Programme

Here is the programme for the April 2014 inaugural Zende Creative Retreat.

Day 1 (Thurs. 24th April)

Arriving at Hotel Taray, either by airport transfer arranged with Ahmed Zaruq at Al-Andalus Experience or under own steam (for the backpackers among us)

2-4.30pm

LUNCH will be offered to all those who arrive in time for it!

5pm

Welcome address, poetry readings and music performances by Nimah Nawwab and Medina Tenour Whiteman

6pm

Talk and performance by Abdal-Hayy Moore on ecstatic poetry, music, and the place of literary art in Islamic spirituality

8pm

Dinner

Day 2 (Fri 25th April)

7.25am

Dawn prayers (privately in rooms or out on the lawn for the more adventurous)

7.45 – 9am

Yoga and meditation (male and female teachers available)

8 – 9.30am

Breakfast in restaurant or out on patio in garden

9.30 – 11.30 am

CALLIGRAPHY: First workshop with Abdal-Lateef Whiteman on Andalusi calligraphy

POETRY: Find Your Voice with Medina Tenour Whiteman

11.30am – 12pm

Break for tea, coffee etc.

12pm – 2pm

CALLIGRAPHY: Second workshop with AL Whiteman on Andalusi calligraphy

POETRY: Mystic poetry workshop with Nimah Nawwab

2 – 4.30pm

JUMU’AH (optional) at local mosque, includes lunch and Naqshbandi zikr

Alternative: Extra yoga class

4.30pm -7pm

Walk along old Moorish irrigation channels through wild Alpujarran countryside with AZ Summers

7-8pm

Seminar on Andalusi history: The Written Legacy of al-Andalus

8pm

DINNER

Day 3 (Sat 26th April)

7.25

Dawn prayer

7.45 – 9am

Yoga and meditation

8am – 9.30am

Breakfast

9.30am – 11.30am

CALLIGRAPHY: Introduction to Nastaliq calligraphy by Asghar Alkaei Behjat

POETRY: ‘Gingko Walk’ with Medina Tenour Whiteman, writing in nature

11.30am – 12pm

Break for tea/coffee etc.

12pm – 2pm

CALLIGRAPHY: Learning the Shapes of Nastaliq

POETRY: Mystic poetry with Nimah Nawwab

2 – 4.00pm

LUNCH at hotel

4.00 – 7pm

Walk in the mountains to ancient Moorish watchtower and waterfalls with AZ Summers

7 – 8.30pm

Qasida singing workshop with AL Whiteman featuring some of the mystic verses by modern-day saint Shaykh Muhammad Ibn al-Habib used in the Andalusi calligraphy workshop

8pm

DINNER

Day 4  (Sun 27 April)

7.25

Dawn prayer

7.45 – 9am

Yoga and meditation

8 – 9.30am

Breakfast

9.30 – 11.30am

CALLIGRAPHY: Refining the Flow – Nastaliq

POETRY: English Ghazals with Medina Tenour Whiteman

11.30 – 12pm

Break for tea/coffee etc.

12 – 2pm

CALLIGRAPHY: Composition with Asghar Alkaei Behjat

POETRY: Mystic poetry with Nimah Nawwab

2 – 4.30pm

LUNCH (& siesta)

5 – 6.30pm

Local walk & visit to local farms using ancient Muslim agricultural practices with AZ Summers

6.30 – 8pm

‘Open Mic’ live performance of all retreat guests who wish to perform their poetry, together with the retreat facilitators and Ali Keeler of Firdaus Ensemble with special guest musicians

8pm

DINNER

Day 5 (Mon 28th April – morning only)

7.25am

Dawn prayer

7.45 – 9am

Yoga and meditation

8 – 9am

Breakfast

9am

Sign out of hotel

9.30am

TRIP TO THE ALHAMBRA PALACE IN GRANADA

…and onwards journeys

It’s going to be a weekend packed with fascinating talks, enlivening yoga, invigorating walks in nature, engaging in one of the most ancient and sacred of Islamic arts and discovering your own poetic depths – all in an environment rich in contemplation, friendship and creativity.

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11 thoughts on “Programme

    • The cost of the retreat including all meals, based on sharing a twin or triple room, is 550 euros. As I mentioned in the comment above we can arrange airport transfers unless you want to are comfortable making your own way there. Thankyou for your patience while I get the registration form ready!!

  1. ola and many salams,

    the set-up of the retreat looks amazing:)
    i will definitely try to make it.

    could you also share the costs of the retreat?

    thanks in advance.

    un abrazo su

    • Hola and salams! =) Thanks for your feedbakc, we are really excited about the project. I’ll post up bios of the team today inshallah.

      The cost of the retreat is 550 euros each for the 4-day course, based on a shared room (twin or triple) and includes all meals. Triple rooms can be reserved as male/female only dorms for people coming alone. I’m just working on the registration form at the moment, I will email you once it’s online and fully operational. Airport transfers can be arranged through our partner Ahmed Zaruq at Al-Andalus Experience, unless you want to arrange your own means of getting there – there are buses at http://www.alsa.es from Granada to Orgiva and we can pick you up from town if you want to make your own way there. Un abrazo!

  2. ah Medina, great job setting it up and what a wonderful way to get together again! once the ‘deadline’ is announced, i will try to confirm my ‘participation’ beforehand. and i might drag some lovely people with me:)

    un abrazo su

    • That sounds great! The room situation is based on twin and triple beds, so if you come with one or two friends we can put you together (or more, of course…!)

      Un abrazo muy fuerte

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