The Sufi Ruhaniat International is an open spiritual school, based throughout the world, grounded in ancient lineage of Sufism, through the transmission of Pir Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Samuel L. Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti) and Pir Moineddin Jablonski.  The present spiritual director is Pir Shabda Kahn.

We represent the living tradition of Sufism, the Path of the Heart, through Dances of Universal Peace, Walking and Breath Meditation, Healing, Spiritual Music, Zikr (Remembrance), Art, Spiritual Psychology, and more. For more information about Sufi Ruhaniat visit the international website at www.ruhaniat.org




John Hakim Bushnell has been studying Sufism since 1990 when he was initiated into the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a Western Sufi order, by Saadi Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz. He is a certified Dances of Universal Peace teacher and been given permission to teach and give initiation into SRI. He is an experienced group facilitator and an accomplished guitarist. His upcoming release is “Delirious Walrus” recorded with his grown children, Garek and Elizabeth. He leads the Zikr of Divine Remembrance on Wednesday nights. John Hakim has completed multiple trainings by his teacher, Murshid Saadi, in the traditional foundations of Middle Eastern Mysticism, The Aramaic Jesus, and more. He combines friendly informality with an experienced leading style that helps people to feel both comfortable and included.

You can contact John Hakim via email by clicking HERE.


John offers teaching and training in the areas of zikr, Dances of Universal Peace and the Aramaic Sayings of Jesus.

The practices of many religions involve sound: prayer, song, chanting. These practices can be approached as reflections of, and connections back to, the First Vibration, the Primal Cause, God in his/her many names. These three areas are an approach to the mysticism of sound that is modern, rooted in tradition, and genuinely the width of human religious aspiration. One definition of mysticism is that it is direct, unmediated experience of Love (as in ‘God is Love’). To paraphrase the Sufis: Mysticism is based on experiences, not on premises. This is strongly experiential.


What’s a Dervish Class?” someone asked John Hakim recently.

He said, “There are wide variety of techniques and practices in the ‘tool box’ of a Sufi, and which ones should be done is mostly decided by who shows up and what they need. Dervish Class is wider than zikr in that I feel free to use the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, Pure Tone Practice, Silence of Mind Meditation, Progressive Relaxation, and Names of God and sacred phrases from the whole world, all used in the context of the need of the moment.”


“No one can be human and not make a mistake.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan