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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.