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  • Anna Less

    Anna Less

    Sarasota, FL

    Dr. Anna Less has been a spiritual teacher for over 30 years. She is one of the only Westerners in the world to hold a Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, granted by the government of China. As an internationally known practitioner and teacher of spirituality and healing, she shares a deep understanding of the esoteric principles needed to awaken the mind.

  • Aqdas Newmark

    Aqdas Newmark

    San Francisco, CA

    (415) 682-4676

    Aqdas Newmark has been a murid since 1976 and has served as a Representative, Regional Representative, and currently as a mentor for Suluk West. She recently moved to the bay area and is Leader of the new Winged Heart Center in San Francisco. Aqdas is an active mentor for Retreat Guides, Coordinators, and Representatives in training. Her retreats and workshops highlight illumination, integration, the unfoldment of the soul, and the application of psychology and spirituality to life's challenges.

    Aqdas has for many years maintained a private practice as a psychologist.

  • Azar Baksh Weiner

    Azar Baksh Weiner

    (361) 850-8637

    Azar Baksh is a senior teacher in the Sufi Order, a long time student of Pir Vilayat, a Representative, retreat guide, Shafayat, Cherag, and Farmer in Ziraat. He is a Ph.D. psychologist in private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has written GPS for the Spiritual Journey; Upgrading the Operating System of the Soul: A Manual of Quantum Sufism (with a foreword by Pir Vilayat); and with his wife Ravani Rah is co-author of The Gabrielite Work – Broadband Spirituality for the 21st Century. Azar Baksh and Ravani Rah have developed the Gabrielite Work, which integrates the teachings of ancient and contemporary Sufis including ‘Ibn Arabi, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Pir Vilayat with modern science such as quantum physics and chaos theory. Azar Baksh and Ravani Rah offer training in the Gabrielite Work through seminars, conference calls, individual and group retreats.

  • Ravani Rah Weiner

    Ravani Rah Weiner

    (361) 850-8638

    Ravani Rah has been a Sufi initiate since 1979, and is currently a senior teacher who with her husband Azar Baksh has developed the Gabrielite Work, a synthesis of ancient teachings and contemporary scientific thought. Also a shafayat in the Healing Order, Ravani Rah brings healing methods plus meditation techniques to her popular weekly class in the Corpus Christi Unitarian Universalist Church. She is dedicated to artistic expression in the fields of painting, jewelry design and sculpture as well as encouraging creativity in others.

  • Aziza Scott

    Aziza Scott

    Middlefield, MA

    (413) 623-5987

    Aziza Scott has been a student of the retreat process for 30 years and serves as the head of the Esoteric School, as Director of the Retreat Guide Training Program of the Sufi Order International, and as a Core Faculty member of Suluk Academy, working closely with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. She has many years of experience leading individual and group retreats and conducting workshops in the US, Europe and India. Aziza lives and guide retreats in Middlefield, MA.

  • Devi Tide

    Devi Tide

    Seattle, WA


    Devi heads the activities of the Sufi Healing Order in North America. She is a Sufi Order Retreat Guide, a Shafayat in the Healing Order, and guides workshops and retreats all over the world

  • Gayan Macher

    Gayan Macher

    Fairfax, CA

    (415) 482-0110

    Gayan is a companion and guide to those called to the courageous path of Love. He has been a student of the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan for over 30 years. He co-created Sufi Retreats, a process of transformation integrating mysticism with modern psychology. Gayan helped shape the training curriculum in the Sufi Order, and is a lead teacher in Suluk Academy. Professionally, he consults to corporations about the art and practice of human relations. Gayan is also a singer/song-writer.

  • Hafizullah Chishti

    Hafizullah Chishti

    Seattle, WA

    (206) 380.3833

    Hafizullah Chishti has walked, stumbled, crawled, and danced the Sufi path since 1976. He is a Sufi Order International senior teacher, Cherag, Healing Conductor, and Retreat Guide. He is active in developing core curriculum for the Order and in mentoring teachers-in-training at a national level. He teaches "the Turn" of the Dervishes, and has a special interest in the interface between psychology and spirituality. His teaching style is informal and accessible, and his passion is sharing in sacred space and spiritual practice with those who are awakening. He teaches a weekly class in Seattle's north end, and gives seminars locally and nationally. His personal website is at www.illuminedliving.com.

  • Himayat Inayati

    Himayat Inayati


    Himayat Inayati, M.S., Th.D., has been studying Sufism for nearly forty years. He received the transmission of Pir Vilayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, and Mother Krishnabai. He served as international facilitator (Kefayat) of the Sufi Healing Order for twenty years. He founded Universal Awakening (universal-awakening.org) and The Raphaelite Work (The Raphaelite Work.com) and helped found two schools for children in Asheville, N.C. He presently serves as headmaster of Odyssey Community School ((odysseycommunity.org) and as facilitator of the Ruhaniat – SOI Sufi Education Concentration. With his wife Shahida, Himayat leads personal retreats at Light of the mountain Retreat Center near Asheville.

  • Mahdiah Jacobs

    Mahdiah Jacobs Kahn

    Mill Valley, CA

    (415) 383-3548

    Mahdiah Jacobs Kahn is a Senior teacher and Retreat Guide in the Sufi Order International. She is a Shafiyat in the Sufi Healing Order and a teacher of the Rafaelite Work. Mahdiah is an active Cheraga and a Farmer in Ziraat. She is a longtime student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.

  • Melissa Clare

    Melissa Clare, Eureka Springs, AK

    (479) 253-8252
    Melissa Clare|melissaclare01#gmailc

    Melissa Clare met her Sufi teacher, Pir Vilayat , as a teenager, and later emigrated to America from England to live in a Sufi community. For seven years she was the acting director of the Sufi Healing Order which continues to be her main focus. She is available on a limited basis to bring introductory programs about the Sufi Healing Order, with the purpose of strengthening this activity in the smaller Sufi Centers.

  • Mu‘inuddin Smith

    Mu‘inuddin Smith

    New York, NY

    (212) 477-6085

    Mu‘inuddin Smith is a long-time student of the Sufi and Buddhist meditative traditions, and of the sacred teachings called “Ziraat” given by Hazrat Inayat Khan. He serves as a senior teacher and retreat guide within the Sufi Order International.

  • Raqib Ickovits

    Brentwood, California.

    (310) 979-7814

    Raqib Ickovits is a senior teacher, a mentor for representatives and retreat guides, and a direct student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan for over thirty five years. Encompassing the teachings of mystical schools of Buddhism, Sufism, and Judaism within the framework of a physicist's perspective, Raqib teaches sufi theory and practice, mystical Jewish practice at rabbinic seminaries, and specialized curricula to individuals seeking spiritual training. Raqib takes special delight in teaching ancient esoteric texts extracting hidden practices encoded therein and redefining them in modern context.

  • Saki Lee

    Saki Lee

    Voorburg, Holland

    tel. 00-31-70-3867800
    Saki Lee|saqi.lee#planet.nl

    Saki Lee has been a student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan since 1973. She serves as a retreat guide and personal guide to many mureeds in Europe, and considers this a most sacred privilege. Saki also serves as the head of the Esoteric School for the Netherlands, a member of the European Esoteric Training Committee, and one of the vice presidents for Kinship. Music is her bliss. Saki's upcoming seminars and retreats are described at http://www.lightsong.info.

  • Sarmad Tide

    Sarmad Tide

    Seattle WA


  • Shahabuddin Less

    Shahabuddin Less

    Sarasota, FL

    (941) 349-7717

    Shahabuddin Less has been studying and teaching the Sufi Message of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan for over forty years. He is a direct student of Pir Vilayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. He also studied extensively with Murshid Shamcher Beorse and Mother Krishnabai, and has absorbed teachings from many schools of mysticism throughout the world. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, where he serves as director of Rising Tide International, an organization promoting spirituality and the arts, which he founded.

  • Sharifa Norton

    Sharifa Norton

    New York, NY

    (212) 477-6085

    Kainat (Sharifa) serves as head of Ziraat in the Sufi Order International in North America (www.Ziraat.org). She is a long time student of the Sufi and Buddhist meditative traditions, and of the sacred teachings called Ziraat given by Hazrat Inayat Khan. She guides workshops and retreats and serves as a senior teacher and retreat guide within the Sufi Order International. Ziraat teachings bring us greater awareness of the dynamic process unfolding throughout this life, unveiling the light of the soul and our divine essence. These teachings can open us fully to our kinship with the sacredness of all life and to our own unique contribution to an earth of awakening.

  • Sura Charlier

    Sura Charlier

    (206) 368-3881

    Sura Charlier has been involved with the Sufi Order International since 1983, and serves as a Representative, Guide, Retreat Guide, Healing Conductor and Minister of the Universal Worship Service. She also serves as a mentor for Retreat Guide Training and on the Board of Trustees of the Sufi Order International – Seattle. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA), Sura’s many years as a professional musician, and training as a composer and dancer, inform her inspiration for leading zikr (Remembrance), sacred dance, and devotional singing. Sura’s current passion is facilitating retreats, classes and seminars that promote greater illumination, realization, physical/psychological/emotional healing, actuation of human potential, and healing of our relationship with the earth and with one another.

  • Taj Inayat

    Taj Inayat

    Mill Valley, CA


    Taj Inayat is the Vice-President of the Sufi Order International, and the long time spiritual companion of Pir Vilayat. She is a co-founder of Sufi Retreats, a process of unfoldment based on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the insights of modern psychology.

    In addition to her work as a Traveling Teacher, Taj Inayat also offers personal sessions in Spiritual Counseling, conducts online classes, and guides personal retreats at her center or remotely via telephone.

  • Tasnim Fernandez

    Tasnim Fernandez

    Burbank, CA

    (818) 841-3246

    Tasnim Hermila Fernandez was initiated into the way of the Sufis by Hazrat Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in 1971. She developed the West Los Angeles Branch of the Sufi Order International, which she served as a Representative and Leader. She is a Healing Conductor, a Cherag (minister) of the Universal Worship, and a Siraj, ordained and authorized by Pir Vilayat to train and ordain new ministers of the Universal Worship. She is the spiritual director of the Church of All in Burbank, CA. Tasnim is a co-founder, with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz, of the International Center for the Dances of Universal Peace, building upon the seminal work of Murshid Samuel Lewis. She gives personal guidance to her Sufi mureeds, trains and certifies dance leaders, trains and ordains Universal worship ministers, and presents and teaches nationally and internationally, in English and Spanish. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society. Tasnim is also a trained semazen, or whirling dervish, in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition.

  • Wadud Cretella

    Wadud Cretella


    Wadud is in love with the Sufi path! He is a senior teacher and Shafayat, Representative and guide, Cherag, Retreat Guide, Raphaelite practitioner, Farmer in Ziraat, and with his partner Zaynab is a Regional Representative. He is an active musician, dance leader and mentor. Professionally, Wadud continues to practice psychiatry. He has edited two volumes on the heart for the Dynamics of Healing Series and is actively involved in developing material for leaders' training in the Esoteric School. Wadud is interested in sharing about the heart, psychological principles for spiritual guides and practitioners, music-dance-and zikr, the journey of the soul for modern life, and more. Most of all, he emphasizes the integration of many experiences and concepts within modern Sufism, and the practical application of Sufism in our life.

  • Zaynab Fitzpatrick

    Zaynab Fitzpatrick


    Zaynab is a longtime Sufi initiate, guide, retreat guide, Shafayat, Raphaelite practitioner, Farmer and Cherag. With Wadud Cretella, she serves as Regional Representative and is a member of the Board for the Sufi Healing Order. Zaynab is interested in sharing the Message far and wide.