Dance is love made manifest. The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. In our world today, to survive and be of true service, we need to be PASSIONATELY ALIVE and PRESENT. 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 of Oneness® is this kind of practice as it supports your living your fullest potential through loving your body and your Self, and living as a lover. It is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment, integrating 3 dimensions: rigorous dance technique and free-style self expression; wisdom teachings; and healing. It is based in Tai Chi, Persian dance, whirling, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine Wisdom, Christ Consciousness, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system.
Join in a nurturing yet thrilling weave of guided and free-style dance set to world grooves, Rumi’s poetry, whirling, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, a sharing circle and lots of laughter.
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!
For women and men. 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
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
Ignite your creative flame, embody and live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world.
It is the creative fire that makes us feel truly ALIVE and vital, but this fire needs to be grounded in receptivity and being to be most effective and long lasting. Explore this interplay through dance and most importantly claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with ecstatic serenity.
Feel the embrace of the Beloved, learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, sacred dance, whirling, free-style movement, live music, chanting, singing, Sufi poetry, meditation and lots of laughter. Gain transformative tools for living creatively in your day to day life and manifest true positive contribution to our world.
Open to women and men. Mixed levels. Most appropriate for people with a background in dance, yoga and other movement modalities, all artists, and those who long to live their lives artfully.
Tuition: 600 CHF
More Info: Email or phone: +41 (0) 33 952 20 00
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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I always get in touch with my best self in Banafsheh’s presence, not speaking of what has been brought into my creative life as a result of her magical work. I have gained freedom in my stage dance performances. I’ve incorporated movements from her classes into my daily exercise routines. I am mindful of my presence in my work interactions, and that I am responsible for making a difference in well being of people around me and especially of my patients.
– Irina Azarova, RN, Schweibenalp Switzerland, 2017
Weekend workshop with Tony Khalife at Stowel Lake Farm, B.C., Canada
Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore dance as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who you TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need.
From high-powered guided and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, 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, luscious and devotional that brings you in touch with your core – peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.
Mixed Levels, open to all.
Suitable for people with little or no background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and soul through sacred movement. This workshop fulfills 10 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.
Dress comfortably – something you feel beautiful in
Bring a yoga mat and socks or soft-soled dance shoes
You will learn:
– Luscious movements that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
– How to come in touch with and express your feminine radiance
– Elements of Persian dance as an expression of the divine feminine
– Elements of flamenco as an expression of the divine feminine
– The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
– Zikr or chanting
– Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
– Divine feminine wisdom
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Tuition (includes 2 nights of accommodation and 6 meals):
Private room: 615 CAD
Shared room: 560 CAD
Camping: 475 CAD
Commuter (off-site accommodation): 405 CAD
Vegetables grown on the farm are used whenever possible and all meals are vegetarian, locally grown, organic and infused with love. Rooms are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The workshop starts with dinner on Friday evening. Please arrive between 3:00 – 5:00 PM to check into your room. Workshop schedule is as follows:
Saturday: 10-12:30 | 3:30-6 | 8-9:30
We advise to get reservations for your ferry travel.
If you would like to spend an extra night or bring your partner/ children,
please contact Stowel Lake Farm for details.
Registration Only: Email or call 250-653-4308
Contact Shauna Devlin for all other inquires:
Email or call: 250-709-1921
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, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
The sessions with Banafsheh activate a yummy vibration in my power chakra, the womb space, which feels delicious and self-nurturing. I felt my Dantien grounded and activated as soon as I sat down next to Banafsheh in a sharing circle. Watching Banafsheh perform I feel the ecstasy of her dance physically in my body. Banafsheh’s teaching that I practice regularly take me out of a emotionally dark space into a delicious, blissful connection with myself in my body.
Her teaching is vital to my recovery from “corporate exhaustion. Since finding this amazing spiritual teacher at the beginning of the year, I have dedicated myself seriously to this study.
Tony Khalife was such a powerful addition to Banafsheh’s teaching. His music supported and elevated the experience of her teaching skillfully and magically. Tony led us in vocalizations that gave me a completely new experience of my voice resonating in my body, not squeezed in my throat, even when going up with the tone.
Susanne Bowra, PhD, Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017
2.5-hour sacred dance workshop
With the world around us changing at an ultra-rapid, frenzied pace, we are beckoned to find stillness, let go of old patterns, really see, trust, and serve with courage if we want to survive. Explore dance as a conscious vehicle to let go of patterns that no longer serve you so you can make room for the new with the Spring season.
Immerse yourself in a fusion of rigorous yet organic dance technique with embodied spirituality set to magical Middle Eastern and World music grooves. Through a yin-yang synthesis of passionate, exuberant and explosive movement with serene, peaceful and grounded embodiment, we release the unwanted and surrender to our being’s magnificent potential.
Open to all who feel called.
Please wear comfortable clothes you feel beautiful in and soft-soled dance shoes or socks.
Mixed levels. Open to All, with or without a background in dance and movement.
Fee: $45 in advance | $50 at the door
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Banafsheh facilitates a sensuous, feminine, powerful embodiment of the soul, a spiritual path that I am dedicating myself to exploring. She holds a loving and vibrant energy for the room that enables me to go further than I could by myself.
– Susanne Bowra, PhD, workshop participant, Switzerland, 2017