Abode Village View – Week of 4/17

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 marianacevans@gmail.com 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 marianacevans@gmail.com 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!