Dance of Oneness®: Path of the Dancer | Workshop on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Dance of Oneness®: Path of the Dancer | Workshop on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

with Banafsheh Sayyad and Tony Khalife

5-day workshop
September 18-23, 2020


The entire universe belongs to the dancer. If you don’t dance, you won’t know what will come to pass.

Dance invites us to take up space in the world with confidence, conviction and service. It’s exhilarating, joyous, sacred, sensual, transformative, communal, and disruptive. Dance makes us whole and brings us into rhythm with others. Though resilient, adaptable, and flexible, dance also breaks the rules. In dance, polarities unite and birth art. Dance is universal. Dance is freedom. Dance is the hope for our humanity if we accept the invitation to dance our lives.

Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore the secrets of dance technique and philosophy as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who we TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need. Discover how dance and movement can shift, influence and shape consciousness and the environment.

From high-powered guided, and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, and vocal training, take a journey in your inner terrain with Tony Khalife’s blend of Middle Eastern and Indian trance music. Feel your fullest presence in the Here and Now with movement and voice work, luscious and devotion that bring you in touch with your core – peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.


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By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one’s own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that.
Gida Hussami, workshop participant, Body of Light, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2018

My experience was deeply nurturing and connecting to all I am. As I dropped into my body, whirled and vocalized I kept hearing “Lay your head in my lap” from the Divine Mother. The workshop and surroundings allowed me to dive into the divinity I am, aligning with my soul in love, joy and peace.
Stowell Lake Farm is an abundant container of natural beauty and nourishment and rest.
Banafsheh is a noble, radiating being of love and beauty. Her commitment to divine embodiment through dance creates a reverent space for all to expand and dance the divine. Tony’s music is the heart beat of life pulsing love in every beat. An absolute to delight to be immersed in the flowing wonder he creates with such joy.
Anne Round, workshop participant, Path of the Dancer, Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC 2019


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Ticket prices start at 720 USD (you can also pay directly with CAD) 
EARLYBIRD prices until May 1, 2020
Prices go up by 125 USD after May 1st, 2020

(shared bathroom)
1,350.00 USD .
Shared Deluxe
(private bathroom in room)
1,280.00 USD
Shared Premium
(shared bathroom)
1,212.00 USD
Shared Yurt
1,180.00 USD
980.00 USD
720.00 USD

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26 hrs towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

Cancellation Policy: A registration refund minus a $100 administrative cost is available up to June 1st. No monetary refunds or credit available after that time, unless it is an emergency (doctor’s note required – tuition only will be refunded,  accommodation is not refundable). The workshop registration can be transferred to an alternate person. If for unforeseen reasons the workshop is cancelled by the producer a full refund of registration fees will be issued; the producer will not be responsible for other participant costs incurred in the event of a cancellation.

Madonna Rising: Rosa Mystica | Intensive in Chartres, France

Madonna Rising: Rosa Mystica | Intensive in Chartres, France

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

Chartres, France
Co-presented with Ubiquity Chartres Academy
Register before February 17th and save $300


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 will center us deeply in the heart of Chartres during 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. Being in Chartres, a city that has honored the divine feminine for thousands of years at this time of the year will both deepen your memory of ancient rites and activate your soul to a greater reverence for and embodiment of the divine feminine.

In this sacred space you can deeply explore the nature and scope of the dark feminine as manifested in 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.

Daily 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 cathedral. Please be prepared to move and dance.

Each day 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.

Daily immersion in the Cathedral that include at least one private evening in the cathedral devoted to experiencing the labyrinth, accompanied by Marian and Gregorian chants; one private evening in the crypt accompanied by Marian chants; private early morning visits to the Cathedral; singing in the Cathedral; special tour of the Cathedral with a focus on the Rose, the Assumption, the two Marys of Chartres: Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, and communing with the Black Madonna. We will also join the festivities of the Feast of the Assumption which includes a special procession of the Black Madonna and the Sancta Camisia in the streets of Chartres.


  • 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.
  • Veronica Goodchild, PhD, Jungian psychotherapist and author, will lead meditations on Mary Magdalene.
  • 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.


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36 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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Dance of Oneness®: Wild Nobility | Workshop in Switzerland

Dance of Oneness®: Wild Nobility | Workshop in Switzerland

Weekend Workshop

Friday, 31 July – Sunday, 2 August 2020
Waldhaus Centre Lützelflüh,
3432 Lützelflüh, Switzerland

The Dancer of Oneness is noble and wild. Dance to free yourself, and cultivate strength, dignity, passion, wildness, audacity, and courage, as well as vulnerability.

Dance to live with nobility and poignancy, to hold both the joy and the pain as inseparable dance partners, to let wild grace inspire and carry you, to never be tamed, never overcome!

Learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through sacred dance, whirling, poetry, and meditation. Gain transformative tools for living creatively in your day to day life and make true positive contribution to our world.

Mixed levels. Most appropriate for those with a background in dance, yoga or other movement modalities.

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Tuition:  Fr. 320.-
Accommodations at Waldhaus: start at Fr. 230.-

10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

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Dance of Oneness®: Womb of Compassion | Retreat in Western Turkey

Dance of Oneness®: Womb of Compassion | Retreat in Western Turkey

8-day Dance Retreat for Women Only with Banafsheh and guest musicians

May 1-8, 2020
Gokcedere, Yalova in Western Turkey

FLASH SALE: enjoy a 5% discount until 11:59pm Pacific time on Sunday, February 23rd with the coupon code, ONENESSTURKEY

The Retreat is followed by a Pilgrimage to the Divine Feminine Sites in Ephesus, Metropolis, Aphrodisias and Pergamon
May 8-13
(please note this is not an organized tour, and while we will propose an itinerary and provide suggestions for accommodations, travel, sights, etc., each person on the Pilgrimage will need to make their own arrangements.)


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

Shift your focus from the outer world to your rich inner world, and activate your womb of compassion, so you can step into your divine self. When you extend love and compassion toward yourself, the Earth and all beings, you are emulating the creator of all worlds. The more you emulate the creator of all worlds, the more you become a conscious creator of your own world. Release longterm resistances and blockages in your body and mind that have held 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 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 quantum physics, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness, and how to cultivate mastery in your body through a focus on the Chakras and the Meridian system. Integrate your body, mind and soul in a sacred union and learn tools for self-healing and living in creative joy.

Our setting is a Sufi/Darvish Temple or Dergah and a beautiful historic hotel built on an Aesclepian site in the quaint, safe and secluded village of Gokcedere in the Western part of Turkey. Our days are balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, wisdom teachings from the East & West, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, aquatics – movement sessions in the natural spring pools, a sharing circle in a community of like-hearted women, lots of laughter, ample breaks, and soaking in the healing pools.

Dance and soak, whirl and soak, and nourish your soul and your body with exceptional Turkish cuisine in a community of wild, noble women!

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Tuition for the 8-day Dance Retreat:

Early Bird Rate till February 1st
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1750 *
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)

After February 1st:
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1950 *
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)

*Only Single lodging available

Above fees include:

  • Stellar single 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) closed to the greater public without any creeps staring at you!
  • Exceptional buffet breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Roundtrip ground transportation from the Yenikapi ferry dock in Istanbul to the hotel if you arrive at the designated departure time on May 1st and if you plan to go to Istanbul on May 8th.

Fee does NOT include airfare to Turkey, visa, roundtrip transportation from the airport to the Yenikapi Ferry dock in Istanbul. Optional massage, kiseh (body scrub) and facials at the hotel.


Limak Hotel 
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. The juxtaposition of staying in an abode of opulence and holding our sessions in an abode of simplicity cultivates the importance of bridging worlds for a messenger of Oneness and Love.

Turkoman Hotel
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.


For questions about registration and payment, please call +1 310 499-7100 or email.
For questions and guidance about the retreat and traveling to Turkey, please email Colette De Gagnier-Rettner

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“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 in Turkey, 2019

“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 in Turkey, 2019

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