SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND CLASSES
Personal Retreats | Monthly Classes | Seminars | Special Events
Sanctuary Sharda in Orinda, California is a local center for the study and practice of the Sufi Message as taught by Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
In keeping with the Sufi tradition, our Center also offers esoteric spiritual practices for those requesting initiation and teachings from the many World Religions including further information about SUFI, The Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute Program.
Come whenever you can. Your presence, dedication, and collective prayers bring blessings
to our activities and transform us into a community of seekers of the One Divine Source in all things. We look forward to seeing you.
A preliminary version of the Sanctuary Sharda Sufi Center brochure as a PDF file is available for downloading.
Donations invited for all classes.
Please read this donation request Generosity Through Donations from Murshida Rabia.
All donations support the work of the Sufi Message. Please give generously.
In addition to donations for classes, we accept donations for maintaining the local center by supporting administrative needs and spreading the Sufi Message to grade school, university and prison libraries.
Send checks made out to Sufi Movement USA or mail a check to
Sufi Movement USA, P.O. Box 52, Orinda, California 94563-1605.
We can receive donations through PayPal from your credit card or directly from your bank. Send an e-mail message to our local center (email@example.com) for more information.
The practice of enclosure (Khilvat) has always been a part of the mystical Sufi tradition for the purpose of gaining insight into the language of the heart. The teaching that arises from the experience of divine communication is one that is deeply healing and balancing to the mental, emotional, and physical nature of our being. Retreat is a chance to sit in silence, freeing ourselves from the conditioning that keeps us hidden behind a mask of illusionary difficulties. As we listen to the power of our inner voice, the music of the spheres opens and a sense of inner knowing arises. The concealment of our busy worlds becomes calm and we are more able to face our needs and challenges with untrammeled fearlessness so that our lives may become more meaningful and our soul purpose and highest blueprint can then be fulfilled.
This retreat is a private mentoring with Murshida Rabia that covers esoteric practices of breath, meditation, physical exercises, concentration, wazifa (Sacred Attributes), music and Zikar (Prayer). The recommended retreat time depends on prior experience and gauges from 3 days, 8 days, 13 days, 21 days to a full 34 day commitment.
A studio living space with kitchen and bathroom is available for short-term personal retreats at $125 per day. During a personal retreat, Murshida Rabia gives practices for the entire day and personally guides the student in their practices morning and evening. One hot, vegetarian meal at midday is prepared especially for the student. There are other arrangements available for longer retreats.
Contact Murshida Rabia at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
On-Going Two-year Cherag Training
on the last Friday of the month, from January through December 2017, 6pmPST respectively. Each online section will be six-weeks with a short break between sections. Students from different time zones will be requested to adjust the timing to PST. The cyber platform will be given with entry code once registration is completed for the class. Please send an email to the following address and request a registration form: email@example.com
These six-week sessions are for students who desire preparation for ordination as Cherags (Ministers-Light Bearers) and also for chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, and hospice work. The material in the two-year program has two aspects:
- Term I:(First Year) Contains esoteric studies based on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his philosophy of the Unity of Religious Ideals and the mystical essence of Spiritual Liberty.
- Term II: (Second Year Contains scriptural study: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other world religions such as Sikhism, Taoism, Goddess, Confucius/Mencius and Native American Indian Tradition.
The term beginning the month of January 2017 will cover the mystical aspects of the World Religions, the Essence of Spiritual Liberty and sectional readings from the Sacred Scriptures.
A student can start at the beginning of either term, but taking this training requires a two-year commitment to complete both terms. (Each term involves 9 months of classes, broken into six-week sessions, with a summer break and holidays respected.) This training is available for students to attend locally as well as through cyber connection. Instructions will be available for non-local students to participate. Students who complete both terms receive ordination at the end of the two-year program.
Fees: All books are purchased by the student directly or through the center. A sliding scale monthly donation is requested to cover all copied material and handouts including a one-time registration fee at the start of the program. The student can pay the full amount for the year ahead of the two-year course or pay per six-week session.
NEW ESOTERIC STUDY CLASS IN MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA
On January 28th 2017, 11am-3:30pm we will be having a esoteric study class in Menlo Park. All are invited to attend. Please note we will meet every month on the following dates, January 28th, February 25th, March 25th, April 22, and May 27th. All interested members are requested to commit to the full six classes. Please contact Meena at firstname.lastname@example.org for address and driving instructions. We will share a pot-luck lunch together so please bring something Vegan or Vegetarian. We look forward to seeing you and welcome all newcomers to the profound wisdom teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
NEW ONLINE WORLD RELIGIONS STUDY CLASS:
Please feel welcomed to join our new online World Religions Study Class through the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute. We will study the writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan from the Sufi Volume Text: The Unity of Spiritual Ideals, and other authors that will be given in the class assignments. Class begins on Friday January 27th at 6pm PST. For those interested, register with an email message to email@example.com and tell Murshida Rabia you wish to be a part of the online study class. The class will meet every week for six weeks on Friday evenings. You are encouraged to make a commitment for the full term. After you register you will be given a code to enter the class. We look forward to seeing you and sharing wisdom of the Sufis together.
Contact Murshida Rabia at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
September, 2016-May, 2017, 4pm respectively
Monthly Healing Ritual after the World Religions Classes on the first Saturday of every month starting in January 2017. A commitment is requested for one year. Once the group is formed new members can only join when the new class is formed the following year. The Healing Ritual Class is done in person only.
Contact Murshida Rabia at SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com for information.
Esoteric Studies Classes
Monthly classes for mureeds focusing on esoteric teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gathas, Githas, Sangathas, and Sangithas. The classes are designed for each person depending on the person’s initiation in the esoteric activity. A commitment of one year is requested. The start date will begin in January 2017. Day and time of the class will be arranged upon registration.
Contact Murshida Rabia at email@example.com for information.
May 19-21st, 2017
Sufi Mysticism and Ethics for Today’s Challenges.
Let us remember to stand against the struggle that the worldly life brings to us. To keep oneself awake to meet the challenges of the day, we will turn to the valuable practices give my our Master Teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan and apply the spiritual ethics to attain inspiration so we can meet the unexpected with calm, sincerity and devotion.
Please come and join Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti, Ph.D. and members of the Portland Community for a three-day seminar starting Friday May 19th in the evening 7pm-Introduction, Prayers and Zikar, Saturday May 20th, 9-5-Lecture and Practice, and Sunday May 21st, 10-1pm-Universal Worship followed by a pot-luck lunch at the following address:
Khankah Jamshed, 6507 N. Princeton, Portland, OR. 97203. For Information and directions call: 971-322-7333. Contribution requested
April 22-23, 2017
Sufism Symposium sponsored by the International Association of Sufism. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, California 94903. 415-499-9222.
Introductory Remarks and Meditation Practices for the Awakening of the Soul as given by Avicenna, Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ibn al-Arabi by Murshida Rabia Perez Chisti, Ph.D.
November 13th 2016
Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing, Berkeley, CA. 9:30am
Lecture and Panel Discussion: When the state of the world makes us angry: How should the Faith Community respond? The Berkeley Buddhist Temple invites all member of faith to join Murshida Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti for this morning of shared presentations.
- April 24th, 2016,
- Lecture and Presentation: Ancient Sufi Teaching Stories, 11am
The Cultural Integration Fellowship invites all members to attend Murshida Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti’s presentation on Ancient Sufi Teaching Stories. She offers these stories as a window into being a living example of love, harmony and beauty. These stories were brought to the West by the mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan who disclosed the Sufi path of attuning oneself to the Divine Spirit of Guidance that lives in the heart of each person. Powerful and deeply perceptive, these stories guide a person toward a spiritual ideal. We are located at 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. 94118. For further information please call: 415-668-1559 or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
- November 2, 2015
The Sacred Meaning of Words and Experiences
11 am at the Cultural Integration Fellowship
2650 Fulton St., San Francisco
In Sufism the sacred meaning of words can be found in the word, “Tawhid” which means asserting the Oneness of God’s Holy Name in all things.
Click to download a PDF version of the flyer for the lecture. For more information, call 415/668-1559 or visit www.culturalintegrationfellowship.org
Ordination celebration-Robin Laflamme, Doctor’s Emeritus: Rabia Perez-Chisti (Laflamme), Matthew Fox and Jeremy Taylor.
- July 30th 2016, 2pm
- The Creation Spirituality Communities Ordination Ceremony
The honorary elders of the Creation Spirituality Community, Ana Perez-Chisti, Jeremy Taylor, Matthew Fox, Mel Bricker, Kaleo and Elise Ching, Marlene DeNardo, Larry Edwards, Susan Evans, Grace Hogan, Michael Mansfield, Jill Martin, and Carol Vaccariello received ordination for their dedicated years of work and support in Liberation Theological tradition. All are invited to attend the service at the Graduate Theological Seminary, 2700 Hearst Ave. Berkeley, CA.
Please take note of our SUFI Institute program for Course offerings in Creation Spirituality. “If all of creation had been whispering the story of its own spirituality for 13.5 billion years…we would call that story Creation Spirituality.”(Matthew Fox)
- February 5th, 2016
- Urs Celebration of Hazrat Inayat Khan
- St. Albans Church, 1501 Washington Ave. Albany, California 94706, 7:30pm
Murshida Rabia invites all members of the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan and members of the SUFI Universal Fraternal Institute to attend the Holy occasion of his Urs in Albany, CA on February 5, 2016. For details, please download the flyer.
- 1501 Washington Ave.
- March 19th, 2016
- Vernal Equinox Zikar practice of Hazrat Inayat Khan
- Zikar will be offered in the evening at 7pm at Sanctuary Sharda, 7pm. All Sufi members are invited to attend. Please be on time and plan to leave the Sanctuary in silence
- May 7th 2016
- Cherags Ordination Ceremony,
- All members are invited to attend the Ordination of Cheragas (Reverends), Vairaja Backston, Sophia Katherine Jensen, Dalair Linda Hennessy and Joi Jencuyah at Sanctuary Sharda. A Universal Worship Service will precede the ordination ceremony at 11am and followed by a Vegetarian Luncheon offered and prepared by the Cheragas. For more information and directions please contact, Murshida Rabia at email@example.com
- May 18-21st, 2016
- Federation of the Sufi Message – Berlin, Germany.
- The Federation gathering invites all Sufis worldwide to join in the honoring of the Sacred teachings of the originator of the Sufi Message, Hazrat Inayat Khan. A bus tour around Berlin will be included taking visitors to the many places Murshid spoke in the grand metropolitan area. A special tree was planted in the park near Brandenburg Gate in honor of his teachings in Germany. All are invited. For more information please email: Petra Beate Schildbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings of a tree planted near a park by Brandenburg Gate in honor of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teaching in Berlin. Members of the Federation of the Sufi Message gather around and share prayers of gratitude.
- June 17th, 2016
- Urs Celebration of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
- Murshida Rabia and the members of the Sufi Order International invite all members to attend the celebration. The service will be held at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA. 94707, 7:30pm Donations are requested.
- March 27-29, 2015
International Sufism Symposium
20th Year Celebration
The Nature of Self, Reality & Consciousness
San Rafael, California
For more information, visit http://www.IAS.org/programs/sufismsymposium/ or call 415/472-6959.
- July 10-26, 2015
International Summer School: Unity in Diversity
Universel Murad Hassil, Katwijk, Netherlands
with Pir-O-Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan and experienced Sufi teachers
Click to download a PDF flyer with details and a registration form.
For more information, visit http://www.sufimovement.org. You can view information and register online at the Dutch website: www.soefi.nl/zomerschool.
“You can do nothing better in sympathy and in devotion to the Cause and in sympathy to your Murshid, than to preserve the words once spoken before you.”
—Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan