The programs, retreats, and administration of the Sufi Way occur in a number of beautiful places in Europe and the United States. As we sometimes say, we are a caravan of wayfarers — we raise our tents in different places, share and listen, pray and sing together, and then move on. Sometimes we journey farther afield together — over the years we have gone on pilgrimage to the mountains of northern India, to the tribal villages of Thailand, to Sufi gatherings in Turkey, and to ancient monasteries in Syria.
Tourly is an estate in the French countryside an hour outside of Paris. It is the International Headquarters of the Sufi Way run by Dahan Bakker, Mehera Bakker, and Martine Jesus. Meetings, retreats, and classes in musical meditation are often held here.
West Light is the home of the U.S. Headquarters of the Sufi Way in Crestone, Colorado. Here in the high desert country beneath the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, we hold meetings, retreats, and offer individual instruction. West Light is adjacent to the Nada Hermitage, a Carmelite center (see below), where people stay when coming on retreat at West Light.
Nada is a Carmelite center in Crestone, Colorado that provides individual hermitages for solo retreat and practice, and for those attending programs at West Light (the photo here shows one of the hermitages). The town of Crestone is a remote settlement that has become the home of twenty-four different retreat centers – Hindu, Zen, Tibetan, Christian, and many others.
Open Path seminars and retreats frequently take place at Himmelreich near Lake Constance, Lindau, Germany. Himmelreich is a beautiful and gracious retreat center known for its sacred atmosphere.
For the past several years, Croydon Hall, near Minehead, Somerset, England, has hosted our nine-month Open Path trainings. Croydon Hall is a lovely estate and manor house that makes a peaceful and gracious venue for our gatherings.