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Awaken Radiant Presence

In honor of Jalaleddin Rumi’s birthday (Sep. 30), dance to open your being to what can live in you and through you in this time of great need and potential.

September 29, 2024
11:00 am
– 6:00 pm
Mixed Levels
6 Certification Pts.
Location: Twin Creek Ranch


If you want the Moon, do not hide at night. If you want a Rose, do not run from the thorns. If you want Love, do not hide from yourself.

– Jalaleddin Rumi

Inside Awaken Radiant Presence

Take a transformative journey of self-discovery through guided and free-style dance, whirling, meditation, and mystical teachings. 

This workshop is designed to guide you on a path of profound inner exploration, helping harness the power of now and connect with your higher self as you shift from being head-focused to heart-focused.

Shifting from the mind to the heart is a journey that invites us to transcend the limitations of logic and embrace the wisdom of love. It’s a transition from overthinking to feeling, from doubting to trusting your inner guidance, tapping into a wellspring of wisdom, authenticity and compassion. 

The heart connects us to the infinite unified field of love consciousness from which our true self emerges. This shift is not about disregarding the mind, but rather harmonizing it with the heart to create wholeness through a heart-mind coherence. 

No practice brings us into the present moment and connects us with the unified field of love consciousness as effectively as whirling!

When you surrender to the alchemy of whirling, you’ll move beyond the personal and collective stories that have traumatized and limited you. You literally move the stories to break them open and transmute and heal the traumas, so you can feel yourself as a “Ray of divine majesty” (Rumi).

In this workshop, you will…

  • Learn to be present in the moment
  • Decode the mysteries of feminine wisdom teachings and claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with love — both tender and strong, receptive and discerning
  • Transform 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 times of extreme turmoil and rapid change in community with like-minded and like-hearted people.
  • Dance to free yourself — and cultivate strength, dignity, passion, wildness, audacity, and courage
  • Dance to live with nobility and poignancy — to hold both the joy and the pain as inseparable dance partners, let wild grace inspire and carry you
  • Learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, sacred dance, whirling, free-style dance, chanting, mystical poetry, meditation — and lots of laughter!
  • Gain transformative tools for living creatively and passionately in your day to day life and make a true positive contribution to our world

Whether you are looking for a deeper connection to your life’s purpose or simply want to dance to feel ALIVE
this workshop is for you!


In this immersive one day workshop, you will be guided on an exploration of ancient wisdom and modern practices that converge to create a harmonious symphony of body, mind, and soul. Our curriculum blends the art of sacred dance, the wonder of whirling, free-style dance, the stillness of meditation, and the wisdom of mystical teachings to facilitate a holistic awakening of your divine love presence.

Dance and Movement Style

This workshop is a balance between guided sacred movement and free-style dance.

Feminine Archetypes

You will be initiated into the mysteries of The Divine Feminine. As the hidden soul of the world, she calls us to enter a harmonious relationship with all Her creation. By coming into a loving conscious awareness in your body, you can invite a union between the feminine and the masculine.

Mystical Teachings and Science 

We will draw from the gnosis or the experiential knowing of the mystics and drink from the poetic wellspring of Jalaleddin Rumi and other mystics. Explore parallels between these mystical teachings and the new physics. 


Experience the full-on transformation that comes from discovering and releasing deep-seated beliefs that have blocked you from living your full potential. Find the balm you yearn for to heal the wounded places inside your being. Discover the balm you carry with you to heal and bless our world.


Through dancing and sharing, we create an energy field that supports each of us in finding our unique gift. Our own light becomes magnified when shared and merged with like-hearted people. 

This gathering is mixed level and open to ALL who love to move. 

In addition, this gathering offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists, and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills. 


This gathering fulfills 6 hours of the 200-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.

Labyrinth Meditation Walk

The labyrinth is a sacred esoteric shape, used world-wide as a way to become present to your inner world, quiet the mind, calm stress and anxiety, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage insight, and self-reflection.

Serene Sanctuary

Our workshop will take place in a beautiful, serene location that serves as the perfect container for your spiritual journey. Nestled amidst nature’s beauty, the tranquil surroundings provide an ideal atmosphere for self-reflection, healing, and growth.


What Students Say

Benefits of this Journey

Experience the power of whirling to create body-heart-mind coherence

Cultivate a true sense of belonging in your body

Become present and harness the power of now

Learn to create from the invisible field of love consciousness

Calm your mind, reduce stress and increase a deep sense of peace

Awaken and enliven your inherent joy regardless of the circumstance

Twin Peeks Ranch

How this Workshop works

This is a stand alone session that will introduce the new Dance of Oneness Series in Ojai

Workshop Schedule

Check-in: 10:30am
Session I:  11am – 1:30pm
 The Weave Movement Practice: Cultivating Being & Presence
Mindful Walking and Dancing
Shake to Release Guided & Freestyle Dance 

Lunch: 1:30 – 2:30pm

Session II: 2:30 – 6pm
Labyrinth Walk

Please find FAQ and Read Health Disclaimer here

How to prepare for this Workshop

Please bring water with you to stay hydrated

Dress in comfortable attire suitable for movement that you feel beautiful in

Soft soled dance shoes are recommended but not required

Bring a yoga mat for stretching

Try not to eat a heavy meal within one hour of the gathering

Carpool is encouraged

Examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance: Capezio and SoDanca

Tuition for Awaken Radiant Presence

Including Healthy Lunch


About Banafsheh

Banafsheh Sayyad is a master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer, activist 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