Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light | Workshop at Esalen, CA

Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light | Workshop at Esalen, CA

5-day workshop with Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander

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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
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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

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

3-hour workshop with musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander and guests

REGISTER NOW!

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

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

Eskandar Alexander is a first generation Californian raised on Persian Sonati (traditional) music. He studied Persian Radif since 2009 and Tar since 2012 with Vahid Bayat in the lineage of Maestros Darvishkhan and Lotfi. Alexander sings and plays the Tar, Setar, Daf and Dijeradoo to induce trance states and a deep sense of heart presence. 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

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

3-hour workshop with musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander and guests

REGISTER NOW!

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

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

Eskandar Alexander is a first generation Californian raised on Persian Sonati (traditional) music. He studied Persian Radif since 2009 and Tar since 2012 with Vahid Bayat in the lineage of Maestros Darvishkhan and Lotfi. Alexander sings and plays the Tar, Setar, Daf and Dijeradoo to induce trance states and a deep sense of heart presence. 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

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

3-hour workshop with musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander and guests

REGISTER NOW! 

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

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

Eskandar Alexander is a first generation Californian raised on Persian Sonati (traditional) music. He studied Persian Radif since 2009 and Tar since 2012 with Vahid Bayat in the lineage of Maestros Darvishkhan and Lotfi. Alexander sings and plays the Tar, Setar, Daf and Dijeradoo to induce trance states and a deep sense of heart presence. 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

Radiant Core | Workshop on Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada

Radiant Core | Workshop on Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada

Weekend workshop with Tony Khalife at Stowel Lake Farm, B.C., Canada

Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore dance as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who you TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need.

From high-powered guided and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, take a journey in your inner terrain with Tony Khalife’s blend of Middle Eastern and Indian trance music. Feel your fullest presence in the Here and Now with movement, luscious and devotional that brings you in touch with your core – peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.

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 fulfills 10 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.

Dress comfortably – something you feel beautiful in
Bring a yoga mat and socks or soft-soled dance shoes

You will learn:
– Luscious movements that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
– 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 an expression of the divine feminine
– The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
– Zikr or chanting
– Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
– Divine feminine wisdom
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life

Tuition (includes 2 nights of accommodation and 6 meals):
Private room:  615 CAD
Shared room:  560 CAD
Camping:        475 CAD
Commuter (off-site accommodation): 405 CAD

Vegetables grown on the farm are used whenever possible and all meals are vegetarian, locally grown, organic and infused with love. Rooms are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

The workshop starts with dinner on Friday evening. Please arrive between 3:00 – 5:00 PM to check into your room. Workshop schedule is as follows:
Friday: 7:30-9
Saturday: 10-12:30 | 3:30-6 | 8-9:30
Sunday: 10-12

We advise to get reservations for your ferry travel.

If you would like to spend an extra night or bring your partner/ children,
please contact Stowel Lake Farm for details.

Registration Only: Email or call 250-653-4308

Contact Shauna Devlin for all other inquires:
Email or call: 250-709-1921

By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one’s own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that. 
Gida Hussami, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017

The sessions with Banafsheh activate a yummy vibration in my power chakra, the womb space, which feels delicious and self-nurturing. I felt my Dantien grounded and activated as soon as I sat down next to Banafsheh in a sharing circle. Watching Banafsheh perform I feel the ecstasy of her dance physically in my body. Banafsheh’s teaching that I practice regularly take me out of a emotionally dark space into a delicious, blissful connection with myself in my body.

Her teaching is vital to my recovery from “corporate exhaustion. Since finding this amazing spiritual teacher at the beginning of the year, I have dedicated myself seriously to this study.

Tony Khalife was such a powerful addition to Banafsheh’s teaching. His music supported and elevated the experience of her teaching skillfully and magically. Tony led us in vocalizations that gave me a completely new experience of my voice resonating in my body, not squeezed in my throat, even when going up with the tone. 
Susanne Bowra, PhD, Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017