Healing Ourselves and Our Community: Harmonizing in Retreat
with Dr. Randy Weston, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Onaje Muid and Fatima Hafiz-Muid, PhD
September 22 - 24, 2017
The program begins with an Equinox gathering and moves into an evening dialogue about the mysticism of sound and music and the necessity of both in healing. Saturday is a day for healers of all kinds to share modalities, to offer special gifts and trainings to the group. In the evening, a public conversation and concert with Randy Weston and special guest, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, son of Abode Founder Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and grandson of Hazrat Inayat Khan, will interface (via teleconference), two mystics and the music of the soul. This concert has recently changed venues to the Berkshire Museum; limited shuttles will be available. We are thankful for the partnership of the Berkshire Museum in this endeavor!
Sunday will conclude with a Universal Worship celebration of musical magnitude, celebrating the African tradition of the program. Meals will also reflect the African-inspired traditions of Dr. Weston, the organizers, and the participants. Accommodations and bathrooms are shared; the Abode provides all linens.
Bring Your Own Musical Instruments!
In a world of diversity, music is the universal language that can speak to hearts across the distinctions and differences that divide us. Master Musician Dr. Randy Weston speaks the language of not only music but mysticism, influenced by Sufi mystic and musician, Inayat Khan. Hazrat Inayat Khan’s son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, founder of the Abode, was also a musician and Sufi teacher and so this retreat focuses on music, mysticism, and the healing that comes forth for serving all of humanity.
We invite everyone to join us for this heal the healers weekend retreat of sound, healing, and harmony! This retreat creates an opportunity to gather, heal, and share understandings of the issues facing themselves and the communities they serve, highlighting challenges for people of color and in areas of various diversity.
The organizers celebrate the Inayati Order public statement of diversity and join with them in recognizing the necessity of increasing awareness of and working to remove barriers that exist on individual, group, and societal levels, which have historically led to marginalization and exclusion. We recognize that cultural differences and practices must be considered as we proceed, and welcome insight and responses that contribute to an inclusive whole that will strengthen and enhance all of our work throughout the world.
This retreat allows voices to emerge and develop practical ways to serve in the interest of healing those communities who have been most marginalized and to support the Inayati Order’s efforts to cultivate the inclusion of diverse constituents and perspectives.
The Abode of the Message, also a host and partner of this program, seeks to not only create space for voices of diversity, but also to offer a platform for leadership and experimentation while diverse people explore their own spiritual development in the beauty of the Berkshires and beyond.
We commit to supporting the growth of understanding and awareness from the perspectives of all, so that we may know, understand, and serve the whole of humanity better, rising above distinctions and differences which divide us and offering harmony, understanding, inspiration, and healing to all who wish to receive it.
If you are interested in the concert with Dr. Randy Weston only, please go to www.theabode.org/randyweston
Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926, didn’t have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants that were to influence him. Though Weston cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington as his other piano heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest impact. “He was the most original I ever heard,” Weston remembers. “He played like they must have played in Egypt 5000 years ago.” Randy Weston’s first recording as a leader came in 1954 on Riverside Records Randy Weston plays Cole Porter – Cole Porter in a modern mood It…
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Pir Zia is the first son of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Taj Inayat, born in 1971 in Novato, California. He grew up in California, New York, and New Mexico. Pir Vilayat made it clear to Zia at an early age that he wished him to continue his lineage. He prepared him by instructing him in meditation, and at times guiding him in spiritual retreat—once in his cave in the Alps of Chamonix. When Zia was 13, Pir Vilayat sent him to Dharamsala, India, to study under the auspices of his friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sufism, however, was the central theme…
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Onaje Muid, a transformative, Sufi social worker/ activist has a thirty-year career which combined human services, human rights, and spirituality, especially for descendants of formerly enslaved Africans and indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere. He is the creator of the Saba Uhuru Saba Ujija Healing System and the SEEDS Garden Network. He has served as an advisor to graduate students at Columbia University School of Social Work and taught as an adjunct lecturer. His United Nations work culminated in the declaring the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a crime against humanity at the seminal United Nations World Conference Against Racism, in Durban,…
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Dr. Hafiz’s has more than 35 years’ experience in the field of education. Her research interests focus on emotions in social spaces where issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity and nationality intersect. Fatima currently serves as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Columbia University in teacher education and social work. Her pedagogical approach and education content knowledge has impacted hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students for the past 16 years. Fatima has been on a journey of self-healing, meditation and spiritual development for more than 35 years. Her practices include meditation from different spiritual paths. As an educator and…
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