Emerald Earth – An Alchemical Ziraat Retreat

with Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

May 5 - 7, 2017
Abode of the Message
‘Thou kneadest my clay, I know, to make a new universe’. Hazrat Inayat Khan   Come to the beauty of the Berkshires within the renewing energy of spring!  In this weekend retreat we will attune to the sacred manuscript of Nature, to seeing with the eyes of Sophia, the creative feminine and the sacred wisdom of the earth, and to the alchemical and Ziraat teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Throughout the weekend we will deepen our intimacy with the elements as archangelic presences, experience meditations in Nature, and enhance and restore our sacred connection with the living Universe. We will…

Farm Class: Wood-Fired Oven Building

with Evan Thaler-Null

May 11, 2017
Abode Farm CSA
In collaboration with the Abode Farm CSA, the Abode invites you to attend monthly Farm Classes under the guidance of our Ecology Manager Evan Thaler-Null, open to all who wish to reconnect with the rhythm of the earth. Evan will take you on a journey through the farm’s 12 acres of beautiful land at Mount Lebanon once home to the native Mohicans and later the Shaker North & South families. Through an exploration of ecology, community, and biodynamic agriculture, these immersive hands-on classes will follow the seasonal rhythms of the farm and strengthen one’s ability to read the local landscape. From Evan Thaler- Null:…

Rasa Shastra – Exploring Love, Intimacy, Sex, and Relationships in Sufism

with Deepa Gulrukh Patel and Netanel Miles-Yépez

May 12 - 14, 2017
Abode of the Message
I bowed my head low in humility, and on my knees I begged of love, “Disclose to me, I pray you, love, your secret.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan   Although well-known among Inayati Sufis, the Rasa Shastra—a series of lessons given by Hazrat Inayat Khan on sexual relationships—has not often been mined in a Sufi teaching context for the wisdom it contains. In this three-day program, Deepa Gulrukh Patel, the International Coordinator of the Inayati Order, and Netanel Miles-Yépez, the Spiritual Director of the Abode of the Message, will explore the themes of love, intimacy, sex and modern relationships in…

River of Guidance – Federation of the Message Gathering 2017

May 17 - 21, 2017
Abode of the Message
The Federation of the Sufi Message invites you to share in the teachings of the Sufi Message presented by senior leaders from the different streams who trace their source to Hazrat Inayat Khan. Celebrating the Federation of the Sufi Message commemorating Hazrat Inayat Khan’s planting the seed of the Sufi Message in the West. The work of the mystic therefore is to study life.  For the mystic life is not a stage play or an amusement; for the mystic it is a school for learning in every moment of life. It is a continual study.  Therefore the scripture of the mystic is human nature. Every morning the mystic…

Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle – May

with Amanda Salima McCall

May 24, 2017
Abode of the Message
Dear Women, Here is an opportunity to gather for a safe, sacred, and sharing circle.  Salima will lead this circle monthly to provide space for women to be themselves and grow to be their best selves.  Gathering around the ideas of Sisterhood, Respect for the earth, and Co-creation, circles will include Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual, and more. These Circles are open to all who identify as women.   Learn more about the Wild Woman Project.  Also, Wild Woman Fest happens at the Abode.

The Feminine Resurrection: A Music and Movement Immersion to Celebrate the Sacred Feminine

with Juliet Rabia Gentile and CC Treadway

May 26 - 29, 2017
Abode of the Message
Today we can see that the feminine spirit is needed more than ever. We can see that the layers of violence, separation, destruction and mistreatment have reached a breaking point. The human shadow has made itself known, the darkness is upon us, and our lights are shining brighter. Women are coming back together to help heal our society. In creating this immersion, we asked ourselves: What if the splitting from the feminine never happened never happened in the modern, western world? What if we could travel through time to the point in history and in our own lives where she…

Village Visit – May

May 26 - 28, 2017
Abode of the Message
Village Visits are an entry point committed to answering “What is the Abode, an Eco-Sufi Village?”  These Friday through Sunday immersions involve music and dancing, outdoor exploration, Farm(er)2Table meals, mini work projects, Sufi studies, engagement with the elements, Universal Worship, and more! A basic outline by day is: Friday:  arrivals, prayers, dinner, welcome, dancing and/or music Saturday: prayers, breakfast, work morning, prayers, lunch, karma yoga, Sufi class, prayers, dinner, spiritual music Sunday: prayers, breakfast, elemental tours, Universal Worship, lunch, wrap-up, departures

Season of the Rose

June 28 - July 3, 2017
Abode of the Message
This summer we will come together for a very special Season of the Rose, designed to explore the theme “The Spirit of Guidance” in depth, and also to send off Pir Zia and his family, as they (along with the Inayati Order headquarters) prepare to move to Richmond, Virginia in the first week of July. The Season of the Rose will again, as it has for the past two years, provide Sufi teachings and training from a variety of teachers, emphasizing the joys of spiritual community. Mornings will feature Pir Zia, and afternoons, break-out sessions with Aziza Scott & Khabira…