2021 Teacher Bios

Murshida Mariam Baker
Special Guest Teacher

Mariam Baker is a Murshid within the Sufi Ruhaniat and a senior teacher in the Mevlevi Order of America. She is the executive director of The Soulwork Foundation, supporting the growth of “Soulwork”, a sacred psychology rooted in the Sufi principle that each human being is motivated to fully embody the soul’s unique purpose in this lifetime. She is the author of “Sacred Voices, Stories from the Caravan of Women” and “Woman as Divine, Tales of the Goddess”.

Now at this time on earth many positive things are occurring. Many groups coming together to work for positive change, many new ways to serve and protect our mother earth. Like light rays bursting out of a new star being born the consciousness of humans is moving toward a sense of unity and community, and the sense of separateness is diminishing. Because of her attunement to the Starburst of positive energies on the planet, amidst all the apparent chaos, and her skill with the wonderful practices in our lineage, she is our special invited guest teacher at our 2020 Northwest Camp.

 

Mariam Baker

Khadija Goforth

Murshida Khadija Goforth has traveled the Sufi Path for most of her adult life. Her current service emphasizes co-creating individual and group heart awakening experience. She serves as a Sufi Ruhaniat Int’l 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 is a mom, a grandmother, a former stained glass artist, photographer and retired middle-school teacher.

 

Khadija Goforth

Khadija Goforth

Karly Loveling

Karly Loveling has a passion for bringing heart and song together in harmony. She leads the Singing Hearts Choir, the Hummingbirds Girls Choir, a Vocal Improv Lab, and special classes and events, in Eugene, OR. She also brings her spirit and skills to gatherings such as Singing Alive, Song Village, and Singing on the Edge. Karly sings for her own joy and sanity, community building, growing girls, women’s circles, babies, dying friends, people grieving, and anyone who will listen or join in.

Make harmony and bring songs to life!

Karly Loveling

Mu’id Evan Bushnell

Mu’id was born curious, and throughout life he has continued to develop his inquisitive nature — seeking to understand how the worlds inside and around him work. In the course of this seeking, Mu’id’s Sufi guide introduced him to Ram Dass, which unexpectedly changed his life and continues to shape who he is today. Building on a longstanding history of devotional music-making, he began practicing Kirtan while living with and giving care to his near and dear friend Ram Dass in Maui. Since returning home to Oregon, Mu’id has continued to deepen his Kirtan practice while working as a carpenter and staying close to the Portland Sufi community. He is currently exploring the deep roots of Kirtan, studying how devotional practice translates to social action, and how Kirtan becomes accessible to all people. In his own words he says, “Bhakti, or the practice of loving devotion, is about a full relationship with divinity that is closer than we can think. To directly experience a love so real that it shows us something beyond what we think is going on in and around us. This unconditional love belongs to everyone and should be accessible to all, because it is already here in the nature of who we really are.” Mu’id spends his free time in nature and in the city with his beloved friends and family, making music and transforming the world through his concentration on love.

Mu’id Evan Bushnell

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

Quan Yin Williams

Omar M’Sai

Omar M’Sai was an original student of Murshid Samuel Lewis. He is an initiator in the Ruhaniat and he lives in Harlem in New York and has been involved in the Ruhaniat ever since the late 60’s. He is currently coordinating the online sangha Prayer Circles, which study Wali Ali’s God is Breath classes. He gave a wonderful class at Mendocino Sufi Camp on Systemic Racism with short funny videos that challenge our stereotypes, and other history in a nutshell videos that were succinct and thought provoking. We’re excited to bring him to NW Sufi Camp to present it again.

Omar M’Sai

Raphael Rod Birney

Raphael Rod Birney MD lives and works on a 22 acre biodynamic farm in Southern Oregon. He is a psychiatrist, interfaith minister and Sufi Sheikh specializing in depth psychotherapy and spiritual guidance. He is the author of Cities of the Soul, which retells a classic Sufi story about the journey of the soul through the different levels of the nafs or personality. He has a life long interest in the integration of neuroscience, quantum physics, spiritual practice and depth psychology.

 

Raphael Rod Birney

Yahya Suzanna Nadler

Yahya Suzanna Nadler M.Ed, LPC is a counselor with a specialization in movement and the body. She has been leading groups that blend body focused psychotherapy with spirituality for 20+ years. Her personal SoulWork has been weaving poetry, dialogue and dance into theatre presentation called: Body Poetry. She is an individual and group SoulWork practitioner and leads a two year SoulWork Training. She has studied the poetry and spirituality of Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes with the Mevlevi Order of America.

 

Yahya Suzanna Nadler

Vakil Forest Shomer

Vakil Forest Shomer is a Ruhaniat Sheikh and student of Hazrat Pir Moineddin Jablonski, with whom he learned the practice of Sufi Soulwork. He led the Ruhaniat Ziraat (Sacred Nature) Concentration for 20 years, appointed by Pir Moineddin in 1996. He has twice been Spiritual Director of Northwest Sufi Camp, in which he has participated dozens of times beginning with the first year (1978). In everyday life he owns and operates Inside Passage Native Seeds in Port Townsend, Washington, his home town of the past 40 years.

Vakil Forest Shomer

Basira Beardsworth

Khalifa Basira has been a student of Sufism for over 40 years and was first initiated by Sheikh Ishaq Jud and later by Murshida Fatima Lassar and Pir Shabda Kahn. She serves as the Secretariat for Sufi Ruhaniat International. After living in Hawaii for 25 years, she and her husband Fred moved to Washougal, Washington in 2019.

Basira Beardsworth

Luccia Jalila Malika Rogers

Luccia Jalila Malika Rogers first took Bayat with Sh. Khaliq Tremblay in 1993 in San Diego. About a year later, after completion of a Master’s degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality and intensive study with Murshid (then, Khalif) Ahmaddin a-Salik Abdallah, she was blessed with ordination as a cherag in 1994. She was initiated as a Sufi (Guide), is a member of the Dervish Healing Order, and is completing her training as a Sufi SoulWork practitioner.

Jalila completed her doctoral studies in 2008 at California Institute of Integral Studies, earning a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her research and teaching interests intersect at the points of gender, gender identity, and the formation of gender in global culture, as well as spirituality, mysticism, and the phenomenon of third-gender persons as spiritual functionaries in global cultures. She presents at academic conferences, community organizations like PFLAG, and churches. Jalila presented “Authentic Gender” at Mendocino Sufi Camp. Jalila’s presentations include topics like third-gender persons as spiritual functionaries, tracing human migrations using sacred artifacts such as medicine bags, shamans’ drums, how current societies are overcoming the legacy of colonialism and patriarchy, and how the practice of spiritual walks can help people better explore and embrace their genuine gender as well as what it may be to embody a gender not their own. Welcome to the rapidly-evolving realm of gender and spirituality.

Luccia Jalila Malika Rogers

Tawwaba Bloch

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.

 

Tawwaba Bloch

Tawwaba Bloch