>> Sufi Order Summer Gathering 2011 - New Lebanon, NY, Jul 7-13, 2011

Sufi Order Summer Gathering 2011 - New Lebanon, NY, Jul 7-13, 2011

SOI-NA Summer Camp photoThe Sufi Order International - North America has announced the 2011 annual Sufi Order Summer Gathering, titled "Awakening to the World" with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Taj Inayat, Aziza Scott and senior teachers of the Sufi Order. You can read about it below, get the flyer, get the latest info from the SOI-NA website., or view the event's page at the Abode website. Note that the SOI-NA website should have the most updated info!

The Camp features two parts. From July 7 to 10 will be the concurrent Leaders Training and Community Camp segments. From July 11 to 13 will be a Silent Retreat. The event will be hosted by the Abode of the Message, In New Lebanon, NY.

Registration materials are online at www.sufiorder.org. For more information or questions call (518) 794-7834 ext. 121 or e-mail secretariat [at] sufiorder [dot] org.

 Added 2011-Nov-22: You can view some photos taken at the 2011 Summer Gathering here.

Leaders Training & Community Camp: July 7 - 10th
With Pir Zia, Aziza Scott, Taj Inayat, Devi Tide, Muinuddin Smith, Sharifa Norton, Zarifah Kadian and Munawir Mangold

Featuring dialogue with Pir Zia and Taj on Questions for the Next Century of the Sufi Order; an option for Retreat Guide Training with Aziza and the introduction of a retreat designed for the Suluk Academy course; Dances of Universal Peace; Golden Heart Awards; and participatory sessions on Healing, Ziraat, Kinship and Universal Worship.

Silent Retreat: July 11th - 13th
With Pir Zia and Aziza Scott


Awakening to the World Community Camp: Intro to Sufi Practices (July 7 - 10th)

The Summer Meditation Camp of the Sufi Order International (SOI) offers an introduction to universal Sufism. The SOI honors all religions and welcomes all as members of one single family of humanity. Over the years friends from around the globe have found their way to the SOI. At the Annual Summer Meditation Camp, you will have an opportunity to dance, sing, eat, pray, relax, meditate and experience some of the most inspiring teachers one can find anywhere. Among the teachers who will be participating in this event are Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Taj Inayat and Aziza Scott. Pir Zia Inayat Khan, spiritual leader of the SOI, is a master of meditation and Sufi spiritual practices. Known for poetic eloquence, profound insight and an inspiring atmosphere, he carries on the legacy left by his father Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and his grandfather Hazrat Inayat Khan who brought Sufism to the West one hundred years ago. For many years, Taj Inayat has been known in Sufi circles for her remarkable skill in offering in-depth exploration of the inner life. Aziza Scott, another leading teacher, travels around the world training retreat guides and offering retreats in many languages

The Abode of the Message, where the summer gathering will be held, is the residential community of the Sufi Order International and home to Pir Zia Inayat Khan. A conference and retreat center and a center of esoteric study, it has been operating continuously since 1975. The Abode is housed in historic Shaker buildings built between 1834 and 1870. The 400 acre campus hosts an organic farm and summer camp facilities.

Join us on one of the Shaker’s sacred mountains, near the Berkshires, among pristine woods and flowing rivers. Enjoy home-grown organic food, miles of hiking trails and a peaceful swimming pond. You are welcome to attend either one or both the Community Camp, July 7-10, and/or the Silent Retreat, July 11-13. Accommodations range from private rooms on campus, to retreat huts, to tenting on the mountain top. A camp is also available on the grounds during this gathering for children 6 – 12 years of age.



  • Leaders Training or Community Camp (3 ½ days) $275
  • Silent Retreat (2 ½ days) $200
  • Leaders Training or Community Camp AND Silent Retreat $475

SOI supporting donors receive 10% discount on registration fees.



A wide range of accommodations are available, but single rooms on the main campus fill quickly, so please make your reservations early to ensure your choice of housing. All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated and include three meals a day, plus snacks, coffee and tea.

Mountain Camp:

  • Tenting: $45/day
  • Shared Cabin: $50/day
  • Private Hut: $65/day

Abode Campus:

  • Shared Room: $65/day
  • Private Room: $90/day

Other Rates:

  • Commuter: $35/day (includes lunch and dinner)
  • Children & Tweeners: $45/day (includes room and board and registration fee)
  • Young Adults Camp (18 - 26): $45/day (includes room and board and registration fee)

Limited scholarships and work exchange positions are available.


Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
secretariat [at] sufiorder [dot] org or phone (518) 794-7834 ext. 121
Date and time: 
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 12:00am - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 12:00am

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

The unsociable person is a burden to society.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Boulas