Whirling Dervish

fridAY December 15th, 19:30 (doors at 19.00)

Top Studio @ Colet House, London (W14 9DA)

Tickets are available on the door for a suggested donation of £10 per person

Sheb-i Arus is the Whirling Dervish Ceremony that celebrates the union of Mevlana Rumi with the Beloved. Please join the Study Society dervishes for a special ceremony on 15th December @ 19:30 in the Top Studio at Colet House. There will be a full Mukabele – inshallah. Guests are welcome to stay for some supper after the Mukabele. Guests must be seated by 19.25. Please note latecomers may not be admitted and there is no filming or photography permitted during the ceremony.


Nik playing kirtan Colet house


Whirling Dervish turning from the Mevlevi order of dervishes is a potent method for experiencing inner stillness and the opening of the heart. It was originally taught to us in 1963 by a Mevlevi Sheikh with the permission of the head of the order. It has been taught and practised at The Study Society’s home at Colet House on a regular basis since then. The Turning is a part of a ceremony known as a ‘Mukabele’ (meaning ‘coming face to face’) and it was originally developed by followers of the 13th century Persian mystic Jalalu’ddin Rumi. When we were taught it, we were asked to preserve it in its original form.