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Affinity Groups

Ongoing 1 hour

  • This is an invite-only program.
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At a Glance

Affinity Groups offer an opportunity to gather on a regular basis with three or four other sincere travelers in spiritual community. Group members give and receive valuable support for their spiritual lives, and a cherished sense of companionship.

  • Time: Determined by each group
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Format: Online via Zoom
  • Eligibility: Anyone who has attended a retreat or program with Taj or Gayan
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.

To apply, please send email to Hadi & Elizabeth at hurqalyagroups@gmail.com.

All spiritual traditions stress the significance of journeying together in community.

Each self-guided Affinity Group, coming into true resonance, becomes what Murshid calls, a Universel – a temple of harmony – which serves as the chalice that gives birth to a new being. In our times, this chalice is composed of our “we-ness”. At Hurqalya Center, we feel a critical element in service to humanity’s awakening involves learning to form as “we”.

Affinity Groups are open to anyone who has attended a retreat or program with Taj or Gayan.

Affinity Group Orientation Video by Gayan

Affinity Groups Attunement Video by Taj

Stay together, friends. Don’t scatter and sleep. Our friendship is made of being awake.

What do Affinity Groups do?

This will be a discovery process for each group. Some groups:

  • Reflect on Themes from various teachings
  • Explore the challenges and approaches to spiritual practice; or doing practices together
  • Check in about their lives and what is being learned through life
  • Study aspects of the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, themes of interest.


How do Affinity Groups work?

Once you have expressed interest in joining an Affinity Group, our volunteers will do their best to place you in a group.  For more information or to apply, contact us.  

Taj and Gayan have created guidelines and suggestions for how affinity groups proceed, and these resources will be made available to you. Each group is self-guided and determines their own meeting dates, times, and frequency of meetings. These are held via zoom and the link would need to be provided by one of the members of the group.

Our last group was very sweet for me. I loved the way we naturally folded in our various voices in our shared, heart-centered conversation. The rhythm of speaking - pausing - reflecting - speaking was delicious! And we somehow were able to go deep and spacious all within an hour!

Affinity Group participant
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