Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ziraat Retreat: Cultivating The Heart and Mind of Awakening
Rochester, New York
contact: James Inayat Leff
315-946-9854, jrleff_dc@yahoo.com

Friday June 21 at 7PM
Talk at the New York Open Center by Pir Zia Inayat Khan,
Leader of the Sufi Order International

In this talk and book signing, Pir Zia will introduce two of his books, Saracen Chivalry (Suluk Press, 2012) and Caravan of Souls (Suluk Press, 2013, forthcoming). Saracen Chivalry evokes the legendary history and heroic ideals of futuwwa, or Sufi chivalry. Caravan of Souls describes the precepts and practices of the Sufi Order established in the West by Pir Zia’s grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan, in 1910. The object of futuwwa is to live a life of courage and generosity. The object of Sufi mysticism is to discover God “in the horizons and in one’s self.”

For more information and registration, please go to http://www.opencenter.org/sufi-chivalry-and-mysticism/


July 3-11, 2013

2013 Silent Retreat – Leaders Training- Summer Camp

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York

“The knowledge of plurality begins life; but in the consciousness
 of unity is life’s culmination.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Summer Gathering of the Sufi Order International (SOI) offers an introduction to universal Sufism. We honor all religions and welcome all as one single family. The camp offers programs designed to meet the needs of both seasoned leaders and seekers without previous experience. Morning meditations, body centered practices and opportunities to connect to nature are integrated throughout all programs.

Open to All:  Abode Mountain Center

Silent Retreat with Pir Zia Inayat Khan and Aziza Scott (July 3-7, 2013)

The silent retreat is an important tool of inner transformation and personal unfoldment on the Sufi path. Take the space and time to go deeply within and experience the teachings and practices led by these two Sufi masters in the serene, beautiful and supportive environment of the Abode Mountain Center. The silent retreat is open to all and first time participants are especially encouraged to attend.  A children’s camp will be part of the program.

Open to All:  Abode Main Campus

Community Camp (July 7-11, 2013)*

The Community Camp offers the opportunity to explore the different activities of the Sufi Order:  the Healing Order, Universal Worship, Kinship and Ziraat. We will be joined by activity leaders Devi Tide, Nur-al-Haqq Martin, Munawir Mangold, Zarifah Kadian, Sharifa Norton and Muinuddin Smith. Whether you’re a long time student of the Sufi Path or this is your first camp, you are enthusiastically invited to join us for the Community Camp!  A children’s camp and special activities for young adults will be part of the program.

*We will be with Pir Zia Inayat Khan for all of the morning sessions during the Community Camp.

For more information, please visit  http://www.theabode.org/site_layouts/events/417/


August 4-9, 2013
Emerald Earth
The Mystic Heart: Practices, Prayers and Poetry of the Sufi Tradition
Chautuaqua Institution
Chautauqua, New York
contact: info@themysticheart.com



November 1-3, 2013
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat: The Alchemy of Happiness
Abode Programs
Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, New York
contact: 518-794-8095, programsoffice@theabode.net

For more information and registration, please visit  http://www.theabode.org/site_layouts/events/423/


Oct. 20-21, 2012 Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat, Abode Programs, New Lebanon, New York

August 6-10, 2012 The Mystic Heart: Poetry, Practices and Prayers of the Sufi Tradition, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York, Contact: info@mysticheart.com

June 9-10, 2012 Retreat & Ziraat at Spiritual Jam, Eureka Springs, Arkansas February 19, 2012, Retreat: The Illuminated Heart, New York City, New York

November 12-13, 2011, Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY Emerald Earth Retreat

August 1-5, 2011, Chautauqua, New York, The Mystic Heart: Practices, Prayers and Poetry of the Sufi Tradition contact: Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY.

June 4, 2011, Emerald Earth Retreat, Quiet Meadows Retreat Center, Canadaigua (near Rochester), NY

May 3, 10, 17, 2011 Spring Classes at The Open Center, NYC

“The Path of the Heart: Sufi Teachings for Spiritual Awakening”

March 19-20, 2011 Emerald Earth Retreat Madison, Wisconsin

February 27th, 2011 Emerald Earth Retreat Morristown, NJ

The principal thing that the Sufi message has brought to the world is tolerance for all faiths existing in the different parts of the world, followed by different people... The true religion to a Sufi is the sea of truth and all the different faiths are as its waves. The message of God from time to time comes as tides in the sea, but what remains always is the sea, the truth. Those who consider another on the wrong track they themselves are also not on the right track, for the one who is on the right track finds every road leading to the same goal sooner or later. The Sufi mission does not make converts to a certain faith to the exclusion of all faiths... Faith to a Sufi is a free ideal, not a captivity. Hazrat Inayat Khan



Pir Vilayat Khan, whose teachings and guidance are the inspiration behind the Light of Guidance Center, passed from this life on June 17, 2004. Listen to some of his words by following the link on the menu above to a talk in New York in 2002.

Dance your sorrows away, dance yourself away. Dance your body to the floor, dance your soul to the sky, dance your thought into a whirlwind, dance your emotions into a spiral, dance your soul into the spirit..Each one is separated from the Beloved by the strength of the ego, and each is united to the Beloved by the strength of her/his love.   Pir Vilayat Khan

Cultivating a Natural Spirituality
and Serving Creative Beauty in Our World

by Felicia Sharifa Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

“…a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant and eminently natural”

—Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International

ISBN 978-0-6152-3546-2
Price: $19.00
trade paper, 6 x 9, 192 pages