Learn to trust your deepest understanding and free your innermost tenderness and wildness through sacred dance, luscious movement, and stillness.
Join in a weekend of guided and free-style dance, Sama/whirling, feminine yoga, meditation, and zikr/chanting, nurtured with divine feminine wisdom, Sufi teachings, and lots of laughter with master transformational teacher Banafsheh and enliven your experience of conscious embodiment in the present moment.
Delve into the wisdom of the divine feminine at the core of Sufi teachings. Receive inspiration from Rabia, one of the only Sufi women poets and the first Sufi mystic to call the Divine her Beloved, paving your way for the grand love affair with ALL that is!
Explore the divine feminine in the full glory of her sensuality and grace as expressed in Persian dance and in her wild ferocity as unleashed by flamenco. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of age or gender, background in dance and movement, or physical limitations. One of Banafsheh’s mottos is “Don’t be limited by your limitations!”
You will learn:
- 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 a an expression of the divine feminine
- The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
- The poetry of Rabia and Rumi
- Zikr or chanting
- Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
- Divine feminine wisdom at the core of Sufi teachings
- Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
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 counts as 15 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.
Please dress comfortably in what makes you feel beautiful and bring a yoga mat, notebook, and soft-soled shoes or socks to dance in. The Rowe Center, nestled in beautiful upper Massachusetts on sacred Mohawk land offers good lodging and great food and opportunities for long walks in the forest amidst wild flowers.
Sign up for A New Embodied Spirituality, May 7-12 at Rowe and receive 10% off both workshops!
Info: (413) 339-4954 or Email
“Banafsheh’s workshop fulfilled a lifetime of spiritual practice.”
Ann Carroll, Rowe Center workshop participant, 2016
“Banafsheh’s workshop has been an amazing beautiful experience of grounding and embodying Oneness. In spite of physical challenges, I have loved and treasured being stretched. I did more than I thought possible!”
V. Jane Fadden, Rowe Center workshop participant, 2016