We believe that deep respect and harmony between the masculine and feminine principles of existence is necessary for the wellbeing of communities and society as a whole. The present imbalance is reflected in the increasing sexualisation of women and young people and in structures which continue to favour male biology and perspective. These are damaging not only to women but also to men. We trust that human beings should be free to discover and determine for themselves what it means to be male and female.
We begin by reconnecting to the Sacred Feminine.
We aim to create an inclusive and safe space which encourages authentic and open enquiry into these issues. Our speakers hail from different faith backgrounds with experience of working at various levels within, and for, communities. Participants will be invited to reflect on and share what the Feminine means to them, and consider how this understanding might be integrated into their own lives, work, and beyond.
Join us for a weekend honouring the Sacred Feminine through conversation, heart reflections, meditation, prayer, music and movement. We are blessed to offer this gathering in the beautiful setting of Kendal in the Lake District, with its rich spiritual heritage and long tradition of social activism.
Elizabeth Anne Hin
Elizabeth Anne Hin, founding President of the White Rose Foundation, was conceived and born deeply awake, and experienced death in infancy from which she was brought back to life. Beth’s life has been aware of attention to the sacred in assistance to the spiritual, moral and humble development of all beings, including her own. Beth has studied the world's spiritual traditions for over four decades. She was deeply mentored by many beloved Elders.
Through The White Rose Foundation she has practiced her own contemplation and path, to date in fifty nations on all continents except Antarctica, offering lectures, classes, retreats, seminars, audio tapes and CD’s, scholarships for youth, honoraria for spiritual elders and spiritual leaders throughout the world, and service journeys of educational, medical and social support.
Beth invites you to join her in practicing as one world, one holy humble family.
Fatimah Ashrif is the founding member of Rumi’s Circle and the visionary force behind the Unveiling the Divine gathering. She will be speaking about her inspiration on starting this gathering and her hopes for the future.
She currently works as an advisor on philanthropic projects including a number of education related projects. She is also working for the University of Cambridge as Project Lead on Coexist House. She is a student of Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Shaikha Camille Helminski through the Threshold Society.
Originally coming from a background of Counseling Psychology with a focus on BodyBased Therapies, Jan Sandman has studied with many masters over the years, always following the threads of where her heart and intuition call her. Her work focus is on the wholeness of a person, in the Creative process and its ability to heal, expand and express the human spirit. Jan facilitates deep connection to the Sacred Feminine and essence through Authentic Movement.
Jan will be leading a workshop using the form of Authentic Movement to deepen our relationship with the Sacred Feminine.
Read more about Jan's work on her website.
Asma Bhol is responsible for event development, stakeholder recruitment and the young people's lead for Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI). Asma enjoys reading and writing poetry especially derived from Urdu, Arabic, Sufi and Persian history. She also takes joy in learning about different cultures but is mostly intrigued by the way the world has been created and all of its individual creations. This extends into her love for Islam and therefore she actively participates in events and works of progressive Muslims that broaden her understanding and knowledge. This includes re-learning the Qur’an. Asma believes that spirituality is integral to one's well-being and development. Asma has participated in the Jewish Comedy Festival as part of the 'An Imaam, Vicar and Rabbi' show, featured on the BBC radio show, and recently been published in the Financial Times. She actively participates in movements that create inclusivity for marginalised groups including LGBTQI people, women, and children. Asma continues to enjoy working as a specialist children's occupational therapist.
Tania declared her Islam about 19 years ago, when she entered the Sufi path by taking hand with Sheikh Safer Effendi in Istanbul. Before this she had spent many years seeking a meaningful spiritual path, and this included the study of dreams, which she still practises.
She seeks to express some of her insights and love of the Divine manifest in the natural world through story writing, and has recently completed her first novel.
Dr. Rabia Malik
Dr Rabia Malik is a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist. She is interested in the interface of psychology, culture and spirituality and has been integrating these in her work with Muslim clients. She led a specialist therapeutic service for minority ethnic clients in the NHS for many years. Currently, she works in private clinical practice and offers training and consultation to a range of organisations.
Reverend Amanda Reynolds
Amanda's spiritual journey began aged 17 when she started attending services in the Church of England. Although wanting to conform she has always struggled with various aspects of doctrine and practice particularly male headship and patriarchy. Her training as an Interfaith Minister has enabled her to look at other faiths. Ultimately this journey led her to look within herself and to be comfortable living the questions rather than needing certainty. In a world where being masculine or feminine can polarise human beings she is, in her late 50's, exploring how being female influences her spiritual practice and what this brings to her ministry.
Ruth Liddle is a professional educator with more than 20 years’ experience teaching a variety of core subjects in schools and universities in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea. She has also been an active supporter of Living Values Education (LVE) since its formation in 1996 conducting LVE trainings and seminars to promote the development of values-based learning communities around the world. A Raja Yoga meditation student and teacher with the Brahma Kumaris for the last 20 years, Ruth is currently based at Inner Space Meditation & Personal Development Centre in Manchester, UK, where she has been a teacher and events coordinator since its opening in May 2011.
Sharon Marsden is Creative Director of the arts company verd de gris.
In all of Sharon’s work, her approach is centred on her interest in the ways in which the creative arts can be employed to help people find their voice and express themselves - whether as individuals or as part of a wider ‘community’. verd de gris endeavours to create works in which the individual, shared or collective experience is placed at the centre of investigations and Sharon’s own artistic response is very often to ‘frame’ these thoughts, ideas and concerns in as imaginative a way as possible.
There are many layers of complexity at play in this creative methodology but the essence of it is simple - Sharon believes that each and every one of us needs and deserves to be seen and heard - and when we give people the chance, their voices will be heard loud and clear and pure.
Isn’t that Something?
the music happens like this:
Something in His eye grabs hold of a
then I turn and lift a violin in someone else,
and they turn, and this turning
reached you now. Isn’t that
Daniel Thomas Dyer
Daniel Dyer is a writer, illustrator and co-founder of the children’s multi-faith publisher, Chickpea Press. He is a student of the Mevlevi path based on the teachings of Rumi, a member of Threshold Society, and a founding member of Rumi’s Circle.
Chickpea Press aims to publish engaging, contemporary and imaginative books and digital apps for younger readers, drawing inspiration from the great spiritual traditions of the world. Daniel has just completed writing and illustrating his first book, The 99 Names of God which will be published later this year. Daniel became a Muslim through the influence of a Jewish Buddhist – Leonard Cohen. In one of his albums, Cohen mentions being influenced by Rumi, and due to his love of Cohen’s music, Daniel had to quickly find out who this Rumi was. This began a love affair with Rumi’s poetry and one thing led to another…
Daniel will be speaking about his experience of writing The 99 Names of God, his dedicated research into finding as many female voices from the Islamic tradition as possible to enhance the book content, and the significance of the Divine Names of Beauty within the 99 Names.
Zeliha Akdan is from the Netherlands born to Turkish parents. She has had a great passion for singing Turkish Songs since her childhood. This combined with her interest in Sufism, has resulted in exploring and singing the spiritual songs of the Sufis.
Zeliha will be joining voices with Latif Bolat in the Sacred Music concert on Saturday night at the Parish Church Hall.
Latif Bolat is a world-renowned Turkish musician, singer, composer and scholar of Turkish music and folklore.
Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.
Latif will be joining voices with Zeliha Akdan in the Sacred Music concert on Saturday night at the Parish Church Hall.
See Latif's website for more information about his music.
Our gathering honours the work of Shaikha Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski, a Sufi teacher in the Mevlevi tradition, founded by Rumi.
Camille is not expected to attend our gathering due to health reasons but this initiative would not be as it is without her continuous support and encouragement in exploring and connecting to the Divine Feminine. She has been working within the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism for over thirty years and through her work has helped to increase awareness of the integral contribution of women to the spiritual path of Islam .
Camille also has ancestral roots within the Quaker movement, something that we will share more about in the gathering.
We are so grateful for her continuing guidance and support.
This is a non-residential gathering. Kendal has a large youth hostel and many hotels and B&Bs if you wish to stay locally. There is also a comic arts festival on the same weekend so we advise booking early.
Our venue has limited capacity so make sure you register early to confirm your place!
We welcome applications from artists and writers to attend the gathering and create a piece of work inspired by the weekend.
The criteria is simply to have an interest in spirituality and the Divine Feminine.
We would offer free weekend entry to the gathering.
To apply, please send a written submission, 750 words max evidencing the criteria and why you wish to be considered. Also submit one piece of completed work which demonstrates your interest in our criteria (PDF or JPEG).
Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 26th to be considered. Selected candidates will be contacted by Oct 3rd.
We look forward to supporting and fostering work that highlights the Sacred Feminine!
The fabulous artwork on this page is by artist Irina Naji, who kindly granted us permission to use her images.
Rumi’s Circle is a group of people inspired by their love of Mevlana Rumi to come together to share and understand his wisdom.
We do this in the following ways:
~ poetry and music events,
~ coffee shop poetry reflections,
~ talks and workshops about Mevlana Rumi and his work,
~ introductory whirling workshops explaining and demonstrating the whirling dervish tradition.
Rumi’s Circle is part of The Threshold Society and the Mevlevi Order, based on the teachings of Shaikh Kabir and Shaikha Camille Helminski.
The Threshold Society, rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, is a non-profit educational foundation with the purpose of facilitating the experience of Divine Unity, Love, and Truth in the world. Sufism is a living tradition of human transformation through love and higher consciousness. Our fundamental framework is classical Sufism and the Qur’an as it has been understood over the centuries by the great Sufis. The Society is affiliated with the Mevlevi Order, and offers training programs, seminars and retreats around the world.
Chickpea Press aims to publish engaging, contemporary and imaginative books and digital apps for younger readers, drawing inspiration from the great spiritual traditions of the world. We believe there are many paths to God, and even whilst making a whole-hearted devotion to one, we may benefit from a sharing of hearts and stories by all.
We hope to:
South Lakeland Interfaith Forum is set up by local residents who wish to exchange dialogue through faith and build bridges across communities.
Perhaps in this increasingly diverse world we live in followers of all faiths and none can share inspiration and learn from one another. If we have a willingness to try mixing things up this may help us to see a new and very colourful world. A lone instrument can be beautiful, but listen to an orchestra and you will experience a kind of magic.