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Spiritual Awakening Without Religion
A Six-Day Retreat
|Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way (www.sufiway.org), a nonsectarian mystical order in the lineage of Sufi Inayat Khan. An initiate of the Sufi Way for nearly a half-century, Pir Elias has studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravadan Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.
Elias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life, working as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, writer, environmental educator, peace activist, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. He helped develop several schools, including the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit, the Institute for Deep Ecology, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path. Co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years, he has worked for many years with his wife, Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, as a citizen activist for peace and interfaith understanding in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Israel/Palestine, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights.
He is author of the books The Open Path: Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening.