Mystical Andalusia | Workshop in Granada and Pilgrimage in Spain
July 9 @ 12:00 pm - July 16 @ 12:00 pm
Ibn Arabi, Rumi and the Dance of Oneness® with Andrew Harvey and Jim Garrison and guest musicians
5-day retreat at Lucia Yoga Center, Granada, Spain
Followed by a 2-day pilgrimage to Cordoba and Seville, Spain
Ignite your creative flame, ground your passion and what makes you most ALIVE through a weaving of sacred dance set to world music, Sama/whirling, zambra/flamenco, free-style dance, zikr/chanting, meditation, yoga, Sufi teachings, poetry, history, philosophy and excursions to the sacred sites of Andalusia with master teachers Banafsheh, Andrew Harvey and Jim Garrison. Uncover the connection between the flame of flamenco and the flame of the Sufi Sama/whirling. We will explore flamenco as the spirit of Rumi’s beloved teacher and friend, Shams and the meeting of the East as represented by Rumi and the West as represented by Ibn Arabi.
Surrender your heart to dance, music, poetry, and the teachings of Ibn Arabi, known as the “Greatest Master” by Sufis, who opened up the Path of Knowledge, and Rumi, who opened up the Path of Love inspired by his beloved Shams. Although they lived nearly 1,000 years ago, Ibn Arabi’s path of gnosis and Rumi’s vision of sacred passion can galvanize our hearts and minds in this time of hyper complexity, turbulence and uncertainty.
Dive into their transformative knowledge of the divine and practice of love, and surrender through the Dance of Oneness. Immerse yourself in a sacred field of empowering grace that supports you in living with reverence and light from your deepest passion in the very midst of life.
The setting is Andalusia, where from the 8th to the 12th centuries, Islam established a garden of tolerance and peace between Judaism, Christianity and Islam that enabled a flowering of civilization in that region that inspired the world with its poetry, architecture, education, music, law, writing, and inclusive spirituality. It provided a model of mutual respect and civility that can inspire the world today.
We will base the journey in Granada where we will visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace complex and other sacred sites including the Moorish Baths and the Sacramonte caves to watch zambra/flamenco. After our immersion in Granada, we will make a pilgrimage to Cordoba to visit the Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, and onto Seville, famous for flamenco.
Banafsheh Sayyad and Andrew Harvey will be the principle faculty, joined by Jim Garrison who will provide historical and philosophical context for the Islamic conquest of Spain and the flowering of civilization that occurred there, framing its relevance to the complexities of our current civilizational challenges. Never before in history has the world more urgently needed the inspiration of inclusive embodied spirituality.
Dance of Oneness® is a joyous, loving and contemplative way to embody Spirit and live more freely, passionately and of service in the world. As a science of sacred embodiment, it brings together three dimensions: the art of dance explored through rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing. Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian dance, trance and Tai chi. Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine wisdom, the Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork. Dance of Oneness® is open to everyone regardless of your background in dance and movement, age, gender and especially physical impediments. One of the main mottos of this form is “don’t be limited by your limitations!” The sessions are offered at mixed levels and is open to All.
Suitable for people with little or no background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and soul through sacred movement.
Co-presented by Wisdom University and the newly inaugurated School of The Dance of Oneness® at Ubiquity University, this workshop fulfills 26 hrs towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification.
Of the 28-hour instruction/programing in this 5-day workshop, 15-16 hours are dance/movement. Participants will receive 26 hours of credit as the rest of the teachings fall in the category of wisdom teachings, a facet of Dance of Oneness®.
These poetic lines from the two greatest Sufi mystics describe the longing that leads the heart to break open and give birth to the ecstasy of surrender to a deeper experience of truth:
O Marvel! A garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
the tables of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take me,
that is my religion and my faith.
Give me ecstasy
Give Birth to the Beloved in me, and let this Lover die!
Let a thousand wrangling desires become one blazing love.
“Tender transformation of ancient quiescent love to soul-awakening passionate love, poetry, and joyful freedom to dance!”
Vivianne Chu, workshop participant, Hollyhock 2016
Amazing Sufi musicians will travel from Morocco to join us for our Sama (Sufi whirling):