Dance of Oneness®: Call to Love | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

Dance of Oneness®: Call to Love | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

7-day Dance Retreat at Mutlu Baba Cultural Center, Gokcedere, Yalova, Turkey

Call to Love is really a call to truly live! Let this call inspire you and open your being to what can live in you and through you in this time of great need and potential. With peaceful groundedness, sovereign embodiment and passionate engagement, move, dance and whirl to love’s intoxicating yet lucid power. Develop a keen awareness of your energy anatomy, heal, tone and sculpt your body while dancing the passion in your Heart. Transform sensations of fatigue, depression or anxiety into lasting exuberance, joy and serenity as you put love in action in your life! Cultivate the strength to persevere in love in these times of great turmoil and rapid change in community with like-minded and like-hearted people.

Guided by the love poetry of Rumi and other Sufi mystics, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness® and how to develop presence in your body through a focus on the 7 Chakras with movement, stillness and teachings corresponding to each energy center.

Our setting is a Sufi/Darvish House or Dergah (Cultural Center) in the beautiful, quaint village of Gokcedere, a true tavern of love, beyond any particular religion and open to all lovers. Our days are balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, sharing, ample breaks, soaking in the natural hot springs, and the chance to explore individually the beautiful beaches, villages and sites of Turkey’s exquisite Marmara region.

Mixed Levels. Suitable for people with some 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 spirit through movement. This retreat fulfills 30 hours towards the 400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program. Dress comfortably – clothes you feel beautiful in

Please bring a yoga mat, clothing you feel beautiful and attractive in, a veil (see exact dimensions in the attached Terms & Conditions) and socks or soft-soled dance shoes. White garments for whirling are optional

You will learn:
– Luscious movements 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 an expression of the divine feminine
– The movement meditation of Sama (whirling)
– The philosophy and symbolism 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
– The Chakra system
– Wisdom of the Body: elements of Sacred Anatomy and Physiology
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life

Tuition including lodging:
Early Bird Rate till March 1st
Dergah Communal Lodging: $800
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1050
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1256
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)

After March 1st:

Dergah Communal Lodging: $950
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1260
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1456
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)

Above fees do NOT include airfare to Turkey, visa, roundtrip transportation from the airport to Yalova and transportation from the Cultural Center (Dergah) to the Yalova Ferry. We will arrange transportation from the Yalova Ferry Station to the Cultural Center (Dergah) if you arrive in time to meet our guide and catch the 3:45pm Ferry to Yalova on June 8th. See below for details.

Lodging Options:

Hotel:
Nearby Limak Hotel
Amazing 5-star hotel with natural spring thermal water pools, Turkish hamam, massage, beautiful views of lush mountains and a royal feast for breakfast and dinner. 10-15 min walking distance through the quaint village of Gokcedere to the Dergah, our session space.

Dergah:
You can stay in the dergah in shared separate women’s and men’s communal rooms including breakfast.


Special discounted work/study rates in dergah lodging available for residents of Turkey and Iran, and others in need. Email for more info

Space is limited. Please email with your intent to register first or with your request to attend before you register.

Two steps to register:
1. Purchase the appropriate ticket by scrolling down toward the bottom of the event
2. Sign the terms of agreement and return via email to info@banafsheh.org as an attached file or photo of the signed terms
Terms of Agreement

Questions regarding registration and work/study: +1 310 499-7100 | Email
Questions regarding lodging: Email

Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and science of embodiment. A fusion of 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 and modern dance, trance, Tai chi and Chi gong. Sufi teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork.

Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, Dance; MA, Chinese Medicine, is the leading Persian sacred dancer, transformational teacher and founder of Dance of Oneness with a background in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sufi Path. She performs and teaches internationally and has devoted her life to empowering people through the creative process, inspiring them to free themselves and transform their daily lives into sacred, loving art that makes them FULLY ALIVE.

Banafsheh magically unites all participants into a circle of interconnection, love, respect and caring for each other, for Gaia and our world’s well-being. That’s why I believe that her work is greatly needed in order to heal and activate as many people in as many countries as possible to help our Mother Earth to become a place of Peace and Love.
– Irina Azarova, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017

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, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017

Planning Your Trip:

Airport: Attaturk, Istanbul
Arrival: 
Please plan to arrive before noon on June 8th at the latest.

Transportation to Cultural Center (Dergah):
1. Take the train, bus or taxi to the Yenikapi Ferry Station
2. A guide will meet you at the Yenikapi Ferry Station in front of the entrance to area where people board the ferry to Yalova between 3-3:30pm. Our group will take the 3:45pm ferry. 
Please book your round-trip ferry ticket in advance from Yenikapi to Yalova
3. A bus at the Yalova ferry station will bring the group to the hotel and dergah.
(Exact details will be confirmed via email after you register)

Our orientation session will begin at 7:30pm on June 8th after dinner is served.

Early arrivals:
If you plan to arrive earlier or later, you can take a small bus or dolmus to the Thermal. Tell the bus driver that you’d like to go to the Multu Baba Kultur Merkezi (Cultural Center)

*Ramadan will be between May 15 – June 14. As Turkey is a very hospitable country, please know that food is readily available everywhere and you will not be penalized for not fasting.

Departure:
Please book your flight no sooner than 8 pm on June 14. Our retreat ends at 12pm on June 14 followed by lunch. The earliest ferry after lunch to Istanbul (Yenikapi) leaves at 1:45 pm. The earliest you will arrive at the Ataturk airport is 5pm via taxi or public transportation. The best option is to stay one night in Istanbul and travel the next day on June 15. We will organize your trip from the Dergah to the Yalova Ferry during the workshop.

Banafsheh: Dance of Oneness reserves the right to refuse admission and service to anyone.

Dance of Oneness®: Grounding in the NOW | Workshop at Open Center, NYC

Dance of Oneness®: Grounding in the NOW | Workshop at Open Center, NYC

3-hour sacred dance workshop at Open Center, NYC

NOW is all there is and when you dance to align your body, heart, and mind with your purpose for being ALIVE in community with others, then NOW becomes super potent for transformation on both the personal and collective levels.

Guided by the poetry of Rumi, claim your body and being in the present moment through a yin-yang synthesis of passionate and exuberant movement with peaceful and sensual embodiment.

Learn effective grounding, centering, heart opening and empowering techniques through guided and free-style dance, whirling, meditation and laughter to help you clear yourself of drama, listen for guidance from Spirit, and ground your soul in your body.
Mixed levels. Open to All, best suited for people with a background in dance and movement.

Please bring soft-soled dance shoes or socks.

Registration coming soon!
Email | Call 212-219-2527 | Website

Thank you Banafsheh for unapologetically being who you are and sharing what you uniquely share in the world – what the Divine offers through you. Thank you for so generously sharing your practices and the wisdom that brought you to these practices and the wisdom that moves through you during these practices.
Candice Salyers, Rowe Center, MA 2017

Reflections on Sufi Dance of Oneness at Menla

Reflections on Sufi Dance of Oneness at Menla

Workshop participant Guy Crittenden shares beautiful insight into Sufi Dance of Oneness® at Menla Retreat Center last month. Original post can be found here.

Over the weekend of November 4 to 5, 2017 I was privileged to attend a workshop in Sufi whirling dance with renowned international teacher Banafsheh Sayyad. It’s not an overstatement to say the experience was life changing.

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Dance of Oneness®: Between Worlds | Workshop at Integral Yoga, NY

Dance of Oneness®: Between Worlds | Workshop at Integral Yoga, NY

1-day sacred dance workshop

At this seminal time when the veil between the two worlds is the thinnest, you are invited to dance away your restrictions even for a brief fleeting moment so as to listen and receive guidance, let go of patterns that no longer serve you so you can make room for a new story to emerge.

Immerse yourself in a fusion of rigorous yet organic dance technique with embodied spirituality set to magical Middle Eastern and World music grooves with Banafsheh, transformational master teacher of conscious embodiment. Through a yin/yang synthesis of passionate, exuberant and explosive movement with serene, peaceful and grounded embodiment, release the unnecessary and surrender to your being’s magnificent potential so you can be a true agent of positive change in the world.

Please wear comfortable clothes you feel beautiful in and soft-soled dance shoes or socks.

Mixed levels. Open to All, with or without a background in dance and movement.

Fee: $45
Register now
More info: Email

Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and science of embodiment— a joyful, loving and contemplative way to embody Spirit and live more freely, passionately and of service in the world. A fusion of the art of dance: rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings, and healing, Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian and Modern dance, Tai Chi and Chi Gong. Mystical teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork.

“I have a new piece now, a new piece of the mystery, a new level of understanding myself, spirit, others.”
Jeri Preston, The Rowe Center, MA 2016

Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock

Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock

My heart is so full from our 5 days of Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock September 22-27. Love and gratitude to all the dancers who came and danced into being a circle of oneness that brought all of us to wholeness in grace. We were as old as 6 and as young as 76…we cried together, we laughed together and we made magic…May our harmony, love and respect for each other and for all of LIFE reverberate into the world…

Read on to find some reflections from our time together:

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