Featured Programs

  • Mar 2, 2024

    Afternoon Retreat ~ Dances of Universal Peace & Potluck with Amina & Arif

      Arif Leininger and Amina Silk will present an afternoon of Dances of Universal Peace and zikr. Simple, evocative circle dances and songs that draw on sacred phrases, scripture, and… Read more »

     

    Arif Leininger and Amina Silk will present an afternoon of Dances of Universal Peace and zikr. Simple, evocative circle dances and songs that draw on sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the Earth’s spiritual traditions. Combining Arif’s musicianship and Amina’s graceful, heartfelt movement, they express their love for this powerful practice of healing, community, and peace.

    Registration: $20-$50 for the Afternoon Retreat + Potluck following, bring something to share! Please RSVP for the potluck and we will send you the dish signup form.

    Amina Silk – an artist, a cook, a crafter and lover; lives in a small city in  Massachusetts with her husband Arif on their artsy permaculture half acre.  An ordained priestess in the order of Melchizedek,  initiated in the path of the  Ruhaniat and the Sufi Movement,  a certified dance leader for the Dances of Universal Peace and a Ziraat Gardner.  Certified  in permaculture under the guidance and work intensive with Starhawk .  Plant spirit practitioner and herbalist; a lifetime study, starting as a child with my Grandmother Ninin and through the years have had the privilege of working alongside many amazing herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, Pam Montgomery and many more  . A Kriya Yogi initiate  in the path of Paramahunsa Yogananda.

    In 2018 received a 200 hour Hatha yoga certification, although I have taught yoga for 30 years, I started practicing yoga as a young child with Lilith on public television. Healing touch and Reiki practitioner under the supervision and guidance of John Gray.  With a passion for building community one gathering at a time along with Arif, we offer opportunities to eat, dance and pray together, a recipe  for peace on earth given to us by Murshid Sam. Forever grateful for all the amazing guides and teachers who have inspired and encouraged me to share these gifts.
    Arif was initiated into the Sufi Order back in the early 1970’s, he took a break from active participation while he concentrated on his family and career.  Returning to active participation in the early 2000’s.
    Music has always been important to Arif. He began playing clarinet when he was 6 years old.   Now he mostly plays guitar, for the dances, for kirtan, for local singalongs, and leading hymns for the local UU church.
    Another long term passion is healing. Arif has studied and practiced several healing modalities, but his long time favorite healing modality is qigong. He has studied and practiced qigong since the mid 1990’s.  Studying with Chunyi Lin, Ken Cohen and Robert Peng.   He has completed Robert Peng’s healing intensive.
    Arif and Amina teamed up in 2007.  We are both dance leaders and we lead dances together as a team. We are passionate about bringing people together in community and connection and feel that it is so important for both our individual and our collective healing.  So we host retreats and travel around the country leading dances and connecting with other beloveds.


    Afternoon Retreat with Amina and Arif


  • Mar 10, 2024

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND – Monthly

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND offers a progressive blend of multicultural chants uniquely designed to foster love and open hearts! The band synthesizes the energy of light rock with the soul… Read more »

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND offers a progressive blend of multicultural chants uniquely designed to foster love and open hearts! The band synthesizes the energy of light rock with the soul of sacred chanting.

    Steve Biegel on guitar and vocals, invites the community to be part of the band as it sings, chants, meditates and dances to the music. Jay Kent adds his Kundalini Yoga training and beautiful voice along with percussion. Jesse Biegel is a Berklee College of Music graduate, a vocalist and talented drummer. Meredith is the bands manager. Come join our page on facebook:  The Rockin’ Kirtan Band. $10 – $20 At The Door 

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND Looks forward to singing, dancing, chanting with

    All Of You!!

  • Mar 23, 2024

    Emerald Earth Retreat

    ‘Thou kneadest my clay, I know, to make a new universe’ ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan 2-Day Retreat on Nature Mysticism and Ziraat with authors of Emerald Earth, Kainat Norton and… Read more »

    Thou kneadest my clay, I know, to make a new universe’ ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

    2-Day Retreat on Nature Mysticism and Ziraat with authors of Emerald Earth, Kainat Norton and Muinuddin Smith

    March 23rd – 24th, 2024

    Saturday: 10-4pm

    Sunday: 10-1pm

    Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

    We will gather together within the renewing energy of the spring !  In this weekend retreat we will attune to the sacred manuscript of Nature, to seeing with the eyes of Sophia, the creative feminine, the sacred wisdom of the earth, and to the alchemical and Ziraat teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Throughout the weekend we will deepen our intimacy with the elements as archangelic presences, experience meditations in Nature, and enhance and restore our sacred connection with the living Universe. We will also learn the element and astrological walks/dances.

    We will share in Sufi and Buddhist practices for purifying the mirror of the heart and cultivating the natural self, exploring the alchemy of the soul’s journey, and orienting more clearly to our unfolding purpose. Through retreat we touch upon our essential self, fresh and spontaneous, and affirm our rootedness in the sacredness of life. This in turn, fulfills a deep calling of the soul; bridging our inner awakening with our sacred task of participating in an earth of beauty.

    This retreat is open to all, those experienced or new to spiritual practice.

    Facilitators:

    Kainat Felicia Norton is a lover of Nature. She is a senior teacher, retreat guide, and interfaith minister in the Inayati Sufi Order. She served as Vice President of Ziraat, an activity devoted to inner cultivation and sacred ecology, for eighteen years (2003-2021) and is now Emerita. She taught on the faculty of Suluk Academy for eight years. She performs internationally touring solo dance theater works in Europe, the US, Canada, Central America, and Asia. She performed the one woman show Noor, based on the life of Noor Inayat Khan, in Edinburgh, London, UK, NYC, and France. She enjoys teaching creative movement at the Third Street Music School in NYC.

    Muinuddin Charles Smith, PhD, is a senior teacher, retreat guide, interfaith minister and teacher of Ziraat in the Inayati Sufi Order. He is Professor Emeritus of leadership and sustainability studies at Hofstra University, and served as the Chair of Spirituality and Systems Interest Group of the International Society of Systems Sciences.

    Kainat and Muinuddin are co-authors of the book An Emerald Earth Cultivating a Natural Spirituality and Serving Creative Beauty in Our World’, recently translated into French  Une Terre d’Émeraude.  They co-lead the Inayatiyya Sufi Center in New York City. They offer meditation retreats and workshops worldwide. (http://www.anemeraldearth.org).

     

    LOCATION: Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

    RSVP & CONTACT: Jessica & Akbar: risingtideinternational@gmail.com



    Emerald Earth Retreat Registration Sliding-Scale Options



  • Mar 30, 2024

    Retreat with Great Grandmother Mary Lyons (Ojibwe/Anishnaabe)

    “Inner Water ‘Ceremony’ ” with Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons, Jessica Bromby, Akbar Miller “Water has memory,” Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons often says. The importance of water to life, in our bodies, and… Read more »

    “Inner Water ‘Ceremony’ ” with Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons, Jessica Bromby, Akbar Miller

    “Water has memory,” Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons often says. The importance of water to life, in our bodies, and to life, in our world, is critical, and working with the purity and memory and energy and wisdom of water, we renew ourselves and we renew the world around us.

    Join Great-Grandmother Mary, and Jessica & Akbar, for a gathering of the heart and spirit to refresh and renew in the sacredness of life and creation.

    Grandmother Mary Lyons

    Mary Lyons, Ojibwe Elder, Niish-Nibi-Ikwe “Second Water Woman”, Elder of Mitigwakk-Daywaygus-Giwstashskad “Water Drum Circle”, Sr. Member of the “Top Hat Medicine Dress/Long Skirt Society”. One of the four Indigenous Grandmothers that oversee the Women of Wellbriety, Int’l. and active United Nations Observer on Women/Indigenous Issues.

    Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons, Ojibwe Elder, is a spiritual advisor, storyteller and wisdom keeper. She travels and teaches internationally with the Indigenous Grandmothers of the Sacred We. Grandmother Mary is the founder of the Minnesota Coalition on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, an Indian Child Welfare Act Expert Witness and a Native American Family and Child Advocate. She was a keynote speaker at the Parliament of World Religions in Utah and at the People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014.

    Grandmother Mary is guided by her ancestors and has dedicated her life to helping others.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact & RSVP

    Please RSVP, save your place, volunteer, contact & info: Contact Akbar or Jessica, risingtideinternational@gmail.com

    More details about this gathering will be posted soon.

     

  • Apr 14, 2024

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND – Monthly

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND offers a progressive blend of multicultural chants uniquely designed to foster love and open hearts! The band synthesizes the energy of light rock with the soul… Read more »

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND offers a progressive blend of multicultural chants uniquely designed to foster love and open hearts! The band synthesizes the energy of light rock with the soul of sacred chanting.

    Steve Biegel on guitar and vocals, invites the community to be part of the band as it sings, chants, meditates and dances to the music. Jay Kent adds his Kundalini Yoga training and beautiful voice along with percussion. Jesse Biegel is a Berklee College of Music graduate, a vocalist and talented drummer. Meredith is the bands manager. Come join our page on facebook:  The Rockin’ Kirtan Band. $10 – $20 At The Door 

    THE ROCKIN’ KIRTAN BAND Looks forward to singing, dancing, chanting with

    All Of You!!

  • May 2, 2024

    Allaudin Ottinger & Yasmin Scott DUP Retreat

      Housing Options in Sunny Sarasota Rising Tide is 10 minutes from Siesta Key Beach, perennially one of the top 10 beaches in the country! Healing quartz crystal sands, mellow… Read more »

    Dances of Universal Peace & Sufi Teachings with Murshid Allaudin Ottinger and Sheikha Yasmin Scott (ONLINE + IN-PERSON)

    Florida Dance Retreat, Sufi Teachings, & Community Gathering

    + Many musical and special guests, leaders, friends of the friend!

    Thursday, May 2nd- Sunday, May 5th, 2024 

    (Starts Thurs. Evening, Ends Sunday Noon) 

    Join us for four days of dance, breath, meditation, attunement, poetry, & more with beloved Kansas City Shining Heart Community Leaders, Allaudin Ottinger and Yasmin Scott.

    Return to your ❣️Heart❣️Beat❣️ with deepening songs, dances, zikr, and teachings…
    ❣️…RECHARGE in the elements…❣️
    ❣️…BREATHE deeply in community…❣️
    ❣️…DANCE on SIESTA KEY BEACH’s quartz crystal sands…❣️
    ❣️…SING & MOVE under the stars 💫 at the STAR-LIT ZiKR with Starlet Yasmin…❣️
    ❣️…UN-PLUG from the spin cycle and whirl with the cosmos…❣️
    ❣️…give yourself a SABBATH from tech…❣️
    ❣️…REMEMBER the deeper RHYTHM OF THE SELF…❣️
    ❣️…RETURN again and again and again…❣️
    ❣️❣️…WALK…❣️❣️…SIT…❣️.❣️…EAT…❣️❣️…DREAM…❣️❣️
    ❣️❣️…PLAY…❣️❣️…SING…❣️❣️…DANCE…❣️❣️

    LOCATION: Rising tide, 5102 swift rd, sarasota, fl 34231 (10 min from Siesta Key Beach!)

    SLIDING SCALE: $133 – $233 – $333

    REGISTER: www.risingtideinternational.org

    INFO/ VOLUNTEERING/SCHOLARSHIPS/MUSICIANS: Jessica Bromby, jessicabromby@gmail.com, Akbar Chris Miller, chris@risingtideinternational.org

    More Details TBA… SAVE THE DATE!!

    CONTACT: risingtideinternational@gmail.com, 941-993-9994

    RSVP / Registration Form – Click Here

    Payment Options: Sliding Scale, $133 – $233 – $333 (Online/ In-Person)

    1. Website Button: Click the button below after selecting what you’d like to pay
    2. Paypal: send your payment to Chris@Risingtideinternational.org on Paypal
    3. Check: Made out to “Rising Tide International”, please mail the checks to HeartBeat Retreat, C/o Chris Miller, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231 — and please let us know the check is on the way!
    4. RSVP and ask for us to contact you — click here to fill out the RSVP/Registration form online
    5. Contact us for help 🙂

    Is there an option that you are looking for we don’t have? Need a scholarship? Do you want to volunteer… are you a musician…Want to sponsor a dancer? Leave a note below, or Contact us! (See above)

    Heart Beat Retreat w/ Allaudin and Yasmin Registration Options:
    Scholarship requests, comments, volunteering...

     

    Housing Options in Sunny Sarasota

    Rising Tide is 10 minutes from Siesta Key Beach, perennially one of the top 10 beaches in the country! Healing quartz crystal sands, mellow waves, shallow waters, and plenty of room to walk or soak up the sun. May is when “Season” is over.

    We recommend looking on these websites for housing options, and thinking about pairing up with others you know who are part of the program:

    AirBnB & Rental Homes Reserve early if possible and watch out for cleaning fees! Lots of AirBnB options, also try VRBO

    Hotels — nearby (less than 10min drive) include Siesta Key Palms Resort, The Hibiscus Suites,  Spark by Hilton, or for something right by the beach, try Tropical Beach Resorts or The Capri.  Search Booking.com or other sites to see places closer by — you can find rental houses on Booking.com too. You can also find Days Inn not far away, or Comfort Suites, for something more affordable.

    Rising Tide — We are exploring this option as a possibility for those needing to save funds. Please contact risingtideinternational@gmail.com if you are interested in something very basic, bring your own bedding or tent kind of arrangement.

    Local homestays — There aren’t a ton of homestays in the local community but if you’re interested in this, local Sufis and Dancers might have an extra bed or couch! Contact us  about that

    Next Women's Meditation Circle

  • Mar 15, 2024

    Women’s Meditation Circle of SW Florida

    Doors open at 6:30 pm then close at 7 pm when meditation begins. We end at 8 pm.
    For specific information on each meditation, which location it is held and if zoom options are available visit: https://risingtideinternational.org/womens-meditation-group/
    Donations:  Rising Tide is the “home” of the Women’s Meditation Circle. We are committed to its care and respectful of the generosity of the center in allowing us to use it on Friday evenings. Therefore a donation of $10 is suggested – more if you can, less if you can’t. Rising Tide is a 501c3 organization so all donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Rising Tide or make donations with the Rising Tide Donation Page.