'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.
and descriptions are here.
UPCOMING SUFI EVENTS
Dances of Universal Peace and Sufi Healing Circles in
San Francisco, Vallejo, Petaluma, Ukiah, Potter Valley, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Alameda, Sebastopol and
Marin and much more -- see box at right --->
Register now for Mendocino Sufi Camp July 20-27,
with Youth Retreat preceding and Silent Retreat to follow.
Zikr with Pir
Shabda Kahn Mar 13th. Dances of Universal Peace with live music, Sufi practices and Remembrance of the One,
with the head of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Convenient and elegant San Rafael location.
Song and Silence Retreat with Devi Mathieu
March 14-16, near Healdsburg. Join a circle of voices in singing sacred chant that comes to us from the 12th-century
Christian mystic, St. Hildegard of Bingen ... Her songs are more than beautiful
and inspiring -- they're encoded with deep wisdom and insight. Experience Hildegard's
music the way she shared it with the women and men who sang with her, in a restful,
spirit-nourishing process of listening and singing together, through the ear to the
More info here
For Devi's regular classes
On Saturday March 22nd, Mariam Baker is offering a womens' retreat in Mill Valley:
SACRED VOICES, SACRED BODIES. Join in this
fertile time of dance and silence, purification and manifestation -- zikr, relaxation and celebration.
11 - 5 p.m. in Mill Valley. Call or e-mail for more information and to register: Marlowe, 510 243 0487;
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who will be sharing some of his recent unpublished work-in-progress on the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".
Murshid Saadi says, "Resurrection can occur whenever we forget the small
self, allowing it to dissolve 'like the dew drop into the shiny sea'.
Opening to the divine we can then allow ourselves to become channels for
blessing and healing. This was the practice of Jesus, whose spirituality we
will explore through a mixture of teaching, silent meditation, walking
meditation, chant, and sacred movement." The retreat
is open to all.
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
Save the date! Santa Cruz Sufi Camp will be held August 22-24. Check back here soon for more.
Save the date! East Bay Camp-Out will be Friday Sept 5th through Sunday Sept 7th. Details and online reg to follow.
Celebrating the life, passing and transmission of HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN
We gathered on February 5th, in joy and gratitude. to mark the day this great teacher, who brought Sufism to the West, 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
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.
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, www.numinacenter.org.
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 email@example.com or
visit www.singhildegard.com. No experience needed, drop-ins
always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.
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.
to Bhavani Judith Tucker's Sonoma County Devotional Music Events email list, with Kirtans,
chanting, Gospel singing and much more.
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: www.OregonCaravan.org
A FEW SUFI VIDEO LINKS
The Sufi Ruhaniat International Channel
features some 20 videos, featuring teachings from Pir Shabda Kahn, Murshid Wali Ali and other
SRI senior teachers, as well as Murshid SAM himself, the unforgettable Joe Miller, and a Sufi youth video.
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 MansurJohnson.com: 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
"The Big Red Book".
Wahiduddin.net 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:
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