The Inayati Order of Austin Events and Gatherings


Saturday Morning Meditation

Please contact the leader to confirm class schedule, as sometimes she may be out of town.

This class is open to all, from complete novices to long-time meditators. We listen to guided meditations by Murshid Shahabuddin David Less [recorded], do some zikr (chanting) and have breakfast afterwards.

For more information, please contact Pamela Overeynder at pamelaovereynder@gmail.com or 512-826-7563.

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Meditation Classes

These classes provide instruction in Sufi practices of meditation and in the philosophy and teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Please contact the instructor, Pamela Overynder at pamelaovereynder@gmail.com or 512-826-7563 for permission to attend. There's no cost for any of the classes.

Gathas: Introduction to Sufism

The Gatha class consists of reading the Gathekas for candidates and the Gatha papers and doing practices, in class and on your own, prescribed by Murshid. This class is for anyone who is interested in Murshid's teachings, both mureeds (inititates) and non-mureeds, new students and long-time pracitioners. We have a wonderful opportunity to share the spiritual nectar with each other and support each other on the path.

The Gatha class generally meets on a Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in a location in near South Austin. Contact Pamela for details.

If you are a long-time mureed you may be interested in the Githa class.

Githas: Practices and Teachings for Initiates

The Githa class include practices and readings of Murshid's Githa papers. What richness! Many of us have read the Githa papers and many of us have only read parts. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together in spiritual community and be nourished, as Rumi said, by the milk of millennia.

The Githa class is open to all mureeds (initates). However, if you are new to the Inayati Order and haven't studied the Gatha papers, you should begin with the Gatha class.

The Githa class generally meets on a Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in a location in near South Austin. Contact Pamela for details.

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Heart Rhythm Meditation

Heart Rhythm Meditation is a simple but quite effective way to connect more deeply with our hearts (and other hearts). It has been developed by Puran and Susanna Bair directly from the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. A lot of background and descriptive information about this meditation practice is available at iamheart.org.

Classes are suspended for the time being. When they start up again, they will be announced here.

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Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing)

 Sufi Dance Logo

Sorry, Dances are suspended for the time being while we look for a new place to hold them.


These dances and walking practices are a form of moving meditation. We seek mystical unity and ecstasy. Come join us; breathe in harmony, chant the sacred phrases, move in rhythm and feel your connection with all of life. Wear comfortable clothes for moving.

If you would like to have Dancing at a special event, please contact us.

For more information, see www.sufidance.org, or contact Ata'allah (Bill) Meacham at (512) 291-4300 or Xvarnah D'Obrenovic at (512) 280-0584.

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Monthly Zikr (Sufi Chanting)

Zikr (the word means Remembrance) is a ceremony of chanting sacred phrases, many in Arabic, for the purpose of elevating our state of mind and being in community with each other. Zikr is held on the second weekend of each month. This is open to all even if you have never been to a zikr but would like to experience one. Various leaders take turns leading each month.

For more information contact Xvarnah D'Obrenovic at (512) 280-0584.

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Universal Worship

The Universal Worship Service celebrates the unity of religious ideals through readings from the major sacred scriptures with music and meditation. The service honors the wisdom that has been given to humanity through the world's great religions and brings people of all faiths together in harmony and mutual respect. In this way, the special beauty and the uniqueness of each religion can be appreciated – its Holy Scripture, its prayers and sacred hymns – and at the same time the spirit of unity will be alive, the common source from which all religions have come.

For each religion a candle is lit, a selection from sacred scriptures is read, and a hymn or spiritual practice is shared, engaging our hearts, minds, and bodies with the living transmission of the divine qualities manifesting today through that religion, such as Wisdom, Compassion, Purity, and others. A final candle is lit for the Spirit of Guidance to represent all those, known and unknown, who have held aloft the Light of Truth throughout the darkness of human ignorance.

The true religion is the sea of truth, and all different faiths are as its waves.
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Regular services are suspended for the time being. Please contact Alia Patricia Michael at Patricia@PatriciaMichaelDesign, (512) 291-4300, to schedule a service. We look forward to having you join us!

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Solstice and Equinox Celebrations

Four times a year, at the Solstices and Equinoxes, The Inayati Order of Austin participates in a pot-luck dinner and celebration at the Church of the Golden Rule, an earth-bonded church that honors the sacred in nature. To find the exact date, look on Archeoastronomy.com.

The celebration is usually held at the Church of the Golden Rule, 8801 Scarlet Circle. Click here for a map.

Note: Please call beforehand, as the location might change.

For more information, please contact Alia Patricia Michael at Patricia@PatriciaMichaelDesign, (512) 291-4300, or Ata'allah Bill Meacham at ata@towardtheone.com, (512) 470-4606.

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Healing Class

We offer the Sufi Order Healing Service, a group prayer circle asking the Divine One to heal those who ask this of us, as part of the Universal Worship Service. Through ritual, prayer, and attunement to the Divine Spirit, the Healing Service offers the possibility of healing to those who request it. To add someone's name to the weekly list (we must have their permission), please email the full name to mikail1@mac.com. We also send names for healing to the International Healing List: 2500 people pray daily for the healing needs of those requesting it.


Zira'at

Zira'at is a simple ceremony that honors the Divine in the form of the mystical elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. It is held at irregular intervals, often at the full or new moon. For information, contact Ata'allah Bill Meacham at ata@towardtheone.com or (512) 291-4300.


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