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 *New to Gayan’s Inner Guidance retreats?
Seekers in their 30’s and 40’s are most welcome!
Please respond to this short questionnaire prior to registration.

~In the Sufi tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan~

with Gayan Macher

Supported by Deepa Patel
On Zoom, December 3rd – 5th, 2021
Cost is $150 – $225

Diving into Life is community of spiritual friendship and practice for adults ages 30-50.

Gather with kindred seekers with a shared dedication to the inner life. Retreats provide companionship, training and support for your spiritual development. All are welcomed who feel resonance with the Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

The group is oriented around the practice of contemplative inquiry, which is the great art of Listening inwardly—listening for guidance to the deepest questions of your heart, for understanding of your life, and discovery of your true self.

The practice brings us to a state of intimacy and honesty with our hearts, where, surprisingly, we have often been strangers.

“The Spirit of Guidance is the light of God. It is like a searchlight…. and when [its] light is thrown upon any aspect of life, we receive a keen insight into it.  In the Spirit of Guidance one finds a living God active in the heart of every person.”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Gayan weaves inquiry together with the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and traditional practices of meditation and Zikr.  Our schedule may be enriched by offerings of music and movement. 

Retreats are twice per year – once in late Spring and again in the late Fall . The group size is between 15-30 people. Between retreats are optional virtual, half day gatherings to support our practice and maintain our attunement.  

The upcoming retreat will take place on December 3rd to 5th, 2021 and will be accessible for both North American and European timezones.

This retreat, my life changed. Gayan’s gift of guidance is eternal and priceless.  I am incredibly grateful to him, this community and this tradition.
Lauren T (retreat participant)

What is contemplative inquiry?

The contemplative inquiry process involves sitting in a circle while Gayan works one on one with someone in the silent presence of the group. You take a turn when you are in touch with your “burning question”—your heart-felt desire to explore or understand something more deeply. You may inquire into anything, though frequently it is about something stirring or troubling as these questions often call us most strongly. With Gayan’s support, you deepen contact with the light of knowing within you, learning to hear the voice deeper than incessant thinking. 

There is special value in doing inquiry in a group setting. First, the shared experience connects us in true spiritual friendship, which is precious and rare. On the surface our situations are unique, but as we look further, we recognize an underlying unity in our deepest questions. Secondly, witnesses who are practicing being present provide a powerful field of support to the person working. Lastly and most importantly, witnesses benefit by observing how guidance functions. There are specific qualities we cultivate that are conducive to the revelation of meaning and truth.

It’s unbelievably wonderful to come together, so true and pure,
and to witness each other. I love it!  – Celine M. (retreat participant)

The Fruits of Practice

Here are a few of the numerous benefits of our practice:

  • To Feel Fully Alive
    We must discover our heart and truly know its joy, sorrow and secret
  • To Live with Maturity and Fulfillment
    We must see life as it is and be earnest students of its lessons
  • To Align with the Divine Intention
    We must listen with total commitment to the voice of guidance that comes from within

These purposes are not mere platitudes; they can be developed and made real.

If there is a kingdom of God to be found anywhere, it is within oneself.
And it is, therefore, in the knowledge of self that there lies the fulfillment of life. 
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

For more information, including scholarship requests and other questions, please email us at info.innerguidance@gmail.com

Gayan’s background

Gayan Macher is a companion and guide to those called to the courageous path of love. He has been a teacher of Sufism for over 35 years. He headed the Inayatiyya Order’s curriculum project that was the basis for Suluk Academy and was one of its lead teachers during its inception. He leads retreats and Inner Guidance groups around the country. 

Gayan, with Taj Inayat, have collaborated in shaping the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan for the contemporary Western seeker. They co-lead New Rain, a series of programs and retreats to support people with a committed practice on the Sufi path

Professionally, Gayan consults corporate executives on matters of human relations. He is also a singer-songwriter. You can hear his music on Spotify. He lives in Northern California.

Returning Members Register Here

and New Members with Approval

 *New to Gayan’s Inner Guidance retreats?
Seekers in their 30’s and 40’s are most welcome!
Please respond to this short questionnaire prior to registration.

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Contributions will help cover the cost for people in financial need. 

What do members appreciate about belonging to this group?

This work has changed my life profoundly.  I feel it has opened a direct pathway to God.
– Tara B.

It’s unbelievably wonderful to come together, so true and pure, and to witness each other. I love it!  
– Celine M.

This has given me a wonderful group of spiritual friends that I treasure. Being present to the work of others is being present to the most sacred moments of my life.
– Elana L.

What Gayan brings to the world is a divine gift. Thank you for walking with me, and us, as a spiritual friend and teacher.
Nuria G.

Gayan’s skillfulness, presence and kindness amaze me. 
– Bryn M.

This retreat, my life changed. Gayan’s gift of guidance is eternal and priceless. I am incredibly grateful to him, this community and this tradition.
– Lauren T.

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