Rose and the Nightingale

Moonlight Farms and Resort El Barouk

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 […]


Tanbour and Sema Workshop

Shakti Wellness Center 2nd floor, Ghazaliyeh street, Haddad Building, Sioufi sector, Achrafieh

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.

Sufi Week at Shakti Wellness Center

Shakti Wellness Center 2nd floor, Ghazaliyeh street, Haddad Building, Sioufi sector, Achrafieh

Five days of whirling, dancing, meditation, singing and breathing with Farima Berenji

Dance of the Soul Honoring Rumi

Center for Creative Living 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C, San Jose

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 […]

$15 – $20

Sacred Dance Gathering and Workshop

St. Mary's School Alexandra Centre, Adscombe St., Manchester

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, […]


Persian Art Conference 2019

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, London Heathrow Airport, London

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 […]

Journey of the Simorgh

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton

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 […]

$35 – $40

Whirling Workshop Series 1: Exploring Sense of Self

Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158, Saratoga

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 […]



Performance Arts Center, Evergreen Valley College 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose

[youtube] 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. Based on the 12th century story by Attar of Nishapur, Tarsa is a dance drama accompanied by traditional […]

$25 – $30

Whirling Workshop Series 2: Emptiness as Fullness

Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158, Saratoga

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 […]