Every leaf of the tree becomes a page of the book
once the heart is opened and has learned to read.
Azahara was founded in 2018 as a collaborative space for study, prayer and reflection, drawing upon and putting into practice the spiritual ecology of Al-Andalus, as well as its arts and crafts, with the intention of deepening our connection to Allah (swt). We take our inspiration from Al-Andalus, a dynamic period in Iberian history brimming with Islamic scholarship, innovative agricultural techniques, iconic arts and cutting-edge crafts. Sustainability was built into a way of life that valued knowledge, balance and beauty as much as faith and remembrance of God, and which influenced Europe and the Arab world for centuries.
Azahara has hosted events ranging from classes on Islamic spirituality and Qur’an to beekeeping, heritage seeds and olive oil soapmaking, as well as Eid celebrations, circles of dhikr (remembrance of God), outdoor activity camps for kids and teens, and communal meals bringing together people of all faiths and none. In our efforts to return to a more respectful, gentle way of relating to nature, we organise tree-planting and harvests with the local community as well as guests from over a dozen nationalities worldwide. The Azahara project is designed around Islamic sustainability and supporting the local economy whilst working harmoniously with the natural environment. Its core goal is to provide opportunities for people to reconnect to the land and experience the beauty of simplicity, and to remember Allah through His signs.