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Dancing With the Divine

A Journey to the Self

July 13, 2014 – July 18, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

An internationally acclaimed sacred dancer, choreographer, and transformational teacher, Banafsheh has blazed a unique trail in dance.

Born in Iran, her electrifying and original dance style combines flamenco, tai chi, Gurdjieff movements, and the sensuous ecstasy of Persian dance with the austere rigor of Dervish whirling, “fusing ancient forms with a postmodern punch,” says the Los Angeles Times.

In this workshop for women only, Banafsheh skillfully takes us on a journey of guided and free dance, whirling, chanting, meditation, and group sharing, all to invoke, embody, and manifest the feminine energy in each of us that can transform, liberate, and heal our world.

Along the way, we learn how to love our bodies and discover a fuller consciousness of the present moment. Untying the knots of personal dramas, we strengthen the threads to stay connected, maintain self-love and love for others, all stemming from centering ourselves in the Divine, our source. When the Divine is our dance partner, we embody our true self, and those whose lives we touch are inspired to do the same.

All levels are invited, from beginners to professional dancers and movement practitioners.


More Information

Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • Light Upon Light: 5 Master Paths to Awakening the Mindful Self by Andrew Harvey
  • The Illuminated Rumi translations and commentary by Coleman Barks
Things to Bring:

Socks or soft-soled dance shoes, and wear comfortable clothes.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Banafsheh, MFA, MA, draws from Sufism and the Taoist view of the body to uncover movement that is at once healing, self-illuminating, and connected to spirit. Her film, In the Fire of Grace with Andrew Harvey, traces Rumi’s journey of the Soul in dance.