Dance of Oneness®: Stella Maris
With Banafsheh Sayyad
July 14 - 18, 2019
Stella Maris is the sun in the sea, a reference to Mother Mary, and originally, the Goddess Isis. It is the Persian Mehrab which was later used in mosques to indicate the direction of prayer. Mehrab points us to the secret that at the heart of darkness is a blinding light—our journey toward light is through darkness, and our guide is love. Mehr in Persian means the sun but it also means love. Mehrab then is the sea of love, the sea of light.
Explore the mysteries of Stella Maris through guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi poetry, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, deep silence, a sharing circle and lots of laughter. Dive into the sea of love as we dance in-doors, at the edge of the sea and in the sea.
Dance to submerge yourself in the sea of love, melt and give yourself fully to the divine love energy that moves through all of existence. You’ll be surprised to find that surrendering in this way is the key to transforming all your relationships…with your body, yourself, the people in your life, and life herself.
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment, integrating 3 dimensions: rigorous dance technique and self expression, wisdom teachings, and healing. It is based in Tai Chi, Persian dance, whirling, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine Wisdom, the Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system.
“Banafsheh is one of the greatest sacred dancers I have seen.” –Deepak Chopra
Check out this visual pairing for the “Dance of Oneness”:
Persian master dance artist and transformational teacher, Banafsheh communicates the universal message of Sufi mysticism and Divine Feminine wisdom in a passionate yet serenely meditative way. Her dance is an interplay between trance and directed movement, precise yet abandoned and unrestrained. Her explosive yet fluid movement is sensual and ritualistic, uniting the feminine and masculine energies, body and soul, light and dark in a marriage of opposites. She invokes the ancient roots of dance as devotion, prayer and adoration while blazing an original trail in contemporary dance with her masterly fusion of high level dance technique and spirituality. Her mesmerizing offering of the timeless Divine…
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