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The European Sufi Summer School
is open to all. It is rooted in an open spiritual tradition of the ancient Chistia lineage of Sufism. Our transmission (ruhaniyya) is through Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti (Samuel L.Lewis) and Murshid Moineddin Jablonski. Threads of their individual spiritual practice also include Zen Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Bhakti and Advaita Yoga, and Kaballah.
The Summer School is staffed by dedicated students connected in various ways to and through this line of spiritual transmission. It is not legally or financially connected with any other Sufi corporation, organisation or project.
Our Summer School celebrates the living way of the many paths of the heart through Sufi zikr (Remembrance), sitting and walking meditation, healing, spiritual music, Soulwork and Spiritual Psychology, art and Dances of Universal Peace, and more.
We emphasize teaching “in the footsteps of” our spiritual ancestors with language and practice adapted to the current challenges of humanity and the planet as a whole. No prior experience is necessary except a heart open to wisdom from the world’s many traditions.
All classes are conducted in English and German.
22nd European Sufi Summer School1 - 7 July 2024
Registration is now open
The Return of Holy Wisdom:
Uncovering the Forgotten Way of Being Human
Today we find many calls for a new way to be human, more in tune with our environment and with each other. Globally and individually we often struggle to make decisions about the many challenges we face, when none of the alternatives seem good. Einstein once commented, “we cannot solve problems from the same consciousness that created them.”
In the ancient world, we find intimations that human beings in the future will become more conscious of themselves in freely chosen, loving relationships to other people, nature, and the cosmos. A long, ancient tradition links this new humanity with the reappearance of Sophia-Holy Wisdom in each of us. Some say that the Sufis were named after her, as were the ancient philosophers, a word that originally meant “lovers of Sophia.”
At this year’s summer school, we will dive into this long tradition by sharing the deep meditations contained in the Holy Wisdom text “Thunder, Perfect Mind,” as we also continue to explore Jesus’ teachings in Aramaic in relation to the Beautiful Names in the Qur’an. A full range of classes will share chant, healing practices, meditation, body awareness, walking meditation, body prayer, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr. Through all these tools, we can open all our senses to freeing Sacred Sense within us and reawaken the wisdom of Sophia in our lives.
Open to all. You are welcome to join us!
If you're new to the Summer School...
We will draw not only from the Sufi lineage of teaching (primarily but not exclusively the Chishti one through Hazrat Inayat Khan) but also from a wider range of the world’s spiritual wisdom in which our teachers have immersed themselves.
Our aim is to nurture a community of seekers–and finders!–from across Europe and the rest of the world.
What you can expect...
We offer a range of classes, all focused toward present-day challenges, personally and globally. These include meditation, chanting including Sufi dhikr (“remembrance”), body prayer and times of silence. The meditative walks of Murshid Samuel Lewis are a virtually untapped treasure about the truth of where each of us is right now, as doorways to Unity. His dances, inspired through vision and dream, offer the possibility to experience meditation in movement, and stillness in motion. Participation in all classes is optional.
Generally, the day begins with an all-school class, this year by our director, and then multiple classes are offered throughout the day. In the evening, we join together again for shared practice, Dances of Universal Peace, meditation, and wisdom stories, usually from the Sufi tradition.
This year's team...
Our staff for the 2024 Summer School will include Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz (Scotland, director), Alima (Germany), Baraka (Germany), Hakim (Germany), Jelaluddin (Germany), Jean-Pierre Salik (France), Khabir (Germany), Nur Jahan (Scotland, assistant director, webmaster), Rafia (Germany), Rahmana (Germany), Tara and Maboud (USA), Zahira (Germany, manager) and Renate (England, translation team).
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Seminar house Proitzer Müehle
Our gatherings take place in Protzer Müehle in North Germany, in the hills of a nature reserve park of the Elba River. Surrounded by forests, meadows, and lakes it is an old water mill, whose history goes back to the 14th century.
The buildings are on a 10-hectare site and have been remodeled to a high standard. It is now a venue for spiritual seminars and dance groups.
The main house features a large dance hall with a wooden spring-floor, where we hold our main sessions. Two more meeting rooms provide us with the opportunity to have a few classes running simultaneously.
The area provides a lot of opportunity for spending quality time outdoors, weather permitting. Be that a long walk along the fields and even into the forests, a courageous dive in a local pond, or simply dining al-fresco or just having a cuppa at one of the many sitting areas around the mill, fresh air of the German countryside gives us a pleasurable summer experience.
The venue has plentiful accommodation in the main house, as well as in two newer houses. Most of the rooms are en-suite, and those that are not share a bathroom with one or (more rarely) two other rooms.
A few single rooms are available, the majority of rooms are double, and some are triple (although we aim to fill them to capacity only when absolutely necessary.)
Camping in one’s own tent is also a possiblity, as well as staying in a bigger shared (dormitory style, a.k.a “The Mattress room”) accommodation.
Vegetarian meals are as abundant as they are amazingly delicious. Over the years many have noticed that clothes seem to shrink by the end of the seminar, so this might be something to be conscious of.
If you have different dietary needs, the kitchen will be able to accommodate vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets pretty easily.
There is plenty of space, both indoors and outdoors, to spend time over a meal with friends or if one so chooses, to have a quiet contemplative dinner.
For more photos, including of the rooms, and to see the room charts please visit Proitzer Müehle at https://proitzer-muehle.de Some parts of the website are only in German, but all the main browsers will be able to help you with the translation.
Registration and Logistics
Registration for the 2024 Summer School is now open
Germany is hosting the European Football Championship 2024 around the dates of our summer school. If you are travelling from another country, please take care to book your travel early.
We are reintroducing the “early bird” discount: you can get € 50 off the ticket price (€ 100 for couples) if we receive your deposit of € 250 by March, 1.
Tuition: € 470 per person. Couples: € 890.
Young adults (18-28): € 290, reduced (in education) € 210.
Accommodation (bed+standard meals, per person, for 6 nights):
Single room (just a few available!) – € 530 – 560
Double room – € 392 – 410
Triple room – € 380
Mattress room/own tent – € 296
Limited number of tickets with additional discounts is available every year, please enquire early!
Our standard diet is vegetarian.
Special diets — vegan, gluten free, dairy free, allergies — € 8/day.
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