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Dance of the Soul (Sema Gathering and Workshop)

January 8 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EEST

Discover the power and mystery of sacred dance with mediation, music, poetry, whirling and ancient Healing Practices.

Join Farima for a Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with sacred music, meditation, whirling, Zikr (Sufi Prayer) 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


Our gathering is NOT a performance. More details about sacred dance and Sema training may be found here.

  1. First join for a welcoming circle and Farima will lead us into her unique 4 element breathing meditation or 7 mode music meditation and relaxation.
  2. We will progress into various Sufi whirling workshop techniques and styles.
  3. Next we will progress into a prayer and open floor whirling with both live and recorded world sacred music, poetry, and drumming.
  4. We will close with a Zikr (Sufi Prayers), ancient Iranian Shamanic rituals, sharing, a gratitude circle, and Sohbet (Sufi Talk) by Dervish and Semazen, Farima Berenji.

Farima’s teachings are based on ancient Iranic rituals, science of whirling, and the sacred geometry of whirling. We will learn essential techniques of whirling preparation, maintaining balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus during turning, breath work, and more.

By donation

In advance:

  • We kindly ask for no talking on the whirling floor and to keep the Sema area quiet at all times. Respect yourself as well as those around you.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing (white or light colored if possible) and wear socks or soft soled shoes.
  • Avoid eating a large meal 1-2 hours prior
  • Bring poetry to share.
  • Bring a musical instrument that you play.

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..


January 8
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EEST
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