Khorasan has always been a place of connecting the guardians of Sufi wisdom and knowledge. From east it contains Afghanistan, where Mevlana Rumi was born, from west it connects to the birth place of sages such as Bayazid Bastami, and from north it is surrounded with the Turkic lands, from which the Yasawi darvishes carried the wisdom and teachings to Anatolia. These movements gave birth to Bektashi, Mevlevi orders and influenced many other traditions of islamic mysticism.
During this journey, we will study the roots of Wisdom we inherited from these great mystics. With meaningful conversations, we deepen in the teachings, stories, poems and music of this region. Throughout the journey, there will be introductory information from islamic mysticism resources, more specially from Alewi-Bektashi path and Israqhi (illumination) philosophy. There will also be times of self-reflection and community learning; sharing and weaving our insights as a learning group.
Whoever enters my home, feed them without asking about their faiths. If they were favored by God almighty who saw them worthy of the gift of life, then they are certainly worthy of being fed at the house of Abolhasan...
Abolhasan Kharaqani, 963-1033 AD
to Fooshenjan village in Nishaboor, where Haji Bektash Vali was born,
to the city of Nishaboor, where the great Sufi mystics and poets Fariduddin Attar and Omer Khayyam lived,
to the ancient city of Tus, where great epic poet Ferdowsi and great philosopher and mystic Imam Ghazali lived,
to the city of Bastam, which takes its name from Bayazid Bastami, Sultan-ul-Arefeen (Great Master of all Wisemen),
to the neighboring village Kharaghan, to visit the tomb of Abu'l Hassan Kharaghani, who was another great Sufi mystic and followed Bastami's path.
then to Torbat-e Jam, to the Sheikh Ahmad Jami Mauseloum, the Sufi mystic, poet and writer. This city is also known for bakhshis, who play Maghami music with dotar, the ancient traditional saz, sing mystic poems, and also serve as healers and mediators in the region. They are accepted as intangible cultural heritage of Humanity by Unesco.
Kamyar enjoys exploring wisdom, more specifically the Sufi wisdom, and the wisdom of listening.
He studies mysticism, psychology, leadership and in general consciousness through self-exploration, and in joyful collaborations with friends who enjoy exploring the same fields.
Academically he has studied computer engineering, and quality management.
He makes websites to buy rice and bread and felafel, and shoes if needed.
Traveling with his wife and companion Seda is a soulful aspect of his life.
Seda has been in strong connection with music since her childhood years. Coming from a Tahtacı-Turkmen family (a group of Alewi-Bektashi), she plays Anatolian kopuz (bağlama) and sings Sufi songs. Her way of seeking and learning is to play this music in spaces that sacred spirit can be felt and respected. She is a part of several bands and working on projects, one of which is with women. Being invited to seek her roots deeply, she got drawn to Iran and Persian language five years ago, became a student of Persian music and speaks fluent Farsi. Neyistan journeys in Iran and Turkey open an immense door for her to be in constant research on Eastern and Sufi wisdom, mostly through the role of sacred music, poetry and rituals, and to learn from the Elders, who serve as guardians of tradition.
Seda is also a graduate in English literature and gives online English, Turkish and Persian lessons.
She lives in Turkey with her husband Kamyar.