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The Symposium

Each year the Society organizes Symposia in the UK and the USA on an aspect of Ibn 'Arabi's work.

These international gatherings bring together people from many different fields and traditions, and include scholars, students, and anyone interested in what Ibn 'Arabi has to say. These events provide a unique opportunity for both speakers and listeners, specialists and non-specialists, to enrich their understanding of the Shaykh's teachings and their relevance today. The Society also encourages public seminars and lectures and can provide speakers on request.

This Vast Earth : Ibn 'Arabi's Ecology of Consciousness

November 10-11, 2017, UC Santa Barbara, California, USA

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Ibn 'Arabi Society in the USA will be held on the seaside campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Details to come, but hold the date in your calendar!

Other events

‘Seven Days of the Heart’ Study Retreat, Melbourne, Australia

An intensive, non-residential study retreat, led by Stephen Hirtenstein: September 30 – 7 October, 2017

This study retreat is open to anyone who has previously studied Ibn 'Arabi. All material is in English or in transliteration; no special Arabic knowledge is assumed or required. Participants will need to have a copy of the ‘Seven Days of the Heart’, the translation into English by Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein of the Awrad al-usbu or Wird. There are fourteen prayers, one for each day and night of the week. They include not only the most astounding expressions of contemplation and devotion to God, but also an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Union (tawhid). It will also be necessary to complete a questionnaire prior to participating. For more details, see

Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia : October 2017

Stephen Hirtenstein will be speaking at a symposium in Adelaide, and giving lectures in Sydney and Melbourne based on his latest book, The Alchemy of Human Happiness. He is a senior editor for the Encyclopaedia Islamica, editor of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, author and co-owner of Anqa Publishing dedicated to the publication in English of works by Ibn ‘Arabi and his school. He directs the MIAS Archiving Project which has been compiling a database and digital copies of Ibn Arabi’s historic manuscripts from libraries around the world. This is his first visit to Australia.

Ibn 'Arabi Study Retreats in Scotland, September 2017


At Chisholme House, Scottish Borders, September 2017

  • The Ground of Beneficence, August 26-September 2, with Peter Coates

  • Fusus al Hikam: Abraham and Isaac September 4-10, With Jane Clark

These study retreats will be held at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders - a school dedicated to exploring the essential unity of all existence, the true nature of the self, and how this understanding might affect the way we experience the world. Full details and booking: