4-wk workshop: February 11 – March 3, 2024
Sunday, February 18 @ 10am – 12pm
Sundays, February 25 & March 3 @2 – 4pm
Corazon Performing Arts, Topanga
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.
Highlights of this 4-week dance journey include:
- Be initiated in the Sama, the sacred dance of whirling that opens like a rose in four stages called “Greetings” based on Rumi’s teachings
- Experience how every turn is not just a dance move but a powerful tool for creation
- Dive deep into the teachings and poetry that illuminate the Rose as a symbol of Divine love and the human soul’s journey towards enlightenment
- Explore Sama as a universal symbol of life, death, rebirth, and the cosmic dance of existence
- Discover the fascinating parallel between sacred whirling and the nature of the universe — where even atoms perpetually spin in a dance of their own
- Experience dance as a ritual that weaves together the symbolism of the Rose, the power of whirling, and our true essence of love
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.
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.
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
Each session includes 1.5 hrs of instruction plus a 30-min community sharing
Pre-registration is required
Address: 125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
What Students Say
How to prepare for this Dance Journey
Four 2-hour Sessions
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.