Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way International, a non-sectarian mystical order in the lineage of Inayat Khan (www.sufiway.org). Through his nine-month Open Path trainings and retreats (www.open-path.org) in Europe and the U.S., he offers students a guided approach to recognizing nondual awareness, and learning to express that realization in the diverse conditions of daily life.
Pir Elias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life, working as a schoolteacher, builder, architect, writer, environmental educator, peace activist, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. He is author of the forthcoming book The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years.
For over two decades Elias has worked with his wife, Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, in the fields of peace and environmental activism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights. He was instrumental in founding the Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil (Abraham’s Path), an international project dedicated to helping Middle Eastern countries open a network of cultural routes and walking trails through the region. (For more about the citizen diplomacy aspect of his work, visit www.pathofthefriend.org.) He lives in Boulder and Crestone, Colorado.