We follow the principle that "there are as many ways to God as there are human souls." We move in two directions: horizontally outward to embrace wider and wider visions of community among all beings, and vertically toward the heights of Divine Awareness and the depths of Inner Reality (which are one and the same). Friends within our community walk many paths: traditional and modern Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, the Red Road of the Native Americans, and more. Our common thread is participation in Divine Reality, the living landscape of the soul and spirit, which includes this beautiful Earth and all authentic sacred paths. Welcome!
Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah (God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.
Dances of Universal Peace Return to Villa Maria! Dances retreat in Frontenac
Friday evening, August 28 and all day Saturday August 29.
Learn more about these practices and this broad and deep field of study.
7:00 pm - Sitting and Standing Zikr. 8:00 pm - "Living Tasbih" (where we each become one prayer bead on the string of beads in God's hand). 8:10 pm - Sohbet (spiritual teaching/conversation/community/family/dream-sharing time). 8:40 pm - Salat (the beautiful Muslim prayer), short and very sweet, in Arabic and English. This is in modules now, so you can easily stay for the first hour or till any break-point thereafter. Bring a friend! Come drink the wine of bliss and the milk of knowledge! Come explore deep and high! Come join what my shaykh called "the joyful uproar of the lovers"!
"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrong of the injured." "You will be with those you love." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.