Do you long to accept and love yourself exactly as you are? Do you wish to embrace your sexuality and get more in touch with your body?
Tantra is a practice that examines the way our life force expands and circulates through the body with grace, power, and sensuality. Join transformational teachers Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA, and Tony Khalife and reconnect with this energy through an exploration of sacred dance and music.
In this women-only workshop, you will experience guided and freestyle dance, live music, whirling, chanting, voice training, meditation, Goddess wisdom, Sufi teachings, and lots of laughter. Dance of Oneness® also incorporates the traditions of tai chi, Persian dance, flamenco, Middle Eastern tribal dances, and Chinese medicine.
During this retreat, you will learn:
- Active relaxation and how to apply it to movement in your daily life activities
- How to open to your own sacred sensuality and celebrate your femininity
- Tantric exercises to increase creative energy
- Ways to open your voice.
Dance of Oneness® is suitable for dance and yoga teachers and anyone who wishes to embody the sacred through movement.
“No dance or movement experience required; all are welcome.”
Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA
Persian sacred dancer and founder of Dance of Oneness
Banafsheh Sayyad is a Persian sacred dancer, choreographer, transformational teacher, and founder of Dance of Oneness® a catalyst for divine embodiment.
Banafsheh, who performs and teaches internationally, is acclaimed for her innovative movement vocabulary. She is one of the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world. An innovator of Sufi dance previously performed only by men, she has also mastered a fusion of high-level dance technique with spiritual embodiment.
With an MFA in dance and an MA in Chinese medicine, she is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious movement. Her dance film, In the Fire of Grace, a collaboration with renowned mystic and scholar Andrew Harvey, traces Rumi’s journey of the soul in dance, and her award-winning work has been presented in North America, Europe, Turkey, and Australia.View Bio PageTony Khalife
Tony Khalife is a Lebanese-born singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist acclaimed for weaving a seamless flow of the drone and ragas of Indian music together with the resonance of devotional Sufi dances and Western harmonies.
Tony, a Vedic scholar, has studied the life and songs of Indian saints and ancient rituals in Sanskrit, served seven years as a ceremonial guide at the Vishwa Shanti Ashram in Oakland, California, and spent one year in India on a pilgrimage singing and chanting from Haridwar to Pandharpur.
Tony was his own first teacher—his childhood and formal education was hijacked by civil war, so he taught himself guitar in a bomb shelter and cultivated a system for learning anything, which he uses to help students craft the most efficient system for overcoming roadblocks in their life. Based in Ojai, California, and creator of numerous CDs, he has been performing and teaching internationally for 30 years.View Bio Page
Gain foundational understanding information on Sufism, Divine Feminine wisdom, Taoist tantric practices<em><strong> </strong></em>and the science of the chakras.
Learn how to whirl and chant as forms of meditation and adoration.
Reclaim a loving relationship with your body as a glorious miracle!
Ground your spirituality and feel empowered and sensual.
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What to Wear
Loose, comfortable clothing
About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.