IAS Events

Love & Wisdom Classes

Understanding the Qur’an,
with Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar

This public class is offered for persons of all spiritual backgrounds and traditions who are seeking to learn more about themselves, the true but hidden messages of the Qur’an, and to more deeply understand the knowledgeable way toward universal understanding of the Divine.

Sundays 2023 (6 Sundays):

January 8th;
February 5th;
March 5th;
April 2nd;
May 7th;
June 4th

*3:00-4:00pm PST, online (Zoom, link provided)
Registration below or by mail using this form

Quran Class

Retreats and Conferences

40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility Annual Retreat
“Love and Destiny”
January 27th – 29th, 2023
with Sufi Masters
Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and
Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar
and the 40 Days Team of psychotherapists and educators

This weekend retreat will explore the higher reaches of human development through the lens of spirituality. The foundational concepts of “Love and Destiny” will be explored from different angles including science, psychology, spirituality and artistic expression. Drawing on the Sufi tradition, the stable point of connection or Unity with the absolute essence of Being, of which all manifestation is an expression including our own Self, will be a focus. The teachings and practices this weekend will provide participants with an opportunity to develop their own practice for greater awareness and wisdom. The retreat will include spoken presentations, experiential exercises, and dialogue, as well as music and movement practices. This retreat is for those interested in exploring their own potential transformation. It  will also be of value to therapists w who would like to increase their capacity to bring presence to their work.

* This retreat will be held at
Santa Sabina Retreat Center, San Rafael, California
The retreat runs from 4:00 PM Friday, January 27 – 1:00 PM PST Sunday, January 29

Click below to register for a single room, double room, or commuter ticket

**This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for
LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

ISS Classes

Reading and Study Group

Sufi Psychology Reading & Study Group

Third Friday of the Month, 9-10am PST, on Zoom
Contact Dr. Amineh Pryor, Ph.D.
(415) 431-2900

Amineh Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., LMFT is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, co-director of the Sufism and Psychology Forum, and a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist at the Community Healing Centers in San Francisco.

Peace and Love

Peace and Love Dialogues
Third Thursday of the Month, 7:30-8:30pm PST, on Zoom
Contact Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D.

Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D., is a member of IAS and of the 40 Days Alchemy of Tranquility Program. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and is a clinical psychology with a private practice in Northern California. She holds a second degree black belt in Aikido, and has published several books on the teachings and practice of Sufism.

Introduction to Sufism

Introduction to Sufism – Public Offering
Second Fridays of the month,  (ongoing) @ 7:00pm PST, on Zoom
Contact Sheikh Jamal Granick, Ph.D.

Jamal Lawrence Granick, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist in California and New Mexico. He is student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Dr. Seyyed Ali Kianfar and a member of IAS.  Dr. Granick serves the IAS Executive Committee, and has participated in IAS programs for more than 20 years, including presenting on Sufism and Psychology nationally and internationally.

Breath and Movement

Awareness of Breath and Movement
Weekly practice group
Saturdays at 8am PST, (Zoom link provided in weekly emails)
Contact Sheikh Jalal Heery, Ph.D. if interested.

Jalal Brian Heery, Ph.D. is a 5th degree black belt and head instructor at Rocky Valley Aikido in Menlo Park. He has been investigating the interstices between the body, mind, and spirit, since his time as a competitive world class gymnast. Dr. Heery did his doctoral research on “Awakening Spirit in the Body,” and is a student of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar.

Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names

Illumination of the Names
Monthly discussion group
Wednesdays, 7-8 pm PST, on Zoom
Contact Leili First, Ph.D. if interested.

Leili First, Ph.D. is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism and a long-time member of the International Association of Sufism. Dr. First has given lectures on Sufism and Women in Islam at colleges and universities and presented at the Annual Sufism Symposium and Parliament of the World’s Religions.  She holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies.

40 Days Meditation Group

40 Days Meditation & Book Reading
Reading: The Journey
Sundays @ 9am PST, on Zoom
Email Arife Hammerle, Ph.D.
or call (415) 499-1115

Arife Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D. is a senior teacher of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, guided by Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali. Kianfar. Dr. Hammerle is a member of the International Association of Sufism and sits on the Executive Committee for the Institute for Sufi Studies. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, and teaches courses at the Institute for Sufi Studies and 40 Days Alchemy of Tranquility Program.

Discussion on Nahj al-Balagha

Discussion on Nahj al-Balagha
(collection of sermons, letters, and sayings attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib)
Monthly reading & discussion group
Sundays, 11:00 am PST, on Zoom
Contact Sheikh Salman Barui, LCSW

Sheikh Salman Baruti, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker.  For the past 30 years, he has provided case work and mental health services to underserved and at-risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Baruti is a student of Sufism and uses transformative life skills including Sufi wisdom, stories and sayings that he has learned from his teachers to help young people appreciate and value their lives.