About Us


The Mevlevi Order of America offers regular classes, seminars, and public Zikr ceremonies, and offers Sema, the Whirling Prayer Ceremony, to the public for Shebi Aruz, the anniversary of Mevlana’s passing, on December 17th each year. Music is an important part of our Remembrance and Prayer.

The Mevlevi are mystics, believing that one’s path is to God. Mysticism is concerned with developing one’s abilities and capacity through emotional, intellectual, and physical practices. We greatly respect all genuine traditions of belief and faith which seek to accept the responsibility of humanity to care for each other and our world. We firmly reject the actions of those who pervert the words of God to justify violence for political ends.

The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way, through sharing the teachings of the great 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. We offer cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality, unity, and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Jelaleddin Loras.

We meet regularly on most Mondays
at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market St.
Seattle WA 98107

1st Mondays: Estaghfirullah Zikr. All are welcome.
2nd Mondays: Turn Instruction. Class for semazen and semazen-in-training.
3rd Mondays: Zikr of Presence. All are welcome.
4th Mondays: Turn Instruction. Class for semazen and semazen-in-training.

For information call 206-784-1532.
The Mevlevi Order of America is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.