THE RETREAT


The retreat dining tent

"Full moon, where will you be going from here?
– Into a retreat.
Why do you take a retreat after fullness?
– To make myself an empty vessel in order to be filled again."
 

Hazrat Inayat Khan


"Retreat time is an opportunity to withdraw temporarily from the outside world, to reduce worldly activities to a minimum for some time, to restrain the chatter within one’s mind, to keep silence, and to concentrate on the inner worlds. Silence is the key to experiencing new dimensions of one’s Self. During this time we reconnect with our spiritual source and regenerate our subtle energies. The paralysing routine of everyday life is interrupted."

"Concentrating on our spiritual exercises, our personality undergoes a transformative process. This is the time when we are confronted with our shadows, our fears and other obstacles within. We learn to develop forgiveness and other needed qualities in order to heal inner pain and to proceed on the path. Our aspiration is for the eternal source above diversity, the unfathomable light, the ecstasy of the Divine beyond any idea, indescribable and yet more real than anything we have experienced with open eyes. It is a gift to drink the wine of Divine bliss, which we thankfully cherish, but this is not the goal of the Sufi. When we reconnect with the inner source we discover fresh perspectives on all kinds of topics and problems. That is why we feel as if reborn at the time when the retreat is finished, and we return into the world."
- Munir Voss, Senior Teacher, Sufi Order International

We offer three forms of retreat:

1. Individual retreat
Tucked away in one corner of Camp is the silent retreat area, where you are surrounded by the soothing sound of water and held in the beautiful container of the mountains. The atmosphere that has been created here by all those who have been on retreat over the years makes this one of the most sacred spaces in the camp. When doing an individual retreat, your stay can be as short as a week or as long as four weeks.
The retreat process is carefully structured and led by a qualified retreat guide, who has undergone extensive training in the retreat process of the Sufi tradition as taught by Pir Vilayat Khan.The guides are familiar with all aspects of the retreat: physical, psychological and spiritual. 

The individual retreat is considered to be an advanced training , so it is necessary to have spoken to a guide  beforehand. You will meet daily to receive practices to do during the day and have time to discuss questions, which may arise during the retreat. We have a wonderful group of guides from around the world who come for the summer and you can find out more about them and the retreat process by clicking here.

It is advised to make contact with a retreat-guide of your choice before you come to the Camp, in order to be sure of their availability as well as clear any questions or intentions in advance.
And you can also book a retreat on arrival, where you will also find information on the guides that are available.


2. Group retreat
During the Group retreat participants walk together on the path of awareness, peace and silence. Usually the mornings are spent meditating together, using breath, concentration, wazaif (mantras of the 99 holy attributes of god) and zhikr (practice of remembrance). During the afternoons there is time for individual practices, given by the guide of the retreat. Evenings end with zhikr or other spiritual group practice.
A group can carry us far beyond the realisations we have had so far, and are sometimes easier to achieve in a collective meditation, when the individual energies merge into one.

Week 1: Munir Voss and Malik Hirschberg – On the path of Enlightenment
Week 3: Saki Lee – Creating Sanctuary: A Sufi Alchemical Retreat
Week 4: Himayat Inayati and Amat-un-Nur Hayat: Awakening on the Path of Love

3. Community retreat in the 2nd week with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
During the Community retreat the whole Camp comes together to be in collective silence and our inner life takes preference over our outer interactions. We learn how community can be formed in the heart of silence. 
"The seers, the saints, the sages, the prophets, the masters, they have heard that voice which comes from within by making themselves silent. I do not mean by this that because one has silence one will be spoken to; I mean that once one is silent one will hear the word which is constantly coming from within. When the mind has been made still, a person also communicates with everyone he meets. He does not need many words: when the glance meets he understands. Two persons may talk and discuss all their lives and yet never understand one another; and two others with still minds look at one another and in one moment a communication is established between them."
- Hazrat Inayat Khan


Retreat Guides available at the Camp 2017 are:

 

 

Fatimabi Monika Grieger

 

"Have the courage to be, who you really are!"
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


Fatimabi Monika Grieger is head of the Omega Sufi Centre in Zurich and a teacher in the Sufi tradition. As well as her training in Pedagogy, Special Education and Therapeutic Supervision, she has intensive training in Dream work, Transpersonal Psychology, Healing and Personality Development.

She leads seminars and works as a therapeutic supervisor and coach in her own practice. As wells as that, she works as a therapist and special educator for teenagers. She has been on the Sufi path for over 30 years. She shares the knowledge gained on her spiritual path in Seminars, Retreats, Dream work, Coaching and as a spiritual guide. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Zurich.

Languages:

English, German, French and Spanish

Presence in the camp 2017: Week 1

fatimabi@sufismus.ch
www.sufismus.ch

Munir Voß

Munir Voβ studied Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and Astrology and began meditating back in 1970. He has been a student of Pir Vilayat since 1980.
As well as leading the Sufi Centre in Heidelberg for over 30 years he has been co-responsible for schooling Retreat Guides and Leaders in the Sufi Order.

The main focus of his work is the retreat concentration.

Languages:

German and English

Present in the Camp 2017:   Week 1, 2, 3, 4

munir@gmx.org

Amaité Willand

Amaité is a teacher of the Raphaelite-Work (healing by loving presence), a representative and experienced retreat-guide in the Sufi Order International and a Suluk-Graduate.  She works in the area of Ayurvedic healing and meditation.

“Come closer to your innermost being! Take time for this wonder-world within! Rediscover your very own rhythm of life. Dive into silence and rest in the arms of the Beloved! And return into this world with a new point of view.”

Languages:

German and English

Present in the Camp 2017: Week 1, 2,  3,  4

info@akademie-lichtung.de

Heinz Espabad Kindl

In mein früheres Leben als Schauspieler und Tänzer trat nach einem schweren Unfall mit Todeserfahrung ein immer größeres Interesse an den grundlegenden Fragen nach dem Woher, Wohin und dem Warum. Nach Aufenthalten in buddhistischen Klöstern in Asien fand ich Orientierung in diversen mystischen Traditionen und schließlich eine Art Heimat im Sufismus.
Mittlerweile bin ich Repräsentant des Internationalen Sufiordens und arbeite als Meditationslehrer und Retreat-Guide. Als Co-Autor war ich an der Entstehung zweier gechannelter Bücher beteiligt und machte nach der Entdeckung meiner medialen Fähigkeiten eine Ausbildung zum Heilpraktiker.
Ich bin anerkannter Heiler im DGH (Dachverband Geistiges Heilen e.V.) und arbeite als Heiler und Dozent für die SHP Akademie von Astrid & Clemens Kuby (Europäische Akademie für Selbstheilungsprozesse). 2007 erschien mein Buch „Vom inneren Weg“, heilende Poesie.
Heute führe ich neben meiner Tätigkeit als Künstler eine Praxis, halte Vorträge und gebe Seminare.

Sprachen: Deutsch

Present in the Camp 2017: Week 1, 2

heinz.kindl@espabad.de
www.espabad.de
www.ya-wali.de

(links only available in German)

Latif Brinck

Latif Brinck lives in Santiago, Chile and is Representative in the Sufi Order, a Retreat Guide and a Healing conductor. He has been in touch with the Sufi teachings for more than 30 years.
His first Sufi retreats were in Chile with Pir Vilayat in 1993 and later with Shahabuddin Less.
He has attended the Zenith camp and has worked with Pir Zia, Munir and Saki Lee for the last 10 years, guiding Saki Lee´s morning meditations for the last 3 years. Currently he guides a meditation group and conducts other retreats and seminars.
He recommends a retreat for those wishing to stay in touch with their inner silence, by cutting their daily routine in the wonderful Swiss landscape.

“I love to accompany retreatants during the process and that they fell supported. Along with meditation the inside process is accompanied by zikr, hiking and prayers.”

Languages:

English, German  and Spanish

Presence in the camp 2017: Week 1, 2, 3, 4

gerd52peter@yahoo.es

Naqiba Griffiths

Naqiba Griffiths

Naqiba is a physiotherapist and a psychotherapist and lectures at Brunel University in London. She is a representative at the London Sufi Centre, and a mentor for retreat guides in training. She did her first individual retreat at the Camp and has been a guide for over 20 years. She integrates dream work as a way of enabling further insights, and sees the individual retreat as a wonderful opportunity to listen to the heart, to recognise the light of the soul, and to enable the gentle unfoldment of our being into everyday life.

“New perceptions on our challenges can emerge and a sense of the beauty of life may remain with us on our journey. In the solitude of the retreat we can gradually experience an atmosphere of peacefulness and healing where we feel an `abundance of blessing´. I would be honoured to guide you on this journey”. 

Languages:

English, some French spoken.

Present in the camp 2017: week 1, 2

pamelajsgriffiths@outlook.com

 

 

Alia Kirsten Arnesen

Alia is a representative and guide in The Inayatiyya in Norway, where she offers regular classes and retreats.
In Europe she is a mentor at Suluk Academy. Alia is trained by Aziza Scott and offers the alchemical retreat and nature attunements. Mother Nature has always been her closest friend and inspirer.

"Spirituality is tuning the heart. Neither by study nor piety can one obtain it"   (Gayan)

Languages:

Scandinavian, English and French.

Present in the Camp 2017:   Week 2 and 3

alia.kirsten@gmail.com

 

Shams Richardson

Shams Richardson is a experienced retreat guide and a representative in the Inayati order in the UK.  A student on the Sufi path of the heart for many years,  he leads a weekly class at the London Sufi Centre and guides retreats in the UK and Ireland, in the magical desert in Morocco, and in the beautiful Andes in Peru.

Languages:

English, Spanish, French, Italian

Present in the Camp 2017:   Week 3

shams@sufiorderuk.org