“Everything in dance is poetry. Every movement describes a story, a feeling. The dancer takes the audience into a world of fairy tales.” ~Farima Berenji
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Caravan of Seekers – Sufi and Sacred Dance Retreat
February 2 - February 9$600
With Sufi Dance Master Farima Berenji (CID-UNESCO) and Ashraf Ali
An in-depth dance and healing journey to India, with a curriculum designed specifically around Sufi-based practices of Indo-Iran, spiritual ecstasy and sacred dance, heart-opening, and love.
Join Farima and her dear friend and Meditation Guide, Ashraf Ali, for an all-inclusive retreat and caravan to the mystical land of India. In this intimate journey we will journey to deserts and temples of India to connect with our ancient past!
Go deep into the ancient culture of Indo-Iran, learning the rituals of the Sufi mystics of both lands. Walk path where healers and mystics have walked. Learn Farima’s unique Indo-Iranian healing rituals, temple dances, and Sufi teachings. We will open ourselves to the channels of Light in this mystic land… A land is filled with Spiritual Elements!
This journey is highly recommended for those who are ready to venture deeper in their inner connection and the Divine. The retreat is also part of the ‘Dance of the Soul’ Certification Program, and is highly recommended to those who are currently attending an intensive Certificate Training Program with Farima.
The journey will include:
- Farima’s special Sufi & Mystic Dance and Whirling training of Indo-Iran (Dance of the Soul Certificate Program)
- Temple Dances and Rituals of Indo-Iran
- Nightly Sacred Circles and Zikr
- Poetry in Motion: Featuring interpretive dance inspired from Persian and Indian mystical stories and sacred art, illustrating the connection between Persian classical and Indian classical dance.
- Meditation, visualization, and sound healing with Ashraf Ali.
- Farima’s unique 4 Element Breathing Therapy and Element Therapy
- Sightseeing of sacred sites and temples of Jaisalmer
- Lectures and Sohbet (Sufi Talk) with Farima and Ashraf Ali
- Desert Tour: Camel walk, Whirling in the desert (with a special Sufi singer & musician) and sleeping under the sky!
Payment and Rules
Entire package per person:
By Jan. 2, 2018: $510
After Jan. 2, 2018: $600
A discount is given to Simorgh Dance Collective members
A deposit of $250 must be made to secure booking.
Payment includes all local transpotation, all meals, luxury/deluxe rooms for double occupancy, Jaisalmer sightseeing, desert tour and camping, workshops, caravan, etc.
Ashraf Ali was introduced to the world of meditation a decade ago. He visited many ashrams, meditated in different temples and monasteries, and practiced with Zen masters and Sufis of the desert. In 2007 he was initiated into the Osho commune in Pune and at Osho Nisarga, Dharmshala. He also became certified in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Since then, Ashraf has been sharing his humor, love, and passion by leading meditation and massage therapy in India and Europe. Guided by Osho, Ashraf continues to unravel the inner world of beauty, mystery, and sensuality through moments of celebration. Whenever connecting with people of many different cultures worldwide, Ashraf humbly describes himself in a few simple words: “I am the travel guide of your inner journey.”
Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and dance ethnologist, an award winning internationally acclaimed dance artist, a choreographer, instructor, and an archaeologist specializing in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances of Persia, Ionia, and the Silk Road. Farima has spent her lifetime studying Persian dance, culture, and history. She performs, offers workshops, and lectures worldwide upon request. Recognized as one of a few world scholarly experts of ancient and mystical dance ethnology, she travels worldwide to record, research, lecture, perform, educate, and to inspire dynamic creativity and rejuvenation through dance and movement. As a Sufi and semazen, Farima is an exceptionally inspiring instructor strongly connected to spirituality and healing. She seeks to lead people to the historic beauty and richness of Persia and the Silk Road culture and to aid them find inner bliss through dance, music, and spirituality. Read more…