Please join our Monthly mediations found on the Information Bar under CALENDAR/ These weekly concentrations are sent out in the pray to gather our hearts and minds together for the benefit of all beings. Each month a weekly meditation theme is given. Join when you can during that week with many members around the world who are holding the light of truth, wisdom, compassion and kindness.

*************NEW CLASSES**************

We are happy to announce a new semester of on-line classes that will be starting in January 2020 and run through the end of the year. Two new courses will be added and taught by inspiring teachers. Gabriel Gurumukh Mark Harris will be teaching a new course, Disciplines of the Spirit-Howard Thurman & Hazrat Inayat Khan. Murshida Rabia will be offering a second series in World Religions and Mysticism starting January 25th 2020 and an Esoteric Study Class (Gatha Papers) starting January 18th 2020. Please go to the Institute tab on the upper scroll bar and from the drop down menu you will be able to see information at ABOUT SUFI. You can also read the Biographies about the teachers under the Faculty tab.

Sanctuary Sharda in Orinda, California is a local center for the study and practice of the Sufi Message as taught by Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
In keeping with the Sufi tradition, our Center not only offers on-line classes, (See on the Scroll Bar-ABOUT SUFI for more information) but 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 a (501c3 non-profit religious/educational institute of higher learning)

Join the on-line community and connect however 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 in our on-line community and in our classes.

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.

Please remember us in your charitable giving
In addition to donations for classes, we accept donations for maintaining the local center by supporting administrative needs and spreading the Sufi Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty to grade schools, universities, and local and prison libraries.

Your support is gratefully received. Please send donations through PayPal button on this page to the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute. We are a non-profit 501c3 religious/educational institute for higher learning. 

For further information send an e-mail message to our local center (

Personal Retreats

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 4 days, 8 days, 12 days, 21 days to a full 40-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, vegan meal at midday is prepared especially for the student. There are other arrangements available for longer retreats.

Contact Murshida Rabia at for information.

Monthly Classes

On-Going Two-year Ministerial (Cherag) Training
Classes are now online starting January 25th 2020, at 6pm PST and goes through the end of the year. Each online section will be six-weeks with meeting every two weeks. Dates for classes will be given upon registration. Students from different time zones will be requested to adjust the timing to Pacific Standard Time. 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:

The 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 or prison advocacy. The material in the two-year program has two aspects:

  1.  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 classic and contemporary literature of Sufi Mysticism.
  2.  Term II: Mystical Perspectives of Spiritual Liberty. (Second Year Contains scriptural study: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other world religions such as Sikhism, Taoism, Goddess, Confucius/Mencius, the Native American Indian Tradition and the African Diaspora.

The term beginning the month of January 25, 2020 will cover the mystical aspects of the World Religions, the Essence of Spiritual Liberty and sectional readings from the Sacred Scriptures, master Mystics, and added readings from various authors. PLEASE USE THE SCROLL BAR AT THE TOP OF PAGE AND GO TO: ABOUT SUFISM. CLICK THE DROP DOWN MENU FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE START-UP CLASS.

A student begins at the beginning of the term (Start Date, Jan 25th 2020). The training requires a two-year commitment to complete both terms. (Each term is broken into six-week sessions, with a summer break and holidays respected.) This training is available for students through online connection. Instructions will be available for non-local students to participate. Students who complete four six-week terms receive ordination at the end of the twenty-four week program.


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 Saturday Jan. 25th 2020 at 6pm PST and goes through the end of the year. (Please note, that students are not advised to join mid-year after start date.) For those interested, register with an email message to and tell Murshida Rabia your wish to be a part of the online study class. The class will meet twice a month for all four six week sessions on Saturday evenings. You are encouraged to make a commitment for the full 24 week 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, the Unity of Religious Ideals and philosophy of Spiritual Liberty together.

Contact Murshida Rabia at for information.

Healing Ritual
Please call for time and further information

Monthly Healing Ritual Saturday of every month starting in January 2020. 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 for information.

Esoteric Studies Classes
Gatha Study Class
Monthly classes for mureeds (initiates of Sufism) will be 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 18th 2020, 6pm PST meeting once every month and going through the year with a summer break (June, July and August). Dates of the class will be given upon registration. These classes are free for Sufi Initiates.

Contact Murshida Rabia at for information.


In Reverence to my Venerale Mentor, Dr. Rina Sircar

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 at 11am, Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. 94118.

Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, founder of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, invited Dr. Rina Sircar in 1974 to teach in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Rina fulfilled her professional obligations up until 2013 and was named the distinguished Haridas Chaudhuri Professor and World Peace Buddhist Chair. As her devoted student, I had the privilege of studying with Rina for 12 years, where I was fortunate to receive her spiritual transmission from her early mentors, the Very Venerable U Thittila, an Abhidhamma and Pali scholar and the Very Venerable Taungpulu Tawya Kabe-Aye Sayadaw, a reclusive forest monk in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Love, Healing and Blessings fill my memory of Rina and may they be imparted to you, the listener, with the same authentic spirit of the ancient lineage she lived. All guests are cordially invited. 

Summer SUFI Seminar and Emersion in Nature at the Nez Perce Ceremonial Ground in Oregon.

Dates set for September 14-21st, 2019

We will study the sacred teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the Manuscript of Nature. Tenting is the best inexpensive option but there are motels and AirBnB accommodations in the area as well. We will meet each day for Prayers and Teachings, Meditations and Sacred Practices in the morning. We will share lunch and then visit sacred holy sites and walk in the beautiful hills of Wallowa in the afternoon closing with a fire-circle and chanting in the evening hours. Honored guests from the Nez Perce elders will be joining us and offering insight and inspiration to our gathering. Updates on this information will be forthcoming. For more information write: We hope you will join us and celebrate the grace and beauty of our precious nature. 

Seminar April 27, 28, 29, 2018

Sufi Teachings on the Inner Life:

April 27, 28, 29th 2018. Offered by Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti, Ph.D. at Khankah Jamshed, 6507 N. Princeton St. Portland, Oregon 97203. For information contact: Naqib Khaliq Amir at 971-322-7333.

The Inner Life is a call to balance the heart and mind for a special journey. It is a spiritual journey that takes away the division of sacred and profane, and rather offers tools that lead us to independence through Divine association. The Inner Life is a way of getting rid of grudges and heaviness of debt. It is a way of directing all activity with wisdom; every moment, every action, every thought, every words becomes an opportunity to fulfill one’s Divine plan and the reason why we were born at this time. Please come and join us and let us meet in this special  holy remembrance. 


September 10-14, 2018

Seminar on Deep Ecumenism and Interspirituality of the Wisdom Traditions. This seminar will be offered at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality on Campus in Boulder, Colorado. For those students interested in just attending the seminar or matriculating for a Certificate, Masters or Doctoral degrees, please contact the following address for information. or call 720-880-FICS

Date scheduled for 2019. This will be posted in the New Year. Seminar on The Pathway toHappiness with Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti at the Temple of Peace, 575 Haiku Road, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708. For information call Kedar or Shelley at 808-281-9157

When the human consciousness is focused on happiness and connects to the Divine Source within the living heart, one enters into a state of being whose love and influence can change the course of human existence on this planet forever. This seminar will address the five-star principles for wholesome understanding. We will discuss what is necessary for rebooting your specific aims and goals in the direction that will insure your spiritual, mental, physical, social and financial prosperity. The teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the great Sufi Masters give us information that illustrates these main objectives. Please come and join us. 

April 8th 2018

Lecture on Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti’s publication-The Bearers of Light-Cherag Stories Vol. I. Gathering begins at 11am. Location: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. 94118. For more information please call 415-668-1559. All are welcomed.

Sufis have been engaged in service to the community as minister (Cherags) for many decades. Dr. Perez-Chisti will tell stories about her many experiences that took place during her officiating of marriages, funerals, house-blessings and baptisms. These stories encompass mystical insight, humor and wisdom.

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:

  • 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.
    Freewill offering.
    Click to download a PDF version of the flyer for the lecture. For more information, call 415/668-1559 or visit

Ordination celebration-Robin Laflamme,
Doctor’s Emeritus: Rabia Perez-Chisti
(Laflamme), Matthew Fox and Jeremy Taylor.

Special Events

  • 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

  • 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

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 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 You can view information and register online at the Dutch website:

“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