Related Sites:

Abwoon Resource Center YouTube Channel:

Neil’s pagePublished journal articles and conference presentations.

Shalem Center: The Abwoon Network is a joint project of the nonprofit, tax exempt organization The Shalem Center (located in Columbus, Ohio) and the Edinburgh Institute for Spirituality and Peace in Scotland. The larger mission of Shalem Center is to promote healing and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations from an inter-spiritual perspective:

Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace (including the Edinburgh Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace Festival). Sponsors dozens of retreats and interspiritual events in Scotland, co-founded by Neil Douglas-Klotz and Neil Walker in 2007. A registered Scottish charity.

Other Charities and Non-Profit Service Projects That We Support

The Abraham Path Project: Promotes walking in the Middle East as a tool for deepening understanding, experiencing cultures, and fostering friendships across challenging divides. Invests in projects that shed light on the kindness and hospitality of the people in the Middle East by supporting trail development, storytelling, job creation, and experiential tourism. Originally inspired in part by a peace plan for the Middle East of Samuel L. Lewis.

I Give Trees: Solutions Activism: We Regenerate Rainforests. “Since 2010 we’ve been giving trees to Brazilian smallholders who want to restore their pastures to rainforest. In 2016 iGiveTrees was recognized by the French Ministry of Environment as one of “100 Projects for the Climate.” As a result, we have been invited to share our way of being in the world at the United Nations Conference of Parties: COP22, COP23, COP24 and COP25.”

Bless Ananda and Bless Kids: Service project supporting children’s education in Tamil Nadu, India, founded by Rahmana Dziubany.

The Hope Project: Service project begun by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan to alleviate the extreme poverty in the area near the dargah of his father Hazrat Inayat Khan in Delhi. Located in Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, the Hope Project currently runs a community health centre, a creche, a non-formal school, vocational training courses, a thrift and credit program, and a women’s micro-enterprise unit.

International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace: Co-founded by Neil and the Rev. Tasnim Fernandez in 1982.

UK Network for the Dances of Universal Peace:

Dances of Universal Peace in the German-speaking Countries:

Sufi Links:

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri: Website for the work of Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, author of the book Sufi Encounters, with whom Neil has collaborated for some years. Highly recommended for the books and videos.

In the Rose Garden: Online group and individual meetings for Sufi meditation, self-discovery, coaching, and emotional healing hosted and guided by Natalia Lapteva.

Shamcher Beorse Archives:  One of Hazrat Inayat Khan original student, a spiritual activist who inspired Neil and many others.

European Sufi Summer School: An annual summer school near Hamburg, Germany around the first week of July.

International Association of Sufism: Founded by Dr. Nahid Angha and Dr. Ali Kianfar, colleagues and friends of Neil. A California non-profit, humanitarian organization and a United Nations NGO/DPI, was founded in 1983 to create and provide a global forum for a continuing dialogue amongst Sufis, scholars, interfaith leaders, poets and artists from diverse cultures, nations and schools; to bring together Sufi principles and scientific understanding; and to promote equality and human rights.

Mansur Johnson’s Website: One of the first students of Murshid Samuel Lewis and a friend of Neil. Author of the books Murshid: A Personal Memoir of LIfe with American Sufi Samuel L. Lewis and Big Tales: All the Stories in the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Tara and Maboud Swierkoscz: Tara Andrea and Maboud Charles Swierkosz are long time mentors of the Dances of Universal Peace. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they lead public dance circles and Wazifah focused Dance Intensive Retreats. They have lead the dances and retreats at national and international venues. Both are guides in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Their relationship with the asma ul husna, the 99 Beautiful Names of the One Love has given birth to vast collection of original wasifa inspired dances that have touched people throughout the world.

Teachers of Other Traditions:

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality: SHEM Center for Interfaith Spirituality offers the sojourners of all spiritual paths and faith traditions, as well as those who claim none, a sacred space where all are respectfully welcomed to encounter the wisdom found in the sacred traditions of the peoples of the world. Founded by Br. Joseph Kilikevice, friend and colleague of Neil. Based in the Chicago, Illinois, USA area.

Shalom Center: Focusing the work in spiritual activism of Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman, colleagues of Neil.

Matthew Fox: Focusing the work of Dr. Matthew Fox, the pioneer of Creation Spirituality, with whom Neil has collaborated for many years.

Order of the Sacred Earth: Founded by Matthew Fox. “A radically inclusive Order of mystic activists, uniting our energy and intention in one sacred vow: ‘I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be.’

Peter Kingsley: Peter Kingsley’s work has been to bring back to life, and make accessible again, the extraordinary mystical tradition that lies forgotten right at the roots of the western world.

Academic Work:

Scientific and Medical Network: UK-based group investigating the interface between science, religion and psychology. Neil has been a longtime member.

Traditional Cosmology Society of the University of Edinburgh: Neil has been a longtime member and presented at several of its conferences.