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ANNOUNCEMENTS as of August 23rd 2017;   (Get email reminders)

  • This coming Sunday:"JOE'S WALK" in Golden Gate Park! See the Events List to read more.
  • FLASH: Sadaya Zimmerle will be co-leading the East Bay Sufi Camp next month, in Gaiatree's absence! She is known and appreciated as a musician and dance leader, as well as for her tremendous behind-the-scenes work managing our local camps. Read update about this camp and more events.
  • A new Update from Gaiatree Jones is on her YouCaring page (use the link then scroll down to 'Updates').
  • Sept 16th at the Mentorgarden: Becoming The Stillness Between Breaths with Murshid Wali Ali -- director of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, offering guidance to spiritual wayfarers on the path of awakening to the true nature of their soul. His profound teachings draw on the Sufi and Zen attunements of his own teacher, Murshid SAM. Our class starts at 10 AM and lunch is included. Dinner is on your own; Zikr after dinner, ending around 9:30. Cost $99 - and kitchen gratuities for PamAllah are welcome! If coming from out of town, we currently have a few beds available in the guesthouse. email hidden; JavaScript is required if you want one! Please do register if you plan to come, since we need to plan the meals. Share this with anyone who you feel might benefit from this form of practice.
  • Day/evening of Zikr with Iqbal and Devi Lewis - Saturday, October 7. View flyer & details
  • Nov 4-5 in Nevada city: Transformation: Grapes into Wine with Allaudin Ottinger. View gorgeous flyer here. Sufi Teachings, Dances of Universal Peace Music, Meditation, Nature, Sufi Zikr Intensive. Following the Sufi Path. listening, Visioning... Transformation comes with every breath. Allaudin Ottinger is a musician and a senior teacher in the Ruhaniat. In Nevada City, CA (at a private residence). Cost: Pre-Reg- $99, before 9/1/17 $125, at the door. Delicious organic lunches with pre-registration, add $15 one day or $25 both (Vegan, Vegetarian or 'Eat all'). Send payment to: Shining Heart Community 4600 Lloyd, Kansas City, KS 66103 or PayPal to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Information - (913) 961-3314
  • February (!) 2018: The Northern California Sufi Sesshin retreat, an inspired mix of sitting silent mediation and active practices (Dances of Universal Peace, walking concentrations and zikr) ~ usually held in January, next year will begin Feb 23rd. Registration is open online now.
  • MORE UPCOMING SUFI CAMPS & RETREATS -- save the dates and be present!
    • Up in Humboldt County: Labor Day Weekend Sufi Campout on the Van Duzen River at Pamplin Grove: "This Sacred Journey", Sept 1st - 4th.
    • East Bay Sufi Camp with Perry, Sadaya & friends, Sept 15th-17th
    • October 20-22nd: The Dances of Universal Peace Dancing Hearts Retreat (formerly known as the quarterly) in Geyserville, with well-known international dance leader Grace Marie from Colorado. Cushy accomodations complete with hot tub. Do the Dances of Universal Peace the whole weekend long until they dance your dream.
    • Visit the Inayati Order summer and fall events and online seminars, with Pir Zia and other leaders.
    • January 2018 Mexico Sufi Camp with Asha and Atum, follow the link to learn more and register.
    • More camps, workshops and retreats on
  • Devotional music of all kinds, everywhere in our area can be found on Bhavani's list email hidden; JavaScript is required. Sent out with love every week. If it feeds you, please consider clicking the donate link on the list email you will receive.
  1. Giving back to Gaiatree, UPDATE, 8/16/17: After so many years here, and being such a bright light in our spiritual community, Gaiatree finally did receive a green card and she now is caring for her mother in the UK. She writes, "As you can imagine/know this is a very intense journey we are taking, I am surprised to find myself exhausted and what a full time job this is. ... Thank-you all so much for your help, love and donations, I couldn't be doing this without you (and thank-you to all the people who have preferred to donate off line). My village is with me energetically, I feel that love and care when I call upon it. Sometimes you just need some good hugs, though, and a cup of coffee with someone you know." She will probably stay as long as she is needed; "I trust that it will unfold with the usual Divine Grace but it is excruciating and painfully sad at times". Read the update and please consider a generous donation to the crowd-fund which has been created to cover her rent etc during her absence. Click to go there.
  2. The East Bay Sufi Camp (9/15-17), which Gaiatree and Perry usually lead, will go on as usual -- as well as the 2nd Tuesday zikrs with Muiz.
  3. Murshid Wali Ali's weekly Dharma night classes are now available online, with teachings and practices of Murshid SAM's Zen teacher, Sokei-an Sasaki.
  4. Video "Eat, Dance and Pray" by Anahata Iradah -- about MURSHID SAM AND THE DANCES of Universal Peace
  5. Wonderful meditative VIDEO on the dervish Turn
  6. Highly recommended by your webmaster: Illuminating the Shadow, a NEW BOOK by and about Pir Moineddin, leader of SRI for over 3 decades, his amazing, inspiring life story and his teachings.
  7. The Dargah or shrine of Murshid SAM, at Lama Foundation in New Mexico, is nearing completion and will be dedicated and blessed at a retreat on the mountain in August. View photos and information.


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  • NOW on our site: Area Sufi events in Alameda, Santa Cruz and San Francisco in the top bar menu (or for smaller screens, the ☰ menu symbol).
  • For weekly devotional singing with Devi Mathieu in Santa Rosa, also monthly in Marin, visit
  • NEW Sacramento Dances of Universal Peace web page.
  • Find out about Sufi classes online-- some free or at low cost

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