“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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July 2017

Persian Dance Technique

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$40

Persian dance comes from an ancient culture of 8000 years and its movements are a blend of enchanting sacred movements reflecting birds, animals, flowers, and elements. Persian dance is also inspired by Persian poetry and sensuous miniature artwork. It is delicate, refined, and full of meaning. Delicate hand movements, gentle upper body undulations, and facial expressions are the essential elements of this dance. The focus of this workshop will be on Persian dance techniques such as: Persian hands, movement of…

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Haft Sema (Seven Sema) A Journey of the Heart

July 20 - July 23
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$385

Join Farima Berenji for a four day intensive retreat and venture deep into the heart through sacred circles and sufi whirling practices, practices based on the sacred number seven in Iranian mystical traditions and Sema rituals, Zikr (sufi prayers), and Shamanic healing, music, and sohbet (Sufi spiritual talk). Retreat and training will focus on Farima’s intensive breathwork technique, her unique whirling techniques, and styles based on the Seven Pathways of Love. The number seven has always been a sacred and…

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Huma, Wings of Light

July 22
Cumberland United Church, 2688 Penrith
Cumberland, British Columbia Canada
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Inner Journey: Sufi Music and Dance

July 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Way West
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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$30

Inner Journey features mystical music by Regard Persian with dancing by Rumi Canada Whirling Sufi dancers. Special guest performance by Farima Berenji. This program is an associate partnership presented by Rumi Canada as part of their Mystical Music Series. Artists include Regards Persan Pooria Pournazeri: Tanbour Ziya Tabassian: Percussion Saeed Kamjoo: Gheychak, Kamancheh Sardar Mohamadjani: Oud Zohreh Shahbazi: Daf Habib Hajimolahoseini: Vocals Rumi Canada Whirling Sufi Dance Raqib Brian Burke Mira Hunter Burke Farzad AttarJafari (Farzad AJay) Tickets Available either…

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August 2017

Folklore Festival Tour

August 1 - August 28
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Performances with the Iranian folklore company Leymer Folk Music & Dance Group touring France and Spain. Festival program locations and dates (in French)

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September 2017

The Lioness – Ancient Iranic Warrioress Dances

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Move Studios, 600 E Franklin St
Monterey, CA 93940 United States
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$60

On the Path of the Ancient Ones... We will take on the path of the ancients, a journey of discovery, in space and time to reconnect with ancient Warrioresses of Persia, Mesopotamia, and the Near East. Drinking deeply from hidden wells of inspiration, now being revealed in our time, we re-discover our empowerment in the process. Join us on an exciting and unique journey of inner and outer exploration as we awaken the ancients within us. Open for both men…

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Journey of the Simorgh

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA 95126 United States
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$25

A dance concert performance by the Simorgh Dance Collective of San Jose, 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. Live music performed by Jayson Fann, Homerya Banejad, and Steve Robertson. Tickets Doors open at 6:30 PM [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F61Y1s6e6kE?ecver=1&showinfo=0&w=600&h=338] $25 Online at http://journeyofthesimorgh.bpt.me $30 at the Door Visit our Facebook event page for details and discussion. Farima Berenji - Artistic Director, Choreographer "I cannot…

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October 2017

Samhain – Calling of the Ancestors

October 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$15 - $20

Join Magi Master (Samahain), Farima Berenji for a special sacred circle gathering of dance, meditation, and remembrance to celebrate the evening of Samhain--The Calling of the Ancestors! This is an evening of remembrance of our ancestors. We will guide and be guided by those who have passed. We will offer and request guidance from our ancestors! Be prepared to go deep, travel across worlds, feel your inner emotions, meet animal spirits, and be transformed! Accompanied by live music by Jayson…

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November 2017

Heart of Khorasan Sufi Retreat

November 10 - November 12
Bademhan Retreat Center, Çeltik Köyü - Keşan
Edirne, Turkey
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400TL

CANCELED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL A weekend Sufi retreat of ancient Iranic whirling traditions and Central Asian Sufi traditions including Khorasan Sema, Uyghur Sema, Baktashi Sema, Turkmen Zikr, Gwati Zikr, Vahishta, and more. We will take on the path of the ancients, a journey of discovery, in space and time... reconnecting with our ancient ancestors and the origin of Sema. We will take the path to ancient Khorasan and Central Asia to study the sacred rituals, whirling, music,…

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Dance of the Soul: Sema Gathering

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$15 - $20

Join us for a monthly Sema gathering and sacred circle, with live music, meditation, whirling, Zikr 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 music performed live, by drumming, sacred…

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