Mevlevi Turning

Rumi and the cosmic dance

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 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.

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. 

Members of the public are invited to  join mukabele ceremonies and Rumi poetry gatherings on  the first Friday of month. The ceremony is open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds. 

Turning Training

The turning training is run once a year. Its purpose is to prepare people to turn in the Mukabele (Whirling Dervish Ceremony) at the Study Society. 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. 

If you are interested in learning to become a whirling dervish please fill out the application form ( download word file / download pdf file ).

Slow Turning

Open practises are typically held every Tuesday from mid-February until end of July.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend 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 not later than 7:50pm if coming for the first time. Note there is no open practise during the official turning training dates.

Public Mukabele & Rumi Poetry

Poetry 6:30-7:30 PM
Mukabele 7:45-9:15 PM

PLEASE NOTE – MUKABELES and SLOW TURNING are currently on hold due to Covid 19 restrictions.  RUMI POETRY gatherings are now held on-line.