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DANCING HEARTS RETREAT: Northern CA Dances of Universal Peace (formerly The Quarterly), October 17-19, 2014 at Isis Oasis Retreat Center, Geyserville, CA.

Registration is now open for the January 2015 Sufi Sesshin retreat.
Early bird discount through 11/15!

Upcoming Sufi Events

  • See the box at right for Healing Circles, dances and classes in Walnut Creek, SF, Sebastopol, Vallejo, Berkeley and Harbin!
  • Community Tuesday at the Mentorgarden Sept 30th. Following the daily practices (5:30 pm) and the weekly pot-luck, it's Poetry Night at the Khankah - share favorite poems and favorite authors. Location here.
  • Autumn Equinox Celebration with Gayatree & friends
    Dancing 7-9:30PM
    Friday, September 26, 2014
    4038 Green Valley School Rd, Graton
    Celebrate the Turning of the Seasons
  • Zikr Friday Sept 26th at the Mentorgarden with Iqbal and Devi.
  • Don't miss Sufi stories with Sharif Graham in Berkeley October 12th at 2:00 p.m. and/or in San Francisco October 16th at 7:00 p.m. (Donations welcome) A senior teacher in the Sufi Order International, Sharif was for many years the archivist and the editor of The Complete Works of Inayat Khan. As he approached retirement he was guided to become a traditional wandering Sufi storyteller. Read all about it here
  • Sacred Mystery, Sacred Mastery: A Retreat with Mariam Baker Oct 24-26 in SF at the Mentorgarden: Flyer here
  • Note: Tui's Marin County Dance gathering at the Sunrise Center, is DISCONTINUED. Watch this site for future announcements.

"Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story" Full episode now on line on PBS through 9/30/14 only.

Celebrating the astounding heroism of this young woman, the eldest child of the Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, who gave her life for the cause of liberty during WWII! A moving and important docu-drama. Read about it here.

Dancing Hearts Retreat: the community gathers for a weekend of Dances of Universal Peace

Northern CA Dances of Universal Peace (formerly The Quarterly), October 17-19, 2014 at Isis Oasis Retreat Center, Geyserville, CA. "Honoring the Past; Serving the Future" Celebrating 30 years of dancing for LOVE, HARMONY and BEAUTY. Tui Wilschinsky, Yarrow Nelson and weave the weekend along with our own leaders and youth -- including all who would like to sign up to lead a dance! View flyer and registration info here.

♥ Many local mureeds have studied with the wonderful Sufi teacher and guide Imam Bilal Hyde. Information about classes and sessions with Imam Bilal is now available at the Nurani Institute web site.
♥ We've got photos from our East Bay Sufi Camp now online.
From the recent Santa Cruz Sufi Camp view this beautiful Peace Dance clip: Prashanti / Supreme Peace dance led by Narayan Eric Waldman.
Photos and recorded teaching talks From the just-concluded Mendocino Sufi Camp are now available online at, as well as from the 2014 Sufi Order summer camp. Also visit to view Pir Shabda's teachings at Lama this month, and a multimedia presentation about the Murshid SAM Dargah project.
Video: Dedication Blessing Ceremony for the Murshid SAM Dargah project at Lama foundation, August 2014.

Beautiful new Khankah S.A.M. Web site

Click here to visit Khankah
SAM Members of Khankah S.A.M. in San Francisco, the original residential community and teaching center of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, have just launched a new web site as a member of the family of sites. The Khankah is under the spiritual direction of Murshid Wali Ali Meyer, head of the Esoteric School of the Ruhaniat, who founded it in 1972. KSAM offers classes, Dances of Universal Peace, zikr and other gatherings for mureeds and the community. It also provides guest lodging for wandering Ruhaniat dervishes and others aligned with the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L Lewis.

Dances of Universal Peace Outreach in Colombia

Sheika Darvesha MacDonald writes, "... learn about an outreach project in Colombia that is uplifting, inspiring, and demonstrates how the Dances and Walks can be extended into global communities to affect social change, environmental justice and spiritual living." Visit"

Subscribe to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more.

Awake! The bells are ringing! The caravan of lovers is forming!

Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher have started a new retreat series called "New Rain" which is meeting twice a year at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. The thrust of the retreats is, 'a Sufi Process of Awakening in the 21st Century'. The retreats, which are 5 days in length, are open to initiates in any of the Inayati Orders. For further information, visit online or contact if you have questions.

'GOD IS BREATH' online series with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer:
Join an e-sangha, participate from anywhere !

Murshid Wali Ali and esoteric secretary Tawwaba Bloch are offering an opportunity to participate online in the 11 month God is Breath class series and join a 'virtual sangha', working with a small group to discuss and digest the rich material Wali Ali offers. Learn and experience basic to advanced Sufi practices! The archived video recordings and associated materials from the 2013 series will be used along with mentored online live meetings. Details and descriptions are here.

Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan Celebrating the life, passing and transmission of HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN

Who was this great Indian teacher, who brought Sufism to the West, taught in California, across the US and in Europe, and left the earth plane to rejoin the Beloved in 1927?

Learn of his life and teachings from an authoritative source, Professor Sharif Graham, keeper of the Hazrat Inayat Khan archives in France for 12 years. These lively talks from a weekend seminar may be heard gratis on this site, with illustrative photos also available.
NEW: SUFIYOUTH.COM! The fabulous young adult leaders in the Sufi Ruhaniat International have created an excellent youth website section, sharing who they are, upcoming youth activities and much more. Check it out!

Federation meeting logo RECORDINGS NOW ONLINE from the 2013 Federation of the Sufi Message gathering,"River of Guidance through the Streams of the Message". Teachings and practices from the various Sufi groups in the global lineage and transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Hildegard of Bingen

Special Offerings of Devi Mathieu:
Through the Ear to the Heart: Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen as Contemplative Practice.
Monday evenings 7:00-8:45 pm at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, Also offered once a month at Santa Sabina in San Rafael and at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station. For schedule updates and carpool details, contact Devi at or visit No experience needed, drop-ins and newcomers always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.

Physicians Of The Heart, a Sufi view of the 99 Names of Allah -- a unique and powerful contemporary guide to Sufi spiritual practice -- is available now in hard-cover (price reduced), in paperback, and also in a feature-rich iPad / iPhone version, as well as e-reader version for Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc. Description and online ordering info here.

Sufi links to visit online:

  • Oregon's longtime Sufi Community newsletter, "The Caravansary", has moved online, with a shared community calendar, directory, and posting site, co-edited by multiple folk:
  • Hear brief and juicy recorded 'gem' excerpts from the teachings of Murshid SAM now online at
  • Keep in touch with the Ruhaniat family: Join the Sufi Ruhaniat International updates email list  (sent monthly, more or less).
  • Khankah Sam is a Sufi spiritual community based around the former home of Murshid Samuel Lewis, now a residential and event center holding and spreading his wisdom, blessing and magnetism throughout the City and beyond. Center info here
  • On Mansur's book Murshid, letters from Pir Moineddin, new photos for sale and much more.
  • News link: Rumi's Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship, a new Coleman Barks release: "The Big Red Book".
  • is an inexhaustible resource on Sufi Teachings particularly Hazrat Inayat Khan, also the Dances and many other topics, maintained by the apparently tireless Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist from Colorado.
  • New Sufi Order page for those interested in the Sufi practice of Retreat or Khilvat: here.
  • The Sufi Remembrance Project, a website for sharing memories of Beloveds on the Path who have crossed over.
  • Baba Ram Dass, Bodhi and Leilah's Doorway Into Light, a project envisioned to reclaim the death of our bodies as a sacred and spiritual passage.
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Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan

By the power of prayer one opens the door of the heart, in which God, the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.
      -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Prayer, no matter how selfish it may seem, begins with a petition to a higher power. It admits the limitation of self, and so the Sufi recognizes good in every form of prayer. One also sees the childishness of some forms but regards the devotee as a child rather than as a sinner. In this way God looks upon such prayer. Divine forgiveness is unfathomable for it is God’s Nature to forgive. What prevents humanity from receiving this forgiveness is that every sin—in fact every act - makes its mark upon mind. Until one repents, that mark remains on the mind. Repentance is the sign of the awakening of the heart; it is the blood of the penitent which is called the blood of the Lamb in Christian terminology, which removes the thought-mark from the mind.

Sufis call this process "unlearning" when applied to acts or knowledge having no moral quality and "penitence" when applied to acts or knowledge having some moral significance. It is the awakening of heart which removes sins and burdens. Consequently there is no forgiveness without repentance; even God cannot touch the unrepentant until given the opportunity. At least so the Universe operates. While the love of God is beyond analysis, it always produces a maximum of harmony and beauty in life.
       -- Murshid Samuel L Lewis

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