What we're about

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 over 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

Friday Night Conversations … First Fridays … Door is open at 7:00 pm, talk starts at 7:30 pm

A short introduction followed by conversation and play. We may look at life concerns and the challenges of our times or talk about traditional sufi ideas and ideals concepts and practices.

Qawwali Saturdays … Second Saturdays at 10:30 am (followed by potluck)

Qawwali is Sufi music from India and Pakistan, a 700-year-old tradition of mystical and devotional song. Our sessions are an opportunity to experience and sing qawwali … but even if you just want to listen – come! Qawwali sessions are preceded by Voice Practice for stabilizing the voice.

Zikr~Sama … Fourth Fridays … Door is open at 7:00 pm, zikr starts at 7:30 pm

We open the door at 7:00 pm for people to gather and settle. Sama starts at 7:30 pm with a short meditation, reading or prayer, then we move into zikr. We generally close with a musical zikr and silence.

Informal Universal Worship Service … Fourth Sundays at 3:30 pm every other month

Universal worship services are inclusive and exist for people of different faiths to come together and worship. Framed by the Sufi prayers of Inayat Khan, we read from books or commentaries of different faith streams.


For more information call Kiran Rana at 510-393-6963 or email kiran@sufiway.org

Upcoming events (1)

Sufism & the Art of Loving :: VULNERABILITY


Program Intro From March to December, every month, Bay Dervish will do a whole Saturday at Rudramandir in Berkeley under the umbrella name Sufism & the Art of Loving. These sessions are a place for you to find your own understanding of and approach to loving. Loving yourself, loving others, loving "the one," loving the One ... we'll travel through them all. Evening Session Intro: VULNERABILITY I follow the religion of love: whatever way love's camels take, that is my religion and my faith. — Ibn ’Arabi Many people have told us that they feel vulnerability is a very important subject for them. It is for us too, so we are changing the schedule to give us more time together. We’ll start in the afternoon and here’s how it will look: Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. We’ll start with a gentle entry into the feeling and subject of vulnerability, moving into discussion and sharing. In the last half-hour we will introduce the idea of chilla, purposeful tasks of opening. Dinner break, individual activity: 5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. During the dinner break, you’ll be invited to carry out a purposeful task, chosen during the session. Evening: 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. In the evening session we’ll share our task experiences, discuss what they meant and how these insights can help us with future thoughts and goals. We’ll reaffirm our strength and end with a musical meditation. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. for the afternoon session, 6:30 p.m. for the evening session. People are on their own for dinner. Tickets: $25 in advance for both sessions, $30 at the door. Individual sessions are $15 each. Find more ticket options at the website or write to us. NoOneTurnedAway. Our vulnerabilities woven together are the very fabric of our humanness. Come and share your courage, your hesitations, your hopes. There will be time for questions and suggestions for deeper inquiry; those who want to follow-up personally with Murshid Kiran and Jeanne Rana can arrange times to do so. Calendar All sessions are on Saturdays except December 8. August 24 ~ Afternoon & Evening: VULNERABILITY September 21 ~ SEXUAL LOVING October 12 ~ LOVING & NONDUALITY November 23 ~ LOVE STORIES WORKSHOP -- Evening: Love story Festival December 8 (Sunday) ~ LOVING THE EARTH & SKY About Sufism Sufism is a search for and an opening to love, asking us to find our wholeness in our humanness. Our contemporary and creative approach embraces many traditions, teachings, lineages and schools. All are welcome to our programs: if you are looking for thoughtfulness, friendship or guidance, come and join the conversation, clarify what your heart is searching for. About the Qawwali Our group will be practicing every two weeks for qawwali recitals in June and November. You can come to listen, get lyric sheets and sing with us, or join us on your instrument. The fee to attend qawwali practice is $15, pay at the door. About the Storytelling Masterclass If you are a storyteller looking for refinement and expert feedback, book a slot (5 slots per day) and get your story critiqued by an expert. The fee to be a teller is $35. Please email or call to make a reservation early. The fee to come and listen is $10; all are welcome, no reservation needed, pay at the door. There will be no storytelling masterclasses in June, July and December.

Photos (22)