Becoming Music: Finding the True Soul of Music through melody, rhythm, and motion

Becoming Music: Finding the True Soul of Music through melody, rhythm, and motion

A Music Week with Zuleikha, Srinivas Reddy & Sinan Arat
Week 4A, August 13th – 19th, 2023

“Every sacred scripture, holy picture or spoken word, produces the impression of its identity upon the mirror of the soul; but music stands before the soul without producing any impression of this objective world, in either name or form, thus preparing the soul to realize the Infinite.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word

Zuleikha, Srinivas and Sinan are are longtime students themselves, and teachers of the mysticism of sound , music and movement. 

During this week we will work with our bodies, our souls and instruments to realize the infinite. The daily programme will involve time together as a whole group, working with melody, meditation, movement.Then there will a times that we divide into groups to focus specifically on movement and sound with Zuleikha, ragas and poetry with Srinivas and learning about breath and rhythm through the Ney, with Sinan.

Zikr, Kirtan, live music and performance will form our evening programme.

This retreat is for everyone, who has a relationship to music, professional or not, and who wants to deepen that relationship especially as a way of answering the earth’s call for what is needed in our time.


Trained in music, movement and mysticism by Master teachers of eastern and western lineages, international Storydancer and educator, Zuleikha, is an ambassador for Unity in artistic and spiritual expression. As a Storydancer and performer, Zuleikha has been described as “a singular figure on the horizon of sacred theater and dance” (Edinburgh Guide). She is renowned for her collaborations in the Rumi Concert with the celebrated poet and translator of Rumi’s poetry, Coleman Barks, and with award-winning world musicians. Zuleikha loves Zikr. She is a conductor of this practice, leading groups of people through active Oneness meditation that often combines silence, sitting, melody and motion.

Srinivas Reddy is a scholar, translator and musician. He studied classical South Asian languages and literatures at UC Berkeley and currently teaches at Brown University and IIT Gandhinagar. Srinivas is also a concert sitarist who trained in the traditional guru-shishya parampara in the lineage of late maestro Pandit Nilkhil Banerjee. He spends his time performing, teaching and conducting research around the world.  His latest book is Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara (2020).

Sinan Arat is a ney (reedflute) player and singer. He was born in Erzincan (Turkey) and studied ney at the Classical Ottoman music conservatory in Izmir. He got his master degree at Codarts Rotterdam lead by the legendary bansuri master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and ney master Kudsi Erguner. Since his meeting with the most mystical flute ney, he has been reflecting his sound through various approaches that are coming from his regional Anatolian folk music, Ottoman and Indian Classical Music as well as fusions and experimental forms. He believes that music is an invisible bridge of a breath, where we all are linked and somehow creating a view of life and love in a genuine dimension. Its a bridge through a stone to human, through the hearth to cosmos, through silence to the big bang, through multitude to the oneness.

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Aug 06 - 12 2023


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Zenith Camp
Zona Campra 1, 6718 Olivone