Whirl in the Quantum Field of Oneness

Whirl in the Quantum Field of Oneness

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

December 13 – 18, 2019
Friday at 7:30pm – Wednesday at 11:45am followed by lunch 12-1pm
Menla Mountain Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY (Catskills)

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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:

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

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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

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Circle of Love | Performance at Stowel Lake Farm

Circle of Love | Performance at Stowel Lake Farm

Tender yet fierce ecstatic dance and music performance followed by a free-style dance celebration
Dancer Banafsheh & musicians Tony Khalife & guests

Saturday, September 14
8:00 – 9:30 pm

Stowel Lake Farm
Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Tickets: $15
Contact: (250) 709-1921 or info@shaunadevlin.net

All are welcome in this circle of love
Come, unleash your wild devotional dance and voice!

Tony Khalife, is a Lebanese born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Ojai. He creates a seamless flow in which the ragas of Indian music flow into Western harmonies, and devotional Sufi dances merge with9 the different accents of Tony’s musical mastery – Indian, Middle-Eastern, flamenco and rock’ n’ roll, all conspiring into a whirling tapestry of time signatures. tonykhalife.com

 

The Cosmic Dance of Astronomica

The Cosmic Dance of Astronomica

Week-long Intensive presented by Ubiquity Chartres Academy

July 7-13, 2019
Chartres, France

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Join an extraordinary confluence of thinkers, artists, movers and shakers to explore the influence of the heavenly bodies on our psyches and destinies in the context of the 7th liberal art of Astronomica. Step into a field of empowering grace through reflective time in the cathedral, shared dreams, ritual, walking the labyrinth, singing and dancing the patterns & rhythms of the cosmos.

In studying the seventh and highest of the liberal arts of Astronomica, begin to contemplate the entire cosmos as a divine work, designed to express beauty. Through astronomy, ascertain the laws which govern the heavenly bodies, and by which their motions are directed. Through astrology, investigate their archetypal characteristics and seek to discern their influence upon our psyche and destinies.

Dancing the Planets
In Astronomica, celebrate the spiritual relationship of the human being to the Cosmos and to the Earth through dance, awakening the soul to a conscious experience of the harmony of the spheres – an experience through which the divine origin of the human being becomes tangible. The dances create dynamic living mandalas as a flowering of the life forces, giving human form to the harmony of the planets and stars.

For the Chartrian Masters, the liberal arts were ultimately an artistic impulse, through which the highest appreciation of the sacred is expressed. Dancing the patterns and rhythms of the cosmos opened sacred communion with the world of the stars. The labyrinth no doubt emerged out of their cosmic contemplations. Led by Banafsheh Sayyad, whirl like the planets and stars, echoing that which from heaven streams down to human beings and animates us to becoming luminous reflections of love.

Daily Program
Each day will include Sacred Practice, Dreamwork, an opening symposium, a presentation on astrology, immersion in the Cathedral, and personal time for meditation and exploration. Dance the movements of the planets, and sing. We will have one private evening in the cathedral devoted to walking the labyrinth, accompanied by Gregorian chant, and another private evening in the crypt.

Faculty: Richard Tarnas, Apela Colorado, Ruth Cunningham, Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Caroline Myss, Calen Rayne, Banafsheh Sayyad and Linda Tucker.

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:

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More info: Email | 702-358-0551
36 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

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Dance of Oneness®: Summer Solstice Dance

Dance of Oneness®: Summer Solstice Dance

Weekend Workshop

Friday, 21 June – Sunday, 23 June, 2019
Waldhaus Centre Lützelflüh,
3432 Lützelflüh, Switzerland

Dance for the Sun that gives you life, and cultivate the energy of the Sun within. Embody and live your dreams, and create positive change in yourself and the world.

Loving kindness is the Sun within which makes us most ALIVE and vital. Affirm life like the Sun and generate ALIVENESS like the Sun in the world of darkness.

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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TO REGISTER:

To register, email or call Nurgül Usluoglu
Email | +41 77- 412 82 93
10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

Fees:
Tuition Early Bird rate until May 20 2019: Fr. 275.-,
After May 20: Fr. 300.-

Accommodations at Waldhaus: start at Fr. 230.-
Please arrange for your accommodations directly on www.waldhaus.ch

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Dance of Oneness®: Awaken Radiant Beauty | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

Dance of Oneness®: Awaken Radiant Beauty | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

7-day WOMEN ONLY Dance Retreat
Featuring musicians and guest speaker, Cathy Pagano, Jungian-trained dream worker and archetypal astrologer

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“You are the Secret of God’s Secret.  You are the mirror of Divine Beauty.”
– Rumi

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

Click here to watch as Banafsheh discuss the retreat, including the forecast from now until the Buddha Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio, May 18 and 19.

Looking for more information about the retreat before you’re ready to register? Click here! 

TO REGISTER:

  • Purchase a ticket. Scroll down until you see “tickets” 
  • Sign the Terms of Agreement. Click here to open and sign the Terms of Agreement.

Questions about registration
310 499-7100
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Tuition

$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.

For work/study opportunities, contact info@banafsheh.org

*Only Single lodging available
**Must arrive at the designated departure time on May 17 (1pm) and plan to go to Istanbul on May 24. 

Lodging:

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.

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.

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