Lightsong organizes or is involved in co-organizing special events which are joyful community gatherings open to all.
LOOKING BACK: LIGHTSONG ONLINE 2016 CLASSES:
Two series of Lightsong-Inayatiyya online classes took place every month for those who were interested in deepening their experiential understanding of Sufi mysticism and yet live too far away from our Sufi gatherings in the Hague. From January through June, the theme was on The Alchemy of Transformation – journeying through the Sufi planes of consciousness; and from September through December, the theme was on The Art of Being and Becoming.
The classes were received with great enthusiasm, and people gave much positive feedback that the classes have been supportive in the application and integration of spirituality in daily life.
These online classes were “attended” by people many different countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Latvia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Uganda and South Africa.
The next online series begins in February 2017 on the theme: Cultivating Strength and Courage in Meeting the Challenges of our Times, and will run until June 2017. For more information and to register click here.
SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2016: LOOKING BACK AT LOCAL AND NTERNATIONAL GATHERINGS OF THE HEART:
February 8-14, after the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan in New Delhi, India Saki guided a 7 day retreat in the desert of Rajasthan. The next retreat will take place in February 2018 and will be extended to a 10 day silent retreat in the desert. Participation is limited to a maximum of 10 people! Write for a flyer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4 and 5: Lightsong sponsored Dr. Neil Douglas Klotz, who gave a two day retreat on The Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis: Shared Pathways of the Heart at the Sufi Center den Haag, Anna Paulownastraat 78 2518 BJ Den Haag We are pleased that he will return and give a two day healing retreat in 2017 here. Healing Rays: The Light From A Distant Star. For information and to register click here.
May 1: Classical Indian Music Concert, with Jean Christophe Bonnafous on bansuri flute and Niti Ranjan Biswas on tabla. Jean is a foremost student of the legendary Indian bansuri flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Niti is a virtuoso tabla player from Bangladesh and is currently the head of the Indian music department at CODARTS Music conservatory in Rotterdam.
June 19 marked Sufi mystic Pir Vilayat’s Urs and 100th birthday celebration: “The key to the plane of splendor is not understanding, but ecstasy….” – Pir Vilayat On this special day, we shared meditative remembrances and attunements through music, dance, a multi-media presentation, and a very special Indian music concert with acclaimed sitarist Siddharth Kishna, accompanied by tabla player Ganesh Ramnath. This concert was a benefit concert for the Hope Project, which Pir Vilayat established in India (see: www.hopeproject.nl)
August 8 – 13: The Alchemy of Beauty retreat took place in the beautiful, sheltered retreat area in our Alps camp. Many old and new participants joined us in a revivifying week of silence, singing, and meditation. The 2017 retreat will take place there again August 7 – 12, with the theme Sanctuary of the Heart. See the Zenith website to register: http://www.zenithinstitute.com/
October 2 – 8: SACRED AGING, a healing retreat for elders 50+ . was held on the magical island of Crete, west of Chania in a non-touristic area with beautiful walking trails and a very long unspoiled beach. It included daily qigong practices, meditation, and themes relevant to the sacred journey into aging, with plenty of free time to swim or go on optional excursions. Our 2017 dates for the next Sacred Aging retreat will take place again on Crete October 1 – 7, 2017. Please write us for more information! email@example.com
LOOKING BACK AT 2016: THE MUSIC OF LIFE – CONNECTING HEARTS
Anna Paulownastraat 78, The Hague
As a response to the atrocities that have been taking place especially in Aleppo, Syria this past year, we organized several Music of Life benefit concerts aimed at awakening consciousness of how we are intricately interconnected as one human family. These took place in the Hague at the Sufi center, not far from the world-reknown Peace Peace palace. The proceeds from these events went to Doctors Without Borders to support their work in Aleppo, Syria.
October 11: A vibrant concert with many young and talented musicians from CODARTS world music concervatory. The ensembles included Syrian, Greek, Iranian, Cretan, German, Israel, and Dutch participants.
November 13: Besides an inspiring lecture by Shaikh al mashaikh Mahmood Khan on the Aristocracy and Democracy of the Soul, we had again a wonderful Indian music concert with Siddharth Kishna, accompanied by Ted de Jong on tabla.
December 11: The Aramaic prayers of the Cosmos and other sacred songs and Dances of Universal Peace with Noor and Saki celebrated Advent and the return to light.
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February 12, March 19, April 9, May 14, June 18, September17, October 15, November 12, and December 3.
Details of the programmes are forthcoming.
Jean-Christophe Bonnafus, who has been a guest musician of Lightsong