7-day WOMEN ONLY Dance Retreat
Featuring musicians and guest speaker, Cathy Pagano, Jungian-trained dream worker and archetypal astrologer
“You are the Secret of God’s Secret. You are the mirror of Divine Beauty.”
True beauty radiates from an inner core of love – love for yourself, the Earth and all beings. Release old resistances and blockages in your body that hold you back from experiencing ease and comfort within yourself, so you can connect with your innate beauty. Rediscover your body as a luscious temple of ease, beauty and sensuality. Feel and look young, energetic and ALIVE!
Guided by the love poetry of Rumi, other Sufi mystics and Taoist philosophy, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness and develop presence in your body through a focus on the Chakras and the Meridian system. Integrate your body, emotions, mind and soul in a sacred union and learn tools for self-healing.
- Ground your soul in your body
- Connect to your life’s purpose
- Become who you truly are
- Awaken your inner and outer feminine beauty
- Observe and manage your life dramas without being overtaken by them
- Transform limitation to possibilities
- Reduce stress and learn to cope with daily stress to become more responsive rather than reactive, and thus contribute your unique gifts to our world
- Heal your stubborn ailments and cultivate a well-balanced body
- Find and connect with an international community of like-hearted sistas
The retreat will take place at a Sufi/Darvish House or Dergah and a beautiful historic hotel built on an Aesclepian site in the quaint village of Gokcedere. The days will be balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, wisdom teachings from the East & West, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, sharing circle in a community of like-minded and like-hearted women, lots of laughter, Astro-mythology, dream interpretation, ample breaks, and detoxing in the natural hot springs. We will have a special full moon ritual on the Buddha Full Moon.
Cathy Pagano is a Jungian-trained dream worker and archetypal astrologer. She loves stories, especially ancient myths and fairy tales, and specifically the stories of Scheherazade that she will weave into our time together. She will guide us into the astrological influences of the days we have together as well as offer dream interpretation, since our dancing will bring up interesting dreams in the sprit of the Aesculapians.
We will convene during Ramadan, a time of prayer, purification and introspection. We will harness the energy of this time to purify, listen, focus our undivided attention on the Beloved and cultivate resiliency and perseverance in love.
Dance, whirl, and soak in the healing natural hot springs. Nourish your soul with Sufi teachings and sacred dance. Nourish your body with exceptional Turkish cuisine and on-site Turkish baths.
Mixed Levels. Suitable for women with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners as well as healing/medical practitioners. The only requirement is a desire to connect your mind, body and spirit in healing and wholeness through movement. 30 hrs towards the 400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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$1950 (the equivalent in Euro or TRY)
Above fees include:
- Stellar accommodations in a beautiful historic hotel built on healing natural hot water springs*
- Private group access to the onsite pools and fully equipped hamam (spa)
- Exceptional buffet breakfast and dinner
- Round trip ground transportation from the Yenikapi ferry dock in Istanbul to the hotel**
Fee does NOT include airfare to Turkey, visa and roundtrip transportation from the airport to the Yenikapi Ferry dock in Istanbul.
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*Only Single lodging available
**Must arrive at the designated departure time on May 17 (1pm) and plan to go to Istanbul on May 24.
Amazing historic hotel with natural spring thermal water pools, Turkish hamam, massage, beautiful views of lush mountains and a royal feast for breakfast and dinner.
For those who need to stay in Istanbul before and after the retreat. The hotel has beautiful views of the Blue Mosque in the wonderful Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul. Ask for the “Dance of Oneness Group Rate” when you book and get a single room for $45 USD and a double room for $68 USD including breakfast.
Preparing for the retreat
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Dance of Oneness®: Curriculum
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Dance of Oneness® Online Circle
Sunday, April 28
10-11am PDT on Zoom
Join Tony Khalife and me for a webinar to learn more about our dance intensive in September, Path of the Dancer. We’ll also discuss what it means to dance. Dance gives us an immediate visceral experience of the miracle of being alive. It allows us to truly experience the interconnectedness of the universe in our flesh and bones, and no other practice may be as powerful a conduit for accessing and experiencing the sacred directly.
Click here to register for the webinar!
Dance of Oneness® Intensive Training: Path of the Dancer
with Banafsheh and Tony Khalife
7-day Intensive: September 13-20, 2019
Weekend only: September 13-15, 2019
Click here to register for the intensive!
with Banafsheh, musician Tony Khalife and surprise guests
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Eugene and Michael Rosenfeld Auditorium at Franklin Canyon Park
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills
(close to the Mulholland Dr. and Coldwater Canyon Ave. entrance of the park in Studio City)
Even if the darkness of hell should swallow the sun and the moon…where is your flame, where is your light?
Join us in remembrance of Rumi’s Shab-e Arus, his passing into union with the Beloved. Infused with his message of love in action, we will whirl and chant in adoration of life, transmitting light, love and prayers into our troubled world.
All are welcome!
- No prior experience required. All participants will be invited to move at their own pace and ability and can even just sit in meditation. Sama (whirling) creates a field of healing both for the whirler and those present in the ceremony.
- No need to register. Please simply arrive at the auditorium 10 min early – we will start promptly at 2pm.
- Please arrive 30 min early if you have never been to the Auditorium before to find your way, park and arrive on time.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal 2 hrs prior to the session.
- Please bring soft-soled shoes or socks to whirl in, a yoga mat and cushion/zafu to sit on, and an item for our altar if you wish.
- White attire especially wide skirts for whirling is recommended but not required.
- Make sure to come to a full stop at the stop signs in the park as they are surveilled by cameras, and the fine for not stopping is pretty high!
Email for more info.
Dance is love made manifest. The time is NOW to connect deeply with true love, to align with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. Lean to be PASSIONATELY ALIVE and PRESENT to be of true service in our world today. Since “no one can truly light your flame for you and keep it alive”, says Rumi, “but yourself”, it is imperative to have a body/spirit based practice that serves as a cauldron to nourish this flame.
Dance to connect to you inner core of joy and weave magic into every aspect of living so that all parts of living are enjoyable. This is a secret in the path of dance, the secret of passionate aliveness grounded in peace that grows stronger in the face of calamity. No wonder Rumi says,
“Passion burns down every branch of exhaustion.
Passion is the supreme alchemical elixir, and renews all things.
No-one can grow exhausted when passion is born,
so don’t sigh heavily, your brows bleak with boredom and cynicism and despair—
Let divine passion triumph, and rebirth you in yourself.”
Join in a nurturing yet thrilling weave of guided and free-style dance at Hollyhock Center on Cortes Island in British Columbia, which is one of the most beautiful sites in North America – the perfect environment for Dance of Oneness. It is beautiful, lush, peaceful and particularly feminine in its serenity and sensual wildness.
Through peaceful groundedness, empowered embodiment and passionate engagement and service, we live our flame to the extent that even chaos can feel like home. Once you dance your passion, you begin to dance your life!
All levels of experience are welcome!
More Info: Email | 800.933.6339 or 250.935.6576 outside North America
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
Preparing for a Dance of Oneness® Workshop
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, Hollyhock 2017
Week long workshop at the New Chartres Academy
Join Banafsheh with faculty Robert Lawlor, Jain 108, Karen Rivers, Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Caroline Myss, Apela Colorado, Peggy Rubin, Calen Rayne, and Ruth Cunningham for 7 days including sacred practice, an opening session, a symposium on Sacred Geometry, immersion in the cathedral, and personal time for meditation and exploration. There will be artistic work drawing and experiencing sacred form, dream work, singing, as well as one private evening in the crypt, and another private evening in the cathedral devoted to walking the labyrinth, accompanied by Gregorian chant.
This year the sixth Liberal Art of Sacred Geometry, the structure of the architectural blueprint of the universe will be the focus of study. Euclid was the master representative of this Liberal Art, and its guiding spirit is under the aegis of Jupiter. Jupiter, carrying the principle of expansion and meaning, imbues numbers with form into a harmonic progression of Creation. Through studying geometry, participants will learn the formative principles out of which the universe is constructed and endures.
More info: Email | 702-358-0551
36 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
Preparing for a Dance of Oneness® Workshop
There is no limit as to what can be understood through the study of Sacred Geometry, as this science explores and explains the web of energy that creates and unifies all things. —Richard Dannelly