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The Heart of Ziraat – Sharing from Experienced Farmers
Second Fridays, February – May, 2023
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST (New York); 9:00 – 10:30 pm CET (Paris)

Join us for the Ziraat Second Friday Series this Spring, The Heart of Ziraat—Sharing from Experienced Farmers. Long-time practitioners and teachers of Ziraat share ways this path is meaningful to them with an array of perspectives to inspire our own journeys.

Dates & Themes

  • February 10th—Unity Through the Journey of the Soul with Kalyani Jo Marshall
  • March 10th—Garnering the Ziraat Wisdom of Asha Kent with Chaitanya Tomas Gomez 
  • April 14th—The Alchemy of Composting with Firos Holterman
  • May 12th—Sacred Manuscripts of Nature with Shakur Johnson and Jamia Haqq Paul

Sessions are from 3-4:30 pm New York Time, 9-10:30 pm Central Europe Time. 

All are welcome to attend. This program is open and free to the public; come to all or any parts of the series. Video recordings of each class can be found on the Inayatiyya Vimeo page.

If you have questions about Ziraat, or about this series, please email us at


May 12 2023


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 12 2023
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm






  • Jamia Haqq
    Jamia Haqq

    Jamia Haqq (Eila Paul) of Tainui descent has been walking a spiritual path all her life. Introduced to the Inayatiyya in 1997 she was soon initiated by the late Murshida Halima McEwan at the Sharda Centre, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Through her Maori heritage, having a strong connection with nature drew her to the Inayatiyya’s annual Summer Camp in Switzerland in 2002, where she was initiated into Ziraat by Pir Zia. In the last 15 years she has been a trustee, and at times custodian and kaitiaki/guardian, of the Sharda Centre, caring for the beautiful natural native forest, stream and visitors with an outward expression of her inner path.

  • Shakur Don Johnson
    Shakur Don Johnson

    Shakur Don Johnson is part of the Ziraat Council of the Inayatiyya. Shakur was initiated into Ziraat in 1979 by Pir Vilayat Khan. He has been actively involved in Ziraat doing monthly Ziraat classes and Lodges for 42 years. He is the Head of Ziraat at the Abode of the Message. His talent is in service to Ziraat and the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan in projects that increase the connection to our planet, and bring us together in celebrating connection and respect for the Earth.

  • Firos Holterman ten Hove
    Firos Holterman ten Hove

    Firos Holterman ten Hove has been a student within in the Inayatiyya since 1973. He studied History at the University of Utrecht and Organic Agriculture at “Warmonderhof”. His books include The Soul of Flowers, presenting an overview of the plants mentioned by Hazrat Inayat Khan. Firos is Vice President of the Inayatiyya Ziraat Activity and lives with his family in the German Alps, where he runs a nursery.

  • Kalyani Jo Marshall
    Kalyani Jo Marshall

    Kalyani Jo Marshall is an Experienced Farmer in Ziraat and was initiated into the Inayatiyya by Pir Vilayat at the Abode of the Message in about 1980. She is a Cheraga and Healer, but her inner pull is toward Ziraat. Through her studying the Ziraat Lessons and Dialogue, over many years, the mysteries of the Ziraat have slowly come to light.

  • Tomas Chaitanya Gomez
    Tomas Chaitanya Gomez

    Tomas Chaitanya Gomez was initiated into the Sufi Order in 1978. His early training was eclectic (Cherag, Healing Conductor, Ziraat Farmer, and Representative). He has served in administrative and governance functions for the Inayatiyya and the Abode. Professionally he worked in real estate development and also as a public policy advocate, primarily locally, but also at the state level. He lives in the Snoqualmie Valley of Washington State, near a traditional winter camp of the Snoqualmie Tribe, and is married with two amazing children. He has known Asha since the mid-1980’s, and shared many Ziraat ceremonies with him and has worked with him on several redevelopment projects. Upon learning of Asha’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, he has worked tirelessly to chronicle some of Asha’s Ziraat pedagogy, methodology, and wisdom.

  • Asha Kent, in spirit
    Asha Kent, in spirit

    Lazarus Edward Glenn ‘Asha’ Kent was initiated into the SOI by David ‘Shahabuddin’ Less in early 70’s , subsequently he was initiated into Ziraat @ the Abode when Pir Vilayat reintroduced it in the mid 70’s. He has been a Ziraat Farmer, teacher and writer on Ziraat for more than 30+ years. He studied landscape design in Berkeley, CA with Chris Alexander before being taken on as an apprentice to a leading Japanese landscape designer. He ended his formal education after he returned to the Bay Area, studying with the then only traditionally certified US teacher of Feng Shui. After he moved to Seattle in 1989 he started Living Landscapes, and then in the early 2000’s Temple Lighting. He operated both endeavors until his passing in late 2022.