THE MYSTERION SCHOOL

A 12-month interactive online exploration into the meaning and possibility of our human existence through the universal insights of Rumi, facilitated by Kabir Helminski

The 13th-century poet and mystic Rumi has become one of the most popular spiritual voices of our time—known and loved by people of many faiths and worldviews for his rich metaphors, images, poems, and stories. Using his upcoming book, The Mysterion: Rumi & The Secret of Becoming Fully Human,

Kabir Helminski, one of the foremost translators and writers of Sufi texts, offers a program to deepen our appreciation of Rumi’s teachings by illuminating both the practical psychological dimension behind them, as well as the universal spiritual truths they offer about what it means to be human.

Join us in an online school to explore how conscious community and our own heart coherence is the necessary refuge and essential remedy for the unprecedented challenges we are facing.

  • Overview

    In this 12-month course, Kabir Helminski gives us a contemporary lens through which to view and understand the “Mysterion,” the unifying concept that bridges the human and the Divine—and that connects the individual soul with spiritual Reality. This exploration is centered on that core, unifying concept of the Mysterion: the essence and intrinsic meaning of being human.

  • Format

    Monthly LIVE teachings including sohbet (spiritual discourse), dialog, experiential practices, Q&A with Kabir, group practice sessions with dervishes, and more. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones to develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles we need to cultivate the divine potential within us, aligning ourselves with Divine Agency, through humility, reverence, surrender, and love.

  • Material

    This 12-month course will be based on chapters in Kabir Helminski’s forthcoming book, 'The Mysterion'. Since the book will not be published until April 2023, you will be sent the chapter being studied each month. There are twenty-four chapters in the book. By 2024, it will be decided whether we will extend into the second year, at which point you will be invited to register again.

Course Summary

Each month you will have access to the following:

  • Monthly 90-Minute Class Sessions with Kabir Helminski

    A unique opportunity to be mentored by pre-eminent author and Mevlevi Shaikh Kabir Helminski— from the comfort of your own home. Class sessions are usually on the third Sunday of each month at 10am Pacific Time. See class schedule below.

  • Monthly 60-Minute Interactive Group Sessions

    A more intimate group moderated by trusted senior dervishes. This will be an opportunity to interact, share, and raise questions to help you further integrate each month’s themes. These smaller group sessions allow additional time for you to connect with a community of seekers. These will be held over different times across the month to facilitate multiple time zones. See group session schedule below.

  • Video Recordings of Class Sessions

    After each class, the video will be available within 48 hours for you to watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

  • Audio Recordings of Class Sessions

    After each class, the audio will be available within 48 hours for you to listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

  • Transcripts of Class Sessions

    In addition to the videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription within a week of each class. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.

The Mysterion

CHAPTER LIST

1. Story of the Honest Man Meeting Khidr

2. From Ego to Soul

3. What Do We Mean by the Soul?

4. Humanity in Confrontation with Itself

5. Human Weakness, Cosmic Mercy

6. Attention and Our Inner Being

7. The Work of the Soul

8. The Way of Love

9. Conditions for the Sufi Process

10. The Sense of the Sacred

11. The Queen of Intelligences

12. Spiritual Perception

13. Show Us Things as They Are

14. The Messenger and the Message

15. The Foundations of Heartfulness

16. Light upon Light: A Parable

17. Personal Sovereignty

18. Coherence of the Soul

19. Higher-Order Reality

20. Life in the World

21. Oneness on the World Stage

22. The Axis of Being

Class Schedule

with Kabir Helminski

Jan 15
Feb 19
Mar 19
Apr 16
May 21
Jun 18
Jul 16
Aug 13*
Sep 17
Oct 15
Nov 19
Dec 16*

The monthly Zoom calls are held every 3rd Sunday (unless otherwise stated*) and begin at 10am Pacific Time.

*Aug 13 is the 2nd Sunday of August
Dec 16 is a Saturday


Group Discussion Schedule

Moderated by Senior Dervishes

Please join one session every month at a time that is convenient for you.



Jan 22 @ 4am PT Jan 22 @ 10am PT
Feb 12 @ 10am PT Feb 12 @ 1pm PT Feb 26 @ 4am PT Feb 26 @ 10am PT
Mar 12 @ 10am PT Mar 12 @ 1pm PT Mar 26 @ 4am PT Mar 26 @ 10am PT
Apr 9 @ 10am PT Apr 9 @ 1pm PT Apr 23 @ 4am PT Apr 23 @ 10am PT
May 14 @ 10am PT May 14 @ 1pm PT May 28 @ 4am PT May 28 @ 10am PT
Jun 11 @ 10am PT Jun 11 @ 1pm PT Jun 25 @ 4am PT Jun 25 @ 10am PT
Jul 9 @ 10am PT Jul 9 @ 1pm PT Jul 23 @ 4am PT Jul 23 @ 10am PT

Aug 6 @ 1pm PT Aug 27 @ 4am PT Aug 27 @ 10am PT
Sep  10 @ 10am PT Sep 10 @ 1pm PT Sep 24 @ 4am PT Sep 24 @ 10am PT
Oct 8 @ 10am PT Oct 8 @ 1pm PT Oct 22 @ 4am PT Oct 22 @ 10am PT
Nov 12 @ 10am PT Nov 12 @ 1pm PT Nov 26 @ 4am PT Nov 26 @ 10am PT
Dec 10 @ 10am PT Dec 10 @ 1pm PT


Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Rumi invites us to the joy of being in relationship with the ultimate Beloved, the Source of our being – a relationship that can be profoundly transformative if we welcome it. In the Islamic world he has been held in the highest esteem not only as a poet but as a saint whose personal example inspired the founding of the Mevlevi Order, and as a mystic whose elaboration of this cosmic sense of Love has had a significant cultural impact. Rumi's influence has been felt by Chaucer, Goethe, and Emerson, to name a few, and via translation he is now one of the most widely read poets in the English language. He lived in the thirteenth century and spent most of his life in Konya, a city in modern-day Turkey. His resting place is visited every year by thousands of people from all around the world, from all backgrounds and traditions.

Kabir Helminski

Kabir is the co-director of The Threshold Society, a non-profit educational foundation rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. He is an author, a translator of the works of Rumi and others, and a shaikh of the Mevlevi Order which traces back to Rumi. His books on spirituality, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, have been published in at least twelve languages. His most recent books are In the House of Remembering and Holistic Islam. Kabir is especially interested in finding a contemporary, creative approach to Sufism without compromising the authenticity of tradition. He has toured as shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. He speaks widely on Sufism, often in an inter-spiritual context, and teaches globally through retreats and online conferences.

Pricing Options

This 12-month interactive course is offered on a sliding-scale basis to cater to a range of budgets. No matter how much you pay, you will receive full access to all areas of the course. We also have a small number of scholarships available. To apply please email us at eyeoftheheart@sufism.com

  • $500
  • $300 (use coupon code ms300 at checkout)
  • $150 (use coupon code ms150 at checkout)


While we use the PayPal platform to take payments, you do not need to have a PayPal account to register for this course. Once you click through to checkout, select the 'Pay with PayPal' button (after applying any coupon codes), and you will then be given an option to pay using a credit/debit card instead of using a PayPal account.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    The course will run for 12 months, starting in January. You will have unlimited access to the material on this platform.

  • When will the live Zoom calls be held?

    The 90-minute class sessions will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month (unless otherwise stated) at 10am Pacific Time. Check the class schedule above.

    The 60-minute group discussion sessions will beheld over different times across the month to facilitate multiple time zones. See the group discussion schedule above.

  • Do I need prior knowledge of Rumi or Sufism to do this course?

    You do not need any particular knowledge to participate in, and benefit from, this course. Just an interest in Rumi and the spiritual path, along with an open heart!

  • Do I need to have a PayPal account to pay for this course?

    No. While we use the PayPal platform to take payments, you do not need to have a PayPal account. Once you click through to checkout, apply coupon codes (if relevant) and select the 'Pay with PayPal' button: you will then be given an option to pay using a credit/debit card instead of using a PayPal account.

    If you do not have access to PayPal in your country, or you cannot see the alternative payment method at the bottom of the PayPal page then please contact us at eyeoftheheart@sufism.org to arrange an alternative payment method.

  • Another question?

    Contact us at eyeoftheheart@sufism.org