Murshid Allaudin Ottinger
Special Guest Teacher
Murshid Allaudin is a long time student and Senior Teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri, and also travels worldwide with a musical message spreading Love, Harmony, and Beauty through Movement, Stillness; Sound, Silence
Khalil Mark Elliott, 2019 NWSC Spiritual Director
Khalil Mark Elliott is a long time sufi student and seeker of the inner life. A student of Sheikh Ishaq Jud until his passing, Khalil now is a student of Murshid Wali Ali Meyer. Khalil is a Khalif in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, with students throughout North America. Khalil started and is the center leader for Ashland Sufi Heart Circle and holds Gatha classes, Zikrs, Dance meetings, weekend camps and retreats, and special events. Khalil is a Mentor Teacher in The Dances of Universal Peace and provides training for new dance leaders. Khalil is a Cherag and provides ministerial services-weddings, counseling, mediation, and education. Khalil is a Farmer in the Ziraat teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Wali Ali Meyer
A disciple of Murshid Samuel Lewis from 1968. Lived in the Mentorgarten with him as a helper, became his Esoteric Secretary, and was initiated by him as a Sheikh. Now a Murshid, Wali Ali is head of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat, Spiritual Director of Khankah SAM, writer of numerous articles, such as the history of Sufism in California featuring Murshida Martin and Murshid Sam, editor and co-author of Physicians of the Heart, teacher of Walks and Dances and the Sufi curriculum, as well as a devotee of the laughter of God.
Wali Ali Meyer
A NWSC co-founder, Murshida Khadija has traveled the Sufi path for over 40 years, now serving as a Sufi Ruhaniat Int’l Esoteric School sr. teacher, Service of Universal Peace siraj/sr. minister, Dervish Healing Order initiator and Dances of Universal Peace sr. mentor. In these roles she focuses on community, sacred names, group process, walking meditations, and the profound heart mysteries of our deepest humanity. In 1994 she served as the first woman semazenbashi at Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi’s Konya, Turkey tomb and, with the local Ruhaniat Dances of Universal Peace circle, led 10,000 dancers in 180 groups down Broadway in NYC in SACRED DANCE: Dance Parade 2017. A lifelong love of theatre inspires the development of a Sufi Theatre project which she initiated at NWSC 2018. A mom and grandmother, Khadija holds a master’s degree in psychology.
Gayatri Kira Kull
Originally from Northern California where she grew up with the Dances of Universal Peace, Kira Gayatri Kull received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been living in NYC ever since. Creating theatre of all kinds from Shakespeare to immersive performance, she wears many hats as a teacher, director, producer, actor, and more! Teaching Acting and Playwriting classes primarily in jail facilities via her company Open Box Theater Collective, Kira works extensively with the NYC Department of Corrections as an outreach educator and is also on faculty with the Stella Adler Studio’s Outreach Division. She has a passion for telling the stories the media often ignores and encouraging other artists to do the same through her education and producing platforms. In 2015 Kira took initiation into the Sufi Ruhaniat Int’l and received the name Gayatri from Murshida Khadija. She has been an active participant in the NYC dance circle and become a dance leader herself. Theater training includes Stella Adler, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Tisch Commedia Dell’Arte and the Experimental Theatre Wing. Gayatri is thrilled to be back at Northwest Camp with Khadija again this year for another round of creating Sufi theater!
Gayatri Kira Kull
Amina Emma Durbin
Amina Emma Durbin first meet the Sufis when she was nine years old. She was initiated two years ago by Murshida Khadija Goforth and given the name Amina, meaning the trusted one. She was Khadija’s youth mentee at NWSC in 2016 and 2017 and is currently working to develop a community of Sufi youth in Chicago, IL. Emma studies Playwriting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her full-length plays include Inside the Palace Royale and The Humiliation Play. Her theatrical aesthetic is a mix of magic, feminism, sex, grief, and joy. In addition to writing plays, she is a practicing Dramaturg. She missed last year’s NWSC for a literary management/dramaturgy internship at the Goodman Theatre. At The Theatre School she serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Grappler, has dramaturged The How and the Why by Sarah Treem, and assistant dramaturged the new play, Honey Girls, by Grace Grindell.
Amina Emma Durbin
Aslan is a graduate of Stanford Medical School who has worked as a family practice and emergency medicine physician in Humboldt County since 1974. He became a student of Universal Sufism in 1983, leading Dances of Universal Peace, serving as a Shafayat in the Dervish Healing Order and as a Murshid in the Sufi Ruhaniat. He has taught Universal Sufism for the Religious Studies department at Humboldt State University for the past 17 years and has traveled extensively in his teaching capacity in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Guatemala, and New Zealand.
Tawwaba Bloch served for 12 years as Esoteric secretary to Murshid Wali Ali Meyer. In that capacity she facilitated the creation of Physicians of the Heart and has intensive training in the use of Wazifah for transformation. She is immersed in the life of Murshid Samuel Lewis through research for his biography. As Khalifa she serves his message and the lineages that were transmitted through him. She finds the expression of the Sufi path of Union with the Divine, in the scripture written on the sacred body of Nature.
Arifa Byron has been walking on the Sufi Path for over 30 years, and currently holds the post for the Portland Ruhaniat Circle. As both an academic and a Sufi teacher, Arifa blends the spiritual and political in the shared journey toward a just and inclusive world that promises dignity for all. Arifa holds Hazrat Inayat Khan’s message and the teachings of Murshid Sam deeply in her work to liberate intersectional oppressions, and seeks to embrace radical inclusivity as a breath-by-breath practice. Study with the Ruhaniat, the Mevlevi Order of America, the Rifa’i, the Nur Ashki Jerahi, and the Shadhiliyya orders of Sufism have influenced Arifa’s understanding of devotional practice, and in particular, her leadership of Zikr. Arifa is a professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Portland State University, where she directs the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project.
Jabbara Edwards was attracted to Sufism in 1975 after devouring the 12 volumes of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Her son came later that year. Jabbara’s primary teachers are Murshid Wali Ali and Sheikh Ishaq Jud. She’s drawn to the practical application of mystical transformation – personal, community and worldwide. Currently living in the Sawtooth mountains, studying music, publishing obituaries for a living and finding ways to garden in the rocks.
Quan Yin Williams
A Sufi Sheikha, Quan Yin now practices and teaches Spiritual Guidance since retiring from Psychiatry. She has written a lot on the psychospiritual interface and has brought together many classes, camps, retreats and gatherings in Spokane and the Pacific Northwest. A long-time member of the Northwest Sufi Camp Family, she is thrilled to have her older son and his three children come annually to “the best week of the year”.
Her particular current interest is in the development of community and finding ways to deal with conflict and the Shadow in family and community.
Quan Yin Williams