Camp activities will include didactic teaching as well as experiential learning and practice, under the guidance of Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. Sessions will cover what the ailments of the nafs and qalb (heart) are and how to change the state of our hearts. Throughout the camp, ibadah (worship), fikr (contemplation and reflection) and dhikr (remembrance) will be emphasized, in accordance with the Sunnah.
In combination with outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing, this retreat aims to connect us with Allah's creation and enjoy with spiritual focus the natural beauty that surrounds us and the pleasure that comes with taqwa (consciousness) of Allah through a unique spiritual experience.
The retreat will be held from Saturday, October 8th to Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 in a serene retreat setting nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. For registration and further information, please see below.
Reflections from previous students can be found below:
The Tazkiyah Retreat will be commence on Saturday, October 8th and end on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.
Sessions will be taught by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui, one of the most well renowned scholars in North America and a foundation scholar for Al-Madina Institute. Originally from Algeria, he is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering. His expertise includes the disciplines of Tazkiyah and Fiqh. He has been conducting retreats for over 15 years and is best known for his ability to translate the language of tazkiyah into a practical, life changing experience.
The retreat center provides lodging and food arrangements at cost. Attendees must choose between one of the two available pacakges:
Package #1: Chi Rho Lodge ($550 for 10 days)
Package #2: Pine Lodge ($400 for 10 days)
There will be a lack of emphasis on food in this spiritual retreat. We will have two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). This simple diet will help enrich our diet of spiritual learning and practice. If you have any dietary restrictions or questions, please contact us.
There is no cost for the retreat program itself or the teacher.
The retreat site is located in a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It takes about 2 hours to drive from the nearest major city, Albany (airport code: ALB, train station:Albany-Rensselaer, NY (ALB)).
All those driving should plan to arrive on Saturday the 8th before 5pm and should plan to leave Tuesday the 18th after 1 pm.
Retreat registrants MUST come on the first day and leave on the last (unless an emergency arises). No other arrival/departure times are accepted. Please do not make final travel arrangements until your acceptance to the retreat has been confirmed. We will provide transportation to those who need it from the airport/bus station/train station at specific times. Please contact us upon acceptance and we will send you all necessary details.
Due to the spritual considerations of the retreat and to ensure the optimal experience for attendees, space at the retreat is limited and not every student will be accepted.
All prospective attendees must submit an application (see instructions below) with a nominal application fee of $20. Acceptance is NOT based on first-come/first-serve and all applications will be reviewed. We expect hundreds of applications and registration fills up very quickly, so try to register as soon as possible.
Instructions for Applicants:
For more information or additional questions, please email us at [email protected]