Diving into Life: A Sufi Inner Guidance Retreat

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DIVING INTO LIFE

A Sufi Inner Guidance Retreat

This retreat is specifically for seekers around the ages of 30—45ish. Facilitated by Gayan we learn the great art of listening inwardly, and trusting the voice of guidance.

FINDING GUIDANCE FOR THE DEEPEST QUESTIONS OF YOUR HEART AND YOUR LIFE

We will gather to explore the practice of Contemplative Inquiry. Our intention is to cultivate a community of seekers and emerging leaders who want to deepen their spiritual practice together in community.

The practice of inquiry develops the capacity to follow the voice of guidance in relation to the deepest questions of your heart and your life. The process brings us to a state of intimacy and honesty with our own hearts, where, surprisingly, we have often been strangers. It is motivated by the fire of devotion for the authentic life, and supported by spiritual friends who are committed to the same truth.

Diving Into Life is inspired by the teachings of the Sufi Mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927).

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Inner Guidance practice will form the spine of this event, which Gayan will combine with the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, as well as traditional practices of meditation and zikr. 

The days will be enriched by emerging leaders offering experiential activities such as nature-based meditation, discussion, zikr, dance, movement. The days will be structured with practice, rest, and meals to allow us time to come together as a community.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

The retreat is now being hosted at Christine & Nuria's home in NE Portland, Oregon. We have beds to accommodate 8 people, in shared rooms with a privacy curtain. There is camping available on our property. We are just 10 minutes from the PDX airport. Airbnb's are available within a 10 minute walk, Airbnb not included in price and needs to be reserved separately. When searching bookings, type in Parkrose Heights, Portland, Oregon

COST:

$200 Earlybird registration by 11/7/19. $250 after. Additional teacher offering is encouraged for those who can afford so. Scholarships are available through the Young Adult Council. Please email if support is needed to attend.

FOOD DETAILS:

• Bring your own breakfast & lunch food (something easy to prepare that doesn't require a lot of kitchen time as it is a shared kitchen)
• Tea and snacks will be provided (fruit, nuts, cheese, crackers, veggies, hummus etc.)
• There is a large community kitchen & refridgerator available for use.
• DIY community dinner Thursday 6pm.
• Community potlcucks Friday & Saturday evening. (sign-up options available in questionairre.) Please pick up grocery items before arriving Thursday afternoon/evening. Grocery store located 15 minutes from residence.
TRANSPORTATION FROM PORTLAND:

10 minutes from Portland airport.

REGISTERING & SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS:

Registration via Eventbrite is required, thank you! If cost is a barrier, scholarships are available please contact us to discuss your needs. If you are not an Initiate of the Inayati or Ruhaniat Orders or have not attended a previous DIL retreat, please get in touch via email to discuss whether this retreat is a good fit for you: info.innerguidance@gmail.com.

BIOGRAPHY:

Gayan Macher is a companion and guide to those called to the courageous path of love. He has been a teacher of Sufism for over 35 years. He headed The Inayati Order’s curriculum project that was the basis for Suluk Academy, and has been a lead teacher with Suluk since its inception. He leads retreats and Inner Guidance groups around the country. Gayan also has a 20 year collaboration with Taj Inayat in shaping the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan for the contemporary Western seeker. Currently they co-lead New Rain On-line, a worldwide community of support for people committed to spiritual practice. Professionally Gayan consults to corporate executives on matters of human relations. He is also a singer—songwriter. Gayan lives in Fairfax, California. gayanm521@gmail.com; gayanmusic.com.

QUESTIONS?

info.innerguidance@gmail.com

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE PROCESS OF CONTEMPLATIVE INQUIRY:

Part of the process involves sitting in a circle while Gayan works one on one with someone in the silent presence of the group. You take a turn when you are in touch with your "burning question": a heart-felt desire to explore or understand something more deeply. You may inquire into anything, though frequently it is about something stirring or troubling as these questions often call us most strongly. With support and guidance from a teacher, you will explore this question in the witnessing presence of the group.

There is special value in doing inquiry in a group setting. First, the shared experience connects us in true spiritual friendship, which is precious and rare. On the surface our situations are unique; but as we look further we recognize an underlying unity in our deepest questions. Secondly, witnesses who are practicing being present provide a powerful field of support to the person working. Lastly and most importantly, witnesses benefit by observing how guidance functions.

This program is sponsored by the Inayati Order and the Inayati Young Adult Council. To learn more, please visit www.inayatiorder.org.

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