Gatherings

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 Friday of each month. This gathering is open to all; please come even if you have never been to a zikr but would like to experience one. Various leaders take turns leading each month.

Note – During the coronavirus pandemic this event will be held online only.

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

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.

  • Fourth Friday every month
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Note – During the coronavirus pandemic this event will be held online only. See our Dance page for details.

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, Pamela Overeynder at pamelaovereynder@gmail.com or 512-826-7563 for permission to attend. There’s no cost for any of the classes.

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 Pamela 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 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 meets in a location in Central Austin. Contact Pamela for details.

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 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 meets in a location in Central Austin. Contact Pamela 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 Archeoastronomy.com. (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.

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.