13 hours of downloadable sessions
Unlimited access to audio + video content
All poetry + full music set lists included
Birth the NEW into being as you attune your passion with what the world needs, serving the greater to your fullest potential in resonance with the Earth.
Listen…listen with your heart and allow this listening to lead you into a turning dance that opens your heart and connects you to the unified field of love where you can be nourished with blessings from the infinite, and become a channel to nourish our impoverished, traumatized world.
Inside Womb of Compassion
In Womb of Compassion, we dance our dedication. What do you long to birth as an offering to the world right now? What steps can you take to deeply dedicate your thoughts, words and actions to dance a magnificent, profound, genius offering to life?
In this accessible retreat, Banafsheh initiates you into the Sama, the holy ritual of whirling, as a complete spiritual path and so much more. She eloquently draws parallels between present day discoveries in quantum physics and neuroscience from the West and wisdom teachings from the East, including the mystical poetry of Rumi, Rabia, Hafez, Kabir, and others.
Life forms become coherent through the spin.
Think of how profound it is to spin consciously and create coherence between your heart, mind and body by dancing your way into a unified state of being.
In this Retreat, Banafsheh also guides you into embodying Saaghi, 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.
Each Module of this Retreat builds upon the sacred foundational principles of Dance of Oneness® based in the age-old adage: As Above so Below…The Universe is Inside You.
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 I: Ground of Being
I 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 the Sama, the sacred dance of whirling that evolves through 4 stages called Salaams or Greetings based on Rumi’s teachings. The Sama is a spiritual journey from awakening to love as the governing intelligence of the universe, to witnessing this loving intelligence in all of nature and people, to then die into love, and be reborn as the living embodiment of love in the world. In this Module, we will explore the 1st Salaam with very simple steps and sanctify ourselves and our home sanctuary.
MODULE II: Center in Compassion
In this empowering Module, you will learn to access a point of light in your womb, your dantian that can grow into a sun. By focusing on this spark of light, and gradually loosening the armor most of us wear around our abdomen, you will begin to reclaim your true power which is compassion and kindness. Moving in circles and sphere, you 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 sacred feminine. The 2nd Salaam of the Sama guides you in recognizing that all sentient beings and all of life is sacred.
MODULE III: Magnify the Heart Field
With the rootedness, 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 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 learn to embody Saaghi, the Muse, the cup-bearer who serves the wine of grace and her act of serving the wine puts her in an intoxicated state. In perpetual ecstasy, this sacred feminine figure graces Persian poetry, painting and dance. Through dancing the holy ritual of Sama on one hand, and the sensual grace of Saaghi, 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 IV: Shine Your Love
In this final Module of the 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 People Are Saying About This Retreat
This practice is making a profound difference in my life. My relationship to my body and emotions are changing. I’ve been faced with some difficult situations in close relationships these last few weeks and have been surprised how easy and naturally I was able to handle myself more gracefully than usual. I felt like it came from deep rootedness from all the accumulated sessions. I can’t imagine what these last few months would have been like without Banafsheh’s divine guidance…. it would have been a different world and I’m so grateful for the one I get to live in now!Ivy Jovea, USA
If you want to quickly and easily transcend false beliefs and limitations you may have around you, studying with Banafsheh will beautifully accelerate the process of healing and letting go and allow you to welcome in more of the Divine Feminine. Dancing with Banafsheh helps you to align with your divine blueprint and lovingly embody beauty.Debbie Flynn, Canada
Dancing with Banafsheh opened my heart as my body became free to move in absolute joy, devotion and trust. It was a profound experience of being enveloped in sacred love. Since I am new to dance it was a beautiful surprise. Moving with Spirit is astounding. I am filled with gratitude to Banafsheh for bringing the teaching of sacred dance to me and so many others as well as the deep wisdom that she transmits through sacred poetry.Diane Knoll, USA
Benefits of this Retreat
Expand your breathing capacity, improving your overall well-being
How this virtual Retreat Works
This Retreat 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 own the Retreat content forever and can access it at any time you wish.
You can download the referenced poetry, quotes and the music list.
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Live Video Recording Disclaimer: This course is a ZOOM recording of a live course with Banafsheh and students from around the globe; therefore the video quality is not at the highest level due to ZOOM limitations. Please note there may be references made by Banafsheh to current events at the time of the recording, marking relevant historic moments.
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