It is with a heavy heart that I write this newsletter. After much discussion amongst the board and staff, we have come to the difficult conclusion to cancel the Camp again this year.
While we hope that things will be much better by the summer, the reasons that we could not organise the Camp last year still apply:
Many of the teachers who are part of the programme, and also many of the participants will still have difficulty in traveling
The rules for how to deal with COVID 19 seem to change regularly in different countries, so we cannot guarantee that we will be able to build the Camp
It is likely there will still be some kind of pandemic threat this summer, and we will have to consider restrictions and special measures for health reasons, which make it difficult to imagine how we will be able to run the Camp for a period of three months
This is a risk that we cannot afford to take, especially when we think about our commitment to maintaining the Camp for many years in the future. Although there is much sadness now, we know it is going to be very special when we are together again in the meadows of Ticino with all our dear friends.
We have however enjoyed seeing many of you online for the early morning meditations, zikrs and kirtans, so we have decided to offer a short online programme at the end of July.
- Pir Zia will offer a summer retreat from Friday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 25th
- Saki will offer a retreat on eldering from Friday, July 30th to Sunday, August 1st
- And we are designing a new programme for the Young Adults between Friday, July 30th and Sunday, August 1st
We will also offer two weeks of early morning meditation starting on Monday, July 19th, and we will have an evening of Zikr and Kirtan during this time.
We will share more details by the middle of May.
I am also aware that as I write this, our friends in Delhi are facing the grim reality of this pandemic. Masoom has been in touch to let us know that it has affected his family and many in the Basti, and he asks for our prayers.
If you can, please donate to the Hope Project: http://www.hopeprojectindia.in/html/sup_donate.htm. On this site, you will find banking account information corresponding to different countries so that you may send your donation to the account corresponding to your country of residence.
In this time when being together is not so easy, I think we can find solace in the words of Pir Vilayat:
“We can reach any being, any person from inside ourselves.”
May you feel greetings of love and prayers for your wellness, from all of the Zenith Board and Team.
“If one being or thing, however apparently useless, were missing in this universe of endless variety, it would be as if there was a note missing in a song.”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do?” For all of us, the perennial search for answers to these questions shapes our life journey. At the Zenith Summer Camp, we dive deep into our inner life to answer these questions.
We know that each one of us has come to play our unique note and for 30 years we have been gathering in a place that allows us to step away from our everyday life and step towards the power of possibility to fully play that note. Together we have been creating an open, safe and intimate space that enables us to move the veils, which cover our hearts’ dreams and desires. Our teachers and guides work in unity with the peaceful majestic beauty of the mountains and Mother Nature, offering workshops and retreats that embody the qualities and express something of the spirit and love of the Sufis: service to the collective, the opening of the heart, living in the ecstasy of the moment, remembrance of our Oneness and the search of freedom.
Ours is a camp, which is filled with the laughter of children, the murmur of languages from around the world and the music that is made in the silence of our souls. We hope you will join us in the mountains!
“Freedom gives infinite power, it can move mountains.”
Camp founder Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan