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Silent Mevlevi Meal

simple meal-700x420Silent Mevlevi Meal
at Ballard Oddfellows Hall, 1706 NW Market St.
Monday, March 31 at 7:30pm
RSVP please
$15 donation suggested
Dear ones,
Join us on Monday March 31st for an evening of communion through prayer and feasting.

First, we will share a special zikr using a traditional large tesbe (similar to a mala or rosary) with 999 beads.

Then, maintaining an atmosphere of sacredness, we eat together in silence. Cleaning up and exiting the hall, as well, are done in silence.

This echoes a traditional practice within the Mevlevi tekkes (monasteries) where the dervishes ate every meal in silence, an opportunity to gather and share with one another the beautiful simplicity of communion.We’d love for you to join us. Simply RSVP to, and bring along your donation for the evening’s hall rental. We will prepare the food and the space. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call Scott at 206.784.1532.

When I say “lip,” it’s the lip of the Sea I mean;
when I say “nothing,” it means “nothing but You.”
It’s the sweetness that makes my face solemn:
it’s the fullness of speech that makes me silent.”

–Mathnawi I:1759-1760, Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Join us for Zikr on St. Patrick’s Day!

Join us Monday, March 17 at 7:30pm:

From the large jug, drink the wine of Unity,

So that from your heart you can wash away the futility of life’s grief.

-Hafiz (Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe)

In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the current of Mevlevi tradition, engaging in a spiritual practice common to many Turkish sufi orders.

Throughout history, the different orders would come together to remember God through movement, prayer, music and devotional poetry.

Under the instruction of our musical guide, Timucin Cevikoglu, we have instituted this monthly meeting, supporting and enlivening our prayers with traditional sacred music.

In continuing this tradition in a contemporary context, we spontaneously co-create a dance towards unity, remembering our shared source and renewing our commitment to walk a path of awareness and peace.

When: Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm
WhereBallard Odd Fellows Hall1706 NW Market Street 98107.
Who: Friends of all faiths and skill level are warmly welcome into our circle!
These are healing prayer practices, and we invite you to participate as you are able.
Dress: Please dress comfortably for movement, with thick socks or turn shoes for moving/whirling on a wood floor.
To RSVP contact Scott at (206) 784-1532.
Or email the MOA circle at
Cost: $15 suggested donation.