Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA, has been called by Deepak Chopra “one of the greatest sacred dancers I have seen.” Born in Iran, she combines the art of Sufi whirling darvishes, Persian dance, flamenco, and Tai Chi with wisdom teachings and healing modalities into a form she has founded called Dance of Oneness®, a blueprint to divine embodiment that she teaches around the world. Banafsheh received the prestigious James Irvine Foundation Grant in Dance, holds an MFA in Dance from UCLA, where she taught Persian dance, and has studied with some of the great masters in dance and choreography. She also has an MA in Chinese medicine. Banafsheh’s solo and ensemble work has been presented to international acclaim.
Learn to trust your deepest understanding and free your innermost tenderness and wildness through sacred dance, luscious movement, and stillness.
“Banafsheh’s dance is a holy ritual,” says Marianne Williamson, “a joy to the spirit and an opening of the heart.” Join internationally acclaimed Persian sacred dancer Banafsheh for this weekend of guided and free-style dance, Sama whirling, feminine yoga, meditation, and zikr chanting, nurtured with divine feminine wisdom, Sufi teachings, and lots of laughter, enlivening your experience of conscious embodiment in the present moment. Delve into the wisdom of the divine feminine at the core of Sufi teachings. Receive inspiration from Rabia, one of the only Sufi women poets and the first Sufi mystic to call the Divine her Beloved, paving your way for the grand love affair with ALL that is! Explore the divine feminine in the full glory of her sensuality and grace as expressed in Persian dance and in her wild ferocity as unleashed by flamenco. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of age or gender, background in dance and movement, or physical limitations. One of Banafsheh’s mottos is “Don’t be limited by your limitations!”
Take this weekend workshop and continue for Banafsheh’s weeklong retreat beginning May 7 (see information here) and get a 10% discount on both!