Arabic Retreat in Cyprus
12th-18th April 2020
Aphrodite Beachfront Resort, Northern Cyprus
Join us at the beautiful Aphrodite Beachfront Resort for an Arabic language retreat which will be designed to feed not only your desire to learn the heavenly language of Arabic but to enjoy peace and relaxation and be highly spiritual as well.
Our outstanding language teacher, Fatima Qasim, founder of Dar fatima language school will be leading this intensive and experiential Arabic program.
There will be time to relax with meditation sessions as well as a spa avilable for massages and treatments.
Spirtitually we will be highly refreshed with talks at Sheikh Nazim's (q) durga from one of the highest Shaykha in Tasawuf, the daughter of Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani - Hajja Ruquya inshAllah. There will also be opportuinities to attend zhikrs and Juma prayer as well as visits to local Maqams.
Full Arabic program including 4 hours of teaching a day. All materials included with a certifcate of completion at the end of the retreat.
Transport in Cyprus - Collection and drop off from Ercan airport and to the various outings.
Accommodation at the Aphrodite Beachfront resort with two pools, private beach, spa and restaurant. Sisters will share two or three bedroom self catering apartments in either single or twin room sharing.
Meals - Delicious local halal meals. Breakfast and dinner included.
Meditation and mental preparation for learning - for inner peace and stillness.
Group zhikrs, Juma prayer & Maulid - celebrating rememberance of Allah and his beloved Rasullallah (uhbp) at Sheikh Nazims durga in Lefke.
Visits to local Maqams
Setting & accomodation
Located on Guzelyurt Beach, the resort offers spacious, airy and light self-catering apartments with a terrace. It has 4 pools including a heated indoor pool, a spa, and a restaurant overlooking Morphou Bay. Jet-skis, kite-surfing, snorkling and paddle boards are also available for the adventurous.
There are massages and spa treatments available at Aphrodite Beach’s spa. (At additional cost) which includes a hot tub, sauna, and a gym with far-reaching views of Morphou Bay.
There will be two full meals a day from the halal restuarant with sisters able to make additional snacks in their apartment if required. There is a small supermarket to buy groceries.
Single and twin rooms available with maximum three bedrooms per apartment.
By studying Arabic Level 1, you will gain both essential foundational skills for understanding Qur'an and be able to communicate in basic everyday-life situations. You will be able to understand very simple oral and written texts and ascertain specific information on simple topics and have developed an insight into Arabic-speaking life, culture and society.
- Personal information
- Family Jobs/occupations
- Things/objects in the house
- Introducing others
- Talking about what you do
- Asking questions
- Describing countries and cities
- Making polite requests
- Masculine and Feminine sound plurals
- Possessive endings (attached pronouns)
- Definite and indefinite nouns
- Personal pronouns (I, you, we, he, she)
- Demonstrative pronouns
- Question Words
- Present Tense
An introduction to the study of the Qur’anic text including Qur’anic vocabulary, commentary, themes, background, and structure, providing insight into the devotional element of selected surahs.
Including fascinating commentary of select surahs in Juz Amma.
This session will focus on understanding the key concepts in correct recitation of Qur’an in the Hafs style. We will study and practise Makharij al khuroof (linguistic placement of the Arabic letters). Students will be introduced nun as sakinah/ithgham and ikhfa.
For 7 nights including Arabic language course, accomodation, meals (half board), outings and transport in Cyprus. (Does not include flights or spa treatments at the resort)
Private room £790
Shared room £590
Concessions available for those on low income - please send an enquiry to find out more
Relaxation & Spiritual events
There will be plenty of time to relax and study at the resort. There will also be relaxation sessions before breakfast each day.
Events at Sheikh Nazims guest house are also available including:
We also intend to visit the Maqams of Sheikh Nazim q, Hajja Anna q and Hala Sultan (The Aunt of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh)
Ladies Andalucian Retreat
14th-21st July 2019
This is a dedicated spiritual retreat for those wishing to reconnect with themselves and their spirituality, finding inspiration from the Masters of Sufi Wisdom including Rumi, Ibn Arabi, Rabia Aadawiya and others.
Initially focusing on self-love and compassion, then to deep forgiveness, of ourselves and of others and humanity then how to direct ourselves towards love of Allah and Prophet (pbuh)
There will be plenty of time for peaceful contemplation, relaxation and meditation on the mountain surrounded by nature and Allah's Rahma inshaAllah.
Including a visit to the astounding Alhambra Palace in Granada.
From £330 per person (not including flights). Concessions available.
This retreat is now full
Transport in Spain - We travel together from Malaga airport in two cars and travel together for the duration of the retreat.
Accommodation - located in the foothills of the Alpujarran mountains, we will be staying at a lovely country house with large swimming pool. The ladies are in shared rooms (most twin occupancy) with shared bathroom facilities or a glamping bell tent.
Meals - Delicious local and Moroccan inspired dishes. All Halal and organic whenever possible.
Readings from the great Sufi Masters - to draw wisdom and light from their blessed words and food for contemplation.
Tour of the Alhambra Palace - Experience one of the wonders of the world and an essential componant to the 800 year Islamic history of Spain.
Meditation and Tai Chi - for inner peace and stillness.
Creative activities - with artist Hana Horack making felt and taking inspiration from nature
Group zhikrs & Maulid - celebrating rememberance of Allah and his beloved Rasullallah (uhbp)
Amazing holistic therapies and treatments from fully qualified therapists including Mizan therapy, Crystal healing bowls, refexology are also available. (These treatments are extra and not included in the price.)
To enquire, please send an email to:
Setting & accomodation
In the heart of the foothills of the Alpujarra mountains, we are stying in a traditional Moorish style country house with a 50ft pool.
Sisters stay in shared accomodation (private room available on request) with shared bathroom facilities.
- Creative workshops
- Readings from the Sufi Masters
- Juma prayer at the Naqshbandi durga
- Guided tour of the Alhambra Palace,
- Optional tour of the Alpujarran mountains,
- A talk about the history of Islamic Spain by historian Tahira Whiteman
Relaxation & Therapies
We have a wonderful range of therapies to choose from and many relaxation opportunities.
- Mizan and full body intuitive masages by Saffia using aromatherapy.
- Healing sessions with Raheema Chandler using Tibetan crystal bowls.
- Reflexology with Fatima
- Tai Chi - This is a wonderful way to energise your body and energy system with peaceful movements
- Meditation - an opportunity to clear and quieten the mind. Opening the heart to our Divine potential and prepare the mind to learn new things.
For 6 nights including accomodation, meals, tour of Alhambra Palace and transport in Spain. (Does not include flights or treatments or optional day excursion to the mountain villages.)
Private room £510
Shared room £330
Bell tent £310
To enquire, please send an email to: