“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
A bliss filled journey into the ancient arts of Persian sacred spiritual dance and shamanic healing through sound, music, and movement.
Farima’s signature project Dance of the Soul combines Persian and Near Eastern sacred and mystical dances, history, poetry, and the Sufi and healing rituals of the Persian, Turkic, and Altai Mountains. Having over 20 years of research in the field of performing arts and Persian Dance, internationally acclaimed and award winning performing artist and dance ethnologist, has researched and documented various Persian and Central Asian nomadic cultures, rituals and sacred elements. In collaboration with scholars and Sufi masters of Iran and Turkey, Farima presents new archeological discoveries and research upon Sufism and its connection to the ancient Sun Goddess and Zoroastrianism, the human body, and its symbolic meaning in the Universe along the pathway to the soul. Discover the power of dance as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation through movement, music, love, and stillness.
Day 1: Journey on path the of the ancients.. A discovery in space and time.. Reconnecting with our ancestors through sacred ritual dances, music and prayers. Singing heart songs together we will then transition into nonverbal free form movement expression in order to free latent trapped energies and transform the space within to empty bliss; removing all obstacles that have blocked us from being our truest authentic selves. Be prepared to go deep.. Travel across worlds.. Feel your inner animal spirit.. You will be transformed by the profound newly accessed parts of yourself that harness your true power through love, devotion and surrender. Feel free to bring a poem, drum, or any other musical instrument.
Day 2: An in depth dance journey covering various spotted and non-spotted turns, spirals and circles based on Sufi whirling traditions, sacred geometry, sacred elements and ancient Persian rituals. This workshop will help people of all experience levels to whirl for a sustained period with ease. Farima will teach her own essental techniques of preparation, art of turning, maintanence of balance and posture, controlling dizziness, breath work and more! We will connect with the cycles of life and discover the power of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation! For this workshop wear comfortable clothing, socks or soft soled shoes. Avoid eating large meals 2 hours prior and bring water.