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SUMMER SCHOOL 2019: 29 June-6 July
Original Nature: Uncovering a More-Living Life
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“The real book that one is studying is oneself and the Githas,
while they are the words of Holy Murshid, are in reality the
reflections of his inner being. It is the inner being and not the
words of Murshid that must be understood by the traveler on the
path to God.” - Murshid Samuel Lewis
2019 programme will include:
- Introduction to the Sufi path and to the
lineage of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, Hazrat Pir Samuel L.
Lewis and Hazrat Pir Murshid Moineddin Jablonski.
- A variety of classes: for those already on the
Sufi path, including Sufi guides, as well as for those exploring
taking up Sufi practice.
- Guided retreat processes using Dances of
Universal Peace, meditation, Sufi zikr and wazifa (mantric
practice), walking concentration, body awareness, Sufi Soulwork,
Sufi healing practices, silence, poetry and Sufi stories.
- A wonderful way to experience and share practices
with the main Ruhaniat Sufi guides from Europe.
- A beautiful venue in nature, comfortable
accommodation, and healthy food catering to a variety of diets.
Experience our Sufi Café atmosphere on the terrace of
- Joyous community with seekers from a dozen
countries and languages - eating, dancing and praying together.
This year we will dive into the hidden treasures of the “beautiful
names” of life. We will also explore the Sufi and Zen bloodlines of
our lineage, which mingle in a beautiful contemplation of the Real
within as well as around us. What Zen calls “original nature,” our
Sufi ancestors call fitrah, from the Beautiful Name Al Fatir—to
allow the original seed of humanity planted in us to split open and
grow in all its beauty. Our lineage has received from many teachers
inside and outside of the Sufi path, including Ruth St Denis, Raden
Ayou Jodjana, and Murshida Vera Corda. From Hazrat Inayat Khan we
inherit the richness of classical Sufi teaching and practice. From
his student Murshid Samuel Lewis, we inherit his active application
of his teacher’s practice in the Dances and Walks, as well as his
experiences in the Zen tradition of Nyogen Sensaki and Sokei An
Sasaki. From Murshid SAM’s successor Murshid Moineddin, we inherit
the spiritual DNA of a person who lived his Sufi-Zen, from the
luminous moon of guidance to its reflection in the depths of the
lake of the self.
Several classes will place a special emphasis on bringing our
practice into some of the most challenging areas of our everyday
lives—burn-out, aging, dying, balance, health and healing. Other
offerings include classes inspired by Pir Moineddin’s Soulwork, by
Hazrat Inayat Khan’s “The Soul Whence and Whither” and by Murshid
Samuel Lewis’s deep practice of walking meditation—walking our own
real walk of life.
“The promise of love, harmony and beauty has been borne out,
alhamdulillah! I think all of us have experienced the journey from
Murshid's rugged and radioactive exterior to his Heart-of-Hearts.
A real Murshid contains all the fanas [effacements], and is able
to impart them, through grace, to capable students as they advance
from capacity to greater capacity.” - Murshid Moineddin
“This power of knowing actually performing within us is Buddha.
This is our God. We worship this. We do not bow down to worship
this Buddha. We meditate upon it. We do not call its name. We do
not look up to the sky or peep down into the earth to find it. It
is within us. We do not know where the Buddha mind is. It is not
in the brain, or in the stomach. But we know it exists. We rest in
it and meditate.” - Sokei-an Sasaki
“You dive into yourself to reach the source of life, to meet
there the Presence. The Presence creates you ever anew in every
moment. Still deeper, feel and know the earth, and tell her with
your feet about yourself. Then you will learn to dance, and
express with your whole body what you feel, and how you are. And
the earth she will answer. She will tell you wonderful things
about her love for all the creatures she carries and feeds. So
dive deep!” - Raden Ayou Jodjana
Our summer school is dedicated to the service of
peace and for the benefit of all living beings. Murshid Samuel L.
Lewis (1896–1971) was a mystic schooled in both Zen and Sufism,
recognized as a teacher in both traditions, who felt that
spirituality should be a matter of living experience, not concepts
or theories. His spiritual successor, Moineddin Jablonski
(1942–2001) believed that spirituality was not fully realized until
fully embodied, with all elements of the personality – light and
dark – included in a life of joy and compassion. Both lived and
taught in the tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), who
brought a form of universal Sufism to the west. On this path we
recognize and honour equally all the different spiritual traditions
of the world.
If you wish to explore or deepen in the Sufi path, the Summer
School is a great place to be. The wide variety of classes as well
as the relaxed, informal atmosphere and sharing with people from
many different lands is invigorating and uplifting. Here you can
find depth in the practices, guidance and a company of fellow
travellers with open hearts and arms ready to embrace you.
Join us. We look forward to sharing with you!
Murshid Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz, Director.
Classes offered in 2019
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Scotland):
Uncovering a More-Living Life
From recent work, I will share hidden treasures of the "beautiful
names" of life, especially those that lead us toward new ways of
dissolving the differences between spiritual and everyday life. What
Zen calls "original nature", our Sufi ancestors call fitrah, from
the Beautiful Name Al Fatir—to allow the original seed of humanity
planted in us to split open and grow. Through dance, Walk, zikr,
meditation and teaching stories, we will explore the ancient,
pre-religious, human roots of our shared Sufi-Buddhist-universal
traditions. This is a deep ecology of the soul.
Sufi-Zen for Guides
Murshids Baraka and Saadi
Our annual training class for guides, by permission only.
Samuel Lewis studied with many teachers throughout his life - Sufi,
Zen, Vedanta - some formally in a bayat (pledge) relationship, but
most of them informally. In our annual class for guides, we will
explore the various ways we can serve individuals and communities,
both formally and informally, from the place of Reality, supported
by the resources we have received from our lineage teachers in
Murshida Baraka von Kügelgen (Germany):
Healing of Body and Mind with the Original Purity of the Soul
"The soul is never ill. The soul, through the breath, reaches
the body and mind of every person."(Murshid Sam). Yet we
often block this natural healing process. We will investigate this
and practice various ways to open ourselves to the healing power and
to strengthen the life energy--for ourselves, for our fellow human
beings and for our Mother Earth.
Murshid Tansen Philip O’Donohoe (England)
Mysticism and the Elements
Based on Murshid SAM’s commentary on the paper by Inayat
Khan, Asrar ul Ansar: Mysticism, we will delve into
the fundamentals of mysticism. Exploring spiritual concentration,
deepening awareness of the energies of the breath, including the
five elements and their relationship to the breath. Further emphasis
on Murshid’s element walking concentrations, the mysticism of sound,
use of sacred phrases and perhaps dances.
Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen (Germany):
Light upon Light - Divine Spirit and Human Psyche
"In God-realization, there is nothing and no one whom you are
not." - Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Murshid Moineddin developed Soulwork for his own healing and to
fulfill his destiny as Pir of the Ruhaniat. He is an example for us
in dealing with the unacceptable, neglected shadow-sides of our
being. He experienced their growth and ripening as keys for an
honest life and life energy, serving the greater life. With
Soulwork, breath and walking meditation, dances, poetry, stillness
and community. The truth lived through Moineddin enabled him with
loving stewardship and adamantine wisdom to help evolve this
Sufi-path into a living 21th century tradition and transmission. Not
only is personal growth helped greatly, but also the sense of
community, of sangha, is brought in with real depth and
Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany (Germany):
Song of my Soul—Selfcare, Balance, Health
Each soul carries its own song and is striving to express it.
Following this melody gives meaning to our life. When we become one
with our song we can soar high, but this carries the danger of
burning out for our ideals and losing mastery over our daily life
challenges. Or in times of crisis, we may lose our song and the
connection to our inner sacredness. What modern medicine calls
"burn-out syndrome," the Sufis identify as "the dark night of the
With the richness of the practices in our Sufi lineage, we look
into the aspects of selfcare, balance and enduring health. Our
guideline in this are the boundaries of our body and the capacity of
psychic endurance. The Summer School is the ideal place to attune to
our inner melody in harmony with our boundaries. Our shared
practices will be anchored in phases of extended silence, and when
the weather allows, we will be outdoors around Proitzer Mühle in its
beautiful nature settings.
"Something opens our wings. Something lets boredom and pain
disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: we only taste
holiness." - Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm (Germany):
Discovering the miracle of life behind the routine of everyday
We often want to escape from everyday life, but it is here that our
life takes place. This is why we want to rediscover our original
nature and spirituality behind the routine of everyday life. – We
will work together with the help of Hazrat Inayat Khan's "Everyday
Life" (Takua Taharat) Gathas and Sam Lewis comments to inspire us.
Khalif Wali & Sheikha Ariënne van der Zwan (Germany)
The Journey of the Soul
We will work with Inayat Khan's teachings on the journey of the
Soul and with teachings of the classical Sufis – like Ibn 'Arabi's
imaginal world. As always, the goal is not to 'know' more, but to
apply some of the teachings of Inayat Khan and make them useful for
our daily life.
Sheikha Zubin Nur (Netherlands):
The Soul, Whence and Whither
One of the greatest gifts that Murshid S.A.M. gave us is the gift
of Spiritual Walks. Spiritual walking practise is common in the
East, where people often grew up with Tassawuri (the spiritual
practice of attunement and concentration on a spiritual teacher or
mantra) or Vipassana (a Buddhist form of meditation and walking
One of Murshid’s visions was of ‘teaching the children to walk’ and
Ruth St Denis affirmed to him that this was a high and worthy goal.
In this class we will practise walking in the footsteps of masters,
saints and prophets, we will walk with wazifa and mantra on the
breath, as well as with the planets, all to help us return to our
own original walk.
When we walk our true walk we have re-found our roots and our
connection to our soul and can embody it anywhere and everywhere.
"What was your walk before you could walk?" Let’s go back there,
re-tuning and returning to our soul’s purpose.
Sheikha Alima Stoeckel (Germany):
Sensing the preciousness of life – conscious of its finiteness
"I leave your coast as a friend, my earth"
The cycle of life on earth begins with our birth and ends with our
death. Where we come from and where
we are going remains a mystery from our point
of view. Diving into the wisdom of our transmission, we will
turn to the threshold of life and explore the big themes of
living and dying. May these experiences serve a more
conscious dealing with death and dying in our society. We
will be drawing from the richness of our transmission with dances,
Walks, meditation, Soulwork. Based on "The Soul Whence and
Wither" and other writings from the spiritual wisdom of this earth.
Director: Murshid Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz
Assistant Directors: Murshida Sophia and Murshid
Manager: Edmund Aziz Dixon
Organisational Director: Qadima Sabine Brandt
English-speaking contact for more information
about our Summer School: Email
Registration: Qadima Sabine Brandt, Tel.
49-(0)30-470 36 783. Email:
Proitzer Mühle in North Germany, in the hills of
the nature reserve park of the Elbe river, surrounded by forests,
meadows and lakes. Proitzer Mühle is an old watermill, whose history
goes back to the 14th century. The buildings are on 10 hectares of
grounds and have been remodeled to a high standard, with a large,
wooden sprung-floor with space for 200 people to dance.
Full transport details will be sent upon registration, and there
will be help and guidance for non-German speakers.
Registration information here.