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Winter 2012 Newsletter

The SOI Toronto Notices Winter 2012 Quarterly Newsletter was distributed by email on December 3, 2012.

SOI Toronto Centres - Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 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


Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 1:30pm
Institute of Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto, ON
Amina Janet Berketa, janetberketa [at] gmail [dot] com 416-782-6612

candle photoDear Friends: We invite you to attend our exciting 15th annual Festival of Lights service on Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the Institute of Traditional Medicine.

Friday, December 21, 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.

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 7:00pm
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto, ON
Habib at 416-627-9666, or Bassam at dec31 [at] thecenterforhealingarts [dot] com

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, a Sufi Order International centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

• Special Events Outside the GTA


Friday, December 28, 2012 - 12:00am - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:00am
Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs 518-794-8095 (programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net)

Aziza Scott photoPlease join us at the Abode, on December 30 for a three day New Year Retreat with Aziza Scott.


Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:00am - Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:00am
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
Abode Programs 518-794-8090 ext 114 (programsoffice [at] theabode [dot] net)

photo of MurshidPlease join us in February for four days of ecstatic music with Ustad Nizami (and perhaps his young son who is a fabulous tabla player), Yuval Ron, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Bisan Toron, and Abraham and Halima Sussman. These musicians (many of them known internationally) will be honoring Pir-o-Murshid’s memory by offering musical attunement, participatory sessions, dhikr and concerts.

• Ongoing Events

Thursdays, Dec 6, 2012, Jan 3, Feb 7, 2013 - 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, Dec 4, 2012, Jan 8, Feb 5, 2013 - 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.

NOTE: The January dance will be held one week later than usual due to New Year's Eve.

Tuesdays, Jan 15, Feb 19, 2013 - 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, Dec 27, 2012, Jan 31, Feb 28, 2013 - 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.