Rumi's Circle

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A Sufi Fable by Mary Khalila Platt

Listen to A Sufi Fable by Mary Khalila Platt Once upon a time, when the earth was parched, the animals broke down, each one lost heart. “We’re dry and broken … Continue reading

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Awakening with Rumi, Madison USA, Jun 14-16

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 … Continue reading

April 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Waterloo Festival, London Sat 8th Jun

Saturday 8th June, 7pm Tickets £6/£4 – book now St. John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY The Waterloo Festival is an annual summer festival of arts … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: Sacred Balance & Ecology of the Soul, Kendal Sat 23rd Mar

Join Rumi’s Circle for a heart-based discussion on how to create harmony in our inner and outer worlds. Looking at the current ecological crisis and the balancing of the Sacred … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Horizons in British Islam, Feb 23-24

We will be at the British Islam Conference next weekend facilitating a workshop about reading your own love story. The mystics of Islam recognise the power and importance of love … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sufi Whirling Retreat, Turkey May 1-5

Join Sufihouse for their next whirling retreat, May 1-5, in Turkey Explore the depths of sema (whirling) through an awareness of the body and the soul. This exploration will include … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

In the Presence of the One, We Are All Shining

As the aspen leaves are changing color, revealing their outmost love and submission to the compassionate and wise laws of this vast and infinite Existence which guides them through the … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

MACFEST Whirling Workshop, Manchester Sat 12th Jan

Rumi’s Circle, in association with MACFEST, present our first Manchester whirling workshop. Saturday 12th Jan 2019 2:30-4pm Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Rd, Manchester M12 4NE Register your FREE place on … Continue reading

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Finding Love with Rumi

We are delighted to offer this talk by dear circle member, Shazreh Hussain, from the Threshold Islamabad group. Shazreh was invited to deliver a talk on Rumi by the Asian … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rumi’s Urs 2018 Bradford Sat 15th Dec

Rumi’s Circle with Mevlevi dervishes from The Threshold Society invite you to celebrate Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. Join us for an evening of … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Prayer, Social Justice and Children

Jenny Fox Eades presented the following talk on April 7th 2018 at our event “Responsible Stewardship for our Times”. We are grateful to Jenny and the other speakers for sharing … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

**CANCELLED** MACFEST Whirling Workshop, Manchester Sat 17th Nov

  This workshop will be rescheduled at a later date with MACFEST – we will post more details soon. *** We are proud to be supported MACFEST, Manchester’s first Muslim … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

Today is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us. Didn’t I say, don’t sit with sad companions? Don’t sit with anyone but … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

CANCELLED Women of Faith: Following in the Footsteps of Khadija & Noor-un-Nisa

We are sorry to announce that we have to cancel this event.

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Women of Faith: Grandmothers of Spirit Audio

Listen to Camille Helminski’s talk on ‘Women of Faith: Learning from our Grandmothers of Spirit’. We apologise for some technical issues with the sound and hope you enjoy this offering … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sufi Whirling Retreat, Turkey Oct/Nov

Join Sufihouse for their next whirling retreat, Oct 31 – Nov 4, in Fethiye, Turkey “In this journey, we will explore the depths of sema (whirling) through an awareness of … Continue reading

September 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Women of Faith, London Tue 28th Aug

Tuesday 28th August, 6:30pm ~ £5 on the door, refreshments will be provided St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG Camille Adams Helminski explores stories of women of faith … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rumi Retreat! Aug 24-27th

It’s that time again! We’re off to spend another wonderful weekend with Mevlevis and other Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 24-27th) down at lovely Gaunts … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bradford Literature Festival July 7-8, 2018

Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Rumi’s Circle will be at the Bradford Literature Festival this year over the second weekend, July 7-8, 2018. Book your tickets for each event: Sat 7th … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ninety-Nine Names of God: Ramadan Ecourse

Join Shaikha Camille Adams Helminski and Daniel Thomas Dyer for a Ramadan Ecourse on the Ninety-Nine Names of God. Based on material from Camille’s book, Ninety-Names of the Beloved, and … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Conscious Activism: Responsible Stewardship, Sat 7 Apr

We will be running a series of workshops in 2018 on the theme of “Conscious Activism”, an activism which balances inner work on the self with the struggle for justice … Continue reading

March 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

Suleyman Dede’s Urs

Today is the Urs of Shaikh Suleyman Hayati Loras (1904-1985). Suleyman Dede was a great Mevlevi Shaikh of Konya. He travelled to America and planted the seed of Sufism in … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Awakening the Sacred Feminine In All of Us

Huddled at the back, left-hand corner of a large hall, me and a handful of other women would gather to take part in the Islamic Friday prayer at our university … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 2 Comments

Illuminated Tours: Morocco with Omid Safi

Fancy an intimate, insider’s look at the rich legacy of Muslim societies in terms of arts, religion, history, and spirituality? Then look no further than Professor Omid Safi’s Illuminated Tour … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Urs Readings on Spiritual Thirst

We had wonderful gatherings in Bradford and London to celebrate Mevlana Rumi’s Urs. Thank you to all who came and participated. We include below the main readings that were shared … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sacred Pattern Audio

We’re pleased to share the Sacred Pattern retreat audio from last month’s gathering in Kendal. You can also see some pictures on our Facebook page.  

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Reflecting on Kindness & Beauty

Be kind, for when kindness is part of something it beautifies it; and when it is removed, it tarnishes it. ~Hadith On the Sufi path, adab (courteous etiquette) is of … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Feminine Symbols in Islam

Islam and the Divine Feminine? Really? Yes, as improbable as it may seem, really. In our times we have become so accustomed to a male-dominated, authoritarian and repressive interpretation of … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rumi’s Urs 2017 Bradford & London

Rumi’s Circle with Mevlevi whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce the 2017 celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. Join … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

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 · 4 Comments

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…

September 13, 2017 · 5 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

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

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

January 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

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.

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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