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A place for conversation, music, mystical study and practice under the guidance of a senior Sufi teacher, open to friends from all directions and generations. Bay Dervish center is part of the Sufi Way, an informal community of service and a contemporary spiritual path, open to all. The center activities are led by Jeanne and Kiran Rana. 

Kiran has been engaged with sufism for 40 years and is a senior teacher and guide in the Sufi Way. Jeanne is a poet and long-term member of the Sufi Way and sings in the choir of the Unitarian Church of Oakland. 

Our semi-regular events are 

Tuesday Night Conversations … Second Tuesdays at 7:00 pm A short introduction followed by conversation and play. Our theme this year is a blend of renewal, agreement and spontaneity that we call Life Improv. We choose topics on the evening, go where agreement takes us. A couple of times in the year we’ll do storytelling or a sharing and understanding of the teaching stories of Mulla Nasruddin and other wise fools. 

Qawwali Saturdays … Third Saturdays at 10:30 am An opportunity to sing and learn qawwali, South Asian sufi music. At Bay Dervish we’ll have one extended session this quarter, on March 12. Save the date. Other recitals and immersions at other locations. 

Informal Universal Worship Service … Fourth Sundays at 3:30 pm The service includes readings from the books of major world religions or faith traditions and is non-doctrinal and open to everyone 

Zikr~Sama … Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Zikr is the Sufi practice of remembrance of the Oneness of All. Our zikr sessions start with a meditation or reading to create a receptive state, then move into zikr. For a while we will do musical zikrs of the Sufi Way. 

ALL ARE WELCOME … For more information call Kiran Rana at 510-393-6963 or email

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