Sufi Psychology Association

Events

Workshops/Conferences

Each academic year, workshops or conferences are held at various universities, and the theme varies. Sufi teaching techniques encompass the linear, intellectual realm, but also focus on the non-linear, emphasizing learning through the use of music, stories, art, poetry, movement, and involvement in direct experience. Participants often comment on the caring atmosphere of beauty, harmony, peace and love and report feeling a sense of connection with their innermost being.

Workshop Facilitators

The workshop facilitators come from various fields, and provide an interesting diversity of perspectives. Facilitators hold advanced degrees and are students of M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi®, School of Islamic Sufism®, presenting under the supervision of Molana Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, Pir Oveyssi.

Past Events

August 19, 2019, Tamarkoz® for Oncology, Chicago, IL

On August 19, 2019, Sufi Psychology Association® provided a Tamarkoz class for Oncology patients and staff at the Mark M. Connolly Center for Cancer and Specialty Care at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. Attendees experienced the serene effects of Tamarkoz and reported feeling relaxed, energized, and at peace. Some attendees reported the powerful effects being felt throughout the day and requested more classes.

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August 11-17, 2019, M.T.O. Global Youth Conference, Santa Clarita, CA

The Sufi Psychology Association was invited to present at the M.T.O. Global Youth Conference. This multi-disciplinary conference for young adults explored Sufism and related topics. SPA presented on the Extraordinary Human and on the role of emotions. Young participants asked questions and engaged in discussions on how the topics relate to them.

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August 8-11, 2019, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL

On Sunday, August 11, 2019, the Sufi Psychology Association presented at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention and provided a symposium entitled “The Eye of the Storm: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos Using Sufi Psychology.” Presentations touched on the importance of assisting patients in finding a point a peace within themselves so that the effects of day-to-day stress do not move them as much. Presentations were followed by questions and a discussion on Sufi Psychology.

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April 25-28, 2019, Western Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the Sufi Psychology Association attended the Western Psychological Association and provided a symposium entitled “The Eye of the Storm: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos.” The topics presented delved into details about how one must first focus on the individual as a whole to treat the community in search of peace. At the end of the program, attendees engaged in a lively and interesting discussion on the topics. They expressed sincere gratitude for the information presented and sought further information on getting connected with Sufism to learn more

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March 29-31, 2019, Conference on Medicine and Religion in Durham, NC

On March 29-31, the Sufi Psychology Association® attended the Conference on Medicine and Religion to present on Sufi Psychology. The audience consisted of physicians, administrators, students, professors, and clergy who learned about Sufi methods to combat and prevent burnout, such as Tamarkoz®. The presentation concluded with a rich discussion about the electromagnetic fields.

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March 21-March, 24, 2019, The Society for Humanistic Psychology 12th Annual Conference, Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

On March 23, 2019, at the Society for Humanistic Psychology’s 12th Annual Conference, the Sufi Psychology Association presented a symposium titled “Sufi Psychology: Using the Way of Love to impact individuals and communities”. The conference was held on the picturesque campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  More than 25 students and professionals poured into the conference room, with some sitting on the ground as all the seats were filled. They came to hear presentations about Sufism, Sufi Psychology, the heart and the brain. That afternoon a Tamarkoz® workshop was held, and students were able to personally experience some of the benefits of the Sufi meditative practices. At the conclusion of the workshop, the attendees received a red tulip to take with themselves as a symbolic representation of the true love to be discovered within their heart

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January 20, 2019, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI.

The Sufi Psychology Association was invited to present at the Religion, Spirituality, and Behavioral Health Care workshop held at Cardinal Stritch University for their graduate Psychology program. SPA presented a lecture called “Sufi Psychology: Returning the Soul to Psychology” and also participated in an interfaith panel discussion about spirituality and clinical work. Students asked multiple questions about how to utilize Sufi Psychology principles in working with patients and discussed their fears about bringing spirituality into the clinical setting.

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August 12-18, 2018 MTO Global Youth Conference, Dallas, TX

The Sufi Psychology Association® presented at the inaugural MTO Global Youth Conference. Topics of presentation were “Sufi Psychology: Mind & Body” and “Women & the Holy Quran: A Sufi Perspective”.

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August 9-12, 2018 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California

The Sufi Psychology Association® presented a symposium titled “Sufi Psychology: the Science of the Soul” at the 126th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. Audience members were intrigued about the role of the heart in Sufism, and posed questions of Who is the real self? How can I find my true self apart from my role in society? International academic professionals in attendance inquired about how they can obtain Sufi Psychology as part of their academic curriculum. Presenting at the convention was a wonderful experience. Participating in it also provided exciting opportunities to meet with other colleagues in the field.

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April 26-29, 2018 Western Psychological Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

The Sufi Psychology Association® presented a symposium titled “Applying Islamic Sufism Principles and Practices in Psychotherapy to Help with Stress Management, Burnout, and Fostering Inner Stability“ at the Western Psychological Association’s 98th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The symposium was attended by 30 mental health professors, therapists, students, and researchers. Attendees expressed interest in Sufi Psychology and learning how to apply Sufi Psychology in their work. They inquired additional information regarding retreats, certification, and resources to learn more about Sufi Psychology.

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April 12-15, 2018 Conference on Medicine & Religion, St. Louis, MO

On April 12-15, 2018, the Sufi Psychology Association® (SPA) presented at the 2018 Conference on Medicine and Religion. This annual conference took place at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel and was attended by over 200 educators, healthcare providers, and clergymen. SPA had a table displaying publications and presented on topics such as “Returning the Soul to Psychology, an Islamic Sufi Perspective”, “Spiritual Death vs. Biological Death and its Aftermath in Islamic Sufism” and “Holistic Healing: An Islamic Sufi Perspective”. SPA and other attendees discussed religion and healing and ways to collaborate and learn from one another.

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April 6-7, 2018, Joy: A Tamarkoz® Workshop, Atlanta, GA

M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Atlanta hosted two SPA Tamarkoz® workshops in Atlanta, Georgia on April 6 – 7, 2018. Over 40 people attended the workshops. The first was held at the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Atlanta center. For several of the attendees, this was their first introduction to Tamarkoz®. At the end of the session, many of the attendees expressed feeling of rejuvenation and joy. The second session was held at Georgia State University. The event was exclusive to the students and faculty members of university and was initiated and sponsored by the Asian Studies Center at GSU. This was a first-time experience with Tamarkoz® for almost all attendees. At the end of the event, many of the attendees engaged in conversations with the Tamarkoz® instructor and the coordinators. The feedback from this session was also extremely positive and several students expressed interest in attending more workshops.

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March 31-April 1, 2018, Tamarkoz® Workshop: Joy!, Vancouver, Canada.

The M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Vancouver Center hosted a series of SPA Tamarkoz® workshops over the weekend of March 31st, 2018. The weekend consisted of three sessions, all with a theme focused on Joy. The attendees, who amounted to over eighty individuals, came from a diverse range of age, religious, and educational backgrounds. Guests showed exceptionally positive responses to the classes, appreciating the tranquil, serene and interactive nature of the workshop, and many showed a keen interest in attending again in the future.

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November 5-6, 2017 Unbounded Love: Meditation Workshop, Chicago

The Sufi Psychology Association® hosted a two-part educational meditation workshop for university, college and high school students, as well as university professors. The event was held at M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Chicago/Milwaukee center on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 and at the University of Chicago on Monday, November 6th, 2017. The program educated students on Islamic Sufism through an introduction to the topic, and provided them with life-long tools on how to manage stress, and maintain an overall healthy being through the unique Sufi practices of Tamarkoz® and Zikr. The workshop was attended by about sixty students and professors.

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November 2-4, 2017 Illinois Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL

The Sufi Psychology Association® presented at the Illinois Psychological Association’s Annual Convention which was based around the theme “Trauma: Helping our Clients, our Communities and Ourselves”. SPA discussed the utilization of Sufi principles and Sufi Psychotherapy when working with trauma in a symposium titled “Sufi Psychology: Utilizing Islamic Sufism in Working with Trauma”.

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Oct 15-17, 2017 Unbounded Love: A Tamarkoz® Workshop, Dallas, TX

M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Dallas hosted a series of SPA Tamarkoz® workshops in Dallas and Frisco, Texas during the three-day period of October 15-17, 2017. On Sunday, October 15, one Youth and two Adult sessions were held at the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Dallas Center. Close to seventy individuals participated in the workshops, many of whom experienced Tamarkoz® for the first time. On Monday, October 16, per an official request from the Southern Methodist University Religious Studies Department Chair, M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® Dallas hosted a dedicated workshop. The professor thanked M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® for the informative and rejuvenating session and referred to the event as "an experience that the students will remember for the rest of their lives." On Tuesday, October 17, another dedicated workshop was held at Brookhaven College in Dallas. The feedback from this session was also extremely positive and several students expressed interest in attending more workshops.

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July 24-28, 2017 World Congress for Psychotherapy at UNESCO, Paris, France.

The Sufi Psychology Association® presented four papers at the World Congress for Psychotherapy: Love and Life in 21st Century. Topics included “Sufism: The Science of the Soul”, “The Use of Sufi Teachings Methods in Psychotherapy: Case Studies”, “Reaching Solitude Through Inner Stability Without Abandoning Society”, and “Implications of Tamarkoz® on Spirituality, Positive Emotions, Perceived Stress and Heart Rate”. SPA, jointly with M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® students in Paris, offered a highly-anticipated Tamarkoz® workshop on “Sufism: The Way of Love” followed by a radio interview on the topics of Sufism, Love, Sufi Psychology, and Tamarkoz®. The MTO Sufi Psychology® presentations drew hundreds of attendees from diverse backgrounds, creating an inviting and engaging atmosphere that planted the seed of the heart-centered paradigm of Sufi Psychology at UNESCO. The participants not only had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of Sufi Psychology practices, but they were also able to experience them personally. SPA’s outreach reached its culmination when the Tamarkoz® workshop surpassed its full capacity, motivating the conference organizers to add an additional Tamarkoz® session.

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April 27-30, 2017 Western Psychological Association Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA

SPA presented at the Western Psychological Association’s Annual Conference in Sacramento. The symposium presented covered topics pertaining to Sufism, the effects of Tamarkoz®, utilizing Sufi principles in psychological practice, and the role of the heart. Attendees expressed a desire to learn more about Sufism and its practices.

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April 7-8, 2017 Division 36 Midyear Conference, The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN.

The Sufi Psychology Association® was invited to present in a symposium called “Spirituality and Health; Research and Case Studies in Spirituality to Promote Human Well-Being” at the American Psychological Association’s Division of Religion and Spirituality midyear conference. The symposium included researchers and faculty from different universities and members of SPA. Topics presented were “The Sufi Practice of Tamarkoz® on Spirituality, Positive Emotions, Perceived Stress and Heart Rate” and “Using Islamic Sufism to Promote Spiritual Practice in Clinical Work”. Attendees remarked on their interest in the presentations and how they’d like to see more about the topics.

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October 8, 2016 18th Annual SPA Workshop, Inner Peace, California State University, Sacramento, CA

A day of rest, relaxation and release was enjoyed by those enrolled in the 18th Annual Sufi Psychology Association Workshop: Inner Peace, held in Eureka Hall, CSU, Sacramento on October 8th, 2016. Activities included a presentation on the Power of the Heart by a cardiologist, as well as soothing experiences in Breathing, Movazeneh®, and deep relaxation. Lunch was served under the redwoods, with live music. The afternoon ended with the rhythmic release of the chanting of Sufi zikr.

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“By discovering their inner dimension, human beings will gain permanent knowledge and will be guided by eternal and infinite principles.”

Professor Nader Angha, Theory I : the Unlimited Vision…of Leadership

“Individuals who follow the guidance of the stable center are in a state of equilibrium, in harmony with nature.”

Professor Nader Angha, Theory I : the Unlimited Vision…of Leadership