Southwest Sufi Community

Silver City, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: September 15, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 13, 2004

Mission Statement

Spiritual retreat & inclusive spiritual community.

Community Description

The Southwest Sufi Community (SSC), located near Silver City, New Mexico, is first and foremost a spiritually oriented community, promoting understanding of the Sufi message, but welcoming to students of inclusive spiritual paths. We deepen our spiritual path through direct experience and eat, dance, and pray together. The community, begun in June 1995, is a retreat center, a nature preserve, and a residential village on 1,500 acres along year-round Bear Creek. We host group and individual retreats with inclusive spiritual themes.

People interested in residency at the Southwest Sufi Community want to have the pioneer spirit, be financially self-sufficient or resourceful, and in good health. Since the land is remote from town, it is not practical to commute. People will need to support themselves in creative ways. Those interested in establishing cottage industries on the land are especially encouraged to come and check us out.

The best way to get to know the community is to come for a visit, or attend one of our camps or retreats We offer limited indoor accommodations, camping, vegetarian meals, classes, and time in nature. We welcome visitors at other times, too, especially on weekends. Please write or email before planning a visit and tell us you saw this listing in the Communities Directory.



  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1500 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Nonprofit corp.
  • Additional Comments:

    We live on a small portion of the land, leaving most of the land as a nature preserve. There is a year round creek running through the land.

    We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 corp.

    Plus some temporary dwellings. Construction of additional buildings continues.


  • Adult Members: 13
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Start with an email, letter, or phone call; we’ll arrange a time for a visit that suits you and us. We also have a variety of accommodations available for individual retreats, including a secluded retreat cabin. See our website for more information: or our Facebook page, “Southwest Sufi Community”

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Request information from our Host/Coordinator at: [email protected]
    We are seeking emotionally mature, cooperative people to join us in creating inclusive community – including organic growers, people with mechanical and engineering skills, artists, entrepreneurs, families with children.

  • Additional Comments:

    Based on Sufi tradition; All who embrace inclusive spiritual paths are welcome.

    Based on an inclusive Sufi foundation; we include many paths in our retreat classes.

    We have no children at present; parents coming with children are welcome to join us.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We take turns as facilitator of the weekly community meeting. One volunteer acts as Host/Coordinator for visitors. phone, email requests..

    The Participants Weekly Meeting and the Board of Directors
    Our Community Participants meet weekly to conduct community business.
    Our Community strives for consensus, but it is not a rigid standard. Our Board of Directors works by consensus minus one.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Any debts are an individual responsibility.

    There is no specific requirement. Participants volunteer to help with the work of the community.

    Participants pay a $100 participation fee monthly and $15 to $175 per month rent depending upon the accomodations.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Diet is by individual choice
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Weekly potluck; plus frequent impromptu get-togethers

    We are continuing to expand our garden space. We have and use irrigation rights from our creek.

    Our retreat meals are vegetarian

    Individual choices vary; potlucks are primarily vegetarian; retreat meals are all vegetarian

    Usually not at potlucks, never at retreats; individual use allowed.

    Special smoking area at retreats. No smoking in shared space.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Sufi
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are located in the mountains of Southern NM, on a county maintained dirt surface road approx. 17 miles from Silver City NM. SSC offers year-round, hands-on experience in cooperative living based on the universal teachings of Love, Harmony and Beauty. We offer an energizing life-style of daily meditation, annual public Summer Camp, organic gardening, guests on vacation or personal retreat, and families and youth. People of all faiths are welcome.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Sufi Ruhaniat International


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