In Anatolian Sufi traditions, Ab-i Hayat (Water of Life, or Fountain of Youth), is a symbol for the eternal source of wisdom and knowledge. According to the legends, those who drink from this water are believed to become immortal.
Ab-ı Hayat refers to one of the beautiful names of Allah, ‘Hayy’, the living one. The type of knowledge associated with this quality, has livelihood; it is renewed from moment to moment, like a flowing river from the unknown. The matured ones who embrace this knowledge, carry the light and blessing of God while sharing the wisdom.
This wisdom -living in contact with this river of knowledge- has clearly manifested itself in Sufi traditions of Anatolia. It can be traced in the resting places of great Sufi mystics, that people made in their villages as well as in their hearts, out of honoring and reverence for sacred orders. The spirit can also be sought in the shade of trees, in Sufi lodges, in singing of nightingales, in the strings and sounds of sacred instruments, in the healing waters, and many uncountable forms.
We have the intention to put effort in searching this mystery and carry it into our lives. On this journey we will be visiting the memories, teachings and blessings of the following friends of God.
Hz. Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli, Yunus Emre, Hz. Şems-i Tebrizi, Ateşbaz-ı Veli, Üftade Sultan, Emir Sultan, Tavus ana, Kadıncık ana, Aziz Mahmud Hüdai, Dr. Rahmi Oruç Güvenç, and many more…
These mystics, masters, dervishes, and lovers who have been bridging worlds, supporting us in connecting to the world of meaning.
We imagine this journey to be a possibility for learning, a school in movement. While visiting meaningful places we will:
- study the teachings of Mevlana Jalaleddin Rumi (Mesnevi and Divan-e Shams), and Sema tradition
- share information about Bektashi path, the smybols, and its significance as an Anatolian path of enlightenment. We will study the poetry and learn to sing some songs, taking music and songs as a way to connect to a deeper knowledge that cannot be easily communicated with definitive language.
- study the legends of Hızır (the Green Prophet) and Ab-ı Hayat symbology from different sources.
- study Yunus Emre through his poetry and stories. His collection of poetry could be seen as the heart of Sufi music tradition.
During the journey, we will witness how arts and culture are nourished by this living wisdom. The teachings are alive in the traditional arts such as Ebru (marbling art), Çini (tile art), Calligraphy, Makam Music, Sacred Architecture and other art forms that they make us feel the spirit of Anatolia.
Kamyar enjoys exploring wisdom, more specifically the Sufi wisdom, and the wisdom of listening.
He studies mysticism, psychology, leadership and in general consciousness through self-exploration, and in joyful collaborations with friends who enjoy exploring the same fields.
Academically he has studied computer engineering, and quality management.
He makes websites to buy rice and bread and felafel, and shoes if needed.
Traveling with his wife and companion Seda is a soulful aspect of his life.
Seda plays bağlama and sings Turkish&Anatolian sufi and folk music. She is also learning Central Asian music. She is doing research on Alevi-Bektashi poetry and music. She is a part of two groups, Tarz-ı Vefa Kervanı and Bacıyan. In order to seek her Alevi roots deeply, she got drawn to Iran six years ago and learnt Farsi. Neyistan journeys in Iran and Turkey open an immense door for her to be in constant research on Eastern and Sufi wisdom, mostly through the role of sacred music, poetry and rituals.
Seda is also a graduate in English literature and gives English, Turkish and Persian lessons.
She lives in Turkey with her husband Kamyar.
700 Euros if registered before September 1st
(minimum 50% paid at the time of registration)
If cancelled before September 15th, the paid amount minus 100 Euros will be returned. If cancelled before October 5th, the paid amount minus 200 Euros will be returned. Booked places can be replaced by another participant without additional costs.