5-day workshop with Tony Khalife with musical guests
Join us in this magical time of the year to celebrate Rumi’s Wedding Night on December 17th—his passing into union with the Beloved, and the birth of the sun on Winter Solstice through sacred dance, Sama/whirling and live music.
“Even if the darkness of hell should swallow the sun and the moon, where is your flame, where is your light?” – Rumi
In ancient Persia, the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the year and the birth of light that 9 months later becomes the full fledged sun on Fall Equinox. It represents a speck of light appearing in the heart of darkness that expands through endurance like the yang growing from the depths of yin.
Journey into the symbolism of light emerging from the depths of darkness and give birth to the light within yourself through the poetry of Rumi and the ritual of whirling that guides us into becoming conduits of light in the dark.
Master teachers of embodiment Banafsheh and Tony will lead a nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance with vocalization, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings and lots of laughter. On the Solstice we will create a spiral of light ceremony to return to the flame shining brightly in the center of our beings that guides us into the world with lucid, grounded, loving discernment.
Workshop includes a Solstice spiral of light ceremony, performance and ecstatic dance celebration.
You will learn:
The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
Vocal techniques taught by Tony Khalife
The poetry of Rumi
Zikr or chanting
Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for
The symbolism and ritual connected with the Winter Solstice (Yalda in Persian) and the inner journey it represents
The ceremonial ritual around Rumi’s Wedding Night
Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Suitable for women and men 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 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.
Please dress comfortably in what makes you feel beautiful and bring a notebook, and soft-soled shoes or socks to dance in. One complete attire in white is recommended but not required.
Esalen Institute in Big Sur is truly a treasure as one of most amazing places on our beloved planet Gaia. The area is considered one of the vortices of the Earth. Great organic meals mostly from the Esalen garden, natural spring hot tubs under the sky overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Esalen massage and great opportunities to hike and commune with this sacred Native American land are among the many attractions.
“A guide and a mystic, Banafsheh is an unexpected gift in my life. I have reconnected to the divine around and in me and feel empowered to share this loving with others.”
Kathi Coyle, workshop participant, Rowe Center, 2016
“This is deep soul healing for me. Dancing with Banafsheh and Tony is my spiritual practice. It has opened me to new truths. I love them both so much, they bring such love, joy and light into the world. I love the tenderness and the ability to flow with what is present in the moment even if it is grief. This is pure magic!”
Kira Preston, workshop participant, Esalen 2016
“I was immensely moved! It was fun, meaningful, spiritual and educational! Helped me integrate and invigorate! I feel more ALIVE and grounded in my spirituality. I feel committed and more clear about my personal path in life.”
Deborah Braun, workshop participant, Esalen 2016
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
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