(For a transcript of the above video, click here)
When the first-ever Northwest Sufi Camp (NWSC) took place in 1978, there wasn’t a dedicated space for Sufis to come together in the NW region. A group of 20- and 30-somethings dreamed of a central place for their respective spiritual communities dotted throughout NW to meet and learn from each other. Over the years, we’ve watched this dream come true.
NWSC has become a week-long inclusive spiritual retreat where hundreds of Sufis and non-Sufis alike gather to pursue spiritual liberation through the universal values of love, harmony, and beauty - guided by the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and informed by many other spiritual traditions. Grounded in the Sufi tradition, with a commitment to hospitality and service to all kinds of people, NWSC has always welcomed folks of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to come together with the intention to radically love and care for one another, regardless of differences.
Whether you grew up attending a Sufi camp or you’d never heard the word “Sufi” before finding this page, the existence of a place like NW Sufi Camp can offer inspiration and hope. In a time when we are inundated with so much grief and hurt that can cause us to be estranged from each other and from our environment, Camp is a unique refuge. NWSC is a place to recharge, dance, sing, find joy, and experience ourselves as a part of a collective whole.
As Adriana Duran, an attendee from Ecuador, describes it, “[NW Sufi Camp] creates an environment where we can be loving, respectful, and compassionate, and develop values for our well-being and create a healthy society. It nourishes ourselves, so then we can share [that nourishment] with our surroundings.” As it’s grown, NW Sufi Camp has become a vibrant community deeply intertwined with the fabric of the NW region itself, and indeed also the broader global community.
This past year has been a difficult time for everyone, and has posed new challenges for NW Sufi Camp and the communities we serve. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host camp in 2020 (for the first summer since 1978!) and many of our community members have also felt the economic impact of the pandemic. Now, looking forward to the future, we humbly ask for your support to help NWSC continue to evolve to meet the needs of our community.
There is more we can do to make camp accessible -- financially and physically. Funding can help us extend accommodations for those who may need it. There is also more we can do to make Camp a safe, just, and equitable space for folks of marginalized identities. This campaign will enable us to hire teachers and staff to integrate social justice into our spiritual practices. There is still more yet we can do to extend our commitment to hospitality and service. Your support will grow our ability to do so.
We understand that there are many individuals and organizations that are in need during this heavy time. If you are in a position to contribute to this fund, we will greatly appreciate any help you can give. A generous anonymous donor has offered to match the first $5k donated, so no amount is too small to make a difference.
If you find yourself able and inspired to contribute further, please consider signing up for a monthly donation - this will help us sustain these efforts.
Your contribution will go directly toward financial assistance for participants, teacher compensation, work trade opportunities, disability accommodations and technical equipment, and other resources for the community. This fundraiser will not only help folks get to camp, but also to feel at ease and welcomed once they’ve arrived. We want to make sure that anyone who is curious about or resonates with these values is able to find a home at camp, regardless of circumstance.
If you are unable to contribute - thank you anyway for your care and support. We ask that you please consider sharing this campaign widely.
Please keep in touch with us via Facebook and our website - tell us why you love coming to Northwest Sufi Camp, why you love this community, and where you see the need for growth and improvement. Your messages mean a lot.
A message from this year’s Spiritual Director, Haqiqa Nuri Hampton:
The Time is NOW to use the tools we have been given!
LOVE, JOY, PEACE, KINDNESS, MERCY, and COMPASSION are needed more than ever by our Mother Earth and all creatures on it, in this great awakening. There is an urgent need for all of us to shine our light.
In addition to the original five rays we have been given by Hazrat Inayat Khan, there are many new rays emerging – many ways to serve, like the birth of a star, with rays bursting out in many directions. We have invited teachers to share the legacy they have received from Murshid Sam, from Murshid Moineddin, and from Pir Vilayat, as well as Inayat Khan. Classes will impart practical tools which we can take home and use to help us awaken and realize our true nature. That will help us keep our balance in a turbulent world and free us to devote healing energy to ourselves, our families and communities, and our Mother Earth.
To learn more about Northwest Sufi Camp, visit our website.