☹ “LOGGING ACTIVITY could take place for an extended period of years in the hills and gulches surrounding the entire 700-acre Mendocino Woodlands State Park, with some cutting less than 1,000 feet from Camp II” (from Mendocino Trail Stewards web site, January 2021). See “PETITION” button on linked site.↪).
Dear Mendocino Sufi Camp Community,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reluctantly cancelling Mendocino Sufi Camp 2021.
We will reunite at Mendocino Woodlands next summer, inshallah!
Tentative dates (we’ll remove this line when they’re confirmed):
Mendocino Sufi Young Adults Retreat, July 12–16, 2022
Mendocino Sufi Camp, July 17–26, 2022
We are fortunate that the Mendocino Woodlands is rolling our 2020 deposit over to 2022! As many of you know, Camp has been in a tenuous financial state for a number of years. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help stabilize Camp’s future (please visit MendoSufiCamp.org for info on making donations).
Arifa Byron will continue to hold the concentration of Spiritual Director for 2022, although the theme may change to reflect our new reality.
For now, we’ll see you in the inner planes, where there is infinite time and space. We will post a shared concentration on the Mendo Sufi Camp website and invite you to remember and embody the blessing of gathering in the Woodlands. Remember singing, dancing, sitting in silence, drinking in the peace. Breathe in, breathe out, and remember the beauty of our souls gathered as one voice, one body, interconnected and woven into the life of the vast redwood forest. Breathe in, breathe out, and remember the Woodlands with its deep quiet; its vibrant green ferns uncurling; its beavers, swimming in the pond at dawn. Can you hear the distant lilt of the stream? The laughter, like crackling fire, at shared meals? Harmony, harmony, harmony, shared between open hearts. The earth’s heartbeat loud in our veins, moving us together. So, until we gather again, gather right now, in the oneness that always, already connects us.
Amina Meyer, Mendo Camp manager
Maleka Mau, Mendo Camp registrar
Aliye Gallagher, Mendo Camp email coordinator
Arifa Byron, Mendo Camp spiritual director 2020 2021 2022
Libby Reyff, Mendo Young Adults Retreat codirector
Abby Khadijah Highland, Mendo Young Adults Retreat codirector
Jelehla Ziemba, Mendo Camps factotum
Located in the beautiful redwood forest of Northern California, Mendo Camp is the original Sufi Ruhaniat summer camp. Since 1975, our camp community has gathered every year* to welcome seekers and devotees from many states and countries. Ours is a family-oriented camp, with fantastic programs for children and teens in addition to class offerings that illuminate the soul. Many of camp’s volunteer staff used to attend Mendo Camp as small children; now they are running the camp, leading and guiding us!
*except, of course, for 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic…
If you want to be on Mendo Camp’s mailing list, click here.
The 2022 flyer and registration form will be on this website by around January 15, 2022.
All are welcome!