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    -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan


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Nourish your practice and connect with your Sufi community in a beautiful natural setting this summer! Music, meditation, Dances of Universal Peace and much more. Perfect for newcomers and old hands alike, all are welcome.
South Bay Sufi Camp at Santa Cruz Aug 21st - 23rd
East Bay Sufi Camp Labor Day Weekend Sept 4th - 7th
Mendocino Sufi Camp July 19th - 26th
Mendocine Youth retreat July 14th - 18th
Mendocino after-camp Silent Retreat July 16th - 30th

Upcoming Sufi Events

  • See the box at right for Sufi dance gatherings and zikrs and sufi Healing Circles around our area.
  • Starburst Activation - a retreat
    Haqiqa writes, Saturday June 13th Murshida Mariam Baker will be leading a Saturday retreat in Mill Valley, CA from 11am to 4pm.
    Open to all!
    For information and registration contact
    See Marlowe's beautiful flier.
  • June 5th, all are wlecome to attend an open dance meeting with the Rainbow Retreat participants at the Mentorgarden. 7:30 PM in San Francisco. Details at or
  • June 13th, Bhavani is presenting the fabulous Fanna fi-Allah Sufi Quwwali in Sebastopol. Don't miss it.
  • The Bay Area Mevlevi Order of America and School of Music is proud to announce that we will be hosting classes and a concert with our master musician Timucin Cevikoglu June 26th - 29th. Classes will be held in Pinole (see his web site here) and in San Francisco -- plus a July 3rd concert in Kensington. Hope to see you there! ALSO THIS JUST IN: Maestro Timucin will be holding Mevlevi/Turkish Music classes in SF June 30th. For info see view the flyer or contact Jami at 415-876-8152 or email ''.
  • Upcoming Classes and Events with Imam Bilal
  • Yasmin Haut writes, it is an honor to invite our LGBTQ+ community to the First RAINBOW SUFI RETREAT at Khankah SAM this June 4-7. We gather recognizing the historic nature of this event. We revel under the great arc of time, where forgiveness, persistence and harmony flourish. And we humbly serve the Message, open to all the diverse ways love has and will continue to manifests in our sufi family. Muiz Brinkerhoff and I have agreed to hold the post as Spiritual Directors.
    Please spread the word. Registration is limited to 35. We believe it will fill fast.
  • Sufi Dances of Universal Peace at Amma's in San Ramon Tuesday June 9th (get her darshan/hug early, then dances around 3:00 PM.) Dance with Gaiatree, Ramananda & friends. For more information see the calendar or contact Gayatri at (707) 527-1573.
  • Bhavani is sponsoring the incomparable Sufi Qawwali 'party' Fanna-fi-Allah appearing in Sebastopol June 13th. This is their only North Bay appearance until next year. This group of American and Canadian musicians have devoted the last 15 years of their lives to steeping themselves in the Chishti lineage in India and Pakistan, and its tradition of qawwali...singing mystic poetry and prayer in a dynamic interplay of astonishing voices, harmoniums, tabla, and percussive clapping. Don't miss it! View flyer here.

Hildegard of Bingen

Devi Mathieu, Allaudin Mathieu and author Mirabai Starr will present
a retreat in New Mexico Aug 13th - 16th: Weaving the Mysteries.

More special Offerings from 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.

Online Practice Support with Taj and Gayan: NEW RAIN ONLINE
Imagine the joy and fulfillment that a vibrant, daily spiritual practice brings.
But there are difficulties on the path.
The pull of daily life makes it hard to maintain rhythm and momentum.
When challenges arise, how do you engage them wisely?
Retreats and seminars are wonderful when they happen, but what do you do in between?
New Rain Online provides ongoing support for your spiritual practice.
Led by Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher, it will help you:

    Keep your spiritual practice alive
    Overcome discouragement and deadening routines
    Engage in prayer as a continual revelation
    Meditate confidently and effectively

How it Works:

    Live monthly online class that will be recorded for your convenience
    Weekly practice tips via email
    Pose personal questions and concerns to Taj and Gayan
    Periodic in-depth inquiry sessions
    Supportive practice partner groups (optional)

The first session of New Rain Online runs from May 1 - July 31, 2015. After this, pricing 
and structure may change, so it's a great time to join in at an introductory price.
To register or for more information:

NEW VIDEO online: "Love's Caravan: Sufism in the West" Taken in 2008 at the Sufi Conference in Monterey and featuring Sheikh Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Imam Bilal Hyde, Maata Lynn Barron, Pir Shabda Khan, and Pir Zia Inayat Khan, with musicians including Huzur Nawaz on Ney and K. Sridhar on Sarod.

This excellent short film explores some of Sufism's central themes: its relationship with Islam, the transformative nature of divine love, the practice of the dhikr (zikr), the intimacies of the heart and the tradition of the awliya. Pir Shabda leads dances and talks about this form.

View it on Vimeo or on YouTube (16 min.) Accompanying videos include several worthwhile interviews.

Sufi Healing Circles (see the Calendar for details and any schedule changes)

♥ Afteroons the East Bay, monthly on the 3rd Wednesday (w/ occasional exceptions)
♥ Sebastopol, monthly on the 4th Tuesday
♥ Orinda, monthly on the first Saturday
♥ Ukiah, Friday mornings
♥ Berkeley, 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month
♥ San Francisco Sunday mornings at Khankah SAM
In Sufi practices, and particularly Sufi healing practices, our intention is to touch and manifest divine qualities which always are alive within us. Sufism is based on experience and not on premises; in our healing circles we use breath, sound, contemplation and prayer to open and experience our 'hidden treasures' such as purification, compassion and healing power which are our True Nature; and we perform the Absent Healing ritual of Hazrat Inayat Khan to send healing light to others. All are welcome, there is no charge. Bring the name of anyone who has asked for healing.

Sufi Movement International events with Murshida Rabia Ana Perez Chisti, Orinda CA

Rabia writes, "Anyone who wishes to attend the Universal Worship is welcomed to join us every first Saturday of the month at 11am to 12:30. We have a Vegan pot-luck lunch following the service. From 4-5:30 we have the Healing Ritual and Class which is open to all folks.
We meet at Sanctuary Sharda Sufi Movement International 11 Los Amigos Court Orinda, CA. 94563 For info: Call 925-254-2250."
Website: Center brochure here

Subscribe to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more, from many traditions, all around the Bay Area and North Bay.

'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.

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:

  • MURSHIDA VERA CORDA WEB SITE  is now online.
  • 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.
Free talks on the life, teachings 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.
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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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