USHS Study Abroad Program!

Come and drink from the ancient holy sites of Sufism and Islam.

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We will be voyaging on journeys to the holy land of Jerusalem, as well as the spiritual sites of Morocco. Let your heart expand to absorb the beauty and majesty of the ancient world of Islam, and follow a path of Sufi treasures guided by Kamila Shenmen, Salima Adelstein, Fawzia al-Rawi, and other beloved community leaders.

Each trip in 2018 will be worth 10 credits. These credits can be used to make up for missing credits in a student’s transcript, where programs are marked incomplete. Space is limited and is assigned on a first come first served basis.

Journey to Morocco

Cost: $1000 Deposit

2000 EUR paid upon arrival

Trip including arrival and departure dates: March 23 – April 5, 2018

Join us in mystical Marrakech, a centuries-old city in the heart of Morocco in stunning North Africa. Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi has hosted this program for more than a decade.

Fawzia, daughter-in-law of our guide Sidi al-Jamal, will guide your inner and outer journey as you explore the many faces of Divine Love. Experience the light of Morocco and taste the spirit of its Sufi traditions and Islamic heritage.

On this trip, you will taste:

  • Delicious Moroccan meals on rooftop terrace with a view of the snow-topped Atlas mountains
  • The experience of the light and essence of Marrakech
  • Teachings by Fawzia & others, including sacred dance, music and healing with the Divine Names and the Arabic alphabet
  • Many other activities to be chosen by the group after arrival
  • Time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful “souks” (bazaars) for clothing, perfumes, scarves, rugs, jewelry and handicrafts
Any questions? Feel free to contact Salima at


Journey to  Jerusalem

Cost: $1000 USD deposit

2100 EUR paid upon arrival

Trip including arrival and departure dates: June 6 – June 15, 2018

Experience Ramadan, and celebrate Lailat-al-Qadr,  in the holy city of Jerusalem with the family and close friends and followers of our beloved guide Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal.

Trips have included a visit to Sidi’s school in Jerusalem, jumu’ah prayer and tarawih prayers at  the Dome of the Rock, breaking fast in the African zawiyya near the Holy Mount,  as well as at Sidi’s home on the Mount of Olives. We have visited many holy sites within Jerusalem – Rabi’ah’s tomb, the Garden of Gethsemane, the tomb of Isa and Mary’s tomb, the Dome of the Rock and the cave beneath the rock from where Muhammad (pbuh) made his night journey, the Gates to the old city.

Previous trips have also included a selection of day trips by bus outside of Jerusalem, to visit and pray at the tomb of Musa, the tombs of Ibrahim and Sarah in Hebron, the cities of Jericho and Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the site of the birth of John the Baptist and Mary’s spring, the oldest Shadhiliyya zawiyya in Palestine, the Palestinian city where Sidi was born and his family’s farm, as well as breaking fast with Palestinian families in some of these places.

Note: It is necessary to have taken the shahada to join this trip. The holy site where the Dome of the Rock and al Aqsa mosque are located is closed to non-Muslims during Ramadan, so we will be asked  by Israeli and Muslim guards whether we are Muslims and will also be asked to prove it by reciting  well-known surahs, such as al-Fatihah or al-Ikhlas, or describing wudu, and other Muslim practices.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Kamila at

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