Madonna Rising: Rosa Mystica Virtual Intensive

Madonna Rising: Rosa Mystica Virtual Intensive

Week-long Intensive with Banafsheh, Anne Baring, Peggy Rubin, Andrew Harvey and other faculty

11am – 1pm PT | 1-3pm ET | 8-10pm CET
on Zoom
Co-presented with Ubiquity Chartres Academy

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The Rose has long been the symbol of divine wisdom and the Chartres cathedral with its 3 sublime rose windows is a hymn to Mary as the throne of wisdom. Chartres Cathedral was built as a temple for the Queen of Heaven. This final rebuilding was dedicated to the risen Mary as her dwelling place on Earth. It is also a grail, the container of mysteries.

From ancient times, the rose has been associated with the great goddesses of the ancient world. The Rose is one of the oldest symbols of the wisdom tradition and of the divine wisdom and holy spirit radiating love to our world from the divine ground. The Rose came to symbolize not only the holy spirit but the awakened soul reunited with the divine ground. Mary was known in the middle ages at the time of the building of Chartres Cathedral as the Rosa Mystica. The rose represents the radiant presence of the holy spirit who fills the whole cathedral.

Mary as the divine feminine is the rose, the lily and also the tree of life from which all who turn to her can draw sustenance, an image that evokes the Shekinah and even older as Isis as the tree of life giving sustenance. Wherever the association is made between love and divinity, between beauty and harmony and divinity, between compassion and divinity, there stands the image of Mary as representing the qualities of the divine feminine.

This intensive is centered around the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15) which honors the Church doctrine, enunciated by the Pope in 1950, that Mary was assumed directly into heaven upon her death and now presides as the Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven, a title held by Goddesses, Isis and Inanna. The much needed resurgence of the feminine archetype and the restoration and recovery of the feminine aspect of the divine in order to bring back wholeness and balance to the human psyche is the key to understanding the Feast of the Assumption which Carl Jung believed marked the most important development in Christian theology in the last 2000 years.

The Black Madonna

On the Day of the Assumption, a statue of the Black Madonna is carried through the streets of Chartres before being placed in front of the statue of the Assumption of Mary, where she is kept for one week and then hidden away till the following year.

Parading the Black Madonna recalls the way the Druids in ancient times brought her out of the grotto underneath the granite promontory upon which the cathedral today stands. They honored Mother Earth and the cycles of the seasons through the Black Madonna. The dark feminine in all her aspects has been revered since ancient times. The Black Madonna has historically been present during times of turbulence and upheaval when a culture or civilization is dying and something profound and redemptive is being born. The metamorphosis from the old to the new is uniquely the domain of the Black Madonna, which is why she is so actively present in our lives today. A profound aspect of the Black Madonna is the manner in which she challenges our understanding of what it means to be feminine.

Mary Magdalene

Mary of Magda is the other Mary of Chartres. As a powerful wisdom keeper, there is a hidden alliance between her and the Black Madonna. We will explore her sacred lineage and her teachings, contemplate images and statues of her in the cathedral, and prepare ourselves for the pilgrimage to the south of France where Mary is by tradition believed to have lived and taught when she came to France with her daughter Sara she had with Jesus and others who had been part of the early Christian community.

The Program

This program is primarily experiential and designed as an initiation into the Way of the Rose. Our intention is to heed the call of the Divine Feminine to see her around us and become her in our very cells so we can live in harmony with each other and with the Earth and all of the Earth community. We will integrate head, heart and body through wisdom teachings, song, dance and theater, and immersion in the imagery of the cathedral.

The week will be a balance of:
Wisdom teachings presentations on the Assumption; The Way of the Rose; Mother Mary as the incarnation of the Divine Feminine; the Black Madonna; the lineage and teachings of Mary Magdalene; and the Chartres Cathedral as a grail and container of mysteries.

Embodiment practices that bring us into heart presence and open a door for us to become the wisdom teachings we explore through meditation, sacred dance, ritual, singing, theater, and sharing circles.

A virtual immersion in the Chartres Cathedral – consisting of an in-depth exploration of the references to Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, the Assumption, the Black Madonna and the crypt, the labyrinth and the rose windows.

Faculty

  • Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA, sacred dancer, choreographer and founder of Dance of Oneness®, will guide us to embody the wisdom teachings we explore during our week via embodiment practices, sacred dance and whirling.
  • Anne Baring, PhD, author and co-author of 7 books will presents virtual lectures on Mother Mary as the incarnation of the Divine Feminine; The Way of the Rose; and the lineage and teachings of Mary Magdalene. She will join us live via zoom for a discussion after her presentations.
  • Peggy Rubin, Shakespearian actor and master of sacred ritual and group theatre, will guide us into enactment of the mysteries we explore and share her deep insights into the nature of the Black Madonna and how to use the transformational energy of the the feminine for personal growth and group harmony.
  • Ruth Cunningham, classically trained musician, sound healer and founding member of the Anonymous 4 will guide us in singing, and create soundscapes during our visits to the Cathedral.
  • Andrew Harvey, PhD (Hons), scholar, mystic and author of more than 30 books will share his understanding of the Black Madonna.
  • Jim Garrison, PhD will speak about the mysteries of the Chartres Cathedral and present on various aspects of the Assumption of Mary and of Gaia as a new organizing framework for spiritual development.

Ubiquity Chartres Community Webinars – Join the faculty and participants in our monthly webinar on the second Sunday of every month for discussions on the topics included in the intensive. Register for the Webinars here. Watch past Webinars here.

TO REGISTER: 

Tuition: $349 for auditors
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More info: Email
15 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
For more information about content contact info@banafsheh.org

Dance of Oneness®: Radiant Chakras | 8-Week Virtual Intensive

Dance of Oneness®: Radiant Chakras | 8-Week Virtual Intensive

8-Week Virtual Intensive with Banafsheh

June 3 – July 31, 2020
on Zoom
3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10-11am PT | 1-2pm ET | 7-8pm CET
Recordings are available if you can’t join the live zoom sessions
You have the option to register for the full 8 weeks or the first 4 weeks

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“She is one whose heart keeps pace with her foot. She is entirely present; her soul is where her body is, and her body where her soul is, and her soul where her soles are.”
– Junayd

As the restrictions gradually lift and many of us begin to emerge, hopefully with care and consideration for the bigger community, the question is who are we now? What have we discovered in our Khalvat, in our retreat, our seclusion? There is no going back to normal as our collective normal was unsustainable and what led to the crisis in the first place. So what is the alternative? This question is bringing many of us together to envision change, and to co-create a future that is sustainable for all of the Earth community.

For us dancers and lovers of the Dance, the change begins in ourselves, for we need to be that which we strive to create. This is what inspired me to create this 8-Week intensive with the aim of each one of us claiming our power in the queendom/kingdom of our body as an embodied channel of love in tenderness and strength, compassion and courage, so we can co-create a world in harmony with the divine laws of nature.

We are blessed to have all the wonders of the universe right here in our body – operating mostly without our conscious awareness. What happens, then, when you DO bring your conscious awareness to your breath, your movement, your organs and your energy? How much more effective can you become? And how much more connected, joyous and whole?

Tune into the wisdom of your body and dance the miracle that you are, this gift of life! In the uncertain times we live in, sacred dance is the way to a dynamic, joyous and energetic way of being that grounds us in the present moment and opens our heart and mind to wonder and possibility, so we can usher in a NEW paradigm of being in harmony with the greater Earth community.

Guided by the poetry of Rumi, Rabia, Kabir and other Sufi mystics as well as Taoist philosophy and divine feminine wisdom, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness, and how to cultivate presence, mastery and sensual grace in your body through dancing with a focus on the Chakras, the Meridian system, and quantum physics. Integrate your body, heart, mind and soul in a sacred union and learn tools for self-healing, and extending love and healing into the world.

Each week we will journey into one of the Chakras through guided dance and movement that correspond to the Chakra in focus; free-style dance, meditation, wisdom teachings from the East & West, and optional participation in a sharing circle with a community of like-hearted, wild, noble people. In our 8th week, we will integrate our learning. The dance and movement styles we will explore are: Persian classical and mystical dance, Flamenco fusion, Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sama (whirling) and Tai Chi. Join our dance community right from your sanctuary, liberate your body and step into your unlimited self, extending love toward yourself, the Earth and all beings.

This Intensive is a foundational Dance of Oneness course and fulfills 26 hours in the 200-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program. It is a prerequisite for The 8 Boughs – Chakras of the Divine Feminine Intensive offered in the Fall 2020.

Mixed levels – suitable for everyone who loves to move as well as people with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. 

Benefits of this Intensive:

  • Elevating your state
  • Cultivating resiliency and adaptability
  • Getting in shape
  • Feeling energized
  • Deepening your breath
  • Connecting to your life’s purpose
  • Awakening your inner and outer beauty
  • Connecting to joy independent of external or internal conditions
  • Integrating heart, mind and body and creating coherence
  • Feeling unlimited
  • Boosting immunity and well-being
  • Reducing stress and feeling peaceful
  • Healing body aches and developing the ability to heal many kinds of ailments
  • Learning new dance moves
  • Connecting with an global community of like-hearted people

To Register:

  • Purchase a ticket. Scroll down until you see “tickets” and choose an option
  • Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive a link to join the sessions on zoom and where to access replays of live sessions
  • You can join for the whole month or on a weekly basis, and pay according to the level of your engagement and/or your current financial ability
  •  Email for more info

 Tuition:

  • $650 is the basic tuition for the 8-week Intensive
  • Many of us are going through financial hardship at the moment. I, myself have had to cancel all of my in-person workshops and performances for the time being. We’d love for you to dance with us regardless of the state of your finances, so we’re offering different payment options. Please choose your level of contribution honorably. 
  • If you are one of the few lucky ones in the world who has not been utterly financially devastated by the recent crisis, please consider buying this series for someone who has been, or underwriting scholarships for students in need.

Preparation:

  • Download zoom
  • Make sure you have an unobstructed space of 5×5 feet or 1.5×1.5 meters to dance in
  • Wear comfortable attire you feel beautiful in
  • Have a yoga mat handy
  • Have a silk veil of approx. 3 yards x 45 inches or 2.5 x 1.15 meters). Here are a couple websites to order from: Nahari Silks and Bellydance.com
  • Have socks or soft-soled dance shoes nearby in case you need them. Here are examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance:
    Capezio,
    and SoDanca
  • Hydrate by drinking plenty of water after the session

I’m getting the full benefits of an in-person Dance of Oneness retreat on a daily basis. Before I had to wait months in between retreats or workshops to get the buzz again, and now I can access this full ALIVENESS in myself everyday…and I don’t even have to leave my house for it!
Nilou Yedegar, California

Moving gently and opening this body as never before – I follow my heart. Tears open the spring of well-being and wash away the stains and sorrow. Everything is in movement, everything is love. Through Banafsheh’s Dance of Oneness l have been given the gift of a new life.
Hilda Paz, Ottawa, Canada

Dance of Oneness®: Womb of Compassion | Month-long Virtual Retreat

Dance of Oneness®: Womb of Compassion | Month-long Virtual Retreat

Month-long Virtual Retreat with Banafsheh

May 3-31, 2020
on Zoom
3 days a week: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
10-11am PDT | 1-2pm EDT | 7-8pm CET
Recordings are available if you can’t join the live zoom sessions
You can still join for the whole month and follow Weeks 1-3 sessions via video

REGISTER NOW!

“Open the treasure house of abundance from inside yourself.”
Rumi

Join our dance community right from your home, and shift your focus from the outer world ruled by chaos and confusion these days to your rich inner world, deeply attuned with nature and the unseen. Activate the power of kindness, liberate your body and step into your unlimited self, extending love and compassion toward yourself, the Earth and all beings…so much needed today. Release fear and longterm resistances and blockages in your body and mind that hold you back from experiencing magnificence, ease and comfort in your own skin. As you release tensions and old habits that have kept you in limitation and separation, you will reconnect with your sacred femininity and reclaim your body as a luscious temple of ease, love and beauty. You will feel and look beautiful, energetic and ALIVE…giving and receiving love effortlessly.

Guided by the poetry of Rumi, Rabia, Kabir and other Sufi mystics as well as Taoist philosophy and divine feminine wisdom, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness, and how to cultivate mastery and sensual grace in your body through a focus on the Chakras, the Meridian system, and quantum physics. Integrate your body, mind and soul in a sacred union and learn tools for self-healing, and extending love and healing into the world.

You will learn to ground and center yourself in peace, and open your heart and mind to a profound love for yourself and love life so you can navigate these challenging times with grace, balance, strength and exuberance. In our time together, we will journey into guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, wisdom teachings from the East & West, stretching, meditation, lots of laughter, and optional participation in a sharing circle with a community of like-hearted wild, noble people.

Thursdays are devoted to Sama (whirling). We will also dance with veils, so make sure you have one.

Mixed levels – suitable for everyone who loves to move as well as people with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. 

Benefits of this Retreat:

  • Elevating your state
  • Cultivating resiliency and adaptability
  • Getting in shape
  • Feeling energized
  • Deepening your breath
  • Connecting to your life’s purpose
  • Awakening your inner and outer beauty
  • Connecting to joy independent of external or internal conditions
  • Integrating heart, mind and body and creating coherence
  • Feeling unlimited
  • Boosting immunity and well-being
  • Reducing stress and feeling peaceful
  • Healing body aches and developing the ability to heal many kinds of ailments
  • Learning new dance moves
  • Connecting with an global community of like-hearted people

To Register:

  • Purchase a ticket. Scroll down until you see “tickets” and choose an option
  • Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive a link to join the sessions on zoom and where to access replays of live sessions
  • You can join for the whole month or on a weekly basis, and pay according to the level of your engagement and/or your current financial ability
  •  Email for more info

 Tuition:

  • $325 is the basic tuition for the month 
  • Many of us are going through financial hardship at the moment. I, myself have had to cancel all of my in-person workshops and performances for the time being. We’d love for you to dance with us regardless of the state of your finances, so we’re offering different payment options from $125 – $325 for the whole month. Please choose your level of contribution honorably. You can still join us and follow Week 1-3 sessions via video available until June 3rd.
  • If you are one of the few lucky ones in the world who has not been utterly financially devastated by the recent circumstances, please consider buying this series for someone who has been, or underwriting scholarships for students in need.

Preparation:

  • Download zoom
  • Make sure you have an unobstructed space of 5×5 feet or 1.5×1.5 meters to dance in
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal 2 hours prior to the beginning of our session
  • Wear comfortable attire you feel beautiful in
  • Have a yoga mat handy
  • Have a silk veil of approx. 3 yards x 45 inches or 2.5 x 1.15 meters). Here are a couple websites to order from: Nahari Silks and Bellydance.com
  • Have socks or soft-soled dance shoes nearby in case you need them. Here are examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance:
    Capezio,
    and SoDanca
  • Hydrate by drinking plenty of water after the session

Dance of Oneness takes me back to my womb, which surprisingly gives me the feeling of tenderness that I have long denied. Finding it, accepting is so refreshing. It fills me. It gives me confidence to be me, the me I want to share with the whole world.
Usanee Nuchanong, Thailand, Radiant Beauty Retreat 

Banafsheh’s Dance of Oneness retreat in Turkey is a healing immersion into the beauty and majesty of the Divine Feminine. Being with this amazing group of women in the sacred land of Turkey is not to be missed. Soaking in the thermal waters, whirling in the Sufi Temple, laughing, loving, being…I could keep returning here with Banafsheh for the rest of my life!
Colette de Gagnier, California, Radiant Beauty Retreat 

Mehr be Mehr

Mehr be Mehr

Featuring: Banafsheh, Koobang Ensemble and Mojdeh Habibi

Banafsheh dances in a program based on the poetry of the Iranian mystic poet and teacher, Tahereh Ghoratoleyn with musicians of Koobang Ensemble and the recitation of Mojdeh Habibi in Persian.

Information and Tickets: (818) 679 8352

Whirl in the Quantum Field of Oneness

Whirl in the Quantum Field of Oneness

Workshop with Banafsheh, Andrew Harvey, Jim Garrison and special guest Calen Rayne

5-day Workshop – December 13-18
Weekend Only – December 13-15

Friday at 7:30pm – Wednesday at 11:45am followed by lunch 12-1pm
Menla Mountain Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY (Catskills)
*Contact Amber at Menla Registration for rates:  (845) 688-6897 EXT 101 or Email

REGISTER HERE!

Explore the intersection of Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism and quantum physics in the crucible of the Sama (whirling) to gain a deep experiential understanding of living in oneness and manifesting your dreams in service of the Greater, and by implanting new empowering beliefs and perceptions into your subconscious mind. 

Whirling and chanting mantras take us into the quantum field where if we become empty of ourselves, we can open to the Greater to pour into us and through us, recreating us so we can become present, fully ALIVE, unchained creators. We can invite this energy that creates worlds and has created us in love, to heal and restore balance to the parts of us that need healing, and transmit healing to people, and to all creatures, conditions and environments in need. 

Discover how the latest findings of quantum physics mirror the wisdom of the Sufis and the Tibetan Buddhists. Journey with us into laa makan, the placeless place, where the mantras Om Mani Padme Hum and La Ilaha il Allah beckon us to become no-thing in order to become one with the All. Our vehicle is the Sama, the grand yet simple spin that characterizes everything in our universe from distant galaxies to the minute cells in our body—the practice that made Rumi Rumi!

This workshop demystifies the Sama, offering access to the age-old practice of the legendary Sufi masters Rumi and Shams 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, listening with the heart, generating theta and even gamma brain wave states, and pure ecstasy. 

Banafsheh will guide you to prepare your chalice, your body, with grounding, centering and emptying techniques so you can experience the profound transformative and healing powers of whirling. 

Andrew Harvey will recite the love poems of Rumi that flowered from Rumi as he whirled, and together with Banafsheh, who will recite the poetry in the original Persian, will lead the group into the depth of the mantra La illaha il Allah, and the history, symbolism and philosophy of the Sama as a complete spiritual path. 

Dr. Jim Garrison will lead the group in understanding and experiencing the symmetry between the fourfold path of the Sama, the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum and the mantra La illaha il Allah.

With Dr. Calen Rayne, we will walk and whirl in a labyrinth and explore the teachings and significance of the labyrinth and its deep resonance with whirling.

The workshop will come to a crescendo on December 17th with an evening celebration of Rumi’s Wedding Night or Shab-e Arus, his dying into union with the Beloved that invites all of us into living in union with the Beloved. Banafsheh and Andrew will perform dance and poetry from their work In the Fire of Grace with special guests followed by a group whirling ceremony.  

Our days are a balance between movement, whirling, ritual, chantingSufi zikr and the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, teachings in Sufism, Buddhism and quantum physics, walking the labyrinth, exploring the gorgeous sacred land where Menla is located,and nurturing our bodies with delicious organic meals and healing body work.

Join us to experience the extent to which a group of us whirling can channel transformative blessings into the world to heal ourselves and the world.

All levels are welcome. 

To Register:

Click here to register!
Prices start at $1,125.00
More information: 845-688-6897 x101 | Email
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

Learning Outcomes and Logistics

Learning Outcomes
Logistics
Preparing for a Dance of Oneness® Workshop

Faculty

Andrew Harvey, PhD (Honorary) is a poet, novelist, mystical scholar, lecturer in comparative religions, and one of the most celebrated translators of Rumi. He has taught at Oxford, Cornell, Hobart and Smith Colleges, California Institute of Integral Studies, and UCS. The honors he has received include the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Mind Body Spirit Award, and the Christmas Humphries Award. He is the author and editor of over 40 books including: The Return of the Mother and Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ, Light Upon Light and The Direct Path. He is Founder and Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. www.andrewharvey.net

Jim Garrison, PhD, is the President of Ubiquity University. He has been studying spiritual traditions since childhood as the son of missionaries to China and Taiwan where he was able to delve into Eastern spirituality, particularly Buddhism and Taoism. His double Masters degree in the History of Religion and Christology at Harvard University and his doctorate on a Jungian analysis of ancient Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature at Cambridge University enabled him to study texts across the spectrum of Axial religions and wisdom traditions. He has written numerous books, including The Plutonium Culture, The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima, The Russian Threat, Citizen Diplomats, Civilization and The Transformation of Power, and America as Empire. Jim teaches a range of courses at Ubiquity in philosophy, spirituality, history and global affairs, including the core courses The Great Books, Wisdom and Civilization, and The Liberal Arts at Ubiquity Chartres Academy. www.ubiquityuniversity.org 

Calen Rayne, DMin, MFA, is a Unitarian Universalist Community Minister. His current focus is Institutional Energetics within Ubiquity University. He has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, and DMin from Wisdom University. Calen has studied with great masters of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Bon and pre-literate Bon masters, geomancers from both Celtic and Druid traditions, and with alchemists of various indigenous religions, including the first (nameless) religion of the Himalayas, known as “sacred conventions” or “patterns of heaven and earth.” He is trained in Feng Shui/Space Clearing, Egyptian Bio-geometry, and Sacred Geometry. Calen is a Master of Himalayan Singing bowls, a Veriditas Advanced-Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and a Reiki Master in four lineages. www.raynemaker.com

What students say:

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

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

More Resources

Dance of Oneness®: Curriculum
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