March 2, 2017 to March 5, 2017 All Day

Church of the Pacific, 5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Princeville

5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Princeville



3 Days of Spiritual Teachings & Practice with Pir Shabda Kahn


Imagine slowing down, leaving behind your “to do lists”, your concerns, your usual routines. Imagine that for one affordable long weekend, devoting yourself to feeding your spirit: Coming together with others of like mind and heart; moving together in a circle; singing and dancing, spirits lifting and hearts opening, diving together into the depths of the Divine. Right here in our own backyard!


Kauai’s Annual Sufi Retreat will be led by Pir Shabda Kahn. Shabda is the appointed Spiritual Director of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He travels throughout the world spreading the Sufi Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty, bringing warmth, humor and clarity in his efforts to help seekers on their Path to Awakening.


This year’s focus will be on using Sufi teachings and practices for “Integrating Limitless Freedom with The Impermanence of Everyday Life”.


The retreat will be held in Princeville, Kauai March 2-5 and begins with the Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dances) held in Princeville from 7:00 to 9:00pm. on Thursday March 2.. These dances are open to the public and can be attended without attending the rest of the retreat. The cost $15 .


The Dances, which honor all religions, are a means to attune to the qualities of the Divine, to celebrate unity and community, and to expand love, harmony and beauty. Using simple steps and movements that are taught easily, in a joyful atmosphere, the circle of dancers move together, singing, in many languages and from many cultural and religious traditions, phrases which promote peace and awaken a connection to the Divine. Kauai has a monthly offering of these lovely Dances of Universal Peace around the full moon throughout the year. which are open to all who desire to attend.


The Retreat continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd to 5th. Friday & Saturday from 10-6PM, Sunday from 1-9PM. We will immerse ourselves in sacred, restorative Sufi practices, including zikr, meditations, and circle dances, which facilitate a deep and rich heart-opening experience, even in the face of obstacles and disappointments. We will expand our capacities to feel joyous and fulfilled.


For more information about the retreat or the Dances of Universal Peace please contact:

Shanti Karen Joy 808-346-1423 ..

You can also visit our web-site: for more information.


Zikr may be described as a powerful moving meditation, practiced in unison with a circle of participants. It means, literally, the practice of Remembrance. Like ancient Hawaiian, Hebrew, and Aramaic languages. The Arabic Zikr phrases have the power to transform they are invoked. In Zikr, we surrender our concepts and beliefs in anything, but God, having power. Deeply drinking from the well of Remembrance, we polish the lanterns of our hearts so they may become beacons of illumination for the benefit of all.


Pir Shabda Kahn lives in San Rafael, California and has been a disciple of Sufism since 1969. He is a direct disciple of Murshid Samuel Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti) and worked closely with the great American Mystic Joe Miller. Shabda is also the Director of the Chisti Sabri School of Music as well as a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Buddhist Master, the 12the Tai Situpa Rinpoche.

Since 1972 he has been developing as a vocalist under the living guidance of the late Pandit Pran Nath, the Master North Indian Classical Vocalist, who planted the 800 year old oral transmission of Chisti Sufi Vocal Music in the Western world. Shabda has appeared in concerts ranging from Visions for a Perfect World at New York’s St John the Divine Cathedral, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Music America in Chicago, at Delhi University Music School and the Shivaratri Festival in New Delhi. He is one of a handful of Americans who have dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of the treasure of North Indian Classical Vocal Music.


Shabda’s teaching style is relaxed, friendly, humorous, and accessible while at the same time laden with rich stories, and many many years of serious study.


Sufism, often called the Path of the Heart, is universal in nature and honors all of the great Messengers from the world’s religions. It is not based on any one path and even though it originated within the mystic side of Islam, it can be claimed by no religion. Nor does it exclude anyone who claims any one particular religion. So people of all religious affiliations are welcome to this retreat.