Orientale 2007Germany Düsseldorf

Location: Menla Mountain Retreat

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

(845) 688-6897 EXT. 7507

  • Deluxe Queen – $1,098.00
  • Private Queen – $1,032.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $858.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $838.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $738.00
  • Commuter – $610.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Sufi Dance of Oneness

With Banafsheh Sayyad

November 3 - 5, 2017

Listen! and allow this listening to lead you into movement and a dance that opens your heart and kindles your creative fire. Sama, the Sufi Dance of Oneness, is a central devotional practice of Sufism, the path of Love.

If you long to meditate with movement and feel drawn to truly ground your spirituality in your body and gain very practical tools for living a more energized, peaceful and lucidly creative life, then this workshop is for you. Guided by the teachings of Rumi, delve into grounding and centering movements that awaken your body, re-connect you with the Earth and your core, so you can open your heart and central channel, and align with Spirit. Journey into ancient and contemporary rituals from high energy movement to stillness and silence: shaking, zikr (chanting), reverential bowing, waves, and stretching in preparation for Sama deep listening with the heart.

This workshop demystifies turning, offering access to Sufi whirling meditation in a few simple steps. This method allows people of all experience levels to turn for a sustained period with ease. Suitable for women and men with a background in dance and movement. The pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body, feelings and soul through sacred movement. This workshop fulfills 26 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.

One enters the Sama, pure listening, and is danced. An age-old practice of the legendary Sufi masters Rumi and Shams, the Sama is a journey into our receptive side and a direct path to creativity. It dissolves our mental chatter into the vast ocean of our presence, and we begin to simply be unchained, free, present, and wildly inspired.

We will also explore the love poems that poured forth from Rumi as he whirled, and the symbolism and philosophy of the Sama as a complete spiritual path, one of the clearest ways to embody the transcendent, which H.H. the Dalai Lama calls, the meaning of life.

Like the ground turning green in a spring wind,
Like birdsong beginning inside the egg,
Like the universe coming into existence,
The lover wakes and whirls
In a dancing joy that kneels down in praise.
— Rumi


Friday November 3rd         

3 – 8pm Check-In
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Welcome and Evening Program

Saturday November 4th        

8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30am Morning Program
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Swimming, etc
4 – 6pm Afternoon Program
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Evening Program

Sunday November 5th

8 – 9am Breakfast & Check-Out
9:30am Morning Program
12 – 1pm Lunch and Departure


About the Leader


Banafsheh Sayyad

As a Persian Sufi dance artist and transformational teacher, Banafsheh Sayyad is an innovator of Sufi dance previously only performed by men. A pioneer in a style, she has created Dance of Oneness, which fuses rigorous dance technique with spiritual embodiment. Banafsheh has blazed a unique trail in contemporary dance, being one of the few […]

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