Retreat is a dress rehearsal for daily life. – Pir Vilayat –
To go on an individual retreat is a loving gesture we give to ourselves. For a focused period of time – whether for 5 days or 40 days – we step outside the circle of time and outer life’s accelerated pace of doing. We return to being.
On retreat, we have a rare opportunity to gather our attention back to what is meaningful for us in our lives, and to come into a closer relationship and partnership with Divine Being. Silence, solitude, mindful presence and the beauty of natural surroundings support us in opening to the guidance that comes from within.
This may bring us through a deep healing and transformation process. Our own personal healing is crucial to contributing to the collective healing of a world in great need of love, harmony and beauty.
The alchemical retreat was developed by Sufi mystic Pir Vilayat, who drew on the inspiration and framework of alchemy and the universal wisdom teachings shared by Buddhism, Yoga, Christian mysticism and Sufism.
The alchemical principles of transforming heavier metals of copper and iron to the precious metals of silver and gold are applied to the transformation processes of human consciousness: transforming ordinary states of ego consciousness to the subtler consciousness of one’s luminous soul nature. More than simply a metaphor for the awakening of a human being to his or her essential divinity; the alchemical retreat is a journey through a deeply human process of awakening to the divinity of one’s true being.
On retreat you let the world take care of itself for awhile. Each day on retreat your retreat guide meets with you individually and suggests spiritual practices for the day, which may include:
- Reflection and self inquiry
- Concentration, contemplation, meditation and self realization exercises
- Breath, light, sacred phrases, wazaif and zhikr
- Walks in nature
- Movement practices
- Silence, solitude and mindful presence
Each retreat is different as the needs of each retreatant is unique. But through the framework of alchemy we are led through an experiential process of exploring the depths, heights, width and outreach of human consciousness. This allows the next step in our lives to unfold with renewed inspiration, dedication, and joy which we bring home with us as precious jewels to share with our families and our greater world community.
“We must be the changes we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi –
Throughout the year there are different possibilities to go on individual retreat. (See calendar of events and flyers)
NEW! It is also possible to arrange a Skype retreat with Saki from the comfort of your own home. For many people who cannot travel or afford the cost of residential retreats, this has been a wonderful alternative to in-person retreats! Please inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fulfillment of spiritual practice is diving deep within oneself; it is communicating with each atom of life existing in the whole world; it is realizing the real ‘I’ in which is the fulfillment of life’s purpose.
Hazrat Inayat Khan