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Sufi Dance of Oneness

with Banafsheh


 1-Day Introductory Live Online Workshop



Saturday, April 10  |  10am – 12:30pm PT  |  5 – 7:30pm UTC
Available in replay




Is it an army of angels that is stirring this tumult?

Are these cascades of laughter from those who live in heaven?

What is this sacred dance all souls are dancing?

~ Jalaleddin Rumi




Inside Sufi Dance of Oneness

Listen…listen with your heart… and allow this listening to lead you into a spinning dance that opens your heart and connects you to the greater universal field of love where you can be nourished with blessings from the infinite, and become a channel to nourish our impoverished and traumatized world.

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.

In this 1-day Introductory Workshop, Banafsheh will initiate you into the sacred dance of Sama or whirling through a clear, accessible method she has developed from years of experience.

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

This Course 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 long period with ease. An age-old practice of the legendary Sufi masters Rumi and Shams, the Sama is an inner journey to the Beloved. It dissolves mental chatter into the vast ocean of presence, and you begin to simply be…unchained, free, present, and wildly inspired.

If you long to meditate with movement and feel drawn to truly ground your spirituality in your body and connect lovingly with the Earth and gain practical tools to live with more grace and clarity, this Course is for you. Explore some of the love poems that poured forth from Rumi as he whirled, and the symbolism and philosophy of the Sama, one of the most direct ways to “embody the transcendent,” which the Dalai Lama calls, “the true meaning of life.”

Course Audience: This Workshop is suitable for ALL who love to move, all genders and age groups as an immediately accessible embodiment tool to ground and center yourself and become more conscious, joyful and energized. In addition, this Workshop offers trained dancers, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills. 

Certification: This Course counts as a foundational Dance of Oneness® course and fulfills 2.5 hours as a prerequisite for the 200-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.


What students say about Dance of Oneness

Banafsheh created a safe space to reconnect deeply with myself, my body and others. She is masterful teacher and as a beginner I felt fully supported as I journeyed with her and our group into finding a practice as a whirling darvish! The gifts from this opportunity are in my body, heart and mind and transformation occurred for me at a spiritual level.

Sheri Benham, USA

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Banafsheh embodies the One so well. She walks the talk, as they say, really filling the room with light. As a teacher, I learned a lot from watching how Banafsheh creates a culture in the classroom, and she extends her heart to each student. It was lovely to watch a ”master teacher.” Sometimes I find spiritual “teachers” to be less able to teach their path, but Banafsheh really did both so well. I take away the gift of seeing, hearing, and being with Banafsheh, a great leader in the path of Love.

Erin McCall, USA

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Banafsheh is a force of nature! She not only shares the life giving radiance that overflows from her heart and is embodied in her dance, she reminds us of our own divine embodiment and lovingly facilitates our expansion into that blissful state of union. YES!

Brooke Smith, USA

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Benefits of this Course

Learn the profound movement meditation of whirling

Calm your mind, reduce stress and increase a deep sense of peace

Elevate your state of being 

Expand your breathing capacity, improving your overall wellbeing

Access profound inner silence and stillness

Activate high levels of intuition

Join a global community of like-hearted people

Cultivate a conscious coherence between your heart, mind and body

Feel energized and unlimited

Build resilience and adaptability through your nervous system

Boost your immune response

Activate inspiration and creativity 

How this Live Online Course Works

The Course is presented by Menla Retreat Center live on Zoom. You will receive a link upon registration.

Please find FAQ and Read Health Disclaimer here

How to prepare for this Course

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Please have water handy to stay hydrated


Make sure you have an unobstructed space of 5×5 ft or 1.5×1.5 m to dance in
Dress comfortably in attire you can move in easily
Try not to eat a heavy meal within one hour of dancing
Have socks or soft soled dance shoes available and handy
Set up a place to sit in meditation in final part of the session
White attire is recommended but not required

Examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance: Capezio and SoDanca

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Sufi Dance of Oneness

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About Banafsheh Sayyad

Banafsheh Sayyad is a Persian master sacred dancer, choreographer and founder of Dance of Oneness®. She is a deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment. Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. She inspires all to live in these modern times grounded in love for the Earth and centered around our abiding true nature. Her signature style of holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom ignites transformation and illumination in all those who dance with her from around the globe. Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim and resource the innate healing intelligence streaming through us and spiraling all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empowers students from all stages of life to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies and passion in their lives, by integrating wisdom teachings proven throughout the ages. 

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