Hope and Sacred Activism with Renowned Spiritual Teacher, Scholar and Author, Andrew Harvey at The Abode of the Message

Discover Sacred and Deep Mystical Principles that Can Transform Your Life, Help You Radically Open Your Heart, and Embody Your Divinity.

Hope and Sacred Activism Intensive, Andrew Harvey, June 11-15

An Embodied Path to Divine Love, Andrew Harvey and Robin Becker, June 15-17

Both retreats are open to the public. Information and registration can be found at The Abode’s website: http://www.theabode.org/programs/459/sacred-activism-intensive or by calling Ingrid Wisswaesser at the Abode Programs office at 518-758-8090 x125.

Internationally known spiritual teacher, scholar and author, Andrew Harvey will lead a week of retreats at The Abode of the Message in New Lebanon from June 11-17. These programs are Harvey’s sole programs scheduled in the northeast in 2018.

Andrew will lead two sessions: A Hope and Sacred Activism intensive from June 11-15 and a weekend exploration of movement, creativity and spirituality, An Embodied Path to Divine Love at the Abode’s Mountain Camp, June 15-17, co-hosted by dancer, choreographer, Robin Becker. The programs will offer participants strategies, practices, meditations and energy to fuse the inner and outer, spiritual and physical, and creative and pragmatic approaches to balancing passion and action.

Hope and Sacred Activism, June 11-15

Please join Andrew Harvey for this profound and powerful interactive intensive as he presents his vision of Sacred Activism, the holy and transforming force that is born when the profound peace, passion, stamina and joy of deep spirituality is combined with radical action.

These chaotic and dangerous times are challenging all of us to put love and wisdom into clear, wise action urgently. Andrew will draw on his books The Hope – A Guide to Sacred Activism and Savage Grace the five sacred passions and the nine laws of sacred activism along with the fundamental practices that can ground you in divine peace, joy, strength and give you the energy to persist and thrive even in difficult circumstances. Guidance will also be given into inner and outer shadow work that is essential for the success of sacred action. You will leave this retreat with renewed hope, purpose and meaning and have simple essential tools with which to confront with grace the challenges our contemporary crisis inevitable poses.

”The one hope for the future lies, I believe, in Sacred Activism – the fusion of the deepest spiritual knowledge and passion with clear, wise, radical action in all the arenas of the world, inner and outer.” Andrew Harvey

Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. The Institute for Sacred Activism is an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary crises in order to become inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

An Embodied Path to Divine Love

Join us for a weekend of life through the body and explore how movement, artistic expression, spirituality in action can inspire us to be agents of systemic change. We will learn how the body is a teacher of life’s unfolding mystery to serve as a wakeup call for compassion to transmute into a holy force of focused action. Andrew Harvey and Robin Becker will present their vision of Rumi, wisdom in action, a sanctified and embodied path to divine love. A return to a heart centered way of the divine feminine requires everyone to unite psychological self-awareness rooted in truth with conscious practical drive to affect radical change in the world. Andrew and Robin will share personal transformative Sufi practices, movement education on the study of the body as a fluid system, and lessons that will serve as indispensable force of illumination, peace, passion, and radiant energy for humanity and our time.

During the weekend Andrew Harvey will present his vision of Rumi, not only as the world’s greatest mystical poet but as an indispensable force of illumination, peace, passion, and radiant divine energy for our time. He will celebrate and explore the sacred mystical love affair between Rumi and his divine beloved Shams and the new kind of love; embodied divine love that they discovered for humanity. He will relate this love to his vision of Sacred Activism. Andrew Harvey will offer transformative Sufi practices, a comprehensive overview of the Sufi vision and path to the Beloved, as well as a map of how to embody divine passion in the midst of our world crisis and in daily life.

Throughout her life, Robin Becker has explored spirituality, conscious embodiment, artistic expression, and engaged activism. Jelalludin Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, has been an important guide and teacher in Robin’s life. As a choreographer, she has created more than 20 dances inspired by the passionate poetry of Rumi. Robin’s recent project, Into Sunlight, was born out of her heart’s longing to inspire hope, initiate dialogue and contribute to healing in relationship to the effects of war and violence in our time. She is delighted to share this upcoming weekend with Andrew Harvey because of his deep connection to the wisdom of Rumi, and his passion and commitment to embodied spiritual activism.


Andrew Harvey Bio

Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, and teacher, and the author of over 40 books, including the critically acclaimed The Hope, Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, as well as Journey to Ladakh, The Return of the Mother, Son of Man, and The Direct Path: Creating a Journey to the Divine Using the World’s Mystical Traditions. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. His work has been honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award (both for Mary’s Vineyard: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Revelations, with photographs by Eryk Hanut), and the Christmas Humphries Award for A Journey in Ladakh. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey studied at Oxford University and became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship at All Soul’s College in 1973. As a spiritual teacher and mystical scholar he has devoted much of his life to studying the world’s various mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufi mysticism, while living in India as well as London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco. Harvey, an acclaimed spiritual teacher and mystical scholar, has taught at Oxford University, Cornell, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality. AndrewHarvey.net

“As a fellow Sacred Activist, I support and applaud the dedication of Andrew Harvey to bridge the gap between spirituality and activism.” —Deepak Chopra, author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

“Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.” —Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

Robin Becker Bio

Robin Becker, MA, RSME, is an internationally recognized teacher, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Robin Becker Dance. She holds a BA in Dance and a MA in Humanities. Her teaching weaves together her life-long experience in dance, 26-year study of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, 38 years as a student in the Inayati Sufi Order, as well as experience in various meditation and contemplative healing practices, and 15 years of study with Gary David in Epistemics and Affect Script Theory. Robin was selected by Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum, to be an authorized Continuum teacher in 2001. Continuum provided a path of exploration through which her love of movement, science, and a spiritual path could synthesize. She has been a member of the faculty of many dance institutions and retreat centers including the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, The Zenith Institute and Kientalerhof in Switzerland. She also served as a guiding voice, and one of the four members of the Wisdom Council for the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the inter-disciplinary study of wisdom in our time. Two recent National Endowment of the Arts awards have been designated for her dance company to offer performance and movement workshops at Military Centers across the nation. In 2015, her dance company was invited to perform their recent project Into Sunlight in three cities in Vietnam in honor of the 20th anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. A documentary film about this project premiered at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival in 2017, and was also screened at Jacob’s Pillow during the 2017 season. Chapters from her master’s thesis, Continuum: The Alchemy of Movement, have been published in two anthologies on somatic movement practices. Robin currently teaches in the Dance Program and the Honors College at Hofstra University, and she continues to offer Continuum workshops, classes, and private sessions nationally and internationally. robinbeckerdance.org

The Abode

The Abode is an Eco-Sufi Village nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires and NY Taconic Mountains. Our 350 acres of woods and pastures encompass a historic Shaker complex, a retreat and conference center, an organic farm, and a mountain camp on Mt. Lebanon. It is a center for spiritual and secular programs and events, and for individuals and groups, who come to connect more deeply in a setting at the intersection of nature, spirituality and personal exploration. The Abode offers spiritual classes, meditations, retreats, farm to table meals, program space, paid and work-study residential opportunities, and more. With many incredible natural features, the Abode is a wonderful place to enjoy a community meal, attend a weekly class, or host a gathering. theabode.org.