Khankah Gaia Noor

 

A Spiritual Residential Community with Heart

The Southwest Sufi Community (SSC), founded by Pir Moineddin of the Sufi Ruhaniat International in 1995, is located on 1,500 wild acres one hour North of Silver City, New Mexico by way of a rugged, winding mountain road.

The SSC is comprised of three components: the Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center, the Khankah Gaia Noor Residential Community, and the Nature Preserve.

The devotion of the Residents of the Residential Community serves as the foundation upon which the Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center and Nature Preserve are able to grow and thrive.

As we prepare to come together for this experience in holistic living, remember that we are living in a time of rapid change and intensive growth — a process which brings out the worst and best in each one of us.

Everywhere people are challenged to stick to their ideals in a world of fearful emotions which too often lead to abusive words and violent acts, even in our own homes. Our work is to root out these imbalances in ourselves, so that our hearts can become havens of safety, peace, and refuge for each other.

Practicing thus, we develop individual spiritual capacities which, when transposed to the level of intentional community, create greater potential for harmlessness, compassion, and loving kindness to arise planet-wide.

– PIR MOINEDDIN JABLONSKI (1942 – 2001)

Living a Life of Conscious Stewardship

Participation as a Resident at the Southwest Sufi Community is based on the joy of uniting with others in a life dedicated to shared spiritual practice and common work toward mutually agreed-upon goals. There is a weekly Khankah Meeting in which the Residents gather to connect, practice, and discuss topics of communal importance.

Honoring the diverse spiritual traditions of the world, the Resident Community invites representatives and practitioners from various traditions to visit the Land and share their wisdom. They volunteer their time in support of spiritual teachers and spiritual retreatants throughout the year, including facilitating Sufi Camps, Dances of Universal Peace, and other events on the Land.

Each member of the Community embraces conscious stewardship of the Land, informed by a continuing study of the Sacred Manuscript of Nature, and pays a monthly Participation Fee that aids the SSC with upkeep of the Land and Retreat Center.

Retreat Support

Each Resident supports, in their own way, the facilitation of spiritual retreats at Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center.

Camp Facilitation

SSC hosts a Sufi Camp each summer. Residents volunteer their time in support of teachers and guests.

Khankah Meetings

Once a week, Residents meet to connect and discuss operations and other topics in support of the Mission.

Conservation Efforts

Residents passionate about conservation volunteer their time by finding new ways to protect the Land.

HELP SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

The Nature of Our Homes

The Khankah Gaia Noor Residential Community is entirely off-grid and currently houses dedicated Residents on approximately 50 acres situated directly above the Voice of the Turtle Retreat Center.

Residents inhabit simple dwellings which utilize solar systems for electricity, propane for cooking/heat/refrigeration, composting toilets and/or outhouses, and a community water system. While some Residents have built their own homes, others have brought their homes with them, such as RVs and tiny houses.

While there is a road for vehicles encircling the Community, well-worn footpaths can be found meandering between each home, an expression of the Residents’ desire to take part in each other’s lives and appreciate the beauty of walking in Nature.

There is no cell phone reception available at the Southwest Sufi Community and nearly all Residents are retired and/or work from home, making it an ideal environment for solitude and clean, simple living.

While most of the dwellings at SSC are occupied by our Residents, we also offer two small cabins for rent during visitations and retreats. You can learn more about rentals on our Retreat Center page.

Our Residents

Rashad

Rashad

Joined in 1995

Rashad is a founding member of the Southwest Sufi Community, the SSC Bookkeeper, and the First President of the SSC Board of Directors. He was initiated into Sufi Ruhaniat International in 1973 and Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order in 2000 and is a retired therapist, nurse, and inpatient long-term facilities consultant.
Susanne

Susanne

Joined in 1995

Coming soon…

Sasha

Sasha

Joined in 1995

Coming soon…

Amos

Amos

Joined in 2011

Coming soon…

Peter

Peter

Joined in 1997

Joined the Sufi caravan in 1979, and became an official resident of the SSC 1997. Moineddin became an inspiration for exploring the inner life, and what has ultimately helped me become a witness/watcher on the path. Over the last quarter century have visited the SSC numerous times…

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Shems

Shems

Joined in 2012

Coming soon…

Sue

Sue

Joined in 2012

Raised in “the boondocks” near Chicago, I enjoyed a rough and tumble childhood. My three siblings and I walked to grammar school and were bussed to high school. We all learned to swim early due to our parents’ preference for Lake Michigan vacation spots…

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Bevan

Bevan

Joined in 2016

Being here at SSC these past few years has increased my love of life, our Mother Earth, and the divine feminine in general – these are interconnected in profusion all around one here. I’m continually
increasing my recognition of this along with what Lynne McTaggart has to say…

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Elliot

Elliot

Joined in 2019

Coming soon…

Sunny

Sunny

Joined in 2017

On Earth, 77 years
Awake in The Dream…..
Happy, just to BE…..
Many Beautiful things, are Being …
Created with these hands……
Sat Chit Ananda …
Existence Consciousness Bliss…
The Joy of Being…

Sequoia

Sequoia

Joined in 2017

I arrived in the community in 2017 with my heartmate Sunny drawn to the possibility of a simple life in the desert among fellow mystics. Together, we lovingly tend a small bit of land on the edge of the community where we co-create a food forest oasis with a multitude of of fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs and native plantings. Goats and chickens feed and entertain us…

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Bahaar

Bahaar

Joined in 2020

Bahaar came to SSC with her husband from the Oregon Wilderness. As a gardener and steward of sacred land her natural inclinations are towards living in community and the wilderness. She has taken a lead role in refurbishing and remodeling the Retreat Center, spending her time in her own garden and helping to create a welcoming place for All Beings to gather.

Chant

Chant

Joined in 2020

Chant has lived in wilderness community for nearly 50 years diving deep into the Wild, embedded in the embrace of Divine Creation. Chant first encountered Sufis in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park after an all-night Grateful Dead concert in December 1972. Sam’s tribe…

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Be

Be

Joined in 2021

 Be met the love of her life, Aidan, shortly after moving to SSC in 2021. Today she is grateful to be building an earthen home sanctuary alongside her husband, living a simple life of contemplation and creative expression, and learning to embody Love anew each and every day.

Aidan

Aidan

Joined in 2021

Coming soon…

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATURE PRESERVE

Conscious Stewardship of 1,500 Acres of Wilderness

Our Residents are blessed with access to 1,500 private acres of beautifully varied terrain in the high desert Gila Mountains. Each Resident acts as a protector and caretaker to the Land, our greatest Teacher.

Wildlife abounds at the Southwest Sufi Community and  Conservationists visit often to ensure that the Nature Preserve is healthy and being adequately cared for.