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In-person Tamarkoz, Sufi Meditation Retreat

Instructors: Michelle/Neda Ayazi, MA; Cheryl Crumpler, PhD; Saloumeh DeGood, PsyD; Marjon Fariba, MD

Date, time and location details
  • Thursday to Sunday
  • November 16 - 19, 2023 (3 nights)
  • Arrival Time: 4:00 pm
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Ralston White Retreat Center in Mill Valley, California
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We are delighted to welcome you back for an in-person Tamarkoz retreat! Join us for a 3-night Sufi meditation retreat at the Ralston White Retreat Center in the lush redwoods of Northern California - an ideal setting for a rejuvenating, inner experience leading you to return to your center and reconnect with your source.

Tamarkoz retreats combine the fertile and soothing atmosphere of nature with extensive time for meditation, rooted in Sufi teachings. Meditation workshops, nourishing meals, and opportunities for quiet reflection and meaningful connection will be offered during the day. Stargazing, sound meditation and Sufi Zikr will be offered in the evenings. This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced students of Sufism and meditation. All are warmly welcomed.

A detailed retreat agenda will be provided upon check-in.

After the retreat ends on Sunday morning, participants are welcome to visit the Memorial Building in Valley Memorial Park in Novato - a gem in Sufi architecture - honoring Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, the 41st Sufi Master of the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism.

About the location

The Ralston White Retreat Center is located in Mill Valley, California, among 43 acres of private redwood forest on the ancestral land of the Coast Miwoks. The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, nine relaxing porches and balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. The heart-shaped lawn and meditation benches scattered through the property invite you to embody the serenity of your surroundings. There are several walking paths and hiking trails on the property leading to a pond and to expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay, Mt Tamalpais and surrounding ridges. Connecting trails lead to the top of the mountain.

Accommodations & meals

The Ralston White Retreat Center has two floors for sleeping arrangements. The floors include windows with a view, balconies, and indoor areas to lounge.

Bedrooms are shared or dorm-style and will be assigned. We will do our best to accommodate roommate preferences and accessibility needs. Bathrooms are shared. Two half baths and two bathroom and shower rooms are on the second floor. One large bathroom and shower room with three showers and three toilets is on the third floor. Bed linens, pillows and towels will be provided. More information on overnight accommodations can be found here.

All meals will be provided, including snacks and beverages. The menu will include vegetarian and vegan options.

Financial details
Registration: $800 USD
Cancellation Fee Schedule*:
  • $100 cancellation fee if canceling between 4-6 weeks prior to the Event.
  • No refunds less than 4 weeks prior to the Event.
*Fees waived in the event of illness or other documented extenuating circumstances, minus a $200 administrative fee.