A Residential Weekend Retreat with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz
Thursday April 13 – Sunday April 16, 2017
Bishop’s Ranch Retreat Center, Healdsburg, CA 95448
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During this retreat, we will use teachings and practices suggested by the words of Jesus in his native Aramaic language to deepen in our own sense of rebirth and healing. This rebirth can occur when we re-connect with the timeless, always-on part of our nature that Jesus called in Aramaic ruha. In his famous conversation with Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, Yeshua recommends feeling breath, non-grasping flow and life energy as keys to this rebirth. These will be our main themes as we alternate moving meditation, in the form of Dances of Universal Peace, with sitting in silence to absorb the wordless teaching further into our hearts.
Opening to the divine in this way, we can allow ourselves to become channels for blessing and healing, both for ourselves and others. Throughout the weekend, we will explore the spirituality of Yeshua, the Middle Eastern prophet, through a mixture of teaching, silent meditation, walking meditation, chant and sacred movement. One of the main threads will be selections from the blessing sayings (“Beatitudes”) in Aramaic as well as sayings in the Gospel of John, which we will meditate with, chant, and use in Dances of Universal Peace. In addition, Neil will draw teachings and spiritual practice from his later work on Yeshua’s teachings, as found in Blessings of the Cosmos and I Am: The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus. He will also share some of his recent unpublished work-in-progress on the Jesus traditions in early Christianity and Islam.
Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning in Scotland and co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. He is past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and has authored many books on Middle Eastern spirituality and peace, including Prayers of the Cosmos, Desert Wisdom, The Hidden Gospel, The Genesis Meditations, The Sufi Book of Life, and The Tent of Abraham. He was named the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year in 2005. For more information about his work internationally, visit www.abwoon.org.