New Class: Path of the Mystic, Treasures of the Heart

“The only power for a mystic is the power of love.”   — Hazrat Inayat Khan

From Pamela: I’m happy to announce a new class on mysticism: The Path of the Mystic, Treasures of the Heart. We will meet for six consecutive weeks, beginning Wednesday, February 26, and running through Wednesday, April 1st, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at our home in Barton Hills, 78704. The class will be by donation—recommended range of $33, $66 to $99 but please don’t let money keep you from participating. To register, please send an email to me: pamelaovereynder@gmail.com. Here are the dates:

February 26, March 4, 11,18 and 25, April 1st

We’ll be exploring the deep heart through the lens of several mystical traditions, including Sufism, Buddhism and Christianity. Some areas of interest we may address are:

·         The subtle anatomy of the heart

·         The powers of the heart

·         Creating a heart field

·         The nature/heart connection

·         The proper work of being human

·         Healing and the sacred heart

·         The contemplative heart

And, of course, the spirit will guide the class so we will be open to the spontaneous guidance that is ever-present when we are attentive and open-hearted. The class will be interactive and experiential, including guided meditations, music, poetry, short inspirational readings and generative dialogue.

I hope you will join us as we join together on the sacred journey of the Heart. Please let me know if you have any questions about the class. I would love to talk with you.

Ya Hu XXII: Dances of Universal Peace Gathering

March 19-22, 2020, Camp Allen, Navasota, Texas

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THIS GATHERING for both new and experienced dancers will be facilitated by dance leaders from Texas and the South Central U.S. The Ya Hu gathering is designed to bring area dancers together in order to make and deepen community connections. Our weekend at beautiful Camp Allen in Navasota will include opportunities to experience Dances of Universal Peace, walking practices, zikr, and deeper dance cycles, as offered by our regional dance leaders. On Sunday morning we will participate in a Service of Universal Worship.

Thursday, March 19 Registration will begin at 5:00 pm. Snacks will be available. No formal session this evening; arrive at your leisure to get settled in and hang out.
Friday, March 20 Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Meals will be shared as a group.
Saturday, March 21 Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Meals will be shared as a group.
Sunday, March 22 Morning Universal Worship

Please plan to arrive between 5:00 & 9:00 pm Thursday evening.
On Sunday, we will check out of the cabins by noon.

Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center is the birthplace of our Texas Ya Hu Dance gatherings. Located in Navasota, Texas, Camp Allen provides easy access from the major cities. We will dance and eat in the Lakeside Meeting Center. Sleeping will be in three 3-bedroom lakeside cabins that will comfortably accommodate about 25 participants. Sleeping quarters include double and bunk beds. Each cabin offers a fully supplied kitchen, two bathrooms and a living room with a fireplace. There are even porches with rocking chairs overlooking the lake! Visit https://www.campallen.org to get explore the facility.

To learn more about the Dances, see https://www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org.

Registration: Fee is $200 per person, and includes dance and walk sessions, meals, and lodging. Housing is shared; no private rooms. Bed linens and towels are provided, but you might want to bring your own pillow, or a favorite blanket.

Mail a registration form & payment (checks payable to “Elizabeth Ferrio”) for each individual to: Elizabeth Ferrio, 23519 Whispering Willow Dr., Spring, TX 77373-6233. Phone: (281) 651-0722, (713) 449-8045 cell. E-mail: eferrio@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail. Limited to 25 participants. Click the link below to download the flyer and registration form.

Sufi Dances of Universal Peace

After a hiatus, we are now offering Sufi Dancing, also known as Dances of Universal Peace, on the fourth Friday of each month.

  • Fourth Friday every month
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Austin State Hospital Chapel, 4110 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX 78751
  • Enter at 4110 Guadalupe, follow signs to the chapel. Go right past the main building, then first left, then left into the parking lot.

Read more about the Dances on our Dance page.

Retreat with Pir Zia, Feb. 13-19 on Mustang Island

(from Azar Baksh Don Weiner)

Dear friends,

The Esoteric Training Committee encourages you to attend a very special alchemical retreat on Mustang Island near Corpus Christi, Texas, with Pir Zia from February 13 to 19, 2020. The retreat will delve intensively into the Alchemical Process as a crucible for dissolution and reintegration. Together in the seclusion of Mustang Island on the Gulf of Mexico, we will spiritually travel to the Light of Lights and return renewed and ready for our shared work in the world. The retreat is open to leaders in each of the concentrations of the Inayati Order. If space is available, mureeds deeply involved in the esoteric school and who are recommended by their Inayati Order spiritual guide are also welcome to attend. This is a very rare opportunity for us to share a deep retreat together. Prior retreat experience is highly recommended, as this will be an advanced retreat.

Registration information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-inayatiyya-an-alchemical-retreat-for-leaders-of-the-six-activities-tickets-69924669569

As of October 9 there are a few remaining spaces for on-site housing, and there are many condos and Airbnb properties nearby.

On behalf of the esoteric training committee and with love,
Azar Baksh Weiner
Naima Brown