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Sacred Pattern: Balancing the Feminine & Masculine, Kendal Nov 10-12

Continuing the conversation started last year, join us for a weekend to explore the balance of the sacred feminine and masculine within ourselves and within our world…

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A Love Affair

Reflections by Matthew Wright on being an Episcopal Mevlevi – balancing Christianity and Islam This post represents the first piece of “new” content on A Waking Heart, and it’s probably … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Greenbelt, Kettering Fri 25th Aug

We’re proud to be participating in Greenbelt this year, offering a late-evening Sufi Soul Session with music, zhikr and whirling! Friday 25th August, 10:30-11:30pm Amal Tent, Boughton House, Kettering NN14 … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Rumi Retreat! Sep 1-4 2017

We’re looking forward to spending another wonderful weekend with Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Sep 1-4) down at lovely Gaunts House in Dorset. Set in 1600 … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shaikh Oruç Güvenç

We honour the passing of Mevlevi Shaikh and master musician, Oruç Güvenç. Many of us at Rumi’s Circle have been healed and uplifted by the music of this beautiful soul. … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spiritual Values into Action: Sufism & Peace, Wed 12 Jul

    Join us for an evening with Syed Salman Chisty In collaboration with St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Wed 12 July, 2017 7-8:30pm St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ramadan with Shams: The Ambush of Love

This Ramadan, I drank from the wisdom of Shams of Tabriz contained in the wonderful book Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz. “Shams” means “Sun” of course, and this year the summer equinox fell in the month of Ramadan; something which felt significant.

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Altrincham Interfaith Cultural Evening Thu 6 Jul

Rumi’s Circle will be reciting poetry and Sufi songs as part of Altrincham Interfaith Group’s evening of cultural entertainment. Join us!

June 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating! May your celebration be joyous and full of Love. What a Nourisher The sensible man doesn’t pay attention to what increases or decreases, since both … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bradford Lit Fest Whirling Workshop Sun 9 Jul

Back by popular demand at Bradford Literature Festival, join Rumi’s Circle to explore the roots of the whirling dervish sacred tradition

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United for Peace, Birmingham Wed 10th May

Join us for an evening of poetry and whirling at the University of Birmingham: United for Peace: Unity through Poetry

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The Messenger’s Gift

Robert Abdul Hayy Darr explores how training a parrot to speak using a mirror becomes, in Rumi’s hands, a metaphor for how revelation is transmitted to humankind.

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International Women’s Day

A tribute from RC to our sisters on IWD. Please do share with the men and women who are dear to you, inspire you or you seek to empower.

March 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Dervish and the Imam

The Dervish and the Imam Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by David Ginsberg Shamzi Tabriz stood at the sea, Shining in all his might: In silence … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The British Islam Conference Feb 25-26

We’re excited to be presenting at The British Islam Conference this year, organised by New Horizons. We’ll be speaking about Sufi Activism. Sufism recognises that harmony must be achieved between … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Awakening to the Divine Feminine through Song

We are little late in sharing the reflection from our Sacred Feminine artist-in-residence, Mariana Kurko. Here are her reflections on her time with us, as well as a link to … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

America of the Heart: Whitman and Rumi

As we enter deeper into the introspection of the winter months and America continues to search its soul in the aftermath of the presidential election, I find myself turning to … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Remembering Srebrenica Award Nomination!

We are honoured to have been nominated for Best Community-Focused Event for our Remembering Srebrenica event earlier this year! Our Healing Srebrenica evening of prayers and remembrance with poetry, music … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spiritual Activism, London Sat 7th Jan

Join Rumi’s Circle and St. Ethelburga’s for an evening with Dr Omid Safi, to discuss Spiritual Activism: Love and Justice in our Times. Faith communities find themselves under assault on … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

As we move forward to embrace the first day of this new year, we take a moment to consider how to embody love in the year ahead.

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Wisdom – An Ongoing Conversation with Divine Reality

The Prophet Muhammad said, “Wisdom is like the truly faithful one’s stray camel; he (she) will recognize it when he (she) finds it.” Within the Way of Islam and the … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Words from the East

The poetic tradition of the Mevlevi Order is not limited to the beautiful poetry of Mevlana Rumi. The Mevlevi Order has produced great poets, musicians, and artists throughout the centuries. … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Urgent Unveiling

Reflections on Unveiling the Divine: Honouring the Sacred Feminine There’s a poem written by Key Ballah which for me captures some of what was happening during the Sacred Feminine gathering. … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Rumi’s Urs 2016 Manchester, Bradford & London

Rumi’s Circle with Mevlevi whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce the 2016 celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. Join … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Delicious Love!

Reflections on Unveiling the Divine: Honouring the Sacred Feminine ‘Don’t forget your heart’ – it might sound odd but we do exactly this, our religion and thinking can become stiff, … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inter Faith Week SoulScript, Hale Barns Sat 19th Nov

Join us for Inter faith Week SoulScript where we will share reflections on scriptures that speak about “Divine Difference”. Saturday 19th November 2016, 10:30am, FREE John Clarke Room, Hale Unitarian … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reflections from Unveiling the Divine

We had a phenomenal gathering last weekend in Kendal honouring the Sacred Feminine. We will be sharing photos, video and audio from the gathering, also reflections from attendees and how … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

LIMITED CONCESSIONS Unveiling the Divine: Honouring the Sacred Feminine, Kendal Oct 14-16th

We have a small number of concessions available for people with limited financial means who are interested in participating in our gathering. To book your place, select the concessionary price … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

O Drunkard!

Why do you not keep the company of other drunks? Do you not see how your breath sickens the sober? Not content to sup in modest company, you threw yourself … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

We are all One, London Oct 9th

We are supporting Women of Peace One gathering in London on Sunday October 9th. Let us know if you will be there! With the breath of Peace and Unity , … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Divine: Honouring the Sacred Feminine, Kendal Oct 14-16th

Join us for a weekend honouring the Sacred Feminine through conversation, heart reflections, meditation, prayer, music and movement. We are blessed to offer this gathering in the beautiful setting of … Continue reading

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Friends for Change Meditation London Thu 11th Aug

Rumi’s Circle are supporting Friends for Change monthly meditation gatherings at St Ethelburga’s Tent in London. A different faith meditation is shared each month – come and experience the heart’s … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Readings from Healing Srebrenica

Rumi’s Circle with the support of Chorlton Central Church brought together friends from different faith backgrounds to honour a lost generation of Bosnian men and boys, and to offer prayers … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rumi Retreat! Aug 26-29th

It’s that time of year again – registrations are open for the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 26-29th). Join us for a long weekend to deepen our spiritual understanding … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tweeting the Qur’an

This year was the second year that I read and tweeted the Qur’an, though also a first of sorts in that I started at the beginning, the previous year I … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak friends! May the blessings of Ramadan be with you year-long and may we meet each other in peace and goodwill. It is from My kindness that the smell … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Times With Rumi

My first encounter with Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi was many years ago in Boise, Idaho. I was living in Mexico at the time on a foreign service assignment and I used … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

SoulScript, London Fri 29th Jul

Join us for another SoulScript in St Ethelburga’s Tent. Friday 29th July, 1-2pm. We will continue exploring selections from the holy scriptures on the theme of the Divine Feminine with … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Join us: Be Supportive. Be Supported.

Join us as we affirm our commitment to unity, compassion and service…and to work tirelessly with others to co-create a world that honours, respects and loves all people…

June 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

DATE CHANGE: Healing Srebrenica, Manchester Fri 8th Jul

Please note change of date! Friday 8th July, 2016 Chorlton Central Church, Barlow Moor Road, Manchester M21 8BF Please arrive by 7.15pm for 7.30pm prompt start. Free Entry. Generously supported … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Power of the Heart: In Memory of Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

I want a heart torn open by longing to  share the pain of this love. Whoever has been parted from his source longs to return to that state of union. … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

SoulScript, London Fri 17th Jun

17th June 2016 1-2pm The Tent, St Ethelbergas, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG Rumi’s Circle has for a while now been informally facilitating what it likes to call “SoulScript”. SoulScript … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are fasting during this time! May it be blessed with worldly emptiness and spiritual fullness! O moon-faced Beloved, the month of Ramadan has arrived. … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Come, Come, Whoever You Are

The super talented and beautifully humble Medina Tenour Whiteman sharing a Rumi poem, recorded at half-midnight in a hotel corridor in Bradford!

June 2, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ruminations: Spiritual Practice, Hale Barns Sun 5th Jun

Rumi’s Circle invites you to attend a poetry circle on the theme of ‘spiritual practice’. The world’s many different faith traditions have both similar and differing spiritual practices but the … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Peeling off the Labels

We’re hoping to launch a new, alternative scriptural reasoning group called SoulScript. Details of these gatherings, physical and online, will be shared soon. In the meantime, we invite you enjoy … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Zhikr & Poetry in Kendal, Fri 13th May

Rumi’s Circle and the South Lakes Interfaith Forum invite you to an evening of zhikr (Divine remembrance) poetry, and meditation. Friday 13th May, 7 to 8.30pm FREE Kendal Unitarian Chapel, … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wisdom Stories from the Sufi Tradition, May 1-28

Wisdom Stories from the Sufi Tradition:  an eCourse with Shaikh Kabir Helminski through Spirituality & Practice, May 1-28 What is Sufism, and what is a Sufi story? What we mean … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whirling from Mevlana’s Urs

A moment captured from our Urs celebration last December 2015, filmed by David Aldred at the atmospheric St Mark’s Church in London, with beautiful music by Amir Koushkani (tar) and … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Events at Bradford Literature Festival May 28-29th

We are excited to be part of the fantastic Bradford Literature Festival this year! With over 200 events featuring world renowned speakers, artists and authors, Bradford is the place to … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment