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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...

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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...

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Sufi Dance Q&A: Learning How to Whirl

Sufi Dance Q&A: Learning How to Whirl

One of my dear students asked me some questions about Sufi Dance and the Sama as a follow up to our time in an immersive workshop at The Rowe Center. Here are my answers...  Q: There are many Sufi orders, and among them, one of the most known is Mevlevi. Do your...

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Post 9/11: The Power of Music

Post 9/11: The Power of Music

After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the only thing that helped me out of the sadness and grief I was feeling was music....Here is an excerpt from my book, Dance of Oneness in dialogue with Andrew Harvey. Banafsheh: I want to share with you another initiation I had into...

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Treasures of Andalusia and Chartres

Excerpts from reflections on my travels and snapshots from our pilgrimage through Chartres, France and Andalusia, Spain. Remembering our sessions in Chartres during the Sacred Number workshop where we explored “does Truth have to be embodied to be true?” The images of...

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Jesus Christ, Divine Will in Action

Serving the Divine Intelligence As a Goddess loving, pagan, tantric, zoroastrian, taoist sufi I don't feel intimidated by established Christianity that claims to own Jesus and lovingly announce that he is one of my greatest heroes and inspirations. The epitome of the...

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Sufi Dance of Oneness® at Menla

Sufi Dance of Oneness® at Menla

The Fascinating History of Menla Retreat Center And why it is the perfect place for our healing sacred dance! 375 million years ago, a half-mile-wide meteor crashed here, creating the oldest known meteor impact crater on Earth, equivalent of several hundred million...

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Revelations in the Chartres Cathedral

Revelations in the Chartres Cathedral

Unfolding the Mysteries of Ancient Chartres In my return to Chartres for Sacred Number this year, the discoveries unearthed from my time here last year are fresh in my mind... July 5, 2016: I am spending a week in Chartres, teaching the morning sacred movement...

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Stewards of Our Planet: What Do We Sound Like?

Stewards of Our Planet: What Do We Sound Like?

Quieting our sound in order to receive guidance from the Spirit 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...

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