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Diving into Life: A Sufi Inner Guidance Retreat with Gayan Macher

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DIVING INTO LIFE - A SUFI INNER GUIDANCE RETREAT WITH GAYAN MACHER, IN THE LINEAGE OF SUFI MYSTIC & TEACHER HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN (1882-1927)

Gather with a community of kindred practitioners (ages 30-45ish) with a shared dedication to the inner life. We seek realness through a contemplative inquiry practice grounded in respect, deep listening and community. Bring the question closest to your heart.


ABOUT THE RETREAT

This intimate retreat is oriented around the practice of contemplative inquiry, which Gayan weaves together with the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and traditional practices of meditation and Zikr. Our schedule is enriched by participant offerings including listening, awareness, concentration and movement practices. Days are structured with space for practice, rest, and meals to support taking time for ourselves as well as community building.

What is contemplative inquiry?

The contemplative inquiry 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”—your 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 Gayan’s skillful support, you deepen contact with your own inner guidance and explore your 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our retreat is hosted on a spacious property at a private residence in NE Portland, just 10 minutes from the PDX airport. Some housing is available on a first registered, first reserved basis. Space for tents is also available and there are Airbnbs within walking and driving distance (search Parkrose Heights, Portland, Oregon). Airbnbs are not included in the cost of retreat and need to be reserved separately. We will follow up via email about your lodging and ensure advance notice to secure airbnb reservation, if needed.


MEALS

Our host, Alex, will be providing us with three simple and nourishing meals each day, beginning with dinner on Thursday, May 7th and ending with lunch on Sunday, May 10th. Tea & snacks will be provided throughout retreat. You are welcome to bring a shareable snack as an offering! Alex will be happy to accommodate your allergies and dietary restrictions, which you will provide information on upon completion of this registration.

COST

$200 early bird when you register by April 7th, 2020

$250 thereafter

Registration via Eventrbrite 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 Order or have not attended a previous DIL retreat, never fear! Please simply reach out via email to discuss whether this retreat is a good fit for you.


SUGGESTED PACK LIST

  • Towel
  • Toiletries (please bring scent-free products as we have some scent sensitive people)
  • Raincoat or umbrella
  • Slip on shoes for walking between sanctuary/practice space & main house
  • Water bottle
  • Bathing suit for hot tub!
  • Sacred item for alter
  • Journal/notebook
  • Something inspirational or beautiful to share at our Saturday night Sema “Potluck of the Soul!” I.e. a poem, writing, songs, instruments, We also have a piano and guitar for musicians in the group!
  • Your favorite morning beverage, though coffee & teas will be provided.
  • A chocolate or snack to contribute (no pressure, we’ll have some too!)

TRANSPORTATION FROM PDX AIRPORT

Out of town friends, please arrange your own transportation from the airport (approx 10 min drive) to the private NE Portland retreat location via Lyft/Uber or you may coordinate rideshare on our Facebook Group.

FURTHER BACKGROUND ABOUT GAYAN

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 corporate executives on matters of human relations. He is also a singer-songwriter. Gayan lives in Fairfax, California. You can hear his music at gayanmusic.com.

FAQs

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
  • What is included in the cost of the retreat?
    • The cost of the retreat covers a small offering for visiting teacher Gayan, daily meals & snacks, retreat center operational costs.
  • Are scholarships available?
    • Yes! Please email us for further information.
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