Immersion Retreat 2024 Minnesota

Retreat 2024

Course Category: Certification Requirements | Level 1 Course

Course Code: CRT 102

When: August 7-11, 2024

Where: Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone, MN

Venue Address: 54165 Audubon Drive, Sandstone, MN 55072

Venue Website:


The annual Ribaat Immersion Retreat brings together the students, faculty and staff of Ribaat for an unforgettable in-person experience. Learning takes place in small and large group settings, a rigorous worship schedule helps participants put their ibadah on the right track for the year to come, and the community of beloved teachers and fellow students brings home the spirit of Ribaat.


Days will be filled with lessons focusing on learning, personal growth, and worship through whole and small group activities, student-to-student interaction, and in-person time with teachers. Evenings and nights will be filled with worship, prayer, and Quran reading. A detailed schedule will be shared with registered retreaters upon arrival.


The Immersion Retreat is open to Ribaat students ages 17 and above. If you have ever taken a course or workshop, even if you were unable to complete it, you are welcome to apply. After applications are reviewed, priority registration will be given to current Ribaat students who have not attended a retreat in the past and are registered in a certification track.

Policy on children: To allow students and team members to focus fully on the program, children and infants may not accompany retreaters. All attendees must be full participants, women, ages 17 and older.


Retreaters will be directed to their accommodations upon arrival at the venue. All facilities are shared with other attendees. Accommodations are all cabins or dorm-style housing with bunk beds. Preference for lower or upper bunks will be provided based on physical ability. 

A full packing list will be sent prior to the retreat. Attendees will be provided with bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket) and towels. Retreaters will be expected to keep their accommodations tidy and clean. 

The wi-fi available at the venue will not support a livestream, so it will not be possible to livestream the retreat. There is some wifi, however, that is available for retreaters to use during break times.


Preference will be given to attendees with accessibility needs. If you have a medical condition, cannot walk long distances, require a lower bunk, or accessible bathroom and shower, or have other accessibility needs, kindly fill the application form to inform the retreat team as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.


There will be 3 catered meals per full day, with dinner on the day of arrival, and breakfast the morning of departure. Beverages and snacks will also be available throughout the day. All food is zabiha halal.

Special dietary needs or allergies must be mentioned in the retreat application form. 

Application & Registration Process:

Applications will open March 1st. Since spaces are limited and this retreat is a requirement for graduation, priority registration will be given to current Ribaat students who have not attended a retreat in the past.

Students whose application has been approved will receive an email with a link to pay. Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment of at least 1 installment. 

Registration fee: $650 

Registration fees are refundable until July 1st. To request a refund, students must email before this date.

Rabata is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, all registration fees go towards the costs of running the retreat.

The registration fee includes:

  • 4 days of educational programming
  • Transportation between the Rabata Cultural Center and the venue by bus
  • Accommodations and bedding
  • Meals, beverages & snacks (halal zabiha)
  • A welcome packet
  • The registration fee does NOT include travel costs to or from Minnesota. 

Installment Plans:

  • If registering before April 15th, total payment can be divided into 3 monthly installments. 
  • If registering before May 15th, total payment can be divided into 2 monthly installments.
  • If registering after May 15th, full payment will be required.
Registration will not be confirmed until at least one payment is made, and all payments must be made before June 15th to reserve your space. After this date, incomplete registrations may be assigned to a student on the waitlist.

Payment can also be made in full to reserve your space immediately.

Financial Assistance:

A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. A separate application for these spaces is required. Scholarship recipients will pay a partial registration and need to make their own travel arrangements between home and the Rabata Cultural Center. Scholarship spaces are subject to availability.

Partial Attendance:

There will be no partial attendance fees. All retreaters will need to pay in full even if they will not be attending the entire retreat. 

In the event a retreater needs to arrive/depart outside of the bus timings stated below, transportation between the airport and Osprey Wilds (a distance of about 100 miles) will be the responsibility of the retreater. 

Travel arrangements:

Wednesday, August 7th, 2024:

  • Between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm: Arrive at the Rabata Cultural Center (aka RCC. Address: 3533 Lexington Ave N, Arden Hills MN, 55126)
  • Register for the retreat and explore the RCC.
  • 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm: Depart to the retreat venue by bus.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Arrive at Osprey Wilds and settle in.
  • 6:30 pm: Retreat schedule begins.

Sunday, August 11th, 2024

  • 9:00 am: Depart from Osprey Wilds by bus.
  • Group 1: 11:00 am: Arrive at MSP - Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport.
  • Group 2: 11:00 am: Arrive at the RCC.
  • Returning flights should be scheduled after 2:00 pm.
  • 1:00-3:30: Sunday halaqa at the RCC (optional)

Register: Click here to apply:

application form

Contact: For questions, email

Note: Above information and guidelines are subject to change.