Arrival: Sunday 9th April 2017
Programme dates: Monday 10th April – Wednesday 19th April
Departure: Thursday 20th April 2017

The Knowledge Retreat is for both the mind and heart. This programme is designed to bring knowledge to life by providing participants with a chance to reflect upon, and internalise, Islamic teachings in a truly secluded environment. Attendees will get to spend time with Shaykh Akram Nadwi and visiting international scholars whilst studying an intensive syllabus based on the Quran, hadith and spirituality. Teaching days will be split into structured morning sessions and shorter evening sessions for Q&A’s and hadith readings.

Participants will have time to travel, socialise, reflect and consolidate their knowledge. There will be guided trips to Granada and Cordoba by specialist Islamic historians. Additionally, activities will include: hiking, archery, a visit to the astronomical observatory and workshops on historical manuscripts, ceramics, and calligraphy.


Day trips

  • Granada: This day trip will take participants to Granada, the heart of Andalusia. Participants will visit local sites, such as the Cathedral and the world-renowned Alhambra Palace, a Nasrid fortress-complex with stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, accompanied by a specialist Islamic historian and tour guide.
  • Cordoba: This day trip will include tours of the exquisite Mezquita de Córdoba and the ruins of Madinah al-Zahra, a fortified medieval Arab palace-city and former capital of al-Andalus. Students will explore these sites and discover their historical significance during the Ummayyad era.
  • Cave exploration: A day will be taken out for participants to reconnect with nature, spending time by the river and kayaking into the Cave of Almadenes & El Puerto, assisted by a local guide.


Activities include the following:

  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Rafting
  • Ceramics workshop
  • Calligraphy workshop
  • Essential oil making workshop

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