Whirling Dervishes


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 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.

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. 

You are invited to join a public Mukabele and Rumi poetry gathering on the 1st Friday of each month. The ceremony is open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds.

Turning Training

Whirling Dervish Trainings usually happen annually in the spring of each year over a 4 week period, early in the mornings, 6 mornings per week approximately 7.30 -8.30am.

The next training is currently scheduled to happen April-May 2025. Exact dates to be confirmed.

We also offer slow turning sessions on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month 7.30-8pm. We recommend you come along to slow turning practices if you wish to apply for the full intensive Whirling Dervish 4 week training so you can get to know the group as places are limited and in high demand. This is a good way to get to know the Whirling Dervish group here at The Study Society and know if you want to be a part of it. Please bring a dish of food to share if you want to stay for supper afterwards.

Applications for the 2025 training will open in October 2024.

Thank you for your interest.