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November 2019

Dance of the Soul Workshop

November 20 @ 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

Persian Art Conference 2019

December 26 - December 30
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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027 United States
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$30 – $35

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, expertly directed and narrated by Sadegh Hatefi. Doors open at 6:30 PM Journey of the Simorgh Farid al-Din Attar (c. 1145 – c. 1221) was a Persian poet and one of the greatest Sufi mystical writers and thinkers,…

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February 2020

Whirling Workshop Series 1: Exploring Sense of Self

February 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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$30

Learn the fundamentals of turning and how it enables you to find a sense of self and a connection between body, mind, and spirit. Discover the vital balance in the rhythm of your breathing, movement, posture, and concentration. At first, it can take great effort to combine all of these elements in harmony, but with practice, you will learn to whirl indefinitely, relax, and open the heart, body, and mind. Register online For more information, call the Montalvo Box Office…

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Tarsa

February 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Performing Arts Center, Evergreen Vally College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd
San Jose, CA 95135 United States
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$30 – $35

From the mystic East comes an epic tale befitting Romeo and Juliet, a tale of love between a Sufi Shaikh, a Christian maiden, and a simple love that grows despite the divisions of their beliefs. A dance drama performed by the Simorgh Dance Collective. The story is as follows: San'an, a celebrated sheikh, spends 50 years of his life studying God, eventually acquiring a following of 500 disciples, fell in love with a Christian maiden, Tarsa. San’an abandons all he…

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March 2020

Whirling Workshop Series 2: Emptiness as Fullness

March 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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$30

Emptiness as Fullness: In Nothingness, We Find Everything Sufis believe that as you whirl, you find harmony in the motion of the universe, that as you turn with outstretched arms, you collect the energy from your environment -- enabling you to direct it within yourself and back to the earth. In this class, we will learn turning techniques and movements as we explore the notion of emptiness as fullness. Register online For more information, call the Montalvo Box Office at…

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April 2020

Whirling Workshop Series 3: Silent Whirling

April 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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$30

Silent Whirling: Sema and Dancing to the Rhythm and Melody of the Heart Whirling in silence, solely to the rhythm of one’s heart, enables us to focus on finding calm and peace within moving meditation. Although circumstances vary, those who practice silent whirling meditation within a group are often more likely to experience and share a wide range of emotions. In this class, you will learn to find peace in the silence. Register online For more information, call the Montalvo…

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