LIVING SUFISM PRESENTERS & PANELISTS

 

Elias Amidon

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 Barrow

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 Covey

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 Esser

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 Inayat-Khan

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.

Elmer Koole

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 Rana

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.

 

Kiran Rana

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 Robinson

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 Valeton-Kiekens

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 Vivian

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 Wenger

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 Witt

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.

 

 

We are pleased to announce the fourth year of the warmly received Living Sufism teleconference. This year’s Living Sufism presentations will be a collective inquiry into the central theme: Practices of Awakening.

 ﷯ Elias Amidon Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. 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. ﷯ Carol Barrow Carol fell in love with the teachings of the Sufi Way during a wilderness quest in 2004. She now facilitates and co-facilitates groups focused on creativity and the Open Path. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two dogs. ﷯ Sharif Peter Hawkins Sharif has been a student of Sufism for nearly 40 years. His many roles include author, professor, consultant, coach, and retreat guide. He teaches internationally on leadership and organizational development. ﷯ Kunderke Noverraz Kunderke Noverraz has been a passionate student and teacher of Sufism and Spiritual Psychology for most of her adult life. She has led and co-led workshops, retreats and pilgrimages and for many years enjoyed leading the meditation evenings of the Bristol Sufi Centre. ﷯ Puran Lucas Perez Puran is a writer, musician, digital creative and long-time student of Sufism. His work focuses primarily on creativity and spirituality in the evolution of Sufi traditions. He lives in New York, happily ensconced among family and friends in the luminous Hudson Valley. ﷯
Jeanne Rana Jeanne Rana has been a member of the Sufi Way for thirty years. She is a San Francisco Bay area poet and author, and collaborates with her husband, Kiran, at their Bay Dervish Sufi center in Alameda. She also is a member of Crescendo Choir at First Unitarian Church of Oakland. ﷯ Kiran Rana Born in India, Kiran is a student and teacher of Sufism who finds inspiration in all traditions, in life, in fellow human beings, and in writing poetry music and theater. He lives happily with his wife, Jeanne, in Alameda, California, where they hold a Sufi Way space offering personal guidance, mystical conversations, sufi music, poetry and zikr. ﷯ Rabia Roberts Rabia is a writer, spiritual teacher, and international citizen activist. Co-editor of the book Earth Prayers, she has worked and taught throughout the world on justice, peace, women’s rights, and environmental issues.

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