Abode Village View – Week of 7/16

Abode Village View – Week of 7/16

If people do not come up to your mark, do not become annoyed, but rejoice, knowing that your mark is high.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Upcoming Week’s Events at the Abode

Monday, July 16
– 6:00-9:00 pm Game Nite – Rumi’s Café
Join us for games, cake, and mocktails in celebration of Jamelah’s birthday!


Tuesday, July 17
**Please note that due to a private program the Mountain will be closed from Tuesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 22. Thank you for your cooperation**
– 5:00 pm QiGong Class with Wahida – Fattah Family Room
Join Wahida for a simple QiGong class. She will teach basic principles and show how to make up natural routines for your own practice.
– 6:00 pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Hall
– 7:30 pm Philosophy of Spirituality Discussion – Razzaq Library


Wednesday, July 18
– 6:00 pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Hall


Thursday, July 19
– 6:00 pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Hall
– 7:30 pm Hu Dost in Concert – Quddus Meditation Hall
The music of HuDost, the Neo-Folk-World-Rock Ensemble from Montreal and Kentucky, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration.  HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the US, Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade, in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. In 2013 their amazing son was brought into the world. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as Kentucky Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).


Friday, July 20
– 6:00 pm Community Dinner – Razzaq Dining Hall
– 7:30 pm Screening of Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees – Fattah Family Room
This exquisite 2017 documentary directed by Jeff McKay features the global efforts of botanical scientist, wise-woman sage and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger, the last living person of the ancient Celtic royalty of Ireland and widely recognized among Canada’s First Nations as the “medicine tree woman.” The film explores the most beautiful boreal forests in the Northern Hemisphere, sharing amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.


Sunday, July 22
– 10:00 am Meditation Class with Rehan – Quddus Meditation Hall
– 11:00 am Universal Worship with Wahida – Quddus Meditation Hall
– 12:30 pm Brunch – Razzaq Dining Hall
– 2:00 pm Dancing the Goddess: Monthly Tara Circle with Aimée Brodeur Johnson – Quddus Meditation Hall
The “Goddess” we dance is Tara, known as Mother of the Buddhas, Swift Protector, Liberator, and for the qualities of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power. Each month we meet to meditate, dance, and joyfully connect with our inner Goddess Tara—men and women welcome. Come embody the Divinity within! This month the circle will meet July 22nd, from 2 to 3 pm, in Quddus, the Meditation Hall at the Abode. For more info contact Aimée at aimeeblj@gmail.com



Upcoming Programs

Abode Open House – Kinship | July 27 – 29
“It would seem that God created an ‘otherness’ so that we could find our way in mutuality to kinship. Margins manufactured by God, perhaps, so that we’d dedicate our lives to their erasure. We are charged not with obliterating our diversity and difference but instead with heightening our connection to each other. As it says in the Qur’an: ‘I create.'” ~ Greg Boyle, Barking to the Choir (2017)
Spiritual seekers of all sorts will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about the land’s rich history of spiritual community, participate in ecological and spiritual discussion, and more. Nur Azad will join us to share practices to help raise us above that which divides us. We will be looking at the topics of love, justice, and kinship through the lens of Adaab. We will also be completing a community work project.
Registration can be found at theabode.org/programs/571


Wahhab and Batina Sheets – Teachers-in-Residence | Month of August
Over the course of four weeks Batina and Wahhab Sheets will guide the exploration of fundamental questions and topics concerning finding, following, and embodying a spiritual discipline that resonates with our most authentic self. They will teach four Thursday evening classes [7:00 PM | August 2, 9, 16, and 23 | Quddus Meditation Hall] which will explore different topics in an open and participatory manner including the introduction of exercises for participants to practice in their daily lives to promote personal awakening and discovery related to the week’s topic. Three three-hour morning sessions will be offered [9:00 AM | August 4, 11, and 25 | The Pir Vilayat Center, Inayat Manzil] in which participants will engage deeply with spiritual practices to enhance the retreat-in-life process. Batina and Wahhab will also be leading two Universal Worship services on August 5 and 19 in Quddus Meditation Hall.


Abode Open House – Sufis & Shakers | August 17 – 19
Join the Abode as we host Brother Arnold of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village for a weekend exploring the rich Shaker history of New Lebanon and the land of the Abode. More information to come!
Registration can be found at theabode.org/programs/572


The Alchemy of Happiness with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Yaqin Joseph Aubert and Naima Khabira Brown | August 31 – September 4
Pir Zia will lead a three-day silent journey through the stations of spiritual alchemy, traversing the interior landscapes that stretch from the obscurity of the unexamined life to the “fragrant gold” of the soul’s self-realization, which is the essence of happiness. Meditation, invocation, and sacred music will interlace to evoke ever subtler and vaster domains of being.
For more information, visit theabode.org/programs/560


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!