Retreats

Annual Spring Retreat 2023

Apr 17-23 7 Days
$450-$750
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At a Glance

Our Annual Spring Retreat supports those wanting to work with Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher to study the Sufi path and deepen their spiritual practice. This vibrant spiritual community has grown over the years, and welcomes both old and new friends.

  • Time: 9am - 6pm Pacific-Time
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Format: Online via Zoom
  • Teacher: Taj Inayat, Gayan Macher
  • Eligibility: Open to those with prior Retreat experience or by invitation
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.
The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Annual Spring Retreat follows a unique format that includes teaching sessions, and small group inquiry, along with periods of silence, meditation practice and Zikr. It is all interwoven with music, poetry, sohbet (spiritual conversation), and the spirit of the community.

If you feel an interest in the Sufi path, and readiness for a spiritual intensive, please complete the interest form. It is likely that the retreat will fill quickly as there are a limited number of spaces.

Orientation sessions will be scheduled closer to the retreat for those who haven’t attended before.

Taj Inayat & Gayan Macher are the Real (deal). They are truly in contact with the divine source of existence, and they bring forth the love, wisdom, compassion, and understanding which originates in that source. I love the combination of these two amazing beings teaching together as a team.

Khalid

This Retreat is true nurturance for life’s journey.

J.L.B.

The Retreat was Deep and Soul Opening. It is lovely to be together working in states of deep understanding and open hearts!

ShaBaz

The Retreat provided a welcome breath of renewal and inspiration that I can still tap into weeks later.

Zehra
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Teacher(s)

Taj Inayat

Taj Inayat

Taj Inayat is the spiritual director of the Hurqalya Center and an initiate since 1967 in the Sufi Order International, now the Inayatiyya Order, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Three years after initiation she met Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, head of the Order, and became his spiritual partner. They collaborated in the work until his death in 2004.

Taj served as Vice President of the Sufi Order International, as teacher/guide for many years before co-creating Sufi Retreats and New Rain, programs that carried on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Taj’s work is founded on a lifetime's attention to the human heart. Her capacity for supporting mystical awakening and self-knowing has grown out of her long experience as a spiritual guide in the transformative traditions of Sufism, Diamond Approach and Tibetan Buddhism. She is a minister in the Universal Worship Church and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology.

Gayan Macher

Gayan Macher

Gayan is a companion and guide to those who are called to the courageous path of love. He has practiced and taught the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan his entire adult life. In addition, he has studied Buddhist practice, the Diamond Approach, and psychology, where he explored emerging understandings of the formation of the ego.

Gayan leads group retreats and has guided scores of individual students. He collaborated with Pir Zia Inayat Khan in designing Suluk Academy, and taught at Suluk for eight years. Along with Taj Inayat he created Sufi Retreats, and then New Rain, which became laboratories for the process of awakening and spiritual maturation.

A specialty of his work is leading Inner Guidance Groups, a process in which people learn the art of listening to the voice of truth and understanding coming from within.

Gayan also has a 40-year career as a consultant to executives of organizations, having worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profits of all sizes. Being a confidant to people in positions of significant responsibility has given him a front row seat for the study of leadership and human nature.

Among Gayan’s great loves is music. He plays guitar, and as a singer-song writer has recorded two CDs of original songs.

You can listen to this music here >

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Schedule

All schedule times are listed in Pacific Time. If you need help converting to your local time zone, use: this link >

04/17/2023

4-6pm
opening session

04/18/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings
2-5:00 pm PT
Afternoon Teachings
6:30-7:30 pm PT
Evening Program - TBD

04/19/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings
2-5:00 pm PT
Small Groups
6:30-7:30 pm PT
Evening Program - TBD

04/20/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings - Silence Day
2-5:00 pm PT
Afternoon Teachings - Silence Day
6:30-7:30 pm PT
Evening Program - TBD

04/21/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings
2-5:00 pm PT
Small Groups
6:30-7:30 pm PT
Evening Program - TBD

04/22/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings
2-5:00 pm PT
Small Groups
6:30-7:30 pm PT
Evening Program - Sohbet (may run late)

04/23/2023

7-8am PT
Early Morning Prayers & Practices
9:30am-12pm PT
Morning Teachings - Closing
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In the library

Creating Sacred Space at Home
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  • Themes: Spiritual Path,

Here are a few recommendations for how to create sacred space at home. This is especially important for joining Retreats and other programs online.

Tech Recommendations for at-home Retreat
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For first-time Hurqalya Center participants, the following are recommendations on how to ensure a technically sound and optimal retreat experience.

On Listening
  • Authors: Gayan Macher,
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  • Themes: Spiritual Path, Truth, Witnessing,

If life is to have meaning, if guidance is real and we wish to find it, we must be sincere in our readiness to listen. We must want to hear what is in our hearts, and what has grown silent due to lack of attention.

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