Sufi is a Mystic path, and the essence that is at the heart of all religious spirits. It is the ancient wisdom of the heart, and the path of love born from that wisdom. It's finding the true nature and realization. This group in a meditative process using different methods, like rhythm, breath, music, dance, voice, sound, poetry, to enter a state of emptiness.
Glimpses of last year's event is below.
"Zikhr" (Remeberance), an essential Sufi method, will bring us in touch with ifferent layers of our being. Its waves will deepen and expand the different qualities of human consciousness and take us to the silent lake of our being.
Whirling symbolizes and represents man's unity with the cosmos; is a movement where we dissolve ourselves with a world that cannot be understood withour mind, it has to be felt with the heart. This gathering is a process of emptying ourselves, a process, an atmosphere where love and wildness flower into meditation.
We will also explore the beauty of Sufi poetry and music.
This Sufi group will be a deep immersion into our inner world, an exploration of the love and wisdom we all carry in our being. A Remembrance of the joyful song, and luminous silence, of existence.
“By knowing the mysteries of our own heart, we begin to resonate with the mysteries of existence”.
Watch this video of Videha explaining Sufi Whirlilng.
Videha has been a Osho disciple since 1980. Initiated into the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Konya ( “The Whirling Dervishes” ), Videha integrates the Sufi Path into Osho’s vision and love. For years as a Zazen practitioner, he has traveled and trained in Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Central Asia, Tibet, where he received many initiations. He is leading groups, seminars, camps and meditation retreats all over the world since more then 28 years, uniting the path of love and the path of meditation.
“All the work is inspired by Osho’s teachings, my Master, and an endless source of compassion and wisdom, an inexhaustible mine of countless Dharma teaching treasures”.
LET US BEGIN THE JOURNEY HOME
“Wake up lovers, it’s time to start a new journey.
We have seen enough of this world, it’s time to see another.
These two gardens may be beautiful, but let us past beyond them,
and go to the gardener himself.
Let us kiss the ground, and flow like a river towards the ocean.
Let us go from the valley of tears, to the wedding feast.
Let us bring the colors of blossom to the over pale faces.
Oh my heart, shiver like autumn leaves about to fall.
In this world of dust there is no avoiding pain or feeling excited.
Let us become like beautiful colored birds and fly,
fly to the sweet land of paradise.
Everything is painted with the brush of the invisible one,
let us follow the hidden sign, and find the painter.
It’s best to travel with companions, on this journey only love can be the way.
We have stayed at home, scared like mouse, let us find courage and join the lions.
Let our souls turn into mirrors, longing to reflect the essence of beauty, of the Beloved.
Let us begin the journey home.”
You are required to participate in all 5 days of the retreat to experience full benefit.
Due to overwhelming demand only limited number of spots are available. It is on first come first served basis. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your space for the event.
How to Register?
Please register online at the link below. Please select the appropriate retreat name from drop down
How to pay?
This meditation retreat is open to all seekers of all level of meditation experience. Hence no prior meditation experience is required to attend this retreat.
The retreat facility is located in Valley Center, CA. Valley Center is located in Northern San Diego County – north of Escondido, south of Temecula and east of Oceanside. The Retreat Center is located off Cole Grade Road (accessible from both Valley Center Road coming from Escondido and HWY 76 coming from Riverside, LA or Orange County). GPS navigation to this location is pretty accurate. Google maps link is here
Due to limited parking, we highly encourage you to car pool with other participants if possible. If you have carpooled with 3 or more participants, please mention that during the registration for a token of appreciation from Osho Niranjana.
Some of our participants live within driving distance from the facility and return home at the end of each retreat day. However, it is possible with prior arrangements to spend the night at the facility on a shared accommodation basis. We have reserved spaces only for those participants who have contacted us and confirmed their space for a donation of $40/person/night in a dormitory. If you are planning to stay at the retreat facility, we request you to bring the following for your comfort and needs:
• toiletries, towel, etc. The retreat center will only provide toilet papers, recyclable hand paper towels and hand soap.
• Any internal medications: prescription drugs, aspirin, cough syrup, etc will not be distributed.
If you wish to stay at luxurious resorts, there are several resorts within 15 minutes drive from the facility. Few links to the resorts are provided for your convenience. Escondido, town next to us, has many motels/lodges as well.
We have three different options for meals. Bring your own food, dine at nearby restaurants and /or share freshly made vegetarian food at the facility. If you would like to share meals with us, please be advised that we will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner for a suggested donation of $10 per meal or $25 donation for all three meals. Please contact us if you need details. Water, herbal tea, coffee and light snacks’ will be complimentary. Only vegetarian food is allowed in the premises! Please inform us if you have any dietary restrictions and/or needs-We suggest you to bring your own food under such circumstances.
Our event will start at 8:00am on Thursday and ends on 3:00 pm on Sunday. As with any events, here are some guidelines that will help you to get the best out of the retreat:
- Please feel free to bring any yoga mats or pillows if you have any favorites although some comfortable meditation chairs will be provided.
- Meditations involve sitting, dancing and lying down so it is suggested that you wear loose clothes. Most people prefer robes or similar clothing. Maroon or similar colored clothes during the morning and afternoon sessions and white clothes during the evening Satsang/celebration are preferred.
- Since the event will be full of activities, it is suggested that you take plenty of rest before the event.
- Please refrain from using cell phones during the event.
- In consideration of people with sensitivities, please kindly refrain from using strong perfumes and other similar fragrances during the retreat.
- We plan to do each session at the allocated time, so plan to be at the Meditation Hall 5-10 mins earlier than the scheduled time.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this event.
760-887-4192 ( Swami Amritanand)
419-575-2749 (Swami Krishnananda)
The retreat venue also offers cameo of breath-taking beauty. Catch an early-morning spectacular sunrise from your own balcony, and by lunchtime you can be basking in the sunshine, followed by whole day of meditations and celebrations and ending the day gazing at the setting sun in elegance. Juicy Valencia orange trees just add to the natural splendor where you can also practice Zen meditations. Our retreat facility offers beauty, privacy and peace, yet easy access to big cities.
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