Shadhiliyya Sufi Communities
Tariqa Governance Circle

The purpose of the governance circle is to develop a new governance model and/or structure for the 'national' Shadhiliyyah tariqa (including North and South America) with the following qualities: inclusive, participatory, consensus based decision making, dynamic, and in service to Sidi's vision and the tariqa members. (Draft - 2007)  Contact the Governance Circle

Update on Implementation Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2008 16:31

As many of you know, we are now in the implementation phase of the new Governance structure, al hamdulillah! This means that we are still in transition, with the Interim (expanded) Board of Directors in place until the new One Hand One Heart Board is formed. It also means that members of the Governance Circle are working with all the existing circles, councils and boards to provide whatever kind of support is needed for them to begin moving into adopting and implementing the model in their group. 

So far this fall we have held trainings with the Board, the CSC, the Mother Center and some regional centers/communities. We are also dialoging with the University about how they can adapt the new model to their needs. We are very encouraged by the levels of commitment and effort being invested by several different communities in making the transition to the new model, as well as the good results that are starting to emerge. To request support or information for your circle or community, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Organization Status (diagram) Print E-mail
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2008 16:16
Governance Model Implementation Steps Print E-mail
10/13/08 Draft

 (These steps to be coordinated by the Governance Circle; there will necessarily be some overlap between these steps)

1. Engage community-at-large to begin dialogue, invite participation, and offer training and support.   Make national email announcement, providing contact for feedback.

Governance Model Implementation Status Print E-mail

Al hamdulillah!  We are now moving into the implementation phase of the new Governance model.  In September Sidi approved the proposal, and shortly after that the Board of Directors formally approved and adopted the model.  We will keep you updated about the progress of the implementation on this page.  See implementation plan adopted by the BoardSee current organization diagram.

A Brief Governance Process History Print E-mail

Eleven months ago the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center was facing severe financial challenges. In response, the Board of Directors asked the whole community for help in protecting and preserving our assets (land and retreat center), and in operating in a more sustainable manner. Many volunteers from the community came forward to address how to improve the organization’s culture, governance, finances, and communications so that all beloveds can feel confidence in the organization’s operations. Some great strides have been made since then, and we are moving in a very positive direction.

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