we all come as we are. As Rumi would say, “Whatever coin you may bring along is acceptable currency.”

There are many layers of being to be explored and mastered on the spiritual path. Sufi practices are the most joyful way to share this journey with other people that I have ever come across.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall, a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of parking. For those travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten minute drive from Kendal.

Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

Times: Saturday: 23rd arrivals at 10am to start promptly at 10.30am. Finish at 9.00pm. Sunday: 24th from 10am to 4pm.

Price: £105 which includes delicious home-cooked vegetarian food for lunch and supper on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.            

Special diets can be catered for.

For catering purposes please book by Friday 15th January. 

Further Details: Contact Mary Rabia Dowson. Tel. 015242 21147 Email:

Bookings: Cheques payable to P. O’Donohoe.

Send to Mary Dowson, 1, Hindburn Cottage, Wray, Lancaster, LA2 8QB.

Pay online to Account Name: P. O’Donohoe. Sort Code: 09-06-66. Account Number: 41989379.

*If paying online please also email Rabia to let her know you have booked.*