The Abode is an Eco-Sufi Village where Eco honors the land, Sufi honors the Message of the Inayati Sufis, and Village honors the gathering of volunteers, residents, organizations, retreatants, and guests who come to the Abode having individual paths but the support of others along the way. All are welcome.
Passed from Native to Shaker to Sufi hands, this spiritual community and retreat center founded by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in 1975 encompasses 350 acres, a Mountain Camp, a Pond, the Abode Farm CSA, a Sufi Center, an immersive nature school, and a tradition of “love, harmony, and beauty.”
"The Abode of the Message is a beautiful place for a spiritual retreat, with wonderful people and delicious food. Visiting The Abode refreshes you spiritually because you get closer of nature and meet other like-minded people."
"Wonderful place to be, much to learn."
"A shelter of quiet, contemplation, wisdom & chivalry."
"The Abode is a special and unique place in America and the world. It's a kind of spiritual home for so many people."
"This place is bursting with beauty, inside out. The food is amazing. People are warm and overall, the joy can be felt lingering in the air. I would love to come back when I do have a chance in the future!"
Dear Friends of the Abode, As of today, we’ve just launched the first iteration of the Abode’s new website, with many changes, additions, and optimizations to come. Please bear with us as we continue to refine our web presence over the next few days......
We have definitely felt the showers here at the Abode in this very wet season and continue to revel in this abundant mercy and compassion - what blessings! Many of you were here for Season of the Rose where we farewelled the IO headquarters and Bawa with his family, but the next day began the arrival of our SpiritFire friends and on Thursday, NVC. ...
It has been an exciting year of consolidation and rebuilding at the Abode. In preparation for this moment when Pir Zia embarks on his journey to Richmond VA, our Executive Director Al Bellenchia has begun to put into practice many of the Board’s ideals for the Abode...