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Rose of Love

Journey Into Persian Dance

with Banafsheh and guest musicians

March 3 – 24

4 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
Corazon Performing Arts, Topanga
 Tuition: single session $66, all four $250
(Pre-registration is required)

Embody the beauty, power and nobility of the Rose through Persian dance & ancient wisdom practices.

Love is the infinite rose garden.

 Eternal life, the least of its blooms.

– Jalaleddin Rumi

Inside Rose of Love

Let the Rose of your heart blossom through Persian dance and mystical poetry as you embody love and the great mystery, perfumed by the Divine Feminine.

The Rose is the alchemical symbol of the heart opening to love and the cosmos in perpetual motion. Its beauty, intoxicating fragrance, and gorgeous colors hold some of the highest frequencies on Earth.

The Rose has long represented the Divine Feminine. It is the supreme image of love, wisdom, creation, fertility, and mystery. The symmetrical arrangement of its petals around a deep and lush center are reminiscent of the orbital pattern of Venus, both of which have long symbolized love.

In this  dance journey, you’ll be initiated into the mystery and power of the Rose through the sublime passion of Persian dance through short choreographies, free-style dance, and mystical teachings.

The ecstatic and sublime passion of Persian dance blossoms from the soul of the Rose, perfumed by the great Persian mystics, Rumi, Attar and Hafez, whose poetry will grace our sessions.

Experience your inner and outer beauty as you embody love and its alchemical mystery,  through Banafsheh’s unique combination of sacred dance, Eastern energy medicine and wisdom teachings, meditation and visualizations, and the poetry of the mystics.

Drawing on ancient Mystery Traditions originating in Egypt and Persia, the Rose has been a central symbol in both European and Persian alchemy: a symbol of the opening of the heart to the revelation and experience of Divine Love.

Explore the symbolism of the Rose Garden and Paradis, the Garden of Paradise in Persian mysticism, to learn how the mesmerizing fragrance of Persian dance comes out of the soul of the rose.

In this dance journey, you will…

  • Venture deep into the heart and alchemical mystery of the Rose through Persian dance, mystical poetry, and short choreographies and sequences 
  • Be perfumed by the ethereal beauty and magnetism of the Divine Feminine — from which love and life are possible
  • Experience a profound heart-opening to love as your essence, and the Divine mystery that keeps love in motion in our hearts, the Earth, and the cosmos
  • Learn short choreographies and sequences to embody the sublimity, sensuality, and passion of love
  • Explore the notion of the Rose Garden and Paradis, the Garden of Paradise in Persian mysticism
  • Draw inspiration from the brave women of Iran in their striving for freedom and assist them through focused intentio

Our urgent environmental crises are forcing us to reassess who we are. At the precipice of disaster, we are witnessing what can be our only salvation: a call to awaken to our inner divinity and sovereignty and oneness with the Earth.

Dance and Movement Style

You will learn the sensual, ethereal Persian dance. The sessions are a balance between choreography, guided 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 Sufis and the Taoists and drink from the poetic wellspring of Rumi, Hafez, Attar and other mystics, and 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. Discover the balm you yearn for to heal the wounded places inside yourself that you carry with you to heal and bless our world.


Through sharing circles, 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. 

Course Audience

This workshop is intermediate level but open to ALL who love to move. Additionally, this workshop offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists, and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills.  


This workshop fulfills 8 hours of the 200-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program. 

This workshop is complete unto its own. For a fuller experience and greater benefit, we recommend entering the Rose Path of the Heart Series.

Benefits of This Series

Embody sacred sensuality and lusciousness 

Learn the ethereal yet sensual Persian dance 

Cultivate ease and a sense of flow with what is

Embody feminine grace, beauty and power 

Release tension and anxiety and step into the present moment with grace

Cultivate a conscious coherence between your heart, mind and body

How this Dance Journey works

You can register for 1 session or all 4 at a discount. We recommend taking all 4 sessions for full benefit

Each session includes 1.5 hrs of instruction plus a 30-min sharing circle

Pre-registration is required

Address: 125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Please find FAQ and Read Health Disclaimer here

What Students Say

How to prepare for this Workshop

Please bring water with you to stay hydrated

Bring a yoga mat for stretching

Dress in attire suitable for movement that you feel beautiful in

Don't eat a heavy meal before class

Bring socks or dance

Carpool is encouraged

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

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Pre-registration is required

Rose of Love

$ 250
  • Four 2-hr Sessions

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


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