Special Events: THE MUSIC OF LIFE – CONNECTING HEARTS
As a response to the atrocities that have been taking place especially in Syria, and as a support for the poor and vulnerable for the Hope Project in India, we have been organizing benefit concerts since 2016.
Our objective is to awaken awareness of humankind’s interdependence and interconnectedness – beyond the boundaries of race, color, religion, culture and nation. We are one human family sharing the same home on earth. Our intention is to inspire, connect and bring more empathy to our world through music and the creative arts.
These gatherings take place in the Hague at the Universal Sufi center, not far from the world-renown Peace Peace. Anna Paulownastraat 78 2518 BJ Den Haag
OUR 2017 MUSIC OF LIFE: CONNECTING HEARTS gatherings:
February 12 – Love Human and Divine, an afternoon with Sacred dance, music, mystical poetry and Sufi meditation with Saki, Terry, and Shankha
March 19 – Araban Trio – Ottoman music with Nazeer Abdulhai (Syria), Emine Bostanci (Turkey) and Jacobus Thiele (Germany)
April 9 – Piano concert with Mike del Ferro and audio visual presentation with Sofia Maya Dawoudi (Syria): Meet the Syrians – Art for Celebration
May 14 – classical Indian music concert with Prewien Pandohi-Mishre (Suriname) and Yama Sarshar (Australia-Afghanistan).
June 18: Urs Celebration of Pir Vilayat, with audio visual presentation, sacred music and dance, and a special benefit concert for the Hope Project with Sougata Roy Chouwdury (India) and Ganesh Ramnath (Holland).
August 7 – 12: Creating Sanctuary – Welcoming the Friend and Stranger – a retreat with Saki in the beautiful, sheltered retreat area of our annual Alps camp.
September 17: The Dance of the Soul: Sacred movement and dance with Brazilian dancer Graciete Musawira Parizio
October 22: Inspiring Qawwali concert with vocalist Iliyas Nadjafi (Afghanistan), Yama Sarshar (Australia-Afghanistan) and Ganesh Ramnath (Holland)
November 19: Public lecture with Shaikh ul Mashaikh Mahmood Khan, nephew of Hazrat Inayat Khan, followed by music/story telling presentation by Sarhand Sahebdivani (Iran)
December 3: Uplifting Taize singing led by Meike Heegardt ( Bremen, Germany)
December 15-17: Welcoming Presence, an annual residential retreat with friends from many countries.
2016 LOOKING BACK AT OTHER MUSIC OF LIFE EVENTS:
May 1: Classical Indian Music Concert, with Jean Christophe Bonnafous on bansuri flute and Niti Ranjan Biswas on tabla.
June 19: – Sufi mystic Pir Vilayat’s Urs and 100th birthday celebration: A day filled with music, dance, a multi-media presentation, and a benefit Indian music concert for the Hope Project with with Siddharth Kishna (sitar) and Ganesh Ramnath (tabla)
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.
Click here for pictures from 2016!
OTHER SPECIAL RETREATS AND GATHERINGS 2016:
February 8-14, Rajasthan INDIA desert retreat: a 7 day retreat in the desert of Rajasthan. The next retreat takes place February 7 – 17 2018, and is a 10 day silent retreat.
March 4 and 5: a two day retreat on The Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis. with Dr. Neil Douglas Saadi Klotz. He will guide a residential retreat in de Weyst, Holland June 15 – 17, 2018 in de Weyst, Holland.
August 8 – 13: The Alchemy of Beauty retreat with Saki took place in the beautiful, sheltered retreat area of our annual Alps camp.
LIGHTSONG ONLINE CLASSES: A WAY TO STAY CONNECTED
Since 2015, Saki, has been giving a series of monthly online classes to explorers on the spiritual path from over fifteen countries. The series of classes run from September through December, and then from January/February through June each year.
Archives from these past series will soon be available: Spirituality in Daily Life; The Alchemy of Transformation: a Journey through the Sufi Planes of Consciousness; The Art of Being and Becoming; and Cultivating Inner Strength To Meet Life’s Challenges.
The next online series begins in September 2017 on the theme The Spirit of Guidance: Working with Intuition and Inspiration. For more details about these classes and to register click here.
SACRED AGING RETREATS ON CRETE:
In 2016, from 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. The next Sacred Aging retreat will take place again on Crete October 1 – 7, 2018.
Jean-Christophe Bonnafus, who has been a guest musician of Lightsong
FOR ALL LIGHTSONG-INAYATIYYA EVENTS PLEASE CONTACT US AT: firstname.lastname@example.org. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO OUR NEXT GATHERING!