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Womb of Compassion

Take a transformational journey of self-realization and cultivate deep sense of embodied belonging and compassion.
Video Course
Lifetime Access
Mixed Levels
13 hours
13 Certification Points
Dance to ground yourself in the knowledge that your body is a miraculous temple and the abode of your soul.
– Banafsheh

Womb of Compassion

Take a transformational journey of self-realization and cultivate deep sense of embodied belonging and compassion.
Video Course
Lifetime Access
Mixed Levels
13 hours
13 Certification Points
Dance to ground yourself in the knowledge that your body is a miraculous temple and the abode of your soul.
– Banafsheh


Inside Womb of Compassion

This Virtual Retreat is a transformational journey of self-realization through embodiment and creativity with 13 hours of self-paced sacred arts curriculum from the Dance of Oneness®.

In Womb of Compassion, Banafsheh initiates you into  Sama, the holy ritual of whirling, as a complete spiritual path that evolves through 4 stages called Salaams or Greetings based on Rumi’s teachings. Sama is a spiritual journey from awakening to love as the governing intelligence of the universe, then witnessing this loving intelligence in all of nature and people, and surrendering and dying into love, to be reborn as the living embodiment of love in the world.

The poetry of Rumi flowered through him as he whirled in perfect rhyme and meter in the Persian language. It stands as a testament to the power of this sacred dance to connect you directly to the source of consciousness and constant stream of intuition.

Banafsheh eloquently draws parallels between Eastern wisdom teachings including the mystical poetry of Rumi, Rabia, Hafez, Kabir, and present-day western discoveries in quantum physics and neuroscience. You will also be guided into embodying Saki, the sensual muse and cup-bearer who is a central figure in Persian poetry, painting and dance. Learn a short original choreography that takes you into a blissful surrendering into the arms of love.

Emerge from this retreat forever transformed with a deep sense of embodied belonging and compassion.

Course Audience: This Retreat is suitable for all gender orientations and for all those who love to move, as an immediately accessible embodiment tool in becoming conscious and whole. In addition, this course offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists, and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills.

Certification: This Retreat is a foundational Dance of Oneness® Course and fulfills 13 hours of the 200-hr  Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.

Module 1: Ground of Being

We begin Womb of Compassion by grounding ourselves in being and clearing ourselves of the chaos and confusion of forgetfulness and fragmentation. We give thanks for being alive in this very special time, where both individually and collectively we have the opportunity to release the old and push the reset button of our nervous system. This module awakens a deep-seated knowing in you that your body is a miraculous temple and the abode of your soul. You will learn about the Sufi Path as a Gnostic Path of Love and the Darvish as a driver of light. After a careful preparation, you will be initiated into Sama, the sacred dance of whirling. In this module, we will explore the 1st Salaam with very simple steps and sanctify ourselves and our home sanctuary.

Module 2: Center in Compassion

In this empowering module, you will learn to reclaim your true power which is compassion and kindness. Moving in the Dance of Oneness Circles and Spheres, you will start to develop the radiance of your inner sun. The degree of radiance and subsequent amplitude of this sun rests upon how you feel about yourself. The more you regard yourself and your body with love, kindness, and respect, the warmer, more radiant, and ample will the sun emanate in your whole body, in your life, and out into the world through you. In this module, you will learn some of the principles of Persian Dance as the expression of the Divine Feminine. The 2nd Salaam of Sama guides you in recognizing that all sentient beings and all of life is sacred.

Module 3: Magnify the Heart Field

With the rooted, embodied presence and power we cultivated in the first 2 modules, you can easily tune into the electromagnetic field of your heart and magnify your heart energy. The 3rd Salaam, and moving in the Dance of Oneness Waves and Infinity patterns bring us into our heart resonance. Through the moving meditation of whirling as well as seated mediation, you will learn to awaken your mind/heart/body union and create coherence. As we loosen some of the constriction and armor we have built around our hearts, we begin to reclaim our heart as an organ of perception. In this module, you will also learn to embody Saki, the Muse, the cup-bearer who serves the wine of grace and her act of serving the wine brings her into a blissful state. In perpetual ecstasy, this Divine Feminine figure graces Persian poetry, painting and dance. Through dancing the holy ritual of Sama on one hand, and the sensual grace of Saki, on the other, you will begin to blend the sacred and the sensual, and give birth to wisdom and compassion from the depths of your being.

Module 4: Shine Your Love

In this final module of our retreat, we are born anew. We have danced to renew our love for being alive, and now we are inspired to give back to life in return for all that life has given to us in our own unique way. We create the life we truly want when we love ourselves and love life. The 4th Salaam invites us to create our life from the spark of our womb and compass of our compassion. We will explore the ways the practical wisdom you cultivated in this retreat can be applied to your everyday life so you can navigate these challenging times with grace, balance, strength and exuberance, capable of holding the suffering and the deliverance, the pain and the joy both. Grounding and centering yourself in peace, you can anchor in your heart, open your mind and tune into your inner guidance.

What Students Say...


Reduce stress and increase a deep sense of inner peace
Activate the power your intuition and inner guidance
Heal your body and deepen your breathing while mitigating aches and pains
Cultivate a true sense of belonging in your body
Reactivate the deep-seated wisdom and luscious grace of your Sacred Feminine self
Initiate into the spiritual path of Sama – a deep contemplative practice
Increase your fitness level and feel energized all day long
Elevate your state of being and connect to life’s purpose and passion
Learn a short sensual Persian Dance choreography
Shift your Neurobiology and Reprogram limiting beliefs
Stimulate Gamma Brain Waves known as unifying waves
Enter into an embodied Love Relationship with the whole of life

Examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance:ᅠCapezioᅠandᅠSoDanca

How it works

This Course consists of 4 Modules totaling 13 hours of video sessions
You can follow the Modules at your own pace but it is recommended to do one Module per week over 4 weeks
You will have permanent access to stream this Course anytime you wish
You can download the referenced poetry, quotes and the music list
Join our private Facebook Dance of Oneness community with students from around the globe

Please find FAQ and Read Health Disclaimerᅠhere


A space of at least 2-3 meters to move in

Please have water handy to stay hydrated

Have socks or dance shoes handy

Try not to eat a heavy meal within one hour of dancing

Please have a yoga mat on hand for stretching

Dress comfortably in attire you can move in easily


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Banafsheh Sayyad is a master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer and founder of Dance of Oneness’. She is a deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment. Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. She inspires all to live in these modern times grounded in love for the Earth and centered around our abiding true nature. Her signature style of holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom ignites transformation and illumination in all those who dance with her from around the globe. Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim and resource the innate healing intelligence streaming through us and spiraling all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empowers students from all stages of life to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies and passion in their lives, by integrating wisdom teachings proven throughout the ages.

Dance of Oneness® is the dance I had been waiting to do all my life. From a young age I had danced, read watched and followed Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Joffery Ballet, Margie Gillis, Gabriel Roth and many more than I can name that moved in a way that spoke to me. Dance of Oneness® is the culmination of all that I had been drawn to in the other dance forms which seemed to be missing the main ingredient. Banafsheh has found the missing thread which is the opening to the Beloved, to truly give yourself in movement to the Divine energy that resides and moves through all of us from the Earth and the Heavens. I felt that for the first time in our dancing. It also reintroduced me to my own body, allowed me to accept my imperfections and for the first time in years swim naked in the ocean. All of this and more.

Janet Sawatsky


Transformative! Banafsheh skillfully takes us step by step to an experience of dance that brings me deeper into my body, to peace, feeling grounded and open to beauty and to love. Most importantly for me, the process brought me to experience a lovingness toward myself. I appreciate her presence of gentleness and fierce passion, and I’m inspired to bring my best self into my world.

Mary Regis