Workshop with Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Cheikh Sufi & Deepa Gulrukh Patel
Week 1A, July 23rd – 29th, 2023
“It is what you practice that is important rather than what the teacher says. The teacher can give you protection. The teacher can say, ‘Yes, it is so, it is my experience also.'”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan
Practice is the substance of the spiritual path. More important than what we believe is what we do. When we walk toward the One, the One runs toward us.
How do we know which practices to take up? How is one to maintain a regular rhythm in practice? How do we keep our practices fresh and living, so they don’t become a mere chore? How do we know when we are ready for a new practice?
In this week of spiritual conversation and contemplation, we will explore the role of spiritual practice in our lives and renew and deepen our commitment to the ways of being that most deeply nourish our hearts and bring us closer to the Friend.
Pir Zia Inayat Khan carries the Sufi lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. His books include Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest, Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions, and Dream Flowers: The Collected Works of Noor Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is president of the Inayatiyya and founder of Suluk Academy. Now based in Richmond, Virginia, he and his family live both in the United States and France.
Deepa Gulrukh Patel is a campaigner and facilitator with a special interest in the arts, interdisciplinary collaboration, contemplation, diversity, and equality: working with organisations like the BBC, ActionAid and the Arts Council of England. Deepa has been a student of the inner life since her teens and is the director of Zenith Camp. She is also currently working with the Helen Storey Foundation on a variety of projects with Syrian refugees in Jordan at the Zaatari Refugee camp. Volunteering is important part of her life; in the UK she is Chair of Tamasha Theatre Company and The Loss Foundation, a charity that supports people bereaved by cancer. In the USA she is an advisor to the New Monastic Foundation.