Teachers


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Netanel Miles-Yépez

Netanel Miles-Yépez, Abode Spiritual Director, 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 in residence at the Abode of the Message in…

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Paul Naamon

Rev. Monshin Paul Naamon is the Jushoku (Abbot) of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, Jiunzan Tendai-ji, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin, Jushoku of the California Tendai Monastery, and Secretary General of the Japanese Tendai Buddhism in North America.  Rev. Naamon was educated at the University of Buffalo, University at Albany, and Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan.  Additionally, he was a Research Scholar at Federal University of Brazil Research Hospital, Bahia, Brazil and University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Japan.  His Tendai Buddhist priest training was in Japan at Taisho University, Tokyo, Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, and Tamon-in Temple, Chiba, where he was ordained in…

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M'Ellen Kennedy

Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is passionate about helping speakers find their authentic voice.  She has practiced the art of speaking without a manuscript and storytelling for eight years.  She is cofounder and teacher with Rev. Stephen Shick of Preaching from the Heart.  M’ellen is co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network. She is enthusiastic about and an expert in creating small group settings that are safe, fun and, transformative. Rev. M’ellen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist and also Sufi minister.  She has the honor of  serving two historic Universalist churches in Springfield and Washington, Vermont.  M’ellen serves as a…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Yaqin Joseph Aubert

Yaqin Joseph Aubert is the esoteric secretary to Pir Zia Inayat Khan, head of the Inayati Order, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship. Yaqin is a senior teacher in the Order and has been studying in Sufism for more than 40 years. He has been a teacher in the Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He was initiated into Sufism by Pir Zia’s father Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and is a Cherag (minister) in the Universal Worship. Yaqin is a founding member of the Abode of the Message, a spiritual community and…

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Evan Thaler-Null

Evan Thaler-Null, Abode Manager of Ecology, has been working on the Abode land for the past five years. Evan moved to New Lebanon in 2012 to take over the management of the farmland at the Abode with his partner, Sarah Steadman, who grew up down the road from the Abode, the daughter of long-time Sufi parents.  As the co-founder and manager of Abode Farm CSA, Evan brings his connection to agriculture, ecology, and community to his role as Manager of Ecology for the Abode. Raised with a love for the outdoors, animals, and plants, Evan first began studying botany and herbalism…

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Megan McFeely

Megan McFeely, Director/Producer, AS SHE IS, follows the inner path of Sufism and has been on a journey towards what is natural, essential and authentic for most of her life.  The question, “Who are we as human beings from the inside of ourselves?” has been at the center of her inquiry.  She spent more than 25 years providing strategic communications counsel for media and technology companies, authors, and non-profit organizations to create voice and visibility for what is coming next. www.as-she-is.org

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Wahida Janice Young

Wahida Young is a Suluk Academy graduate and an ordained Cheraga in the Inayati Order and coordinator of the Universal Worship at the Abode. She is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and taught T’ai chi for 10 years. She has long been a student of Feng Shui. Wahida previously served in the role of Volunteer Coordinator at the Abode as well as head of the housekeeping concentration. She drew on years of experience as a French teacher and her own experience as a work-exchange resident to perform her roles, striving for fairness while holding a high standard…