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    Body, Heart and Soul: The Anatomy of Illumination
    Week 1A July 21st – 27th 2019
    Seminar with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan & Zuleikha

    Pir Zia and Zuleikha will explore the heart as a bridge between body and soul during this week of meditation, movement and Zikr. By evoking the wisdom inherent in body through somatic practice, and tapping into Pirzadi-Shahida Noor-Un-Nisa’s inspiring spiritual legacy through the ethics of the heart, contemplation and storytelling, we explore unity through the visible and invisible.

    Embodied here on Earth, we take this opportunity to attune to the subtle art of illumination through inspiration. On the surface everything seems fragmented, but deep down everything is connected within a single sacred whole. The body, heart and soul have a secret wisdom. To awaken it is to see through the veil of separation. Then the divine presence is perceived everywhere and Earth is transformed into heaven.



    THE HEALING POWER of MOVEMENT~Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 12.33.03 PMA LIFEWORK Q & A with Zuleikha

    Your body already knows what science keeps on proving — that movement is medicine. LifeWork sat down with transformational-movement teacher Zuleikha to find out just how crucial a role it plays in both our physical and emotional well-being.

    LIFEWORK Could you explain the benefits of movement?

    ZULEIKHA In my write-ups for all my workshops, retreats, and outreach programs, I always make sure to say that the work is open to everyone, for those who are well and those who are healing.

    Any little movement can encourage the mind to open, the body to relax, and the blood to flow. Relief is something everyone wants, but we might feel as if READ MORE


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    The Washington National Cathedral and The Aspen Institute presented The Rumi Concert at Washington National Cathedral, March 15, 2018

    A very special thank you to Stephen Badger for his generous support to The Storydancer Project, which has made The Rumi Concert possible.




    Art of Relief—Feeling a sense of relief, something we all long for, brings with it a feeling of hope. It enables us to walk through the unseen tunnels into unknown landscapes as we carry on with our lives. We are all doing this every day. So when someone opens a door for us, or smiles, or gets us to relax and inadvertently take a gentle breath, we have a laugh and let down for a bit. If we learn to practice this now and then, we learn we can cultivate a life where, in the midst of the chaos, we can nurture our loving nature. And this brings a kind of relief and a quality of goodness.

    Listening of Pure Movement I began my studies of movement arts with some ballet and a lot of free movement, as a child. I studied western classical music all of my life, and continued in the study of contemporary movement. I also trained in schools of movement and music from Asian traditions, where the mover is both a musician in movement and a devotee of awareness. I became immersed in traditions where invocation of body-mind-spirit is found within dance, music and drama, and there I discovered my way into...

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    Eileen Fisher introduces Zuleikha and talks about her work at an Eileen Fisher LifeWork session 2017. (Lower right button for full screen)

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    THE HEALING POWER OF MOVEMENT a Q&A with Zuleikha In this brief but powerful interview Zuleikha discusses the essential role movement can play in our well-being. READ MORE

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