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Dance of the Soul Workshop with Sufi Master Farima Berenji
December 18, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Join us for our next Sufi dance / music event, a Sacred Dance, Music and Healing Journey with visiting Sufi Master of Yarsan Order and Scholar, Farima Berenji, PhD at Last Frontier NYC in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in celebration of Rumi’s Wedding Night!
– 12/17/2022 from 6 – 8 pm
Rumi’s Wedding Night:
Evening Sema Gathering, Zikr and Performance $25 ($20 for those who attend workshop)
$30 at the door
– 12/18/2022 from 2 – 4pm
Join us on a path of healing and self-growth through the power of Sufism, Sacred Circles, music, and Sacred Dance. In that journey, the promptings of the Inner Divine are found, and love, kindness, and compassion flow naturally into our daily life.
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 Persian and Sufi dance and rituals – a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation–through prayers, whirling, music, and love. Be moved by beautiful Sufi rituals, sacred music, songs, chanting, poetry, and dance in prayers and Love!
In this workshop and gathering, we will combine the sacred phrases, chants, music, and movements from ancient Persian spiritual traditions of Khorasan and Yarsan to help touch the spiritual essence within us and to help us recognize it in others. These fundamental elements compose the ancient, contemporary, and devotional roots of sacred dance.
In this workshop/gathering we will experience:
– Presence and surrender to Love.
– Practice devotional embodiment and ancient Persian healing dance rituals.
– The power of healing and love through poetry, zikr, and Sufi whirling (Iranian, Central Asian, and Turkish Rituals and Zikr)
– The power of the sharing circle and acts of kindness and love toward self and others.
– Dance and Music as prayer and spiritual transformation.
The workshop and gathering will also include:
– Breathing meditations.
– Basic whirling techniques for beginners (Iranian, Turkish and Central Asian Sema and Semah)
– Gwati and Iranian Zikr Rituals (Sufi Prayers and Ancient Medicine Healing Circles)
– Sema Gathering, Performances, and Sohbet (Sufi Whirling Gathering and Spiritual Talk/Lectures), Q&A, and Sharing Circles.
Participants are encouraged to bring a poem or story to share. Musicians feel free to bring your instruments to inspire and bring love into our circle!
This event is done with support from NOoSPHERE Arts and Center for Remembering and Sharing.
Farima Berenji is an Iranian-American scholar and dance ethnologist, an award winning internationally acclaimed dance artist, a choreographer, instructor, and an archaeologist specializing in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances of Persia, Ionia, and the Silk Road. She is a third generation artist—her devotion to the world of arts inspired by both her mother and grandmother as performing artists, poets, and musicians of Azerbaijani heritage. Farima has spent her lifetime studying Persian/Iranian and Central Asian dance, culture, and history. Recognized as one of the few world scholarly experts of ancient and mystical dance ethnology, she travels worldwide to record, research, lecture, perform, educate, and to inspire dynamic creativity and rejuvenation through dance and movement.
As a Sufi from the bloodline of St. Fateme and a Magi (Shaman) from the bloodline of Iranian Zoroastrian Magi, Farima is strongly connected to spirituality and healing. She is one of the very few Iranian women granted by the Magi and Gwati tribes of Iran to perform ancient healing and sacred rituals. Her Shamanic healing therapies are now in use in hospitals in Iran and the US. Farima infuses spirituality into her dance and teachings to exceptionally impassion, empower, and inspire students to deeply understand the meaning of culture and dance and to explore dance as a powerful means to express emotion, facilitate spiritual healing, and bridge cultures. Using her own findings and techniques she makes the connection between soul and movement to create an artist not just a dancer. United in all her accomplishments is her contribution in advocating art, culture, and dance to help bridge cultural gaps and create respect among all people. She seeks to lead people to the historic beauty and richness of Persia and the Silk Road culture and to aid them find inner bliss through dance, music, and spirituality.