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June 2018

TEDxYYC Conference Lecture

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave SE
Calgary, British Columbia AB T2G 0K9 Canada
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$69.50 – $84.50

TEDxYYC has spent eight years bringing some of the brightest and best minds to Calgary, and 2018 will continue the legacy of inspiration! You’re invited to join us for an important journey far beyond your known boundaries of thought at TEDxYYC 2018 on June 22. Farima Berenji will be guest speaker at this conference. Her topic: healing by dance. More details... Tickets

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Azerbaijani and Kafkaz Dance Workshop

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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$50

Learn Azeri and Kafkaz dance styles in this 2hour dance workshop with master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş. Dr. Aktaş will teach Azerbaijani men's and women's dance including the fast footwork, and some Lezginka. Both men and women may participate in this workshop. Dr. Aktaş is visiting from Turkey and will be here in the Bay Area only for a limited time. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a master! Registration Register online…

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Azerbaijani and Kafkaz Dance Workshop, Part 2

June 28 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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$40

In the first part of this series, Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş presented a 2hr session of Azeri dance technique for men and women. By overwhelming request, this additional session to teach traditional Kafkaz dance style has been added before Dr. Aktaş leaves the Bay Area this weekend. Learn Kafkaz and review Azeri dance styles in this additional 1.5hour dance workshop with master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş. Dr. Aktaş will teach men's and women's dance…

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Ancient Persian Shamanic Healing and Essential Oils Retreat

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Seaside Yoga Sancturary, 1360 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955 United States
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Free

With Dance Scholar Farima Berenji and Essential Oil Specialist Anna Tao Join Farima Berenji, Sufi Dance Master and Magi (Iranian Shaman) and Essential Oils Specialist Anna for a day of self-care and rejuvenation! A one day healing retreat near the beach including Ancient Persian healing rituals, sacred dances, chanting and essential oils. Relax and experience the purification of your being on all levels: physical, mental, heart, soul, and spirit. Unite with the sacred elements and find improved connection to your…

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July 2018

Soul of the Sema

July 13 - July 15
Alişler Yurdu Armutlu, Turkey + Google Map
$450

From Balkh to Khorasan – Summer Sufi Retreat in Armatlu, Turkey Metaphysical Movements, Rituals, Whirling and Music of the Mystics Join world renowned Sufi Dance Master and Dance Scholar Farima Berenji for a three day dance immersive retreat for whirling and Sufi traditions of Ancient Iran, Greater Khorasan (Land of the Rising Sun), Samarkand, and the Indus Valley. We will take on the path of the mystics, a journey of discovery, in space and time, reconnecting with our ancient ancestors.…

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Carnival of Cultures 2018

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Main Street, Cupertino, 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Free

The Simorgh Dance Collective unfortunately made a last minute cancellation and will not appear in this festival. Carnival of Cultures is the Bay Area's premier festival showcasing the diversity of our resident community. The delicious array of food representing the different cultures that make up the SF Bay Area is complemented by music, dance, shopping and exciting activities for the entire family. Visit the world without getting on a plane or going on a road trip! The festival will represent…

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Dance of the Devine Nature

July 28 - August 1
Headwaters Outdoor School, 6615 Shepherds Way
Weed, CA 96094 United States
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$425

Release - Receive - Awaken the Soul... A Journey of Self Reflection and Renewal Join us for a special spiritual retreat on Mt Shasta this summer with Sufi dance master and Magi (Shaman) Farima Berenji (CID-UNESCO) and Shaman and Nature Specialist Tim Corcoran. Together we will call upon the spirit of the mountain, we will dance the spirals of nature, and we will become one with the spirit of nature. We will explore the sacred geometry and the spirituality of…

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August 2018

Azerbaijani Dance Workshop

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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$50

Part of a once monthly summer intensive series on Azeri dance. Includes classical Azeri stage technique, choreography, gliding walks, and social dance taught by Nancy Rose Aktas. Farima Berenji and Farima Dance is hosting and assisting in this summer intensive. Students have an opportunity to perform in a future dance show. Registration Register online Or pay by bringing $50 in cash or check. Nancy Rose Aktas Master Instructor and Costume Designer Nancy Rose Aktas began her 45+ year long career…

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Dance of the Soul (Sufi Whirling Workshop & Gathering)

August 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$25

Join us at our monthly Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with live/recorded music, meditation, whirling, Zikr (Sufi Prayer) and Sohbet (Sufi Talk). 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 movement, music, love, and stillness. Be moved by beautiful, sacred…

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“Hu” Meditation and Sema

August 14 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$15

Open your heart, body, and mind in this mystical session of meditation, breath work, and whirling led by Farima Berenji. We will seek the foundation of spiritual healing in the mysticism of vibration and sound, realizing how all life emerges from silence, and all things have sound hidden within them. We will open by awakening the soul in meditation to the word “Hu”, the breath of the devine, God, then journey into healing with Farima’s unique 5 element breath therapy.…

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