Canada honours 800-year-old Persian Sufi mystic and poet with "Soul on Fire: Passion and Poetry of Rumi"

    Featuring soul-igniting readings by Coleman Barks, accompanied by
    acclaimed musicians David Darling and Marcus Wise, along with the
    transformational teaching of Andrew Harvey

    GUELPH, ON, June 11 /CNW/ - As part of worldwide celebrations during
UNESCO's 2007 "International Year of Rumi," Sacred Wisdom Centre is bringing
Rumi's timeless message of humanism and love to Canada with "Soul on Fire:
Passion and Poetry of Rumi" on Saturday, June 30 at the River Run Centre in
Guelph. Come find out why this 13th c. Persian Sufi mystic is one of the most
popular poets in North America today!
    Evening Rumi readings by Coleman Barks from his own exquisitely sensitive
translations, accompanied by musicians David Darling (cello) and Marcus Wise
(Indian drums), will honour the spiritual depth of Rumi's profound wisdom 800
years since his birth, giving us glimpses of what Barks describes as "the
vastness of our true identity." In the past 30+ years, Barks has produced 18
volumes of Rumi's translated works, with The Essential Rumi selling more than
half a million copies worldwide.
    During the day, distinguished Rumi translator and author of 30+ books on
spirituality Andrew Harvey - "powered by love" - will lead an experiential
workshop on Rumi's passion and wisdom. Dedicated to Sacred Activism, "the
union of profound spiritual understanding and wise, radical action in the
world," Harvey will also be leading a Rumi pilgrimage to Turkey with Wisdom
University in the Fall of 2007.

    Event Details:

    What:     Soul on Fire - Passion and Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks
              and Andrew Harvey, two renowned Rumi mystics and scholars,
              accompanied by Grammy-nominated cellist David Darling and
              world-class tabla virtuoso Marcus Wise. Selection of the
              presenters' books will be available by The Bookshelf, as well
              as an exclusive pottery collection honouring Rumi's works and
              made specifically for the event by local artist Goldie Sherman.
              The films Rumi: Poet of the Heart by Haydn Reiss (Magnolia
              Films) and Rumi - Turning Ecstatic by Canadian filmmaker Tina
              Petrova (Visionary Media) will also be featured and available
              for purchase.

    When:     Saturday, June 30, 2007
              (9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Rumi Workshop with Andrew Harvey;
              7:30 - 9:30 pm: Rumi Readings with Coleman Barks, David Darling
              and Marcus Wise;
              9:30 pm: Cocktail Reception with the stars)

    Where:    River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON

    Tickets:  All-day Workshop: $125; Evening Readings: $50-$75 for adults
              and $30-$50 for students; Cocktail Reception: $50 and all-
              inclusive Passes ($198) can be purchased at: or
              by calling 519-763-3000 or toll free 1-877-520-2408

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For further information: advance registration, and requests for
interviews, please contact Barbara Susan Booth, Sacred Wisdom Centre, (519)

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