Zawiyah Retreat

Retreat is a time for greater silence, rest, and to be deeply held in love. This is a guided retreat for Sufi beloveds who have taken hand with our guide, Sidi al-Jamal (may he rest in peace), or one of his teachers. In this program you will be led gently through traditional Sufi practices such as remembrance, al wird, salat, and writing the stations, to experience your heart turning to face only God. 

2021 Zawiyah Retreat
Opening to Mercy & Love
10 Day Zawiyah ~ October 17-26th (Sunday to Tuesday)

This time in retreat is not just an opportunity to be away from the busy world; it is a valuable part of your ongoing walking in the Sufi way.  It is a chance to deepen your relationship with God, to turn away from the material world and let your heart soar with the teachings of our beloved guide.  You will be held in the deep love in the beautiful and holy International Peace Center (IPC) by our dedicated team of teachers and staff.

Zawiyah Team: Murshida Salima Adelstein, Spiritual Director; Imam Abdul Karim Pinckney; Zainab Pinckney, staff; Teachers: Nasir Possenig, Jamila Quinones, Halima Reilly, Laila Ham

October 17-26th – Please plan to participate all ten days.

Anchor Teachers: Nasir Possenig & Jamila Quinones

The Farm of Peace is committed to following the State of Pennsylvania guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including:

  • All unvaccinated participants will need to bring results of a PCR COVID test taken within 48 hours of your arrival.
  • Unvaccinated participants wear face covering in the building, and practice social distancing.
  • Vaccinated participants must bring proof of vaccination.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Note: These guidelines are subject to change.

Space is limited — to register, or if you have any questions please contact Rahima at      Please use only this contact method.

The Zawiyah retreat is for Sufi beloveds who have taken hand with Sidi al-Jamal, or one of his teachers. 

Cost: $150 a day includes lodging, meals, and your retreat program.

More About Zawiyah

The zawiyah spiritual retreat is a holy opportunity to walk closer to God. Zawiyah teachers guide students to move beyond the patterns and beliefs that keep their hearts from knowing God’s love. Through traditional Sufi practices such as remembrance, prayer, and writing the stations and other of Sidi’s writings, participants can experience their hearts turning to face only God.

“I received a new understanding of what my next steps are in my walking and a deeper anchoring to God in my heart.”   Recent zawiyah participant

The Farm of Peace offers a peaceful setting in which new students can grow more familiar with the practices and prayers of the Sufi way and in which more experienced students can deepen their walking to God. Extended zawiyah at the Farm of Peace can also greatly benefit anyone yearning for physical or emotional healing.

“In my zawiyah retreat, I experienced more surrender and received more of God’s light.”  M.D. 

Participants are held and guided through the walking of the 28 stations to taste the unity of God’s love.  The program includes two daily group meetings and Sufi chanting practice; group prayer; personal guidance with the teacher; an opportunity to learn from the teachings of our guide, Sidi al-Jamal; and an evening gathering with Sufi practices. ~

40-Day Zawiyah

The Farm of Peace also holds a longer retreat a few times of year. In this retreat you are secluded from people and the outside so that you can focus your attention on Allah and excel in performing his worship, thanking Him, and contemplating His favors. Please inquire with the Farm if interested.  

Salima Adelstein, Spiritual Director at the Farm of Peace and devoted Murid of Shadhiliyya Sufism, who took hand with our guide Sidi over twenty years ago, will offer a variety of spiritual practices tailored to your walking to help you draw closer to Allah and clean and purify what might be standing in your way.  Salima was recognized by our guide Sidi as a Murshid and was given the title of Murshid Murrabi Ruhi (guide and caregiver of the soul). As it says in the Holy Book (Q 73:8) “So remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with utter devotion.”  

Zawiyah is an opportunity to know the truth and to know who you are. Many have had the experience of deep insights and understandings of the inner worlds.  Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad all experienced the joys of a forty-day retreat with their Lord. When Rumi met Shams, he went into retreat for forty days. It is a gift you give yourself when the time is right for you. 

If you are interested in this retreat, please contact the Farm of Peace at or call 717-573-4722

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