Know Thyself: The Essence of Sufism – Weekend Retreat at Home


This weekend will be on the subject of the divine as it is expressed and understood in the Sufi tradition. We will be exploring the writings of Rumi and Balyani through meditations, conversations and most especially in our own lived and felt experience.

The weekend will begin on Friday with a guided meditation. There will be a guided meditation and a Q&A session on Saturday, with a break in between, and on Sunday there will be a meditation, finishing with a Q&A session after the break. Details of the schedule are below.

All you need to participate is a computer or a mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone, with a built-in speaker and access to the internet. The platform we use for the sessions is Zoom. Francesca will walk you through the sign-in process, which is very simple, and she will email you with the invitation to join ahead of the weekend. Participants also receive audio and video links to stream the recordings of each session, and these will remain active for 30 days. 

To optimize your retreat experience, we recommend a wired connection if possible. If you do use a Wi-Fi connection, close all or most other devices using the signal. For mobile devices, a 3G or 4G connection is needed.


Date Session Type West Coast East Coast United Kingdom New Delhi
Friday 3rd Meditation  10:00 am - 11:30 am 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 4th Meditation 8:00 am - 9:30 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  Q&A 11:30 am - 1:30 pm 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 1:00 am - 3:00 am*
Sunday 5th Meditation 8:00 am - 9:30 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  Q&A 11:30 am - 1:30 pm 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 1:00 am - 3:00 am*

To calculate the time difference where you live use this link:

Discussion Board

Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:

  • Post comments
  • Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes

Everyone who registers for this event will automatically be added to a Discussion Board, which will put them in direct contact with all other attendees, enabling them to be in touch with one another, individually or as a group, exchange information or simply for social purposes. Please note that the Discussion Board is not to be used for promotional purposes.

The Discussion Board will also be used by the group organiser to contact the whole group in the run up to the event with important information and to share the links to recordings during the retreat. If you have technical issues during the meetings please contact the organiser directly using the chat function on the platform.

The server will only send out emails for the organisers posts. If you would like to stay in touch with the other attendees, you will find the Discussion Board tab is available, once registered for the retreat and is located on the tab next to the Attendees list.


To register for this weekend retreat please use the 'add to basket' buttons below and follow instructions to checkout.

Tickets are available based on the sliding scale below, with the intention of making the teaching available to more people: 

£37.50 - Supported: for those who would like to attend but are unable to do so for financial reasons*
£75.00 - Standard: for those with sufficient financial resources to attend at a fair price
£150.00 - Sponsor: for those with adequate financial resources and a desire to support attendance for others.

Tickets include access to all of the daily meetings. Links to the streamable recordings will be posted on the discussion board after each meeting and will be available for four weeks. Please select from the options in the tickets section below, add to basket and checkout as normal.

*If you wish to attend with a Supported ticket, please email Niya, for more information. Please note that the cut-off date for applications is Thursday 2nd December, 5pm GMT. 



Full refunds will be given on tickets cancelled before the start of the retreat.
No refunds will be given after the retreat has begun. 
If you have technical problems please contact the organiser of the retreat for assistance. 

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