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

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

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
  • Sama/whirling
  • 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

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 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.

Register now
Call 831-667-3000 or Email

“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

Dance of Oneness®: Body of Light | Workshop at Schweibenalp Center of Unity, Switzerland

Dance of Oneness®: Body of Light | Workshop at Schweibenalp Center of Unity, Switzerland

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
  • Whirling
  • Veil dance
  • 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
or email

“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


Dance of Oneness®: A New Embodied Spirituality | Workshop at Rowe Center, MA

Dance of Oneness®: A New Embodied Spirituality | Workshop at Rowe Center, MA

5-day workshop

Your body is a wellspring of profound spiritual teachings…come dance the miracle you are! In the chaotic, stressful times we live in, sacred dance is your way to a dynamic, joyous and energetic way of being that is grounded in peace and open to loving kindness!

Join master teacher of embodiment, Banafsheh for five days of finding ways to live passionately at your full potential, accessing peace, joy, and lucidity so that you can be a dancing messenger of beauty, kindness, and wisdom in the world.

Learn about the Tao and the system of yin/yang as the foundation of all life processes. Practice movements based on pathways of meridians in the body, activating a balanced flow of chi energy. Acquire self-healing tools and find key acupressure points to bring your body into balance and optimum health.

Immerse yourself in the teachings and poetry of Rumi. Experience the profound movement meditation of Sama/whirling as a way to bring body and soul into balance. Journey into grounding, releasing, centering, and opening dance and movement techniques that connect you to the core of your being and allow you to soften, so you can flower radiantly from the wisdom of your heart. Discover why dance is love made manifest.

You will learn:

  • About various key processes in your body that contain profound spiritual teachings
  • An introduction to experiential anatomy and physiology
  • An introduction to the Chinese Meridian system
  • About the Tao and the system of yin/yang as the foundation of all life processes
  • Key acupressure points you can use to bring your body into balance and optimum health
  • Self-healing tools
  • Movements based in the pathway of Meridians in the body that activate a balanced flow of Chi
  • The movement meditation of Sama/whirling as a way to bring body and soul into balance
  • The poetry of Rumi
  • Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques
  • Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
  • How to find balance when balance is nowhere to be found within or around you!

Mixed Levels, open to all women and men who feel called, regardless of age or experience. 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 course 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 yoga mat, soft-soled shoes or socks to dance in and a notebook.

 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.


Register now
Sign up for Dancing the Divine Feminine for Women and Men, May 5-7 at Rowe and receive 10% off both workshops
Info: (413) 339-4954 or Email



“Banafsheh’s workshop was a coming home for my body and spirit.”
Kathleen Becker, Rowe Center workshop participant, 2016

“Arrival at the hardest but sweetest surrender of all – releasing my mortal attachments and desires, including love itself, yet still desiring knowledge, that the Beloved receives me with loving arms when I make my final exit from Earth.”
Vivianne Chu, Rowe workshop participant, 2016



What do we sound like?

What do we sound like?

Back from my trip to Kaua’i, I find it more urgent than ever that we stand up to what is needed for us to be better stewards of the planet. It is more than obvious that as a whole, humanity is not contributing constructively, neither to the homeostasis of the Earth nor to the universe.

We don’t create music. To create music we need to become quiet enough to hear the sounds around us, natural sounds, the music of the Earth…of the universe. But we are always busy making noise, so much so that we aren’t able to listen or even hear anymore. It is only through listening that we can come in tune with the greater orchestra and be one of the instruments who participates in harmony.

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Dance of Oneness® Monthly: December

2-hour Dance of Oneness® workshop with musician Tony Khalife and guests

MiModa Studio
5774 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Register Online
Info: (310) 499-7100 or Email

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

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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