The Garden of Ziraat        



"There is one Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture that can enlighten the reader." 

--Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ziraat is a heart-based approach to gardening and food production outwardly, and to spiritual growth inwardly. The heart, like the earth, is regarded as sacred soil to be prepared for planting. Rocks and roots are removed; last year's stubble is plowed under. New seed is placed in the furrow. Sunshine and rain attend the turning of the seasons, and the ancient cycles of sowing, growth, fruition and harvest are realized in ourselves and in our gardens and farms.
--Pir Moineddin Jablonski


For more information, email the Garden of Ziraat:
ziraat@olympus.net

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VAKIL FOREST SHOMER: 2013-14 EVENT CALENDAR

August 10-17, 2014

Northwest Sufi Camp, 2014

"Practicing Presence"

near Molalla, OR

will include a Ziraat-themed daily class conducted by Vakil

 

May 24-29, 2013

31st Annual Ozarks Sufi Camp

"Cultivating the Inner Life"

Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Teaching staff includes: Shabda Kahn, Tamam Kahn,  many others

 

2012 EVENTS

October 5, 2012

Keynote Address

PAST/FUTURE: Using Native Plants for Re-Inhabitation

Fifth Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Fort Flagler State Park, near Port Townsend, WA

http://www.northwestpermaculture.org/

 

August 12-19, 2012

Embodying the Spirit of Guidance

Northwest Sufi Camp, near Molalla, OR

Teaching staff includes: Taj Inayat, Wali Ali Meyer, others

 

2011 EVENTS

November 4-6, 2011

Ziraat Retreat in the Ozarks Region

a weekend at Heartsong Retreat Center, near Deer AR

Planet Soul: Working with the Elements to Heal and Harmonize

reflection, spiritual practice, walks in nature, and conversation

 Cost: $101

Contact: Susan Halima Schabilion, 510 Ridgeway Ave., Columbia, MO 65203

suebartelette@hotmail.com

Heartsong Retreat Center is nestled in the beautiful Ozarks at the headwaters

of the Buffalo River. Weather permitting, hike down the mountain to

the Buffalo River on Saturday.

Heartsong has a lovely shrine for dancing/zikr, a relaxing kitchen/dining area,

and modern shower/toilet facilities.

Exquisite vegetarian meals with meat options will be prepared by Chef Azim;

if you have any food allergies, please let us know at the time of registration.

http://heartsongretreat.webs.com/

 

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The Alchemy of Happiness Retreat

June 19-24, 2011

near Golden BC, Canada

www.sufimovementincanada.ca

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“Planet Soul: Working with the Elements to Heall and Harmonize”

reflection, spiritual practice, walks in nature, and conversation

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $20

West Eugene (Oregon) Wetlands Nature Yurt

To register, contact:Sophia Bowie-McCoy

(541) 343-5511

More info, contact: Garden of Ziraat

Vakil Forest Shomer

ziraat@olympus.net

360-385-6114

 

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Announcing: SACRED NATURE

Summer 2010 edition of HeartBeat, the journal of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. The entire issue is devoted to Ziraat, featuring the work of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Dorothy MacLean, Sufia Carol Sill, Asha Lela, Saladin Pelfrey, Aziza Riely-Twaddle, Michael J. Furniss, and myself (Vakil Forest Shomer). With a note by editor Kyra Epstein. To download the PDF:

www.ruhaniat.org/

and select "HeartBeat" from menu on left

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Announcing: THE ZIRAAT READER

The Ziraat Reader, an anthology compiled by Vakil Forest Shomer and produced by Amrita Skye Blaine, is now available.   

It is a spiral bound, 134 page document filled with valuable articles and photographs.   It includes prayers and practices; Ziraat Papers; essays, commentaries, and inspirations, written works of  Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, Murshida Vera Corda, Shamcher Bryn Beorse, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, and many more; with a foreword by Pir Shabda Kahn.

It is designed with the intention to spread Ziraat among our greater spiritual family.  

It costs $20 plus $6.00 shipping (US currency).  Additional copies purchased at the same time, add $1 postage each. For postage to other countries: inquire.

The Reader is available only in English at this time.

Payment can be accepted by money order or check.
For credit card orders (Visa, Mastercard), PayPal is accepted:

 use <ziraat@olympus.net> as payee.


Orders can be mailed to:

Vakil Forest Shomer

PO Box 639

Port Townsend WA 98368
USA

 ziraat@olympus.net

360-385-6114

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2010 EVENTS

ZIRAAT RETREAT IN NORTH CAROLINA

         Tassawuri Gaia: Self-Effacement in Nature USA

Mount Shepherd Retreat Center, Asheboro NC

November 8-10

guided by Ziraat Coordinator Vakil Forest Shomer
and guests

Curriculum: dances, walks, nature meditations
element practices, Ziraat studies

special guest: Tamam Kahn
reading from UNTOLD: A History
of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad

directly preceding the SRI Jamiat Khas at same location

 

TASSAWURI GAIA

a class at

36th Annual Mendocino Sufi Camp

Northern California, USA

July 18-25, 2010

www.GoldenGateSufi.org

 

 ZIRAAT RITUAL

at the Khankah SAM, 65 Norwich St., San Francisco

April 7

www.khankahsam.org

 

VAKIL FOREST SHOMER: 2009 EVENT 

Fana-fi Gaia:

ZIRAAT RETREAT IN PORT TOWNSEND, WASHINGTON

Chapel, Fort Worden State Park

October 26-27

A two-day retreat with Ziraat practitioners from North America:

ritual, practices, immersion in Nature.

 

SECOND SOUTH AMERICA ZIRAAT TOUR

December 2008-January 2009

Argentina, Chile and beyond!

 RUHANIAT INTERNATIONAL SUFI CAMP JANUARY 3 -- 10, 2009

YACU YURA Valle de Punilla (Cordoba)

ARGENTINA

 

Yacu Yura Camp

 

CHILEAN RETREAT

Ziraat, Sufi Soulwork, and Dances of Universal Peace

Olmué, Viña del Mar area

January 16-18

Chilean Retreat

 

Click on this link for a full pictorial report on the 2007 completed tour:

SOUTH AMERICA ZIRAAT TOUR

MURSHID SAM DANCE AND WALK TRAINING

near Cordoba, Argentina

February 2-4, 2007

ZIRAAT IN CHILE

Vina del Mar area

February 10

 

ZIRAAT IN COLUMBIA

Cali, Bogota areas

February 24, 25

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Darvesha Victoria: Events

darv@starband.net

Refresh and Renew in the Presence
Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center
Silver City New Mexico
July 30 - August 4
http://darvesha.net/teachingschedule_2013.htm


Over the Top
Wilderness Dance Camp
Flathead Lake, MT
Aug 18- 24
http://darvesha.net/teachingschedule_2013.htm

Turning Inside Out
Koolery Dance Camp
Kooteney Lake,B.C., Canada
Aug 29 - Sept 2
http://darvesha.net/teachingschedule_2013.htm

Lama Mountain Sufi Sesshin
Taos, New Mexico
Sept 11 - 15
http://darvesha.net/teachingschedule_2013.htm

 

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Retreat in Nature (Khilvat)

Guided by Saladin Pelfrey: walkingthewoods@verizon.net

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Workshops with Asha Lela

Contact/info for these programs: ashalela@rockisland.com

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Also visit: http://www.Ziraat.org

The Ziraat Concentration of North America-- An Activity of the Sufi Order International

http://www.sufimovement.org/symbology.htm

The Symbology Activity of the International Sufi Movement

"All scriptures before nature's manuscript are as little pools of water before the ocean." 

--Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

© Forest Shomer 2013