Tamam Kahn

Tamam Kahn is a senior teacher in The Sufi Ruhaniat International. She has spoken about Sufism at conferences, has conducted poetry workshops, and has presented her own poetry and stories of the early women of Islam at conferences and Sufi gatherings for two decades. In 2009 she was invited to recite her poetry at an […]

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Pir Shabda Kahn

Pir Shabda Kahn began his root training in 1969 under the guidance of the great American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis.  Since 2001, Shabda serves as the Pir (lineage holder) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi lineage tracing back though Murshid Samuel Lewis and Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.  In 1972 Shabda met his second great […]

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Sonia Leon Gilbert

Sonia Leon Gilbert: For thirty-nine years, Sonia Leon Gilbert has been a president of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship and Mosque with fourteen branches in the USA, Canada, England and Sri Lanka. In that time, the study of the Sufi Way, as exemplified by her exalted teacher, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (ral.) has been her focus and […]

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Reverend Canon Charles P. Gibbs

Reverend Canon Charles P. Gibbs: A lover of the Mystery, Charles Gibbs has sought to be of service all his life.  Since 1996, he has served as the founding Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative (www.uri.org), a global grassroots community promoting interfaith cooperation for peace, justice and healing in 78 countries.  An Episcopal priest, […]

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John Fox

John Fox is a poet and certified poetry therapist.  He is adjunct associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.  He teaches regularly in the Arts & Consciousness department at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California, The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California and through the Sophia […]

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Sheikha Azima Lila Forest

Sheikha Azima Lila Forest is a guide for mureeds, healing conductor, Siraj (senior minister), Dance Leader Mentor, retreat guide, and SoulWork practitioner with the Sufi Ruhaniat International.  She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. She is a practitioner of Reiki healing and works with dreams with individuals and groups  for healing, guidance, and spiritual growth.  […]

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Dr. Shahid Athar

Dr. Shahid Athar, MD, FACP, FACE, a U.S. citizen, was born in Patna, India and educated at Patna University and the University of Karachi, Pakistan. He did his medical residency at Cook County Hospital, Chicago and his Endocrinology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he is a Clinical Associate Professor. He is an […]

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Renee Owen

Renée Owen: The Japanese genres of haiku, haibun, rengay and haiga inspire Renée’s poems and wabi sabi art. Widely published internationally, her award-winning poetry is featured in A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku and the handsewn art book, Blossoms. Her mixed-media collage and book art is exhibited locally and published in haigaonline, […]

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Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, author, artist, publisher, and writing coach. He served as Marin County’s very first poet laureate from 2008-2010. Albert has published several books and hundreds of individual poems in literary journals worldwide. His most recent book (due out in 2012) is a memoir titled “Beamish Boy,” about recovery and spiritual […]

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Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since […]

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