5-day workshop with Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander
How would you like to bring all of yourself to the dance and be the living YES?
Dance is the joy of the soul and the body. The soul’s entry into the body is a dance. Regardless of what you do and what your work is, your soul wants to dance, touch and kiss the infinite, and that can only happen through trusting, letting go and listening to your own divine essence.
Rumi’s vision of sacred passion in action is returning to galvanize our hearts and minds. Dive in and embody his passionate and transformative message and immerse yourself in a sacred field of empowering grace that supports you in living with reverence and light from your deepest passion in the very midst of life.
Sacred dance is not just about feeling blissed out and flying into transcendent light. It’s about uncovering your purpose for being alive and doing the real work of radical embodiment, where you feel yourself as light and matter, male and female, your divine self and shadow, all at once, simply, nakedly, presently, right here, right now as a instrument of love in the world.
Join Banafsheh and musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander in a wild, deep and nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings, and lots of laughter. The workshop includes a performance and ecstatic dance celebration.
Open to all!
Suitable for women and men 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.
Tuition (+lodging): $675-$5,605
More info: Email or call 831.667.3000
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
For more information about the retreat, including what to bring – Click Here!
A guide and a mystic, Banafsheh is an unexpected gift in my life. I have reconnected to the divine around and in me and feel empowered to share this loving with others.
– Kathi Coyle
This is deep soul healing for me. Dancing with Banafsheh and Tony is my spiritual practice. It has opened me to new truths. I love them both so much, they bring such love, joy and light into the world. I love the tenderness and the ability to flow with what is present in the moment even if it is grief. This is pure magic!
– Kira Preston
I was immensely moved! It was fun, meaningful, spiritual and educational! Helped me integrate and invigorate! I feel more ALIVE and grounded in my spirituality. I feel committed and more clear about my personal path in life.
– Deborah Braun
I have a renewed love affair with life!
– Tara Miller
3-day workshop at Estudio Cristiane Azem in Madrid, Spain
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.
For more information about the workshop:
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1 workshop 60 €
2 workshops 110 €
3 workshops 155 €
4 workshops 200 €
5 workshops 240 €
6 workshops 280 €
Send an Email to Estudio Cristiane Azem. Danza y Arte requesting to register for the workshop or sign up on the Facebook Event page.
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10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
3-hour sacred dance workshop at Open Center, NYC
NOW is all there is and when you dance to align your body, heart, and mind with your purpose for being ALIVE in community with others, then NOW becomes super potent for transformation on both the personal and collective levels.
Guided by the poetry of Rumi, claim your body and being in the present moment through a yin-yang synthesis of passionate and exuberant movement with peaceful and sensual embodiment.
Learn effective grounding, centering, heart opening and empowering techniques through guided and free-style dance, whirling, meditation and laughter to help you clear yourself of drama, listen for guidance from Spirit, and ground your soul in your body.
Mixed levels. Open to All, best suited for people with a background in dance and movement.
Mixed levels. Please bring soft-soled dance shoes or socks.
$40 NYOC members, $45 non-members
Email | Call 212-219-2527
Thank you Banafsheh for unapologetically being who you are and sharing what you uniquely share in the world – what the Divine offers through you. Thank you for so generously sharing your practices and the wisdom that brought you to these practices and the wisdom that moves through you during these practices.
Candice Salyers, Rowe Center, MA 2017
Workshop participant Guy Crittenden shares beautiful insight into Sufi Dance of Oneness® at Menla Retreat Center last month. Original post can be found here.
Over the weekend of November 4 to 5, 2017 I was privileged to attend a workshop in Sufi whirling dance with renowned international teacher Banafsheh Sayyad. It’s not an overstatement to say the experience was life changing.
1-day sacred dance workshop
At this seminal time when the veil between the two worlds is the thinnest, you are invited to dance away your restrictions even for a brief fleeting moment so as to listen and receive guidance, let go of patterns that no longer serve you so you can make room for a new story to emerge.
Immerse yourself in a fusion of rigorous yet organic dance technique with embodied spirituality set to magical Middle Eastern and World music grooves with Banafsheh, transformational master teacher of conscious embodiment. Through a yin/yang synthesis of passionate, exuberant and explosive movement with serene, peaceful and grounded embodiment, release the unnecessary and surrender to your being’s magnificent potential so you can be a true agent of positive change in the world.
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.
More info: Email
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and science of embodiment— a joyful, loving and contemplative way to embody Spirit and live more freely, passionately and of service in the world. A fusion of the art of dance: rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings, and healing, Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian and Modern dance, Tai Chi and Chi Gong. Mystical teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork.
“I have a new piece now, a new piece of the mystery, a new level of understanding myself, spirit, others.”
Jeri Preston, The Rowe Center, MA 2016