"the way of peace through the breath"

Proitzer Mühle
Proitzer Mühle

SUMMER SCHOOL 2014: June 28-July 5

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2014 Schedule
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Inner Peace: Source and Fuel for All Our Life-Potentials

  • 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 Proitzer Mühle.
  • Joyous community with seekers from a dozen countries and languages - eating, dancing and praying together.

Our main focus this year is to offer ways to cultivate the state of inner peace while developing the ability to engage fully in life and to steadily fulfill our life purpose. The more peaceful we can become the more effective and the more successful we will ultimately be. Murshid Samuel Lewis, while in Pakistan, regularly visited the tomb of Saint Mian Mir who gave him the instruction: In peace there is power. By attunement to the "All-Embracing Living Silence" we can activate and have access to all of our potentialities and all attainments because this place of Universal Peace is their source and all things proceed from there.

To foster this awareness we will draw from the teachings of our Sufi lineage sharing a wide variety of classes including meditation, soulwork, spiritual dance, self-protection practices, healing, the development of insight, the path of attainment, music, sufi zikr, wazifa, and tassawuri.

We are delighted this year to welcome once again as featured teacher Pir Shabda Kahn, the Spiritual Director of the Sufi Ruhaniat International who will be joined by Sheikha Tamam Kahn who will present some of her new research and poems on Fatima, daughter of Prophet Muhammad. The main Ruhaniat Sufi guides and initiators in Europe will be offering daily classes. This year we have Murshid Saadi, Murshida Sophia, Murshida Baraka, Khalif Jelaluddin, Khalif Wali, Sheikha Arienne, Sheikha Alima, Sheikha Rahmana and Murshid Tansen (Director).

Pir Shabda with picture of the proposed Darga for Murshid Sam's maqbara

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 honor equally all the different spiritual traditions of the world.

Circle of dancers

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 travelers with open hearts and arms ready to embrace you.

Join us. We look forward to sharing with you!

Murshid Tansen Philip O'Donohoe, Director

Classes offered in 2014

Pir Shabda Kahn

Featured Teacher: Pir Shabda Kahn (USA)

Life as the Teacher: Integrating Spiritual Liberty with the Impermanence of Everyday Life

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan : " ….the soul is an undivided portion of the all-pervading consciousness. It is undivided because it is the Absolute Being; it is completely filled with the whole Existence. The portion of it that is reflected by a certain name or form, becomes comparatively more conscious of the object reflected in it." So we live in the paradox of essentially being the whole Uni-verse and feeling limited in our apparent sense of an impermanent separate self. Transforming our limiting notion of being a separate self into the direct experience of the All in All is the heart of the spiritual path. As we awaken to this wholesome reality our ability to serve becomes more and more profound!

Murshid Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz

Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Scotland):

Walking Our Path with Strength and Peace.

(based on papers of Murshid Samuel Lewis)

Life, being ever changeable, presents us with many causes for anxiety and uncertainty. At times we may feel we need protection from others, at times from ourselves. For Murshid Samuel Lewis, peace was not passivity but active contact with the source of love, life energy and strength. How we manage these three in life determines our state of health. This class is based on Murshid Samuel Lewis’ papers on 'self-protection,' on practices from the lineage of Abdul Qadir Jilani, on teachings from the Dervish Healing Order and on wasifas selected from the 'beautiful names' in the Qur'an. We will share much in the form walking meditation, so we can carry any realizations gained into everyday life. Zikr, body prayer, sitting meditation and Dances of Universal Peace will also be included.

Pir Shabda Kahn and Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti
Class for Sufi initiators (by invitation only)

This class focuses on themes and practices for Sufi guides and initiators, including wasifa, advanced breath practice, tassawuri and attunement, fana-fi-sheikh and working with students. Lessons are drawn from the papers of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, Murshid Moineddin Jablonski and others in our lineage in response to the needs of the group.

Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen

Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen (Germany):


Sufi-Zikr - The Central Practice of Remembering.

Exploring our holy relationship with the Divine source - inside and outside. Murshid SAM: Zikr is life itself. It expresses growth, feeling, thoughts, energy; life is pulsing, vibrating, magnetic and mobile. All qualities in a personality may be perfected through Zikr; the lions and tigers in us will be tamed. To come into peace with yourself, perfect your peace with God, with HU. Feel God in heart, breath and voice through dances, walking-concentrations, meditation, the experience of various Zikr-forms, stillness.

Murshid Tansen Philip O’Donohoe

Murshid Tansen Philip O’Donohoe (England)

Kashf: Insight - Seeing with the Ears and Hearing with the Eyes.

Kashf is direct and immediate. It has the sense of opening or unveiling so that by removing inner confusion and darkness we build our capacity for intuition, inner knowing, clarity and understanding in all aspects of life. Based on the paper Kashf: Insight by Hazrat Inayat Kahn - with commentary by Murshid Samuel Lewis, we will explore practices of heart, breath and glance to uncover that place of peace and power within.

Insight is the direct and immediate appreciation of a situation. As we develop in and with insight, we see into life. When we see into life with direct heart-vision we find the love and the harmony and the beauty. We find these qualities in ourselves and express them in ourselves. We find them in others and appreciate them in others. Even in the midst of worldly tragedies we are not down-hearted. Catastrophes do not upset us. And thus we become better able to help ourselves and the world.
Murshid Samuel L. Lewis

Murshida Baraka von Kügelgen

Murshida Baraka von Kügelgen (Germany):

Healing Class: Peace and Healing for Our Bodies, Hearts and Souls.

As mystics on the Sufi path we treat ourselves as patients who need to be healed, curing ourselves of our weaknesses. We long for life, for health and for peace. Peace is the nature of the soul, as Murshid SAM points out. In his Ryazat Papers we find precious teachings and interesting hints regarding the tools to deepen in to reach this goal – Nimaz, Wazifas, Zikr, Fikr, Kasab, Shagal. "By this the body becomes a fitting instrument for a fuller experience of life" (H.I. Khan). We will perform also the Healing Ritual.

Sheikha Alima Stoeckel

Sheikha Alima Stoeckel (Germany):


Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit.

We connect with the divine source by sensing the holy names within us, and by walking with the energies of the planets and in the atmosphere of the masters, saints and prophets. We draw from the richness of our transmission with dances, chanting, Soulwork, walking-concentrations and meditation. In connection with the greater life we can come to the source of our being and let our consciousness dissolve into the Divine consciousness, as Murshid SAM describes it. On this path true peace can become a reality in the midst of all polarities and challenges of life. Source of inspiration will be the "Book of Peace" by Murshid SAM, the prayer Khatum and the Prayer of Peace by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm

Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm (Germany):


Creating Peace in Relationships. Dealing with Conflicts. Loving People.

The nature of our relationships with other people depends on whether we live with conflicts or in peace in the world. Which attitudes can we develop to help us cope with difficult situations? Can we be peaceful and strong, respectful and loving? In "Moral Culture" Hazrat Inayat Khan offers us a varied range of opportunities – supplemented by Samuel Lewis’s passionate comments.

Khalif Wali & Sheikha Ariënne van der Zwan

Khalif Wali & Sheikha Ariënne van der Zwan (Germany)


The Path of Attainment:
A Gita paper by Inayat Khan
with commentary from Murshid Samuel Lewis

In the Path of Attainment, Inayat Khan describes how to become a master on your path to accomplishment. Whether the goal is material or spiritual, the first step is to feel and realize what your heart yearns for. The first and best tool to fulfill this yearning is concentration, focusing on your goal with all that’s in you.

You can see this focus with all successful people. Whether in sports, business or spirituality, focus brings success. At the same time, lack of focus or focus on the self (like low self-esteem) will block the road to fulfillment and success.

In this class, open for all, we’ll explain some of the mechanisms behind success and illustrate them with practices, drawn from this paper and SAM’s commentary, DUP, stories, dharma talk and Q&A.

Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany

Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany (Germany):


Pearls in the Ocean of My Soul

Hazrat Inayat Khan's Universal Worship Service, honors and unifies the world’s spiritual traditions. We will explore this ritual by direct experience, attuning to the streams of wisdom through dance, body-prayer, tassawuri walks, also sharing talks given by Inayat Khan to Cherags. We culminate in a co-created cosmic celebration of Universal Peace. This class is for cherags, cherag candidates and all drawn and inspired by attuning to the mystical paths of the world’s traditions through sacred ritual and celebration.

Director: Murshid Tansen Philip O'Donohoe
Assistant Director: Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen
Manager: Edmund Aziz Dixon
Organisational Director: Qadima Sabine Brandt

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.

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