Daily Schedule

A typical day consists of roughly 6 hours of instruction, with ample time for relaxation and activities on the Rosales campus. 

2018 Reading List

A reading list has also been provided from our scholars in an effort to help participants better prepare for the retreat. Participants are encouraged to attend all of the classes to benefit from the integrated nature of the program. 

 
Schedule
  1. Arrival Day

  2. Bus 1 Arrival and Welcome Lunch

    Unwind from your travels with a delicious hot lunch.

  3. Bus 1 Registration

    Check in Friday afternoon outside the main dining hall. We’ll be fully staffed to get you checked in for the event, and to answer any questions you might have. Children's counselors will also be avaible for check-in. Be sure to pick up your welcome swag.

  4. Asr Prayers

  5. Bus 2 Arrival and Registration

    Check in Friday evening outside the main dining hall. We’ll be fully staffed to get you checked in for the event, and to answer any questions you might have. Children's counselors will also be avaible for check-in. Be sure to pick up your welcome swag.

  6. Dinner

  7. Maghrib Prayer

  8. Opening Session

    In this session, we will recieve and welcome all scholars, contributors and attendees and lay out the objectives for this retreat. Dr. Umar will introduce the discourse which will continue over the next nine days and share his hopes for the work that lies ahead.

  9. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 2

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. The Philosophy of Nature

    This lecture will set out one instance of the understanding of the philosophy of nature in the thought of Ibn ‘Arabi, drawing on the benefits of living consciously with the created environment that is interwoven with significance and meaning through the Divine Names.

  5. Traditional Holistic Husbandry: An Introduction

    This lecture provides a historical and geographical overview of the context, duration and reach of the development and global diffusion of traditional holistic husbandry. It aims to explore their relevance for contemporary environmental and communal challenges faced by many around the globe.

  6. Lunch

  7. Dhur Prayer

  8. Optional Focus Tracks or Activities

    Focus Tracks will provide attendees with the opportunity to deeply and consistently engage one scholar over a long and protracted study in a particular subject of expertise. The group will meet with their respective teachers for five afternoon sessions over the course of the retreat. Focus Tracks are optional and attendees who sign up are expected to remain with the same track for the duration of the retreat. Attendees that do not wish to make a commitment to a focused study will have access to the other optional afternoon activities.

  9. Hikma: Overriding the Difficulties and Obstacles in Living as God's Creation

    We are constantly bombarded with a world that overwhelms. How do we find our ground and our well-being in the midst of it all? This session will touch upon the critical need for self-transformation in appropriately dealing with the difficulties and obstacles to our wellness, along with some principles that aid in the process.

  10. Asr Prayer

  11. Ecologics of Economy: The Meaning of Economy & Its ReIntegration into Ecology

    The financial crash of 2008-09 resulting in the ongoing economic recession has motivated much serious rethinking of economics and the economy. The classical Islamic conception of the economy is here explored through two key-terms, qasd/iqtisad (prudence, temperance) and tadbir al-manzil (stewardship of the home), and what it implies for the way we relate to wealth, work, career and business dealings.

  12. Dinner

  13. Maghrib Prayer

  14. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 3

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Off the Board, On the Ground I

    Over a course of three sessions, Rhamis Kent will present case studies, stories and insights drawn from his field experience with a variety of projects of different types and scales. We will pay special attention to the successes and failures, and the causes thereof, in each of these respective case studies with a view to understanding on the ground realities.

  5. Ecological Planning: Design with Nature & Bioregionalism

    In this discourse, we will touch upon on some planning principles and empowering skills that enable communities to be land-based. We will also explore two related ecological approaches to urban and regional planning: design with nature and bioregionalism.

  6. Lunch

  7. Dhur Prayer

  8. Optional Focus Tracks or Activities

    Focus Tracks will provide attendees with the opportunity to deeply and consistently engage one scholar over a long and protracted study in a particular subject of expertise. The group will meet with their respective teachers for five afternoon sessions over the course of the retreat. Focus Tracks are optional and attendees who sign up are expected to remain with the same track for the duration of the retreat. Attendees that do not wish to make a commitment to a focused study will have access to the other optional afternoon activities.

  9. Hikma: Overriding the Difficulties and Obstacles in Living as God's Creation

    We are constantly bombarded with a world that overwhelms. How do we find our ground and our well-being in the midst of it all? This session will touch upon the critical need for self-transformation in appropriately dealing with the difficulties and obstacles to our wellness, along with some principles that aid in the process.

  10. Asr Prayer

  11. Revisiting the Meaning of Fard-al-kifayah: Right Livelihood, Community & the Common Good

    The socio-legal term, fard al-kifayah basically refers to the duty of sufficing the needs of the community we live in. In this discourse, we creatively explore how this term would apply in practice in the way we relate our livelihoods to both, the communities we live in and to the general, common good. This lecture is an exploration of how can we go about seeking our livelihoods in a manner that also promotes and serves the livelihoods of others.

  12. Dinner

  13. Maghrib Prayer

  14. Interactive Breakout Session

    In order to give participants more opportunities to closely engage with scholars, we will offer three breakout sessions. In each session, participants will break out into multiple small groups (of up to 20 people each) which will be visited for about 15 minutes by each scholar on a rotating basis. This time is intended for attendees to raise questions/reflections outside of lecture hours, seek clarifications or even share ideas and observations.

  15. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 4

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry)

    In any society the definition of what the human being is thought to be determines the nature, function and structure of that society. When we therefore turn to the Islamic social structure, premised on the life of virtue (makarim al akhlaq) as exemplified in the life of the Prophet (s), we are able to see that the exemplification of those virtues were and remain responsible for the creation of an extremely durable, realistic and fulfilling social philosophy. A rich golden thread in this process is the sacred practice of futuwwa (spiritual chivalry), which imbued the social order with a practical manifestation of the virtues in the context of the everyday experience of life. Whilst this practicality was illustrated in the crafts, cities, relations with animals and enemies, this practicality was merely a support for the spiritual opportunities that the practical application itself had demanded.

  5. The Wisdom Path: Principles & Praxis

    This session explores the harmony shared between traditional husbandry and the universal principles of the natural order. We will see how indigenous wisdom across the world has traditionally respected, honored and embodied these principles through societal frameworks, organizational delivery mechanisms and practical actions that enabled and sustained successful, holistic husbandry.

  6. Lunch

  7. Dhur Prayer

  8. Optional Focus Tracks or Activities

    Focus Tracks will provide attendees with the opportunity to deeply and consistently engage one scholar over a long and protracted study in a particular subject of expertise. The group will meet with their respective teachers for five afternoon sessions over the course of the retreat. Focus Tracks are optional and attendees who sign up are expected to remain with the same track for the duration of the retreat. Attendees that do not wish to make a commitment to a focused study will have access to the other optional afternoon activities.

  9. My Journey to Modgarden

    Is there a food crisis? Are GMO's and other technologies the answer to the world that everyone is looking for? Is there a climate crisis? Could we be facing an extinction? In this session Aamar Khwaja, founder of ‘modgarden’ will share his personal journey through these questions and the answers that shaped his life and work.

  10. Asr Prayer

  11. Off the Board, On the Ground II

    Over a course of three sessions, Rhamis Kent will present case studies, stories and insights drawn from his field experience with a variety of projects of different types and scales. We will pay special attention to the successes and failures, and the causes thereof, in each of these respective case studies with a view to understanding on the ground realities.

  12. Dinner

  13. Maghrib Prayer

  14. Nasihah

  15. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 5: Excursions

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Caves of Almadenes Exploration

    This will be a guided tour exploring the Cave of El Puerto with kayaking through the river. The cave exploration route is about 800m and lasts about 1 hour. Following the Cave of El Puerto, we will descend the Canyon of Almadenes, which takes appoximiately 1.5 hours and we will stop to visit cave paintings as well.

    Watch videos about El Cañón de los Almadenes or La Cueva del Puerto de Calasparra.
  4. Canoeing in Castril

    This tour will include a bus ride to Castril National Park, about 40km from the Rosales Campus. The day will be spent at Embalse Bolera, a popular lake for canoeing, swimming and picnicking.

  5. Relaxing in Granada

    Enjoy a free day in Granada to explore at your leisure. Granada has many opportunities for shopping, sight-seeing and dining. This will not be a trip dedicated to visiting The Alhambra. If you would like to visit The Alhambra, please purchase tickets online in advance. In our experience, same-day tickets are typically unavailable. You will be responsible for travel to/from the drop off site and The Alhambra. Bus will leave Rosales at 9 a.m. and drop off in the city center. Pick up from the city center at 6:00 p.m.

  6. Ecosystem Restoration Camps

    This day trip will be led by Rhamis Kent in collaboration with the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation, a grassroots non-profit that educates and trains people for ecosystem restoration around the world. The group will spend the day at the foundations first site in the Altiplano of Spain, based on 12.5 acres of Andalusian land, engaging the work and the people behind it. This project comprises of a diverse group of volunteers under the leadership of field experts focused on developing research, methods and strategies to address land degradation and desertification.

  7. Dinner

  8. Maghrib Prayer

  9. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 6

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Ecological Design: The Islamic Tradition of Garden Design

    The Islamic garden tradition provides a cosmological, aesthetic, and ethical framework for Muslim communities to design with nature. With fruits and herbs, fodder for livestock, nesting for birds, dovecotes and beehives, water for all – the garden tradition is as beneficial as it is beautiful. We will study the roots of this Islamic tradition in the heritage of filaha, which is in essence a life-sustaining tradition rooted in growing food.

  5. Practical Exemplars: Grassroots Initiatives & Successes

    Through four decades of field experience with low-income, rural and urban communities, in this lecture, Anthony Milroy will explore projects establishing contemporary ‘urban oases’, ‘tropical allotments’ and ‘paradise gardens’ based on key elements presented in previous lectures.

  6. Lunch

  7. Jum'ua Program

  8. Optional Focus Tracks or Activities

    Focus Tracks will provide attendees with the opportunity to deeply and consistently engage one scholar over a long and protracted study in a particular subject of expertise. The group will meet with their respective teachers for five afternoon sessions over the course of the retreat. Focus Tracks are optional and attendees who sign up are expected to remain with the same track for the duration of the retreat. Attendees that do not wish to make a commitment to a focused study will have access to the other optional afternoon activities.

  9. The Roots of Community I

    Author Michael Sugich will lead an interactive session exploring the spiritual foundation of Muslim communities around the world. Should Muslims aspire to build intentional communities or not? Why have experiments at Muslim community living so frequently failed? We will look at success stories as well as the failures and consider the paradigms that have proven to be effective. This will be an open, freewheeling and lively session exploring the above and drawing special attention to key ingredients for harmonious community life.

  10. Asr Prayer

  11. TBD

    "There is no wealth but life"- John Ruskins
    Over a series of two lectures, we will study important themes of a critical social thinker and philosopher of the 19th century, John Ruskins and his sophisticated insights on life, work and wealth. Ruskins most famous writing 'Unto This Last' and the following letters, Fors Clavigera, addressed to the workmen and laborers of Great Britain, hold immense treasures for building artistically mature, economically thriving, and morally sound communities. We will explore the principles that under-gird his ideal society and their wisdom for us today.

  12. Dinner

  13. Maghrib Prayer

  14. Interactive Breakout Session

    In order to give participants more opportunities to closely engage with scholars, we will offer three breakout sessions. In each session, participants will break out into multiple small groups (of up to 20 people each) which will be visited for about 15 minutes by each scholar on a rotating basis. This time is intended for attendees to raise questions/reflections outside of lecture hours, seek clarifications or even share ideas and observations.

  15. Astronomical Observatory

    The Astronomical Observatory of La Sagra is an astronomical facility located at 1530m above sea level and is around 20km from the Rosales campus. The observatory is situated in one of the darkest regions on light pollution maps of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a complex design and intended for both educational and scientific activities of astronomy and astrophysics, allowing easy participation, and enjoyment of the excellent astronomical conditions in the area. Gazing into the Galaxy: Inversion, a 15-minute activity focusing on the night sky, led by Othman Llewellyn, will also take place before. 19 people max.

  16. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 7

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Soul, Soil and Society: Mu‘amalah & Reviving the Socio-Economy of the Land

    Tending to the soil we live on is an aspect of tending to our souls, and both are reflected in the manner we tend to the society we live in. The kind of socio-economic landscape we build for ourselves is an outcome of our success or failure in tending to all three. In this discourse, we explore how the communal revival of the science of mu‘amalah—which refers to the ethics (adab) and law (fiqh) of human transactions—is imperative for re-creating the socioeconomic landscape needed for the healthy nurturing of our souls, our soils and our societies.

  5. The Restoration of the Vocational Society

    This lecture comprises an assessment of the relationship of the guilds to the order society in the pre-modern age, focusing on the theory of the guilds, its omnipresence in Islamic societies and its relationship to futuwwa. The aim is to explore the value of reviving such an organization for successful and viable communities.

  6. Lunch

  7. Dhur Prayer

  8. Optional Focus Tracks or Activities

    Focus Tracks will provide attendees with the opportunity to deeply and consistently engage one scholar over a long and protracted study in a particular subject of expertise. The group will meet with their respective teachers for five afternoon sessions over the course of the retreat. Focus Tracks are optional and attendees who sign up are expected to remain with the same track for the duration of the retreat. Attendees that do not wish to make a commitment to a focused study will have access to the other optional afternoon activities.

  9. TBD

    "There is no wealth but life"- John Ruskins
    Over a series of two lectures, we will study important themes of a critical social thinker and philosopher of the 19th century, John Ruskins and his sophisticated insights on life, work and wealth. Ruskins most famous writing 'Unto This Last' and the following letters, Fors Clavigera, addressed to the workmen and laborers of Great Britain, hold immense treasures for building artistically mature, economically thriving, and morally sound communities. We will explore the principles that under-gird his ideal society and their wisdom for us today.

  10. Asr Prayer

  11. The Roots of Community II

    Author Michael Sugich will lead an interactive session exploring the spiritual foundation of Muslim communities around the world. Should Muslims aspire to build intentional communities or not? Why have experiments at Muslim community living so frequently failed? We will look at success stories as well as the failures and consider the paradigms that have proven to be effective. This will be an open, freewheeling and lively session exploring the above and drawing special attention to key ingredients for harmonious community life.

  12. Dinner

  13. Maghrib Prayer

  14. Nasihah

  15. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 8

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Traditional Islamic Structures: Charitable Endowments, Harims, and Himas

    In this discourse, we will explore shari‘ah-based structures and strategies as they relate to thriving community life. We will explore systems of hima and harim zones along with their applicability in current contexts and discuss the promise that charitable endowments – awqaf – hold as legal instruments to fund and maintain community amenities.

  5. The Garden City

    This lecture will attempt to set out the broad thesis that the urban landscape of the Muslim city can be distinguished from the understanding of urbanism in the modern period. The main distinction we propose is that the notion of the city was perceived and planned as an inhabited garden. This central idea was revived and taken up by a plethora of urban planners in the early 20th century with mixed results. We will attempt to explore the viability of such an idea.

  6. Lunch

  7. Optional Focus Track Presentation

    Gather around to listen to each Focus Track present their work.

  8. Off the Board, On the Ground III

    In this last of three sessions , we will continue to examine case studies towards developing a deeper understanding of project ideas and methods of execution, assessment of impact and analyses of causes for success or failure. By this time, we may expect to identify useful patterns as may be gleaned from the preceding inside exposure to a variety of initiatives.

  9. Asr Prayer

  10. Social Hour

    Join us in the patio for a delicious sampling of drinks and appetizers.

  11. Banquet

    Watch the sun start to set as we enjoy a gourmet sit-down dinner.

  12. Maghrib Prayer

  13. Al Firdaus Ensemble

    Al Firdaus Ensemble, a Granada-based musical group, was founded in 2012 by the English violinist and singer Ali Keeler and includes musicians from England, Spain and Morocco.

    The group takes its inspiration from the word Firdaus, which is the Arabic name, of Persian origin, for the most elevated abode in Paradise. The intercultural nature of this name reflects the character of the group in which musicians from different countries and cultural backgrounds are brought together with one purpose.

    Just as the musicians tune their instruments, so they need to tune their hearts to receive the inspiration of the moment and transmit that to the audience. The traditional Arabic term for this kind of music is sama` which could be translated as “the art of listening.”

    Isam Bachiri

  14. Isha Prayer

  1. Day 9

  2. Fajr Prayer

  3. Breakfast

  4. Reintegrating the Legal into the Social: Invisible Structures for a Land-Based Productive Economy

    In the Islamic scheme of values, the economic enterprise is premised on the organization of livelihood for sufficiency (kifayah) rather than perpetual growth (takathur) so as to ensure overall socio-economic equilibrium. In this respect, there are discernibly close conceptual, structural and functional connections between the socio-economic objectives of mu’amalah (Islamic Transactional Law) and those of the Civil Economy. In this session, we will see how we can make use of the connections between the two to devise effective legal strategies, or invisible structures, toward organizing socio-economic sufficiency in our communities.

  5. Imagineering: Learning by Doing

    How do move from thinking and talking to doing? What does it take to identify and mobilize participants and their unique gifts? How do we assess practical needs and determine what it will take to meet them? What constitutes effective planning, scheduling and funding? This session will briefly explore successful initiation and management of a collaborative project or program and will be co-facilitated by the afternoon focus group led by Anthony.

  6. Lunch

  7. Dhur Prayer

  8. Afternoon Break/Prepare for Departure

    If you are departing on the 2 a.m. bus, this is your only opportunity to pack and prepare for departure.

  9. Asr Prayer

  10. Tending the Earth & Building Resilient Communities

    What are we striving to do and why is this important? In this session, Dr. Umar will lay out the intent and purpose of this endeavor and the role that we can all play in building viable and thriving communities around the globe that embody the prophetic exemplar in response to unique contexts.

  11. Dinner

  12. Maghrib Prayer

  13. Closing Session

    In this session, we will seal our time together with closing insights from the scholars and words of counsel and encouragement from our beloved Shaykh Muhamed. We will close with a vision for our next steps and prayer.

  14. Isha Prayer

  1. Departure

  2. Bus 1 Departs Rosales for Madrid Airport

  3. Fajr Prayer

  4. Breakfast

  5. Bus 2 Departs Rosales for Madrid Airport