5-day workshop with live music by Raphael Duss and Bahri Egribas
Begin to live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world through sacred dance!
Open your being to the realization that you are light and here to bring light by coming in touch with your chakras and energy anatomy through luscious dance, stillness, chanting, wisdom teachings, play, lots of laughter and live music: Daf, Ney, Oud and Kamancheh on 2 days with master teacher of embodiment Banafsheh in one of the most beautiful and pristine sacred sites on our planet, high up in the alps.
Guided by Sufi teachings, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness® and cultivate radiant presence in your body through a focus on the chakras. Tune into the wisdom of your body and begin to radiate more life force, joy and vitality. Transform the old rigidities, discomfort and disease that come from a mechanical way of being in your body.
The rigorous yet accessible technique of this 7-step process is based in Sufi ritual, Persian, Middle Eastern Tribal and contemporary dances, flamenco, Tai Chi and free-style dance—all of which awaken and nourish a different facet of being human. We will also explore the Sama or whirling as central to the embodiment of light. These modalities — all aspects of Dance of Oneness® – are designed to release blockages, ground, center, open your heart, promote flexibility, strength, exuberance and profound peace while serving as tools for being present, conscious, creative and in compassionate service. The Center has wonderful accommodations including organic food that they grow on their own sustainable grounds. You will have ample time between our sessions that are 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon on most days to soak in the beauty and inspiration of this magical site, go for hikes, a swim and participate in the Center’s regular pujas including fire ceremonies.
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment. A fusion of the art of dance: rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing, Dance of Oneness® draws from Sufi ritual and whirling, Persian dance, flamenco, tai chi, mystical teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Gurdjieff Work and Chinese Medicine.
You will learn:
Ways to find ease and comfort in your body
How to access your radiance and express it in your daily life
Dance and movement techniques that bring you in touch with the 7 chakras
Tools that make you strong yet gentle and graceful
Tools you can apply in your daily life to access peace, joy and lucidity regardless of the circumstance
How to be present
Express your creativity in dance and movement
Fundamentals of grounding, centering and moving with grace
Elements of Persian dance
Elements of flamenco
Elements of Middle Eastern Tribal dances
Elements of Tai Chi
The experience of Light upon Light, central in Sufism
Mixed Levels. Open to all, men and women
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. This workshop counts as 26 hours towards the 400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.
Register below | Tuition: $600
Deposit: $200, $400 due by July 1, 2017 Registration Form Please download the form, complete it and save in order to email it as an attachment
Book accommodations directly with the center; pricing ranges from 83-145 CHF, includes 3 vegetarian meals/day and internet access
For more information call + 1 310 499 7100 in the US or + 41 77 412 82 93 in Switzerland
“I have never felt so held, so encouraged to explore my inner-most being. The gifts that I leave here with are impossible to enumerate. Banafsheh is a gift, a rare jewel who inspires and empowers all who come into contact with her. I am eternally grateful.”
Angel Caban, past workshop participant
“Banafsheh’s program is extraordinary – a complete arrangement of dance, music, meditation, focus, discipline and life experience. I’m not someone who connects with the holy that easily, but I felt holiness in Banafsheh’s art and that is what I truly revere and bow down before. After eight days, I felt an amazing level of energy, without pain anywhere and completely relaxed. Thank you for this gift, I will always guard it carefully in my heart.”
Farzaneh Aryaee, past workshop participant
Learn to trust your deepest understanding and free your innermost tenderness and wildness through sacred dance, luscious movement, and stillness.
Join in a weekend of guided and free-style dance, Sama/whirling, feminine yoga, meditation, and zikr/chanting, nurtured with divine feminine wisdom, Sufi teachings, and lots of laughter with master transformational teacher Banafsheh and enliven your experience of conscious embodiment in the present moment.
Delve into the wisdom of the divine feminine at the core of Sufi teachings. Receive inspiration from Rabia, one of the only Sufi women poets and the first Sufi mystic to call the Divine her Beloved, paving your way for the grand love affair with ALL that is!
Explore the divine feminine in the full glory of her sensuality and grace as expressed in Persian dance and in her wild ferocity as unleashed by flamenco. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of age or gender, background in dance and movement, or physical limitations. One of Banafsheh’s mottos is “Don’t be limited by your limitations!”
You will learn:
How to come in touch with and express your feminine radiance
Elements of Persian dance as an expression of the divine feminine
Elements of flamenco as a an expression of the divine feminine
The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
The poetry of Rabia and Rumi
Zikr or chanting
Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
Divine feminine wisdom at the core of Sufi teachings
Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Mixed Levels, 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. This workshop counts as 15 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.
Please dress comfortably in what makes you feel beautiful and bring a yoga mat, notebook, and soft-soled shoes or socks to dance in. The Rowe Center, nestled in beautiful upper Massachusetts on sacred Mohawk land offers good lodging and great food and opportunities for long walks in the forest amidst wild flowers.
“Banafsheh’s workshop fulfilled a lifetime of spiritual practice.”
Ann Carroll, Rowe Center workshop participant, 2016
“Banafsheh’s workshop has been an amazing beautiful experience of grounding and embodying Oneness. In spite of physical challenges, I have loved and treasured being stretched. I did more than I thought possible!”
V. Jane Fadden, Rowe Center workshop participant, 2016
Many of us are terrified of embodiment. We can’t face our broken hearts, the chaos in our minds or the pain in our bodies. We yearn instead for transcendental bliss. Every chance we get, we go off into the beautiful light instead of choosing to face the continually unnerving yet miraculous experience of living that light in our bodies. In this way we continue to separate the realm of the soul from the body.
As far back as I remember, I had two great passions—one for the Divine and one for dance. My whole life has been a search in how to bring these two into direct sacred marriage. The road to this marriage has been long, fierce and difficult yet very rewarding – a road in which I immersed myself in different styles of dance and mystical teachings in my search for this unity of soul and body, spirit and matter, through which I have come to create the style that I perform and teach today, called Dance of Oneness. (more…)
Have you ever considered dance as a practice that can support your living at your highest potential and a tool for coming to know yourself, remembering who you truly are?
Dance today is experienced anywhere from fun, sexy and a way to keep fit to entertainment, forcing oneself into a certain popular image, and high art. It’s deeper spiritual dimensions call out to us and can be tapped regardless of the means if we choose to listen, if we believe, if we long for it. (more…)
Let go and be danced from your deepest essence, VIVIFY and become more magnetic.
Invigorate yourself with a fusion of rigorous yet organic dance technique with embodied spirituality set to hypnotic live music. Feel your radiant presence in the Here and Now with movements, luscious and devotional that ground you and bring you in touch with your center – peaceful, passionate, vibrant, wild, feline, abandoned, and in community with others.
These potent monthly sessions fuse guided and free-style dance, Sama (whirling), live music, the poetry of Rumi, and short nuggets in Sufi teachings and divine feminine wisdom. Open to all who feel called .
Dress: comfortable clothes you feel beautiful / soft-soled dance shoes or socks
$30 in advance and $40 at the door (cash only please)
$80 for all three fall Dance of Oneness® sessions: October, November & December
I am so inspired by this beautiful practice on so many levels – like a magnet I am attracted to knowing it more. I see the value of how Banafsheh holds space…she is so clear in her communication and inviting in her teaching. Cat Wilson, Dancing the Divine Feminine workshop, Hollyhock 2015
"My search, my quest for spirituality in dance was so intense that when I came to Banafsheh's workshop in LA in 2007 for the first time, I have stayed with her since then. Her teachings, her movements and philosophy of Oneness have become my blood, bones, my essence. She embodies everything that I receive in her teachings. My life has become more meaningful through Rumi’s teachings and sacred movements, which I experience in her workshops. They are like a divine source - always accessible, always with me. Her beautiful work has embraced many countries and people from all parts of the world, and I believe it’s going to be many more to join us so we all become ONE... I feel so blessed to receive his teaching through this portal – how would I access this greatness if not through Banafsheh, our Dancer of Oneness?! "