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A weekend seminar with Naqshbandi Sufi teacher and filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

This two day seminar will explore how Sufism and its heart-centred practices can offer a space of deepening kinship with the living world, and guide us into “falling back in love” with the Earth.  

At this time of climate and ecological crisis, there is a need to move away from a human centric paradigm, to one that respects the more-than-human world and recognises the unity that lies at the heart of creation.  In a world of distractions, polarisation, increasing crises and landscapes rapidly shifting under our feet, how can we find our ground, become rooted in love and joy, and remain in kinship with the living world?  How can our spiritual practice contribute to the well being of the whole? 

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee integrates the emerging field of spiritual ecology with traditional Sufi practices and teachings that focus on the importance of love, care and reverence for the Earth. Through engaging and connecting more deeply with the physical world through a heart based connection we can move towards reuniting spirit and matter, and bring the relationship of love and respect for the living world into our everyday lives. 

Throughout the weekend we will explore the threads connecting spirituality and ecology through talks, meditation, dreamwork, discussion, and simple practices. 


Cost: $50 including a light lunch on each day. Bursary-supported places are available for those with an expressed need. Please contact


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He is an Emmy and Peabody nominated filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, ABC Australia, The New York Times, The New Yorker, exhibited at The Smithsonian, The Barbican and screened at festivals worldwide. His films include: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, The Atomic Tree, Elemental, Isle de Jean Charles, Marie's Dictionary among others. He is the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine.  He teaches retreats on Sufism and Spiritual Ecology worldwide.

Emmanuel will also be facilitating a retreat in the Great Otway National Park 19-22 October. Those interested in a deeper dive can sign up to the Shifting Landscapes Retreat here.

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