Sufism Symposium

International Sufism Symposium: Meditation, Universal Consciousness and the Journey of Transformation

April 22-23, 2017
San Rafael, California

The symposium was a great success; we have a short report here.


You can download the program here.

World Wide Celebration

The Annual Sufism Symposium is a weekend of unity and self discovery presented by the International Association of Sufism. It is an international gathering of delegates from Sufi Orders and interfaith leaders of many cultures and backgrounds from around the globe. It is an opportunity to learn about the ancient school of  Sufism, sacred music, poems, Sufi practices, and meditation practices from ancient wisdom of many cultures. In addition to lectures and workshops, the Sufism Symposium exhibits books, audio tapes, video tapes, Sufi publications, informational materials and art from Sufi Orders and international publishers.

Presenters and Performers

We have a full list of our presenters and performers here.

Over 20 Years of Symposia

Each symposium focuses on a particular theme to address the immediate and universal needs of humanity. This year’s Sufism Symposium is the culmination of two decades of gatherings with participants venturing from around the world, coming together to open a dialogue and offer their insights about the ancient school of Sufism, and the contribution of its music, poems, and practices in understanding and addressing the immediate and universal needs of humanity.


Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Panels, Poetry, Sufi Practice, Music, Zikr
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Panels, Sufi Practice, Poetry, Music

  • Walking Meditation, Sitting Meditation
    The Moon Breath and The Sun Breath
    Raja Yoga Meditation
    Meditation According to the Ancient Scriptures of India
    Prayer Songs in the Coast Miwok tradition
  • Ulysses’ Journey: Trauma Vulnerability and Resilience in Afghan/Arab war refugees resettling in Northern California
    The Healing Power of the Breath
  • Whirling Dervishes and devotional music
    Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble
    Avay-i-janaan: Echoes of the unseen poetry slam collective and more…

Venue and Accommodations

Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael
101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA 94903
Tel: 1-415-499-9222; Fax: 1-415-499-9268

Hotel registration link.

Cut off Date: March 22, 2017; This room block requires a TWO NIGHT MINIMUM STAY

For those who cannot access the web page, please call +1-415-499-9222 and give group code / group name for discount: Group Name: Songs of the Soul Festival; Group Code: SOS

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