From March to December, every month, Bay Dervish will do a whole Saturday at Rudramandir in Berkeley. Under the umbrella name Sufism & the Art of Loving, a mix of music, talks, conversations, meditations, interactive evenings. Generally the days will go like this:
Morning & Afternoon — A Sufi Poetry Workshop focusing on the love-ode form, ghazal
Evening — Art of Loving session: a talk and conversation/discussion, then zikr
Evening Session Intro
I follow the religion of love: whatever way love's
camels take, that is my religion and my faith. — Ibn ’Arabi
The Art of Loving sessions are a place for you to find your own understanding of and approach to loving. Loving yourself, loving others, loving "the one," loving the One ... we'll travel through them all, explore new approaches, hear how others do it. Each session will start with a short talk, exercise or meditation which will lead us into open conversation/discussion. We'll open the doors at 6:40 pm, start the session at 7:00 pm. At about 8:30 pm we'll take a break and then close with zikr, a Sufi musical meditation.
Whoever you are, whatever you believe in (or not), our conversations will be open to your sharing, insights, opinions. We will also explore practices and actions that can liberate us, lift us up when we feel incomplete or helpless. There will be time for questions and suggestions for deeper inquiry; those who want to follow-up personally with Murshid Kiran and Jeanne Rana can arrange times to do so.
Sufism is a search for and an opening to love, asking us to find our wholeness in our humanness. Our contemporary and creative approach embraces many traditions, teachings, lineages and schools. All are welcome to our programs: if you are looking for thoughtfulness, friendship or guidance, come and join the conversation, see what you find.
All sessions are on Saturdays except December 8.
Qawwali is from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm; Storytelling is from 2:30 - 5:30 pm
March 30 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — Loving Yourself
April 27 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — Loving Others
May 11 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — The Art of Loving
June 22 ~ Evening Qawwali recital
July 27 ~ Sufi poetry workshop (morning & afternoon) — Love types and Archetypes
August 24 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — Vulnerability
September 21 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — Sexual Loving
October 12 ~ Qawwali — Storytelling — The Way of the Heart
November 23 ~ Evening Qawwali recital
December 8 (Sunday) ~ Debriefing — Storytelling — Closing Potluck & Zikr
$20 online for any evening session; same price at the door if there’s space. There are a limited number of tickets for attending a whole day for $35 (includes morning qawwali and afternoon storytelling). Nobody turned away.
About the Sufi Poetry Workshop
A morning and afternoon session, 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30-5:00 pm, led by Jeanne Rana. We will study the work of some famous Sufi poets and, in the afternoon, write some poems in one or two of the major poetic forms, like ghazal and mathnawi.