Date(s) - 28/11/2015 - 29/11/2015
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
“Fifty Ways to Find the Beloved: The Many Colours of Sufi Meditation and Zikr”
with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz and Philip Tansen O’Donohoe
The Old Kirk, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland KY1 1EH
Saturday: 10.30-5, 7-9pm. Sunday: 10.30-4pm.
Two-day workshop (includes Sat. eve) at the Old Kirk interfaith and cultural centre, open to all:
The world’s spiritual and healing traditions approach silence in various ways and under different names meditation, contemplation, mindfulness, centering prayer, sitting zen, self-observation and stress relief to name but a few. Ultimately, being able to find our way more easily into a compassionate, inner silence can help us to attain more understanding and empowerment in daily life, a type of “meditation with open eyes.”
The Sufis combine silent practice with a more active one called dhikr (zikr), the practice of remembering our original and truest nature. Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti describes nearly 50 methods of exploring the practice, with attunements to various sacred names, elements, planets, symbols and messengers. In the Chishti Sufi tradition of the presenters, dhikr is often done with music and sacred movement.
In this year’s autumn workshop in Scotland, Philip Tansen and Neil Saadi will explore some of the many colours, textures and flavours of zikr and meditation. One only needs one way for realisation. However, in another sense, each way invites us to open to another, richer aspect of our inner ecology. As usual, we will also share Dances of Universal Peace, walking meditation, chant, breath practice and contemplation. All interweave to create an experience of renewed energy, joy and balance.
The workshop leaders are UK senior teachers (murshids) in the Chishti Ruhaniat tradition of Sufism (www.sufiruhaniat.eu), in the line of Sufi Ahmed Murad Chishti and Hazrat Inayat Khan Chishti.
Philip Tansen O’Donohoe is a singer and musician who has made a lifelong study of the use of sound in healing and spiritual development. He has trained in various forms of meditation over the last 30 years and is a senior mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace. He teaches this work around the world.
Saadi (Neil Douglas-Klotz) is the author of several books on Sufism and Middle Eastern mysticism, including The Sufi Book of Life, Desert Wisdom, The Tent of Abraham, The Hidden Gospel and Prayers of the Cosmos (see www.abwoon.org).
We can recommend local B&Bs close to the venue. Access is from Kirk Wynd (KY1 1EH) or Church Lane (KY1 1BG).
Please check the venue website for details: www.kirkcaldyoldkirktrust.org.uk
Price: Saturday and Sunday: £155/£110 (Concessions). Other reductions / work exchanges also available.
Contact: Stella Cranwell. Email: email@example.com Tel: (01738) 636 842