Pre-Conference Online Course

20, 21, 22 October 2020

In the Guest-House

Meeting the Visitors Arriving at Our Doors in the Time of COVID 19
Guided by Saki Santorelli

Saki Santorelli

Oh, dear friends, take heart….  

Most of us never envisioned a world shaped by the emergence of COVID 19.  An unforeseen arrival, this virus is an absolutely unwanted “guest.”  And yet…Confronted with the fragility of life and a sudden halt in the familiar routines of our everyday lives, our gathering together is an affirmation of the dignity, power, and beauty of our human community.  

Oh, dear friends, take heart….

We have choices: individually, we can muster the faith, grit, and grace to turn and meet the arriving guests of denial, fear, and depression.  Collectively, we can turn and embrace one another.  We can practice – as in making conscious and deliberate – our commitment to move from isolation to seclusion, loneliness to companionship, fragmentation to solidarity, darkness to luminosity, conceit to common humanity.

Oh, dear friends, take heart….

Our hearts are big enough to hold everything. This is our inheritance – the path of bravery, inseparability, and love that human beings across all contemplative traditions have walked for millennia.  In the good company of one another, we’ll engage in meditation and awareness practices, poetry and story, silence and stillness, and listen to one another as we band together in the light and life that is our essential nature.


Via Zoom






Dates and Times

October 20:
1:30 PM EDT; 6:007:30 PM Norway

October 21 and 22:
9:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT 3:00
6:00 PM Norway 


Love is the merchandise
which the world demands.
If you store it in your heart
every soul will become your customer.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Preparation (A letter will be sent out Monday, October 19th, 2020)

What's the Story this Course wants to unfold?

We are alive…we have food…we are breathing…we have friends…we have one another and we are in the midst of a global pandemic that is not going away until 75% of us become immune. This will take 2-3 years. 

In the face of this, we can maintain the sense of a separate self, continue feeling the unsatisfying life that comes with the feeling of isolation and a hardened heart or we can undergo a process of dissolution – a willing sacrifice of these defensive, contracted habits – in favor of a new life that is right here in our midst hiding behind the wound we call “separation.”


This course is a journey into the landscapes of this new life and its integration into our everyday lives:

Major Themes:
Generosity, Love, Attention, Breath, Heart, and the Interface of the personal and the interface of the personal and the transpersonal/infinite


There will be designated periods for Breakout Sessions of inquiry that participants will join and  there will be designated times for Dialogue and questions with me.


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