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Sema Gathering and Poetry in Motion — FREE

Sema and Poetry Gathering - Open to all and 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.

In the first part of the gathering we will learn and discuss mystical Persian poetry and teachings of Rumi and Shams. We will also be incorporating poems and teaching of Hafez, Saadi, and Omar Khayyam, and learn to incorporate movements to the words of their poetry (poetry in motion). Please note Sema gatherings are FREE and open to all. However, donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the cost. Snacks and drinks will be provided and feel free to bring some of your own to share.

Please wear white or light colored clothing and wear socks or soft soled shoes. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one!

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  • Kevin G.

    This evening's highlight was pairing with another member and improvising a small dance to a poetry reading. That night also included a lesson on the meaning and tradition of the (instrument) ney, meditative massage, whirling dance for beginners, and of course some social time and snacks afterward.

    October 8, 2012

  • Kevin G.

    Farima Berenji intends to host this event the first Sunday monthly. Farima is an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, dance ethnologist, and dance instructor. You may find out more about her, see some dance videos or photos, or learn of upcoming events at her web site

    I'm looking forward to this event Sunday!

    1 · October 5, 2012

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