Location & Dates

Location of On-Site Academic Sessions

We have developed a unique and flexible school schedule to help those who work full-time. The USHS school year begins every autumn, with another option to begin the Year One academic program every spring. Every year, the Year One Spring class joins the Year One Fall class after their respective first years to form a combined Year Two class. Year One consists of three sessions of eight days each (Saturday morning to the following Saturday evening). For Year One Fall, the classes take place every 3-4 months. For Year One Spring, the sessions are 1-2 months apart.

For Years Two and Three, classes meet three times each year for eight days (Saturday morning through the following Saturday evening).

Year 4 also meets quarterly for a year, but includes an additional fifth week, plus a Zawiyya retreat, healing intensive, and individual practicums.

In scheduling the class sessions, we have done our best to avoid all major holidays.

The period of immersion during each on-site school session gives students a chance to go deep and thoroughly ground the teachings. Homework is done during the months between sessions and as well as teleclasses and webinars during the intersessions to assist the students to incorporate the teachings into their everyday lives.

We hope that our schedule offers the greatest flexibility for our students, since you may arrange your homework around your own personal schedule.

The hosting facility for on-site USHS Academic sessions is the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center (SSC) in Pope Valley, California.

Pope Valley is located about an hour north of Napa Valley, CA and students can either fly into Sacramento or the Bay area (Oakland or San Francisco). Pope Valley is about ninety minutes west of Sacramento and a couple of hours north of the Bay area.

Year One: Dates of the On-Site Academic Schedule

Students beginning Year One in Fall 2016 


Pope Valley, CA

October 29-November 5, 2016
March 18-25, 2017
July 22-29, 2017

Students beginning Year One in Spring 2017

April 1-8, 2017
July 8-15, 2017
September 16-23, 2017

Year Two: Dates of the On-Site Academic Schedule

Students beginning Year Two in Fall 2016
November 12-19, 2016
March 4-11, 2017
July 8-15, 2017

Year Three: Dates of the On-Site Academic Schedule

Students beginning Year Three in Fall 2016

October 8-15, 2016
January 21-28, 2017
May 6-13, 2017

2016-17 Year Four: Dates of the On-Site Academic Schedule

Pope Valley, CA

Pope Valley, CA

Students beginning Year Four in Fall 2016
September 18-23, 2016
January 8-13, 2017
April 23-28, 2017
August 6-11, 2017
March, 2018


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