Thanksgiving Retreat

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  • Thanksgiving Day Weekend
    November 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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Pearlstone Center

The Heart of Shukr:

Reorienting Our Souls to Thankfulness

Reisterstown, MD  |  November 27-30

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Retreat Overview

The East Coast MiniRetreat will be taking place during Thanksgiving Break, November 27 – 30. This MiniRetreat will take place at a retreat center in Reisterstown, MD. We are very blessed to have the company of Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Walead Mosaad, and Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud during this retreat. In addition to the spiritual and educational enrichment from our scholars, the retreat will include:
  • A parallel youth program for youth ages 6 and up
  • Babysitting during all adult educational programming. Note: All children 5 & under must either be in babysitting or attended to by parents during all educational programming.
  • Mawlid and nasheed night


Alhamdulilah, the retreat will be centrally located on the East Coast to accommodate for many to attend. It will be just outside of Baltimore, MD. By car, the retreat is:
  • 1 Hour 15 Minutes from Washington DC
  • 2 Hours from Philadelphia
  • 2.5 Hours from Trenton, NJ
  • 3.5 Hours from New York City
  • 4 Hours from Pittsburgh, PA
For those who may want to fly, BWI Airport in Baltimore is only 30 minutes drive from the retreat (Al-Maqasid will be unable to arrange for pickups however).


Attendees will arrive on the evening of Thursday, November 27th and depart on Sunday. This retreat is an upgrade in many ways from previous MiniRetreats. Every attendee will be sleeping in a bed, all the meals provided will be wholesome and sourced from a local farm, babysitting will be provided, and a full youth program has also been designed. All attendees will be sleeping in cabins and dorms according to gender. For those with infants and special health or sleeping needs, we have a very limited number of private rooms.

Registration Packages

Normal registration is $250 for adults (ages 13 and up), $175 for youth (ages 6 to 12), and $75 for infants (5 and younger). College students have a discounted price of $150 for the whole program. For those who cannot attend the entirety of the program, they can arrive on Friday at 6 PM, and attend Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. For weekend-only attendees, prices are as follows: $175 for adults (13 and up), $125 for youth (6 to 12), $60 for infants (5 and younger), $125 for students.

Financial Aid

Please note that financial accessibility is a core value of Al-Maqasid and that we hope to be as accessible as possible. We view each of these retreats as a family reunion between brothers and sisters, and we hope that you do as well. In order for us to uphold our commitment to accessibility, we will need the help of everyone in the family, and we hope that you will help us by sponsoring attendees. Click Here to sponsor attendees.
For those seeking any financial aid, please feel comfortable filling out a request below. We will do our best to accommodate requests. We will also have limited work-study positions available for baby-sitting and the youth program which will provide a discounted registration price. Please see the work study form below.
Click Here for the Financial Aid Form
Click Here for the Work-Study Form
Click Here to Sponsor an Attendee


5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown, Maryland, 21136, United States

The Pearlstone Center is an environmentally-friendly conference and retreat center nestled in the beautiful Maryland countryside just outside of Baltimore. With 160-acres of pasture, woods and farmland, we offer the optimal setting for conferences and retreats with facilities designed to meet the needs of any organization. Pearlstone Retreat Center has over 10,000 square footage of versatile meeting space in 10 different sized meeting rooms. Pearlstone Center can easily accommodate groups of up to 300 people and all of our facilities are handicapped accessible with free WiFi available in all rooms.