LIVING SUFISM PRESENTERS & PANELISTS
Pir Elias is the spiritual director of the Sufi Way & Open Path. Author of the books The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness and Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening, he has worked internationally for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism. He continues to travel widely, leading Open Path and Sufi Way programs in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the United States.
Carol fell in love with the teachings of the Sufi Way during a wilderness quest led by Pir Elias in 2004. Today, in addition to assisting with Sufi Way communications, she facilitates on-line groups focused on creativity, pure listening, and the Open Path. She lives in Colorado with her husband and her dogs, Dharma and Rumi.
Chris works internationally as a Nutritional Therapist, writer, speaker, and whole-person health educator. With his wife, Masami, he cofounded and runs the Zenshin Institute in the Denver, Colorado area. Chris has been involved with the Sufi Way since 2009 and serves as an Open Path Guide and host of the Denver Open Path circle.
Klaus-Peter feels he has gained a great deal of inner freedom and peace from his participation in three Open Path Trainings. Professionally, he assists people and organizations in their change processes. He lives in the southwestern part of Germany with his wife, Barbara, three children and four grandchildren, sharing the joy of community across generations.
Sharif Peter Hawkins
Murshid Sharif has been a student of Sufism for nearly 40 years. His many roles include author, professor, consultant, coach and retreat guide. He has worked closely with Pir Elias Amidon to help develop Rites of Passage and Worship ceremonies, is a keen gardener, and teaches leadership and organizational development. He lives with his wife, Judy Ryde, in Bath, where they offer a long-established Sufi Way center.
Suzanne is an Open Path guide and a Local Circle leader, and has been committed to the path of Universal Sufism within the Sufi Way for over forty years. She and her husband, Omar, have held regular gatherings and workshops for several years in the UK and The Netherlands, where they explore ways to open to a natural awareness through music, meditation and other Sufi experiential practices.
Murshid Elmer lives in the Netherlands. He has been a member of the Sufi Way since 1976 and has facilitated a range of programs, from music and Islam to desert quests. An ecologist by profession, Elmer has worked for many years in the area of international cooperation. He is currently training as a guide for Vision Quests.
Puran Lucas Perez
Puran has been learning, teaching, deepening, guiding on the path of the Sufi Way in Europe and North America for almost 50 years. His focus continues to be the development of transformational awareness through creativity and the refinement of consciousness in everyday life. He lives in the Hudson Valley, NY where he leads a Sufi Way center.
Jeanne has been a member of the Sufi Way for thirty years. She is a San Francisco Bay area poet and author, and her poems often appear in Fresh Rain, the Sufi Way e-magazine. She sings Sufi qawwali and co-hosts a Sufi Way center with her husband, Kiran, and is a member of Crescendo Choir at First Unitarian Church of Oakland.
Born in India, Murshid Kiran is a student and teacher of Sufism who finds inspiration in all traditions, in life, in fellow human beings, in creativity. He lives happily with his wife, Jeanne, in Alameda, California, where they offer gatherings for conversation, zikr, qawwali and universal worship. Currently he is conducting a yearlong online seminar called A Taste of Sufism.
Sabah Raphael Reed
Sabah is a poet, healer and celebrant who feels blessed to lead a contemplative life surrounded by the love of family, friends and the more-than-human world. She has worked for many years in the fields of education and social justice, and now offers creative co-enquiry groups — most recently into the Wisdom of Sophia.
Lysana is a musician, artist and environmentalist. She has been involved with the Sufi Way for nearly 30 years and has frequently led musical meditation evenings; these now take place in the Scottish Highlands where she currently lives. She is particularly interested in exploring the interconnectedness of all living beings and how mankind might live more lightly on the earth.
Umtul worked for several years in publishing, does translations from English to Dutch, and writes essays and poetry. She lives with her husband near Bergen in North Holland, where she leads a Sufi Way center focusing on nondual aspects of Sufism. A fanatic gardener, she feels her garden is where the love she experiences from within manifests as beauty.
Simon has been engaged with the Sufi Way since 1974, under the guidance first of Murshid Fazal Inayat-Khan and then Murshida Sitara Brutnell. After an active life in business, he is now a Massage Therapist and bodyworker and, together with his wife, Sunnara, leads an Open Path group in Malvern, UK.
Michael grew up in Switzerland and had a brief career as an avant-garde actor in Paris and New York. In 1990, attracted by Bob Hoffman’s “Quadrinity Process, ” he co-founded and directed the Hoffman Institute in Milan. His spiritual life has been shaped by exposure to many non-dual teachers, and he currently works with groups and individuals in Italy, Switzerland and other countries.
Erica is a retired psychotherapist who now spends time on art and sculpture projects, particularly stone carving. Since 1974 she has spent a lot of time studying different spiritual traditions. In the past few years, engaged with nondual teachings of Pir Elias Amidon, she feels she has “come home,” and she and her husband, John, lead a Sufi Way center in Bristol.