Embodying The Music Of Life
Week 4A, August 14th – 20th, 2022
“When we pay attention to nature’s music we find that everything on the earth contributes to its harmony. The trees joyously wave their branches in rhythm with the wind; the sound of the sea, the murmuring of the breeze, the whistling of the wind through the rocks, hills and mountains, the flash of the lightning, and the crash of the thunder, the harmony of the sun and moon, the movements of the stars and planets, the blooming of the flower, the fading of the leaf, the regular alternation of morning, evening, noon and night – all reveal to the seer the music of nature.” – Mysticism of Sound
At the heart of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings one finds the transformative creativity of nature and music to change our world. Zuleikha, Ophiel, and Hu Dost are students and teachers of the mysticism of sound and music. During the day we will steep ourselves in the music of silence through periods of meditation, musical and sound practices (including raga), work with our bodies as instruments and make music together. Zikr, Kirtan and live music 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.
HuDost is quite folk/postmodern; the band offers new takes on ancient words and melodies, cross-cultural hybrid transcendental music with an edge.… This is not fluffy new-age music—it’s serious, complex fare. Sommer’s vocal execution is precisely orchestrated, her voice-opening, hollow-toned vortexes piercing through the tough spots.” – Chronogram Magazine
HuDost’s music is a powerful expression of life’s journey and discovery. Electric-Folk, World-Rock ensemble, HuDost, has a new album that will be released November 19th. HuDost’s last album ‘of Water + Mercy’ received rave reviews and as an independent release reached #24 in the BILLBOARD SALES CHARTS for Folk/Americana also winning The Independent Music Award for Social Action Song. In the last year they also received two of the ‘Best of Nashville 2020’ awards. They have been fortunate to have incredible performance opportunities throughout the years and have toured internationally since 2006 collaborating with wild, astonishing, and respected artists, musicians, dancers, and activists. HuDost are committed advocates/activists for ONE (non-profit organization).
Ophiel Maarten van Leer
Ophiel Maarten van Leer is a conductor, singer and music teacher with many years of experience in the fields of music and meditation. He is the Vice-President for Europe for the new Inayatiyya Music Activity. He comes from a musical family; His mother introduced him to the Sufi message. At 17, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan became his inspiring teacher. He studied conducting and school music-teaching in Utrecht. For many years he has led seminars in ensemble singing, musical improvisation and meditation. He teaches music at a Rudolf Steiner School and directs various choirs in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt, Germany.
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. zuleikha.com