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Special Announcements from Neil Douglas-
Klotz and the Abwoon Resource Center
New videos have been
uploaded to Abwoon Resource Center's YouTube channel. Click here to
2012 Abwoon Resource Center
Newsletter and Catalogue are here!
Download them with the links above.
December 9, 2011
Abwoon Resource Center
Holiday Sale - until December 21, 2011.
Click here for details.
May 26, 2011
The new edition of
Desert Wisdom is here! Click here for more
April 20, 2011
The fourth guitar and drum demonstration
DVD is now complete. Visit our online store to read more
about Simple Presence: Dancing "I Am" with the Aramaic Jesus DVD.
December 7, 2011
A new guitar and drum
demonstration DVD is here! Click here to read about
Dancing with the Aramaic Jesus: The Beatitude Way DVD
September 15, 2010
We have posted
sound bites for most of the CDs in our online store. Browse our
Audio section to listen to each
Three USA workshop
recordings are now available in our online store! Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis: Shared Paths of the
The Way of Renewal: Healing Pathways of the Heart
and Green Sufism: Deeply Ecological Pathways
of the Heart are all
available in both CD and mp3 format.
New Abwoon Bookshelf,
a recommended bibliography from Neil Douglas-Klotz available now
Neil Douglas-Klotz to
teach course at Wisdom University, St. Francis Centre,
Caledon, Ontario - near northwest Toronto in Canada
Click the link below for more information
January 1, 2010
A new year's message
has been posted by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz. Click here to view the
December 18, 2009:
The Abwoon Resource
Center 2010 Newsletter is now available.
Click here to download it. Click here to download the 2010 Abwoon Catalogue of resources. Click here to download Neil Douglas-Klotz' 2010 calendar.
November 22, 2008:
2009 Newsletter Now
The 2009 Newsletter contains
all the end-of-the-year Abwoon Resource Center news, next year's schedule
of events internationally, plus a letter from Neil Douglas- Klotz.
We are currently redesigning
our website, which will be much more user friendly. It's expected to be
ready by early 2009. In addition to the resources already available in the
current Articles section (soon to be "Library"), we are instituting an
occasional e - newsletter, which will announce bookstore specials, podcasts
November 23, 2007:
2008 Newsletter Now
Available to Download
to newsletter with 2008 event calendar and new
leadership program description
October 17 , 2007:
2008 Schedule of
Workshops Now Online
Leadership Training events, with some open to the public on The Aramaic
Prayer (Columbus, OH in April), Desert Wisdom and the Native Middle Eastern
Cycle (Scotland in April and Athens, GA in October), The Aramaic Beatitudes
(Columbus, OH in April and Scotland in November) and The Creation Spiritual
Traditions and the Genesis Cycles (Athens, GA in October). The second US
group (beginning in April 08), also still has some places available. For
information, click here.
* Five-day training in Sufi
zikr and zikr dance in Estonia, July 19-24, at a beautiful guest house on
the Baltic Sea.
* Five Day Soulwork retreats with
Mariam Baker in Germany (September) and Oregon (October)
* Genesis Meditations retreat in Athens, Georgia in
October, open to all.
For more information
on all retreats, see the workshops page.
August 9, 2007:
Release of "Blessings"-- New CD of Choral Settings of the Beatitudes and
Blessings includes choral
settings of the teaching Jesus gave in the Lord's Prayer and the
Beatitides, as they might have been understood by the listeners of his day.
Sung, on this professional
recording, by Voces Cantabiles, an internationally acclaimed choir, and
based on English translations from the Aramaic by Neil Douglas-
. Music by John Sutherland, Music Director at St Mary's Rydal
in the English Lake District.
inspired artistry brings fully into liturgical form the ability to hear
Yeshua with Aramaic ears." -- Neil Douglas- Klotz
chant like pieces that weave a spell. Rich choral singing with a
wonderfully steady top-line." --Andrew Seivwright, Emeritus Director
of music at Carlisle Cathedral.
To listen to samples
go to Sutherland Sounds website.
To purchase at
our online store click here.
June 18 , 2007:
Big Tape Closeout at
the Abwoon Study Circle Store
Still have a cassette player
in your car or a good analogue deck at home?
All Abwoon-produced tapes
have now been reduced to $5 US plus shipping while supplies last. This is
the end of the tapes, so order several now for the future!
Go to our
May 10, 2007:
Second USA Abwoon
Interspiritual Leadership Group
We are happy to announce
that a second group now begins formation in the Abwoon Interspiritual
Leadership Program to begin in April 2008! This program focuses upon
preparation for leadership in interspiritual settings studying with Neil
through the range of his publications and resources developed
over the past 25 years.
This is actually a third
group (there is a U.K./European group beginning this July); however this is
the second group to center in the USA. Participants are also welcome to
attend one or more modules in the U.K./European program if you wish during
the three years.
For details of the
program and dates of the second USA group, please click here.
May 8 , 2007:
Abwoon Circles: Starting A Local
Elizabeth A. Reed, Ph.D.
"We have a unique
opportunity right now to assist a sea-change in the consciousness of
humanity by joining together, beyond religious distinctions and
differences, to share that deep peace which is called by many different
names in many different traditions. With the Middle Eastern traditions at
the centerpoint of the world’s awareness, those of us with experience in
these traditions can take a bold step for humanity beyond the ethnic,
racial, religious and nationalistic separations of the past." --
From the Foreword by Neil Douglas-Klotz
For many years, we have
received requests for help in using the books and resources by Neil
Douglas- Klotz in small local study groups. Oftentimes when someone
encounters the Abwoon work – whether through exposure to the academic and
mystical approach to translation, hearing Aramaic words or chanted
melodies, or experiencing body prayer as spiritual practice – it sparks the
deep desire to share this work with others. This new resource —
Abwoon Circles: Starting a Local Group — is designed to
help the beginner or experienced learner share this work through small
local study and spiritual practice groups.
The book includes detailed
lesson plans focused on Abwoon resources to use as written or as ideas to
help you create individualized sessions for your local group. Included are
models based upon each of Neil Douglas-Klotz’s published writings and
recordings produced to date. This guidebook features:
*Multiple lesson plans for most resources
tables for selected resources
*Insights and suggestions from experienced
Abwoon Circle Leaders
It also includes special
topics such as:
*Key questions to consider
when organizing a local group
*Ideas for opening and closing
*Using Abwoon resources in interspiritual groups
and using Abwoon resources in Christian churches
*Abwoon Circles and
their relationships with the Dances of Universal Peace
"We need to find
new ways to form communities. If you feel moved to this work, even if you
don’t think you have any skills or experience, simply begin.
gives you many different ways to start. Inspiration and creativeguidance
will show you the rest." --Neil Douglas-
, Ph.D., from the Foreword to Abwoon Circles: Starting a Local
Order from the Abwoon Resource
January 30, 2007:
Interspiritual Leadership Program in the USA is now full. There is still
space in the European Leadership Program which begins July 15 in Scotland
(see Workshops) and continues twice-yearly in the spring and fall of 2008-
2010. To be added to a waiting list for the US program, please email us.
December 21 ,
2007 Newsletter Now
November 30, 2006:
Interspiritual Communities and
New Leadership Program
A letter from Neil
The need of the world today
reflects the deep desire of many people, across the traditional lines of
religious communities, to pray, meditate and be of service together.
According to one survey, since 9/11 interfaith activity has tripled
everywhere. Respecting diversity, in the spirit of religious pluralism,
means that we must risk an encounter with the “other.” And yet, our present
culture of individuality and individual differences –religion, gender,
color, sexual preference, ethnicity, nationality—cannot lessen the very
human need to connect and to build genuine relationships. As the new
insights in quantum physics have shown, “individuality” is a product of the
way we view a thing, person or quality either inside or outside of us. We
produce differences and distinctions in the way we tell our stories to
We have a unique opportunity
right now to assist a sea change in the consciousness of humanity by
joining together, beyond religious distinctions and differences, to share
that deep peace which is called by many different names in many different
traditions. With the Middle Eastern traditions at the center of the world’s
awareness, those of us with experience in these traditions can take a bold
step for humanity beyond the ethnic, racial, religious and nationalistic
separations of the past.
For 25 years, millions of
people around the planet have supported this interspiritual impulse in
themselves and others by chanting, praying and dancing the words of the
Aramaic Prayer of Jesus in the cycle of Dances of Universal Peace brought
through this person in 1982. They have used the translations in Prayers of
the Cosmos and subsequent books I have written in their parishes, spiritual
communities, congregations, retreat centers and families for ritual, rites
of passage, comfort and support. As the body of work grew, the bridge that
is the Aramaic Jesus showed the way to experience and understand more
deeply the other riches of the Native Middle Eastern traditions, including
the stories and spiritual practices expressed in ancient Egyptian,
Babylonian, Hebrew and classical Arabic.
As the shared creation
stories of these traditions express it, when we look ahead of us we need
not see a limited, Newtonian view of cause-and-effect, a future
predetermined by a narrow view of the past, in the selective reports of
“history.” Instead, when we look ahead, we can see a shared moment of
mystery at the beginning of the cosmos, a quantum moment before time
itself, a moment of creative possibility that is always now.
Beginning in 2007, the
Abwoon Study Circle will renew its support for transformative, creative
work using the wealth of bridge-building resources birthed in the last 25
years. We will actively support the formation of interspiritual
communities, groups and encounters using the translations, liturgies,
rituals, body prayers and spiritual practices sparked by the Abwoon work.
Goals of the Abwoon
• To realize and spread the
global consciousness of unity;
• To bridge
understanding between the traditions of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar through
shared story, meditation and interspiritual ritual;
• To build communities
of peace through the celebration of sacred diversity;
• To share the
vision of purpose, creativity and empowerment that prophet Yeshua calls
malkuta and which is known in Hebrew as malkuth and in Arabic as
In 2007, we are initiating
three new projects to support this vision:
• A manual of models,
experiences and suggestions for grass roots, collaboratively-led, Abwoon
Circles written by the Rev. Elizabeth Reed, to be released in April.
• A project to offer all
Christians and lovers of Jesus-Yeshua the opportunity to learn to say one
prayer together: the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. We have posted a new page to
our website to allow everyone to do this.
• A leadership training
program, aimed toward both established practitioners (for their own
deepening) and newcomers who wish to learn to form and serve these new
spiritual communities. The program will begin first in North America and at
one of our annual retreats at Wiston Lodge in Scotland. Details follow
We invite your prayers,
support and participation in whatever way you feel moved to offer. May all
we do and are benefit the unfolding Reality of the cosmos!
Love and blessings,
Neil Douglas- Klotz
July 1, 2006:
The Tent of
Abraham Published by Beacon Press to Rave Reviews:
The Tent of Abraham:
Stories of Hope and Peace for
Jews, Christians and Muslims
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Joan
Chittister, OSB and
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti
Foreword by Karen
Three key religious
thinkers write about the story of Abraham as a way to deepen
In recent years there has
been an explosion of curiosity and debate about Islam and about the role of
religion, both in the world and in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The numerous
books published on these questions speak to issues of politics, history, or
global security. None speaks to the heart and the spirit, and yet millions
of people experience these issues not as political, economic, or
intellectual questions but as questions of deep spiritual, emotional,and
The Tent of
Abraham provides readers with stories that can bring all the
faiths together. Written by Saadi Shakur Chishti, a Scottish American Sufi,
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, an American Jew, and Joan Chittister, a Benedictine
sister, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the
teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the Torah, the Qur’an, and
the Bible. It also weaves together the wisdoms of the Jewish, Muslim, and
Christian traditions into a deeper, more unified whole.
The Tent of
Abraham is the first book to tell the whole story of Abraham as
found in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sources and to reenergize it as a
basis for peace.
OSB, is a lecturer and best-selling author of numerous books,
including Called to Question. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. Rabbi
Arthur Waskow is the director of The Shalom Center in Philadelphia and
author of numerous books, including Seasons of Our Joy (Beacon/ 3611- 0/
$18.00 pb) and Down-to-Earth Judaism. Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti
) is an internationally known Sufi scholar and writer.
His most recent book is The Sufi Book of Life.
conflict has elicited many books exhorting political and religious peace in
the Middle East, but none has appealed to individual minds and hearts quite
like this one… Delicate in telling but bold in message, the book encourages
every reader to take an inner pilgrimage to understand better others’
-Library Journal, starred review
“This book will open your
eyes to the possibilities for collaborative work between our traditions,
and is a must-read for those doing interfaith peacework.”
“[A] celebration of
religious diversity that is likely to leave readers more optimistic about
the potential for peace.”
-David Crumm, Detroit Free Press
"At a time when we have seen
too much certainty, The Tent of Abraham reminds us that the kind of
confusion, fear, and dismay that so many of us are experiencing can be the
start of a new religious quest... TheTent of Abraham
brings three religious traditions together so that we may all become more
familiar with the faiths lived by the strangers around us."
Armstrong, from the Foreword
To purchase, go directly
to our secure online shop.
1 , 2006:
Blessing of the
Cosmos (Book with CD)
Blessings of the
Benedictions from the Aramaic Words of Jesus
by Neil Douglas-
Aramaic—the language of
Jesus and his disciples—has captured the imagination of seekers from every
faith and spiritual tradition. Since the publication of his bestseller
Prayers of the Cosmos, Aramaic scholar Dr. Neil Douglas-
has become a foremost expert at uncovering the rich layers of
meaning found in Jesus' native wisdom sayings. Now, in Blessings of
the Cosmos, this renowned author presents a collection of all- new
translations of Jesus' best-loved benedictions and invocations for peace,
healing, divine connection, and more including:
unto me, all ye that labor"—blessings to renew and re-dedicate your life's
and it shall be given you"—discovering your origin in the source of Love
parting words to the disciples, from the blessing of "greater works" to the
"many mansions" teaching to the great commandment on love, and more
Beatitudes in Luke: blessings for our inner being
• Plus an
80-minute CD with 20 guided Aramaic "body prayers"—similar to the
traditional Middle Eastern practices that Jesus himself used to generate
spiritual energy and insight
Whether for personal
inspiration or use in communal worship and rites of passage,
Blessings of the Cosmos offers you a heart-opening
prayerbook that will guide you toward an ever deepening, daily experience
of the divine.
Book, 112 pages plus CD, 1 ¼
hours. US$ 18.95 together.
to the online store for immediate ordering
November 24 ,
Newsletter Now Available to
2006 Workshop and Retreat Schedule Now
2005 Newsletter Now Available to
May 20 , 2005 :
"Beginnings: A Modern Oratorio Inspired by the
Stories of the Middle East"
Collaboration: Neil Douglas-Klotz
, Abraham Sussman and Friends.
Inspired by the work of Neil
in The Genesis Meditations and the cycles of
Chants and Dances of Universal Peace that arose from it. The New CD is from
Sound and Music in Boston.
To buy a copy at our
secure online store, click here.
11, 2005 :
Meditation Course on the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus Now Online
Based on the books and tapes
of Neil Douglas-Klotz
, this 20-session individual meditation course was edited and
supplemented by Rev. Elizabeth Munira Reed. You can choose to receive the
e-mail lessons either twice a week, once a week or every other week.
Produced by Self-Healing Expressions. If you sign up through our website,
by going through the link below, the Abwoon Study Circle receives a
commission. The link below will take you to the course's homepage, which
contains a full desciption:
Discovering the Shaman Healer Within:
A Healing Journey with the Aramaic Lord's Prayer by
& Elizabeth A. Reed
This 20-lesson online course,
guides you on a journey of healing with the Aramaic Lord's Prayer.
Available at Self-Healing Expressions. Innovative, interactive e-learning
at it? s best! Learn
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