Sufi Camp 2020

17th July to 9th August 2020

Camp 2020

 

We are sad to inform you that we have decided to cancel the Camp this year.

The main reasons for this decision are the practical impact of trying to deal with COVID 19 and the financial risk we would have to take in putting on the camp under these circumstances, especially as we really want to keep the Camp going in the long term.

This was not an easy decision as we know what an important place the Camp has in the heart of many of you, and we are aware that this will also affect local businesses that we work with in Ticino.

While there is no way that we can create a replacement for the Camp, we do feel that we can offer opportunities for our community to come together during the summer, and so over the next month, we will be creating a unique programme for this time. It will be a mixture of online seminars and retreats and activities we can do offline. Our aim is to bring the essence of the Camp: retreats and spiritual practice and ways for friends to gather in conversation and music.

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“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!

 
The theme for our Camp this year is:
 
“The Universe is a phenomenon of love and it’s ripest fruit is the awakened heart” – Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.
 
Our programme is devoted to the practices and teachings that will awaken the heart and in doing so help us to fulfill our unique call in life so that we can serve the world at this particular time in history.
 
“There is no greater power than love. All strength comes with the awakening of love in the heart. People say, “He is tenderhearted, he is weak,” but there are many who do not know what strength springs from the heart that becomes tender in love. Every work that one does in love is done with all strength and power. Fear and reason, which limit power, cannot stand against love. A hen, timid as she is, can withstand a lion for the love of her young ones. There is nothing too strong, too powerful for a loving heart.”  – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Programme 2020: Overview

Everyone who attends Camp contributes to its creation, so there are many ways you can participate. Before the seminar and workshops begin, we collectively build the sacred space where we practice by assembling the buildings and infrastructure. After camp ends, we take them apart, leaving the meadow as we found it. During camp, you may chose to take part in group seminars, group retreats, or a guided individual retreat. There is a camp within the camp for children and workshops for teenagers and young adults. You can participate for one week or all four weeks.

A typical day at the Camp includes early morning meditations and singing, morning and afternoon teaching sessions, additional workshops like yoga, singing, walking in the mountains and, an evening programme of zikr (“remembrance” – chanting) or sama’ (music, poetry, and spiritual dances).

We hope you’ll join us – each one of you is a note in our song.

“Freedom gives infinite power, it can move mountains.”

Camp founder Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan