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Past Special Events


A list of PAST special, one-time only events displayed in order of the date of the event. A separate listing is available for upcoming special events.

 

Eat, Dance & Pray Together - Toronto, ON, Dec 31, 2016

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, an Inayati Order centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

Date and time: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

Awakening in Life: A Residential Sufi Retreat, with Aziza Scott - Toronto, ON, May 27-29, 2016

Scarborough Bluffs in watercolourSeeking a beneficial change in your life? Wish to dive deeply into your innermost self? Please join us on this sacred journey toward the source of perfection and freedom. The retreat process offers an opportunity to soar on the wings of the spirit and to reawaken in life with renewed insight and creativity.

The retreat will feature spiritual practices including meditation, breath, sound, concentration and light.

Date and time: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 7:30pm - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 5:00pm

Eat, Dance & Pray Together - Toronto, ON, Dec 31, 2015

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, a Sufi Order International centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

Date and time: 
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Dances of Universal Peace with Habib and Phyllis - Toronto, ON, Jun 6, 2015

DUP logoCome join us in dance! A special Dances of Universal Peace afternoon will be hosted by Habib Maycock and Phyllis Danu at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church. On Saturday, June 6th, we'll start at 1:30pm and end 4:30pm. The event is free (donations accepted).

Date and time: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Awakening Your Mystic Heart, with Pir Zia - Toronto, ON, May 2-3, 2015

Pir Zia photoYour heart is an infinite source of Love, Harmony and Beauty. When these qualities are awakened life is transformed. Join Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, for a weekend of Sufi teachings and practices that will help you awaken your mystic heart. You will learn how to use conscious breath, sacred sounds, movement, prayer and meditation in your journey towards this goal.

Date and time: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 11:59pm

Quarterly Half-Day Retreat - Toronto, ON, Mar 14, 2015

candle flame photoPlease reserve this date for our quarterly half-day retreat. We will share in chants, meditations, teachings and more drawn from the Sufi heritage of our Order. This retreat will feature practices of Zikr, the remembrance of God. We'll have more information here as the date approaches.

Date and time: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Celebrating the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan - Toronto, ON, Feb 5, 2015

 Banjara Indian Cuisine photoThis year you are invited to celebrate the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan with an informal noon lunch gathering at Banjara Indian Cuisine on Bloor Street West near Christie Pits (not the one on Eglinton -- too crowded). Please join us to share in delicious food from Murshid's native land.

Date and time: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Eat, Dance & Pray Together - Toronto, ON, Dec 31, 2014

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, a Sufi Order International centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

Festival of Lights - Toronto, ON, Dec 7, 2014

candle photoMany religions use light — inner and outer — to symbolize their prayers and hopes for what is right with the world, especially at this holiday season. Representatives from the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Divine Feminine, Indigenous, Hindu, Jewish, Moslem, Sufi and Zoroastrian traditions will share with us their faith, their passion and their creativity in sacred words, poetry, chants, songs and music.

Date and time: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 1:30pm

Touching Inner Guidance for Fulfillment in Life: A Half-Day Retreat - Toronto, ON, Dec 6, 2014

candleWhen we are in tune with our inner guidance the opportunity for joy, love, peace, abundance, happiness and all good things is more present.

Join us as we use the tried and true methods of song, chant, mantra and meditation that will allow you the opportunity of touching the intuitive faculties that elevate life and support personal fulfillment.

Date and time: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Toronto SOI Community Gathering - Toronto, ON, Nov 30, 2014 (was Nov 2)

crossroads imageDear Friends: Please note that our upcoming Community Meeting and Potluck has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. The meeting itself will feature an update of our plans so far for Pir Zia’s visit to Toronto; April 30 – May 3, 2015. After the meeting we will have the opportunity to join together in Zikr. We look forward to seeing you there.

The leadership council of the Awakening Heart Circle Sufi centre is hosting a potluck dinner, social gathering and planning meeting for the Sufi Order community in Toronto. Please join us to see old friends, meet new ones, and share a joyful time.

Date and time: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Special Dances Afternoon CANCELLED - Toronto, ON, Oct 19, 2014

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We're so sorry but this event has to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances that have arisen. We expect to reschedule it for next month.

Come join us in dance to celebrate the changing of the seasons! A special Dances of Universal Peace evening will be hosted by Habib Maycock at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church. We'll start at 2pm and end around 4pm. The event is free (donations accepted).

Date and time: 
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Open Heart: A Half-Day Retreat - Toronto, ON, Sep 27, 2014

candlePlease join us as we rediscover and explore the sacred heart within each of us. During this half-day retreat we’ll share practices that help us develop our awareness of the subtle heart, and to open our heart to the Divine in all manifestations.

"It is the open heart which can receive reflections from the Divine Spirit within." — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Date and time: 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Awakening the Divinity Within: A Half-Day Retreat - Toronto, ON, Apr 19, 2014

candlePlease join us as we explore different ways to experience the divinity within. Hazrat Inayat Khan said, "The central theme of the Sufi Message is one simple thing, and yet most difficult, and that is to bring about in the world the realization of the divinity of the human soul." During this half-day retreat we’ll share practices that help us to realize this divinity and awaken to our true selves.

Date and time: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Enemy of the Reich: Movie Premier - Toronto, ON, Apr 5, 2014

postcard image"Throughout the 1930′s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill’s covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory. This is her story."

Date and time: 
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 8:30pm

Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Evening Event - Toronto, ON, Feb 5, 2014

Hazrat Inayat Khan photoThe Women’s Circle warmly invites everyone - men and women - to spend the evening of February 5, 2014 celebrating the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan.  Please bring with you a poem (Rumi or Hazrat Inayat Khan) or a story by or about Hazrat Inayat Khan that you’d like to read aloud to the group.  Also, bring a musical instrument if you have one.  And finally, bring a snack item to share.  Tea will be provided.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:30pm

Celebrating of the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan - Toronto, ON, Feb 5, 2014

Hazrat Inayat Khan photoOn February 5th we celebrate the Urs of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, one of the four Sufi Order annual holidays. On this day in 1927 he rejoined Allah, his Beloved. This year we'll again be celebrating with a mid-day social gathering at a Toronto restaurant featuring Indian cuisine, honoring Murshid's birthplace.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

Cultivating Inner Light: A Half-Day Retreat - Toronto, ON, Feb 1, 2014

candleThis event is the first in a new series of quarterly half-day retreats featuring meditations and other practices drawn from the Sufi Order International tradition. We're going to keep the group small at first, while we work with a core of more experienced practitioners to establish suitable attunement, then expand. Note the the date of this event has changed since the original announcement.

Date and time: 
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Way of the Heart

winged heartNOTE: The regular, ongoing Way of the Heart class will not be meeting on January 2, 2014, but will be delayed by a week. In January 2014 we'll be meeting on the 9th instead.

The Way of the Heart explores the universal Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan through chant, meditation, sacred readings and movement. Each evening we’ll immerse ourselves in several of these spiritual practices, which for centuries have been used to achieve personal transformation and Divine enlightenment.

Date and time: 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

Eat, Dance & Pray Together - Toronto, ON, Dec 31, 2013

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, a Sufi Order International centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

Date and time: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:00pm

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

In all directions of progress the ideal is the compass that shows the way.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Chalas