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

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 a £10 charge for entry to support the work of The Study Society.

Turning Practices

Turning practices are held on Tuesday evenings from 8pm - 9:30pm. Please arrive not later than 7:45pm if coming for the first time. 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.

Turning Training

The next training commences on the 8th October. 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 ( download word file / download pdf file ) and bring it along to a Tuesday evening practise which commences at 7.45pm for new people (before September).

The next introductory meeting for beginners is 6.30pm on Friday 21st of June. All new applicants must attend a whirling dervish training meeting. Please bring a printed copy of your completed application from with you.

If you want to stay regularly updated with the Whirling Dervishes please join our Facebook page, The Whirling Dervishes of West London.

TURNING TRAINING APPLICATION FORMS
Download Application Form (Word file)
Download Application Form (Pdf for Printing)


Turning Training Dates 2019 - 2020

DAY

DATE

STUDIO  

TIME

 

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

8th October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Friday

11th October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Saturday

12th October

TS

3 - 6pm

 

Sunday

13th October

TS

3 - 6pm

 

Tuesday

15th October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Tuesday

22nd October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Friday

25th October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Tuesday

29th October

TS

6 - 10pm

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

5th November

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Friday

8th November

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Tuesday

12th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

19th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

22nd November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Sunday

24th November

TS

3 - 6pm

 

Tuesday

26th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

29th November

TS

6 – 10pm

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

3rd December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

10th December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

17th December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

20th December

TS

6 – 10pm

 

JANUARY

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

7th January

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Friday

10th January

TS

6 - 10pm

 

Tuesday

14th January

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

17th January

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

21st January

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

24th January

TS

3 - 6pm

 

Tuesday

28th January

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

31st January

TS

6 – 10pm

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

4th February

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Tuesday

11th February

TS

6 – 10pm

 

Friday

14th February

TS

6 – 10pm

 GRADUATION MUKABELE



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