Abode Village View – Week of 8/14

Abode Village View – Week of 8/14

“Through every condition, agreeable or disagreeable, the soul makes its way towards the goal.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan


Dear Friends,

For 42 years, the Abode has endured because of you: your devotion to the vision of Pir Vilayat and the Abode’s founders and the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Our beloved Ra​zzaq has long been the heart of the Abode.  Since the Abode’s founding, R​a​zzaq has stood as the entry sentinel to our campus, welcoming and embracing all into the core of the campus. Over the years, Razzaq’s ​1831 ​kitchen has nourished thousands of Sufis and seekers, and its dining and residence halls have embraced many conversations, celebrations​,​ and contemplations.

We will be applying some TLC to Ra​zzaq and the main entry to the Abode, as part of our capital improvement plan.  We will be repainting, enhancing the courtyard and Abode Road #1, landscaping and creating a fresh, inviting energy to all who live, work, and visit.

Your donation to our Summer Appeal will help us take the next step in the securing the legacy of Ra​zzaq for a new generation to enjoy.

Thank you for your support of the Abode’s mission to create a better world.

Al Bellenchia
Abode Executive Director



Greetings from the ever-busy Programs Office!
We are working on hiring a Programs and Marketing Coordinator to work with the Programs and Development initiatives and allow greater flexibility for the Director of Programs to invest in longer-term planning, fund sourcing, and relationship-building. Thanks for all the prayers and support as we search for the ideal candidate.

We have a lot of programs and hope you might join us for one or more of them!


Multi-day programs:

Aug 25 – 27 – The World of Kabbalah from the Inside with Eve Ilsen (wife of late Reb Zalman) – this is a special program that we hope people can attend!
Aug 25 – 27 – Village Visit including Community Sema on Friday night at 7:30pm
Sep 22 – 24 is the Healing Ourselves and Our Communities retreat, including special dialogue between Pir Zia and Dr. Randy Weston, and a stunning concert by Dr. Weston on Saturday night.  Sign up today!

Single-day programs:

Aug 17 @ 4pm – Farm Class with Evan Thaler-Null on Crop Health and Selection; meet in the courtyard
Aug 20 @ 1:30pm – A Contemplative Approach to Learning and Teaching Relationships with Peter Schein; please register so we know how many people will be attending (and how many to cook for)
Aug 20 @ 7pm – New Moon Women’s Circle with Salima McCall
Sep 3 @ 11am – This is a special Sunday where we invite everyone to join us at the Mountain Sanctuary for Universal Worship at 11am followed by a Labor Day Potluck brunch at the Mountain Camp.  The Mountain is so sacred and we would like to use it more often!  Please join us!
Sep 14 is also a big day!  At 4pm, join the Farm Class with Evan Thaler-Null.  At 6pm a special Langar (free) Dinner followed by a 7:30pm concert with Fanna-Fi-Allah, returning Sufi Qawwali group.  Tickets are on sale now!

Go to www.theabode.org/programs for more details on many of the programs listed above.


See you around the Village!


As we think of the monetary ways the Abode grows during the Summer Appeal, we also recognize the Abode survives and thrives because of quality volunteers who make the Abode a stronger, more beautiful place! Thank you, volunteers!

Special thanks to Faisal Awadallah, Jonas, Nora, and Rahima Klingberg, Larz Stephenson, and Jamelah Zidan, our stellar team of Hands-to-Heart Volunteers! You all give so selflessly, make the Abode more fun, give us broader perspectives, and are treasured members of the community!  Thank you!


Upcoming Week’s Events

Tuesday, August 15
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room

Wednesday, August 16
– 7:00pm Healing Class and Circle with Regina Jemila Walther and Nizam Ash – Abode Library in Razzaq

Thursday, August 17
– 4:00pm Abode Farm Class – Meet in Courtyard
– 6:00pm Community Dinner – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room

– 7:00pm Message Class with Shakur Don Johnson – Quddus (Meditation Hall)

“This theme for next week will be on Love. We take readings from Hazart Inayati Khan perspective on Love and see how we can integrate more love into beings and our daily practices every day. We will use Music, Zikr, meditation, and discussion to bring us deeper into love. Please join us.” – Shakur

Sunday, August 20
– 11:00am Universal Worship with Rahima Rowley – Quddus (Meditation Hall)
– 12:30pm Sunday Brunch – Razzaq (Rezak) Dining Room

Friday – Sunday, August 18 – 20
– Spirituality in Medicine staying on Campus


Upcoming Programs

August 17  Abode Farm Class
August 18 – 20  Spirituality in Medicine staying on the Abode Main Campus
August 20  Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle
August 25 – 27  The World of Kabbalah from the Inside with Eve Ilsen
September 14  Abode Farm Class – Fall Harvests with Evan Thaler-Null
September 14  Fanna-fi-Allah in Concert!
September 22- 24  Healing Ourselves and Our Community: Harmonizing in Retreat with Dr. Randy Weston
September 23  Concert with Master Musician, Dr. Randy Weston in conversation with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan moderated by Fatima Hafiz-Muid, PhD

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!