Sacred Pattern: Balancing the Feminine and Masculine
Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH, United Kingdom
Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH, United Kingdom
SACRED PATTERN Balancing the Feminine & Masculine within ourselves, within our world
It seems evident that deep respect and harmony between the masculine and feminine principles of existence is necessary for the well-being of individuals and society as a whole. We recognise that our spiritual heritages offer much guidance as to how we might authentically manifest these principles, yet we recognise that cultural and socially mandated "norms" concerning gender can often hinder genuine self-discovery and expression. We trust that human beings can be free to discover and determine for themselves how to manifest and express the Divine Feminine and Masculine, and that what might generally be described as masculine can be within the realm of the feminine and vice versa.
Rumi’s Circle began this conversation in 2016 by honouring the feminine aspect of the Divine. We were driven by a concern both for the degradation of the Divine Feminine and the imbalance we perceive between the masculine and the feminine in the wider world. We are now continuing the conversation by exploring the Divine patterning of existence and how to integrate and balance the feminine and masculine principles within ourselves and within our interactions with all of creation.
Join us to experience diverse spiritual practices that bring us to balance and wholeness, including work with prayer, meditation, sound, breath, and movement.
The weekend begins on Friday at 7:30pm and ends Sunday at 5pm. Quaker Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH. Registration is £140.
Elizabeth Anne Hin Kabir Helminski Rahima McCullough Mahmoud Mostafa Naseem Khakoo Selim Schaurer
Sacred Movement workshops by Jan Sandman and Naseem Khakoo.
The retreat is non-residential but if you would like to stay with other friends who are attending, Aisha Niaz is coordinating Airbnb accommodation. If you are interested please contact her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTIST & WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATION
We welcome applications from artists and writers to attend the gathering and create a piece of work inspired by the weekend.
The criteria is simply to have an interest in the Divine Feminine and Masculine.
We would offer free weekend entry to the gathering.
To apply, please send a written submission, 750 words max evidencing the criteria and why you wish to be considered. Also submit one piece of completed work which demonstrates your interest in our criteria (PDF or JPEG).
Please email your submission to email@example.com no later than Friday 13th October to be considered. Selected candidates will be contacted by Oct 20th.
We look forward to supporting and fostering work that highlights our vision.
Elizabeth Anne Hin,
founding President of the White Rose Foundation, was conceived and born
deeply awake, and experienced death in infancy from which she was
brought back to life. Beth’s life has been aware of attention to the
sacred in assistance to the spiritual, moral and humble development of
all beings, including her own. Beth has studied the world’s spiritual
traditions for over four decades. She was deeply mentored by many
beloved Elders. Through The White Rose Foundation she has practiced her
own contemplation and path, to date in fifty nations on all continents
except Antarctica, offering lectures, classes, retreats, seminars, audio
tapes and CD’s, scholarships for youth, honoraria for spiritual elders
and spiritual leaders throughout the world, and service journeys of
educational, medical and social support. Follow Beth’s work and listen
to her podcasts:
is a Shaikh in the Mevlevi lineage of Rumi, and co-director of The
Threshold Society (sufism.org). In 2009 and subsequent years Kabir was
named as one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the
Royal Strategic Studies Center (Jordan). His translations of Rumi and
books on spirituality, ‘Living Presence’ and ‘The Knowing Heart’, have
been published in at least eight languages. In 2017 ‘Living Presence’ is
being published in a commemorative 25th anniversary edition in the
Spiritual Cornerstones series by Penguin Books. His newest book (2017)
is ‘Holistic Islam: Sufism, Transformation, and The Challenge of Our
author of ‘White Stones, Bones and Mist: Authentic Movement and Living
Prayer’, returns to lead another workshop using Authentic Movement to
deepen our relationship with the Sacred.
coming from a background of Counseling Psychology with a focus on
BodyBased Therapies, Jan has studied with many masters over the years,
always following the threads of where her heart, soul and intuition
called her. Jan’s focus is on the wholeness of a person: Who are you
within the context of your life? What is happening in your life today
and how does it fit into the larger context? How does one stand in
spiritual integrity and awareness? Find out more about Jan’s work:
Naseem Khakoo will share a workshop on Conscious
Relating using inner enquiry, group sharing, prayer, ritual and
movement. We will explore how the depth of intimacy in relationship and
application of radical love, can be a profound portal for inner alchemy
and union of our masculine and feminine. Birthing the possibility of
True Men and Women. Naseem is a woman committed to walking in Truth and
bringing Radical Love to all angles of existence. Originally from a
background of meditation and yoga, and having studied and travelled far
and wide, she now focuses on birthing Truth through the journey of Human
Wholeness and communing the personal and transpersonal as an embodiment
of Love on Ground. Her own awakening and maturation process has laid
the ground for her current sharing on Sacred Intimacy, Conscious
Relating. Awakening as Woman, Womb Healing, Embodiment and Shadow/Trauma
work. Find out more about Naseem’s work:
Mahmoud Mostafa has been devoted to the study and
practice of Tassawuf since 1995. In the course of his development, he
received teachings from Sufi shaikhs in the USA, Turkey, Syria, South
Africa, and Egypt and follows the Mevlevi path of Jalaluddin Rumi under
the guidance of Shaikh Kabir Helminski. In addition to extensive study
of the Quran and Hadith, he has also studied the works of Imam Ali,
Rumi, Ibn Arabi, and other Sufi masters. He has facilitated Sufi
circles, Quran study groups, and participated in inter-faith dialogues.
He has been involved in the translation of several books, including The
Book of Hadith, The Mevlevi Wird, The Light of Dawn, and Women of
Rahima McCullough discovered Rumi and Sufism in 1991
and now facilitates an international online Sufi circle in the Mevlevi
path. She works with refugees and is involved with a
local interfaith group and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Before
retirement, she worked as a substance abuse counselor in a program for
women in the criminal justice system, with Muslim women in prison, and
as a family counselor in a program for families referred by Child
Selim Schaurer was introduced to the ideas of Sufism and particularly Jalaluddin Rumi in the Spring of 1968 and then took over 30 years to find his lineage. He had to travel through time with a Gurdjieff Institute in Paris and San Francisco; Native American Shamanism in California and Mexico; Jungian and World Work studies in Switzerland and Oregon; lead a dream interpretation group and is still a member of a men’s group (25+ years) before finding his Mevlevi Shaikh about 40 miles from his home. Beckoned by love, he now lives in Kendal.
Main image by Irina Naji.
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