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Sufi Rose

Journey into Whirling

with Banafsheh

Single workshop: 

Sunday, March 24 @ 11am – 1pm

Corazon Performing Arts, Topanga
Tuition: $50

Experience a universe of perpetual motion through whirling.

What was said to the Rose that made it open,

was said to me here in my chest.

– Jalaleddin Rumi

Inside Sufi Rose

Commune with The Beloved, increase coherence, and manifest your heart’s desires through Sama, the sacred dance of whirling and the mystical energy of the spin. 

The Rose is not just another flower in the Sufi tradition — it is a profound symbol. Its beauty, fragrance, and spiraling arrangement of petals hold deep spiritual and scientific implications, making it a centerpiece of divine secrets.

Rose petals hold stories from ancient mystical traditions, symbolizing the unfolding journey of the soul. 

During this 4-week journey into the heart of The Sufi Rose, you’ll experience how every turn, every spin, is not just a dance move but a powerful tool for creation. 

The spiral is a sacred motif found in numerous indigenous cultures, representing life, rebirth, and the eternal nature of Spirit. Sama, the sacred whirling dance, is believed to be a key to manifesting in the physical realm. 

Rumi’s poetry that we love so much flowered from him as he whirled. The words just poured forth in a miraculous fountain of perfect rhyme and meter in the Persian language. This is a testament to the power of this ancient sacred dance that unites body, heart, and mind into one coherent expression of love, beauty, and goodness that can bring the dead back to life!

As you dance in community, the scent of the Rose will move through your soul, evoking memories, feelings, and spiritual awakenings… that enhances the depth of your dance and connection to the Divine.

You’ll explore the intimate connection between Sama and the Rose. Just like petals whirl around the center of a Rose, the darvish turns in a harmonious orbit — both evoking a journey towards the Divine. 

You’ll learn how to harness the energy of the spin to commune with The Beloved and manifest your spiritual and worldly desires through sacred whirling,  the poetry of Rumi, Eastern energy medicine and wisdom teachings,  meditation and visualizations.

The Sufi Rose journey is a marriage of movement and mysticism, drawing upon ancient symbols and the transformative power of dance.

I was dead and became alive.
I was tears and became laughter.
The wealth of love came into me
and I became everlasting fortune.
                                          ~ Jalaleddin Rumi

Dance and Movement Style

You will learn the profound movement meditation and sacred dance of whirling. 

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 drink from the poetic wellspring of 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. 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 dance journey is intermediate level but open to ALL who love to move. Additionally, this dance journey offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists, and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills. 


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

Benefits of This Series

Ground your soul in our body and manifest your dreams

Experience yourself as a channel for light and love in the world

Develop the ability to heal yourself and others

Commune with the immanent and transcendent Beloved

Activate powerful intuition and guidance from your higher self

Cultivate a conscious coherence between your heart, mind and body

How this Dance Journey works

Workshop includes 1.30 hrs of instruction plus a 30-min community sharing

Pre-registration is required

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

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What Students Say

How to prepare for this Dance Journey

Please bring water with you to stay hydrated

Bring a yoga mat for stretching

White attire suitable for movement is recommended

Try not to eat a heavy meal before class

Bring socks or dance shoes

Carpool is encouraged

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

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Sufi Rose
Dance Journey

$ 50
  • One 2-hour 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