Events

 September
23rd/24th, Brigsteer near Kendal. Dancing with the Energies of the Heart
The time for dancing together in Brigsteer will soon be with us once again. This is a warm and heartfelt invitation to welcome you to the circle again no matter how long or short a time it is since we joined hands together.

This weekend is an opportunity for you to explore the sacred space of your own heart sphere and to gain an increased capacity for life in the heart along with a greater sense of connection to the hearts of others. In this way we may reach to the very depths of our being and at the same time may even expand the energy of our hearts so that we can encompass the whole universe.

Mystics focus on the heart because they know it is the centre of the being that controls the mind and all its vehicles, including the physical body. All mysteries belong to the heart yet the heart knows no mysteries. This is because the heart is the seat of true understanding. Bright but hidden, the Real Self dwells in the heart. Let your light shine….

The emphasis of the dances, chants and other practices we will share during the weekend will be for us to feel everything as coming from and belonging to the heart, so that sensation, feeling and love may engage with every experience. There will be heart meditations, mantra and rhythmic movement to emphasise the heart space and the rhythms of the heart.  It is open to all who are ready and willing to open the doors of their heart.

A special word for those who may be new and considering coming along. It is not necessary to have had experience of this form of spiritual chant and dance – sometimes called Dances of Universal Peace. These dances are for those who have a sense of inner adventure towards engaging with body, heart and mind in a new way. They are simple and accessible as well as being profound and deep.  Mostly in our practices we dance and sing as we move together in a circle. The sacred chants are from various spiritual and mystical traditions. The dances originated in the USA through the inspiration of Samuel L. Lewis and they have grown and spread to many other countries over the years.

These dances combine the transmission of blessing with the spirit of devotion in a dynamic rhythmical way. Our focus is on the breath through the chants and mantras that we sing; as we soar on the wings of the heart. Together we crate a deliciously refined atmosphere. The energy created in the dances circulates between all the dancers in the whole circle in a fluid and harmonious manner. The electricity of touch and the vibrational resonance of sound are subtle yet influential forms of energetic communication that operate below our conscious level of awareness and yet they can have a profound effect on the way we feel.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall with a beautiful wooden floor. It is a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of space for parking and is only a short drive from Kendal. When the weather is fine as it most often is for these weekends there also is space to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

For those travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village as well as lots more in Kendal itself Word file attached. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten minute drive from Kendal.

Philip is a master of Spiritual Dance. He has been immersed in the path of Sufism and other mystical traditions for many years and is a senior teacher (Murshid) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Essentially he could be seen as a modern-day mystic who is also just an ordinary human being.  His way of sharing practices is easy and apparently effortless. He weaves the energies of the hearts through sound, music, breath and atmosphere into an experiential symphony of resonance and harmony.

Times: Saturday: 23rd arrivals for refreshments from 10am. Start promptly at 10.30am. Finish at 8.45pm. Sunday: 24th arrivals for refreshments from 9.30am. Start promptly at 10am. Finish at 4pm.

Further details. Contact: madowson@gmail.com

October

1st. Glastonbury. Dancing in the Dharma.

What is the purpose of life? What am I here for? Are there ever easy answers to such questions? Discovering one’s authentic purpose and path and in life can be something of an elusive search even leading to a sense of frustration and lack of fulfilment.For thousands of years the Dharma traditions have offered an inexhaustible supply of wisdom and potential for realisation. They are as richly relevant today as ever offering practical methods for the ongoing unfoldment and ultimate realisation of our inner nature.

Dharma can be described as timeless or eternal wisdom, universal law. The Vedantic and Buddhist schools have what they call the transmission of Dharma. It is not exactly definable but it is characterised by some transmission of light, wisdom and spiritual realisation from person to person. Buddha taught that by doing one’s own dharma, by acting according to one’s own nature, talents and ability one may reach perfection. Dharma refers to that truth which is the essence of reality as well as the path to its realisation. The Bhagavad Gita teaches the Dharma of right actions and right action means peace, even on the battlefield of life.

This is a day of dances drawn from the Dharma traditions. If you are used to chanting the mantras from any of these traditions you can find that dancing with them adds a number of different dimensions to the whole experience. In these dances we combine the transmission of blessing with the spirit of devotion in a dynamic rhythmical way. Our focus is on the breath through the chants and mantras that we sing and dance. The Divine Names are repeated over and over during the dancing. Invoking the energies of Radha, Krishna, Shakti, Shiva, Sita, Rama, Buddha, Kwan Yin, Tara, Chenrezig and others we can create together a deliciously refined and potent atmosphere.

The energy created in the dances circulates between all the dancers in the circle in a fluid and harmonious way. The electricity of touch and the vibrational resonance of sound are subtle yet influential forms of energetic communication that operate below our conscious level of awareness and yet they can have a profound effect on the way we feel. Like nothing else the dances increase our capacity for and experience of joy and exaltation.

A special word for those who may be new and are considering coming along. It is not necessary to have had experience of this form of spiritual chant and dance – sometimes called Dances of Universal Peace. These dances are for those who have a sense of inner adventure towards engaging with body, heart and mind in a new way. They are simple and accessible as well as being profound and deep.  Mostly in our practices we dance and sing as we move together in a circle. The sacred chants we sing and internalise are from various spiritual and mystical traditions. The dances originated in the USA through the inspiration of Samuel L. Lewis and they have grown and spread to many other countries over the years

The Venue: Sweet Track Centre, 44a High Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9DX

Date and Times: Sunday 1st October from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Prompt start at 10.30am. Arrivals for refreshments from 10am.

Please bring along delicious food to share for lunch.  Refreshments will be provided.

Further details. Contact: Philip

 

20th-22nd Oxford. Healing into Wholeness: A Spiritual Journey. 

Part 1 of 3. Residential series of weekends.

More details to follow.

Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Friday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

 December

1st-5th, Oxford.  Meditation Retreat for Sufi Mureeds.

More details to follow.

Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Friday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Tuesday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

January

5th-7th, Brigsteer near Kendal. Sufi Dancing and Meditation. 

At this time of the year when it can be cold, windy, wet and dark it can be easy perhaps to feel downhearted, to long for the warmth of the sun. Yet there are ways to allow the inner sun of your own heart to shine more brightly and to feel its healing radiance flowing throughout your whole being.

Learn how to let your light shine more fully and to experience joy, real joy, in all its fullness. In joy we live and move and have our being we could say.

Taking time to replenish your inner being on a regular basis is a necessary form of healing and maintenance. Step aside from your busy life to taste some real spiritual nourishment. This kind of food for the soul is healing on all levels of being.

Our Sufi Dance gatherings happen in Brigsteer three times a year. It’s always so wonderful to join in the circle together. Each time we gather we have the sense of reconnecting with Unity, of Re-Union with the Beloved. It is our Yoga, our Union with the Divine. As we say in our Zikr, our Remembrance of Unity, la illaha illa ‘llah. There is only One Reality which is Unity.

In our circle everyone stands equal to everyone else. The dances, or more accurately we could call them body prayers, are easy and accessible. The movements are simple and the sacred phrases of the chants are all explained fully. It’s an easy process and we all come as we are. As Rumi would say, “Whatever coin you may bring along is acceptable currency.”

There are many layers of being to be explored and mastered on the spiritual path. Sufi practices are the most joyful way to share this journey with other people that I have ever come across.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall, a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of parking. For those travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten minute drive from Kendal.

Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

Further details. Contact: madowson@gmail.com

February

2nd-4th Oxford. Healing into Wholeness: a spiritual Journey. Part 2 of 3. Residential weekend.

More details to follow.

Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Friday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

March

9th-11th Crewe. Annual Spring Residential Retreat With Neil Doublas Klotz and Philip

Further details to follow.

The venue: The Oblate Retreat and Spirituality Centre is located between Crewe and Nantwich. It is 1.5 miles from Crewe railways station, with easy access to motorways and to Manchester airport. The comfortable rooms are mainly twin and singles – many en suite. Vegetarian food option is available. Please indicate preference at the time of booking. The weekend begins with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday and ends on the Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

April
6th-8th, Oxford. Dance Leader Training: Ease, Simplicity and Spaciousness. Residential weekend.
As we all know leading dances is a continuous unfoldment of inner and outer capacity and the development of potential. I know from my own experience that  there is always more to learn and appreciate about the energy of the dances and the path of dance leading. This is no doubt the case whatever stage we are at in this journey.
We will again be focussing on the inner transmission and the deeper aspects and refinements of the dances and walking practices. As with trainings in many other disciplines after spending much energy, time and enthusiasm learning how to lead dances as the years pass by people can lose their sense of purpose and direction and begin to drift away. My intention for keeping these annual training weekends alive is to help people continue to develop their skills and retain their enthusiasm for and commitment to leading the dances. Many times there are places that we come up against in ourselves which we find it difficult to move through and so we begin to pull back. While we may interpret the problem as being external to us (people don’t show up, it’s too difficult to keep a group going where I live. What’s the point? etc.) the solution is always within us. I have come up against this kind of thing in myself many times over the years and as many of you know have almost given up leading dances on a few occasions. However I have always found that when I had the courage to open up to whatever energy within me is causing me to feel stuck that my commitment and my capacity invariably strengthened, deepened and widened. We break through to a new and different level.
The Dances are such a gift to humanity particularly at this time.  It is a shame that we hide their light under a bushel. There’s no need for the dances to remain as one of the world’s best kept secrets! The dances are in our hands. It’s up to us. Success in leading the dances however we understand that is mostly the result of keeping on keeping on.
Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Friday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

28th/29th, Brigsteer near Kendal. Sufi Dancing and Meditation. 

Taking time to replenish your inner being on a regular basis is a necessary form of healing and maintenance. Step aside from your busy life to taste some real spiritual nourishment. This kind of food for the soul is healing on all levels of being.

Our Sufi Dance gatherings happen in Brigsteer three times a year. It’s always so wonderful to join in the circle together. Each time we gather we have the sense of reconnecting with Unity, of Re-Union with the Beloved. It is our Yoga, our Union with the Divine. As we say in our Zikr, our Remembrance of Unity, la illaha illa ‘llah. There is only One Reality which is Unity.

In our circle everyone stands equal to everyone else. The dances, or more accurately we could call them body prayers, are easy and accessible. The movements are simple and the sacred phrases of the chants are all explained fully. It’s an easy process and we all come as we are. As Rumi would say, “Whatever coin you may bring along is acceptable currency.”

There are many layers of being to be explored and mastered on the spiritual path. Sufi practices are the most joyful way to share this journey with other people that I have ever come across.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall, a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of parking. For those travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten minute drive from Kendal.

Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

Further details. Contact: madowson@gmail.com

May
 25th-27th Healing into Wholeness., A spiritual Journey.

Part 3 of 3. Residential series of weekends.

Details to follow.

Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Friday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip

September
22nd/23rd, Brigsteer near Kendal. Sufi Dancing and Meditation. 

Learn how to let your light shine more fully and to experience joy, real joy, in all its fullness. In joy we live and move and have our being we could say. Taking time to replenish your inner being on a regular basis is a necessary form of healing and maintenance. Step aside from your busy life to taste some real spiritual nourishment. This kind of food for the soul is healing on all levels of being.

Our Sufi Dance gatherings happen in Brigsteer three times a year. It’s always so wonderful to join in the circle together. Each time we gather we have the sense of reconnecting with Unity, of Re-Union with the Beloved. It is our Yoga, our Union with the Divine. As we say in our Zikr, our Remembrance of Unity, la illaha illa ‘llah. There is only One Reality which is Unity.

In our circle everyone stands equal to everyone else. The dances, or more accurately we could call them body prayers, are easy and accessible. The movements are simple and the sacred phrases of the chants are all explained fully. It’s an easy process and we all come as we are. As Rumi would say, “Whatever coin you may bring along is acceptable currency.”

There are many layers of being to be explored and mastered on the spiritual path. Sufi practices are the most joyful way to share this journey with other people that I have ever come across.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall, a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of parking. For those travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten minute drive from Kendal.

Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

Further details. Contact: madowson@gmail.com

November

21st-25th, Oxford.  Meditation Retreat for Sufi Mureeds 

Details to follow.

Venue: Carmelite Retreat Centre, Chilswell, Boars Hill, Oxford. OX1 5HB. Accommodation in single or twin rooms. The weekend will begin on Wednesday with supper at 6.30pm and will end on Sunday after lunch.

Further details. Contact: Philip