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heart & wings in color When love's fire produces its flame, it illuminates like a torch the devotee's path in life, and all darkness vanishes. -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan


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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 Sufi classes, dance gatherings, Healing Circles and retreats in SF, Ukiah, Sebastopol, Graton and Berkeley! And now there are Dances of Universal Peace and Kirtan in Sunnyvale on the second Fridays of the month!
  • Community Tuesday at the Mentorgarden Oct 28th. Following the daily practices (5:30 pm) and the weekly pot-luck, Mevlevi Music, poetry, singing and whirling inspired by Mevlana Jelaluddin RumiLocation here.

Sacred Mystery, Sacred Mastery: A Retreat with Mariam Baker Oct 24-26 in SF at the Mentorgarden

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A weekend retreat and community gathering led by Murshida Mariam Baker. Walks and Dances of Universal Peace, SoulWork, Silence, Poetry and Storytelling. Culminating in a Sunday morning Cosmic Celebration. Friday, October 24, 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, October 26, l0 a.m.-l2 noon Swimming in the ocean of Wisdom, Love and Beauty, we dive deeply into the hearts of Masters, Saints and Prophets, and cultivate the growth and depth of our own heart. From this source we enhance our ability to share the pearls of our heart with the world, moving through Mystery to Mastery. We celebrate our unique Soul joumey within the richness of our universal Sufi lineage, incorporating experiential embodiment. We culminate Sunday moming with a Cosmic Celebration, inviting all to participate in the co-creation of this ritual. This is a time to honor and support all local Cherags in this service of Universal Peace and all Ministry.

Information and registration:
Marlowe: email
$175-$133 sliding scale for entire retreat
$101 for Saturday

Qawwali Workshop Oct 25th with Kiran and Jeanne Rana, Oakland

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with a break for (bring your bag) lunch Suggested donation $25, all offerings welcome, no one turned away. To register, contact Jeanne Brondino Rana at (510) 521-7383 or Questions? Contact Kiran at 510-393-6963 or

Qawwali is an ecstatic Sufi music, traditionally performed at shrines and mystical gatherings in India and Pakistan. The deep, often revelatory meaning and emotional charge of the lyrics open hearts and minds and connect us deeply to insight, truth, the One.

All are welcome: singers, musicians, non-musicians; even if you just want to listen, come. Starting with simple voice activation, tuning exercises and group trust activities, we will learn to sing one -- possibly two -- traditional qawwali songs, with some English interpolations.

Samhain Celebration w/Gayatree Friday, Oct 31st, 7 pm in Graton

Stir the cauldron of life, death & rebirth! This magical night of the Celtic calendar is a time for honoring the dead and divining the future, when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. Enjoy Dances of Universal Peace, singing, dancing, meditation, joyful praise with Gayatri and friends. Connect with the earth through the elements. Dances of Universal Peace honor all traditions, the Goddess, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Native traditions and more. View flyer and directions 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.

"Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's 100 Steps on the Mystical Path of Love" is an ongoing series of classes on based upon Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's Mystical Commentary of the Quran. Check the Nurani site or get on their email list for future opportunities. Recorded classes are also available.

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.

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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