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Whirling Workshop: Dance of the Soul

November 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST


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 Persian rituals, science, 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 many ancient cultures using it as way of connecting the body and soul. Today, Sufis use it as a powerful meditation ritual with music, poetry, and movement. Based on this centuries-old Sufi ritual, whirling can unite mind, heart, and body.

In advance:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and plan to wear socks or soft soled shoes.
  • Avoid eating a large meal 1-2 hours prior.

No experience necessary to begin participating. With help anyone can learn and master whirling techniques while respecting one’s own limitations.


Farima Berenji

Farima Berenji

Farima Berenji

Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, dance ethnologist, Sufi master, and archaeologist specializing in classical, folkloric, and sacred dances of Persia and the Silk Road. Her training spans a lifetime of intensive collaboration and research with master artists, scholars, and spiritual teachers worldwide. She is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a worldwide collaborative devoted to teach dance technique, interpret, illustrate, present, and perform dances of the Silk Road. In 2018, Farima became the first American-Iranian woman honored to be a TEDx dance speaker and performer. Farima is a member of the International Dance Council (CID – UNESCO), UNESCO, and the National Folk Organization (NFO). Read more..


November 22, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
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Montalvo Arts Center
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Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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