The Earth is My Being is a three-day retreat at SEKEM Farm which involves teachings; practices such as Zikr ( A Sufi meditative chanting practice), meditation, meditative movement sessions, contemplation, and reflection. The sessions will also incorporate interactive sessions such as Sohbet (Sufi discourse), that would comprise interactive question/answers sessions with three Spiritual Guides. We will also have poetry recitals, Sufi music workshop, nature meditations and walks. And Rituals in nature to consecrate the planet, the environment and inspire ecological balance.
Retreat Dates: Friday, May 4 to Sunday 6 May 2018
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Who is this retreat for:
This retreat is for people from all walks of life who are in need of some time away from their busy lifestyles spending some contemplative time in nature to ground themselves. Particularly this could benefit, Spiritual Wayfarers on a SELF and soul journey and generally Community leaders, sustainability managers.
SEKEM is a remarkable model of Biodynamics sustainable farming. Guided tours of the farm could also be arranged upon request.
All are welcome!
The relevance of the theme for our retreat is the need of the day for humanity to awaken to a sense of oneness not only with fellow human-beings but with all of creation. The general dystopic condition of our world on all levels is a symptom of the disease of hyper-individuation that marks a selfish and non-empathic attitude towards life and creation. From the present ecological crisis to challenges that we face on personal, social, political, religious, economic, and even bio-medical levels are a result of the dismembered body-mind-soul-spirit entity. In order to reclaim our wholeness, we need to begin with redefining ourselves.
When we say, ‘The Earth is My Being‘, we are claiming as part of ourselves the whole planet including the geosphere, the biosphere, and the noosphere. Our separation is an illusion. Our physical body is an inheritance of the planet; our life, soul and spirit an inheritance of the Ever-Living Spirit; and our mind or thought-world is the inheritance of the Great Mind of the Universe, within which minds of all beings exist and operate. The earth contains within it all the water-bodies that sustain life upon it, and so within the earth-body of our beings run the quickening waters of spirit. This retreat is focussed on discovering our basic connection to earth and water in order to develop and strengthen a balanced and unified approach to living, understanding, realizing and manifesting the completion of Being.
Additionally, for us, the importance of such an event is to build bridges between cultures and traditions and working to establish the Message of Unity which is the Muhammadan legacy.
This particular theme is chosen from our teacher’s perspective as a theme of contemporary relevance. There is a great urgency in the spiritual work that is being called forth from those who have been placed in a way to affect the transformation of consciousness on our planet. These practices are not about the people but also the places where such work is done, sacred words are spoken and pure thoughts are released.
Sekem and more importantly, Dr. Abouleish’s vision resonates so well with the spiritual work of revivification that the world needs today.
The Sekem initiative is a highly holistic undertaking founded by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977 in the Egyptian desert with the vision of fostering “sustainable development towards a future where every human being can unfold his or her individual potential; where mankind is living together in social forms reflecting human dignity; and where all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles.”