Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: Prostration and Praise
August 5 – 12, 2017
A seven day study retreat exploring servanthood as the ultimate affirmation of the unity of being. Facilitated by Avi Abadi.
In his Book of Theophanies, Ibn ‘Arabi relates that he addressed the following words to al-Hallaj, when he met him in the intermediate world: “In my view, that [otherness] which you dismiss so lightly is the ultimate proof.”
This Beshara course aims to explore that otherness and the reasons that render the realisation of that by which the Lord is distinguished from the servant as the highest level of discernment a human being may attain. To this end, the course will focus on the study of selected passages from the Word of Lot, the Word of Ezra and the Word of Jesus in the Fusus al-Hikam.”
Timetable & Accommodation
This is a residential retreat at the Chisholme Institute, starting at 7pm on Saturday, 5th August and running until 2pm on Saturday, 12th August. The timetable will comprise meditation, study, conversation, devotional practice and practical work in the house, kitchen or garden, all in the spirit of service.
The location is in the grounds of Chisholme House, a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle.
The Chisholme Institute is a school dedicated to exploring the essential unity of all existence, the true nature of the self, and how our understanding of this informs how we are in the world.
Booking & Fees
Shared double or triple bedroom: £325
Single room (when available): £375
*Accommodation and all meals are included.
**A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required in advance; the balance is payable on arrival.
The Chisholme Institute tries to ensure that people are not excluded for financial reasons and may be able to offer a reduced fee to those who need it.
Course / Event location
The Chisholme Institute, Chisholme House, Hawick TD9 7PH, UK
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