“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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Sufi Dance and Sound Healing Workshop

January 21 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

After a very successful, soldout sound healing and Sufi whirling workshop in January 2017, sound healer Gabriel Gold and Persian Dance Artist Farima Berenji decided to collaborate again, this time focusing on the “Spirals of Life” as the theme.

Held in a beautiful, historic chapel in the heart of San Francisco we will seek the foundation of spiritual healing through sacred sound and movement, embodying song and movement founded on the Sacred Spirals of Life!

Farima will teach the basics of “Sufi Whirling” and share her extensive knowledge of Sufi dance traditions and meditation practices.

Gabriel will teach the basics of wordless singing as meditation as well as supporting the Sufi whirling sessions with live musical performance of Hang and Halo Handpans and ending the workshop with a deeply relaxing “Sound Healing Meditation”, utilizing Crystal Singing Bowls, to help integrate the day’s learnings. Read more…

The doors open at 4:30pm and close at 5pm. Please do not arrive after 5pm as it would be disturbing to flow of the workshop. From 4pm till 4:30pm there will be a complimentary Chinese-Style Tea Service.


$35 via Eventbrite
$40 at the door (CASH ONLY)

Limited to 20 participants only, register ASAP! Last year’s session was highly successful so reserve your space early.


Bottle of water, Yoga mat (optional for stretching).

Farima Berenji

“I cannot put the concert from tonight in words. Emotional, full of energy, oneness and beauty. Especially the last two songs and Farima’s powerful and emotional Sufi whirling left me so affected. I am still shaking from the energy. Will never forget this concert. Thank you again and I hope there will be many more.”

—Meral Ozturk – Manchester, England, on Seven Cities of Love

Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist specializing in classical, folkloric, and sacred dances of Persia and the Silk Road. Her training spans a lifetime of intensive collaboration and research with master artists, scholars, and spiritual teachers worldwide. She is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a worldwide collaborative devoted to teach dance technique, interpret, illustrate, present, and perform dances of the Silk Road. Farima performs, offers workshops, and lectures worldwide upon request and has appeared in the US, UK, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mauritius, and Iran. Read more..

Gabriel Gold

“A mystical, angelic voice and music that moves one to journey through both the deep joy and sorrows of the Soul.”—Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

Gabriel Gold is a San Francisco, CA, USA based multi-instrumentalist (a pioneer of the Handpan, a steel melodic percussion instrument), composer and acoustic researcher, specializing in the study of sacred resonant spaces. His current work is founded on inspiring deeper connections to “sacred spaces” around the world, both natural and man-made and to help bring awareness to the need to protect and honor them. A selection of Gabriel’s past works include: his latest album “Halo”, recorded in acoustically resonant sacred spaces throughout the world; his “Healing Voice” workshops and singing circles, through which he has personally supported thousands of people on the journey of developing a spiritual and fulfilling relationship to their singing voices; the musical score for four feature length ballets with Labayen Dance Co. and Mudita Arts Ballet, and others. Read more..


January 21
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:


Farima Dance


Convent Arts Collective
660 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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