“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
CANCELED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL
A weekend Sufi retreat of ancient Iranic whirling traditions and Central Asian Sufi traditions including Khorasan Sema, Uyghur Sema, Baktashi Sema, Turkmen Zikr, Gwati Zikr, Vahishta, and more.
We will take on the path of the ancients, a journey of discovery, in space and time… reconnecting with our ancient ancestors and the origin of Sema. We will take the path to ancient Khorasan and Central Asia to study the sacred rituals, whirling, music, and prayers of our ancient past and that of our great masters of such as Attar, Shams, Rudaki, Khayyám, Khwarizm, and Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī.
At the last day of the retreat, Farima will be teaching whirling with daf, double drums, props, veils, double veils, and double skirt.
Please bring a drum/daf, poetry, veils, and whirling skirt.
Farima will also be teaching an intensive Sufi Courses and Sacred Dances in Iran, Georgia, India, and US in the coming months… Contact Farima for registration and details.
Bademhan Retreat Center
Badhem Han Retreat Center is near Saros Bay on the Aegean Sea. Within a forest paradise including a 20 acre fruit tree grove and sprawling lawns, the Badham Han Retreat Center offers the opportunity to connect with nature.
Fee: 400 tl
Please contact Farima Berenji or Hatice Sara to make reservations.
is an award winning dance ethnologist and internationally acclaimed dance artist, choreographer, instructor, and an archaeologist specializing in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances of Persia, Ionia, and the Silk Road. Recognized as one of a few world scholarly experts of ancient and mystical Iranian dance ethnology, and an award winning instructor of Sacred Dance and Feminine Power through UNESCO, she travels worldwide to record, research, lecture, perform, educate, and to inspire dynamic creativity and rejuvenation through dance and movement. As a Magi (Iranian Shaman), 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. Farima teaches her own original findings, methods, techniques, and exercises to uncover the connection between the soul and dance movement.
Farima is the first and only Iranian woman to have been chosen as Dance Ambassador of Iran by the UN. She has been honored with numerous awards in performing arts communities for excellence, cultural diplomacy and preservation. She is the recipient of the prestigious UN/UNA award for her dance ethnology research and globally advocating ancient Iranian and Central Asian dance education.
Farima and her company have performed for the UN, Governor of Alaska, Governor of CA, Governor of Spain, Ambassador of Canada, Ambassador of Turkey, and at the EU. Farima is the first Iranian-American woman to perform and be recognized by the National Folk Dance Organization of America, and her Simorgh Dance Collective was the first Iranian dance company directed by an Iranian woman to perform during a reception for President Obama.
Farima has also been recognized by California Congressman Mike Honda, the Iranian Women’s Rights Committee, and National Geographic. Her research and unique approach to sacred dance and ancient healing rituals are now being used in various institutions, dance schools, and healing centers worldwide.