Tazkiyah Retreat 2016 October 8-October 18, 2016 , 152 Pelcher Rd, Lake Pleasant, NY 12108

From its rustic location in the Adirondack Mountains, the Al-Madina Institute Retreat on Tazkiyat al-Nafs (Purification of the Soul) with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui offers an excellent opportunity to experience a unique retreat to purify one's soul.

Why I Keep Coming Back

Reflections from Brother Bayan

All Systems Go For Spirituality

Reflections from Sister Kelly

The Most Beneficial Thing For Me

Reflections from Mustafa Davis

This Retreat Is For Everyone

Reflections from Moutasem Atiya

Inner Peace & Tranquility

Reflections from Dawud & Farhanna Muhammad

Blessed Song

Brother Hussein at Al-Madina's Tazkiyah Retreat singing a blessed song he composed with his kids

Program Details

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 First 24 Hours: Leaving the Tazkiyah Retreat

A Conversation with a Leaf: Seeing God in His Signs

Position and Placement: The First 24 Hours, Again

Retreat Dates

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.

Lodging and Food Costs

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)

  • Rooms are smaller, with bathroom in each one, with 2-3 participants in each room, similar to a simple hotel/motel accommodation.
  • 2 Meals a day each full day of the retreat (breakfast & dinner)
  • Suhoor and Iftar on days of fasting
  • Dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast on the day of departure

Package #2: Pine Lodge ($400 for 10 days)

  • Larger heated room with bunk beds, bathroom to share, 8-10 participants to a room.
  • 2 Meals a day each full day of the retreat (breakfast & dinner)
  • Suhoor and Iftar on days of fasting
  • Dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast on the day of departure

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.

Application & Registration

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:

  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $20.
  • New participants are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be over the age 18. No children are allowed.
  • Please fill out a different registration form for each person, including one for a wife and one for a husband.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the complete the 10 days. This is to ensure a serene and peaceful atmosphere throughout the retreat without constant accommodation changes/arrivals/departures that harm the spiritual harmony of the retreat. Acceptance priority is given to those who can attend the complete retreat.
  • Financial assistance for lodging costs may be available. Please contact us. Apply even if you are unable to pay or can only pay a portion of the amount. Inability to pay does not affect review of your application.
  • Every application is subject to review and approval by retreat staff.
  • We will notify you if you have been accepted as soon as possible. Expect your confirmation, along with your itinerary, within a week of acceptance.
  • We ask that people make definite plans and commitments to attend, as space is very limited. If there is a need for cancellation, we ask that you notify us immediately.
  • If you are having problems viewing or completing the application form, please contact us.

For more information or additional questions, please email us at [email protected]

Confirmed Speakers

Mokhtar Maghraoui
Mokhtar Maghraoui

The Venue

Tazkiyah Retreat 2016 takes place at 152 Pelcher Rd, Lake Pleasant, NY 12108