Public Programs and Continuing Education

Offering classes and workshops on Clinical Skills; Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit; Caring for Yourself as a Healer; and many others. These informative and interesting classes are offered at various times throughout the year.


Continuing Education Credit available for MFTs.

  • Total Focus Stress-Management, Instruction and Practice
    Individual and group instruction. For more information, click here.
  • Psychology Panels and Forum – Local and International
    Featuring Speakers on a Variety of Topics
  • Heartbeing Meditation Program
  • Individual and group instruction

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Forty Days: Alchemy of Tranquility® Workshop Series

what to expect : location and session dates : practice groups : director : presenters : registration

The Program
Practical. Intense. Transformative.

This unique program is based on the ancient recognition that psychology, physiology, and spiritual experience are interrelated and interconnected dimensions of the whole self. To better understand any one dimension requires exploration of all dimensions. Such an exploration fosters emotional balance and a deeper understanding of our attitudes, behavior and spiritual development.

The 40 Days Alchemy of Tranquility Series is designed for individuals interested in further exploring the multiple dimensions of self, as well as for practicing psychotherapists who are interested in methods for addressing these dimensions with their clients. CEU credits are available. CEUs provided by International Association of Sufism (40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility Program), #95354*.

Evening, day-long, and week-end workshop sessions are offered throughout the year at a variety of locations.

Participants interested in more intensive study and who wish to fully integrate, through concentrated practice, the concepts presented in day-long sessions may sign-up for a guided practice group that meets weekly over a 40 day period. Attendance of at least one of workshop sessions is required and there is a separate registration form and fee.

What to Expect

The workshops introduce techniques of ancient wisdom that lead to confidence and stability. The principles and practices of psychological and spiritual development include:

  • Awareness of the body and bringing it into a state of equilibrium.
    Exploring the dimensions of ego and using it effectively.
    Recognizing the power of mind and its influence on personality.
    Increasing concentration, presence, and focus.
    Bringing intention and action into alignment.
    Accessing the wisdom of the heart and experiencing tranquility.

2016 Upcoming Events

Week-end Retreat
January 15-17, 2016
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, California

The 40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility program will be holding its annual weekend retreat Friday evening January 15th through Sunday afternoon January 17th. The retreat will be held at the beautiful and peaceful grounds of the Santa Sabina Center on the Dominican University campus in San Rafael, Ca.

The 40 Days program is based on the ancient recognition that psychology, physiology, and spiritual experience are interrelated and interconnected dimensions of the whole self. The program is comprised of co-leaders and Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Dr. Ali Kianfar and a team of experienced psychotherapists and educators.

Facilitators at this retreat will invite each participant to explore his or her self-experience to cultivate increased wisdom and intrapersonal balance through the various workshops and experiential presentations. The intention of the program is to offer each participant a well-developed style of personal practice for how to understand the self—this style of practice is rooted in ancient mysticism and influenced by psychology. The design of the retreat strives to have participants integrate back into their lives post-retreat with a new and profound sense of personal meaning, intention and life direction.

The retreat will include presentations, conversations and experiential practices covering the subjects of psychology, spirituality, meditation, poetry and music, and the martial arts. This weekend is open to and helpful to one of any religious/spiritual background and is designed for one interested in a practical approach to psycho-spiritual development.

The fee for the weekend, including registration, lodging and meals, is $350 per person for a double room or $400 for a single room. You may register by mail (registration form below), or by phone, 415-499-1115. For more information please call or email Registration deadline is January 2. Space is limited, so please sign up soon!

Registration deadline is January 2, 2016.
For information or registration, (415) 499-1115.

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registration form

Click here for 2016 retreat information and registration form.
Call (415) 499-1115 for more information.

CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LEPs are available through International Association of Sufism (40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility Program). Provider number: 95354. Continuing Education Grievances and request for refunds, disability accommodations, copies of CEU certificates or other records should be directed to For our policies pertaining to these matters, please go to


Practice Groups

After any one of the workshop sessions, participants who wish to fully integrate the concepts presented in the workshops through in-depth study and concentrated practice may sign up for a study group wherein they meet weekly and receive instruction for a course of practice over forty days.

Throughout the ages and in traditions across the globe, a practice of forty days has been valued as a concentrated method of self discovery, a means of experiencing increased awareness, personal transformation and healing. Practitioners move daily, step-by-step, from a limited experience of self to a greater sense of wholeness. The result of the practice is embracing peace and is known as the Alchemy of Tranquility.

Visionary Leadership from the Workshop Director

Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, a world-renowned Sufi master who has been teaching for over thirty years, directs and guides the entire program.

Workshop Presenters
Jamal Granick, Ph.D, LMFT
Mary Toth Granick, LMFT
Arife Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D., LMFT
Brian Heery, Ph.D.
Rahmaneh Lynn Larkin, LCSW
Salim George Matchette, LMFT
Salima Ginny Matchette, LMFT
Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D
Katherine Preston, LMFT
Amineh Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., LMFT

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