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Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock

My heart is so full from our 5 days of Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock September 22-27. Love and gratitude to all the dancers who came and danced into being a circle of oneness that brought all of us to wholeness in grace. We were as old as 6 and as young as 76…we cried together, we laughed together and we made magic…May our harmony, love and respect for each other and for all of LIFE reverberate into the world…

Read on to find some reflections from our time together:

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, Dance Your Passion 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, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

I know now that your path in life is far greater than what I thought it was in the beginning – you are the Love + Light for Humanity. What a Blessing to leave you here – now!
Derek Mack-Mumford, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

Kayak at Hollyhock

Being in touch with my inner being is ‘Life’ giving. Banafsheh embodies her teachings – so full of joy and love, passion and humor. She is such an inspiration! The life she exudes is contageous. I love her!
Judy Malek, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

I feel as if I’ve been re-birthed. I feel a big transformation of shedding the walls and finding my oneness (even with it’s small soft light. I honor and treasure it as it grows and ebs and flows). I cannot wait for all the locks and walls you have unlocked and taken down gently with the sounds and rythyms of movement. Loooovvee that you mixed isolations and some technical human body structures with more free dance – to bring back the child I will always wish to be and to also allow me to honor and find my power without ego.
Johnnie Grebler, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

My experience was subtle and deep. The magic of the dance was the medicine, but the medicine was activated and potentized by the graceful, whole hearted presence of Banafsheh. All at once she is warmly nurturing and absolutely clear in her power and devotion to the Beloved in herself and every dancer in the room.
Melissa Nobels, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

Hollyhock Sunrise

My experience was so phenomenal it is hard to put it into words. Before attending this amazing workshop, I never really thought about my Dantian while dancing and I thought it was awesome to issue my movement through there, and seeing everyone come together and support one another.
Laara Huuskonen, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

I felt the container Banafsheh created for us Infuse me Nourish me and Renew me. Through the days together I felt myself resting deeper and deeper in slow love. Ripe slow love. Permission to be in that slow love. And then in the moments it felt natural to meet my wildness – I could meet it. I love being in a room of people who are in touch with the Natural Wildness, the warm lover, the seeker of the Beloved with untamed expression & joy. Banafsheh embodies both the wild & the deep. It is a joy to be in that transmission and the whirling.

In that I melt, I meet
the dissolved space
that has everything
Cat Wilson, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

Gardens at Dance Your Passion Hollyhock

My experience of this workshop was very transformative. Banafsheh has a beautiful way of instructing so that all feel welcome & able to participate in their own way. I loved Banafsheh’s beautiful voice, calm and invitational and very meditative. Banafsheh has inspired me beyond words and I feel honored to have had the pleasure of witnessing her dance and her generosity in sharing her passion for the Divine and for sacred dance. My heart has opened exponentitally from the experience. I am ever so thankful to have been in her presence. I have learned about myself & dove into the oceans of ecstatic dance and am excited to have been a part of this spiritual path. She has inspired and rekindled a love of dance and spiritual exploration that I will continue to rekindle and ignite in myself and others.
Tonya Sanai, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

This workshop really helped me reconnect with myself in a much needed profound way. I felt myself become more grounded in my body by both the dance & surrounding nature. I could be present with myself without distractions. I melted not just into the movements but felt into the essence of this dance an energy of teaching that is felt between the movements (i.e. read between the lines). This essence transported me into another level of reality and expansion. Centeredness. Realness. Love. Beauty. I see how this dance is woven into life regardless – this is a practice to become aware of its profound beauty & to move with intention – conscious, beautifully crafted movements, fueled by source, into the dance of life.
Mina Yekta, Dance Your Passion Hollyhock 2017

Dancers at Dance Your Passion Hollyhock


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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.

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