Living in Remembrance: The Wisdom of the Sufi Path with Matthew Wright
In this 5 day (4 night) Sufi Wisdom School we will immerse ourselves in the rhythms and wisdom practices of Islamic spirituality: daily embodied prayer, chanting the names of God, attending to the breath, and anchoring awareness in the heart. We’ll study the basics of Sufi teaching, beginning with the Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an, and unfolding through such spiritual giants as Ibn al-Arabi and Jalaluddin Rumi. Attention will also be given to the connections between the Islamic and Christian Wisdom streams.
This first-time event is a wonderful way to learn more about Islam and Sufism. No prior knowledge or experience with the tradition is needed—just an open heart. As with other Wisdom Schools, previous commitment to, or interest in, contemplative practice is expected. Time will be spent within the Wisdom rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and sacred conversation.
The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, serving as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY. He is also a teacher and retreat leader for Northeast Wisdom, a non-profit dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Matthew brings forward the depth and brilliance of this stream within the wider context of inter-spiritual dialogue. As Wisdom teacher, his presence and vast storehouse of knowledge express a vibrant and living connection with the tradition, as witnessed in his new blog A Waking Heart. In addition to his studies with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew has been a student of the Mevlevi Sufi path for eight years, under the guidance of Shaikh Kabir Helminski. The Mevlevi path is rooted in the teachings of the renowned Sufi mystic-poet Jalaluddin Rumi. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.
For more information and to register contact: Kerstin Lipke – firstname.lastname@example.org.