Living in Remembrance: The Wisdom of Islam with Matthew Wright

Sep 12-16, 2018

This 5 day (4 night) Sufi Wisdom School is a first-ever event. We will immerse ourselves in the rhythms and wisdom practices of Islam: five-times daily embodied prayer, chanting the names of God, attending to the breath, and anchoring awareness in the heart. We’ll also study the basics of Sufi teaching and explore the life of the Prophet Muhammad as a template for the journey of the soul.

If you’ve ever wondered about Islam or Sufism but didn’t know where to begin, this is the retreat for you! 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 contemplative movement.

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.

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