European Sufi Summer School

24 June – 1 July 2023, Proitzer Müehle (Germany)

Tawhid:

The Shared Language of Unity,

Spoken and Silent

Registration opens in January 2023

In 2023 our annual European Sufi summer school returns in person. We will embrace various approaches to the deeper sense of unity, which is nothing but Unity, the nameless Reality itself. Experiencing Unity affects the way a person perceives and acts in everyday life. The Sufis call this life-changing experience tawhid, from the “Beautiful Name,” Al Wahid. The word implies that there are as many ways to this wordless mystery as there are beings in the seen and unseen worlds.

As we have done for the past 20 years, classes will offer periods of teaching, practice, and prayer as well as periods of silence and meditation, sitting and moving together. The overall effect is a retreat within a supportive community.

Our new site  is https://europeansufischool.org

Summer school Facebook page can be reached here: https://facebook.com/EuropeanSufis

To subscribe to our email list go here: https://mailchi.mp/b9126e20afdf/european-sufi-summer-school

You can also visit Proitzer Muhle website (in German) here: https://proitzer-muehle.de

 

Our renewal is not only a revival of the past, but a resurrection into the present, now. So we will focus several classes on the Beautiful Names of Life as found in both the Qur’an and in the Aramaic words of Jesus. Other classes will dive into silent meditation and contemplation, bringing spiritual experience right down into our bodies and the activities of our lives. The meditative walks of Murshid Samuel Lewis are a virtually untapped treasure about the truth of where each of us is right now, as doorways to Unity. His dances offer the possibility to experience meditation in movement, and stillness in motion. We will draw not only from the Sufi lineage of teaching (primarily but not exclusively the Chishti one through Hazrat Inayat Khan) but also from a wider range of the world’s spiritual wisdom in which our teachers have immersed themselves.

The European Sufi Summer School is open to all. It is rooted in an open spiritual tradition of the ancient Chistia lineage of Sufism. Our transmission (ruhaniyya) is through Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti (Samuel L.Lewis) and Murshid Moineddin Jablonski. Threads of their individual spiritual practice also include Zen Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Bhakti and Advaita Yoga, and Kaballah.

The Summer School is staffed by dedicated students connected in various ways to and through this line of spiritual transmission. It is not legally or financially connected with any other Sufi corporation, organisation or project. Our international Summer School celebrates the living tradition of the many paths of the heart through Sufi zikr (Remembrance), sitting and walking meditation, healing, spiritual music, Soulwork and Spiritual Psychology, art and Dances of Universal Peace, and more.

We emphasize teaching “in the footsteps of” our spiritual ancestors with language and practice adapted to the current challenges of humanity and the planet as a whole.

 

All classes are conducted in English and German (with translation.)

Past Workshops

The Light of Purpose

A short course in “Sadhana: The Path of Attainment”

“There is no such thing as impossible. All is possible. Impossible is made by the limitation of our capacity of understanding.” Hazrat Inayat Khan.

December 1, 8, 15 at 5pm UK, on Zoom

 

“Possibility is the nature of God, and impossibility is the art of man.” 

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Many of us genuinely love helping people, be that through healing, therapy, storytelling, through our presence. Yet we know very well that we are also “a work in progress.” We can have many great, connected days, and then there might come some weak, low ones, especially now when the times are so full of uncertainty about the future. We wish we were able to reliably pull ourselves out of that, so that we could return to feeling hope, love, connection with the One Life, and could again authentically share it with others. 

Over three short sessions in December – and in the spirit of getting ready for the turn of the year – I will be offering an introduction to the paper “Sadhana: The Path of Attainment” by Hazrat Inayat Khan, with the commentaries of Murshid SAM.  

What is it that your heart is wishing for right now? Not necessarily a spiritual yearning, could be one of the “usual” life. What if, by achieving what you desire, not only your heart grew in strength, not only your mind got clearer, but also your direct connection with the Spirit of Guidance expanded and became enlivened – and all that started with you going after an “earthly” wish?  

That is what the paper “Sadhana” is about. It is a teaching showing us how to turn our daily life into success – and at the same time, into the advancement in the life spiritual. One who steadfastly follows this path will arrive to the point of becoming a servant of the dream bigger than one’s own, the vision of the Illuminated Souls.  

During the three sessions we will go over the main topics of the paper, some of which are: 

  • December, 1– The role our heart plays in choosing the object we go for. What happens when we accomplish what we wanted. How to “pull oneself out” of weakness, develop resilience and strengthen the heart. What turns the “usual” path of attainment into the spiritual path.
  • December, 8– Choosing the aim to achieve so that there is never a regret. The role of our spiritual guidance on the path of attainment. The external help on the path, when to use it and when not.
  • December, 15– The one thing that needs to be mastered so that one can become “the master of all difficulties.” The main pointers on the road towards any goal. What to do after the achievement.

All sessions will be recorded.    

*Sadhana – root “sadh-,” ‘to accomplish’: attainment, a way of life designed for the realization of one’s highest ideal.