Rumi’s Circle Whirling Workshop

Saturday 12th January 2019

14:30 – 16:00 

Rumi’s Circle, in association with MACFEST, presents its first Manchester whirling workshop.

Sufi whirling (or turning) is a form of moving meditation rich with spiritual symbolism. The dervishes’ turning bodies echo the motion of the planets, emptying themselves to receive and channel divine grace. 

Join Rumi’s Circle to explore the roots of this sacred tradition, with poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi. This practical workshop is accessible to all, offering a chance to witness a demonstration by dervishes from the Mevlevi Order and to learn the basics of the whirling technique. Please bring leather socks or smooth-soled shoes.

Rumi’s Circle presents poetry, music, and whirling events that highlight the wisdom of Mevlana Rumi, the 13th century Sufi Mystic. Rumi’s Circle is part of the Threshold Society Mevlevi Order, based on the teachings of Shaikh Kabir and Shaikha Camille Helminski.

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