The Golden Sufi Center

Author Biographies

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee  •  Irina Tweedie  •  Peter Kingsley  •  Sara Sviri  •  Hilary Hart


Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Order of Sufism. He has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integratingthe ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness (visit Author of several books on the subject, Llewellyn has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He currently lives in California.



Irina Tweedie was born in Russia in 1907, and educated in Vienna and Paris. Following World War II, she married an English naval officer, whose death in 1954 led her on a spiritual quest. With a background in Theosophy, she travelled to India where she met a Sufi Master. He told her to keep a diary of her experiences with him, which became the book, Daughter of Fire. After his death in 1966, she returned to England and brought his teachings to the West. She has lectured throughout Europe and the United States. Irina Tweedie died in London August, 1999. Her work is being continued through The Golden Sufi Center in California.



Photo Peter Kingsley

Peter Kingsley, PhD, works with the sacred tradition that gave birth to the western world. His revolutionary understanding of the history as well as the destiny of western civilization has changed many people on the deepest level — transforming their awareness not only of who they are but also of their purpose in the modern world. Recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work, and the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, he lives with his wife Maria in North Carolina. For further information, or to contact the author, please visit



Sara Sviri Photo

Sara Sviri, Ph.D., studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she later taught in the Department of Arabic Studies. She currently holds the Catherine Lewis Lectureship in Medieval Studies at University College, London, England. For many years, Sara lectured extensively in Europe and the United States on Sufism.



Hilary Hart Author Bio Photo

Hilary Hart works as a writer and an editor. After practicing Tibetan Buddhism for a number of years, she met her teacher, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, in 1998. The Unknown She is her first book. For further information, or to contact the author, please visit