Dance is love made manifest.
The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. In our world today, to survive and be of true service, we need to be PASSIONATELY ALIVE and PRESENT. Since “no one can truly light your flame for you and keep it alive”, says Rumi, “but yourself”, it is imperative to have a body/spirit based practice that serves as a cauldron to nourish this flame.
Dance of Oneness® is this kind of practice as it supports your living your fullest potential through loving your body and your Self, and living as a lover. It is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment, integrating 3 dimensions: rigorous dance technique and free-style self expression; wisdom teachings; and healing. It is based in Tai Chi, Persian dance, whirling, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine Wisdom, Christ Consciousness, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system.
Join in a nurturing yet thrilling weave of guided and free-style dance set to world grooves, Rumi’s poetry, whirling, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, a sharing circle and lots of laughter.
Through peaceful groundedness, empowered embodiment and passionate engagement and service, we live our flame to the extend that even chaos can feel like home.
Once you dance your passion, you begin to dance your life!
For women and men. All levels of experience are welcome.
Pre-register before December 15th to receive 10% off meals & accommodations, and be guaranteed your favorite room! Call 1-800-933-6339 to book ($395 CAN deposit required, full program details available Dec 1).
**The early bird special is cumulative with other specials! Seniors age 65+ can get 25% off rooms/meals if you register before December 15th**
Email | 310.499-7100
Ignite your creative flame, embody and live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world.
It is the creative fire that makes us feel truly ALIVE and vital, but this fire needs to be grounded in receptivity and being to be most effective and long lasting. Explore this interplay through dance and most importantly claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with ecstatic serenity.
Feel the embrace of the Beloved, learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, sacred dance, whirling, free-style movement, live music, chanting, singing, Sufi poetry, meditation and lots of laughter. Gain transformative tools for living creatively in your day to day life and manifest true positive contribution to our world.
Tuition only: 600 CHF
Email or phone: +41 (0) 33 952 20 00
Accommodation & full board (per person and night):
– Single room 140 CHF
– Double room 120 CHF
– Shared room 110 CHF
– Own tent 80 CHF
Open to women and men. Mixed levels. Most appropriate for people with a background in dance, yoga and other movement modalities, all artists, and those who long to live their lives artfully.
Wear comfortable clothing you feel beautiful in, bring soft-soled dance shoes or socks. Bring a veil to dance in.
I always get in touch with my best self in Banafsheh’s presence, not speaking of what has been brought into my creative life as a result of her magical work. I have gained freedom in my stage dance performances. I’ve incorporated movements from her classes into my daily exercise routines. I am mindful of my presence in my work interactions, and that I am responsible for making a difference in well being of people around me and especially of my patients.
– Irina Azarova, RN, Schweibenalp Switzerland, 2017
Week long workshop at the New Chartres Academy
Join Banafsheh with faculty Robert Lawlor, Jain 108, Karen Rivers, Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Caroline Myss, Apela Colorado, Peggy Rubin, Calen Rayne, and Ruth Cunningham for 7 days including sacred practice, an opening session, a symposium on Sacred Geometry, immersion in the cathedral, and personal time for meditation and exploration. There will be artistic work drawing and experiencing sacred form, dream work, singing, as well as one private evening in the crypt, and another private evening in the cathedral devoted to walking the labyrinth, accompanied by Gregorian chant.
This year the sixth Liberal Art of Sacred Geometry, the structure of the architectural blueprint of the universe will be the focus of study. Euclid was the master representative of this Liberal Art, and its guiding spirit is under the aegis of Jupiter. Jupiter, carrying the principle of expansion and meaning, imbues numbers with form into a harmonic progression of Creation. Through studying geometry, participants will learn the formative principles out of which the universe is constructed and endures.
Tuition: $1,150.00 USD (early bird until Jan 15th, increases to $1,400.00)
Email | 702-358-0551
There is no limit as to what can be understood through the study of Sacred Geometry, as this science explores and explains the web of energy that creates and unifies all things. —Richard Dannelly
Weekend workshop with Tony Khalife
Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore dance as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who you TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need.
From high-powered guided and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, take a journey in your inner terrain with Tony Khalife’s blend of Middle Eastern and Indian trance music. Feel your fullest presence in the Here and Now with movement, luscious and devotional that brings you in touch with your core – peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.
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. (10 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program)
Dress comfortably – something you feel beautiful in
Bring a yoga mat and socks or soft-soled dance shoes
You will learn:
– Luscious movement that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
– 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
– Zikr or chanting
– Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
– Divine feminine wisdom
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
**Early bird prices are in effect until February 15th!** Increased price shown in the second slot below
Tuition (includes 2 nights of accommodation and 6 meals):
Private room: 585 CAD (early bird) | 615 CAD (after February 15th)
Shared room: 525 CAD | 560 CAD
Camping: 440 CAD | 475 CAD
Commuter (off-site accommodation): 370 CAD | 405 CAD
Vegetables grown on the farm are used whenever possible and all meals are vegetarian, locally grown, organic and infused with love. Rooms are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The workshop starts with dinner on Friday evening. Please arrive between 3:00 – 5:00 PM to check into your room. Workshop schedule is as follows:
Saturday: 10-12:30 | 3:30-6 | 8-9:30
We advise to get reservations for your ferry travel.
If you would like to spend an extra night or bring your partner/ children,
please contact Stowel Lake Farm for details.
Registration Only: Email or call 250-653-4308
Contact Shauna Devlin for all other inquires:
Email or call: 250-709-1921
By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one’s own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that.
Gida Hussami, workshop participant, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
The sessions with Banafsheh activate a yummy vibration in my power chakra, the womb space, which feels delicious and self-nurturing. I felt my Dantien grounded and activated as soon as I sat down next to Banafsheh in a sharing circle. Watching Banafsheh perform I feel the ecstasy of her dance physically in my body. Banafsheh’s teaching that I practice regularly take me out of a emotionally dark space into a delicious, blissful connection with myself in my body.
Her teaching is vital to my recovery from “corporate exhaustion. Since finding this amazing spiritual teacher at the beginning of the year, I have dedicated myself seriously to this study.
Tony Khalife was such a powerful addition to Banafsheh’s teaching. His music supported and elevated the experience of her teaching skillfully and magically. Tony led us in vocalizations that gave me a completely new experience of my voice resonating in my body, not squeezed in my throat, even when going up with the tone.
Susanne Bowra, workshop participant, Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017
Email | 250.709.1921