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The Secrets of Voyaging, by Ibn 'Arabi
Sat, 8 Jul 2017, 19:00 – Sat, 15 Jul 2017, 14:00 BST
“In reality, we never cease from journeying from the moment we and our origins are constituted, ad infinitum.”
The material to be studied on this course comes from Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi’s outstanding work Kitab al-Isfār ʿan natāʾij al-asfār, recently translated into English by Angela Jaffray under the title “The Secrets of Voyaging” with a valuable commentary by the translator.
For an introduction to the book, see here..
In this work Ibn ‘Arabi addresses the human spiritual quest in its most essential aspects.
In the course we shall explore some aspects of spiritual journeying such as transformation, revelation and pilgrimage. The primary aim of the study is not academic, historical or cultural but to explore and recognise these meanings in ourselves, and our orientation to Reality, by sitting at the feet of Ibn ‘Arabi, one of the greatest spiritual teachers. The medium of study is conversation, contemplation and meditation, directed by the text. Although previous acquaintance with the work of Ibn ‘Arabi is of benefit no previous experience is necessary.
The course facilitators Janet Bowers and Michael Cohen in 2015 and 2016 directed a number of study days in London on the Secrets of Voyaging. These days attracted an enthusiastic and dedicated group of students and engendered remarkable sentiment, conversation and appreciation.in the group. We now take pleasure in offering the possibility of travelling in a similar way at the Chisholme Institute.
This is a residential retreat, starting on Saturday evening (7pm) and running until after lunch on the following Saturday (2pm). The timetable will incorporate meditation, study, conversation, devotional practice and practical work in the house, kitchen or garden, all in the spirit of service.
The course is fully residential and students are expected to be here for the full week, arriving on Saturday 8th and leaving the following Saturday
Chisholme House is set on a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle. The main house looks out over glorious landscaped grounds, and woods of native trees encircle the estate.
Shared accommodation (double or triple bedroom) £325
Single room accommodation (when available £375)
This includes accommodation and all meals. A non-refundable deposit of £60 should be paid when booking. The balance can be paid once at Chisholme.
Booking is cheper on the website: http://www.chisholme.org/calendar/12/66-The-Secrets-of-Voyaging-by-Ibn-Arabi.html
The Chisholme kitchen provides food in keeping with the spiritual and material aims of its education. Chisholme is not vegetarian but meat is prepared with the deepest respect for its benefit and origin. Meanwhile vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. Special diets can be catered for where there is a medical reason. Please let us know your needs when you book your stay.