The Healing Power of Longing: Ecstatic Wisdom from Rumi
WHERE: A Retreat in the Misty Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC
WHEN: December 1-3, 2017
WHO: LGBTQ People and Our Friends
HOW MUCH: $125.00 Full Price, save $30 if you register by Wednesday Nov 1, 2017.
Do you long for a spirituality that is more embodied, ecstatic, joyful, and loving, with the power to sustain and inspire your in the hardest and loneliest hours of your life? We have all felt the sharp pangs of loneliness and utter helplessness in the hardest moments of our lives, and desperately sought a way to transform our suffering to joy. Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi poet and Islamic Spiritual Master cherished around the world for his love and spiritual brilliance, discovered the way.
Rumi knew what is was to lose everything, and to let grief and longing crack his heart wide open. He sacrificed everything for his beloved Shams, a wild-eyed mystic and spiritual warrior, and dove into a profound mystical communion with him, only to have him torn away forever after four short years. This plunged Rumi into the deepest fires of spiritual transformation, where Rumi's sorrow was transformed into joy, resulting in an outpouring of ecstatic practice, wisdom and poetry that continues to comfort and kindle hearts around the world!
In this one-day retreat, we will explore Rumi's seven spiritual advices, his seven spiritual practices, and the seven spiritual stages Rumi went through in order to heal, transform, and transcend his loss. We will follow Rumi through his poetry and his life, exploring the spiritual path of desiring, tasting, and immersing in the beloved, dissolving into, becoming, and being the beloved, and serving the world as an open window that the beloved pours through!
Our retreat will be held at the Common Light Meeting Center at 137 Center Avenue, Black Mountain, North Carolina 2871. The Center is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. When: Cradled by two streams that run along the edges of the property and a lovely strolling garden, the center is the home for the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting.Participants are encouraged to extend their stay in the Asheville area to enjoy the incredible restaurant scene in downtown Asheville, drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit local waterfalls, or tour the magnificent Biltmore Estate. Asheville features a wonderful array of hotels and bed & breakfasts to meet every taste and price range. Hunter will also be available for private coaching and conscious breathing sessions before and after the retreat. Our retreat is only twenty minutes from downtown Asheville, and thirty minutes from the Asheville regional airport.
Longing is the core of mystery. Longing itself brings the cure ...
-- Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Hunter Flournoy is the director, lead facilitator and visionkeeper of the new Spirit Journeys. A heart-centered life coach, therapist, and spiritual healer, Hunter helps people of all genders and sexual orientations break free into more powerful, joyful lives through self-love, conscious breathing, and joyfully embodied spiritual practice. He is a certified Somatic Breath Therapist and a pioneer in the use of breathwork in trauma and addiction treatment, and his work integrates two decades as a licensed psychotherapist with twenty-five years of experience in the world's shamanic and mystical traditions, including the Buddhist, Sufi, Eastern Christian, Toltec, and Currandero traditions. Hunter offers individual sessions by phone and in person, retreats, ceremonies, and journeys around the world. To learn more about Hunter and his work, go to www.hunterflournoy.com.
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