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Konya Sema Gathering
May 9 - May 10Free
Sufi brothers and sisters, you are invited to participate in a Sema Gathering taking place in Konya, Turkey from May 9 to 10. Please note that this is an invitation only and that all coming must register in advance for RSVP. If you wish to invite anyone please contact us and register their names. No entry without advance registration.
We will create a sacred, supportive space where we can all release whatever energy no longer serves us, relax and open our heart, body, and mind. We will discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals – a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation–through prayers, whirling, music, and love. Be moved by beautiful Sufi and Sacred music, songs, chanting, poetry, rituals, and dance in prayers!
With Yarsan Pir (Master) Seyed Salman Hosseini, Sufi Dance Master, Farima Berenji, and musicians and teachers Evren Evin, Evan Phillips, Hatice Gülbahar Hepsev, Master Seyed Vessal Hosseini from Iran (vocalist), the amazing Fatih Kocer (vocalist and musician), and Dr. Reza Alizadeh, scholar and professor of spiritually and mysticism of Konya.
During our Sema Gathering, Master Farima Berenji and other Sufi Masters will lead Zikr, Sema, Khorasan Semah, and other rituals and ceremonies.
You are welcome to set and feel the healing energy, bring a poem to share, join our Zikr, pray with us, laugh or cry… as we journey together to be closer to the light.
- Musicians — Feel free to bring your instruments and join our music circle. Let your heart guide your music during our open floor Sema
- Semazens — Open your heart and whirl!
- Lovers, Seekers, and Watchers — Come and join our sacred circle. You are welcome to set and feel the healing energy, bring a poem to share, join our Zikr, pray with us, laugh or cry… as we journey together to be closer to the light.
Open your heart! Listen! Turn, dance, and move in anyway that makes you feel alive!
Contact us for more info and registration.
Seyed Salman Hosseini
Pir Seyed Salman Hosseini (Sufism, Sufi music, maqams, tanbur) possesses a bachelor degree in music ethnology and is an Iranian traditional music researcher, composer and a master musician of tambour, setar, tar, and rebab. He directs the traditional Persian music ensemble Cherikeh which has been performing sacred and traditional music for many years. Seyed has produced many albums including Javdanegni and Tabeh Ghaleh. He is the music director and composer for films such as Song of God and Gadam Yar. Seyed has composed and performed more than 40 concerts and TV programs including composing music for national broadcasts of Iran. He has performed professionally in Iran, Germany, Syria, and the Iraqi Kurdistan region. Additionally, he is a Sufi master and has his own school of music and mysticism.
Farima BerenjiFarima Berenji (Director and master classes) is an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, choreographer, and dance ethnologist. A master instructor and performer in Persian and Sufi dance, she specializes in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances of Persia and Central Asia. She is honored to be the first Iranian woman to direct a Persian dance company to perform during receptions for President Obama and President Biden. Farima is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, founder of Dance of the Soul, she is the advisory council member of Mosaic America, a member of the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO), Eastern Arts, National Folk Organization, and the first Iranian-American woman TEDx lecturer and performer in the field of dance. Recognized as one of the 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. Read more..
Hatice Gülbahar Hepsev
Also Dr. Reza Alizadeh, scholar and professor of spiritually and mysticism in Konya, Master Seyed Vessal Hosseini from Iran (vocalist) and the amazing Fatih Kocer from Turkey (vocalist and musician).