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

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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

Sufi Dance of Oneness® | Workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY

Sufi Dance of Oneness® | Workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY

Weekend workshop at Menla Retreat Center, NY

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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.
— Rumi

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
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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

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

5-day workshop

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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
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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

Dance of Oneness®: Call to Love | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

Dance of Oneness®: Call to Love | Retreat in Yalova, Turkey

7-day Dance Retreat at Mutlu Baba Cultural Center, Gokcedere, Yalova, Turkey
Featuring guest lecturer, Visionary Astrologer, Caroline Casey, and musicians

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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 NewsSeda Seyrek Houbakht will play Saz and is joined by 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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  • Gokcedere Thermal
  • 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

 

TO REGISTER:
1. Purchase a ticket. Scroll down until you find “Tickets” and purchase the appropriate ticket.
2. Sign the terms of agreement and return via email to info@banafsheh.org as an attached file or photo of the signed terms – Terms of Agreement
For more information about Tuition and Lodging – Click Here!

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.

Questions regarding registration and work/study: +1 310 499-7100 | Email
Questions regarding lodging: Email

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

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

5-day workshop with Tony Khalife with musical guests

Join us in this magical time of the year to celebrate Rumi’s Wedding Night on December 17th—his passing into union with the Beloved, and the birth of the sun on Winter Solstice through sacred dance, Sama/whirling and live music.

“Even if the darkness of hell should swallow the sun and the moon, where is your flame, where is your light?” – Rumi

In ancient Persia, the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the year and the birth of light that 9 months later becomes the full fledged sun on Fall Equinox. It represents a speck of light appearing in the heart of darkness that expands through endurance like the yang growing from the depths of yin.

Journey into the symbolism of light emerging from the depths of darkness and give birth to the light within yourself through the poetry of Rumi and the ritual of whirling that guides us into becoming conduits of light in the dark.

Master teachers of embodiment Banafsheh and Tony will lead a nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance with vocalization, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings and lots of laughter. On the Solstice we will create a spiral of light ceremony to return to the flame shining brightly in the center of our beings that guides us into the world with lucid, grounded, loving discernment.

Workshop includes a Solstice spiral of light ceremony, performance and ecstatic dance celebration.

You will learn:

  • The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
  • Vocal techniques taught by Tony Khalife
  • The poetry of Rumi
  • Zikr or chanting
  • Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for
  • Sama/whirling
  • The symbolism and ritual connected with the Winter Solstice (Yalda in Persian) and the inner journey it represents
  • The ceremonial ritual around Rumi’s Wedding Night
  • Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life

Mixed Levels

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. This workshop counts as 26 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.

Please dress comfortably in what makes you feel beautiful and bring a notebook, and soft-soled shoes or socks to dance in. One complete attire in white is recommended but not required.

Esalen Institute in Big Sur is truly a treasure as one of  most amazing places on our beloved planet Gaia. The area is considered one of the vortices of the Earth. Great organic meals mostly from the Esalen garden, natural spring hot tubs under the sky overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Esalen massage and great opportunities to hike and commune with this sacred Native American land are among the many attractions.

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Call 831-667-3000 or Email

“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, workshop participant, Rowe Center, 2016

“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, workshop participant, Esalen 2016

“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, workshop participant, Esalen 2016