Abode of the Message

Last updated: September 7, 2011 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Abode of the Message

(New Lebanon, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Wahida Young, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Phone: 518-794-8090 ext. 116
  • Address:
    Abode of the Message
    5 Abode Road
    New Lebanon, New York, 12125
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact: 518-794-8095 or see website for info; call for information and reservations. Long-term visitors or residency requires application, which can be found at: or by emailing

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    application process required

Mission Statement:

spiritual, retreat

Community Description:

We are an intentional spiritual community in upstate New York, the primary residential community of the Sufi Order International. We are dedicated to honoring unity, truth, and wisdom of all the world’s religions. A vital conference/retreat center, a school of esoteric study, and a residential community are all parts of the Abode. There are many ways to be here: through a service-study program, short- or long-term residency, a B&B, personal retreats, attending conferences or classes, and Universal Worship.


  • Adult Members: 62
  • Child Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 15
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members of our community generally pursue the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. These teachings are oriented toward The One Being, idealized as the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty. Members make a conscious effort to practice these ideals in daily living.

    All serious seekers are welcome here. We honor the unity of the religious ideals that are held by each religion or tradition. Our Universal Worship has an altar with candles representing all points of view.

    Home schooling, a private elementary school at the community, and public schools are in the area

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Sufi
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Leader of Sufi Order International

    core leadership is both elected by members and appointed by the Pir

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 400 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: The Abode of the Message. Inc. owns the land

    there are private residences, apartments, and a primary residential house with individual rooms for rent and a community kitchen

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: three hours weekly

    membership fees for members; one months’ deposit for renters

    regular monthly rental and fees; optional annual fundraiser



    • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


    • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Other
    • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


    • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


    • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


    • Additional comments: nine communal meals offerred weekly

      varies seasonally; organic farm

      our focus is primarily vegetarian, predominantly ovo-lacto vegetarian;there are some meals with fish or chicken available but no red meat is prepared in the kitchen. We buy some food communally and individuals are welcome to provide for their own dietary requirements beyond that. We choose as a community to favor organic food and locally grown natural foods. Programs at the conference center sometimes require special meal plans;community members can participate in those plans ( still no red meat).

      see above

      Individual responsibility and choice; allowed in moderation, use is discouraged in Common areas; be conscious of those dealing with addictions; drunkenness is not permitted

      individual responsibility and choice; use is restricted to specified areas on the campus


Additional Comments

founded by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge