Sufi Celebration
June 2017

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Sufi Celebration

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June 02, 2017 – June 04, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Pir Shabda Kahn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Baraka Moon... See More
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SM17-1702-276Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Pir Shabda Kahn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Baraka Moon, Youssoupha Sidibe, HuDost, Tamam Kahn,

Come celebrate the language of the soul and the divinity within all creation. Sing, dance, and immerse yourself in the spiritual rapture of Sufi rhythms and chants.

As a practice of direct experience, Sufism cultivates a compassionate heart and deepens awareness through prayer, meditation, music, dance, poetry, and spiritual inquiry. This weekend, enjoy inspiring musical performances by Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Baraka Moon, Youssoupha Sidibe, and HuDost. The Sufi Celebration also includes talks by Pir Zia Inayat Khan (spiritual leader of the Inayati Order and son of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan), Pir Shabda Kahn (the lineage holder of the Sufi Ruhaniat International), and Tamam Kahn (poet, lecturer, and author).

Four decades ago, Omega’s cofounders were inspired by Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and the Sufi principle of accepting all paths that lead to divine unfoldment. Celebrate this inspiring tradition with us!

Scholarships: The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Performers are subject to change.


Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–11:45 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Pir Zia Inayat Khan, PhD, familiarly known as Sarafil Bawa, is the spiritual leader of the Inayati Order, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Author of Saracen Chivalry and Mingled Waters, Pir Zia is the son and successor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.

Pir Shabda Kahn began his root training in 1969 under the guidance of the great American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis. Since 2001, Shabda serves as the Pir (lineage holder) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi lineage tracing back though Murshid Samuel Lewis and Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek is a highly sought-after musician. Born in Turkey to a musical family, he went on to establish himself as one of the world’s foremost exponents of Middle Eastern music. He has contributed to numerous film and TV scores and has toured extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and North and South America.

Baraka Moon is a quartet from the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring virtuoso musicians from three distinct cultures and parts of the world. They play original music with roots based in Qawaali Sufi trance songs, Indian, Middle Eastern and African drums, harmonium, guitar, and percussion, and the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo.

Youssoupha Sidibe is a Grammy-nominated Senegalese West African kora (African harp) player. Over the course of 25 years,Youssoupha has developed thousands of fans all over the world and has performed and recorded with many exceptional musicians.

HuDost is a neo-folk world rock ensemble from Montreal and Kentucky who has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe consistently since 2006. HuDost functions as a duo (with core musicians Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines) or as a band, often incorporating performance art and dance included in their shows.

Tamam Kahn is a poet, lecturer, and author of two books about the women in the family of Prophet Muhammad: Untold, A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad and Fatima’s Touch: Poems and Stories of the Prophet’s Daughter. She has been immersed in Sufism for 40 years.