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World-wide Camps & Retreats 2014: Sufi Ruhaniat / Sufi Order
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MENDOCINO CAMP is July 20-27;
YOUTH RETREAT is July 15-19,
Go to web site for info and registration on all three.
EAST BAY SUFI CAMP near Oakland is September 5-7. Web site here.

  • Zikr in Sebastopol with Muiz and Gaiatree, Tuesday April 8th. Info here
  • Dances of Universal Peace in Walnut Creek, San Francisco and Sebastopol
  • Zikr next week in San Rafael with Pir Shabda
  • The Resurrection of Life: Easter with the Aramaic Jesus, with MURSHID SAADI (DR. NEIL DOUGLAS-KLOTZ) April 2014, Healdsburg
    An opportunity to deepen in our own sense of resurrection and renewal through teachings and practices suggested by the words of Jesus in his native Aramaic language. This is a rare visit to the West Coast from Saadi, who will be sharing some of his recent unpublished work-in-progress on the Jesus traditions in early Islam, as well as material from his earlier works, particularly the Aramaic Lord's Prayer, "Blessings of the Cosmos", and "I Am: the Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus". The retreat is open to all.
  • A few spaces remain for Murshida Mariam Baker's Mureeds and Friends retreat on a beautiful, peaceful hilltop in northern California. A tranquil weekend in nature to dive into Sufi practices. Delicious food, both physical and spiritual. Please register now.
  • In ALAMEDA: Poetry, Quwwali Music classes and Sufi teachings with Kiran and Jeanne Rana at the Sufi Way center of Alameda.
  • DANCING HEARTS RETREAT May 2-4 in nearby Geyserville
    We invite you to join us for our annual springtime retreat of spiritual renewal, and the rejuvenation of our Dancing Hearts community at Isis Oasis. Join us in sacred circle as we honor the manifest multiplicity of creation as the Dance of the Divine. The stream of blessing of the Dances of Universal Peace invites us to praise this Mystery through the many devotional paths of humankind's evolution. We recognize the One Being in all the forms of the universe, yet know the Beloved to be beyond all form. We will journey on the path of remembering the Beloved who dwells within the altar of our own hearts with dancing, meditation, silence, poetry, zikr, and the companionship of dear hearts. Get the flyer with all details.

'GOD IS BREATH' online series starting in March 2014:
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.

      2014 Sufi Ruhaniat Summer Camps from Golden Gate Sufi Circle
  • Mendocino Sufi Camp July 20-27. Our 40th annual camp directed by Pir Shabda with Asha Greer, Mariam Baker, Allaudin Ottinger and more! Full info and discounted early-bird registration here
  • 2014 Youth Retreat with Maitreya Jon Stevens and Diana Lyon July 15-19
  • Silent Retreat w/ Taj Inayat & friends July 27-31
  • East Bay Camp-Out will be Friday Sept 5th through Sunday Sept 7th. Web site here
  • Save the date! Santa Cruz Sufi Camp will be held August 22-24. Check back here soon for more.
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.
Most Monday evenings 7:00-8:45 pm (no meetings Dec 23, Dec 30, or Jan 6) 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.

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

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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