Why listen to Rumi? – Andrew Harvey

“So I ask the question: Why listen to Rumi? I suggest that it is to hear news about your real Self. I suggest that your heart is hungry to hear news about your true identity…” 
-Andrew Harvey

“Read Rumi to be so inspired by Rumi that you begin to be transformed by him into what he is–your Divine eternal heart. So that when you begin to listen to the poems, to yourself speaking to yourself, you grow drunk on the news of yourself that arrives..”
-Andrew Harvey ‘The Way Of Passion’

What is your favourite Rumi quote?

ANdrew will offer a Rumi devotional workshop on Monday 13 May. See Program page for details and to book.


Bookings filling fast

Here’s a quick link to the online booking service for Andrew Harvey.

It’s wonderful to see so many people will be joining us!

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A taste from Murray Goodchild

A taste from Murray Goodchild – his workshop ‘The rhythm of writing’ is Saturday 9 March at 10.30am.

‘Life’s great dramas are told in rhythms. The return of the tide, the passing of the seasons and the resurrection of spring flowers. Wise elders say that power moves in circles. As part of nature we are danced by the cycles and these are indicative of our own ability to transform.

A powerful story harnesses the energy of rhythm and cycles to merge with the inner nature of the listener and guide them to an experience that leaves them forever altered.

In “The Rhythm of Writing” workshop, we will commune with the inner bard, who dances to the beating of his own heart and whose stories have the ability to enliven, inspire and transform.’

Inspired words from Keith Simons

The Transforming Writer’s event/programme has birthed from my love for writing that facilitates shifts in consciousness and inspires. Following co-organising the fourth Warburton Harmony Festival 2012, a five day cultural, art and Interfaith celebration, I wanted to do something more focused on my personal love of transformative writing. This was a way to follow my passion. In recent years I have been powerfully inspired and mentored by a number of very special writers. This has helped to lead me to the idea of creating an ongoing series of events that will encourage local writers to offer workshops and/or talks revolving around keynote people of global significance. I wish to give thanks to Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Rocky Crocker, Dalai Lama, Andrew Harvey, Frederick Marx, Deepak Chopra, Marion Woodman, Stephen Buhner and Eckhart Tolle (to name a few) who have helped to clear a path for my own creativity. The Transforming Writers idea is a way to not only showcase people like Lewis and Andrew who have so much to share that the planet urgently needs now, but also to encourage others to discover that inner capacity that allows ensouling language to flow forth. My intention is to co-create a regular ‘charged’ environment where all can transform as a caring, co-operative community: where we all can be inspired or as Andrew Harvey’s latest book encourages, we can light the fires of ‘radical passion.’

I feel deeply that we need a new type of universal language: a language that transcends surface differences and speaks to the heart of all beings. Transforming writers are evolutional pioneers in the quest to experiment, share and inspire others to discover the real inner voice. We need to create a new, unique culture, a new paradigm, a new collective sanity, and the ‘word’ as ensouled language is a vital part of this inner revolution. To change our world we must change ourselves and how we think, speak and write reflects our collective transforming stories and journeys.

This ongoing series of events is in its early stages of organic growth. There is much important work to do to midwife it through, but the potential is exciting and inspiring. I propose ‘Friends of Transforming Writers’, those who are enthused by our vision and would like to help birth it. As a ‘not for profit’ group we cannot offer money but can offer free workshops. Naturally we would love locals to help create a Warburton that is perceived nationally and internationally as a Transformational event centre. Warburton is so ripe for this. Transforming Writers can be a major part of this. It would be great if someone could research and use Pozible as a way to raise funds. I want to acknowledge those locals who are interested or committed to offering workshops in our upcoming events, Maya Ward, Simon Oats, Murray Goodchild and my co-organisers Lindy Schneider and Leanne Simons.

Keith’s workshop Transformational Writing is on Sunday 10 March at 2pm.

Take a long deep…read

TW co-organiser Lindy Schneider writes:

Have we forgotten how to read slowly?

Are we now so trained by our busyness and 140 character posts to read everything so quickly that we have lost the ability to read deeply, with presence and openness to juicy words that we can savour?

For the past few weeks I have been working on a piece of nature writing that I wanted to enter into a competition just for the experience. I decided it was time to seek the wise counsel of a writing friend, someone I could trust for their clarity of vision and capacity for honest words.

‘I don’t think l like it,’ he says after the first read. ‘The alternating between personal biography and philosophy doesn’t work for me.

Hmm, I think, surely biography is philosophy, and philosophy is biography if we are living authentically.

I am going to read it again he promises.

Half an hour later he texts: I’m experiencing it in a new way!

After the third read, he calls. ‘It’s a lovely piece of writing. When I understood that I needed to slow down and really be in the piece it became a different thing altogether.’

Ludic reading is a term coined by Victor Nell, in his book Lost in a Book: the psychology of reading for pleasure. He says ludic reading is ‘a name for that trancelike state that readers enter when consuming books for pleasure.’

I doubt that the competition judge will have the time to read my entry three times or from a space of ludicity when there is likely to be thousands of entries, but that does not concern me. The real reason one enters a competition is to learn something about the self and in the process, the writing way. In reflection, I also learnt how important it is to slow down and invite the reader to do the same.

Who knows what jewels are hidden among the words we read or write when we take the time to let them shine? Stay with your words, and…create…the…spaces…within – spaces that have nothing to do with 140 characters!