The Way – Inner Path to Love & Freedom
at the, Wisdom Meeting Place
Wisdom Meeting Place is a universal centre for spiritual teachings, yoga, meditation and community activities. The spiritual teachings that we embrace and share are paths of love, freedom and wisdom for spiritual seekers. We hold various courses about the inner journey for you to be able to go beyond the mind and experience the deep aspects of who you are, by sharing and studying universal teachings.
We aim to be a guiding force for all spiritual cultures and traditions that embrace the inner journey to self. Our vision is to provide individuals the path towards right action, knowledge and freedom through study and direct experience.
The Way is a course designed to develop the human potential in the tradition of spiritual schools. It teaches the holistic path through the study of spiritual masters and communities from all traditions and faiths, including Yogis, Sufis, Mother Nature and Indigenous cultures. All, who have walked, lived and embraced “The Way”. Their path involved journeying inward to understand the self and the natural world to merge with universal conscious and attainment of complete freedom.
The Way is dedicated to sharing the ageless wisdom of the great mystics, in an environment where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be open to their own self-transformation process. This course allows aspirants to progress at their own pace, with the freedom to interpret the teachings, as they see it. There is no right way, only your way.
I wander in the pursuit of my own self;
I was the traveller, and I am the destination.
The course is delivered via six-week terms, in two sections – Wednesday evenings from 6.15pm to 7.45pm and one-day immersions at the end of each term on a Saturday from 6.30am to 1pm. Wednesday evenings are recorded in audio podcast (and video when required) and can be accessed online for all enroled students. The immersion is only available by physical attendance.
• 6.15-7pm: Teachings
• 7.00-7.20pm: Q&A and group discussions
• 7.25-7.45pm: Meditation
• 6.30-7.30am: Meditation
• 7.30-8.15am: Breakfast break
• 8.15-10.15am: Experiential practices of the Spiritual Masters
• 10.15-11.15am: Morning Tea
• 11.15 am-1pm: Course work, Q&A and group discussions
16 York Street Teralba, at the former St David’s Church in Lake Macquarie The Wisdom Meeting Place, is only two hours north of Sydney, NSW and a two-minute walk from Teralba train station, a stop on the Newcastle to Sydney line.
$495 per module
$1840 block of 4 Modules ($460 each x 4 modules $140 saving)
$2640 Complete 18 month course 6 modules ($440 each x 6 modules $330 saving)
*Savings are based on individual module prices and paying upfront.
*All Fees are to be paid in full one moth prior to course commencement if you are choosing to pay per module.
*Non refundable one off administration fee of $85 for online access, course materials and account set up is payable, at time of enrolment, for all students.
Direct Deposit Yogic Wisdom, St George Bank BSB 112 879 Account 438 119 591
Or Credit Card (1.75% surcharge) link will be sent for payment
To apply to study in the course, student are to contact the Course Principle Kym McDonald on 0410 545502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org the course maximum is for 20 participants only.
Module 1, Christian Mystics – August to September
What is a Mystic?
A mystic is one who, above all else in life, desires to know (not in the intellectual sense of knowing) the deepest Truth of existence. A mystic is one who senses more to life than making a living or being of service in the world – although these things are both necessary and good.
The mystic, however, is looking beyond an exclusive (or preoccupied) focus on these survival/self-actualization desires to something more: he/she is looking to discover the deepest truth of our being; to understand our greatest potential as reflections of Universal Truth; to realize our wholeness within the Ground of All.
The primary interest in life for the mystic is to discover truth, to know creation and creator, to see into man’s whole nature. …The mystic sees all of life as an abundant opportunity to discover, realise, and express the Divine.
Christian Mystics – August to September 2019
21 August, Origen
28 August, Desert Mothers and Fathers
4 September, St John of the Cross
11 September, Thomas Merton
18 September, Teresa of Avila
Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
21 September Father Richard Rohr and St Francis of Assisi
Module 2, Great Sages, Yoga Gurus & Spiritual Masters of India
Masters are the learned ones who have reached such a peak of transcendental consciousness that they feel one with the Supreme. Since they have found their true selves they now seek to selflessly enlighten others to seek the divinity that resides in each human being. Through their close connection with the Supreme, Masters can successfully expedite the progress of their disciples in attaining the Highest Truth. The Masters’ teachings may differ for their views reflect the environment that was prevalent during that period of time but what unites them is that all their teachings bear the same stamp of spiritual truths. Each Master may have adopted a different route but in their unique way they have all shown how the Highest Truth can be realized.
Indian Masters – November to December 2019
6 November, Papa Ram Das
13 November, Ramakrishna,
20 November, Sri Sarada Devi,
27 November, Shirdi Sai Baba
4 December, Lahiri Mahasaya,
Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
Note: India Retreat 27 Dec – 12 Jan (not included in course fees)
Module 3, Sufis and Sikh Masters – February t0 March 2020
Sufi devotion like Sikh faith has beautiful poetry and music. In both faiths this involves meditative practices that can lead to union of the individual with the Divine.
Both Sufism and Sikhi advocate simplicity, equality and a shift in one’s life away from materialism. Both recognise the immanence and transcendence of the One in all. Sufi philosophy is based on the nature of reality, which is transcendent and the Sikh faith also faith advocates seeking union with the inner truth, through meditation and invocation of the Divine Name by ecstatically repeating mantras
Hatim-al-Asamm established 4 key principles of Sufi life:
1. To remember that no other person eats your bread for you.
2. To remember that no one but you performs your actions.
3. To remember that death is coming, so you should address your life in readiness for it.
4. To remember that you are under the eye of God.
Sufis and Sikh Masters
5 Feb, Najmuddin Kubra
12 Feb, Rumi
19 Feb, Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
26 Feb, Hazrat Inayat Khan
4 March, Guru Nanak
Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
Module 4, Eastern Masters– April to May 2020
The Eastern Masters module, covers a vast spiritual variety of wise, loving and rich teachings on knowing oneself and connection to the totality across many cultures.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran
29 Apr Buddha
6 May Dogen Zenj
13 May Lao Tzu
20 May Confucius
27 May Kahlil Gibran
30 May, Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
Module 5, Western Spiritual Masters and Animism– July to September 2020
Many great western teachers share from their own personal journeys and delve deep into the aspects of the human experience, many are still followed and practiced today, for the inward journey of peace.
Animism is the belief that animals, plants, rivers, mountains, and other entities in nature contain an inner spiritual essence. Animism has many forms, which reflect the geographical environment, the religious or spiritual cultural history, and the distinct worldview of the people groups who practice its various expressions.
Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself. Pythagoras
Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. George Gurdjieff
Wednesday 6.15pm-7.45pm 2020
22 July Joseph Campbell
29 July Pythagoras
5 August George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
12 August Animism – tradition cultures
19 August Animism – tradition cultures
5 September, Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
Module 6, Jewish Master and Kabbalah – September to October 2020
The Kabbalah represents the Jewish form of what all mystical traditions strive for; a direct and intimate knowledge of the divine on a level beyond that of the intellect.
The most important aspect of the process of self-improvement is the cultivation of one’s sense of humility before the Creator. This, however, should not be an artificial undertaking, but a goal of one’s efforts. If, as a result of working on the self, an individual gradually starts to develop this quality, then it means that he is proceeding in the right direction. – Talmud, Avodah Zarah, Kabbalist
Jewish Masters and Prophets/Kabbalah
23 September John the Baptist
30 September Abraham Abulafia
7 October Kabbalah part 1
14 October Kabbalah part 2
21 October Kabbalah part 3
30 October, Saturday Immersion 6.30am-1pm
Note: Israel Retreat 14 – 28 November 2020 (not included in course fees)