Retreats

New Rain Retreat 2021

Apr 19-25 7 Days
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At a Glance

Our New Rain 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: Gayan Macher, Taj Inayat
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.

The New Rain 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 are interested in attending, please submit your interest above. By completing the interest form, you are indicating your understanding and agreement of what the retreat entails. After completing the interest form, you should hear back from the registrar within a couple of days. 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.

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Teacher(s)

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 >

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.

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In the library

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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.

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