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Search for New Executive Director

Where there is motion there must be change…

From change comes joy

Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Abode is in motion, following the pull of our future! We are seeking a new executive director to help manifest the vision that led Pir Vilayat to create the Abode almost 50 years ago. Our vision, mission, ideals are as strong as they ever were. We are looking for the right person to ground and grow them on our beautiful mountainside. If you feel called to join us in our endeavors, please click here for the job description and to submit your application.

 

In Love, Harmony and Beauty,

The Abode Board of Trustees

The Abode’s Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

 

To the Abode Community from the Abode Board,

 

Abode leadership has been closely monitoring the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the rapidly escalating nature of the pandemic, we are cancelling all public events, classes, meals, Universal Worship and all other gatherings, effective immediately. This includes all community meals, which will now be closed for anyone not living or working on campus (only those living or working in Razzaq, Alim, Quddus and Vakil may come to scheduled meals). This also includes use of the sauna, until further notice.

 

All health authorities clearly emphasize social distancing as the best way to deter the spread of COVID-19. We have decided to take these steps out of an abundance of caution. We are actively formulating plans for next steps and as this issue unfolds we will continue to evaluate the situation and communicate our plans. There is much unknown and still evolving. Thank you for understanding our decision and for continuing to support one another other during this unprecedented and unsettling time.

 

If you are living off campus and have questions please contact Sarfaraz by texting or calling her at (413) 281-5130

 

If you live on campus and have questions please e-mail Jamelah or text her at (646) 538 -3543 until further notice.

 

Thank you for cooperation. Stay safe and healthy.

The Abode Board and Administrative Team

The Inayati Order's Response to COVID-19

Abode 45th Anniversary Challenge

Dear Friend of the Abode,

In a message written on the cusp of the new millennium, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, founder of the Abode, noted: “The pull of the future is more important than the push of the past.”  The Pir was quoting the mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler, and writing about faith, courage and awakening.

 

“The issue is to be able to find in oneself the ability to deal with a challenge and thereby gain self-confidence, and even come to appreciate the value of challenges for the unfoldment of one’s potential.” – Pir Vilayat

 

Our current times, and the social and environmental upheavals we are experiencing, are teaching us again that one has to have faith and courage to create the future; that it is never guaranteed. 

 

For 45 years, the Abode has helped foster the awakening of the human spirit. We are now in the midst of awakening the future Abode.

The energy, excitement and recent progress we’ve made is evident and growing.

 

Working together as a community of service, since 2016 our hands and hearts have:

 

  • Invested more than $300,000 in infrastructure improvements, repairs and rehabilitation projects

 

  • Established the Pir Vilayat Center to focus on Inayati practices and teachings and manage a reimagined retreat concentration

 

  • Grown program revenues in 2018 and 2019 through outreach (including an increase in Mountain Camp programming from 4 in 2016 to over 10 in 2020!)

 

  • Coalesced our focus around providing Sacred Hospitality as a community

While we are doing well, we still need your help. We need your generosity to sustain the Abode being built, one that flourishes for a new generation seeking to awaken the consciousness of the human spirit. 

 

We are working to respond to the pull of the future through our dedication to sacred hospitality as a manifestation of the Message: The idea that by serving visitors, guests, retreatants, and worshippers, we serve the divine in them and in ourselves. It is our mission to bring people here, and to provide them with a container to explore and recharge themselves, and to return refreshed back into the world.

 

Those who come to the Abode represent diversity in all its glory, and are living examples of the universal Sufi Message of the unity of all beings and beliefs – a unity that transcends the boundaries of race, religion, gender, and creed.

 

We believe that the time has come for the Message to resound throughout the world, so that we may come to see the divine very much alive in each of us.

The Abode 45th Anniversary Challenge:

 

Building the Bridge to the Future

We have been blessed with a challenge and an opportunity.  $450,000 has been pledged, if we can generate support from our global community during our 45th anniversary year. If we meet the challenge, we can sustain the Abode for years to come.

 

To receive the full pledge, The Abode needs to generate $225,000 in donations or pledges by the 45th Reunion in July 2020. Donations will be matched either 1-for-1 or 2-for-1. 

Double Your Impact!

 

All donations will be matched!

 

Individuals who give in multiples of $45 will be matched 2-for-1. A $45 donation will become $135, a $90 donation will become $270, etc.

 

Donations from organizations & institutions will be matched 1-for-1, if given in multiples of $450 or higher.

How will these funds be used?

 

  • We have outlined three critical capital projects that we are seeking to fund, among others:  the renovation of the main courtyard, the replacement of the tent platform on the Mountain Camp, and the construction of a new memorial and contemplative space at the site of Pir Vilayat’s ‘Pod.’ 

 

  • To fund the renovation and refurbishments needed to support the creation of a more active, inclusive and robust Retreat and Rest & Relaxation offering.

 

  • More needs to be done to make our historic Shaker grounds capable of holding more visitors, including transitioning buildings to provide more guests spaces, upgrading and modernizing facilities, creating more accessible grounds, and more.

As this 45th anniversary year unfolds, I hope that you can tap into your love of the Abode and the Message of love and unity that is cultivated here. I also hope that you can further extend our fundraising by relaying our need to your own connections and network, spreading the message even further.

 

On behalf of all those who are working to keep the Message vibrant, relevant and freshly tended, I thank you for supporting our work.

 

In Gratitude,

Al Bellenchia

Executive Director, The Abode of the Message

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Giving Tuesday at the Abode

Dear Friends:

It’s #givingtuesday. Now in its sixth year, Giving Tuesday has become a focal point for giving back, paying forward and other acts of philanthropy and community spirit.

At the Abode, we will be donating the proceeds from last week’s Thanksgiving dinner to Charlie’s Pantry, a food bank serving the community around the Abode.

We have also been the recipients of generosity: The Abode has received a grant to fund part of the cost of remedying moisture issues that have long plagued Quddus, our Meditation Hall. We are aiming to begin the work, which will seal and insulate the crawl space beneath the building, after New Years.

Today, would you please consider making a gift to help fund this rehabilitation of our primary spiritual center?  Your donation to the Abode Re:Vision fund will be targeted towards this project, and be a gift that benefits all who gather in Quddus.

To donate, please follow this link: Giving Tuesday Donation.

Many thanks and blessings to you!

Al

Donate for Giving Tuesday

New Website Launched

 

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 and weeks, with the goal of improving the experience for all!

If any issues arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Abode’s web team at media@theabode.org and we will investigate!

In service,

Khaldun
Abode Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Abode Village View, Monthly Update – Jun. 2017


Update from our Executive Director – Al Bellenchia

Dear Friends,

 

May was a month of contrasts at the Abode, and one that reminded us of the sage counsel of Rumi:  “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

In May, we welcomed our new Mountain Manager, Josh Ramos, and he and his crew set about preparing the camp for its annual reawakening, shoring up the huts and cabins, removing trees, and beginning to prepare the grounds.  In the midst of that joyous work, one of our longtime community members, Richard Hohlstein, was injured in an accident. He is recovering, and the healing energy of many in the community has been focused on him and his wife Rahima.  We ask that you place him in your healing thoughts and prayers.

During May, we held staff and Board retreats at the Omega Institute, courtesy of a generous contribution of room and board by Omega as part of its Non-Profits Retreats week.  We used this time to forge a better understanding of each other as individuals, discuss future plans, and plan for long-term projects.  The success of Omega in building an internationally renowned organization – from its humble roots at the Abode – was an inspiration for all who attended.

The energy and momentum building at the Abode has been remarked upon by many of our guests and visitors in recent weeks, and we are mindful that our renewal needs constant care and tending.  All are hard at work doing just that.

Our annual Summer Appeal will be kicking off in late June. In advance of that important fundraising activity, we look forward to sharing with our worldwide community several initiatives connected to supporting our mission and vision, and kicking-off the next stage of revitalizing our campus.

 

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi.

 

With gratitude,

Al


Update from our Spiritual DirectorNetanel Miles-Yépez

This May, we had the honor of playing host to the Federation of the Message gathering, “River of Guidance,” bringing together leaders and seekers of numerous Inayati Sufi lineages and organizations, including: the Inayati Order International, the Sufi Ruhaniat International, International Sufi Movement, the Sufi Way, the Fraternity of Light, and Sufi Contact. In hosting such gatherings, we hope that all Inayati Sufis the world over will come to consider the Abode a spiritual home and place of inspiration for years to come.

This last month, we also had the pleasure of having Pir Zia teach four wonderful open sessions on the “The Soul Whence and Whither,” a section within the new Message volume, The Inner Life, out of which we have been learning every Thursday in our Message Classes. I will continue these classes this month, teaching on “Communion with God,” “Sufism,” and “Alif: Wisdom and Knowledge” from the Way of Illumination section in The Inner Life.

In June, we will also have two special events. The first is the final session and graduation of the Jabalqa Class of Suluk (June 6–11th), from which several members of our own community will graduate, including—Debra-Sue Cope, Sarfaraz Dawdy, Mariana Nabila Evans, Attar Loreto Messina, Ibrahím Pedriñán, Michael Khaldun Sturm, and Regina Jemila Walther. Suluk is a process of Sufi study that requires a great deal of personal commitment and bravery, so please join me in acknowledging their achievement.

The second big event this month on the Sufi calendar is Season of the Rose, the Inayati Order’s Sufi Summer School. This year, the Season of the Rose faculty will each explore the theme of “Guidance” from a variety of different perspectives. As always, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan will be the lead faculty, supported by Aziza Scott, Khabira Brown, and Himayat Inayati. At the end of the program, on July 3rd, Pir Zia and the Inayati Order will say farewell to the Abode and move to Richmond, Virginia.


Update from our Director of Programs – Ibrahím Pedriñán

June marks a shift at the Abode where we move into hosting lots of other peoples’ programs.  But it’s been lovely having so many familiar faces around and we hope many of you return at the end of June for Season of the Rose, including a blessing of the Abode by Pir Zia and a blessing of Pir Zia by the Abode!

June also marks a little over 3 months of the Abode Ambassadors program, which has seen lots of discounts utilized in the bookstore, in programs, and a lot of new Abode window decals, Abode mugs, and Abode pins are seen around.  Learn more and sign up at www.theabode.org/ambassadors

Our Khidmat Program is growing and gaining more participants, training a new generation in Eco-Sufism, and strengthening the Abode.  If you know folks interested in summer volunteer opportunities, check out www.theabode.org/volunteer.  We are also being joined by a few volunteers returning to our Hands-to-Heart program!  These are varied opportunities and are for those who are familiar with the Abode.

Emily’s post below contains many opportunities for visiting the Abode during June programs.

We also just finished our Mountain Service Camp, a gathering of staff, volunteers, and friends, who all worked diligently to open the Mountain Camp and prepare the site for visitors!  Thank you to everyone who helped.  We will also hold a Mountain Service Camp in the fall to close down the mountain and hope you might join us!

We are so hopeful that we can continue to build and grow a volunteer corp who can offer on-going support to the Abode.  We hope YOU can join us!  And if you can’t, do please send us your thoughts, prayers, and blessings as the Abode steps into this new and most glorious stage!


Update from our Programs Assistant – Emily Collins

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” -​ ​Pablo Neruda

 

We invite you to explore our June calendar and register for programs listed below!

 

June 6-11

Suluk

Suluk Academy will be finishing their 2 year sojourn June 6-11, with a new mountain program joining us June 9-11.

 

June 15

Farm Class: Tillage, Planting, and Tending with Evan Thaler-Null

Walking the farm fields in June, we’ll observe many stages of tillage and growth. This is a great time to talk about the process of preparing soil, planting, and tending crops during the season. We’ll discuss how our horse-powered equipment helps us achieve our goals on Abode Farm and how to determine what techniques are appropriate for you.

Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors. Open to all experience levels. Click here to register.

 

June 17

Pir Vilayat’s Urs

The Inayati Order Center at the Abode will honor Abode founder, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, for his Urs (June 17th) and birthday (June 19).

 

June 21

New Moon Women’s ​Circle

Dear Women: Here is an opportunity to gather for a safe, sacred, and sharing circle. Salima will lead this circle monthly to provide space for women to be themselves and grow to be their best selves. Gathering around the ideas of Sisterhood, Respect for the earth, and Co-creation, circles will include Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual, and more. These Circles are open to all who identify as women.  Followed by tea and goodies. Click here to register.

 

June 23-25

Abode Village Visit

Village Visits are an entry point committed to answering “What is the Abode, an Eco-Sufi Village?”

These Friday through Sunday immersions involve music and dancing, outdoor exploration, Farm(er)2Table meals, mini albeit meaningful work projects, Sufi studies, engagement with the elements, Universal Worship, and more! Click here to register.

 

June 25

Eid Al ‘Fitr

​W​e will celebrate Eid Al’Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan​!

Imam Salim ​Chishti ​will lead us in Eid Salat (prayers) ​at 8a in the Meditation Hall followed by​ Universal Worship at 11a led by Tara​ Chishti​.

Imam Salim has also offered to give a talk on Eid to all Abode v​isitors that day.  At 12:30p we will celebrate with Eid brunch. More details to come.

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Be sure to save the dates for the following:

 

August 25-27: The World of Imagination with Eve Ilsen

August 31-September 3: Eco-Sufi Week

September 21: Rosh Hashanah

October 5-9: Abode Weekend

November 10-12: Retreat with Khabira Brown and Aziza Scott

December 29-31: New Year’s Eve Retreat with Aziza Scott


Update from our Manager of Ecology – Evan Thaler-Null

Eggs are in! The chickens are beginning to lay almost 50 eggs each day. They are loving grazing the clover fields around the farm and our incredible team of chicken caretakers has been helping make their lives sweet and simple. It has been a cold and wet start to the growing season but we have lots of crops in the ground and look forward to the heat and sunshine of June to bring forth an abundant harvest the season. In the honeybee world, it is now swarm season and we are anxiously on the lookout for honeybee swarms and keeping a close watch on our neighborhood hives to ensure the bees have adequate space and a healthy queen. Many weeks of planting, tending, weeding, and harvesting to follow, come on by for a visit!

PS. Farm CSA shares are still available! Please find information and sign-up forms at http://abodefarmcsa.com/

Abode Weekly Village View

Tuesday June 6
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Yaqin Aubert – Rezak Library

Wednesday June 7
– 7:00pm Healing Circle and Class with Regina Jemila and Nizam – Rezak Library

Thursday June 8
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class with Yaqin Aubert – Meditation Hall
The topic of this Message Class will be “Communion with God” in Way of Illumination.

Sunday June 11
– 11:00am Universal Worship with Nizam Ash – Meditation Hall
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Rezak Dining Room

The Abode to Host Unity of Religious Ideals Week at New Lebanon Campus

The Abode to Host Unity of Religious Ideals Week at New Lebanon Campus

New Lebanon, NY, March 29, 2017 – The Abode of the Message will be hosting a weeklong series of events that celebrate religious unity and freedom, from April 10 – 16, at its historic 350-acre Shaker campus in the Berkshires.

“Unity of Religious Ideals Week – Freedom and Spiritual Liberty” celebrates the universalist Sufi principles of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his followers. The Abode is open to and honoring of all spiritual paths, because its Sufi tradition is universalist, based in and directly connected to the universalist Sufi spiritual transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

The Abode welcomes all, and does not require affiliation, even though its mission is to live and offer the universalist Sufi teachings in relationship with nature. Universalist Sufism does not impose a view, but offers spiritual teachings and practices to awaken and catalyze one’s own spiritual path; thus, there are universalist Sufis who identify in a variety of ways — Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc., and even Sufis who only identify as such, or who do not care for any label at all.

 

Schedule of events

The week begins on Monday, April 10, with an exploration of Judaism in a Passover Seder, led by Netanel Miles-Yépez, Abode Spiritual Director and Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni Order, a Sufi-Hasidic tradition.  The Seder will begin at 6pm in the Rezak Dining Room, prepared by Abode Kitchen Manager and Abode farmer, Evan Young.

UnityofReligiousIdeals

On Tuesday, April 11, film director Megan McFeely will present a screening of her film “As She Is,” which is an intimate look at a woman’s encounter with the Feminine, with freedom, and with finding wholeness.  Dinner will be at 6pm in the Rezak Dining Room and film screening at 7pm in the Abode Meditation Hall.

On Thursday, April 13, multiple activities will occur, beginning with an Abode Farm Class led by Manager of Ecology, Evan Thaler-Null, at 2:30pm.  Attendees will move from farm to table with dinner at 6pm in the Rezak Dining Room.  At 7pm in the Meditation Hall, Abbot Monshin Paul Naamon of Tendai Buddhist Institute, Canaan, New York, will dialogue with the Abode Spiritual Director regarding the theme of freedom and spiritual liberty within both Buddhism and Sufism.

Saturday, April 15, Yaqin Joseph Aubert, Esoteric Secretary of the Inayati Order and long-time Abode resident, will present a full-day spiritual retreat: “The Way of Illumination ~ The Path of the Heart.”  In this retreat, running from 9am to 5pm and including lunch, Aubert will explore breath, zikr, meditation, and the unity of religious ideals taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

On Easter Sunday, April 16, the week will conclude with a Universal Worship service at 11:00 am, coordinated by Wahida Janice Young and involving a number of spiritual leaders.  A celebratory Easter brunch, and an Easter Egg Hunt in the Abode’s Herb Garden will follow, beginning at 12:30pm.  This day will be perfect for the whole family and all are invited and all are welcome!

 

The Abode was founded in 1975 by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and holds to the universal Sufism of early twentieth century Sufi teacher and mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan.  The Abode honors the unity of religious ideals, that all religions are striving to “the unswerving progress in the right direction towards the ideal, which fulfills the life’s purpose of every soul.”  The Abode, as an Eco-Sufi Village, is spiritual in nature, universal in message, and elemental in practice.

 

For further information on this event, or general information about the Abode and its programs, please contact: Ibrahím Pedriñán, Director of Programs, at 518.784.8090 x 125, programs@theabode.org

For media inquiries, please contact: Al Bellenchia, Executive Director, at 518.784.8090 x 122, director@theabode.org

Abode Village View – Week of 3/27

Abode Village View – Week of 3/27

 

Verily, the power of the word can move mountains.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Abode is awake and ready for programs after a tremendous March Village Visit and Abode Work Day! Thanks to all who came and contributed, and a warm welcome to our new friends and members of the Khidmat Program!

Sincere thanks, as well, to all who attended the Abode Town Hall last week in person and online. It was an energetic gathering with many great updates, contributions, and discussions. The enthusiasm and feedback for the Abode Ambassadors program was especially appreciated! We look forward to sharing video of the Town Hall later this week.

The Unity of Religious Ideals Week is approaching (April 10th – 16th) and we hope to be with you to celebrate and honor many traditions and the underlying unity between them.

Following shortly after is The Sacred Art of Storytelling with M’Ellen Kennedy —  exploring differences between oral and written culture, the human propensity for stories (grounded in current scientific research), the role of stories in religious traditions, and fundamentals of engaging storytelling.

 

Register now for these programs and more on our programs page!

 

Upcoming Week’s Events

 

Monday March 27th
6:00pm Abode Community Potluck and Khidmat Meet&Greet – Rezak Dining Room

 

Tuesday March 28th
6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
7:00pm Traditions Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Rezak Library
The Story of Tea” – Using a classic Sufi parable, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will discuss the traditional understanding of Sufism as an experientially-based spiritual path of personal exploration.

 

Thursday March 30th
6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
7:00pm Message Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Rezak Library
Sufism” – Using the new Sufi Message volume, The Inner Life, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will explore Hazrat Inayat Khan’s description of Sufism and its relationship to Islam from “The Way of Illumination.”

 

Sunday April 2nd
11:00am Universal Worship with Azima Jackson – Rezak Library
12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Rezak Dining Room

 

Please check our calendar and programs pages for an extended look at upcoming events and happenings. We look forward to being with you soon at the Abode!

 

With love,

Khaldun Mendel
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Abode Village View, Monthly Update – Mar. 2017


Update from our Executive Director – Al Bellenchia

Dear friends,

We have turned the calendar to March and are proceeding with preparations for the opening of programs season.  Ibrahim has updated you on several of the wonderful events on the calendar in the last couple of Village Views, and we hope you will take advantage of the early registration opportunities for these.

With our first Welcome Weekend just around the corner, we are busy with a myriad of chores and initiatives to get the campus in shape.  Work days are being scheduled, and our staff is finalizing lists of “to-dos” to be completed with your help on these days.  Thanks in advance for your presence at these!

As we gear up to welcome the greater volume of visitors, we will be posting work opportunities for the season in Guest Services, Kitchen, Ecology, Mountain Camp, and Maintenance.  Position descriptions and schedules will be ready shortly and we post these for the community to consider before we begin to recruit outside of the Abode.

We will shortly announce the date in late March for our next online “Town Hall” meeting where we will update the community on progress and preview the year ahead.  Be on the lookout for details.

Finally, if you have not yet signed up to become an Abode Ambassador,  please consider doing so today.

Thank you for all you do for the Abode.


Update from our Spiritual DirectorNetanel Miles-Yépez

Dear Friends,

In the past month, we have continued our work to strengthen the spiritual life of the Abode community. The first step in this endeavor is the instituting of Meditation Hall Vigils, asking individual residents to volunteer to keep the hours of prayer in the Meditation Hall. On February 13th, I spoke at the Abode Community meeting about the vigils, and the next day, a description of them was posted on the message board in Rezak, along with a sign-up sheet. Since then, about four volunteers and myself have been doing our best to cover as many of the hours as possible, and I am very pleased with the effort. In the future, I hope more and more Abode residents and the extended community will participate in holding this sacred responsibility, maintaining the spiritual rhythms of prayer and meditation at the Abode.

In support of the revitalization of the use of the Meditation Hall, on February 23rd, Wajid Jackson, Ibrahím Pedriñán, and myself saw to the installation of the Shajara Sharif, the ‘noble tree’ of Inayati Sufi lineage in the far end of the hall, near the portrait of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. This is an important step in re-dedicating the Meditation Hall to Inayati Sufi spiritual practice, as the recitation of the lineage is a time-honored practice of Sufis, especially before formal sessions of zikr.

Earlier in the month, February 16-19th, I was in Colorado teaching and acting as an ‘Abode Ambassador’ at the “Coming Together” conference hosted by Colorado College, in Colorado Spring, bringing together 110 religion students and students active in chaplaincy offices from 23 colleges around the country. I taught two wonderful sessions on “Sufism: The Religion of Love,” and two more on “The Divine Feminine, Earth-Based Spirituality, and the Elements,” and “The End of Religion.” After the conference, I drove to Boulder with a Colorado murid to lead an evening of zikr and sema at Naropa University. In each of these talks and sessions, I had the opportunity to talk about the Abode as a an ideal place to come and continue study and practice in an Eco-Sufi environment.

Teaching and classes at the Abode of the Message this month have touched on a wide variety of subjects. In our Tuesday Traditions and Message Classes, we have discussed the life of the Prophet Muhammad, love (mahabba) as described in Qushayri’s Risala for Valentine’s Day, the life and teachings of Hasan al-Basri, initiation (bay’ah) as taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan in The Way of Illumination, and the knowledge of self as taught in al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness.

This coming month, in our Tuesday classes, we will continue exploring teachings, themes, and exemplars from classical Sufism, and in our Thursday classes, aspects of universalist Sufism from the new Message volume, The Inner Life, as Pir Zia has suggested for all Inayati Order centers around the world.

As we prepare to welcome our first group of new khadims later this month, I want to ask everyone who is able to participate in the keeping of the Meditation Hall vigils and to attend classes as regularly as possible, so that our new khadims will enter a strong context of teaching and practice at the Abode of the Message.


Update from our Director of Programs – Ibrahím Pedriñán

Dear Friends of the Abode,

March is coming in like a frozen lion… brrrrrrRawr!!  But that is not slowing the Abode down!  We’re picking up.  Many of you have already signed up for our programs and many of you have saved the dates for some others.

 

Well, registration is open for:

Emerald Earth – May 5-7

Rasa Shastra – May 12-14

River of Guidance – May 17-21

 

Save the Dates:

Unity of Religious Ideals Week – April 10-16

The Sacred Art of StoryTelling – April 21-23

Founders Weekend – June 16-19

 

(And remember, many Abode Ambassadors levels are eligible for programs discounts!  Sign up today!)

 

Service Mornings:

Many friends and residents of the Abode have contributed to work days, karma yoga, khidmat, or any number of volunteer opportunities.

As part of our monthly rhythm, we are having Village Visits and service will be a component thereof.  We invite you to contribute during these Saturday work mornings, from 9a-12:30p.  The Saturday dates are:

March 25

April 29

May 27

June 24

July 29

August 26

September 23

October 28

November 25 (no November Village Visit).

Potluck and Khidmat Meet&Greet Schedule:

Nothing unites a community like food!  As the Abode begins a new rhythm with the Khidmat Program, we want to invite you all to participate in a Welcome Potluck and Meet&Greet.  Please bring something to share and meet our new khadims!

The dates are:

27 March

01 May

29 May (also a 5th Monday)

26 June

31 July (also a 5th Monday)

28 August

25 September

30 October (also a 5th Monday)

We will send out reminders for all of these so be on the lookout.  And be on the lookout for new programs and ongoing events!


Update from our Kitchen Manager – Evan Young

Thanks to everyone who participated in our very successful work day last month. With a full crew we were able to do a much needed, thorough, deep cleaning of the Rezak basement and start to prepare our dining hall for the upcoming programs season. In the next couple weeks we will be installing some new shelving in our upstairs cooler. We are also very much looking forward to moving into our newly renovated downstairs walk-in, which Wajid has been working so diligently on.

In the next month we will be preparing our spring menus while also working on some fun projects like making our own sauerkraut and pickling some of the carrots, beets and radishes holding out in the cool Abode Farm root cellar (go Larz!). In other news, Donna continues to be a force as a 1-woman bakery, providing the community with wonderful baked goods and her famous homemade jam. Come and enjoy some of her creations at our Sunday brunch (12:30pm), just after Universal Worship service.


Update from our Manager of Ecology – Evan Thaler-Null

Meteorological Spring is here! The sap in the maple trees is running and the birds are singing. Pruning and tree work continue on the Abode campus and vegetable seedlings for the farm will be started this month. Thanks to Nabila for helping put a grant together last week to fund the creation of a large Community Orchard at The Abode — fingers crossed!

Planning for this season’s farming and ecology programming is underway and our honeybees will be arriving in less than a month. The buzz continues as the days get longer!


Abode Weekly Village View

Tuesday March 7th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Meditation Hall
“The Knowledge of God” – Using the Sufi classic, Kimiya-yi Sa’adat, the ‘Alchemy of Happiness,’ of Muhammad al-Ghazali (ca.1058-1111), Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will discuss the Knowledgeof the God, within and without, according to Sufism.

Thursday March 9th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Meditation Hall
“Sin and Virtue: Questions and Answers” – Using the new Sufi Message volume, The Inner Life, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will explore the notions of sin and virtue, and other subjects from The Way of Illumination.

Sunday March 12th
– 11:00am Universal Worship with Nizam – Meditation Hall
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Rezak Dining Room