What You Seek is Seeking You:

The Wisdom of Rumi

A Day Retreat with Dr. Brandon Nappi and Helen BetGivargis

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners

Rumi is one of the most beloved and widely read poets in the world today. Born in 1207 in Persia, Rumi was a genius theologian, poet, and scholar whose writing is as fresh today as it was eight centuries ago. A passionate seeker of love, truth and wisdom, Rumi composed an impressive 70,000 verses which have touched the hearts and minds of people from nearly every religious and spiritual tradition.

This retreat will explore the central spiritual themes in Rumi’s poetry including love, loneliness, letting go, embracing challenge, and finding your life’s purpose. We will explore mindfulness practices that can help us embody on a daily basis the wisdom that Rumi expressed so powerfully. 

The day will include storytelling, lecture, meditation, small group conversation, free time, and the sounds of the Native American flute. This retreat also offers the opportunity to learn Persian calligraphy, and hear Persian poetry in the native tongue of Rumi. Bring a journal.

Tuition is $125 and includes lunch.

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Brandon Nappi

Dr. Brandon Nappi, founder and executive director at the Copper Beech Institute and the associate director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, is a spiritual teacher, speaker, and writer who passionately believes in the capacity of the human spirit to awaken. Inspired by the common wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, he has dedicated his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice. 



Helen BetGivargis, L.Ac., M.S.
Helen was born and raised in Iran, where there is a rich history of great poets such as Hafiz, Saadi, khayam, and Rumi (as known in Iran as Molana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Balkh, aka Molana/Mawlavy). Over the past two decades, Helen has been revisiting Rumi’s poetry and reciting them in her native Persian/Farsi language, the language in which Rumi wrote the majority of his poems. Helen has attended various workshops on Rumi’s poetry, mystical Sufism and Sama with Coleman Bark, Andrew Harvey, and Banafshe Sayad.




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