Tamarkoz® Retreat: Sound, Music, and the Sufi Zikr

August 25-27, 2017 M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Sacramento Center Sacramento, California

This season's Tamarkoz® Retreat took place on August 25-27, 2017 at the Sacramento Retreat Center. Participants began to learn and focus on their sense of hearing by listening to a wide range of familiar sounds that were not-so-easy to recognize at first. Everyone then indulged in a music relaxation exercise that evoked diverse emotions and feelings of nostalgia as different kinds of music were played. Each person experimented with their own unique pitch, frequency, and breathing pattern to uncover their true voice. Attendees then joined together in smaller groups to experience toning and harmonization to create a delightful melody without the use of words. The overall experience was further enriched each morning with a beautiful and rejuvenating movement of Movazeneh®, while the evening filled with stillness after harmonious and soothing Sufi zikr.