Easter seminar 2023

Cosmic Celebration

Prayer, Music and Contemplation w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Townhall Gersfeld (Rhön), Germany, Schloßplatz 9 and Online via Zoom
Thursday 6th to Monday 10th of April 2023

Between the years 1973 and 1983, Pir Vilayat conceived and set into motion an interreligious mystical pageant he called the Cosmic Celebration. Forty years have since passed, and the seeds of the Cosmic Celebration are quietly flowering in our time.

In this spring retreat, we will return to the music and sacred vision of the Cosmic Celebration, approaching the pageant this time as an interior experience of illumination. Through contemplation, meditation, prayer, and music we will make our way through the successive transformative stations of the immanence of the glory of the One, the renewal of faith, the descent of the Holy Spirit, Divine aid, communion with life’s essence, and the promise of the heart’s resurrection. Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Programme (Time CET)

Thursday, 6th of April

8.15 am: Townhall open for registration
9.30 – 11.15 am: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
11.30 – 12.30 pm: Inayatiyya activities (no Zoom broadcast)
lunchbreak
13.45 – 14.30 pm: Choir with Ophiel
14.45 – 16.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
17.00 – 18.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
20.00 pm: General meeting of Inayatiyya Deutschland e.V. (parallel: Sufi music with Mehmet Ungan)

Friday, 7th of April (day of silence)

7.00 – 8.00 am: Morning meditation with Zumurrud Butta
9.30 – 11.15 am: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
11.30 – 12.30 pm: Inayatiyya activities (no Zoom broadcast)
lunchbreak
13.45 – 14.30 pm: Choir with Ophiel
14.45 – 16.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
17.00 – 18.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
20.00 pm: Concert

Saturday, 8th of April (day of silence)

7.00 – 8.00 am: Morning meditation with Zumurrud Butta
9.30 – 11.15 am: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
11.30 – 12.30 pm: Inayatiyya activities (no Zoom broadcast)
lunchbreak
13.45 – 14.30 pm: Choir with Ophiel
14.45 – 16.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
17.00 – 18.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
20.00 pm: Zikr evening

Easter Sunday, 9th of April

7.00 – 8.00 am: Morning meditation with Zumurrud Butta
9.30 – 11.15 am: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
11.30 – 12.30 pm: Inayatiyya activities (no Zoom broadcast)
lunchbreak
13.45 – 14.30 pm: Choir with Ophiel
14.45 – 16.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
17.00 – 18.30 pm: Pir Zia Inayat Khan
break
20.00 pm: Dances of Universal Peace

Easter Monday, 10th of April

7.00 – 8.00 am: Morning meditation with Zumurrud Butta
10.00 – 12.30 pm: Universal Worship (open to public, guests are very welcome)

Sign up

The Easter seminar takes place in the Townhall Gersfeld (in-person) – alternatively we will also make the full retreat available via Zoom (live) and video posted each day (available 30 minutes after the live-session). You may attend in real-time or any time you’d like by watching the video.

Hints:

IN-PERSON: By registering to participate in Gersfeld, you agree to comply with the current local corona rules of the state of Hessen (see below under ‘Corona regulations’).
ONLINE: The Zoom link to the seminar will be sent to the email address given in the transfer.

Payment options:

1. Transfer of the seminar fee to the account of Inayatiyya Deutschland e. V.: GLS Bank Bochum,
IBAN DE61 4306 0967 8204 4188 00 / BIC GENODEM1GLS
Please state your full name, your e-mail address and the comment Easter 2023-online or Easter 2023-in-person on the transfer.

2. Alternatively, you can make your transfer here via Paypal .
In the ‘Add message’ field, please enter your full name, your e-mail address und the comment Easter 2023-online or Easter 2023-in-person.

Seminar Fee

Regular Price: 275,- €
Reduction according to self-assessment up to 120,- € (minimum amount). A further reduction (e.g. by working with the staff during the seminar) is possible on request.

Accommodation

Please contact Tourist Information in Gersfeld. Phone: +49 6654 – 1780
Online booking via www.gersfeld.de (Button „Unterkunftsuche aktivieren“) or contact seminare@inayatiyya.de Phone: +49 5506 999 11 69

Youth hostel

Low price accommodation is available in the Youth hostel of Gersfeld.

Prices:
Overnight stay with breakfast: 30,10€
Half board: 35,80 €
Full board: 40,00 €

There is the possibility of a subsidy of 15,- € / night for people with low income.
Lunch and dinner (also vegetarian, gluten-free etc. possible) have to be booked in advance.
Registrations for the youth hostel are only possible via seminare@inayatiyya.de.

Corona / Covid restrictions

Please check actual restrictions. With your registration you accept the actual regulation within the seminar.

For further information or any support please contact:
seminare@inayatiyya.de Phone: +49 5506 999 11 69

Biography

Pir Zia 2022 swPir 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.

Zumurrud Butta serves as Vice President of the Inner School of the Inayatiyya in Europe and leads the Inner School in Germany. She offers individual and group retreats and retreat guide training, has taught at Suluk Academy in North America and Europe and is serving on the Suluk Global Committee. Zumurrud teaches courses on Sufi mysticism in Europe and online, with a focus on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Ibn ´Arabi and the female transmission of mysticism.

Mehmet Ungan is a sociologist, musician, lecturer and chairman of the board of the Oriental Music Academy in Mannheim, Germany. As a lecturer at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Mehmet Ungan teaches Islamic-mystical music. At the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, he teaches transcultural music in social work. With his Sufi music group Hosh Neva he gives guest performances at intercultural and interreligious events all over Europe. He owes his virtuosity on his instruments Ud and Ney to his two teachers Necati Çelik and Ömer Erdogdular (pupil of the legendary Ney master Niyazi Sayin). Mehmet Ungan studied with Oruç Güvenç and for decades has dedicated his life to healing through sound.

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.

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