Mevlevi Dervish

Rumi and The Cosmic Dance.

Whirling Dervishes

Turning, Poetry, and Lovers

Rumi

Rumi Poetry Groups

There is a Rumi poetry group that meets on the 1st Friday of each month at 6.30 pm, to which all are welcome and you are invited to bring along your own favourite Rumi or other mystical poems to share. A Mevlevi poetry and singing group meets at 6.15 pm on other Fridays.

Mathnawi Study Group

The Mathnawi, the mystical verse masterpiece of Rumi, is studied weekly on Tuesday evenings. Meetings are in Farsi from 5.30 to 7.30 pm and in English from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.


Whirling Dervishes

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 and it has been taught and practised at Colet House in West London 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.

Open to all

The ceremony is open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds. Rumi said he was the friend of 73 religions.
As well as having a deep transforming effect on the turners, the whole ceremony has a profound inner symbolism, which represents mankind's inner journey back to the realisation of his essential oneness with God and the unity of all creation.

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Turning

Guest Ceremonies

Please note there will not be a Guest Mukabele in August.

Guest ceremonies are held at Colet House on the first Friday of each month (except August) and you are asked to be seated in the top studio by 7.45 pm. The guest ceremony is a chance for members of the public to watch the turning ceremony. This in itself is a moving experience and the audience are regarded as a part of the ceremony and are known as 'Lovers'.

The guest nights always end with a party in the refectory and attendees are asked to bring a contribution of food to share. If you would like to attend please feel free just to turn up, it is not necessary to telephone us in advance. There is no charge for entry but we do invite attendees to make a donation of £10 to support the work of The Study Society.

Introductory Study Group

You are welcome to attend an introductory course, The Philosophy of the Cosmic Dance, studying Advaita and Mevlevi and other non-dual teachings (see Advaita Study Groups for details).

Turning Practices

Turning practices are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month (except August). You are most welcome to attend these and to learn how to 'slow turn'. This is a very simple turning technique that can be learnt in a few minutes and leads to the experience of stillness.
Please arrive at 7.30 pm for practice at 7.45 pm.

Turning Training

The next training commences on Tuesday 5th September. The classes are held weekly on a Tuesday evening and alternate Friday evenings and some weekends.

It is open to all participants of reasonable fitness. It's purpose is to prepare people to turn in the mukabeles (whirling dervish ceremonies) at the Study Society.

If you are interested in learning to become a whirling dervish please fill out the application form and bring it along to a Tuesday evening practise which commences at 7.30pm for new people (before 5th September).

The next whirling dervish training meeting for beginners is 6.30pm on Friday July 7th. All new applicants must attend a whirling dervish training meeting. If you want to stay regularly updated with the Whirling Dervishes please join our Facebook page, The Whirling Dervishes of West London.

Whirling Dervish Application Form 2017 (pdf download)


Turning Training Dates 2017

DAY

DATE

STUDIO  

TIME

 

SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

5th Sept

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Sunday

10th Sept

TS

1.30 – 5.30pm

 

Tuesday

12th Sept

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

15th Sept

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Sunday

17th Sept

TS

4.30 - 10pm

 

Tuesday

19th Sept

TS

6 – 10pm

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

24th Sept

TS

1.30 – 5.30pm

 

Tuesday

26th Sept

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

29th Sept

TS

6 -10pm

 

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

3rd October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Sunday

8th October

TS

1.30 – 5.30pm

 

Tuesday

10th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

13th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

17th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

20th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

24th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

17th October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

31st October

TS

6 – 10pm

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

7th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

10th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Sunday

12th November

TS

1.30 - 5.30pm

 

Tuesday

14th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

17th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Sunday

19th November

TS

1.30 – 5.30pm

 

Tuesday

21st November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

24th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

28th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

5th December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Thursday

7th December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

8th December

TS

6 – 10pm

GRADUATION MUKABELE

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Music

Ney Playing & Singing Ilahis

Richard Stevens leads basic ney instruction, the Turkish flute, and to learn to play the Ayins and Ilahis. The Ayin is the composition which accompanies the Mukabele, the Turning Ceremony. We also sing Ilahis, religious songs equivalent to hymns. Some of these songs are widely known to Turkish people and they are traditionally a central ingredient of Mevlevi life. Everybody is welcome.

We also sometimes host concerts of Sufi and Middle Eastern music and have drumming sessions.

Please contact Richard directly on 07976 377697 for the dates and times of these meetings.


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