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Personal Retreats | Monthly classes | Seminars | Special Events

Sanctuary Sharda in Orinda, California is a center for the study and practice of the Sufi tradition as taught by Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
In keeping with the Sufi tradition, the Center also offers spiritual practices and insights from many paths.

Come whenever you can. Your presence, dedication, and collective prayers bring blessings
to our activities and transform us into a community of Lovers. 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 center and spreading the Sufi Message.

Send checks made out to Sufi Movement International - USA to
Sufi Movement International-USA, P.O. Box 52, Orinda, California 94563-1605.

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Personal Retreats

  • The practice of enclosure (Khilvat) has always been a part of the mystical Sufi tradtion 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.

    A studio living space with kitchen and bathroom is available for short-term personal retreats at $85/day. During a personal retreat, Murshida Rabia gives practices for the entire day and personally assists in those practices morning and evening and supplies one hot, vegetarian meal midday. There are other arrangements available for longer retreats.

    Contact Murshida Rabia at SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com for information.

Monthly Classes

  • On-Going Two-year Cherag Training
    on first Saturdays from September through May

    Monthly classes for mureeds in preparation for ordination as Cherags and also for chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, and hospice work. The material in the two-year program has two aspects:

    1. 1 Term: esoteric studies based on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his philosophy of the Unity of Religious Ideals
    2. 1 Term: scriptural study: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other world religions

    The term beginning September 1, 2014 will cover the mystical aspects of world religions.

    You 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 with a summer break and holidays respected.) This training is available for students to attend locally. Resources and arrangements will be available for non-local students to participate. Students who conmplete both terms receive ordination in May.

    Fees: Sliding scale

    Contact Murshida Rabia at SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com for information.

    Healing Ritual
    September, 2013-May, 2014

    Monthly Healing Ritual after the World Religions Classes on the first Saturday of every month. Attendance is voluntary.

    Contact Murshida Rabia at SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com for information.

    Esoteric Studies Classes

    Monthly classes for mureeds focusing on esoteric studies based on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gathas, Githas, Sangathas, and Sangithas.

    Contact Murshida Rabia at SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com for information.


  • November 2, 2014
    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 www.culturalintegrationfellowship.org

Special Events

  • February, 5 2015
    Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan
    Berkeley, California
    Murshida Rabia invites all members of the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Universal Sufism) to attend the Holy occasion of his Urs in Berkeley on February 5, 2015. For details, please download the flyer.

  • 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.

"External remedies do not suffice: 
we must begin with making peace in ourselves."
Pir-O-Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan

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