Rumi's Circle

a community of lovers

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary & Muhammad: Part 2

Happy New Year and welcome to part 2 of our Urs theme reflections. Fatimah Ashrif contemplates the power of Mary and the Divine. My Relationship with Mary In recent years … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Mary & Muhammad: Part 1

We’re so pleased to share the first of two pieces focusing on our chosen theme for Rumi’s Urs this year, Receiving Spirit: Mary & Muhammad. First, Julian Bond on a … Continue reading

December 10, 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

Affirming the Real: Ya Haqq

Some reflections on Haqq [Truth] inspired by the Quran and Rumi’s work by Tazeen Ahmad. Affirming the Real: Ya Haqq The Quran states: Alhaqqah, Mal-haqqah, Wa maa adraka mal haqqaqah. … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ramadan Rewards

At Rumi’s Circle, we are blessed to be making new friends all the time, and growing this community of lovers. We thought it would be heart-nourishing if these friends were … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 1 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

CANCELLED Ruminations: Spiritual Fasting Manchester Sun 14th Jun

We are sorry to cancel our Manchester Ruminations. We hope to reschedule later in the year.

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment