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December 2018

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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Sacred Circle

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$15

An evening of ancient mystical healing rituals including breath work, Sufi zikr circle, Hu meditation, sufi walk meditation, and more facilitated by Farima Berenji. Open your heart, body, and mind in this mystical session of meditation, breath work, and healing 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…

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February 2019

Dance of the Soul

February 22 - February 24
Harmony House, 264077 Glendale Road, Box 35 Site 16 RR#2
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1A2 Canada
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CAD$270

A weekend retreat of sacred and mystical dances, healing circles and Sufi whirling with Farima Berenji and Tru Guy. Farima's Dance of the Soul is an in-depth whirling and dance journey covering various spotted and non-spotted turns, spirals and circles based on Sufi whirling traditions, sacred geometry, sacred elements, and ancient Persian rituals. We will connect with the cycles of our life and discover the power of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation! We will discover the…

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West Valley College Persian New Year Celebration 2019

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Valley College, Campus Center, 14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070 United States
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Free

Celebrate Persian New Year with dance and musical performance, as well as food. Special guest Masih Alinejad with dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective, and live music by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble. Masih Alinejad Masih Alinejad is an Iranian women's rights activist, journalist, and author. Alinejad launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign, with more than three million followers on social media and one of the many such efforts inside and outside Iran against the oppression of…

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March 2019

Rumi in Spring

March 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd
Union City, CA 94587 United States
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Free

Observe the coming of Spring and its new beginning with peace, love, and unity. Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective will present ancient and beautiful sacred and Sufi dances to bless and honor the coming of Spring, including a candle dance, Sufi whirling, Persian mystical dances, and sacred circle dances. Come greet the Spring and honor the Art Is Education Month with mystical poetry and sacred dances!

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Femina

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
$40

Sangam Arts & Guru Shradha presents Femina In celebration of women... Local master choreographers and artists representing artistic traditions from around the globe will present 75 minutes of glorious music and dance. Featured styles include Cambodian (Charya Burt), Chinese (Haiyan Jackson Dance), Indian (Bharatanatyam – Vidhya Subramanian & Odissi- Guru Shradha), West African (Cheza Nami), Cumbia Colombiana (Daybreaker Pro). Includes a dance re-enactment exemplifying the legendary ancient women warriors and goddesses of ancient Persia by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh…

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Central Asian Dance Workshops

March 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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Once monthly dance workshop on Central Asian ethnic dance taught by Nancy Rose Aktas, Farima Berenji, and Dr. Gurbuz Aktas. Cultural styles taught include Uzbek, Tajik, Afgan, and Azeri. Workshop dates are January 13, February 10, and March 10. Both men and women are welcome! Students have an opportunity to perform in a future dance show. Azerbaijani Dance with Nancy Rose Aktas Mar 10, 11:00am - 12:30pm, $35 Learn Kafkaz and Azeri dance choreography and technique including fast footwork and…

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