Weekend Retreat

Together in Service

2023 Area Baha’i weekend Retreat

“Service to humanity is service to God. Let the love and light of the Kingdom radiate through you until all who look upon you shall be illumined by its reflection. Be as stars, brilliant and sparkling in the loftiness of their heavenly station.”

― Abdu’l-Bahá

What? A joyful, spiritual, affordable weekend retreat, with separate activities for children, junior youth, youth and adults, as well as outdoor activities including games and walks, and art and devotions for all ages.

When? From Friday, August 11th in the evening till 11am on Sunday, August 13th

Where? The Y at Watson Woods, 9620 Dry Run Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870. This is about a 1 hour drive from Binghamton and Ithaca, 90 minutes from Rochester, and two hours from Buffalo and Syracuse.

For Who? For you! The program is for people of all ages, for Baha’is and their friends–for anyone who is attracted to the Baha’u’llah’s vision of joy, love, unity, service, and individual and social transformation!

Cost? Affordable! See the chart below.

We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for anyone who would like to come. Please check with an organizer or an Assembly nearby for help with scholarship. We will find a way! (And if you can contribute a little extra to support the scholarship fund–please do so!)

Register! Fill out this registration form. Pay in advance with PayPal (www.paypal.me/ithacabahais) or on the day of the retreat (cash, check or PayPal).

Questions? Please contact either of the members of the organizing team:

  • Karim Beers – Ithaca – karimbeers[at]gmail.com
  • Katelin Thurber – Syracuse – katelin.thurber[at]gmail.com
  • Omid Ghaemmaghami – Binghamton – omid[at]binghamton.edu
  • Omobowale Ayorinde – Rochester – onanvc[at]rit.edu

Service Opportunities – There will be service opportunities for everyone!

Covid Protocols – In keeping with state and national guidance, these are our safety protocols:


Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Ithaca