February 22-24, 2019, Tamarkoz Retreat: Happiness, Sacramento, CA
The Sufi Psychology Association provided the educational content for a Wayfinders retreat called Happiness. All activities were aimed at evoking the inner joy within the heart, where the soft and tender feeling of love flows. The workshops included harmonizing the energy centers of the body through Movazaneh® exercises; experiencing the soothing power of journaling; reflecting on our blessings and practicing gratitude; creating a happy skit, a game of collaboration and co-operation to bring a smile to everyone; and even having a chance to meet an adorable 9-week old puppy, named Joy! Not surprisingly, each participant was bestowed the seal of a Play Certificate, instantly becoming a member of the society for children of all ages--to walk in the rain, smell the flowers, and wander around... Each night came to an end with the heartfelt experience of Zikr, the remembrance of the Beloved, followed by uplifting visualization exercises, often recalling the playfulness of childhood memories.