Rumi's Circle

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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

**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

Struggling with Service

In our tradition, service is seen as a privilege and not something that is demeaning or relegated to those of a lower social order.

October 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Moment

The moment ends… A few years ago I came across a song by a band from Vermont named Phish. The song was titled “The Moma Dance”. The chorus is a … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Welcoming the Light, London Sat 26 Mar

Join us this Easter in London at the Threshold Society gathering with Shaikh Kabir Helminski. Welcoming the Light Originally we are beings of Light, but we have forgotten ourselves. The … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sharings from Ruminations: Opposites

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Hale Barns Ruminations. It was beautiful to share time with so many hearts. We are pleased to share the poems we read … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 12 Mar

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 12th March from 2:30-5pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: Opposites, Hale Barns Sat 20th Feb

Rumi’s Circle invites you to its first poetry circle of 2016 on 20th February on the theme of ‘opposites’. Rumi’s poetry often invites us to consider things which might be … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

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, 2016 · 1 Comment

Working with Intention

We welcome the first of, hopefully, many reflections by Gunter Richter. Working with Intention In October of 2015, I attended a retreat held by the Threshold Society of America at … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rumi’s Urs: Poetry and Picture highlights

We had two wonderful Urs celebrations in Bradford and London. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their hearts, we feel very blessed to have brought together such an … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Winter Solstice

As the world turns inwards for the Winter Solstice, some words of Mevlana to remind us that the pull of love is everywhere… One cold day a bearskin was floating … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sharings from Divine Flame Ruminations

We had a wonderful time last night at Interfaith Rumination on the Divine Flame at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. Thirty beautiful souls braved the stormy, rainy weather and gathered to share … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Light Upon Light

In the moments before I first learned of the darkness unfolding in Paris on Friday, I was sitting in a circle of light. Some fellow seekers and I were seated … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rumi’s Urs 2015 Bradford & London

Rumi’s Circle with whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce the 2015 celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. Join us … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: The Divine Flame Kendal Wed 18th Nov

As part of Interfaith Week 2015, Rumi’s Circle and the South Lakes Interfaith Forum would like to invite you to an evening of poetry, music, meditation and reflection on the … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

Today is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us. And here are his words about the wondrous birth of his namesake… The … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turning to the Quran: Reflections on Learning to Whirl

The Quranic verse most often associated with whirling is Wheresoever you turn, there is the face of God [2:115]. However, as I have struggled to learn the practice, another passage … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Drunkards

The Drunkards, from the album You are Joy. Kabir & Camille Helminski with musicians from around the world.

August 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating! May your celebration be joyous and full of Love. *** Life After Ramadan Ramadan is like a beautiful landscape we enter once a year. The … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment