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About the Abode

T

he Abode of the Message was founded in 1975 as an experiment in living the “Message” of Hazrat Inayat Khan, the first Sufi teacher in the West.

 

Set on 344 acres in an historic Shaker village, the Abode’s mission is to provide a sanctuary for spiritual exploration and community, in harmony with nature. The purpose of the Abode is to provide a home for the Message and a living example of its practices in action.

 

Each year, the Abode hosts teachers and educators from many spiritual backgrounds, welcomes a diverse array of groups and events, conducts individual and group retreats, and sponsors interfaith classes, dialogue and programs. In its Shaker buildings and mountain camp, the Abode has facilities to host events for 15-200 people.

At the Abode

At the Abode you will find:

 

  • A sanctuary from everyday life. One where you can explore yourself and your spirituality in community and in safety.
  • Spirituality that is accessible and welcoming: Universalist, and embracing all paths to the Divine.
  • A diverse community united in service, and dedicated to the values of the Message of Spiritual Liberty as expressed through the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his descendants.
  • Practices, activities, classes and events. Elemental and nature-based contemplative practices: Introductory, Intermediate & Advanced. For individuals and groups.
  • Training and practices to cope with the complexities of modern life, designed to work in the real world.
  • A campus set on 344 acres of forest, farmland and pastures, in an historic Shaker village.
“The Message…teaches thoughtfulness and consideration, so as to create and maintain harmony in life; it teaches service and usefulness, which alone can make life in the world fruitful and in which lies the satisfaction of every soul.”

 

“You may belong to any race, cast, creed, or nation, still you are all impartially beloved by God. You may be a believer or an unbeliever in the Supreme Being, but He cares not. His mercy and grace flow through all His powers, without distinction of friend or foe.“Hazrat Inayat Khan