Dance of Oneness Path of the Dancer
September 13-20, 2019
Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
with Banafsheh and Tony Khalife
7-day Intensive: September 13-20, 2019
Weekend only: September 13-15, 2019
“The entire universe belongs to the dancer. If you don’t dance, you won’t know what will come to pass.” - Jesus
Dance invites you to take up space in the world with confidence, conviction and service. It is exhilarating, joyous, sacred, sensual, transformative, communal, and disruptive. Dance makes you whole and brings us into rhythm with others. Though resilient, adaptable, and flexible, dance also breaks the rules. In dance, polarities unite and birth art. Dance is universal. Dance is freedom. Dance is the hope for our humanity if we accept the invitation to dance our lives.
Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore the secrets of dance technique and philosophy as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who you TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need.
From high-powered guided, and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, and vocal training, take a journey in your inner terrain with Tony Khalife’s blend of Middle Eastern and Indian trance music. Feel your fullest presence in the Here and Now with movement and voice work, luscious and devotional that bring you in touch with your core - peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.
7-day Intensive is intermediate level. Weekend Only is open to all - mixed levels.
(50 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program)
Dress comfortably - something you feel beautiful in and
bring socks or soft-soled dance shoes.
You will learn:
- Luscious movement that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
- How to come in touch with and express your feminine radiance
- Elements of Persian dance as an expression of the divine feminine
- Elements of flamenco as an expression of the divine feminine
- The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
- Zikr or chanting
- Vocal training
- Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
- Divine feminine wisdom
- Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Dance of Oneness® is a joyful, loving and contemplative science of embodiment and dance as a spiritual path. A fusion of three dimensions: the art of dance explored through rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing, Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian and modern dance, trance, Tai chi and Chi gong. Sufi teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork.
Banafsheh, MFA, Dance; MA, Chinese Medicine, is the leading Persian sacred dancer, transformational teacher and founder of Dance of Oneness with a background in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sufi Path. She performs and teaches internationally and has devoted her life to empowering people through the creative process, inspiring them to free themselves and transform their daily lives into sacred, loving art that makes them FULLY ALIVE. www.banafsheh.org
Lebanese born singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist,Tony Khalife weaves a seamless flow in which the drone and ragas of Indian music and the resonance of devotional Sufi dances meet Western harmonies. Tony is a Vedic scholar. He has studied the life and songs of Indian saints and ancient rituals in Sanskrit, served seven years as a ceremonial guide at the Wishwa Shanti Ashram in Oakland, CA and spent one year in India on pilgrimage singing and chanting from Haridwar to Pandharapur. Based in Ojai, he has been performing and teaching internationally for 30 years. www.tonykhalife.com
By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one's own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that. ”
Gida Hussami, workshop participant, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
“ The sessions with Banafsheh activate a yummy vibration in my power chakra, the womb space, which feels delicious and self-nurturing. I felt my Dantien grounded and activated as soon as I sat down next to Banafsheh in a sharing circle. Watching Banafsheh perform I feel the ecstasy of her dance physically in my body. Banafsheh’s teaching that I practice regularly take me out of a emotionally dark space into a delicious, blissful connection with myself in my body.”
“Her teaching is vital to my recovery from "corporate exhaustion. Since finding this amazing spiritual teacher at the beginning of the year, I have dedicated myself seriously to this study.”
“Tony Khalife was such a powerful addition to Banafsheh's teaching. His music supported and elevated the experience of her teaching skillfully and magically. Tony led us in vocalizations that gave me a completely new experience of my voice resonating in my body, not squeezed in my throat, even when going up with the tone.”
Susanne Bowra, workshop participant, Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017
All prices include 3 meals per day, accommodation, facility cost and 7 day workshop at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island, BC Canada.
Stowel Lake Farm is a thriving organic farm, retreat centre and community on Salt Spring Island, BC.
The farm is located on over a hundred acres of mixed forests, fields, rocky outcrops and rolling hills.
There are a variety of charming & cozy accommodation located close to the main facilities.
Guests will enjoy clean, comfortable bedding with duvets and towels. The yurts have heat and power.
By application only
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Options & Information
All prices are in Canadian funds and for the Week Long Intensive.
For weekend only please contact Shauna at:
(limited spaces available)
Prices listed are the early bird rate, good until May 1, 2019.
$250 deposit due by June 15th to hold spot, remainder due at time of registration.
Payment may be made by cheque or cash, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (no charge)
or via links below using Paypal (2% charge added to check out cost).
Shared Deluxe Room/ Bath, Meals & 7 Day Workshop
(All bathrooms are attached.)
CA$2220.00 (early bird until May 1)
Shared Room/Bath, Meals & 7 Day Workshop
(All bathrooms are across the hall.)
CA$2100 (early bird until May 1)
Shared Yurt/Bath, Meals & 7 Day Workshop
(Two single beds. Bathrooms are close by in separate building. All yurts are identical.)
CA$1910.00 (early bird until May 1)
Camping Shared Bath, Meals & 7 Day Workshop
CA$1785 (early bird until May 1)
Off-Site, Meals & 7 Day Workshop
CA$1588.00 (early bird until May 1)