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A New Year’s Message From The Abode Board

Greetings and Happy New Year to the Abode Community – near and far!

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout this past year and beyond. We are in deep gratitude for the resonance that continues to be felt by so many lovers of the Abode.

 

While we have been meeting and holding programs mainly via Zoom and our beautiful Abode has been largely closed to the public, we have taken this opportunity to work diligently as a Board to enhance the property, its infrastructure, and to begin to re-vision how we can evolve to a spiritually based organizational structure and retreat center that will be sustainable in the years to come.

 

To this aim, we wanted to update you on our progress and make a few exciting announcements…

 


First and foremost, please join us in welcoming The Abode’s new Executive Director Kevin Carlon to our team. Kevin has served in key management positions at the Kripalu Center, Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts Center and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. He has had experience working with and leading organizations from startup to the facilitation of major improvements, as well as providing critical oversight to their vision, daily operations, programming, growth and maintenance.

 

Working in conjunction with an outside HR firm, an extensive search was conducted by members of the Abode Board and Inayatiyya management along with our past Executive Director. The results of this search yielded qualified candidates both from within and outside the area. Beyond excelling with his vast managerial experience and track record working in hospitality-oriented organizations, Kevin demonstrated a deep respect for our spiritual heritage, mission and the greater community we have built over many years: He confirmed in all of our conversations the importance of maintaining the Abode’s roots and sacred spaces, while building a center that will be self-sustaining and prosperous.

 

Kevin arrives at an opportune time as the Board and Management team plan for how best to reopen and position the Abode for the future. As we focus on strengthening our spiritual core, we look forward to working as a team to create a robust vision that will support our growth and long-term sustainability. Please take a moment to send Kevin your well wishes… [email protected]

 

Additional exciting news… Phase II of the new Courtyard is all but completed!

 

While the world felt shut down over the past two years, the Abode Management took the time to engage in a series of enhancement and improvements to bolster its outdoor space. This included extensive infrastructure updates to reinforce the land and create better drainage mitigation, as well as to support the design and building of the new Abode courtyard.

 

The first two phases of the courtyard project provide a center gathering space that was long desired by many in our community. It connects all of the buildings surrounding it with additional lighting and heated stone pathways, as well as provides wheelchair access to the first floor of the meditation hall, dining area and access driveway. Included are some “Before and After” photos for your viewing.

 

Courtyard Phase I and II Photos

 

 

Phase III is scheduled to begin this Spring 2022. We will address the herb garden drainage issues and begin its reconstruction and will make some additions to the newly created upper courtyard area.

 

Moving Forward…

 

When reflecting on my love of the Abode and all of the work that has been accomplished here on this beautiful land, one thing I know with certainty is that I always feel better and recharged when I am here. Based on conversations I have had with many others over the years, I know I am not alone in feeling this way.

 

Although many in our greater community haven’t been able to gather in person at the Abode in a while, we are excited about its future. We are able to restructure in a way that was not previously achievable: we are taking the time to sharpen and strengthen our mission and infuse our organization with a renewed sense of purpose and stability.

 

I continue to find myself in awe of the resilience of our community to not only rebound and remain strong during challenging times but also to reshape and reform, adapt and rebuild and create new horizons and pathways.

 

In the words of our beloved Pir Vilayat, “The future is not there waiting for us, we create it by the power of imagination.” Through our collective imagination, coupled with love, care and meaningful action, we can truly turn our potential into a lasting reality that will benefit many Sufis and spiritual seekers alike for generations to come.

 

With Much Love,

 

Mahbub Blair Davis
Abode Board, Chair

Village View – Week of January 24

On a green textured background white text reads, "Success comes when reason, the store of experience, surrenders to will. - Hazrat Inayat Khan - Bowl of Saqi, January 23."
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The Abode is a retreat and spiritual center situated in an 19th century Shaker Village on Mount Lebanon, NY.  Each year, the Abode welcomes visitors to its historic campus for contemplative and rejuvenating activities.

 

The Abode service team is a group of dedicated people helping to tend a facility and land that have been considered sacred since the land’s earliest known stewards, the Mahicans.  The Abode’s spiritual and service focus is the basis for offering sacred hospitality to all who cross our threshold.

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Abode has been closed to guests, and has been working on a rejuvenation of its campus structures and facilities.  

 

As 2021 arrives, and we plan for a Spring opening, we are seeking to recruit experienced maintenance and facilities folks to help us undertake day-to-day care and upkeep and to facilitate upgrades. If you are looking to apply your skills and experience to preserving and rehabilitating something worthwhile, and to belong to a service-oriented team, please see the position descriptions below and connect with us!

Click Here for More Details & Job Descriptions

Sufi Message Class

Thursday, January 28 | 7:00 PM EDT

 

Join us for this week’s Message Class!

This week’s Sufi Message Class, led by Yaqin, will focus on the third Copper Rule: My conscientious self, do nothing which will make your conscience feel guilty.

As an optional activity before the class, read Pir Zia’s commentary on this rule; choose one paragraph from the paper to read during the class and share a brief comment of your own. The paper is a bit long, so get a cup of tea or coffee, relax, read it and gently reflect on our lives.

 

Prior experience with the Chivalric Rules is not necessary to join in the class.

 

Classes are held via Zoom every Thursday with password: 493634

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Universal Worship
Sunday, February 21 | 11:00 AM EDT

 

Join us for February’s Universal Worship, led by Michael K’Shatriya Young!

 

Held via Zoom every third Sunday with password: 472313

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Village View – Week of September 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

 

We are arriving at the Autumnal Equinox, a perennial time of transition, when light and darkness are equal partners in the day, and the exuberant warmth of summer casts a sober eye towards the stark cool of winter.

 

…a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance…

 

Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that the dance of life is one of duality and balance…joy and grief, accomplishment and failure, profundity and folly. It is a narrative as old as humanity itself, and is especially resonant this year.

 

I am happy to report that the capital campaign to raise funds for our 45th Anniversary/Courtyard project was a rousing success. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we passed our target of $75,000 and at last counting had raised more than $105,000, with yet more pledged. 

 

It is so gratifying to see our community come together in support of this project, especially in this time of uncertainty and dislocation. What is even more amazing is that the largest gift for our campaign $50,000 – came from someone who has never been at the Abode! We so need this blending of old and new energies to emerge and flourish.

 

Indeed, to create a sustainable future, we must build upon and beyond what we hold dear and comforting. Pir Vilayat wrote: “There is a need of presenting [The Message] in a way that people are able to take. This has been the case of all philosophers and scientists placed into focus by their exegeses. It has been the case of all the Sufi mystics.”

 

As we look to the future, we need both the stability that our traditions provide AND to serve an expanded audience of seekers in a way that is relevant to their lives and the needs of the present day. This is the path we must follow to grow and thrive.

 

In the midst of an evolving global pandemic, this route presents a new set of challenges to the usual ones with which we grapple. Planning for 2021 is well underway with this duality top of mind. To wit:

 

  • As a place of gathering for pilgrimage and sanctuary, we must adapt our operations to reflect the uncertainty of life during and after the pandemic. We are facing a new reality.

 

  • For the Message to be the “answer to the cry of humanity,” we must offer service to others, not to just ourselves. 

 

  • We need to both expand our ability to serve, while simplifying how and what we offer.

 

  • We must acknowledge the likelihood that we will be serving smaller groups and more individuals, and in different ways that are not yet clear.

 

  • It is essential that we provide compelling spiritual guidance, founded in our core practices and values, while adapting to changing needs and how today’s belief systems are expressed.

 

As we work through this, there is guidance in a simple gift from our forebears:

 

*  *  *

Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
’Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
’Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

*  *  *

 

Offsetting the joyous news of our fundraising success is that Peter Count, our friend and the visionary who helped shape and lead this project, is facing a serious health challenge. He needs healing energy and prayers from our extended community. Friends are already coming together to serve Peter, as well as to offer assistance to this project, which is so close to his heart. As you may know, it was the Count family who held the South Family Shaker Village prior to transferring ownership to the Sufi Order 45 years ago this spring. Peter has been a member of our family since before the beginning.

 

Please hold Peter in your hearts, and please also join me in wishing everyone peace and love and the simplicity that unravels the complexities of our lives.

 

With gratitude, 

 

Al

If you are interested in keeping up with Peter’s health or sharing virtual well wishes, please visit the CaringBridge set up by his family.

 

Address cards, letters, or artwork for Peter to

 

Peter Count
c/o Evan Young
5 Abode Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125

Universal Worship
Today, September 20 | 11:00 AM ET

 

You are invited to today’s Zoom Universal Worship from the Abode at 11:00 am. In honor of International Day of Peace (the next day, September 21st)—and recognizing the great need of our time—the theme will be Peace.

 

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:

It is useless to discuss the peace of the world. What is necessary just now is to create peace in ourselves that we ourselves become examples of love, harmony and peace. That is the only way of saving the world and ourselves. Let man try to become more considerate of others; let him ask himself, ‘Of what use am I in the world? Am I born for a certain purpose?’, and then try to train himself in self-control by the mystery of breath, the best means for accomplishing that purpose.

 

Come explore the ways to create inner peace and celebrate the sharing of outer expressions of peace in our time. Please join us!

 

~ Aimée & Friends

 

Join via Zoom

“The soul in its manifestation on earth is not at all disconnected from the higher spheres. It lives in all spheres, though generally conscious only on one plane.”
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

 

Based on teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Pir Zia Inayat Khan and classical Sufism this series of 6 weekly classes will progressively explore the planes of consciousness. Inner degrees, levels or spheres of awakening are described in many spiritual paths. Our historical self image gives us a narrow identity of who we are. An experiential approach to understanding these planes is a means of exploring changes in one’s sense of consciousness at different levels. The goal is not to force experience into a theoretical system, but to awaken awareness of inner states of consciousness.

 

Practices of the breath, sacred sound, contemplation and meditation will be explored to support the ability to experience the planes. The classes will have time for questions and will include assignments to explore between each session.

 

Classes will be held from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
September 15, 22, 29 & October 6, 13 and 20

 

Classes will be recorded and made available to those who register. Donations gratefully received!

Click to Learn More & Register

Sufi Message Class with Shakur
Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 PM ET

 

We look to Hope in uncertain times:  Our task is to feel good while facing an unknown future.  We will work with meditations, practices, and singing and chanting that awaken us to Hope, Love, Joy and Compassion within ourselves.

 

~ Shakur

 

Join via Zoom with password: 493634

Abode Village View – Week of 3/12

“If you are subtle and intelligent, that is natural; but if you are simple and wise, that is a mystery.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Upcoming Week’s Events at the Abode

Tuesday, March 13
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Room
– 7:00pm Philosophy of Spirituality Discussion Group – Razzaq Library

Thursday, March 15
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class – Meditation Hall (Quddus)
“The March Thursday night classes will focus on insight/intuition from the teachings of the Gatha teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. What is intuition and how is it developed? We will go deeply into the 4 aspects of the zikr and how this impacts us in everyday life. The classes will be led by Yaqin and Cristina.” – Yaqin

Sunday, March 18
– 10:00am Weekly Meditation Class – Meditation Hall (Quddus)
– 11:00am Universal Worship with Wahida – Meditation Hall (Quddus)
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Razzaq Dining Room

 

Upcoming Programs

Extended Community Meeting
Thursday, March 22
The Extended Community Meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday March 22. There will be no Message class that evening. The meeting will be an opportunity for the BOT to update the extended community on the Abode’s finances and operations, and plans for 2018 and beyond. It will be the first of what will hopefully become a regular series of extended community meetings

Celebrate the Holy: Passover with Aziz Kommel, Retreat with Yaqin Aubert and María Christina Fernandez, Easter Sunday
Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1
For more information and to register, please visit our  Celebrate the Holy page.

 

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!

Abode Village View – Week of 10/16

“The same light which is fire on earth and the sun in the sky, is God in heaven.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Friends,

The past weeks have been a whirl of energy, activity, and generosity.

The Abode Summer Appeal concluded last week, coinciding with the culmination of our 2nd annual Abode Weekend community celebration.

We were grateful to those who participated in our tours, the discussions of vision, plans and initiatives, the community activities, and Saturday’s appreciation dinner.

Appeal Update

 

We are also very grateful to all those who gave during our Summer Appeal.  As of the middle of last week, we had raised in excess of $53,000 in funds for the Abode through donations, pledges and matching grants.

While we fell short of our $100,000 goal, we expect more will be offered and pledged in the days to follow.  We are only part-way through the transition to a sustainable future as an independent entity, and our success is not yet assured.  Donations are critical source of funds for us, as with all non-profit religious organizations like us.  We appreciate every gift we have received.

 

Planting the seeds of renewal

 

During our community discussions, after reviewing the many accomplishments of the past year, we provided a vision for the future and a tangible demonstration of how we are investing in that future.

To quote Pir Zia: “Mohammed said: ‘Even if you expect the world’s end tomorrow, plant a tree today.”

We are moving quickly to plant the seeds that will grow into the structures that will sustain the Abode well into the future. As events have continually reminded us, there is a great need for a spiritual sanctuary that offers a place to retreat in nature from the turbulence of modern life.

Critical to our success will be our ability to bring people to the Abode more often, and to provide them with better services, more activities, and meaningful opportunities to connect both with themselves and with others.

To do this, we will be actively seeking to build greater connections with an expanded network of those aligned with our values.  As Pir Vilayat said about the Abode: “We wish to be self-supporting, encourage incentive to prosper by one’s own work and skill and creativity while sharing and accommodating.”

We plan to bring teachers, speakers, partners and programs that can offer a diversity of experiences and ideas to the Abode, our residents and our guests in harmony with our Eco-Sufi orientation.

 

Updating our infrastructure

 

We also plan to invest in our infrastructure to create more flexible facilities and accommodations.   These initiatives include:

  • Moving the locus of welcoming visitors from Vakil and the Abode Road 1 courtyard to the area around the Barn. This will provide a more accessible and focused experience for arriving guests, place it closer to guest parking and the mountain camp, and enable us to revivify and cut down traffic in the area around the courtyard and Quddus.

We will have space in the Barn to allow us to move our guest services department, expand the Abode store, build a Welcome and Heritage Center, and, in time, provide space for a community healing and wellness center.

  • Creating a café and community space in Sherdyl Manzil. We will be rehabilitating this space to offer residents, community and guests a “third space” in which to relax, hold group activities (music, art, readings), or simply sip and nosh outside of the dining hours available in Razzaq.
  • Utilizing Inayat Manzil as a small group retreat and study center. The Abode purchased Inayat Manzil from the Inayati Order this spring, and we plan to honor the space by offering it to teachers and small groups as a retreat facility. We are also examining setting aside space for a library, archives and study center.

Creating a more active and accommodating retreat capability at the Abode is critical to our sustainability.  Simply put, we need to generate more retreats held throughout the year to provide balance to our now highly seasonal activities.  We will be investing in building and promoting our ability to host and serve individual and group retreats – both guided and unguided.

 

Expanding the Abode Board

 

The Abode Board is inviting nominations to fill two new Board seats, to expand the diversity of skills and experience to help govern the Abode.  One seat will be for a Local Representative and one for a member of the community at large.

Nominations will remain open until the seats are filled. The process, criteria and application can be found on our website at this link:  www.theabode.org/board

Razzaq has been repainted and adds to the beauty of our autumn color. It also stands, lit against the longer, darkening days of fall as a warm, inviting place of refuge and reminder of all we have accomplished, and what we will accomplish in the seasons ahead, together, as a community.

Thank you for your love and support as we move forward.

Al

Programs Update

 

Fall greetings to each of you!

Since my last note in the Village View over a month ago, so much has happened!

Our OSHO guests returned, the staff had a day away at CampHill Village in Copake, and we had an amazing return visit from Sufi Qawwali group, Fanna-fi-Allah!  Thereafter, Aziz Kommel returned to lead Rosh Hashanah and our friends Onaje and Fatima led a fantastic Healer’s Retreat, which included an amazing dialogue between Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and renowned jazz musician, Dr. Randy Weston.  MacArthur fellow and soil expert David Montgomery got down and dirty with Evan Thaler-Null of the Abode Farm CSA and students from Harvard Divinity School joined the Abode for a quest into alternative American spiritualities.  And most recently, we were blessed to have a sweet, autumnal celebration of all things Abodian during Abode Weekend.  Thank you to all who joined us for these events.

This weekend we are hosting Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.) and the week to come has a New Moon Women’s Circle on Wednesday and Dances of Universal Peace on their new day – the third Sunday of each month.

Registration is OPEN for “The Soul’s Journey” Retreat with Naima Khabira Brown and special guest, Aziza Scott, who will co-lead this retreat. Register here.

The Abode will also have the annual Thanksgiving Feast so save the date – more details to come!

The Programs Office now has two new astounding members of the team – SaMoon Pal and Topaz Ross Kelso. SaMoon ([email protected]) rejoins staff as Mountain Programs Coordinator and Topaz ([email protected]), a student of Mountain Road School, returns to the Abode as Programs and Marketing Coordinator.  These two will be strong resources for on-going growth of the Abode, inviting friends new and returning to share time at the Abode and invest in building something beautiful.  Welcome, SaMoon and Topaz!

2018 is shaping up to be a pretty magnificent year with the return of many beloved teachers, with more music returning to campus, with more movement and dance, as well as deep spirituality.  Keep you eyes to these Village View e-mails for announcements, registration openings, and advancements of all kinds!  And please plan on showing up because we can’t do this without you!

Wings out, hearts up!

Ibrahím Pedriñán
Abode Director of Programs

Upcoming Week’s Events

 

Tuesday, October 10
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room

Wednesday, October 11
– 7:00pm Healing Class and Circle with Nizam Ash – Abode Library in Razzaq

Thursday, October 12
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class – Quddus (Meditation Hall)

Sunday, October 15
– 11:00am Universal Worship – Quddus (Meditation Hall)
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room

 

Upcoming Programs

 

October 18  Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle – October with Amanda Salima McCall
October 22  Dances of Universal Peace
October 27-29  Abode Village Visit
October 29  Dancing the Goddess: Monthly Tara Circle with Aimée Brodeur Johnson
November  10-12  The Soul’s Journey Retreat with Naima Khabira Brown and Aziza Scott

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!

 

Top photo by White Light Exposure

Abode Village View – Week of 5/29

Abode Village View – Week of 5/29

 

“By creating happiness, one fulfills one’s life’s purpose.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Friends,

As May draws to a close, we’d like to thank all of you for your tremendous effort and support during the first few months of our programs season. Among the reoccurring feedback we’ve received from visitors is the sense that the overall energy at the Abode is becoming more grounded and clear. We could not have reached this point without the support of staff, volunteers, residents, and the larger community. Thank you.

Summer is almost here but first we invite you to register for a number of our upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities.

 

May 29

Memorial Day Potluck

Tomorrow is Memorial Day and we cannot wait to celebrate with you! Lunch will be cancelled for the holiday, but we will have a community potluck feast in the courtyard! The Abode will provide some goodies including some meat selections and veggie selections, but bring your own other meats, cheeses, beverages, even ice cream toppings! We will gather around 4pm on Monday (May 29), enjoying music, frisbee (dare we say volleyball is possible?), potential performances, and general good times as a community.

Invite friends and family to join (and RSVP to [email protected])!

June 2-4 

Abode Mountain Service Camp – Free Stay!

Reviving the Shaker Work Camp tradition, this free three-day event will comprise of work, celebration, and fellowship as we open our Mountain Camp for the season. We invite you to come meet Josh Ramos, our Mountain Manager, create clear paths from huts and cabins, revivify the sanctuary, and enjoy sweet work in the company of friends, new and old.

Meals and overnight accommodations will be provided on the Mountain throughout the three days as exchange for your work contribution (donations of supplies also welcome). We will work during the day with lots of fun and breaks in between. Nights will include bonfires, play, spiritual attunement, dancing, and more!

Arrive for Thursday Message Class and stay through Universal Worship led by Wahida Young, which will include the House Blessing ceremony. Bless both the Mountain Camp and Main Campus in this wonderful service weekend!

If you’re interested in attending, or know folks who are, click here to register.

 

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.

 

The rest of June finds Netanel hosting his foundation’s “Future of Religion and Interspirituality” group June 15-20, during which time the Inayati Order Center at the Abode will honor Abode founder, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, for his Urs (passing) and birthday, June 17 and 19.

Salima McCall will lead a New Moon Women’s Circle on Solstice, June 21, right before our Village Visit June 23-25, followed by a welcome potluck on the 26th. Nestled in this busy weekend is also the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al’Fitr, on the 25th. And our beloved BaitCon friends will return to the Mountain Camp June 22-26. Season of the Rose starts June 28 and runs through July 3.

 

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

 

Many Blessings,

Emily Collins, Programs Assistant

 

Upcoming Week’s Events

Monday, May 29
– 4:00pm Memorial Day Potluck – Abode Courtyard

Tuesday, May 30
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Yaqin Aubert – Meditation Hall
“Kasab” – For this Traditions Class, Yaqin Aubert, Vice-President of the Inayati Order, will focus on the breathing practice Kasab and practices with light from the perspective of Sufism, which says, a person is all Light, that body, mind, feelings, consciousness are all different grades of light. What do these practices mean, and how do they affect us in our everyday lives?

Wednesday, May 31
– 7:00pm Healing Class and Circle with Regina Jemila Walther and Nizam Ash – Meditation Hall

Thursday, June 1
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class with Yaqin Aubert – Meditation Hall
“Intellect and Wisdom” – For this Message Class, Yaqin Aubert, Vice-President of the Inayati Order, will focus on Intellect and Wisdom from the Way of Illumination in the new Message volume, The Inner Life, looking at consciousness, knowledge, intellect and wisdom, combined with wazaif, chanting the sacred names.

Sunday, June 4
– 11:00am Universal Worship – Abode House Blessing – Wahida et al. – Rezak Library
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Rezak Dining Room

 

Upcoming Programs

June 1 – 4  Abode Mountain Service Camp
June 15  Farm Class: Tillage, Planting, and Tending with Evan Thaler-Null
June 23 – 25  June Village Visit
June 28 – July 3  Season of the Rose

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!

Abode Village View – Week of 4/24

Abode Village View – Week of 4/24

 

“O rosebud, thy blooming gives me the impression of my Beloved’s countenance.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Ones All,

Things continue to revivify here at the Abode, on so many levels. We have completed our first month of programming, which was chock full, to be sure. The year began with our pre-season town hall, inaugural Village Visit, two Inayati Order events back-to-back, a visit from a Skidmore College American Studies course, Suluk Academy, installation of a new (albeit temporary) Abode sign, Unity of Religious Ideals Week, The Sacred Art of Storytelling with Inayati Order Board member and UU minister, M’ellen Kennedy, and our first ever Facebook Live feed of our Earth Day Ziraat Lodge, led by Shakur Don Johnson.

Abode Ambassadors used their discounts on attending these programs – learn more about Abode Ambassadors! Many Ambassadors also used their discounts on a wide range of new items in the Abode store – pins, window decals, mugs, t-shirts, and bandanas!

Abode Resident Nabila Mariana Evans also continues to bring the energy and spirit of the Abode off-campus in “Harmony in Worship” and “Love in Action” activities. We’ll share more about this and continuing opportunities soon!

This coming week, while we are hosting the Inayati Order’s Wisdom of the Prophets – Sufism and Judaism, we have our second Village Visit. This will be a time to welcome interested and curious seekers, along with our new khadims, to the Abode. A Community Potluck Monday, May 1st, will help introduce everyone to the larger community and the spirit of caring and fun that is a part of the Abode.

Emily has a list of upcoming events still open for registration, so read below and we look forward to seeing you!

Wings out, hearts up!
Ibrahím Pedriñán, M.Div.
Abode Director of Programs

Dear Friends,

Registration is still open for a number of upcoming programs!

 

April 26th
Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle
Amanda Salima McCall will lead this month’s circle 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. Click here to register.

 

May 5th – May 7th
Emerald Earth – An Alchemical Ziraat Retreat
In this weekend workshop participants will have the opportunity to attune to the sacred manuscript of Nature. Under the guidance of Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith, participants will share in practices for cultivating the natural self, exploring the alchemy of the soul’s journey, and orienting more clearly to our unfolding purpose. Click here to register. Pre-program option involving Pir Zia’s Message classes and introduction to Eco-Sufism available in the registration.​

 

May 11th
Farm Class: Wood-Fired Oven Building with Evan Thaler-Null
In collaboration with Abode Farm CSA, the Abode continues its monthly farm classes under the guidance of Ecology Manager Evan Thaler-Null. This class is open to all who wish to reconnect with the rhythm of the earth and previous knowledge or experience is not required. This month’s class will focus on traditional building practices as we build an earthen wood-fired oven out of local materials at the Farm. Click here to register. Pre-program option involving Pir Zia’s Message classes and introduction to Eco-Sufism available in the registration.​

 

May 12th – 14th
Rasa Shastra with Netanel Miles-Yépez and Deepa Gulrukh Patel. This three-day program will explore the themes of love, intimacy, sex, and modern relations in the context of Rasa Shastra—a series of lessons given by Hazrat Inayat Khan on intimate relationships. Click here to register. Pre-program option involving Pir Zia’s Message classes and introduction to Eco-Sufism available in the registration.​

 

We hope you’ll join us for these wonderful events!

Many Blessings,

Emily Collins,
Abode Programs Assistant

 

Upcoming Week’s Events

Tuesday April 25th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Meditation Hall
“Nafs” – This week, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will teach on the “Nafs,” the animating force that takes many forms in our lives, using the classic Sufi text, the ‘Awarif al-Ma’arif of Shahab ad-Din Suhrawardi.

 

Wednesday April 26th
– 7:00pm Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle with Amanda Salima McCall – Meditation Hall

 

Thursday April 27th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– ***6:45pm SPECIAL CLASS (LiveStreamed) with Inayati Order Program – Arrive Early (seated by 6:45pm); Suggested Donation $10***
Thursday’s Message Class will be integrated with the program, Wisdom of the Prophets: Sufism & Judaism, where Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel Miles-Yépez, will teach with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.

 

Friday April 28th
– 7:30pm Dances of Universal Peace – Meditation Hall (open to all)

 

Friday April 28th – Sunday April 30th
April Abode Village Visit

 

Sunday April 30th
– 11:00am Universal Worship – Meditation Hall
– 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!

Abode Village View – Week of 4/17

Abode Village View – Week of 4/17

 

“My heart melts in Thy light, Beloved, as snow in the sun.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dearest Friends,

We want to thank you for all your enthusiasm and support during our inaugural Unity of Religious Ideals week. Save the Dates for next year’s celebrations with the return of Atum O’Kane: March 29-April 1, 2018. Festivities for this Holy Week began on Passover with Spiritual Director Netanel Miles-Yépez leading us in a phenomenal Seder dinner. It was such a blessing to reflect on freeing ourselves from the places that restrict us, redemption, service, all with the Abode community and beyond.

Deepest gratitude to Al Bellenchia, Pauline Baudon, Tony Cortese, Katya DePaolo, Iromee Alima Gale, Netanel Miles-Yépez, Moon Mooney, Rehan Morey, Rahma Rabinowitz, Larz Stephenson, Evan Young, and Wahida Young for all your help with organization, hospitality, and culinary wizardry!

We ended Unity of Religious Ideals week today with our Easter celebrations. Thank you so much for joining us today for worship, food, and noteworthy egg hunting skills.

Registration is still open for this week’s The Sacred Art of Storytelling with M’ellen Kennedy (4/21-4/23). The workshop will explore the differences between oral and written culture, the human propensity for stories (including some current research findings from psychology and neuroscience), the role of stories in religious traditions, and some fundamentals of engaging storytelling. Click here to register!

We also hope you will join us for Rasa Shastra (May 12-14th) with Netanel Miles-Yépez and Deepa Gulrukh Patel. This three-day program will explore the themes of love, intimacy, sex, and modern relations in the context of Rasa Shastra—a series of lessons given by Hazrat Inayat Khan on intimate relationships. Click here to register!

Many Blessings,

Emily Collins
Abode Programs Assistant

Keep the Unity Alive

Beloved Ones,

While Unity of Religious Ideals Week is over, we want to keep the spirit of dialogue and universalism alive. One of our Abode residents, Nabila Mariana Evans, in collaboration with Netanel and myself, is organizing a few opportunities that we wanted to let you know about and invite you to join!

“Harmony In Worship” is an exploration-based outing to engage local religious communities. The first event will be an evening at Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday, April 19th, at 6pm. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

“Love In Action” is a service-based outing to engage the larger community. The first event will be to support the American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, April 17th, at 3:30pm. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

We see these as reflections of the kinship activities and universal worship activities in their various faces and forms practiced at the Abode, and as ways for the spirit and energy of the Abode to get off campus and step into the larger world in a meaningful way! We are so grateful for residents like Nabila taking up the mantle to move the Message of Inayat Khan’s universalist Sufi ideals off the mountain and into the valley, sharing the message of love, harmony, and beauty! Join the Journey!

Wings out, hearts up!

Ibrahím Pedriñán, M.Div.
Abode Director of Programs

 

 

Upcoming Week’s Events

Tuesday April 18th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez, Salima McCall, and Rehan Morey – Meditation Hall
“Considering the Circle: Tea and Ceremony” – Join Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, and special guests, Salima McCall and Rehan Morey, for an evening of tea, storytelling, melodic zikr, and poetry.

Thursday April 20th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Meditation Hall
“Belief and the Spirit of Guidance” – This week, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will speak on the themes of belief and spiritual guidance from the Way of Illumination in the new Message Volume, The Inner Life.

Friday April 21st – Sunday April 23rd
The Sacred Art of Storytelling with M’ellen Kennedy

Saturday April 22nd
– 8:00am Earth Day Ziraat Lodge -Herb Garden
“Ziraat is one of the five concentrations of the Inayati Order. It is the nature farming concentration. The lodge will include prayers to the elements, readings from Murshid, and a celebration of Earth day.”

Sunday April 23rd
– 11:00am Universal Worship – Meditation Hall
– 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!

Abode Village View – Week of 4/10

Abode Village View – Week of 4/10

 

“It is only the high ideal which can unite and in which we can hope to be united.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Dear Friends,

 

We hope you will join us in the coming days for the Abode’s weeklong celebration of the Unity of Religious Ideals. Holding to the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Abode will be hosting events throughout the week honoring the belief that the Divine shows up in cloak of many teachers and traditions.

The week has also been featured in a number of local publications including (but not limited to) the following two online articles here and here!

 

Please register now by clicking below or by visiting our programs page.

Monday April 10th – Passover Seder with Netanel Miles-Yépez

Register here.

Thursday April 13th – Dialogue on Buddhism and Sufism

Register here.

Sunday April 16th – Universal Worship, Brunch, and Egg Hunt

Register here.

Tuesday April 11th – “As She Is” film with Megan McFeely

Register here.

Saturday April 15th “The Way of Illumination – The Path of the Heart”

Register here.

We hope to see you here at the Abode for these special events!

 

Registration is also open for the Sacred Art of Story Telling with M’ellen Kennedy from April 21st to 23rd. Workshops will explore the 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. Reserve your spot here.

 

Many Blessings,

Emily Collins
Programs Assistant

 

Yaqin photo by Jane Feldman

Abode Village View, Monthly Update – Apr. 2017


Update from the Abode Board – Board Chair Nasreen Moayedi

It was a joy seeing so many friends of the Abode at our Community dinner and Town Hall on March 22.

As I noted then, we want you to know that the Board unanimously recognizes that the heart of the Abode is its spiritual identity. “Hearts to God” as the Shakers would say.

Before them, the Native peoples felt this about the land. Pir Vilayat and the founders saw it. Pir Zia recognizes it. Through all the prayers, teachings and devotions expressed here at the Abode over the years, the spiritual essence has saturated and become one with the land.

The intent of the Board – and we hope yours too – is to refocus and rebuild the Abode’s spiritual core through:

•  The Eco-Sufi initiative, and
•  The appointment of our inaugural spiritual director, Netanel.

 

Finally, the Ambassador program represents a way for us all to become more engaged in putting our “hands to work.” We on the Board have all joined. Your support and participation is so very valuable and essential to extending the legacy of the Abode into generations that will follow us.

Please join with us in supporting the Abode through the Ambassadors program.


Update from our Executive Director – Al Bellenchia

After our productive winter break, Abode programs season 2017 is underway! We began our season by welcoming the Inayati Order Jamiat Khas and Leadership training programs, and shortly, Suluk Academy.

We have welcomed several new seasonal staff members to help support our visitors and program participants, in our guest services and kitchen/dining departments. Our new Guest Services Manager, Cherish Marie Church, and Kitchen Manager, Evan Young, have been creating caring teams who strive to provide the highest level of service to all who come to the Abode. Please let us know how we are doing.

 

While you are at the Abode, be sure to check out our new Abode Store! It is stocked with Mugs, pins, stickers and T-Shirts all bearing the new, colorful Abode logo. And remember, Abode Ambassadors can receive discounts on store merchandise as well as other exclusive benefits. Please help support the Abode by becoming an Ambassador today. For more information, please click here.

We held our third Town Hall meeting on March 22, which was attended by many members in person and online. We were happy to report on many new initiatives and accomplishments that are building a new energy at our spiritual home. The video and audio recordings are now available for those who could not join us, at this link.


Update from our Spiritual DirectorNetanel Miles-Yépez

We are very pleased to welcome our first khadam of 2017, Pauline Baudon and Rahma Rabinowitz. They are officially the first members of Class Karim, named after the divine quality of generosity. Already they have begun to take part in community life and to keep the hours of prayer in the Meditation Hall.

In March I was in San Francisco visiting our sister organization, Khankah S.A.M., and teaching at Mentorgarten with Pir Shabda Kahn and Murshid Wali Ali Meyer. It was a joy to observe the similarities and differences at Khankah S.A.M. and Mentorgarten, and to consider how we can create a stronger relationship between our two khankahs.

While in the Bay Area, I also had the pleasure of visiting Pir Dahan (Voice of the Pir), the rock outcropping on the hillside in Fairfax that Hazrat Inayat Khan said was a site of high spiritual vibration, and to make a pilgrimage with a number of Ruhaniat Sufis to burial site of Murshida Rabia Martin, the first American Sufi, whose burial place Jennifer Alia Wittman and I discovered in December of 2015. Pir Shabda brought a chaddar from the dargah of Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Chishti in Ajmer, which we placed on the crypt before sitting down to share zikr and stories.

 

This month, in our Tuesday Traditions classes, we will continue exploring teachings, themes, and exemplars from classical Sufism, and in our Thursday Message classes, aspects of universalist Sufism. However, we also have a number of very special events, which will occasionally preempt class:

 

April 1st (Saturday), the community is invited to join the Inayati Order leadership for zikr in the Meditation Hall, led by Sarah Leila Manolson.

April 6th (Thursday), everyone is invited to join Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and me for an evening of sohbet on “The Future of Inayati Sufism.”

April 10th (Monday), I will be leading a community Passover seder at the Abode. Reserve your place right away.

April 11th (Tuesday), Megan McFeely will be showing her film, As She Is. Please regester here.

April 13th (Thursday), I will be in dialogue with Tendai Buddhist abbot, Monshin Paul Naamon on the idea of “spiritual liberty” in both Sufism and Buddhism. Please register here.

April 15th (Saturday), “The Way of Illumination – The Path of the Heart” One-day Retreat with Yaqin Aubert. Please register here.

April 16th (Sunday), join us for a celebratory day with a Universal Worship service that embraces world religions, a farmer-to-table Easter brunch, followed by festivities in the Herb Garden. Please register here.

April 27th-30th (Thursday-Sunday), please register soon for Sufism and Judaism, a major Inayati Order event at which I will be teaching with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, and my friend, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. We will share the Sabbath together and explore many common teachings and connections.


Update from our Programs Assistant – Emily Collins

On March 23rd, we kicked off our exciting programs season by welcoming our friends on the Inayati Order Board during their annual retreat. That weekend we hosted our first Village Visit and welcomed Pauline Baudon and Rahma Rabinowitz. Pauline and Rahma will be participating in the first cycle of the revamped Khidmat program. Thank you all who pitched in for our Village Visit work morning, thank you all who gave a warm welcome to our newest friends, and thank you Pauline and Rahma for gracing this campus with your insight, enthusiasm, and willingness to better our Abode. Finally, thanks to all who joined our Monday potluck to welcome these Khadims and to demonstrate the welcoming nature of our Village.

On Tuesday, April 4th, Suluk begins. We welcome back Jabalqa as they complete their penultimate session with Suhrawardi. The Jabalqa class will be staying in rooms across campus, attending meals, and participating in Karma Yoga as they “realize” their journey on the Suluk path.

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. We begin this Holy week on Passover and invite you to reserve your spot for Seder today!

The rest of Unity of Religious Ideals weeks holds a “As She Is” film screening, Spiritual Dialogue, one-day retreat with Yaqin Aubert, and Easter Sunday, complete with Universal Worship and egg hunt in the Herb Garden – sign up today!  And bring your friends and family to share these special days with us!

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.

The rest of April includes a special Earth Day LiveStream (April 22), New Moon Women’s Circle (April 26), and our second Village Visit (April 28-30). Register now for these programs and more on our programs page!


Update from our Guest Services Manager – Cherish Marie Church

As we gear up for a new programs season here at the Abode, we are debuting our new Guest Services department! I will be stepping into the role of guest services manager, Wahida Young will taking the role of guest services coordinator, and Andy Bruce and Aqil Trofimov will be serving as program support (formerly known as ‘operations’).

We will also have a new housekeeping lead, Koni Davis, and will soon have a new front desk representative in place to lend support to the team. The front desk representative will be working with Wahida and me in covering the front desk from 9 am to 5 pm every day, with a focus on registering and greeting new arrivals.  Andy and Aqil will insure the smooth running of the program from 7 am to 9 pm daily through the duration of the program.

Our goal is to make our visitors here feel held and supported from hello to goodbye, and to feel welcome and encouraged to come and stay with us in the future. Thanks to all in the community in participating in making this program season the very best!


Update from our Kitchen Manager – Evan Young

Things have been busy in the Kitchen this month, as we have jumped into our first round of Spring programs. Bit by bit, we have been making steady improvements to our Kitchen facilities in Rezak: with Wajid’s efforts, our renovated cooler is up and running and we are also once again making good use of our basement root cellar for onion, squash and potato storage. Thank you to everyone who helped make our root cellar functional again during last Saturday’s work day.

We are also continuing on our efforts to make our Abode Meals more delicious, more nutritious and more sustainable. Along with our partnership with the Abode Farm (the farm continues to provide us with a bounty of carrots, potatoes, garlic, onions, radishes and other roots) we have also been working closely with a group of small farms in Western Massachusetts, Vermont and New York to bring in a variety of locally grown roots, squash, greenhouse-grown lettuce, locally produced tortillas and other local products into our dining room. Everyone in the kitchen is excited about the coming Summer and, with Abode Farm, we look forward to bringing you another season of good food centered around Abode-family vegetables.

Finally, we would like to extend a warm invite to our greater Abode community and on-campus partners to please join us for community meals this Spring and Summer. As part of this movement, we will be bringing back an old Abode staple for our community members:  meal tickets!

Ticket packages are now available at a discounted rate of 5 tickets for $40!! To purchase tickets please see the front office during regular business hours.


Update from our Manager of Ecology – Evan Thaler-Null

Honeybees arrive on Saturday! Three new colonies of honeybees will be arriving this weekend and braving the cold snowy weather during the first few days of their transition. Special thanks to our neighbor Bhramari for help and guidance in planning a welcoming and healthy arrival for the bees.

Seeds are sprouting in the greenhouse and farm preparations are well underway for the season. Weather permitting we will be preparing fields and planting in the next few weeks.

Here’s to sunlight and soil!


Abode Weekly Village View

Tuesday April 4th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Traditions Class with Netanel Miles-Yépez – Rezak Library
“Eight Aspects of Sufi Mindfulness” – This Tuesday, Abode Spiritual Director, Netanel, will discuss the eight aspects of Sufi mindfulness taught by the Khwajaghan, the ‘masters of wisdom’ of Central Asia.

Thursday April 6th
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Rezak Dining Room
– 7:00pm Message Class with Pir Zia and Netanel Miles-Yépez – Meditation Hall
“The Future of Inayati Sufism with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Netanel Miles-Yépez” – An intimate evening of spiritual conversation (sohbet) for the Abode community and students of Suluk Academy with Zia Inayat-Khan, Pir of the Inayati Order, and Netanel Miles-Yépez, Spiritual Director of the Abode of the Message.

Sunday April 9th
– 11:00am Universal Worship with Wahida Young – Rezak Library
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Rezak Dining Room