Love in a Tavern of Ruins
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General Summer School
information and previous years' class details
This year’s summer school will explore "Big Love" in its many
different faces—through teaching, poetry, story, song, meditation,
introspection, Soulwork and, of course, zikr, walking meditation and
Dances of Universal Peace.
We aim to go beyond the stereotypes of love and venture into its
wild spaces and unanswered questions. These questions confront us
every day in a world where many things we thought
certain—institutions, culture, even our environment—seem to be
crumbling around us. In the words of the classical Sufi poets, we
are living in a veritable “tavern of ruins.”
To each of you I offer these words of counsel: Deepen your
compassion. Love the wounded places in you that need healing. Open
yourself to the grace of illumination. Give freely of your joy.
Share your neighbor's burden. Through all these avenues, discover
your soul.- Murshid Moineddin
Life constantly asks us the same question: how do we connect the
seen and unseen sides of life? From the moment we are born, what and
why dominate our existence. While we may think of our lives in
generalities, in big pictures, we live them in details. The unifying
answer to all of the questions is love. Big love. Meaning not only
romantic loves and friendships, but also how we deal honestly with
teachers, students, family members, neighbours, acquaintances,
enemies and, most importantly, ourselves.
The Prophet Muhammad once said, “the inner path is all about how we
conduct ourselves in life” (“the din is all adab”). This is why the
larger questions of love feature so importantly in Sufi stories and
poetry, as well as in the transmission of our lineage
teachers—Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, Murshid Moineddin
Jablonski, Ruth St Denis, Murshida Vera Corda, Frida Waterhouse and
Raden Ayou Jodjana.
Respect is more difficult to learn
than love. Description is a window; example is an open door.
- Murshid Moineddin
Many of the classes take their inspiration from the life, work and
words of Pir Moineddin, a human being and guide who shared honestly
with us about the modern challenges of love, both of self and
We have some changes to our format this year: The second afternoon
class session will feature four shorter 3-day offerings, allowing
one to dip into some of our deepest lineage practices. We will again
share a day of silent retreat, with the morning session team-led,
alternating sacred movement and silent meditation.
As before, our annual Summer School offers classes for both
beginners as well as experienced students on the Sufi path. We aim
to nurture a community with seekers from across Europe and the rest
of the world. Join us!
With: Murshid Tansen, Murshida Sophia, Murshida Baraka, Murshid
Saadi, Khalif Jelaluddin, Sheikha Alima, Sheikha Rahmana, Sheikha
Rafia, Sheikha Nurah, Sheikha Zubin Nur and Sheikha Natalia.
The annual international summer school of the European Ruhaniat is
dedicated to the service of peace, for the benefit of all living
beings. Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (1896–1971) was a mystic schooled in
Zen, Sufism, and Christian mysticism, recognized as a teacher in all
three 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.
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 are invigorating and uplifting. Here you can
find depth in the practices and guidance as well as the company of
fellow travelers who welcome you with open hearts and arms. We look
forward to sharing with you.
Murshid Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz, Director.
Classes offered in 2020
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Scotland):
Love in the Tavern of Ruins
The greatest love story never told is your own. “Nothing exists
except the fire of passion.” Practice, story, group Soulwork, Dance,
The Path is in the Process.
Annual class for Sufi guides and those in training. Attendance by
permission. Lineage teachings, practices and sharing from Hazrat
Inayat Khan, Murshid SAM, Murshid Moineddin and their teachers from
Murshida Baraka von Kügelgen (Germany):
Healing Class: Step by step toward Healing and the One
What footprints do we leave on Mother Earth? It can no longer be
overlooked that she is calling us for help. With the Spiritual
Walks, this precious tool of Murshid SAM, we sense and explore their
healing effect for the benefit of the earth and ourselves, for our
fellow human beings and for the whole of nature. Healing practices
and the Healing Ritual will also help us on our path.
Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen (Germany):
Unfoldment of the soul – overcoming limitations with Love
The path through the ruins frees us from outdated attachments. Our
"old" life stands "on the head"; insecurity helps the unexpected to
occur, for development and ripening. Our holding on is replaced by
an adventurous spirit: clear, courageous, fearless, determined, full
of faith in all-embracing Love. Inspired by the writings of Murshid
Moineddin. Sufi-Soulwork, Zikr, breathing and walking meditations,
Murshid Tansen Philip O’Donohoe (England)
Cultivating the Inner Ease of the Heart Sphere
Hazrat Inayat Khan in "Moral Culture" outlines three stages of
moral development: Reciprocity, Beneficence and Renunciation. From
awareness of differences between us, we learn to see chords of
connection and as distinctions fade away we realise there is but One
Life, One Being. Murshid SAM in his commentary shares a several
practices to help us in this journey will be explored along with fana,
fikr, zikr and dances.
Sheikha Alima Stoeckel (Germany):
Tests on the Path of Love
"When love beckons to you, follow it, though its ways are hard
and steep. And when it speaks to you believe in it, though its
voice may shatter your dreams."
With meditation, Soulwork, dances, silence and sharing we will dive
into Khalil Gibran's writing “On Love,” supported by sympathetic
texts from Murshid Moineddin Jablonski in The Gift of Life and
Illuminating the Shadow.
Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm (Germany):
The adventure of relationship - in challenging times
What do we need for happy relationships, and what can we give
of ourselves for them? Does the egocentricity of our time make
us too narrow to enter into relationships in love,
harmony and beauty? What do we fear and what do we hope for? We
will explore these opposites to understand and expand
ourselves. And we will be inspired by Samuel Lewis’
"Perfection of the Heart" and Hazrat Inayat Khan's "Intimate
Sheikha Natalia Lapteva (Scotland):
"Love the Wounded Places in You" - Moineddin
If we want to become channels of love for our complex world, we
need to also develop compassion towards whatever flaws we encounter
within, so that we are not projecting our inner war outside. Yet we
often miss the chance to treat ourselves with kindness. We will
explore practices that can be particularly helpful with this task.
This class includes walking and sitting meditation, wazifa work,
contemplation, and zikr.
Sheikha Zubin Nur (Netherlands):
Finding our way, inside and out
Using Pir Moineddin’s book Illuminating the Shadow, let’s
deepen our understanding of ourselves. Using Soulwork, Dances and
Spiritual Walks we will look at ways to nourish and heal ourselves.
We will deepen our knowledge and experience of spiritual practice –
mantra, wazaif, silence, the poetry of Sufi mystics and so make
space for healing, creativity and transformation in ourselves and in
Sheikha Nurah Majid Jäger (Germany):
Healing the Heart from the Depths of the Soul
Ecstasy or ruin? What keeps us from drinking the cup of love. Is it
doubt, is it the flood of our thoughts? Is it experience of loss or
misfortune? They invite us to broaden our hearts and become more
compassionate "When love’s torch lights our way love, it shows us
what fairness, the honor of our word, and the charity of our heart
means." (H. I. Khan). Zikr, body prayers, dances, poetry and silence
help us to experience love in its entirety.
Sheikha Rafia Sieglen (Germany):
Only love can change the world - Moineddin
Listening into our hearts… Murshid Samuel Lewis has given us the
wonderful poem "Song of Compassion", (Karuna Yoga Gita) a guiding
thread with practices for an progressive heart-meditation – a
practice to discover and cultivate the love in us. This process is
supported through dances, work with wazifas, stillness and
Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany (Germany):
In the Garden with the Drunken Poets
Nightingales, rosegardens, treasure chambers - the sufi poets of
the centuries express their God-search and drunkeness through
intense powerful images. Clear and without compromise they show us a
path of God realization through ecstasy. We meet Rumi, Hafiz,
Khabir, Yunus Emre, Rabia, her unveiled sisters and Noor-un-Nisa.
Body prayers, wazifas, dance, tassawuri walks, silence open the
inner dialogue, our meeting point with them as mirrors on our own
journey with God.
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.
The European Ruhaniat International Summer School is legally and
financially independent of any other corporation or organization.