Inner guidance groups

Seattle Inner Guidance Intensive Summer 2022

Aug 25 4 days
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At a Glance

Gathering with kindred seekers with a shared dedication to the inner life, retreats provide companionship, training and support for your spiritual development.

  • Time: 7am-9pm PT
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Format: on Zoom
  • Teacher: Gayan Macher
  • Eligibility: by invitation or application
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.
If there is a kingdom of God to be found anywhere, it is within oneself. And it is, therefore, in the knowledge of self that there lies the fulfillment of life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Seattle Inner Guidance Retreat is an opportunity for community of spiritual friendship and practice. The group is oriented around the practice of contemplative inquiry, which is the great art of Listening inwardly—listening for guidance to the deepest questions of your heart, for understanding of your life, and discovery of your true self.

There is special value in doing contemplative inquiry in a group setting. First, the shared experience connects us in true spiritual friendship, which is precious and rare. On the surface our situations are unique, but as we look further, we recognize an underlying unity in our deepest questions. Secondly, witnesses who are practicing being present provide a powerful field of support to the person working. Lastly and most importantly, witnesses benefit by observing how guidance functions.

There are specific qualities we cultivate that are conducive to the revelation of meaning and truth. The practice brings us to a state of intimacy and honesty with our hearts, where, surprisingly, we have often been strangers.

The Fruits of Practice

To Feel Fully Alive:  We must discover our heart and truly know its joy, sorrow and secret.

To Live with Maturity and Fulfillment:   We must see life as it is and be earnest students of its lessons.

To Align with the Divine Intention:   We must listen with total commitment to the voice of guidance that comes from within.

These purposes are not mere platitudes; they can be developed and made real.

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Gayan Macher

Gayan Macher

Gayan is a companion and guide to those who are called to the courageous path of love. He has practiced and taught the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan his entire adult life. In addition, he has studied Buddhist practice, the Diamond Approach, and psychology, where he explored emerging understandings of the formation of the ego.

Gayan leads group retreats and has guided scores of individual students. He collaborated with Pir Zia Inayat Khan in designing Suluk Academy, and taught at Suluk for eight years. Along with Taj Inayat he created Sufi Retreats, and then New Rain, which became laboratories for the process of awakening and spiritual maturation.

A specialty of his work is leading Inner Guidance Groups, a process in which people learn the art of listening to the voice of truth and understanding coming from within.

Gayan also has a 40-year career as a consultant to executives of organizations, having worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profits of all sizes. Being a confidant to people in positions of significant responsibility has given him a front row seat for the study of leadership and human nature.

Among Gayan’s great loves is music. He plays guitar, and as a singer-song writer has recorded two CDs of original songs.

You can listen to this music here >

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In the library

On Listening
  • Authors: Gayan Macher,
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  • Themes: Spiritual Path, Truth, Witnessing,

If life is to have meaning, if guidance is real and we wish to find it, we must be sincere in our readiness to listen. We must want to hear what is in our hearts, and what has grown silent due to lack of attention.

Creating Sacred Space at Home
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  • Themes: Spiritual Path,

Here are a few recommendations for how to create sacred space at home. This is especially important for joining Retreats and other programs online.

Tech Recommendations for at-home Retreat
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For first-time Hurqalya Center participants, the following are recommendations on how to ensure a technically sound and optimal retreat experience.

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