Just as it is necessary for our receptors to be developed on a physical level, it is equally important that we develop the receptors that involve our spiritual evolution, so that our capacity for the reception of divine matters can be attained.
Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha in Sufism, The Reality of Religion
The SPA provides the educational portion of weekend retreats.
Weekend retreats are presently held from Thursday or Friday evening to Sunday morning.
Accomodations: There are accommodations for up to 26 people in two guest cottages. Rooms are shared, and contain 2-4 beds. Bathrooms are also shared. There are three garden areas---one outside the meeting room, one cottage has a lovely patio and herb garden, and the second cottage garden is gradually coming into being. All cottages are heated and air-conditioned.
Meeting Area: The meeting area is a large, air-conditioned and heated multi-purpose room with Persian carpets, equipped with tables and chairs as well as mats for various kinds of activities.
Lodging: Men and women are housed in separate cottages for group retreats. There are equipped kitchens in both cottages. Beds are comfortable, and furnishings are eclectic. All bedrooms are carpeted. Linens, blankets and towels are provided for our guests.
Food and Drink: Food service is buffet style, healthy and delicious. The menu is balanced, with a Persian flair, and the Persian kabob is a favorite. Ingredients are local and organic when possible. Fresh greens come from the M.T.O. herb garden. The meals are prepared and served with love.
All retreats are managed by:
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What happens at a Tamarkoz® retreat?
Retreats vary, for each retreat focuses on a different theme and distinct activities related to the theme. At each, people relax, recharge and revitalize. It is a time to let go of everyday habits and worries, and concentrate on nourishing your soul. At each retreat, you listen to beautiful poetry, enjoy the melodious chanting of the Sufi Zikr, practice breathing techniques, release tension in relaxation exercises, savor the beauty of nature, and focus on reconnecting with the spiritual realm. You practice Movazeneh® each morning, and enjoy the Zikr and a guided visualization each evening. The retreats are led by instructors with master’s or doctoral degrees who have been selected and trained by Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, Pir Oveyssi.
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Where are retreats held? In a NEW place!
The Tamarkoz® retreats will now be held in the new Sufi Center in Sacramento, California. It is a quiet, peaceful setting, only 20 minutes from the airport. In addition to the khaneghah, there is a community room large enough for the varied activities, a kitchen and dining area, two cottages for guests, lawns, and a garden. Attendees can fly into Sacramento, and if they wish, drive to the Memorial Building on Sunday morning and fly home from Sacramento, Oakland, or San Francisco.
What else do I need to know?
- Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Fluency in English is essential.
- Dress is very informal and comfortable.
- The retreats are not appropriate for pregnant women.
- Alcoholic beverages, non-prescription drugs, radios, computers and cell phones are not permitted.
- Those with physical limitations or health problems should attend the retreats held by The M.T.O. Holistic Medical Center.
When are the retreats held?
- May 18-21, 2017 Young Adults Retreat
- June 30-July 2, 2017
- August 25-27, 2017
- October 20-22, 2017 Silent Retreat
How much does it cost?
The registration fee covers all instructional activities as well as food and lodging. There are never any additional costs.
Fees for a single bed with shared room and bath are:
- US $335 if paid three weeks before the retreat begins
- US $385 if paid less than three weeks before the retreat
Three Day Retreat fees are: Thursday evening to late Sunday morning
- US $465 if paid three weeks before the retreat begins
- US $515 if paid less than three weeks before the retreat
- Full-time students at accredited institutions may attend for half price once a year. A student ID card is required.
Full-time students and Sufi Association members in financial need may apply for a partial scholarship. Simply write a letter explaining your situation to .
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NEW! PERSONAL RETREATS
Personal retreat space is available for individuals or families who simply wish a serene setting in one of the guest cottages to contemplate, meditate, read, study, and pray. No food service is included, but there are fully equipped kitchens and restaurants are nearby. Each cottage has a collection of interesting books. There are no electronic devices, for it is a place of quiet.
The Memorial Building is about 1 hour and 20-30 minutes away by car. The Memorial Building is open from 8:00 to 12:00 on Sundays and on February 4.
Sacramento is 90 miles northeast of the Bay Area, is an interesting place to visit, and you can fly direct from many cities. You can also fly to Oakland or San Francisco, and drive over.
Guests are requested to donate $95 per night to Wayfinders for one person or a couple, and $25 for each additional family member. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.
Guests must register and pay for their stay at least one week in advance. For example, registration for arrival on February 3rd would need to be received by January 24.
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