Weekend workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY
Listen…and allow this listening to lead you into movement and a dance that opens your whole being and rouses your creative fire from the depths of peace.
If you long to meditate with movement and feel drawn to truly ground your spirituality in your body and gain practical tools for living a more energized, peaceful and lucidly creative life, this workshop is for you.
Guided by the teachings of Rumi, delve into grounding and centering techniques that awaken your body, re-connect you with the Earth and your core, so you can open your central channel, your heart and align with Spirit.
Journey into ancient and contemporary ceremonies from high energy movement to stillness and silence in preparation for Sama–deep listening with the heart.
This workshop demystifies turning, offering access to Sufi whirling meditation in a few simple steps. This method allows people of all experience levels to turn for a sustained period with ease. One enters the Sama, pure listening, and ‘is danced’. An age-old practice of the legendary Sufi masters Rumi and Shams, the Sama is an inner journey and a direct path to creativity. It dissolves mental chatter into the vast ocean of presence, and we begin to simply be…unchained, free, present, and wildly inspired.
We will also explore the love poems that poured forth from Rumi as he whirled, and the symbolism and philosophy of the Sama as a complete spiritual path, one of the clearest ways to “embody the transcendent:, which H.H. the Dalai Lama calls, ‘the true meaning of life’.
Like the ground turning green in a spring wind,
Like birdsong beginning inside the egg,
Like the universe coming into existence,
The lover wakes and whirls
In a dancing joy that kneels down in praise.
This workshop is on the beautiful sacred grounds of Menla Mountain Retreat. Accommodations at the retreat center are available, but not required.
Tuition (+lodging): $450-$938
More info: Email | Call 845.688.6897
10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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We are learning embodied connection to our Divine nature. There have been remarkable shifts into peace for me. The preparation for “whirling” and connecting to our source energy was meticulous and thorough with great attention being given to precision and detail.
Jyoti Louise Bruun, Hollyhock 2017
This practice of oneness, through Dance, with the Beloved that is so alive in the being of you, Banafsheh, has been a total joy! A truly transformational & healing journey deeper into the love within, into the Beloved. Thank you, for the gentleness & humbleness with which you teach. Thank you for touching my heart with such deep beauty and for the reminder that the love comes from within.
Niomi Starspires, Hollyhock 2017
Ignite your creative flame, embody and live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world.
It is the creative fire that makes us feel truly ALIVE and vital, but this fire needs to be grounded in receptivity and being to be most effective and long lasting. Explore this interplay through dance and most importantly claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with ecstatic serenity.
Feel the embrace of the Beloved, learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, sacred dance, whirling, free-style movement, live music, chanting, singing, Sufi poetry, meditation and lots of laughter. Gain transformative tools for living creatively in your day to day life and manifest true positive contribution to our world.
Open to women and men. Mixed levels. Most appropriate for people with a background in dance, yoga and other movement modalities, all artists, and those who long to live their lives artfully.
Tuition: 600 CHF
More Info: Email or phone: +41 (0) 33 952 20 00
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
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I always get in touch with my best self in Banafsheh’s presence, not speaking of what has been brought into my creative life as a result of her magical work. I have gained freedom in my stage dance performances. I’ve incorporated movements from her classes into my daily exercise routines. I am mindful of my presence in my work interactions, and that I am responsible for making a difference in well being of people around me and especially of my patients.
– Irina Azarova, RN, Schweibenalp Switzerland, 2017
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.