Sheikh Ragip Frager al-Jerrahi al-Halveti is the current Sheikh of the California branch of the Order, based in Redwood City.
He holds a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University, and is the Founder and President Emeritus of Sofia University (formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto, CA.
He has been practicing Aikido since the year 1964; lived in Japan for a number of years and holds the rank of 7th Dan. He personally trained with the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, while living in Tokyo.
He is the author of several books in the field of Sufism and Islam; among them: “Love is the Wine”, “Essential Sufism”, “Wisdom of Islam”, “Heart, Self and Soul” and the most recent one, published in 2012: “Sufi Talks“.
Ragip Baba (Baba=father) continues to guide his children with genuine love and understanding, participating in the day to day operations of the dergah, managing to do so while maintaining a busy professional life. He loves his spiritual children, and they love him.