with Aziza Scott, Khabira Brown, Himayat Inayati,
Netanel Miles-Yépez, & Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
June 28 – July 3, 2017

“As in human beings there is a faculty for art, music, poetry, and science, so there is also the faculty, or spirit, of guidance.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

season17_smThis summer we will come together for a very special Season of the Rose, designed to explore the theme “The Spirit of Guidance” in depth, and also to send off Pir Zia and his family, as they (along with the Inayati Order headquarters) prepare to move to Richmond, Virginia in the first week of July.

The Season of the Rose will again, as it has for the past two years, provide Sufi teachings and training from a variety of teachers, emphasizing the joys of spiritual community. Mornings will feature Pir Zia, and afternoons, break-out sessions with Aziza Scott & Khabira Brown, Himayat Inayati, and Netanel Miles-Yépez (guiding our Young Adult, under 39 group). There will be yoga each day after lunch, music and zikr at night, and a kids camp (ages 5-12) throughout.

Guidance is among the most important aspects of the spiritual path, and we will explore it together from a variety of perspectives, learning about its source, its relationship to outer guides, and most importantly, the cultivation of inner guidance.

Season of the Rose will take place on the Main Campus of the Abode of the Message. This is a five-day program and registration is for the entire session. (Due to limited space and logistical considerations, we are unable to offer the option to attend only part of the program.)

* “The Spirit of Guidance” is a key theme in the new Sufi Message Series Centennial Edition, and by focusing on this theme we are continuing our ongoing exploration of Volume I: The Inner Life. To purchase a copy of this volume, please visit or

Aziza Scott wearing gold jacket while sitting in wooden chairAziza Scott, M. ED., has been a student of the retreat process for over thirty years, and served for over two decade as the head of the Inayati Order’s Esoteric School. She now serves as Emeritus First Vice President of the Esoteric School and current head of the Retreat Guide Training Program, previously working closely with Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and more recently with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. She has many years of experience leading individual and group retreats, conducting workshops across the United States and Europe. Aziza is director of a Sufi retreat center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Khabira Brown in green shirt with background of treesKhabira Brown is Vice President of the Inayati Order Esoteric School in North America. An educator and spiritual guide, she has taught in the Inayati Order for over 30 years, as a center leader, retreat guide, authorized Inayati Order Leadership Training Modules teacher, leadership mentor, and Suluk Academy mentor. Khabira was a founding mentor of Suluk Academy and has continued to offer her insight, love, and joy to Suluk since then. She has devoted her life to the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Khan, and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. She co-directs the Inayati Order of Greater Boston center collaborative.

Himayat Inayati in blue and white plaid shirtHimayat Inayati received the sacred transmission of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis, has been a member of the Inayati Order since 1972, and was the International Kefayat of The Sufi Healing Order for 20 years. He has been a catalytic figure in the ongoing dialogue between science, spirituality, and healing, organizing 26 national and international conferences related to these themes. Himayat has presented the teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan in 14 different countries and presently offers “Keys To The Divine Treasury” – an on-line series on the ancient Sufi masters. He is the founder of The Raphaelite Work ™, a method of healing and transformational process rooted in Sufism and updated by modern body centered therapies. With his wife, Shahida Whitney, he co-directs Light of the Mountains Retreat Center near Asheville, North Carolina.

NMY_Headshot_2015bNetanel Miles-Yépez, D.D., is a teacher of religion and Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism, co-founded with his teacher, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality and practice espoused by Rabbi Avraham Maimuni in 13th-century Egypt with the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is the translator of My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Songs of Songs and Other Poems (2015), and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009). Currently, he is the Spiritual Director of the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York, and adjunct faculty at Naropa University.

Pir Zia in dark gold robe with black backgroundPir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D., also known as Sarafil Bawa, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is president of The Inayati Order and founder of The Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He is author of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest (2012) and Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions (forthcoming, Spring 2017). Pir Zia divides his time between New Lebanon, New York, and Suresnes, France.

Season of the Rose Staff will be generously led by Khairunnisa Sanchez and Maryam Bonfonti, and will include Tara Chishti, Rehan Morey, Akbar Miller, Jessica Bromby,Wahhaba Larsen, Moon Mooney, Tarana Jobin, Julianna Takacs, Jennifer Alia Wittman, and Yaqin Aubert.

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York, USAThis year’s Season of the Rose will be held at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York, a residential community and retreat center dedicated to the teachings of the Sufi mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927).

Located on 430 acres in the Berkshire-Taconic Mountains, the property was formerly a part of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. The property still maintains many of the original Shaker buildings, and is blessed with a wonderful organic farm and beautiful gardens, abundant wildlife, hermitage huts, campgrounds, hiking trails, and a pond.

Conveniently located, the Abode is just 146 miles east of Boston and 147 miles north of New York City.

To learn more about the Abode of the Message, please visit

This year’s Sufi Summer School will take place on the Abode’s Main Campus, with large group sessions in the Meditation Hall.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Arrivals 2 – 6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Welcome 7:30 – 9 pm

Thursday – Sunday, June 29-July 2, 2017

Attunement 7:15 – 8 am

Breakfast 8 – 9 am

Silent Meditation 8:45 – 9:05 am

Announcements 9:05 – 9:15 am

Pir Zia 9:15 – 10:30 am

Tea Break 10:30 – 11:00 am

Pir Zia 11:00 – 12:15 pm

Lunch 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Sohbets & Peer-led Activities 1:30-2:30*

Break Out Sessions 2:45 – 4:15 pm

Aziza/Khabira (Meditation Hall)
Himayat (Library)
Netanel/Young Adults (Family Room/Outside)

Refresher: Yoga/Snacks 4:30-5:15 pm

Pir Zia 5:30-6:30

Dinner 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Evening Program 8 – 10 pm

Monday, July 3, 2017

Attunement 7:15 – 8 am

Breakfast 8 – 9 am

Silent Meditation 8:45 – 9:05 am

Announcements 9:05 – 9:15 am

Pir Zia 9:15 – 10:30 am

Tea Break 10:30 – 11:00 am

Pir Zia 11:00 – 12:15 pm

Lunch 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Including a send off of Pir Zia and his family as they prepare to move to Richmond, Virginia the next day.

*Sohbets & Peer-led Activities: This is an organic, engaging process of inviting program participants to post meetings and gatherings they would like to offer. Already set meetings during this time include:

Thursday, 1:30-2:30
Kinship Council
Knighthood of Purity

Friday, 1:30-2:30
Healing Order

Saturday, 1:30-2:30
Universal Worship
Suluk & Other Programs Info Session
Initiation Info Session

Sunday, 1:30-2:30 pm
Esoteric School Jamiat-am Meeting
Inayati Young Adult Leadership Council

Options for Attending

Season of the Rose is a five-day program and we look forward to all being together for the entire session. Pricing is for the full five-days, with or without housing, and always including three generous vegetarian meals, tea and snacks, every day.

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Housing Early Bird After 5/5
Single Room Registration with 3 meals/day: $840 $895
Shared Double Bed Registration with 3 meals/day: $740 $795
Dorm Registration with 3 meals/day: $640 $695
Tenting Registration with 3 meals/day: $540 $595
Commuter Registration with lunch & dinner $540 $595
Abode Resident (on meal plan): $275 flat rate
Young Adult (under 39) Dorm Registration with 3 meals/day:
*Requires 7.5 hours of service in support of the Abode
$325 flat rate
Young Adult (under 39) Tenting Registration with 3 meals/day:
*Requires 7.5 hours of service in support of the Abode
$175 flat rate
Young Adult (under 39) Commuter Registration with lunch & dinner:
*Requires 7.5 hours of service in support of the Abode
$175 flat rate
Kids Camp (ages 5-12) $125 flat rate

Scholarships are available! Please inquire by emailing

Ways to Register

The easiest way to register will be via our online system, through our Season of the Rose Eventbrite Page.

You may also call Molly “Moon” Mooney in the Inayati Order office at 518-794-7834.

Questions? Email:

Special Rates
Teens (ages 13-17) 40% off
Choose housing option above and use promotional code ROSETEEN (while space lasts)

Canadians (to offset exchange rate) 20% off
Choose housing option above and use promotional code ROSECANADA (while space lasts)

In partnership with the Abode, we will offer a special rate for Young Adults, ages 18-39, participating in the Young Adult track led by Netanel who serves as the Abode’s Spiritual Director and Teacher-in-Residence. The special rate is $175 for Young Adults who commute or tent, or $325 for those who stay in a dorm, and requires 7.5 hours (1.5 hours a day) of service in support of the Abode (either before, during or after the program, arranged in advance).


Cancellation Policy
We accept cancellations (minus a $50 processing fee) through Friday, June 9th. After this date, we accept cancellations (50% refund) through Monday, June 26th. We do not accept cancellations within 48 hours of opening on-site registration for the gathering. Thank you for understanding the importance of this policy!