a community of lovers
We come into this world and experience a profound forgetfulness; we are asleep. Everything that happens from then on is the process of waking up to the fact that Love brought us here, that we are loved by a Beneficent Unseen Reality, and that the core of our being is Love. The whole purpose and meaning of creation is to discover the secret of Love.
How will I be awake and aware
if the light of the Beloved is absent?
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi is a 13th century Muslim mystic who lived in Konya, Turkey. His poetry has been translated into countless languages and in recent times he has been named the most widely-read poet in the United States. His message of love and unity transcends religious and cultural divides, and can help us navigate our modern world and challenging times.
Join us for our first Rumi’s Circle event in the USA, a weekend exploring how we can awaken to Reality. With sohbet (spiritual conversation), Persian music, meditation, poetry, zhikr, and sacred movement by whirling dervishes from the Threshold Society Mevlevi Order.
Friday June 14, 7pm–9pm, poetry & music concert only
Poetry recital with Persian music by Karevan Ensemble (Amir Etemadzadeh & Ashkan Ghafouri).
Saturday June 15, 9:30am–9pm, full day retreat (includes lunch and dinner)
A day exploring how we can awaken to the Divine through the teachings and practices of Mevlana Rumi. With sohbet (spiritual conversation), meditation, poetry, and zhikr.
Sunday June 16, 2pm–4pm, Whirling Workshop (limited registration)
Sufi whirling (or turning) is a form of moving meditation rich with spiritual symbolism. Explore the roots of this sacred tradition. This practical workshop is accessible to all who wish to learn the basics of the Mevlevi whirling technique. Please bring thick socks or smooth-soled (non-outdoor) shoes.
Friday night concert and Saturday day retreat (including lunch and dinner) only
We have a limited number of scholarships and student discounts, please contact email@example.com for more details.
Khadim Chishti is a Sufi teacher who has been on the spiritual path for 44 years. She has been initiated and taught in the Sufi Order of the West, the Helveti Jerrahi Order, and the Mevlevi Order within Threshold Society. She has led a Sufi circle for 33 years, and also leads personal and group retreats. Professionally in private practice she does mental health counselling, hypnotherapy and interfaith spiritual direction in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel Thomas Dyer has been a student in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition for over 12 years and co-facilitates the Threshold Kendal zhikr circle in England. A great lover of poetry, he discovered Rumi through the music of Leonard Cohen. Daniel is an author and illustrator, and creative director of a children’s publishing company. He regularly contributes to The Living Tradition Sufi blog on Patheos.
Fatimah Ashrif has been a student in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition for nearing 10 years and facilitates a Threshold zhikr circle in Cheshire, England. She was drawn to Rumi’s poetry from a young age and continues to feel enriched by his deep unifying wisdom. Fatimah also advises on projects in the areas of faith education, leadership, empowerment of young people and inter-religious understanding.
Saimma Dyer has been a student in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition for over 12 years and co-facilitates the Threshold Kendal circle in England. She reconnected to her faith after encountering the beauty of Rumi’s message, and is especially interested in exploring the Divine Feminine and how to be a Sufi Feminist. Saimma manages a children’s publishing company and works as a freelance project and events manager. She also writes for Patheos.
Amir Abbas Etemadzadeh: Instructor, Composer, musician is a developed percussionist who’s specialization in hand percussion has made him a highly sought after accompanist and solo player. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Etemadzadeh is considered a leading exponent of the cutting-edge generation of highly creative cross-cultural musicians and educators.
http://www.AmirSchoolofMusic.com Tel: (619) 729-6902
Ashkan Ghafouri was born in 1967 in Tehran. He studied traditional and contemporary Tar techniques and style with various masters of Persian traditional music. Concurrently he expanded his knowledge on music theory and composition with experts in the field. At a young age, he was accepted to one of the famous orchestras in Tehran and showcased his talent in that orchestra for several years. Ashkan has written several books and textbooks for Tar and Setar including; Morteza Neydavood Persian Radif, Simple Radif for Tar, and recently The Tar Encyclopedia. Ashkan is an influential member of the Persian music society and continues to educate numerous students and collaborate on many projects.
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