They were not aware whence it came

Non-theistic spirituality according to the Fusus al-Hikam of Ibn Arabi

August 2nd – 4th, 2019
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, UK.

Course Description

Last year the residential course at The Abbey in October 2018 took Ibn ‘Arabi’s work Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries, as the inspiration for an immersive weekend of study and practice, led by the book’s co-translator Cecilia Twinch, whose insights encouraged profound engagement. Wishing to offer a further opportunity for in-depth study and conversation, the Beshara Trust will host another weekend course at the beautiful 14th century Abbey at Sutton Courtenay in August 2019. The Abbey provides a very special environment for study and reflection.

This year’s course will focus on extracts from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam selected by Avi Abadi, the seminar leader. The Fusus is a work that addresses itself directly to the heart of all those who are willing to open themselves up and receive its bounteous gifts of knowledge.

It will aim to explore, through study of relevant passages in the Fusus al-Hikam, both the metaphysical roots of non-theistic spirituality and also the modes of realisation that apply to it. The Fusus is entirely theistic, however its scope and width are such that it accounts for the place of non-theistic striving.

Strikingly, as it will be employed in this seminar, the term ‘non-theistic spirituality’ applies to any discipline that aims for the experience of non-material dimensions of reality and rules out the concept of the ‘Divine Person’ – which definition intriguingly includes, for example, both the traditional non-duality of Advaita Vedanta and the post-modern new atheism of Sam Harris.

“Had we not been lovers, we would have been Buddhists.” Bulent Rauf

Timetable & Accommodation

Arrival time: from 16.00 Friday 2nd August
Departure time: 16.30 Sunday 4th August

The Abbey is a conference centre near Abingdon, easily accessible from London and Oxford.

Address: The Abbey Sutton Courtenay The Green Abingdon OX14 4AF
Click here for directions

Accommodation: single or double rooms
The bedrooms in the Guesthouse at the Abbey have shared facilities.
There is a communal sitting room and kitchen with fridge.

Facilitator / Speaker

Avi Abadi has been a student of the perspective of the unity of being as presented in the works of Ibn ‘Arabi for many years. He has directed study for six month Beshara School courses at the Chisholme Institute, and in the last few years has presented seminars and courses in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and Jakarta, most recently giving the 2018 Beshara Lecture titled ‘Something from Nothing’.

Booking & Fees

Costs: Charges are per person. All rooms are single occupancy unless booking as a couple.
Residential: £270.00 (includes all meals)
Non-residential: £150.00 (includes 2 evening meals and 2 lunches)

Deposit: required with each booking
Residential: £50.00
Non-residential: £25.00

Final Balance: due on or before 1st July, 2019

To secure your place, please complete the online booking form and email confirmation of your deposit payment to the course organisers:
Dee Mitting and Lucy Barratt at:

By Bank Transfer to:
The Beshara Trust Ltd, HSBC, 31 Holborn, Holborn Circus, London, EC1N 2HR
Sort Code: 40-11-58
Account number: 50135607

Please use reference ‘SC Abbey’

Or send a cheque, payable to Beshara Trust Ltd, to:
The Treasurer, The Beshara Trust Ltd, Woodgate Farm, Church Lane, Beckley, East Sussex, TN31 6UH

Deposits are non-refundable. Other funds paid will be refunded for cancellations received before 1st July, 2019. After 1st July we reserve the right to retain any money paid. This is because the Abbey require a proportion of the cost of cancellation to be paid for cancellations made less than 12 weeks prior to the event.

For any further enquiries, please contact

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