Living in Remembrance: The Wisdom of the Sufi Path

Led By: The Rev. Matthew Wright
Suggested Donation: $360

Tuesday, 23 July – Friday, 26 July 2019

This retreat offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rhythms and wisdom practices of Islamic spirituality: daily embodied prayer, chanting the names of God, attending to the breath, and anchoring awareness in the heart. We’ll study the basics of Sufi teaching, beginning with the Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an, and unfolding through such spiritual giants as Ibn al-Arabi and Jalaluddin Rumi.  Attention will also be given to the connections between the Islamic and Christian Wisdom streams.

If you’ve ever wondered about Islam or Sufism but didn’t know where to begin, this is the retreat for you!  No prior knowledge or experience with the tradition is needed—just an open heart.

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom ( and The Contemplative Society (, non-profits dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition.  Matthew has been a student of the Mevlevi Sufi path for almost ten years, under the guidance of Kabir and Camille Helminski ( The Mevlevi tradition is rooted in the teachings of the Sufi poet-saint Jalaluddin Rumi.   Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.