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October 2019

Love is Calling… A Sema Gathering

October 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - October 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Mehmet Rasim Mutlu Kültür Merkezi, Mutlu Sk. 12, Gökçedere
Termal, Yalova Turkey
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Sufi Brothers and Sisters, you are invited to participate in a Sema Gathering taking place at Mutlu Baba Darghah (Sufi House) in Yalova, Turkey from October 25-27. Please note that this is an invitation only and that all must register in advance. If you wish to invite anyone please contact us and register their names. The Sema will be hosted by Farima Berenji, Hatice Sara, Ozlem Cagla Yorganci, Sevim Yilmaz and Evan Janosh. We will start Friday and continue until…

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November 2019

Rose and the Nightingale

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Moonlight Farms and Resort El Barouk, Chouf Lebanon + Google Map
$250

Love-Longing-Beloved Sufi Dance Retreat, 3rd Edition A 3-day intensive retreat with Sufi dance master and dance ethnologist Farima Berenji. Join Farima to venture deep into the heart through sacred circles and Sufi whirling practices. The retreat includes training in Sufi and mystical dance, ancient rituals, poetry (focus on the valley of love), music studies (understanding the Dastghah and Makhams of Sufi music), prayers, ancient mantras and Zikr based on the rotation of the Sun and Moon (Rose and Nightingale). We…

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Tanbour and Sema Workshop

November 4, 2019 - November 5, 2019
Shakti Wellness Center, 2nd floor, Ghazaliyeh street, Haddad Building, Sioufi sector
Achrafieh, Lebanon
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Music workshop in the tanbour with History of the tanbour Study of tanbour maqams and its geographical, natural, and cultural contexts Sema with tanbour Facilitated by Salman Hosseini, tanbour player and speaker, Mehrdad Maleki, singer, daf, and tanbour player, and Farima Berenji, Sema dancer.

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Sufi Week at Shakti Wellness Center

November 5, 2019 - November 9, 2019
Shakti Wellness Center, 2nd floor, Ghazaliyeh street, Haddad Building, Sioufi sector
Achrafieh, Lebanon
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Five days of whirling, dancing, meditation, singing and breathing with Farima Berenji

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Dance of the Soul Workshop

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
East/West Bookstore, 324 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041 United States
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Discover the power and mystery of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual enlightenment through movement, music, and meditation. Inspired by nature, ancient Iranic rituals, the science of whirling, and the beautiful spiritual traditions of Sufism, join Farima to learn the essentials of whirling meditation including preparation, balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus, breathwork, and more. Whirling in the practice of devotion, healing, and meditation originated thousands of years ago with the ancient Persians using it as way of…

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December 2019

Dance of the Soul Honoring Rumi

December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$15 – $20

Sema, Semah, Sacred Dance, Music, and Poetry Honoring Sheb-i Arus Join us this night to celebrate our fellowship in love and spirit with whirling dance (Sema and Semah), meditation, music, and poetry. Sheb-i Arus commemorates the death and thereby union between the Persian mystical poet Rumi and the universe. We will open with sacred and mystical Sufi poetry (Farsi and English), meditation with sacred sounds, candle gazing, Hu meditation, healing circles with ancient Zoroastrian rituals, journey into whirling with live…

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Sacred Dance Gathering and Workshop

December 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
St. Mary’s School, Alexandra Centre, Adscombe St.
Manchester, England M16 7AQ United Kingdom
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15GNP

Discover the power and mystery of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual enlightenment through movement, music, and meditation. Inspired by nature, ancient Iranic rituals, the science of whirling, and the beautiful spiritual traditions of Sufism, join Farima to learn the essentials of whirling meditation including preparation, balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus, breathwork, and more. Whirling in the practice of devotion, healing, and meditation originated thousands of years ago with the ancient Persians using it as way of…

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Persian Art Conference 2019

December 26, 2019 - December 30, 2019
Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, London Heathrow Airport
London, TW6 3AF United Kingdom
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Save the date! Farima will present a lecture and perform at the 2019 Persian Art & Letters Conference in London. Farima will also present a workshop in Persian Classical dance. Persian Art & Letters Conference Theme: "Dawn of Hope – بامداد امید”. All plenary sessions will be offered in Persian and English, with dedicated programs for children and junior youth, as well as evening entertainment, arts exhibition, and much more. More details of conference program... Register...

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January 2020

Journey of the Simorgh

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027 United States
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$35 – $40

A dance and music concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dances choreographed by Farima Berenji, Persian music performed by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble, and expertly narrated by award winning actor and director Sadegh Hatefi. "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…

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Dance of the Soul (Sufi Whirling Workshop & Gathering)

January 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
$15 – $20

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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