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October 2018

Healing Circle (Zikr)

October 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$10

Sufi healing circle AKA Zikr lead by Farima Berenji. All are welcome, suggested donation $10 at the door.

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Dance of the Soul

October 27, 2018 - October 29, 2018
Baskinta, Lebanon Baskita, Lebanon + Google Map
$250

SOLD OUT. PLEASE CHECK MY EVENT SCHEDULE OR CONTACT ME FOR FUTURE RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS A weekend retreat of sacred and mystical dances, healing circles and Sufi whirling. Join us for a weekend on a path of healing, awakening, and self-growth through the power of meditative whirling and sacred dance to live music, mystical poetry, and Zikr – at the picturesque village of Baskinta in Lebanon - with award-winning dance ethnologist, Iranian Shaman, Sufi Dance Master, and internationally acclaimed dance…

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Azerbaijani Dance Intensive and Tour

October 30, 2018 - November 5, 2018
Izmir, Turkey Izmir, Turkey + Google Map

Farima Berenji together with Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş are excited to announce a master Azerbaijani dance intensive and tour in Izmir, Turkey. Azerbaijani dance technique and choreography for men and women will be taught by master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş accompanied by Farima Berenji and other guest instructors from the Izmir conservatory. The conservatory will only take a limited number of guest students. Gürbüz Aktaş Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş was born into the Kafkas (Caucasian)…

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November 2018

Cultural Dance Workshops and Tour of Iran

November 10, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Iran

Discover Iran’s beautiful cultural heritage and mysticism of the Silk Road! Led by Farima Berenji, internationally recognized dance scholar, and award-winning world dance choreographer and performer. This unique travel experience and opportunity focuses on the history, mysticism, art, music, and dance traditions of Iran and the Silk Road. Guests will study dance, poetry, music, history, and visit mystic and ancient sites. Destinations include sites in Central Iran and Khorasan. The soul of Persia has been inspiring humans for ages to…

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Ancient Persian Shamanic Healing and Essential Oils Workshop

November 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Seaside Yoga Sancturary, 1360 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955 United States
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$35

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 an evening of self-care and rejuvenation 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 higher self. In this workshop you will be…

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December 2018

Simorgh Dance Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser

December 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$10

Dance Workshop, Silk Road Bazaar, Social Dancing, and more… Join the Simorgh Dance Community for our annual holiday party and fundraiser. Learn and enjoy some traditional folk dances of the Silk Road, take home some ethnic treasures from a Silk Road bazaar, enjoy refreshments and sweets, enjoy dance performances and live music, then celebrate in a Silk Road dance party. All proceeds help benefit the work of the Simorgh Dance Collective. Silk Road Dance Workshop This year, we will be…

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Dance of the Soul Honoring Rumi

December 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$10 – $15

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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Yalda: A Celebration of Light

December 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oak Meadow Park Gazebo, 233 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032 United States
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Join us for ancient Iranic rituals celebrating Yalda (winter solstice), the longest night of the year and the birth of Mithra. Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night) is the Persian Winter Solstice Celebration on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The Persians believed that this night is the night of the birth of Ahura Mazda and Mithra, Persian God of Light and Truth. He was born on the morning of the longest night of the year. This outside gathering will be accompanied…

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Christmas and its Zoroastrian Origins

December 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Free

A Lecture by Scholar and Ethnologist, Farima Berenji We have always known of Christmas on December 25th, with a traditional decorated tree, candles, and gifts. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ yet its rituals and traditions far precede that time. Unquestionably, our ancestors adopted the rituals from an ancient Iranian pagan religion known as Mithraism, a form of nature worship based on the Sun God/Goddess Mithra. On the darkest night of the year (December 20 or 21) legend has it…

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January 2019

Embodiment Workshop

January 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$35

Channel - Connect - Transform Become outside yourself in dance! Channel your passion into another being or element and uncover how you can use your body to speak and guide you. All forms of life have a language within them. There is a subtle energy in every element, object, animal…. and the manifestation of the greater spirit. Learn the language that the mystics used to manifest these beings and how to connect with them. Using ancient Persian rituals and mystical…

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