Reflections on Sufi Dance of Oneness at Menla

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…

Sufi Dance of Oneness® at Menla

The Fascinating History of Menla Retreat Center And why it is the perfect place for our healing sacred dance! 375 million years ago, a half-mile-wide meteor crashed here, creating the oldest known meteor impact crater on Earth, equivalent of several hundred million tons of TNT and pulverized the bedrock, leaving a 6-mile-wide crater.

Stewards of Our Planet: What Do We Sound Like?

Quieting our sound in order to receive guidance from the Spirit Back from my trip to Kaua’i, I find it more urgent than ever that we stand up to what is needed for us to be better stewards of the planet. It is more than obvious that as a whole, humanity is not contributing constructively, neither…

Sacred Dance and Radical Embodiment

Alchemy of the Dance Many of us are terrified of embodiment. We can’t face our broken hearts, the chaos in our minds or the pain in our bodies. We yearn instead for transcendental bliss. Every chance we get, we go off into the beautiful light instead of choosing to face the continually unnerving yet miraculous…

Dancing the Divine

Sacred Dance of Onenesss by Banafsheh Sayyad

Sacred Dance as a return to the root of our Self Have you ever considered dance as a practice that can support your living at your highest potential and a tool for coming to know yourself, remembering who you truly are? Dance today is experienced anywhere from fun, sexy and a way to keep fit…

In The Fire Of Grace

Clip from the DVD of: In the Fire of Grace This clip is from the dance, Lover Embodied Choreography and Dance: Banafsheh Music: Babak Sharifimajd and Pejman Hadadi from their album Release Recitation: Andrew Harvey Poem: Rumi Working on this piece was both challenging and rewarding. I subjected myself to the essence of what I was trying to portray.…