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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

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 · 4 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

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

Gathering Feedback

We’re gathering some research on the impact of Rumi in peace-building. We would really appreciate your feedback: What effect has Rumi had on the way you perceive Islam and other … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

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

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

Mevlana’s Urs

Today my Sun and my moon have come. Today my hearing and sight were born— The mine of all my silver and gold is here The one who made my … Continue reading

December 17, 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 Islamic New Year!

  Today is the first day of the Islamic new year, the 1st of Muharram, 1437! We wish everyone a Blessed New Year — may it be full of love, … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 1 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

Rumi Retreat! Aug 28-31st

We’re looking forward to another wonderful weekend with Mevlevis and other Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 28-30/31st) down at lovely Gaunts House in Dorset. Set … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 25th Jul

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 25th July from 1:30-4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 13th Jun

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 13th June from 1:30-4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Spiritual Practice of Rumi

Mahmoud Mostafa speaks about “The Spiritual Practice of Rumi”. Recorded at our Valentine’s Day event at the University of Manchester. Including themed slides and using Rumi’s poetry, Mahmoud takes us … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sharings from Ruminations

A belated thank you to everyone who came to the Manchester Ruminations, kindly hosted by Faith Network for Manchester. We had a wonderful evening and are pleased to share a … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: Spiritual Practice Manchester Fri 20th Mar

Join us for an informal poetry circle over coffee and cake reflecting on the theme of “Spiritual Practice” and what that means to you. Feel free to bring poetry that … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 21st Mar

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 21st March from 1:30-3.30pm. Zhikr begins promptly at 2pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 99 Names of Allah children’s book

Rumi’s Circle are proud to support Chickpea Press, a children’s publishing company that aims to create engaging, contemporary and imaginative books and digital apps for younger readers, drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rumi’s Mathnawi by MG Gupta

My grandfather, Dr M.G. Gupta was a practitioner of Surat-Shabd-Yoga and was initiated into Radhasoami Faith, Soami Bagh, Agra in 1962 and this Faith has derived heavily from Rumi. There … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Nightingale and the Rose

Continuing our reflections on the nightingale that began with Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale in light of Rumi, we look at how another great Western writer, Oscar Wilde, portrayed the … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Spiritual Practice of Rumi Sat 14th Feb

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Mahmoud Mostafa who will be joining us on Valentine’s Day in Manchester to speak about “The Spiritual Practice of Rumi”. … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy New Year & Milad ul-Nabi

We wish you all a very Happy New Year. May your prayers and intentions for this new year be fulfilled. This week also sees Milad ul-Nabi, celebrations for the birthday … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mevlana’s Urs Collective Remembrance 8pm

Today we remember the Union of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi as he passed into the Unseen, reunited with his Source, giving thanks for his beautiful example and grace, and that of … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Konya: A Christmas Tale 1975

We are pleased to share another reflection from Shaikh David Bellak on Christmas with Suleyman Dede. In the autumn of 1975 I returned to Konya, Turkey, home of the ‘Whirling … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 6th Dec

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 6th December from 3:30-5.30pm. Zhikr begins promptly at 4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Introducing the Mevlevi Ceremony at the Vatican

Organised by the International Mevlana Foundation, Faruk Celebi, Esin Celebi and Celal Celebi introduced the Mevlevi Sema at the Vatican palace on September 24th. Below is the speech given by … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rumi’s Urs celebrations in Manchester, Bradford & London!

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

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment