More than personal development - an essential development

Founded in 2002 by Idris Lahore, the Free University of Samadeva is a private educational institution directed by Ennea Tess Griffith and 6 co-founders, and assisted by a team of around twenty people, a team that is being extended more and more through the increasing number of partners in the different regions of France and abroad where the trainings are offered.

The Free University of Samadeva offers trainings addressed to the general public and also to professionals in the fields of health, the helping professions, psychology, education, and well-being. In the context of the annual programs, many different techniques and methods are taught, with the goal of enriching participants in their personal, essential, and also professional development. All of these methods originate in Samadeva, a traditional Dervish approach of health and well-being. The techniques of Samadeva are based on traditional western and eastern knowledge having their origins in ancient forms of philosophy, arts, sciences, and spiritual currents. The Free University of Samadeva proposes the cultivation of this knowledge and practical skills, considering them to form part of the cultural heritage of humanity. Distilling the essence of these techniques, and removing their folkloristic external forms, Idris Lahore has adapted them to the modern-day western cultural milieu with the aid of his collaborators - doctors, psychologists, physical therapists, and specialists in song, music, and dance.

The Samadeva vision of health and well-being

Prior to being the medicine of the Dervishes, Samadeva is above all a way of wise living and an art of health and well-being. "Sama" means "to be attentive and listen"; "deva" means "the forces of nature" - lending an attentive ear to the forces of nature, of our physical body, as well as the forces of our consciousness and the environment, as well as our way of eating and living. The art, philosophy, and science of Samadeva as they have been taught and practiced by the Dervishes in their secret brotherhoods since the most ancient times are now accessible to the West. The ancient wisdom of the Hakim conferred on them great authority, which was based on their genuine competence, their non-violent treatments, and their great degree of benevolence. The goal of their methods was to mobilize the intelligence and wisdom of the body, allowing the patient's forces of self-healing to flow through a minimal stimulation given by the practitioner. In order to amplify the possibilities of harmonization, the patient's responsibility for his own treatment is always called upon, for he actively and concretely participates in the healing process.

Samadeva brings forth the body's inner wisdom

Samadeva considers that a self-regulating force exists in man that keeps him naturally in good health; when this force falls out of balance, however, it leads to difficulties and illness. Samadeva acts above all preventatiely on illness and seeks to maintain our health, which does not prevent it from being effective in many acute illnesses and health problems, and even more effective in psycho-somatic illnesses and so-called chronic illnesses, for which it almost always contributes to improvent, and often to healing. For the Dervishes, Samadeva is also an art of living that enables us to know our essential physical, emotional, and intellectual needs, to understand them, and to give our life a satisfying direction in order to find harmony both with ourselves and with other people and the environment.