The central female figure in Persian Miniature paintings, the Saaghi is the Muse and wine-bearer who serves the wine of divine grace, bringing presence, inspiration and ecstasy. Learn from Banafsheh, master teacher of Persian dance and Sama how to embody the Muse and receive her revelations through a weaving of the ethereal, sensual beauty of classical Persian dance, the spiritual passion of Sufi ritual and trance movement and Banafsheh’s contemporary fiery, fluid and grounded style. Dance the Muse through the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and Khayyam and Banafsheh’s Persian Alphabet postures that enable you to dance out words and poems.
Level 1: Beginning
Level 2: Intermediate/Advanced
Divided into 6 sessions, those titled Levels 1 and 2 focus on the Muse and a fusion of classical and contemporary choreography.
The Sama (whirling) sessions focus on Sufi ritual and trance movement and are open to all.
Take all 6 sessions for a complete immersion. Content is not repeated but builds.
All sessions count toward Dance of Oneness® certification hours.
These highly energetic sacred dance workshops are technique-based yet internal, fusing dance and spirituality. Suitable for people with a background in dance, but open to all.
Send an Email to Estudio Cristiane Azem. Danza y Arte requesting to register for the workshop or sign up on the Facebook Event page.
More info: Email 10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
5-day workshop with live music by Raphael Duss and Bahri Egribas
Begin to live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world through sacred dance!
Open your being to the realization that you are light and here to bring light by coming in touch with your chakras and energy anatomy through luscious dance, stillness, chanting, wisdom teachings, play, lots of laughter and live music: Daf, Ney, Oud and Kamancheh on 2 days with master teacher of embodiment Banafsheh in one of the most beautiful and pristine sacred sites on our planet, high up in the alps.
Guided by Sufi teachings, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness® and cultivate radiant presence in your body through a focus on the chakras. Tune into the wisdom of your body and begin to radiate more life force, joy and vitality. Transform the old rigidities, discomfort and disease that come from a mechanical way of being in your body.
The rigorous yet accessible technique of this 7-step process is based in Sufi ritual, Persian, Middle Eastern Tribal and contemporary dances, flamenco, Tai Chi and free-style dance—all of which awaken and nourish a different facet of being human. We will also explore the Sama or whirling as central to the embodiment of light. These modalities — all aspects of Dance of Oneness® – are designed to release blockages, ground, center, open your heart, promote flexibility, strength, exuberance and profound peace while serving as tools for being present, conscious, creative and in compassionate service. The Center has wonderful accommodations including organic food that they grow on their own sustainable grounds. You will have ample time between our sessions that are 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon on most days to soak in the beauty and inspiration of this magical site, go for hikes, a swim and participate in the Center’s regular pujas including fire ceremonies.
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment. A fusion of the art of dance: rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing, Dance of Oneness® draws from Sufi ritual and whirling, Persian dance, flamenco, tai chi, mystical teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Gurdjieff Work and Chinese Medicine.
You will learn:
Ways to find ease and comfort in your body
How to access your radiance and express it in your daily life
Dance and movement techniques that bring you in touch with the 7 chakras
Tools that make you strong yet gentle and graceful
Tools you can apply in your daily life to access peace, joy and lucidity regardless of the circumstance
How to be present
Express your creativity in dance and movement
Fundamentals of grounding, centering and moving with grace
Elements of Persian dance
Elements of flamenco
Elements of Middle Eastern Tribal dances
Elements of Tai Chi
The experience of Light upon Light, central in Sufism
Mixed Levels. Open to all, men and women
Suitable for those with a background in dance and movement. The pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body, feelings and soul through sacred movement. This workshop counts as 26 hours towards the 400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.
Register below | Tuition: $600
Deposit: $200, $400 due by July 1, 2017 Registration Form Please download the form, complete it and save in order to email it as an attachment
Book accommodations directly with the center; pricing ranges from 83-145 CHF, includes 3 vegetarian meals/day and internet access
For more information call + 1 310 499 7100 in the US or + 41 77 412 82 93 in Switzerland
“I have never felt so held, so encouraged to explore my inner-most being. The gifts that I leave here with are impossible to enumerate. Banafsheh is a gift, a rare jewel who inspires and empowers all who come into contact with her. I am eternally grateful.”
Angel Caban, past workshop participant
“Banafsheh’s program is extraordinary – a complete arrangement of dance, music, meditation, focus, discipline and life experience. I’m not someone who connects with the holy that easily, but I felt holiness in Banafsheh’s art and that is what I truly revere and bow down before. After eight days, I felt an amazing level of energy, without pain anywhere and completely relaxed. Thank you for this gift, I will always guard it carefully in my heart.”
Farzaneh Aryaee, past workshop participant
The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. In the changing face of our world in order 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 – a synthesis of Sufism, Tai Chi, Persian dance, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances.
Join in a weave of guided and free-style dance set to world grooves, Rumi’s poetry, whirling, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings from the East and West, a sharing circle and lots of laughter.
Through peaceful groundedness, empowered embodiment and passionate engagement and service, we live our flame to the extend that even chaos can feel like home.
All levels of experience are welcome. This workshop is at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, one of the most magical places on our planet.
One of the best experiences of my life. Banafsheh is one of the best teachers and human beings I have ever encountered. Her work is of the highest level for healing, transformation, love and awareness.
– Jewel Rosen, past participant
Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit set to Tony’s uplifting hypnotic music and Ruth’s beautiful voice. A founding member of the acclaimed Anonymous 4, Ruth’s incredible voice transports us to Angelic realms.
Immerse yourself in a fusion of rigorous yet organic dance technique with embodied spirituality set to sacred sounds from the Middle East and around the globe. Feel your radiant presence in the Here and Now with movement, luscious and devotional that brings you in touch with your center – peaceful, vibrant, flexible, open, free, and in community with others.
Open to all who feel called . Please wear comfortable clothes you feel beautiful in and bring a yoga mat, cushion to sit on and soft-soled dance shoes or socks.
$30 in advance | $40 at the door (cash only please)
I had a very powerful experience with this workshop. The warming and peaceful aura that Banafsheh glows with is so contagious. The poem by Rumi really resonated with me, as did the set of whirling. It truly is a moving meditation. Thank you, thank you so much.
– Andrew Connolly, Sufi Dance of Oneness Workshop, Menla 2016