Past Special Events

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Devi 2017

Black Essence


Finding Light in the Darkness

A One-day Group Retreat with

Wadud Henry Cretella, M.D.

and Zaynab Kathleen FitzPatrick, LCSW,

Senior Teachers in The Inayati Orderand Sufi Order of Rochester,

Co-Directors of Amber Light International


Please join us for a one-day exploration of finding our way, irrespective of the situation. We will use both quiet and active spiritual practices, sohbet (spiritual discussion), prayer and meditation, and the power of community. Open to all without distinction of spiritual path or previous experience.


Date and Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10am -5pm (please arrive, register and settle in by 9:45; doors open at 9:30)

Sponsored by the Sufi Order of Rochester and Amber Light International

Place: Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Ave., Rochester (carriage house behind the AAUW Perkins Mansion)

Please pre-register:

Tuition: pay at the door, sliding scale $50-70, please bring potluck light lunch items to share. Cash, or checks (no credit cards) made out to Amber Light International.


If life were always full of light, there would be no growth. Seasons would never change; plants would not grow; our biorhythms would fail. We cannot avoid darkness, real or perceived. But there is always a torch to light the way, and way-stations where we can rest and gather the strength to persevere. This retreat is an opportunity to join together to discover our way through the darkness, illuminating our consciousness with love, harmony and beauty.


Funeral Service for Akbar Bob Henrie at the AAUW Perkins Mansion, Thursday November 10 at 11 am.


Ziraat newsletter 2016
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UW Retreat
Saturday, June 4th
at CIRCLE in Victor, NY
Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith offering
A Ziraat oriented day long workshop in a beautiful natural setting.
Please see flier here:  June 4 2016 Rochester Area Cultivation of the Heart Retreat
Contact me for interest and further info.
Inayat Leff (315) 871-7532
with Amina and Inayat
Saturday, May 7th from 9:15 am to 5:30 pm
at the Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Ave, behind the AAUW mansion.”Every moment of our life is an invaluable opportunity” – Murshid
Take time to turn within, to receive the benefits and blessings of Inner Wisdom.
This silent retreat offers an opportunity to go deep within, with practice, music and poetry, to rediscover the treasure of the inner universe.
A light lunch will be provided.Cost: a voluntary donation to the Center is requested..
Pre-register with Inayat by replying to this email, or at (315) 871-7532.
Hope you can join us.Inayat Leff and Amina Hall____________________________________________
Group Healing Retreat
April 3, 2016

We all experience stress in ourselves, our relationships with others and with our environment. This group retreat is an opportunity to participate in healing practices for oneself, others and the world. We hope you will join Wadud and Zaynab Kathleen for this afternoon, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at no charge. All are welcome. You may wish to attend the regularly scheduled Universal Worship Service at 10:30 am, which will be correlated with the retreat, followed by a potluck lunch and then the retreat beginning promptly at 1:00 pm. You may also arrive just prior to the retreat.

Please register with Wadud.

Journey of the Soul 2016
ARAMAIC LORD’S PRAYER, January 1, 2016, 1pm – 4 pm at Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street, Rochester, $15 donation requested. This event is a Rochester tradition! We start the New Year with the chanting and movement of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic.
Shahabuddin 2015 scan
Mahdiah 2015
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 Quiet Meadows Work Day 
Saturday, June 6
Come and help Miriam Qahira and Shahid spruce up the trails and take care of the land overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake.  Always fun!  Bring your work gloves and tools.
A Gathering for Women 
May 31, 12 noon to 3:30 after Universal Worship — bring your own lunch.  A time to be together as women to share, do spiritual practice and tune to the Spirit.
Advanced Healing Class 
May 30, 1:00 to 3:00
An ongoing series of in-depth explorations of healing teachings and practices led by Wadud and zaynab.  If you have not previously attended and are interested, please talk to one of us.
A Spring Retreat with Inayat and Amina
Saturday, May 9th form 10 to 4, at the Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies.
494 East Ave, in the carriage house.
Join Amina and Inayat in a day of practices and renewal.
What to bring? a journal, a dish to pass and anything you’ll need to be comfortable.
Cost: a $25 donation to the Sufi Order International.
EXPLORING THE ESSENTIAL SELF:  An Introduction to the Diamond Logos Teachings
With Mahdiah Jacobs-Kahn, April 24 – 26, 2015.
A GATHERING FOR WOMEN:  February 21, 2015, 10 am – 3 pm, a time for women to share conversation, support, spiritual practice and more.
JOY AND PEACE:  A One-Day Retreat with Wadud and zaynab, January 10, 2015, 10am – 4pm, at the Center, $40 – 50 sliding scale, potluck lunch.
ARAMAIC LORD’S PRAYER, January 1, 2015, 1pm – 4 pm at Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street, Rochester, $15 donation requested.  This event is a Rochester tradition!  We start the New Year with the chanting and movement of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic.  This year, over 50 people shared a deep and inspiring day together.


The Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492).