Reb Zalman was a universal Sufi

History - 35 years of Schweibenalp


The history of the power place Schweibenalp goes back to the Celtic times, when druids settled it and held their rituals and celebrations. The Christian religion reached the Bernese Oberland around 500 AD. Schweibenalp later became the property of the St. Gallen monastery. Even today, one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella (St. Jakobs-Weg) leads over the Schweibenalp.

The Schweibenalp Kurhaus was built in 1896 and was particularly suitable for treating the then rampant tuberculosis. After the Second World War, Schweibenalp was converted from the Kurhaus into a children's home and a little later into a holiday home.

In 1981 Sundar Robert Dreyfus, doctor and psychotherapist, received the order from the Indian teacher and avatar Sri Haidakhan Babaji to build an ashram and center in Switzerland. In 1982, the "Foundation for the Realization of Truth, Simplicity and Love", which was established for this purpose, was able to acquire the Schweibenalp site, today known as the Schweibenalp Foundation. The operation and the life proceeded in the greatest simplicity: the temple services, the voluntary work and meditation and a lively community life became the center of the action. A ritual site was created with daily Indian fire and temple rituals. From the beginning, unity celebrations were held at which many traditions and religions came together to celebrate what was common in respect of the different and diverse. Numerous teachers, such as the mystic Dina Rees, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, Sri Muniraji and Sri Ammaji, the Sufi teacher Sheikh Nazim, Drs .JJ & Desiree Hurtak, various Tibetan Buddhist lamas, Zen teachers, representatives of various indigenous peoples and priests and clergy of Christian churches visited took the place in this framework and conducted retreats and seminars here.

In 2008 the center expanded its focus. The large "Frieden" seminar room was completed and the seminar center was expanded with extensive renovations. The traditional ritual practice and interreligious peace work faded into the background - without disappearing. In addition to the spiritual development of each individual, there was a focus on community building and the development of an ecologically and economically sustainable culture of life. This expanded focus was expressed on the Green Phoenix platform. We also maintain contact with various communities, are active in GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and were able to host their international conference in 2013. Our permaculture project was created during the same period.