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Here are some of the classes and meditations led by local teachers and leaders.

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Healing Meditations led by Paméla

26 January 2022, Healing with the Elements
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9 March 2022, Prayer for Ukraine
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30 March 2022, Healing the Collective Nervous System
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13 April 2022, Life is a pilgrimage
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4 May 2022, Landscape of the Heart
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Community Gatherings led by Ata’allah

Community Gathering, 12 August 2022: Teachings on breath, Songs of Universal Peace, various zikrs.

Community Gathering, 8 April 2022: Rumi translations by Haleh Liza Gafori, Songs of Universal Peace, fundamental breath practice, Zikr of Light

Community Gathering, 12 November 2021: Breath meditations, Songs of Universal Peace, Nargis Dowland, Zikr of Joy and Gratitude

Community Gatherings led by Batina

Community Gathering, 13 May 2022: Expressions of power

Classes and meditations led by Azar Baksh and Ravani Rah

Numerous videos of classes and meditations on YouTube.

The Teachings of Inayat Khan

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Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan brought the Sufi Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty to Europe and the U.S. from India in the years 1910 – 1926. (Hazrat means Most Respected; Pir-o-Murshid means Head of Order and Senior Teacher. His name is Inayat Khan.) He founded the Sufi Movement, now called The Inayatiyya: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty. Here are some of his teachings.

Note – Some of the material contained on this website found expression before there was any effort to remove gender discrimination from common usage. Out of respect for our historical sources, we have left the language as it was originally given, feeling that a careful reading of the texts in question reveals open-hearted inclusion rather than any intent to exclude any group. Nevertheless, we offer our sincere apologies to any who feel alienated or offended by our choice of words.

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Ten Sufi Thoughts

by Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

  1. There is one God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none else exists save He.
  2. There is one Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, who constantly leads his followers towards the light.
  3. There is one Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture which can enlighten the reader.
  4. There is one Religion, the unswerving progress in the right direction towards the ideal, which fulfills the life’s purpose of every soul.
  5. There is one Law, the Law of Reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience together with a sense of awakened justice.
  6. There is one Brotherhood, the human brotherhood, which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in the fatherhood of God.
  7. There is one Moral Principle, the love which springs forth from self-denial, and blooms in deeds of beneficence.
  8. There is one Object of Praise, the beauty which uplifts the heart of its worshipper through all aspects from the seen to the unseen.
  9. There is one Truth, the true knowledge of our being within and without which is the essence of all wisdom.
  10. There is one Path, the annihilation of the false ego in the real, which raises the mortal to immortality and in which resides all perfection.

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The Prayers of Hazrat
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

The Sufi prayers were brought through by Hazrat Inayat Khan, the founder of the Sufi Movement, now known as the the Inayatiyya. They have descended from above, just as prayers given by spiritual teachers in all ages.

Note – These are the prayers as given by Hazrat Inayat Khan. Pir Zia has modified some of them, and you can find the updated versions at

They are divided into four categories:

Plus, there is a Glossary of Terms Used in the Prayers for your convenience.

Many initiates of the Inayatiyya practice these prayers daily, including the repetition of the Silsila (lineage) of the Chishtiyya Sufis of India, from which Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan came to spread the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty.

Prayers can be said silently or aloud. They are stronger when said aloud, as the vibration of the sounds penetrates the energy centers of the body and reaches to the inner plane of our being.

Prayer with movement is even stronger. Action is psychological. Movement imprints the thoughts expressed in the prayer on every atom of the body. The whole being, even the atoms and cells, becomes the prayer. “Ask and ye shall receive” becomes actualized.

The Morning Prayers


Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, All-pervading, the Only Being. Take us in Thy Parental Arms, raise us from the denseness of the earth. Thy Beauty do we worship, to Thee do we give willing surrender, Most Merciful and Compassionate God, the Idealized Lord of the whole humanity. Thee only do we worship; and towards Thee alone we aspire. Open our hearts towards Thy Beauty, Illuminate our souls with Divine Light, O Thou, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty!

All-powerful Creator, Sustainer, Judge and Forgiver of our shortcomings, Lord God of the East and of the West, of the worlds above and below, and of the seen and unseen beings, pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light, give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls, use us for the purpose that Thy Wisdom chooseth, and guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.

Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life, until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace. Amen.


May the message of God spread far and wide.

(11 times, hands held up.)


Inspirer of my mind, consoler of my heart, healer of my spirit, thy presence lifteth me from earth to heaven; thy words flow as the sacred river; thy thought riseth as a divine spring; thy tender feelings waken sympathy in my heart. Beloved Teacher, thy very being is forgiveness.

The clouds of doubt and fear are scattered by thy piercing glance; all ignorance vanishes in thy illuminating presence; a new hope is born in my heart by breathing thy peaceful atmosphere.

O inspiring Guide through life’s puzzling ways, in thee I feel abundance of blessing.

Sharaj Sharif `Inayati

(Our Sufi Lineage, also called Silsila, which means the chain of transmission)

Allah (God)
Hazrat Jibra`il (Archangel Gabriel)
Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Rasul Allah (The Prophet Muhammad)
Hazrat Khwaja `Ali Wali Allah
Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri
Hazrat Khwaja `Abd al-Wahid bin Zayd
Hazrat Khwaja Fuzayl bin `Iyaz
Hazrat Khwaja Ibrahim Adham
Hazrat Khwaja Huzayfa Marishi
Hazrat Khwaja Hubayra Basri
Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad `Ulu Dinwari
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shami
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmad Abdal Chishti
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chishti
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chishti
Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Mawdud Chishti
Hazrat Khwaja Hajji Sharif Zindani
Hazrat Khwaja `Usman Harvani
Hazrat Khwaja Mu‚inuddin Hasan Sanjari-Ajmiri
Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Masud Bakhtiyar Kaki
Hazrat Khwaja Fariduddin Ganj-i Shakar Ajhodani
Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Mahbub-i `Ilahi Badauni
Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin Chiragh Dihlavi
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Kamaluddin `Allama
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Sirajuddin
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh `Ilmuddin
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Mahmud Rajan
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Jamaluddin Jamman
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Hasan Muhammad
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Muhammad Azam
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Yahya Madani
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Shah Kalim Allah Jahanabadi
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Nizamuddin Awrangabadi
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Maulana Fakhruddin
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Ghulam Qutbuddin
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Nasiruddin Mahmud Kali Shah
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Muhammad Hasan Jili Kalimi
Hazrat Shaykh al-Masha`ikh Abu Hashim Madani
Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Hazrat Pirzadi-Shahida Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan
Hazrat Pir Vilayat Khan
Sajjadanishin Zia Inayat-Khan ‘urf Sarafil Bawa


O Thou, the Maker, Molder, and Builder of the Universe, build with Thine own hands the Universel, our Temple for Thy Divine Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty. Amen.

The Midday Prayers


Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah, and Savior of humanity, we greet Thee with all humility. Thou art the First Cause and the Last Effect, the Divine Light and the Spirit of Guidance, Alpha and Omega. Thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings: in a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child, in a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher.

Allow us to recognize Thee in all Thy holy names and forms; as Rama, as Krishna, as Shiva, as Buddha. Let us know Thee as Abraham, as Solomon, as Zarathushtra, as Moses, as Jesus, as Mohammed, and in many other names and forms, known and unknown to the world.

We adore Thy past; Thy presence deeply enlighteneth our being, and we look for Thy blessing in the future. O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!

Thou Whose heart constantly reacheth upward, Thou comest on earth with a message, as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth, and speakest the Word that is put into Thy mouth, as the light filleth the crescent moon.

Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees.

May the Message of God reach far and wide, illuminating and making the whole humanity as one single Family in the Parenthood of God. Amen.


Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light.

(Said 11 times, hands raised.)


A torch in the darkness, a staff during my weakness, a rock in the weariness of life,Thou, my Master, makest earth a paradise. Thy thought giveth me unearthly joy, Thy light illuminateth my life’s path, Thy words inspire me with divine wisdom, I follow in thy footsteps, which lead me to the eternal goal.

Comforter of the broken-hearted, support of those in need, friend of the lovers of truth, blessed Master, thou art the Prophet of God.


O Thou, the Maker, Moulder, and Builder of the universe, Build with Thine own hands the Universel, our Temple for Thy Divine Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty. Amen.

The Evening Prayers


O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty, the Lord of heaven and earth, open our hearts, that we may hear Thy Voice, which constantly cometh from within. Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls, that we may know and understand life better. Most Merciful and Compassionate God, give us Thy great Goodness; teach us Thy loving Forgiveness; raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide us; send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit, And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being. Amen.


Disclose to us Thy Divine Light

(Said 11 times, arms crossed on chest and hands resting on shoulders, like folded wings.)


Warner of coming dangers, wakener of the world from sleep, deliverer of the Message of God, thou art our Savior.

The sun at the dawn of creation, the light of the whole universe, the fulfillment of God’s purpose, thou the life eternal, we seek refuge in thy loving enfoldment.

Spirit of Guidance, source of all beauty, and creator of harmony; love, lover, and beloved lord, thou art our divine ideal.


O Thou, the Maker, Moulder, and Builder of the universe, build with Thine own hands the Universel, our Temple for Thy Divine Message of Love, Harmony, and Beauty. Amen.

Other Miscellaneous Prayers


(for healing)

Beloved Lord, Almighty God! Through the rays of the sun, through the waves of the air, through the All-pervading Life in space, purify and revivify me, and, I pray, heal my body, heart, and soul. Amen.


(Said before meals)

O Thou, the Sustainer of our bodies, hearts, and souls, bless all that we receive in thankfulness. Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Send Thy peace O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may think, act and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that our lives may become a Divine vision and in Thy light, all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
our Father and Mother, that we Thy children on Earth may all unite in one family. Amen.


Save me, my Lord, from the earthly passions and the attachments which blind mankind.

Save me, my Lord, from the temptations of power, fame, and wealth, which keep man away from Thy Glorious Vision.

Save me, my Lord, from the souls who are constantly occupied in hurting and harming their fellow-man, and who take pleasure in the pain of another.

Save me, my Lord, from the evil eye of envy and jealousy, which falleth upon Thy bountiful Gifts.

Save me, my Lord, from falling into the hands of the playful children of earth, lest they might use me in their games; they might play with me and then break me in the end, as children destroy their toys.

Save me, my Lord, from all manner of injury that cometh from the bitterness of my adversaries and from the ignorance of my loving friends. Amen.


Hazrat A title of respect given to saints, meaning “noble presence”

Murshid Teacher; guide; a Sufi sheikh

Pir An elder spiritual guide; a sheikh or murshid of a high order, often the founder of an order through which spiritual transmissions pass to initiates

Nabi A prophet, bearer of a message for a particular time and group of people

Rasul Messenger, bearer of a universal message

Dharma Universal law

Universel The temple of all religions envisioned by Hazrat Inayat Khan and finally built at Suresnes, France, outside of Paris

Questions and Answers about Sufism

What is Sufism?

Inayat Khan says: “If one asks what Sufism is, what kind of ‘religion’ it is, the answer is that Sufism is the religion of the heart, the religion in which the thing of primary importance is to seek God in the heart of humanity.

There are three ways of seeking God in the human heart. The first way is to recognize the divine in everyone and to be considerate toward every person with whom we come in contact, in our thought, speech and action. Human personality is very delicate. The more living the heart, the more sensitive it is; but that which causes sensitiveness is the love element in the heart, and love is God. The person whose heart is not sensitive is without feeling. Their heart is not living; it is dead. In that case the Divine Spirit is buried in their heart. The one who takes notice of the feeling of another person with whom s/he comes in contact practices the first essential moral of Sufism.

The next way of practicing this religion is to think of the feeling of someone who is not with one at the moment. One may feel for those who are present, but one often neglects to feel for someone who is out of sight. One speaks well of someone to his face, but it is better to speak well of him/her when s/he is absent. One sympathizes with the trouble of someone who is with one at the moment, but it is more praiseworthy to sympathize with one who is far away.

The third way of realizing the Sufi principle is to recognize in one’s own feeling the feeling of God, to realize every impulse of love that rises in one’s heart as a direction from God, to realize that love is a divine spark in one’s heart, to blow that spark until a flame may rise to illuminate the path of one’s life.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

What is a Sufi?

From the perspective of The Inayatiyya, this question may be answered in several ways. Essentially a Sufi is one who recognizes that an aspect of truth is contained in all the authentic religious traditions. Therefore the various spiritual teachers of humanity are equally respected by one who lives from this belief. Hazrat Inayat Khan envisioned the Sufi as a person who appreciates the beautiful diversity celebrated in the various paths while discerning in them an underlying unity. The Sufi’s way of life is to continually seek to recognize the divinity contained in all human beings and the inherent sacred oneness of life.

There are, of course, many who live according to this essential definition of a Sufi, who have never heard of the name but who are a living expression of this spirit. According to Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufis have no official date or place of origin, for in essence they represent those mystics who have sought the truth in all ages. However at a certain time in history the name became associated with various orders which developed spiritual disciplines.

The Inayatiyya accents the note of universal spirituality found in the teachings of many of the Sufi masters of the past while seeking to make the teachings and practices of the past relevant to the needs and consciousness of our time. Our universal perspective goes beyond traditional Sufi orders as exemplified in our inclusion of spiritual practices gleaned from various traditions. Our prayers and Universal Worship service are a new expression of a vision of unity so necessary now as humanity begins to awaken to a planetary consciousness. In sharing a message of love, harmony and beauty, The Inayatiyya hopes to foster a vision of one human family.

Is The Inayatiyya a new religion?

No. The purpose of our work is to “help bring together the different organs of one body which are meant to be united and not thrown apart. How do we bring about such reconciliation? By realizing in ourselves that the essence of all religions is one, is wisdom, and by considering that wisdom to be our religion, regardless of our form.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

What is the objective of The Inayatiyya?

“The objective of The Sufi Order is the uniting of life and religion, which so far seems to have been kept apart. When a person goes to church once a week and devotes all the other days of the week to their business, how can they benefit by religion? Therefore, the teaching of Sufism is to transform everyday life into a religion so that every action may bear some spiritual fruit.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

What is the moral principal which guides the work of The Inayatiyya?

“If there is any moral principle it is this: that the whole of humanity is like one body, and any organ of that body which is hurt or troubled can indirectly cause damage to the whole body. And as the health of the whole body depends upon the health of each part. So the health of the whole of humanity depends upon the health of every nation.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Can a person continue to be a member of a religious tradition and become a member of The Inayatiyya?

Absolutely, yes; as a matter of fact we encourage this. The Inayatiyya is not concerned with converting or saving others. Our hope is that a person’s involvement in the teachings may deepen and expand his/her understanding of the tradition with which s/he is affiliated.

“The Sufi Message does not call a person away from a belief or church; it calls one to live it.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Isn’t The Inayatiyya oriented toward Islam?

No. Although there are Sufi roots in Islam, The Inayatiyya aligns itself with no particular religion, but rather honors all religions as coming from the One Divine Source at different times throughout history, in answer to the call of humanity. We seek the thread of Truth which is woven among all religions. We honor the Divine in all Its Names and Forms.

What is the attitude of The Inayatiyya towards women?

Hazrat Inayat Khan, founder of The Inayatiyya, offered this insight in the early part of this century: “The hour is coming when women will lead humanity to a higher evolution.” Women have always functioned in all roles of spiritual leadership within the Order. Spiritual practices and service are fully integrated and initial attempts have been made to update the language of the teaching to include the feminine. Several of the women teachers in the Order have made rich contributions by developing practices that facilitate an awareness of, and a deeper identification with, the feminine aspect of the divine.

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Open the Heart through Movement and Harmony

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From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together as part of everyday life and life passages, and in daily renewal and meditation. Sufi Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition. Come join us; breathe in harmony, chant the sacred phrases, move in rhythm and feel your connection with all of life.

No Dance meetings are currently scheduled. Please contact us if you wish to arrange for a special event.

Contact: Ata’allah Bill Meacham, (512) 470-4606,

What are Sufi Dances of Universal Peace?

The Dances are an uplifting group spiritual practice to cultivate inner peace and harmony, which in turn foster outer and world peace. They are simple circle dances. We set sacred phrases from the world’s religions and spiritual traditions to music and we dance using basic folk dance movements.

As a moving meditation, or body prayer, Sufi Dances of Universal Peace reveal the unity of all spiritual experience. We gather to embody Spirit, to praise and give thanks, and to offer our prayers for Peace, Love, Harmony and Beauty.

The Dances were founded by Murshid (teacher) Samuel Lewis and are based on the teachings of Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan and dancer Ruth St. Denis. They exemplify the principle of the Unity of Religious Ideals.

The Dances are taught by a dance leader. They are easy to learn, meditative, joyous and open to all. No experience necessary! There are neither performers nor audience; old hands and new join to form the sacred circle. As Samuel Lewis, the originator of these Dances, said, “Let us eat, dance and pray together.”

Why are they called “Sufi” Dances?

The term “Sufi Dancing” was the earliest popular name for the dances known formally as “Dances of Universal Peace.” It is an appropriate term for several reasons:

  • They were brought into being by a Sufi teacher, Murshid Sam Lewis.
  • Murshid Sam occasionally used the term “Sufi Dancing,” although he referred to them more often as “Dances of Universal Peace.”
  • Murshid Sam’s Sufi teacher was Hazrat Inayat Khan. The Hazratiye orders inspired by Inayat Khan (The Inayatiyya order, Sufi Ruhaniat International and Sufi Movement) are unique among Sufi orders in that they are not exclusively Islamic, but honor a great many of the world’s religions. Thus the eclectic nature of the dances, that they honor many religions, is specifically Sufi in the Hazratiye tradition.
  • Doing these dances is a Sufi practice designed to lead one to an experience of mystical unity.

Where else are they done?

All over the world! Any place you go, look around for “Dances of Universal Peace.” Regular dance meetings are listed on the Dances of Universal Peace web site (see link below).

How can I find out more?

Here are some links to more resources.

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International Network for Dances of Universal Peace. Find out where Dances are held around the world.

Videos of the Dances, a large and growing collection.

Ruth St. Denis and the Dances of Universal Peace. Ruth St. Denis, noted modern dancer, was a mentor of Murshid Sam Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace.

Wahiduddin, a dancer in Colorado, has lots of information on the Dances, including some unpublished dances, photos of dance camps, and downloadable audio files. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu on left.

ONEness Project, in Montana, is a foundation dedicated to the Dances of Universal Peace.


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About Us

The Inayati Order of Austin Heart of the Message Center is affiliated with The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty, formerly The Sufi Order International, founded as the Sufi Movement by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1910.

Our goal is personal transformation: we seek a balanced, harmonious and creative life free from the illusion of separation from the One. We look for new ways to apply the spiritual ideals of love, harmony and beauty to the challenges and opportunities of everyday life. At the same time we continue an age-old mystical tradition. We seek to serve God and humanity by helping to relieve suffering, promoting understanding and acceptance among followers of different faiths, and encouraging the unfoldment of universal loving kindness.

Sufism is not easily defined, for it is neither an established religion nor a doctrine. It is not made up of a body of dogma which one must follow, and it does not require its constituents to rely upon specific, prescribed rituals or techniques as a part of spiritual practice. It is not distinctive of any particular race, nation, or church; it has existed across cultures, over centuries. Sufism is a way of looking at the world and a way of living in the world.

Rather than requiring withdrawal from the world, Sufism practices immersion in life, bringing one’s highest ideals into everyday practice. It is a way for humanity to awaken to the abundance of life, both individually and collectively, in every area of human enterprise. Sufism is a contemporary response to the needs of the time and culture within which it exists.


We are a legally incorporated nonprofit entity in the state of Texas, USA. Our Employer ID Number is 94-3202233. We are a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Inayati Order, so donations to us are deductible on your U.S. federal income tax return as charitable contributions. If you would like to donate to us, please make your check out to Sufi Order of Austin and mail it to

Inayati Order Treasurer
603 Kingfisher Creek Drive
Austin TX 78748-2424


Special Events

Ya Hu XXI:  Dances of Universal Peace Gathering
March 21- 24, 2019
Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas

THIS GATHERING for both new and experienced dancers will be facilitated by dance leaders from Texas and the South Central U.S. The Ya Hu gathering is designed to bring area dancers together in order to make and deepen community connections. Our weekend at beautiful Camp Allen in Navasota will include opportunities to experience Dances of Universal Peace, walking practices, zikr, and deeper dance cycles, as offered by our regional dance leaders. On Sunday morning we will participate in some form of a Service of Universal Worship.

Thursday, March 21 –Registration will begin at 5:00 pm. Snacks will be available. No formal session this evening – arrive at your leisure to get settled in and hang out.

Friday, March 22 –Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Meals will be shared as a group.

Saturday, March 23-Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Meals will be shared as a group.

Sunday, March 24 –Morning Universal Worship

Please plan to arrive between 5:00 & 9:00 pm Thursday evening.

On Sunday, we will check out of the cabins by noon.

Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center is the birthplace of our Texas Ya Hu Dance gatherings.  Located in Navasota, Texas, Camp Allen provides easy access from the major cities.  We will Dance in a room at the main Conference Center.  Sleeping and meals will be in three 3-bedroom lakeside cabins that will comfortably accommodate about 30 participants.  Sleeping quarters include double and bunk beds. Each cabin offers a fully supplied kitchen, two bathrooms and a living room with a fireplace.  There are even front porches with rocking chairs overlooking the lake!  Visit the web site to view the cabins and to get precise directions:

Dance Information: Questions about the Dances of Universal Peace?  See

Registration: Fee is $140 per person, and includes dance and walk sessions, meals, and lodging. Housing is shared; no private rooms. Bed linens and towels are provided, but you might want to bring your own pillow, or a favorite blanket. Mail a registration form & payment (checks payable to “Elizabeth Ferrio”) for each individual to: Elizabeth Ferrio, 23519 Whispering Willow Dr., Spring, TX 77373-6233. Phone: (281) 651-0722; E‑mail:  You will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail shortly after we receive your registration.  Limited to 30 participants.

Springtime in Texas: Dancing our Prayers
April 11-14 (Thurs-Sun) 2019
Earthsprings Retreat Center,
Crockett TX

Join Sky Safir Roshay, Douglas Stevenson, Bernie Skydrummer and other leaders and musicians for a weekend of Dances of Universal Peace, poetry, potlucks, music and community!

Earthsprings Retreat Center is on 70 acres of wooded land in the edge of Davy Crockett National Forest, about half way between Houston and Dallas, Shreveport and Austin. The nearest airports are either DFW or Houston, both about two to two and a half hours away.

Dancing will be in the Tent we use for our 4 Corners area retreats. Dorm style bed space at the retreat center is available for about 25 people, first come first served, in the bunkhouse and main house.  Unlimited camping space is available, with bathroom/shower access. (See details.)  The Medicine Lodge will be available for meditation, jam sessions, and other activities; and hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities are possible. There is an outdoor kitchen with picnic tables. Dinners are potlucks, other meals are on your own.

Retreat cost:  $75-110, early bird discount until March 15th; $90-110 afterward.  Lodging charges: $10/night/person camping; to reserve rooms and that cost contact Glenda, 936-687-2246 or

Glenda Taylor is the owner of Earthsprings Retreat Center, and the director of the Fellowship of Comparative Religion.  See her expansive websites at and  She has attended several Dances of Universal Peace Camps with Sky Safir and Bernie Heideman.

Directions: GPS will get you to Crockett, but don’t follow it the rest of the way, as it can get befuddled as it gets deep into the forest. Glenda will provide exact directions as we get closer to the date.


Note – During the coronavirus pandemic all our events are held online only.

Monthly Community Gathering

Community Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month. Various leaders take turns leading each month, and the gathering may include readings from Hazrat Inayat Khan, teachings, meditation practices and zikr. 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. This gathering is open to all; please come even if you have never been to one before but would like to experience what goes on.

Meeting details will be posted on the TTO email list. If you don’t receive the email, please contact us.

Meditation Classes

These classes provide instruction in Sufi practices of meditation and in the philosophy and teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Please contact the teacher, Paméla Overeynder at or 512-826-7563 for permission to attend. There’s no cost for any of the classes.

Weekly Attunement and Healing Meditations

We heartily invite you to join us for the weekly Attunement and Healing Meditation every Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:30 am.   We are working deeply with the Purification Breaths of Hazrat Inayat Khan as guided meditation.

These meditations connect us with the living elements—earth, water, fire, air and ether, strengthening our connection to Mother Earth as a divine manifestation. We also include the Buddhist practice of Metta–sending well-being to all beings. These sessions are deeply healing for self and world. All are welcome. These meditations are free.

Please contact Paméla for the meeting link.

“The universe is a phenomenon of love and its ripest fruit is the awakened heart.”

Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Introductory class – A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberation

The class is open to everyone and is intended as an introduction to the Sufi path in the tradition of the Inayati Order of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The class is free.  Please contact Paméla directly to sign up.

The Inayati Order is interspiritual, so the class incorporates readings from the world’s religions, discussions, and simple practices. Since Sufism is a mystical path, connecting us with the One Being which is our True Nature, we will aim to have direct experiences. We’ll use poetry, art, nature, movement and practices to experience this Life and cultivate greater insight into the nature of Being.

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan,

“There’s a light within every soul. It only needs the clouds, which hide it, to dissolve for it to beam forth. This is the light of revelation. It is like a lantern to us. It lights up every dark corner we wish to examine and gives an answer to every question we would ask. This light wil only shine where the heart is pure; and in order to purify the heart, the Sufi has a…process suited to the evolution of every individual.”

Inayat Khan, Volume V – Spiritual Liberty, Part V: Pearls From The Ocean Unseen, Cause

Please join us as we explore, experience and enjoy the fragrant path of the heart.

Gathas: Introduction to Sufism

This ongoing class consists of reading the Inayat Khan’s Gatha papers and doing practices, in class and on your own, prescribed by Murshid Inayat Khan. This class is primarily for initiates—both new and long-time practitioners. Check in with Paméla if interested. We have a wonderful opportunity to share the spiritual nectar with each other and support each other on the path. We are currently not offering the Gatha classes but could start a new class if there is enough interest.

Githas: Practices and Teachings for Initiates

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

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 classes are open to advanced mureeds. If you are interested, please contact Paméla for permission to join.

We are currently studying the Githa III papers. A new series is possible, beginning with Githa I when this series completes, if there is enough interest.

The Githa class meets online. Contact Paméla for details.

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

Contact: Mabud John Bassett, (512) 925-1347.

The Austin Heart Rhythm Meditation meetups are ongoing ,and the most current information can be found on our meetup page,

Sufi Dancing (Dances of Universal Peace)

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From the beginning of time, sacred movement and song have brought people together as part of everyday life and life passages and in daily renewal and meditation. Sufi Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition. They are simple, joyous circle dances, moving meditations that use sacred phrases and movements from all of the world’s wisdom traditions.

No experience is necessary, and all are welcome! Dress is casual. You don’t need a partner, but bring friends.

Note – This gathering is suspended. See our Dance page for details.

Solstice and Equinox Celebrations

Four times a year, at the Solstices and Equinoxes, The Inayati Order of Austin hosts a pot-luck dinner and celebration in conjunction with the Church of the Golden Rule, an earth-bonded church that honors the sacred in nature. To find the exact date, look on (Note: times there are in Greenwich Mean Time; subtract six hours to get the time in Austin.) The celebration is usually held at 603 Kingfisher Creek Drive in Austin, but call beforehand, as the location might change.

Note – This gathering is temporarily suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

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


The Inayati Order of Austin (Austin, Texas, USA) offers classes, gatherings and other resources in order to infuse spirituality into everyday life. We seek to reveal the Divine, the Only Being, in all the many names and forms which have been presented to mankind by the masters, saints and prophets of all ages. We take inspiration from the Sufi sage Hazrat Inayat Khan and are affiliated with The Inayatiyya, a Sufi path of spiritual liberty.

“Our objective is to realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Toward the One” is the opening phrase of the invocation written by Hazrat Inayat Khan that simultaneously connects us to and acknowledges the living presence of the One God:

“Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty, the Only Being, united with all the Illuminated Souls, who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.”

Bowl of Saki (daily reading) for today
It is when man has lost the idea of separateness and feels himself at one with all creation, that his eyes are opened and he sees the cause of all things.

Note – Some of the material contained on this website found expression before there was any effort to remove gender discrimination from common usage. Out of respect for our historical sources, we have left the language as it was originally given, feeling that a careful reading of the texts in question reveals open-hearted inclusion rather than any intent to exclude any group. Nevertheless, we offer our sincere apologies to any who feel alienated or offended by the choice of words herein.