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!"
For more than 40 years years, the Abode has endured because of its people. People, like you, devoted to a vision, as described by Pir Vilayat: “[The Abode] is devised for people who find a need in their lives to integrate their higher ideals into everyday living, as a model for a better world to come.” ...
Fall is here. Orange sunset, chilly nights, and turning leaves all remind us to slow down, to connect with our breath (which we can almost now see), and walk more thoughtfully. A group of residents and community members gathered Friday with new friends from Mediation Matters for a conversation on the state of the Abode, ways to move forward, and how to address the multifarious needs of this complex Abode. ...
The calendar says it is still summer but anyone who has ever lived year round at the Abode or been to a Labor Day retreat knows that September brings another reality. Our warm days of summer are waning to be followed by cooler fall weather, then winter, and so on....