“Passion is the supreme elixir and renews all things!”
In our turbulent times, in order to thrive and be of true service, we need to be discerning yet PASSIONATELY ALIVE and AUTHENTICALLY JOYOUS.
The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. Uplift yourself and thereby the world in one of the most beautiful, magnetically charged sites on our planet!
Since no one can truly light your flame for you and keep it alive but yourself, it is imperative to have a body based practice that serves as an alchemical vessel to nourish this flame and create coherence between your heart, mind and body amidst the chaos.
Dance of Oneness® facilitates a wildly accessible way to liberate yourself of limited narratives, ground your soul, and come home to your body with luscious awareness to rediscover yourself as an unlimited, empowered divine being, capable of living and contributing miraculously.
Banafsheh and Tony will lead a nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance, whirling, live music, chanting, meditation, mystical poetry, and lots of laughter within a community of like-hearted seekers to ignite the flame in your heart through a sacred marriage of all opposites, matter and spirit.
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and science of embodiment. It fuses three dimensions: the art of dance explored through rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing.
“The whole universe is love’s endless dance.”
Please read slowly, and as you read come in touch with something you are grateful for. Allow the feeling of gratitude to expand inside of you, into every cell, until you feel your wings.
The energy of gratitude is both enlivening and soothing. Let this energy open you to the grace that can live in you and through you for the benefit of all. Gratitude and grace both stem from the Latin root of gratus. Gratitude is about appreciation and extending grace. Whatever you give, you actually fill yourself with. When you extend gratitude, you are filled with grace.
Whirling is the practice of ecstatic gratitude – when you feel genuine thankfulness with such resplendent intensity that you generate a surge of endorphins in your body and slip into a full-scale outbreak of euphoria. In the state of ecstatic gratitude, you are able to navigate harshness and negativity with grace.
Guided by the poetry of Sufi mystics Rumi, Rabia and Kabir, ground your soul and come home to your body with luscious awareness, and rediscover your heart as the seat of the infinite.
Open to all. Banafsheh and Tony will lead a nurturing weave of dance, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation and wisdom teachings.
Calling all lovers of Rumi who believe in the transformative power of dance in a circle of like-hearted people!
Dance is the joy of the soul and the body. The soul’s entry into the body is a dance. Regardless of your work or what you do, your soul wants to dance, touch and kiss the infinite. Trust, let go, and listen 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 an instrument of love in the world.
Join Banafsheh and musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander in a wild, deep and nurturing weave of dance and live music! 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.
For a deeper look into the structure of the workshop – click here.
Tuition (+lodging): $675-$5,605 REGISTER NOW!
More info: Email or call 831.667.3000 26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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
The extreme times we live in demand that we be PRESENT, PASSIONATELY ALIVE, PEACEFUL, and stand in and for what we believe in.
The time is NOW to surrender to the power of love and dance to liberate your body and experience the living fiery passion in your heart that can initiate you into being a true human being. Dance in community with others to align your body, heart, and mind with your purpose for being alive.
Immerse yourself in Banafsheh’s transformational fusion of rigorous and healing dance with embodied spirituality set to Tony and Eskandar’s mesmerizing music from the Middle East and around the globe. Session includes guided and free-style dance, stillness, Sama (whirling), Rumi’s poetry, chanting, stretching, meditation, Sufi teachings, divine feminine wisdom, and lots of laughter.
Experience the profound movement meditation of Sama (whirling) as a way to surrender, listen for guidance from your soul and uncover and nourish your passion and purpose.
Mixed levels. Suitable for people with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners.
Dress in comfortable attire you feel beautiful in / bring flexible sole dance shoes or socks
$45 in advance and $50 at the door REGISTER NOW!
More info: Email | Call (424) 322-8071
Parking is available behind the studio in the alley
Multiple Dates: April 14, May 12, June 2 Click here to select a different date!
Tony Khalife is a singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, percussionist, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier and messenger of love and peace. He has been performing and teaching music and facilitating dance and yoga workshops for over 30 years, blending a lifelong search for musical truth into all forms of world music. Website
My experience was subtle and deep. The magic of the dance was the medicine, but the medicine was activated and potentiated by the graceful, whole hearted presence of Banafsheh. All at once she is warmly nurturing and absolutely clear in her power and devotion to the Beloved in herself and every dancer in the room.
– Melissa Nobels
Banafsheh is the ambassador of peace, love, and oneness. She is also a healer who reconnects body and soul.
– Farzaneh Aryaee
“Master of mystical Persian dance, Banafsheh teaches and performs with an attitude of liquid gold pouring over silk velvet.”
Felicia Tomasko, Editor, LA Yoga
What people say …
"Banafsheh’s strength, grace and intimate love simply moves a person’s soul into new union with the Divine beyond any traditional understanding."
Johnnie Anthony, Student, Canada
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