NORTHWEST SUFI YOUTH "What you seek is seeking you." -Rumi

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Our community spans Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Although widespread, our experiences together make us feel closely connected. We come from different places and paths but are drawn together because of our common wish to find a community of support, openess, and love. Some of us have taken the formal step of initiation with a spiritual teacher and some have not. Many of us attend Northwest camp every year but others have recently discovered the sufi path and are beginning by connecting through classes and workshops. We welcome any young person wishing to open their heart with others through conversation, meditation, music, practices, and simply being together. We practice sufism for the living wisdom and blessings that flow through the Ruhaniat. We want to learn, experience, and bring the beauty of this tradition into our daily lives.  

Our vision as a community is to encourage a thriving and vibrant youth presence at Northwest Sufi Camp, raise money for youth scholarships to camps, and organize retreats in the Northwest throughout the year. This includes supporting young Sufis in taking leadership roles in both the spiritual and organization spheres of the Ruhaniat and empowering the youth who feel a calling to lead zikrs, Dances of Universal Peace, and other sufi practices. 

 

Sufi Youth Events in the Northwest  

 

Northwest Sufi Camphttp://nwsuficamp.org/                                    August 14 - August 21, 2016

Northwest camp is at Camp Adams in Mollala, Oregon, a beautiful location with sunlight trees, winding paths, and cabins and tenting. People of all ages attend the camp. We have a beloved circle of youth at Northwest camp, some who have been coming their whole lives, and some who are attending for the first time.

 

Northwest Sufi Youth Retreat

In 2012 and 2013, we hosted gatherings of youth in the Northwest interested in or connected to sufism. 

Other Retreats

Keep in mind that many youth in our community often travel to camps outside of our region to connect with the wider Ruhaniat community. Last year, we took a caravan down to Mendocino Youth Retreat and many of us have attended Maui Camp in the fall and spring. You can email one of us (listed below) to hear more about these opportunities.

There are many events, classes, retreats, and workshops throughout the year in the Northwest Sufi community, and many times youth will attend these events as well. Here is the contact info/websites for hearing about such events in some regions of the NW. If you don't see your town here, please email us and we will see if there are local sufi events that happen there. 

 

Online calendar of many sufi events in Oregon: http://www.oregoncaravan.com/

For Sufi events in Eugene, OR, email tzarinatatiana@gmail.com

For Sufi events in Seattle, WA, email  halway@comcast.net

 

Northwest Sufi Ruhaniat Guides 

Seattle, WA  Khadija Goforth halway@comcast.net
Redmond, WA  Amira Sara Pelfrey sara@soulfoodbooks.com
Portland, OR  Arifa Byron ahbyron@gmail.com
Eugene, OR  Haqiqa Hampton haqiqah@hotmail.com
Oregon Coast  Mujahid Havill mkhavill@yahoo.com 
Ashland, OR  Khalil Elliott khalil33@charter.net
Montana  Saladin Pelfrey walkinginnature@gmail.com

 

Northwest Sufi Ruhaniat Youth Representatives 

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Seattle, WA Ryan Sarmad latinpebble@gmail.com  
Seattle, WA Ariel Blackbird blue.heron.dancing@gmail.com  
Portland, OR Nikolajs n.belikoffstrads@student.ncnm.edu   
Portland, OR     Talia-Barrah talerjinn@gmail.com  
Portland, OR Ariel Sitara arielbushnell@yahoo.com
Portland, OR Evan Mu'id ebush91@gmail.com  
Eugene, OR Tatiana Lakshmi tzarinatatiana@gmail.com  
       

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May All Beings Be Well, May All Beings Be Happy. Peace, peace, peace.