Teachers


DavidRome700

Netanel Miles-Yépez

Netanel Miles-Yépez is a teacher of religion and Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism, co-founded with his teacher, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality and practice espoused by Rabbi Avraham Maimuni in 13th-century Egypt with the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is the translator of My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Songs of Songs and Other Poems (2015), and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009). Currently, he is the Spiritual Director of the Abode of the Message in…

DavidRome700

Aziza Scott

Aziza Scott, M. ED., has guided retreats for many years as the head of the Sufi Order International Esoteric School, now The Inayati Order. She is Emeritus at this time and continues to be the Director of Retreat Guide Training. She is one of the core faculty of the Suluk Academy in North America with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and has a retreat center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. She worked closely with Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan for more than 30 years and is a beloved friend of the Abode of the Message.

DavidRome700

Maitreya Jon Stevens

Maitreya Jon Stevens brings a heart-opening and deepening presence to the Dances of Universal Peace through his instrumentation, voice, and love of the Dances as a community practice.  A mureed and guide in the Sufi Ruhaniat, Maitreya leads a monthly dance circle at the Abode of the Message in upstate New York.  He has led retreats and taught at numerous camps across the country from California to Massachusetts, and internationally in Mexico and Colombia.  Maitreya has been a teacher of children for over a decade, weaving in teachings on breath, awareness, forgiveness, power and compassion everywhere he can.

DavidRome700

Ashoka Johnson

Ashoka Robert Johnson is a Representative, Retreat Guide and Healing Conductor based in Oak Park, Illinois, and a graduate of the Nasim Suluk class. As a classical musician, Ashoka Robert Johnson’s career has spanned four continents and is a tenured orchestra member of both the Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He has been teaching Meditation for Musicians classes in many of the major music schools and conservatories of the Midwest as well as internationally.  Recently, Ashoka gave classes at both the University of Sao Paulo and the Foundation Arts Conservatory, both in Sao…

DavidRome700

Amanda Salima McCall

Amanda Salima McCall is a beloved mureed and coordinator within the Inayati Order. She is a graduate of Suluk Academy and has been consciously walking a personal spiritual path for many years. Her professional life is an outgrowth of her foundational belief that everyone deserves to be seen and cared for. This devotion to tending to the well-being of the human experience, body and soul, has driven her personal and professional life. Salima has been a healing arts practitioner for close to two decades and is a licensed nurse. Currently she is pursuing a degree in social work. Salima trained as a circle leader through the…

DavidRome700

Juliet Rabia Gentile

Juliet Rabia Gentile holds a Master’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s Degree from New School University.  Juliet is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the NAJSC, a branch of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order.  She also has a connection with the Chishti Sufi lineage in Ajmer, India, and has been an advocate for their work in NYC. Juliet served as a spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan and has lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral…

DavidRome700

Kainat Felicia Norton

Kainat Felicia Norton is a senior teacher, retreat guide, and serves on the faculty of Suluk Academy within the Inayati Order. She is First Vice President and International Head of the Ziraat activity. She tours the solo dance/theatre piece ‘NOOR’, which she has performed in Edinburgh, London, Paris and most recently in NYC. She co-founded and facilitates, with Muinuddin Smith, the Light of Guidance Center for Sufi Studies in New York City. Kainat and Muinuddin co-authored the book An Emerald Earth: Cultivating a Natural Spirituality and Serving Creative Beauty in Our World and together they offer meditation retreats and workshops internationally.

DavidRome700

Muinuddin Charles Smith

Muinuddin Charles Smith, PhD, is a senior teacher and retreat guide within the Inayati Order. Charles teaches leadership and sustainability studies at Hofstra University. He co- founded and facilitates, with Kainat Felicia Norton, the Light of Guidance Center for Sufi Studies in New York City. Kainat and Muinuddin co-authored the book, An Emerald Earth: Cultivating a Natural Spirituality and Serving Creative Beauty in Our World and together they offer meditation retreats and workshops internationally.

DavidRome700

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

Deepa Gulrukh Patel is a Sufi teacher in the Inayati Order, which she also serves in her capacity as International Coordinator and Executive Director for the Zenith Institute, a four-week Sufi meditation camp in the Swiss Alps, where she guides retreats for young adults. She is also the Chair of Tamasha Theatre Company and the Loss Foundation, a bereavement support service for people who have lost loved ones to cancer. Her past roles have included being a music education producer for the BBC, a campaigner on HIV/AIDS for Action Aid, and Managing Director of Creative Partnerships (a national UK Government…