The Call of the Infinite
The Call of the Infinite
Foundations of Inayatiyya Sufism
Week 3C, August 7th – 13th, 2022
Let us shake off the facades and return to the infinite. Conditioning is a fact of life, but we don’t have to let it be the whole story.
There’s no denying our longing for depth, meaning, and beauty. Our desire is evident in the books we read, the podcasts we listen to, the spaces and places our hearts beg us to explore.
Maybe it was a line of poetry, or an article, a book, or an online meditation, but something sparked an interest in Sufism and Hazrat Inayat Khan. Whatever it was that touched our hearts, we wanted to learn more. Something spoke to us and awakened an interest. We never know why or how the call comes, but when we feel it, we can’t ignore it. The Call might be a whisper in our hearts or a klaxon in our minds, either way, it pulls us forward toward a mystery.
At some point, we have to take action, and at the very least explore the call.
Spiritual paths speak to us. The path of Inayatiyya Sufism often speaks to those who value both tradition and spiritual liberty, to those who value an honoring of the ways of the heart and mind, to those who are called to stretch toward the infinite while reveling in the immediacy of the now.
This 5-day retreat will be a transformational exploration of the foundations of Inayatiyya Sufism. Sufism is an ancient tradition that comes in many forms. The Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan places a focus on spiritual liberty, the honoring of all traditions and beings, and the primacy of awakening consciousness to ever broader experiences of life’s mystery.
Deepa Gulrukh Patel
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.
Jacob Ellenberg has been a student of Sufism for 20 years. He has 15 years’ experience in founding start-ups and working with them and Fortune 250 companies in the fields of organizational strategy, video production, marketing, and storytelling. Jacob holds a BA from New York University in Mysticism and Organizational Behaviour