Alchemical Retreats, lead by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
Please contact me if you are interested in having me guide a group retreat or lead a workshop.
When the lips are closed,
then the heart begins to speak;
when the heart is silent,
then the soul blazes up,
bursting into flame,
and this illuminates the whole of life
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Sufis know a process of turning away from the acculturated life and towards the ground of being, a vantage point from which meet the part of ourselves that is knowing. Because our acculturated life is not in the rhythm of the soul, retreat combines contemplation, meditation and silence as tools to point to something living within us. The Sufi's say that the heart is the depth of the mind, deeper still is the soul. The only true book that need no liaison is nature. To experience these aspects of ourselves we must make a shift from our ordinary interest, view, pace, and priorities and go within. The reward is understanding, the discovery of inner wisdom and peace.
Sufism is a universal point of view. It can be used to bring depth to any religious practice. Each participant is invited to bring the language, forms and practices of their own tradition or religion into the retreat process.