Ab-ı Hayat

Neyistan Wisdom Journey

19-26 October 2019, Turkey

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.

A journey awaits us.

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.

What will we do?

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.

Programme

This programme serves as an example to give you a sense of how the journey will look like. During the journey we might need to make changes, according to circumstances.
Details, times and places are subject to change.

Day 1: Iznik

Saturday, October 19th
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • From Yalova to Iznik

    09:00 - 10:00
  • Iznik

    10:00 - 13:00

    Agya Sofia, Eshref-oglu Rumi, Sari Saltuk

  • Lunch & Tea

    13:00 - 15:00
  • Iznik

    15:00 - 18:00

    Art Studios & Shopping

  • Iznik

    18:00 - 19:00

    Reflection Circle

  • Dinner

    19:00 - 20:00
  • From Iznik to Bursa

    20:00 - 21:30

Day 2: Bursa

Sunday, October 20th
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • Bursa

    09:00 - 13:00

    Uftade Sultan, Emir Sultan, Ulu Cami (Old Mosque)

  • Lunch & Tea

    13:00 - 15:00
  • Bursa

    15:00 - 18:00

    Silk Bazar, Shopping / Self-Exploration

  • Reflection Circle

    18:00 - 19:00
  • Dinner

    19:00 - 20:00

Day 3: Eskishehir

Monday, October 21st
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • From Bursa to Eskishehir

    09:00 - 12:00
  • Yunus Emre

    12:00 - 14:00

    Visting Tomb & Reading Poetry

  • Lunch & Tea

    14:00 - 15:00
  • Sivrihisar

    15:00 - 19:00
    Visting Places
  • Reflection Circle

    18:00-19:00
    Reflection & sharing Circle
  • Dinner & Staying Over

    19:00 - 20:00

Day 4: Haci Bektash

Tuesday, October 22nd
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • Sivrihisar to Hacibektash

    09:00 - 13:00
  • Lunch & Tea

    13:00 - 15:00
  • Haci Bektash

    15:00 - 19:00
    Visiting the Turbe
  • Dinner

    19:00 - 20:00
  • Bektashi Tradition

    20:00 - 23:00
    Introduction & Music

Day 5: Konya

Wednesday, October 23rd
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • Hacibektash to Konya

    09:00 - 13:00
  • Lunch & Tea

    13:00 - 15:00
  • Konya

    15:00 - 18:00
    Mevlana Rumi, Shams-e Tabrizi, Sadreddin Kunevi
  • Sharing & Reflection Circle

    18:00 - 19:00
  • Dinner

    19:00 - 20:00
  • Sema

    20:00 - 22:00

Day 6: Konya

Thursday, October 24th
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • Konya

    09:00 - 12:00
    Tavus Ana, Ateshbaz-e Veli
  • Lunch & Tea

    12:00 - 13:00
  • Konya to Istanbul

    13:00 - 18:00
    Train
  • Dinner & Reflection Circle

    19:00 - 21:00

Day 7: Istanbul

Friday, October 25th
  • Breakfast

    08:00 - 09:00
  • Istanbul

    09:00 - 13:00

    Exploration

  • Lunch & Tea

    13:00 - 14:00
  • Istanbul

    15:00 - 18:00
    Self-Exploration
  • Istanbul

    18:00 - 19:00
    Reflection Cirlce
  • Dinner

    19:00 - 20:00
  • Closing with Music

    20:00 - 22:00

Route Map

Hosts

Kamyar Houbakht

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 Seyrek

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.

Participation Cost

750 Euros
700 Euros if registered before September 1st
(minimum 50% paid at the time of registration)

There is cholarship for Turkish and Iranian citizens. Please contact us for details.

Refund Policy

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.

What is included? What is not?

  • Three modest meals & snacks
  • Local flights & transportation
  • Accommodation during the tour
  • Entrace fees to sites
  • Visa Process
  • Visa & travel insurance Costs
  • International flights
For more details please contact Kamyar Houbakht.

Phone

+90 545 631 8020

Email

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  • Seda Seyrek
    Turkish, English, Farsi

    +90 506 4567116 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Kamyar Houbakht
    Farsi, English

    +90 545 6318020 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.