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Autumn 2012 Newsletter

The SOI Toronto Notices Autumn 2012 Quarterly Newsletter was distributed by email on September, 2012.

SOI Toronto Centres - Quarterly Newsletter - Autumn 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


Thursday, September 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.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 6:30pm
please contact Hafiz

book imageEach September, the Centre holds an Introductory Meeting involving all study circle participants and those considering joining the program. The meeting is intended to assist in the organizing the Study Circles for the coming year and provide a sample of how the Circles operate. This year’s meeting will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. and will include a pot-luck dinner.  More below...

• Special Events Outside the GTA


Friday, August 31, 2012 - 6:00pm - Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:30pm
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs Office at 518-794-8095 or programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net

mystic path photoSpend Labor Day week-end on the mountain with two master teachers, Gayan Macher and Wali Ali Meyer, as they guide us along the path of the mystic. Calling on teachings of the Sufi Message through sacred music and movement, contemplation, wazifah practices and interactive exercises, we will explore ways to develop a life lived in the flow of Divine Guidance.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:30am - Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 3:00pm
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs Office at 518-794-8095 or programsoffice@theabo

An Emerald Earth (book cover)In this annual weekend retreat, in the beauty of the Berkshire mountains in autumn, we will share in deep practices for cultivating the natural self, exploring the alchemy of the soul’s journey, and orienting more clearly to our unfolding purpose. We will draw upon sacred wisdom teachings and the profound Ziraat teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 12:00am - Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Ottawa, Ontario (more details forthcoming)

Chartres stained glassWe are delighted to report that Aziza Scott and Wajid Gallien will be jointly leading a weekend retreat in Ottawa on November 3-4, 2012. Those who were fortunate to be at their 2008 shared weekend will tell you how special it is to have these two experienced teachers and their complementary styles lead us together. A rare opportunity! We'll have more about this event as the date approaches.

• Ongoing Events

Thursdays, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, 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, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, 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.


Tuesdays, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, 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, Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, 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.