Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light
 | Workshop at Esalen, CA

Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light
 | Workshop at Esalen, CA

5-day workshop with Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander

How would you like to bring all of yourself to the dance and be the living YES?

Dance is the joy of the soul and the body. The soul’s entry into the body is a dance. Regardless of what you do and what your work is, your soul wants to dance, touch and kiss the infinite, and that can only happen through trusting, letting go and listening to your own divine essence.

Rumi’s vision of sacred passion in action is returning to galvanize our hearts and minds. Dive in and embody his passionate and transformative message and 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.

Sacred dance is not just about feeling blissed out and flying into transcendent light. It’s about uncovering your purpose for being alive and doing the real work of radical embodiment, where you feel yourself as light and matter, male and female, your divine self and shadow, all at once, simply, nakedly, presently, right here, right now as a instrument of love in the world.

Join Banafsheh and musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander in a wild, deep and nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings, and lots of laughter.

Open to all.
Workshop includes a 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 Sama (whirling)
– Divine feminine wisdom
– Elements of Tai Chi, Persian Dance and flamenco
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life

Mixed Levels
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 course fulfills 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.

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More info: Email or call 831.667.3000

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

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

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

I have a renewed love affair with life!
– 
Tara Miller

Sufi Dance of Oneness® | Workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY

Sufi Dance of Oneness® | Workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY

Weekend workshop

Listen…and allow this listening to lead you into movement and a dance that opens your whole being and rouses your creative fire from the depths of peace.

If you long to meditate with movement and feel drawn to truly ground your spirituality in your body and gain practical tools for living a more energized, peaceful and lucidly creative life, this workshop is for you.


Guided by the teachings of Rumi, delve into grounding and centering techniques that awaken your body, re-connect you with the Earth and your core, so you can open your central channel, your heart and align with Spirit.

Journey into ancient and contemporary ceremonies from high energy movement to stillness and silence in preparation for Sama–deep listening with the heart.

This workshop demystifies turning, offering access to Sufi whirling meditation in a few simple steps. This method allows people of all experience levels to turn for a sustained period with ease. One enters the Sama, pure listening, and ‘is danced’. An age-old practice of the legendary Sufi masters Rumi and Shams, the Sama is an inner journey and a direct path to creativity. It dissolves mental chatter into the vast ocean of presence, and we begin to simply be…unchained, free, present, and wildly inspired.

We will also explore the love poems that poured forth from Rumi as he whirled, and the symbolism and philosophy of the Sama as a complete spiritual path, one of the clearest ways to “embody the transcendent:, which H.H. the Dalai Lama calls, ‘the true meaning of life’.

Like the ground turning green in a spring wind,
Like birdsong beginning inside the egg,
Like the universe coming into existence,
The lover wakes and whirls
In a dancing joy that kneels down in praise.
— Rumi

You will learn:
– The movement meditation of Sama or whirling
– The philosophy, history, symbolism, and inner meaning of the Sama as a complete spiritual path
– Zikr or chanting
– The philosophy of the zikr

All levels welcome. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, socks or soft-soled shoes. White garments for whirling are encouraged.

This workshop is on the beautiful sacred grounds of Menla Mountain Retreat with full accommodation. You can choose to sleep at the Center or commute.


Our days are a balance between movement, chanting, wisdom teachings, ceremony, exploring the gorgeous sacred land where Menla is located and nurturing our bodies with delicious organic meals and healing body work.

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Email | Call 845.688.6897

We are learning embodied connection to our Divine nature. There have been remarkable shifts into peace for me. The preparation for “whirling” and connecting to our source energy was meticulous and thorough with great attention being given to precision and detail.
Jyoti Louise Bruun, Hollyhock 2017

This practice of oneness, through Dance, with the Beloved that is so alive in the being of you, Banafsheh, has been a total joy! A truly transformational & healing journey deeper into the love within, into the Beloved. Thank you, for the gentleness & humbleness with which you teach. Thank you for touching my heart with such deep beauty and for the reminder that the love comes from within.
Niomi Starspires, Hollyhock 2017

Dance Your Passion! | Workshop at Hollyhock, B.C., Canada

Dance Your Passion! | Workshop at Hollyhock, B.C., Canada

5-day workshop

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 extent 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.

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Email | 800.933.6339 or 250.935.6576 outside North America

This practice of oneness, through Dance, with the Beloved that is so alive in the being of you, Banafsheh, has been a total joy! A truly transformational & healing journey deeper into the love within, into the Beloved. Thank you, for the gentleness & humbleness with which you teach. Thank you for touching my heart with such deep beauty and for the reminder that the love comes from within.
Niomi Starspires, Hollyhock 2017

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

5-day workshop

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
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Email or phone: +41 (0) 33 952 20 00
More info

Accommodation and 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

Geometrica: The Architecture of the Universe | Workshop in Chartres, France

Geometrica: The Architecture of the Universe | Workshop in Chartres, France

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.

More info

Tuition: $1,150.00 USD (early bird until Jan 15th, increases to $1,400.00)
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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