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Dance of the Soul

Open for all to participate.  No experience needed.

Learn Sema (Sufi whirling) meditation in a few simple steps. This method allows people of all experience levels to turn for a sustained period with ease while listening to sacred and Sufi music. We will also learn music meditation and healing while listening to natural sounds around us such as water, wind, or various live instruments.

5:30-6 pm - Workshop: Please make sure to arrive early for a whirling workshop and breathing exercises. The workshop will be held before the start of our gathering for those wanting to learn more of whirling and breathing technique.

In the first part of the gathering we will learn and discuss sacred and Sufi poetry and teachings of Rumi and Shams, as well as Hafez, Saadi, Omar Khayyam, and other Sufi masters. We will then progress into a short whirling workshop and technique for beginners. In the last hour we will progress into Sema, music therapy, and end with Zikr to live music.

Feel free to bring a poem to share or play us your favorite musical instrument. Please wear white or light colored clothing and wear socks or soft soled shoes.  If you wish to turn avoid eating a large meal 1-2hrs before.

A sliding scale donation of $10-25 is greatly appreciated to help cover the cost.

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"I attended a Persian Dance Workshop this weekend along with poetry, live music, and some performances. We practiced Sufi whirling. It was truly a magical experience. With the help and guidance of Farima Berenji, I was able to whirl quite comfortably for much longer than I thought I would be able to. And it felt so good."

--Elizabeth Smith - Canada

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  • Kevin G.

    Farima will be teaching and facilitating an ancient healing dance of Iran and Turkey (south of Iran) in this gathering including

    *Gawati (Dance of the ancestors)
    *Zaar (Trance Dance)
    *Baktshi (Ancient Healing Dance of the Altai Mountains) and turns

    April 29, 2014

  • Haleh

    Sorry Kevin, the new date has a conflict with my schedule.
    Please say hi to Farima for me...

    April 17, 2014

    • Kevin G.

      Sorry to hear that. There'll be similar event in May in SF. I'll keep you posted (as well as post event here).

      April 17, 2014

    • Haleh

      Sounds great, thanks.

      April 18, 2014

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