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Spring 2012 Newsletter

The SOI Toronto Notices Spring 2012 Quarterly Newsletter was distributed by email on April 3, 2012.

SOI Toronto Centres - Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2012

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The quarterly Newsletter provides a detailed list of events for the next three months, compiled from those posted at the SOI Toronto Centres website. In addition, you can see these events displayed on our online calendar. All events are open to everyone unless the description specifically states otherwise. For more details about these events, visit the page for the event on our website or contact the event's organizer or leader.

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Special Events in Toronto and the GTA
Special Events Outside the GTA
Ongoing Events

• Special Events in Toronto and the GTA


Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 8:00pm
Hafiz's home (please contact him for details)

reaping the harvestZira'at was the last of the five concentrations inspired and created by Hazrat Inayat Khan. It utilizes a ceremony based on the symbology of farming, to represent the unity between the inner work of spiritual realization and stewardship and reverence for life. Its teachings pertain to the purification and training of the mind, the balance of the two aspects of breath, jelal (masculine) and jemal (feminine) and the honoring of the elements.

• Special Events Outside the GTA


Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 12:30pm
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Registrar at 518-794-8095 or programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net

photo of Yaqin Aubert"There is a courageous dying, it is called effacement. That holy death unfolds our spirit's wings and allows us to embrace God even as we stand on the earth."

During this time of inner journey, we will explore the training and effacement of the small self (the ego) through spiritual practices with breath, sacred sound, light, silence, story telling and laughter, so that we may be reborn into our true nature.

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:00am - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 12:00am
Light on the Hill, Van Etten, NY (near Ithaca)
Alice McDowell at 607-589-4419 or lighthill [at] clarityconnect [dot] com

Aziza Scott photoThis silent spring retreat will include various spiritual practices using Light, Sound, and Music.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 9:30am - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 2:00pm
Subud Hall, 357 Wilmont Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Wajid Gallien photo"True knowing comes from the emptiness of receptivity at the center of our being, exemplified in Sufism by the heart." Wajid Gallien will be leading a weekend workshop retreat in Ottawa on April 21-22, 2012. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 6:00pm - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 1:00pm
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs at programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net or 518-794-7834 x11

event iconMembers of all branches of the Hazrati family are invited to gather at this annual retreat. With talks, meditation, small groups and Dances of Universal Peace, we will focus on a central issue we all share—the Sufi Message—as it relates to the wider society in our time.

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00pm - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:30pm
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs Office at 518-794-8095 or programsoffice@theabo

photo of Himayat InayatiWhat do the great Sufi mystics of the 12th century have to teach us about the environmental crisis of our times? How do their brilliant insights complement the novel contemporary ideas of deep ecology and Father Thomas Berry’s theological cosmology? Himayat Inayati, a senior Sufi Order teacher, will weave these two strands together through discourse and practice, in pursuit of a sacred ecology, a way to address one of the most urgent needs of our time.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 12:00am - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs 518-794-8090 ext 114 (programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net)

There are two events associated with the 2012 SOI-NA Summer Gathering. You can attend either one or both!

Sacred Arts Mountain Retreat: Expressing the Mystic Heart
June 29th, 6 pm – July 3rd, after lunch

sacred arts iconJoin Yuval Ron, Zuleikha and friends to explore and practice the Sacred Expressive Arts. Enter the perfumed sanctuary of the mystic heart, express its fragrance through music, movement, story, dance, song, and poetry, No expertise or experience necessary—only the longing for beauty.

Special workshops and Concert Saturday June 30th with Yuval Ron Ensemble and Storydancer Zuleikha.

For more information as the date approaches, the event's webpage is here.

A Leader's Training option runs concurrently with the Sacred Arts Mountain Retreat, open only to SOI leaders.

The Soul’s Journey: Retreat with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Aziza Scott (A Silent Retreat)
July 3rd, 6 pm – July 7th, after lunch

Pir Zia photoThe goal of the journeyer is the Beloved—The goal of the Beloved is the journey.

The world is a caravanserai, and we are only passing through. But we have come here on important business; indeed, our commission comes from the Eternal. We are asked to be the sensory organs of the love that created the Universe. In this retreat, through contemplation, meditation, prayer, and remembrance, we will cultivate awareness of the unfolding purpose that links the life we knew before birth, the life we live today, and the life that lies beyond.

The event's webpage is here.

• Ongoing Events

Thursdays, April 5, May 3, June 7, 2012- 7:30pm
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto
Fred Habib Maycock 416-627-9666

winged heartThe Way of the Heart explores the universal Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan through chant, meditation, sacred readings and movement. Each evening we’ll immerse ourselves in several of these spiritual practices, which for centuries have been used to achieve personal transformation and Divine enlightenment.


Tuesdays, April 3, May 1, June 5, 2012- 7:30pm
Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Ave, Toronto
Qahira Jo Oppenheimer (qahira [at] peacedances [dot] org)

DUP logoThe Dances of Universal Peace are a participatory, group form of "meditation in motion" that honours the sacred traditions of the world. Dances of Universal Peace are held the first Tuesday of every month (with some exceptions). The Dances begin at 7:30 pm, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Avenue, one block north of Gerrard and one block east of Broadview.


Thursdays, April 12, May 10, June 14, 2012- 7:30pm
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto
Fred Habib Maycock 416-627-9666

dance circleHabib leads a monthly Dance Circle on the second Thursday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation. For more information about the Dances of Universal Peace you can visit their North American website.


The monthly Sufi Healing Circle is on hiatus for the next few months. Please visit the event's webpage for updated information.


Tuesdays, April 17, May 15, June 19, 2012- 7:30pm
Bathurst/St. Clair area of Toronto (please contact Amina for details)
Janet Amina Berketa (amina [at] soitoronto [dot] org)

candlesThe Universal Worship is a devotional service which celebrates the light of all the great world religions, pays respect to all the great ones who have come from time to time to serve humanity, and gathers all the scriptures on the same altar so that the light given in all the different forms should be known by everyone. The Universal Worship does not belong to any particular religion, but rather belongs to all religions. It embraces them all and sees them as different expressions of the one religion of God.


Thursdays, April 26, May 31, June 28, 2012- 8:00pm
Toronto/Scarborough (please contact Bassam for details)
Bassam (bassam [at] soitoronto [dot] org)

allahAn evening of Sufi Practices, Meditation, Zikr and Tea. Deepening spiritual practice is essential to travelers of the journey; Practicing and experiencing meditation, Zikr and wazifa (also know as Mantras) under an experienced practitioner and in a group of other experienced spiritual practitioners helps one to unfurl one’s own potentialities.