Kinship At the Camp


“If the great teachers have given a Message to humanity, it is no doubt the Message of Brotherhood/Sisterhood (Kinship).  God cannot be found in temples, for God is love; and love does not live in temples but in the heart of (wo)man, which is the temple of God. The true religion would be to recognize it as such, and to tolerate, to forgive, and to love each other...”
“...Remember my friends, that if you studied Sufism and all the problems of metaphysics and philosophy for twenty years, and if that spirit of brotherhood were not developed in you, no progress has been made.  Or if you meditated for thirty years, and if you communicated with God, and yet if the spirit of brotherhood had not been developed in you, no progress is made.”
  -  Hazrat Inayat Khan -


A primary focus of Kinship is to encourage the flowering of personal self realization outwards towards others in ways which support and heal.   As Pir Vilayat often reminded us, the spirituality of our times requires a shift from merely awakening consciousness to the awakening of the conscience, which encompasses a realization of interdependence and interconnection between all beings.  


Those dedicated to the ideals of Kinship try in earnest to create a culture of love, harmony and beauty which is both rooted in the mystical as well as in the very ordinary, day to day ways in which we relate to others.  The work of kinship is really a lifelong, ongoing work of befriending our humanity and divinity.  It is the work of connecting with and expanding from the heart outwardly,  to encompass ever-widening, concentric circles of friendship, community, outreach, and sacred service.

There are many specific forms and ways in which people are currently bringing the work of Kinship into a visible presence in our world.  This can range from volunteering for projects like the Hope Project in India, serving the sick and homeless in one’s own town or city, fundraising for refugees from war-torn countries, humanitarian aid for disasters connected with ecological imbalance, peacemaking events, and much more.

But this summer, Kinship will be a visible presence at the camp through some members of its international Kinship council who will be there to support and serve the camp and help in the building of our community.  The very word community, derived from the Latin “communita” (cum = with or together and munis = gift) suggests a group of interacting beings who come together to share their gifts.  So this is the vision which the Kinship concentration holds for the camp:  to welcome, celebrate and support our purpose in coming together and to unfold our gifts with each other.

Kinship Staff 2017:

Week 1: Ta'lim
Week 2: Saki
Week 3: Latif
Week 4: Latif
Week 1-4: Majida

Ta'lim Bruno Knobel

Ta'lim is vice-president of the Kinship concentration in Europe. He leads a sufi-center near Basel, Switzerland. In the "Hope Project" association in Switzerland he has a function as president.
For 30 years he has followed the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Important for him is what is unifying between different peoples and religions. He is dedicated to the theme of refugees. In his profession, Ta'lim works as a physicist.

Saki Lee

Saki Lee

Saki has been an attendee at Sufi camps nearly every summer since 1974.  She loves the camp!  and has expressed this over the years in many roles:  as a guest,  a cook, the head of the kitchen, a retreat guide, and  a senior teacher.   Her passion is fostering community through music and the Dances of Universal Peace, raising consciousness, supporting people in their unfoldment, and radiating joy. 

Latif Peter Brinck

Latif has been on the Sufi path for  30 years. Since 2005, he has been participating every year at the Camp for all four weeks  (as a student and now also as a retreat guide).

Kinship has been very important for him since 2010, when a tsunami destroyed a vast area in Central Chile.  At that time, he supported the development of a shoe donation programme to help students who had lost almost everything, and was again involved to help those who suffered in a recent earthquake. The Dances of Universal Peace are an important way in which he shares Kinship.

Majida Heiß

Majida Heiß

Majida Heiß has followed the Sufi path since 1990. She has been leading our Children’s Camp from 1995. There the children, teenagers and their families can experience what it means to live in our spiritual family in brother- and sisterhood.

For Majida, Kinship means to live love, human sympathy and adab (manners), and  to cultivate a mode of life in intercommunication, peace, harmony and freedom.