Call to Love is really a call to truly live! Let this call inspire you and open your being to what can live in and through you at this time of great need and potential. Dance, whirl and move with live music to embody love’s intoxicating yet lucid power with peaceful groundedness, sovereign and passionate engagement. Develop a keen awareness of your energy anatomy, heal, tone and sculpt your body while dancing the passion in your Heart. Transform any sensations of fatigue, depression or anxiety into lasting exuberance, joy and serenity as you put love into action in your life! Cultivate the strength to persevere in love in these extreme times of turmoil and rapid change in community with like-hearted people.
Guided by the love poetry of Rumi and other Sufi mystics as well as Taoist principles, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness® and how to develop presence in your body through a focus on the Chakras and the Meridian system. Integrate your body, emotions, mind and soul in a sacred union and learn tools for self-healing.
In the picturesque village of Gokcedere in Yalova, South of Istanbul, site of an amazingly large and healing natural hot springs, our sessions take place at a Dergah (Cultural Center) – a Sufi Temple of love, beyond any particular religion and open to all lovers. Our days are balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, wisdom teachings from the East & West, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, sharing, lots of laughter and ample breaks with time to soak in natural hot springs, and explore the beaches, villages and sites of Turkey’s beautiful Marmara region.
Our workshop takes place during Ramadan a time of prayer, purification and introspection. We will harness the energy of this time to purify, heal, keep our undivided focus on the Beloved and cultivate resiliency and perseverance in love.
Special Guests: Caroline Casey, known for her unique art of astro mythological political guiding meta-storytelling, will be joining the workshop as a guest lecturer. Her unique art is presented in many multi-media venues, and you can learn more about her on her website: Coyote Network News. Azadeh Talebzadeh will sing and play daf along with other musicians.
Mixed Levels. Suitable for people with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners as well as healing/medical practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your body and soul through movement.
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Natural spring cold pool at Limak Hotel
Natural spring warm pool at Limak Hotel
Natural spring cold pool at Limak Hotel
View of Gokcedere from Dergah
Limak Hotel Dining room
Dance of Oneness sharing session at the Gokcedere Dergah
Dance of Oneness dancing at the Gokcedere Dergah
Dance of Oneness dancing at the Gokcedere Dergah
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36 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program Ubiquity University Students: If you would like to receive 4 credits in independent study from Ubiquity University, there is an additional charge of $800 to the above rates. Email for a special link to add this fee
Important visa information for participants traveling from the US:
As of December 28, 2017, any person carrying a USA passport can apply for an e-visa online (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/) or purchase one at the airport upon arrival. The fee is between 20-30 USD.
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Banafsheh magically unites all participants into a circle of interconnection, love, respect and caring for each other, for Gaia and our world’s well-being. That’s why I believe that her work is greatly needed in order to heal and activate as many people in as many countries as possible to help our Mother Earth to become a place of Peace and Love.
– Irina Azarova, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
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
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Dance of Oneness®: Living Sophia 10-day Dance Immersion July 3 – July 12, 2015
(5-day Immersion: July 3 – July 8)
Info & Registration: +1 310 499-7100 or Email Lodging reservations: Hande Basaran Email+90 533 816 16 13 SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR RESIDENTS OF IRAN & TURKEY!*
*please note: limit one discount per registration
Location: Mutlu Baba Cultural Center, Gokcedere, Yalova, Turkey
Who is Sophia and what does she represent for you?
She is the Judeo-Christian God’s female soul and the source of his true power. As Goddess of wisdom, her faces are many: Black Goddess, Divine Feminine, Mother of God. For the Gnostic Christians, she is the Mother of Creation.
Sophia calls us to embody the highest emanation of Woman in her wholeness. Luscious, tender, kind, strong and wise, she represents the flowering of the sacred heart magnetized by our womb.
Dance to decode the mysteries of feminine wisdom teachings. Claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with love, in the full radiance of a woman’s wisdom – tender and strong, receptive and discerning. Feel the full embrace of the Great Mother, learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, gracious and wild sacred dance from the ancient Middle East.
Heal, tone and energize your body and being. Tune in and let yourself ‘be danced’. Learn tools to transform sensations of fatigue, rejection, depression or anxiety into grounded presence – exuberant, joyous and serene. As a messenger of love, embody your fullest luscious, loving, soft power no matter what situation presents itself.
Sufi Ritual and Sama
Mystical Persian Dance
Middle Eastern Tribal dances
Zikr or chanting the 99 Names of the Divine
Divine Feminine Wisdom Teaching
Teachings from Rumi, Gurdjieff, A Course in Miracles, Rabia and Ibn Arabi
Principles of Sama
Chinese Meridian Theory
Principles of Chinese Nutrition
Our setting is a Sufi/Dervish House or Dergah in the beautiful little village of Gokcedere, a true tavern of love, beyond religion and open to all lovers. After our orientation evening, we will meet for 6 hours a day balanced between dance, yoga, zikr (chanting), meditation, theoretical teachings, sharing and expressing our own creativity. There will be ample time to soak in the nearby natural springs with amazing healing properties, reflect, and explore individually the beautiful beaches, villages and sites of Turkey’s exquisite Marmara region.
Open to all – suitable for dance and movement teachers and students, as well as dance and movement lovers. Dance of Oneness teaches you the fundamentals of movement. It enhances and deepens all movement and dance modalities.
You can sign up for the 5-day or the entire 10-day Intensive. The 5-day Intensive qualifies for 27 hours and the 10-day Intensive, 55 hours towards the 200-hr or 400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.
Fee for the 10-day Dance Immersion (July 3 – 12) : 1750 USD (the equivalent in Euro or TRY) including tuition and 3 organic meals a day . Ask about discounts for local Turkish and Iranian people
Fee for 5-day Dance Immersion (July 3 – 8) : 900 USD (the equivalent in Euro or TRY) including tuition and 3 organic meals a day . Ask about discounts for local Turkish and Iranian people
The above fees do not include airfare, lodging, visa (obtainable at the airport in Turkey), round-trip ground transportation between Ataturk airport and the Dergah, and entrance fees to the Hamam (thermal bath house with natural spring water which we will visit as a group a number of times) and other sites with entrance fees.
Lodging is extra to the fee for tuition and meals. To book your lodging, please email Hande Basaran or call +90 533 816 16 13. You can pay the hotel directly when in Gokcedere with USD, Euro, TRY or credit card.
Terms of Agreement
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Rooms in houses and Dergahs next to our Session space: single or shared occupancy
* House directly in front of our Session space (Pink House): 10 USD / 9 Euro per person per night. Double and triple occupancy, shared bathrooms
* House (Naqshebandi Dergah within 2 min walk of our Session space: 12 USD / 10 Euro per person per night. Double and triple occupancy room, and one large, beautiful communal room for up 10 people (women only in this room). Shared bathrooms.
Within a 2-min walk to Dergah (our Session space)
* Kapri Motel: 40 Euro or 45 USD per room (single or double occupancy) / hot tub included
Within a 10-min walk, situated in the nearby village:
* Thermal Park Hotel:
Standard single: 37 USD / 32 Euro
Hot tub single: 45 USD / 40 Euro
Standard double: 54 USD / 47 Euro per room
Hot tub double: 62 USD / 54 Euro per room
Triple hot tub: 78 USD / 69 Euro per room
Within a 15-min walk, situated in the nearby village:
* Limak Thermal Hotel: Natural spring hot tubs in all rooms. Prices include breakfast and dinner.
Single occupancy: 130 USD / 116 Euro
Double occupancy: 198 USD / 178 Euro
Triple occupancy: 268 USD / 237 Euro
Planning Your Trip:
Airport: Attaturk, Istanbul
Arrival: Please plan to arrive before noon on July 3rd at the latest.
The bus taking all participants to the Dergah will leave the Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul around 4 pm. You need enough time to land, get a visa, collect your luggage and take a taxi or bus to the meeting point. Our orientation session will begin at 8:00 pm on July 3rd after dinner is served.
Details about bus transportation to the Dergah from the Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul leaving roughly around 4 pm will be given to you upon registration. The fee for this trip is a minimum of 25 USD / 20 Euro / 50 TRY to be paid at the bus.
If you arrive earlier than July 3rd and need to take our bus to the Dergah, then please plan to spend time in Istanbul. You can stay at the beautiful and reasonably priced Turkoman Hotel in the Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul and say you are participating in the Dance of Oneness Intensive in the Dergah in Yalova. If you know your way to the Dergah, please let us know, so we can make arrangements for you to stay in your designated housing.
* Ramadan will be between June 17 – July 17. As Turkey is a very hospitable country, please know that food is readily available everywhere and you will not be penalized for not fasting.
Departure: 10-day Immersion: Our workshop ends at 7 pm on July 12, followed by dinner till 8 pm. Please schedule your departure on July 13 anytime after 10am.
5-day Immersion: This segment of the Intensive ends at 1 pm on July 8, followed by lunch till 2 pm. The earliest you can arrive at the Ataturk airport is 6pm. Please book your flight accordingly. Since departures vary, so we will organize them for you individually or as a group once you are at the Dergah.
Your workshop in Turkey is a masterpiece! You created a genuine program where all the ingredients – music, poetry, movement, dance, meditation, sharing, chanting, whirling – everything is serving the purpose of unveiling the true self of each of us. I feel that every day of the workshop peels off the layers of the “dead skin” of my body and in return brings an increasing sense of Becoming just a “normal” human being with boundless flow of love and energy through this beautiful hollow reed flute within me, this channel of light and majestic wisdom and God’s love. Thank you for being my guide on this lifetime journey of LOVE in Turkey. I can’t imagine any better gift I could have ever given to myself than being here now and with you.
Spiral of Love, July 2010, Gokcedere, Turkey
66-Day and Night Sema
Mutlu Baba Cultural Center (Dergah)
June 18 – August 23, 2011
Immerse yourself in an amazing continuous 66-day and night Sema with live music led by Sufi Sheikh Oruc Guvenc and Tumata to deepen your learning from the Dance Retreat. The Sema is open to all, and the lodging and meals at the Dergah are offered on a donation basis. You can choose to stay from one hour to the full 66 days! The duration of your stay is your own decision.
Banafsheh’s dance is a manifestation of Beauty, a taste of the divine through all the senses…both unearthly magic and a full incarnation of what only human beings can do - to speak of the Beloved in entirely new creative ways in each moment.