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Event: Becoming a Friend of the Friend: A Sufi Retreat with Pir Shabda and Murshid Saadi.

Venue: Allanton Peace Sanctuary, Scotland.
Dates: 12-15 February 2015.
Times: Starts with a dinner on Thursday, 12 February at 6pm, followed by an evening session. Finishes on Sunday, 15 February at 3pm.
Event Description: Sufi teachings, meditation, chant, Dances of Universal Peace, zikr and walking meditation on the themes of tolerance, respect, friendship and love in the many aspects that they appear in our lives.

"My inner self - seek the Self of love! My inner friend, seek the Friend!"

- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

"Today when nations are against nations and races against races, when communities are against communities, and one religion against another, it is now that friendship is so much needed. Besides, friendship is the first lesson of spirituality that one can learn. One may think that friendship, a personal friendship, means nothing; that one does not become spiritual through personal friendship. But one does. A person begins his spiritual accomplishment by learning how to be a friend."

- Hazrat Inayat Khan

"My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way."

- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Pir Shabda Kahn (California, USA), a disciple of American Sufi Master Murshid Samuel Lewis, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Ruhaniat International - a contemporary Sufi stream in the lineage of the Indian mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is world renowned teacher of Dances of Universal Peace and North Indian Classical Vocal Music. His teachings of universal love and compassion are joyous and relaxed, yet profound and powerful. www.marinsufis.com, www.ruhaniat.org

Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is a student of Pir Moineddin Jablonski, the spiritual leader of the Sufi Ruhaniat between 1971 and 2001. He co-founded the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace in 1982 with the Rev. Tasnim Fernandez. He is the author of several books on Native Middle Eastern mysticism, including Desert Wisdom, The Tent of Abraham, Prayers of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel and The Sufi Book of Life. Details about his own work can be found at the website of the Abwoon Network (www.abwoon.org)

With support from the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace (www.eicsp.org).

Cost: £175 (incl vegetarian meals); £235 (incl 3 nights in dormitory); £250 (incl 3 nights in shared room).
Contact: For more information and booking contact Maris on 07561 108808 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mariswarrior.com