Creative Change: A Tamarkoz® Retreat for U.C. Berkeley Grad Students

Creative Change: A Tamarkoz® Retreat for U.C. Berkeley Grad Students

  • November 11-12, 2017
  • M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Sacramento Center
  • Sacramento, California

The M.T.O. Sufi Association® and U.C. Berkeley Graduate Students Assembly held a Tamarkoz® retreat for graduate students on November 11-12, 2017. Eighteen students arrived at the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® retreat center in Sacramento to get a reprieve from the strain of being a graduate student. The two-day retreat utilized Sufi practices to relieve stress and teach students skills to use in their everyday lives. Attendees learned about Islamic Sufism, practiced Tamarkoz® and experienced Zikr. They attended various workshops where they explored their identity, realigned their priorities towards a more balanced way of life, used deep breathing to dive deeper into their hearts, and tapped into their creativity to express themselves. At the end of the two-day experience, students reported feeling a sense of calm and relaxation and feeling ready to take on the events in their lives, though many expressed not wanting to leave the retreat center's cozy and serene environment.