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March 2018

Annual Student Norouz Show and Fundraiser

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$10 – $15

Celebrate Norouz, Persian New Year, in this cultural dance and music studio gathering with dance performances by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Farima Berenji and Bay Area guest artists, live music, and potluck. Includes silent auction of elegant costumes, jewelry, accessories, and many treasures. Stay for open floor dancing at the end. Musicians and dancers feel free to come show your talent. Bring a potluck dish to share. Suggested admission: $10-15 donation. Donations gratefully appreciated. All profits help fund dancers of…

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Workshops, Sema Gathering, and Norouz Performance

March 9 - March 11
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$10 – $25

Friday March 9, 7:30-10:00pm: Dance Performances and Sema Performances and Sema GatheringPlan to join Farima Berenji and her Comox Valley Simorgh Collective at the Abbey Studio on for an evening of Persian traditional and sacred dance performances. The show will be followed by a Sema Gathering (Sufi Whirling) facilitated by Farima. With Farima’s guidance we will learn personal and spiritual Sema or Sufi Whirling as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music. Feel free to…

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Sufi Whirling and Sufism

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Calgary, Alberta Canada + Google Map

A class lead by Farima upon Sufi Whirling and Sufism. Contact us for details and location.

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Journey of the Simorgh

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine St
Anchorage, AK 99516 United States
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$35

A dance concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective of Alaska, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dance choreographed by Farima Berenji. Admission includes ethnic dance performances, dinner, silent auction, and open dance floor. "It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight. He let a feather float down through the air, And rumors of its fame spread everywhere." ~Farid ud-Din Attar…

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Sacred Spring Gathering

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
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A sacred dance gathering with whirling, meditation, and poetry in nature celebrating the new life that surrounds us in nature. Lead by Farima to honor the Spring Equinox. Contact us for more details.

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Houston Nowruz Festival

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77045 United States
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$25 – $30

The 11th Annual Houston Nowruz Festival is the largest Persian New Year celebration in the state of Texas. Featured artists include Kamyar, Hamid Talebzadeh, Nikita, DJ Alireza, and dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Tickets: $25 (if purchased in advance) and $30 at the door Nowruz Festival Tickets

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April 2018

Sufi Whirling Workshop

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Globe Institute, 351 9th Street #Ste 202
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$35

Learn the basic technique of Sufi whirling (Iranian and Turkish style), history, and theory. Farima’s teachings are based on Indo-Iranian ancient rituals, science of whirling, and the sacred geometry of whirling. We will learn essential techniques of whirling preparation, maintaining balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus during turning, breath work, and more. For this workshop please wear comfortable clothing, whirling skirt (optional), socks or soft-soled shoes. Avoid eating a large meal 2 hours prior. Register online

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June 2018

Poetry in Motion

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$30

Where Movement Becomes Devotion An interpretive, improvisational, and devotional dance form inspired by mystical and classical Persian poetry. Persian poetry contains spiritual messages representing the Divine essence. The words in Persian poetry speak to us, revealing the emotion of our soul. Persian poetry is rhythmic—it has an essence of melody, which guides us to dance. The great Persian poets extolled dance in their poems to symbolize the power of life. Hafiz, Saadi, Omar Khayyam, Attar, and Rumi each represented dance…

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Dance of the Soul (Sufi Whirling Workshop & Gathering)

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Globe Institute, 351 9th Street #Ste 202
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$35

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

June 19 @ 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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