The Sema Ceremony

Our next public Mevlevi Sema Ceremony will be in Portland on Sunday, December 16th, 2018.

The Sema ceremony opens a window onto the Sufi path of love in the tradition of Rumi.

The 345762_arch_fez_morocco_1beloved 13th century mystic poet and
Sufi Master Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi was
the original whirling dervish.  In his time he transformed the hearts of his followers from
all religions and his influence extends to the present day. Widely known for his remarkable and timeless poetry, Rumi is the most widely published poet in North America.

Sema is a powerful ritual with music, poetry, and synchronized movement that was initiated over 700 years ago by Sultan Veled, the son of Rumi, after his father’s passing. The ceremony embodies the journey of the soul, weaving visual and musical elements into an experiential engagement with the Divine.

In traditional tall felt hats and flowing white garments, turners whirl in unison, attuning to the music of the heart. “Sema” means “listening” – there are no spectators as we enter into this sacred space together. We invite you to participate with us in this practice of deep listening, become filled with the energy of blessing, and create a space of healing for all of creation.

Advance tickets are recommended. Due to the sacred nature of the event, please enjoy the ceremony in real time – recording, photos, video or cell phone use will not be permitted.

“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”  – Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi