2022 Blossoms – Teachers

Tania Rashida Villareal & David Jamal Coral
Special Guest Teachers

Tania Rashida and David Jamal have been working for 10 years with the Dances of Universal Peace and the investigation of ancient songs and traditional dances of the Andes, the Amazon, and different traditions, religions, and territories connecting with the power and healing of the Celebration.

During this time they have been sharing these arts as a form of an encounter between human beings with the nature cycles, in many cases as a medicine to heal deep wounds in territories and hearts such as Putumayo and other places in Colombia that have been hit hard by the armed conflict and drug trafficking.

They currently live and work at the La Realidad Experimental Station, a project developed in Putumayo dedicated to the regeneration of the Andean-Amazon ecosystem as a prayer for re-establishing our connection with the Tree of Life.

Tania Rashida Villareal & David Jamal Coral

Qahir Peco

My name is Qahir Peco and I am an Indigenous, first-generation Filipino, non-binary, and have a strong focus on good mental health. What calls me to this teaching is to present a class that is not your typical study of oppression or an academic exercise in understanding systemic racism or other “isms”. It is the sharing of my personal journey from home trauma caused by colonization to becoming a Sufi and finding my authentic self, grounded in my Native (both Indigenous to this country and to the Philippines) roots.

Qahir Peco

Gayatri Kira Kull

Current PhD Candidate in Mythological Studies, Gayatri Kira Kull (they/she) grew up practicing the Dances of Universal Peace and attending the Mendocino Sufi Camp. With a rich background in theatre and outreach education from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Gayatri first taught at NWSC under the guidance of their beloved Murshida Khadija in 2018. Grounded in the belief that storytelling is transformative for both audience and performer, she aims to empower truth seekers as they craft their own story through the lens of our shared social and Sufi mythos.

 

Tawwaba Bloch

Tawwaba Bloch

Alima Alisa Jackson

Alima Alisa Jackson grew up in the NW Sufi community, and continuously is drawn back to this path which provides more and more opportunity to explore our humanity and divinity. Her current focus is on how to be in the world, but not of it, and how to maintain equilibrium in order to serve and hold what’s needed.

Alima Alisa Jackson

Nur Ali Jeff Ried

Nur Ali brings humor, experiential learning, and community to the tree of life, supporting growth and transformation through alchemy nourishing our leaves (outer plane) and our roots (inner plane) through connections that already exist within us. We will examine these connections, sense our areas of growth, and ease into intentional steps leading us to individual, community, and planetary growth and transformation.

 

Nur Ali Jeff Ried

Zahir Karuna Moree

Zahir has a lifelong love of music, movement, and rhythm. Zahir seeks to give back to the NW Sufi Camp community even a small part of what he has received, and hopes to be a Root linking the best of our robust past with the great potential of our present, inshallah. Zahir leads Dances regularly in the Pacific Northwest, sharing the Dances as a rich spiritual practice of Healing, Community, and the Arts.

Zahir Karuna Moree

Chela Sloper (she/her)

Chela has been singing harmonies since her teen years, both spontaneously adding textures in the moment and arranging folk and choral music. She appreciates the wondrous birthright of the human voice: by our speech we communicate with one another; in song and intonation we experience “incarnation” in a radiant sense, the vibration of life expressing itself through our bodies, hearts and voices. Chela has been a musical support to the Dances since 1991, and has led Dances in both Portland and Bend, Oregon.

Chela Sloper (she/her)

Mujiba Debbie Berkana

Mujiba Debbie Berkana aspires to support the unfoldment of human potential wherever she may be, in the realm of the Ruhaniat as a siraj/senior minister, guide, and healing conductor. Inayat Khan says “a cherag’s duty is to do our work in everyday life and the other duty is to be conscious of the sacred ordination.” Her main focus is being in service of peace, whether it be speaking with a coaching client, or at the charter school where she is a business manager. Mujiba is the co-author of Heart Talk for Kids: an Active Peacemaking Curriculum.

 

Mujiba Debbie Berkana

Murshida Khadija Julia Goforth – In Memoriam

Murshida Khadija Goforth traveled the Sufi Path for most of her adult life. Her recent service emphasized co-creating individual and group heart awakening experience. She served as a Sufi Ruhaniat International murshida/senior teacher, Universal Worship siraj/senior minister, and Dervish Healing Order initiator. A Northwest Sufi Camp co-founder, in 2018 she co-founded NW Sufi Theatre.
Also initiated into Nur-Ashki Jerrahi and Mevlevi Sufi lineages, in 1994 Khadija served as semazenbashi at the Konya, Turkey tomb of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, the first woman in history to do so. With the local Dances of Universal Peace circle she led the 10,000-person Dance Parade ’17 down Broadway in NYC, singing and dancing the sacred names of world traditions. She was a mom, a grandmother, a former stained glass artist, photographer, and retired middle-school teacher.
Murshida Khadija passed peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of May 14, 2021. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends and mureeds on the Sufi path. Ya Salaamo!

 

Khadija Goforth

Khadija Goforth

Musicians: Chris Henke, Latif Burdick, Matin Stephen Pierce and Nuria Ginger Lee.