7-day Dance Retreat at Mutlu Baba Cultural Center, Gokcedere, Yalova, Turkey
Call to Love is really a call to truly live! Let this call inspire you and open your being to what can live in you and through you in this time of great need and potential. With peaceful groundedness, sovereign embodiment and passionate engagement, move, dance and whirl to love’s intoxicating yet lucid power. Develop a keen awareness of your energy anatomy, heal, tone and sculpt your body while dancing the passion in your Heart. Transform sensations of fatigue, depression or anxiety into lasting exuberance, joy and serenity as you put love in action in your life! Cultivate the strength to persevere in love in these times of great turmoil and rapid change in community with like-minded and like-hearted people.
Guided by the love poetry of Rumi and other Sufi mystics, explore the foundations of Dance of Oneness® and how to develop presence in your body through a focus on the 7 Chakras with movement, stillness and teachings corresponding to each energy center.
Our setting is a Sufi/Darvish House or Dergah (Cultural Center) in the beautiful, quaint village of Gokcedere, a true tavern of love, beyond any particular religion and open to all lovers. Our days are balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, sharing, ample breaks, soaking in the natural hot springs, and the chance to explore individually the beautiful beaches, villages and sites of Turkey’s exquisite Marmara region.
Mixed Levels. Suitable for people with some background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and spirit through movement. This retreat fulfills 30 hours towards the 400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program. Dress comfortably – clothes you feel beautiful in
Please bring a yoga mat, clothing you feel beautiful and attractive in, a veil (see exact dimensions in the attached Terms & Conditions) and socks or soft-soled dance shoes. White garments for whirling are optional
You will learn:
– Luscious movements that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
– How to come in touch with and express your feminine radiance
– Elements of Persian dance as an expression of the divine feminine
– Elements of flamenco as an expression of the divine feminine
– The movement meditation of Sama (whirling)
– The philosophy and symbolism of Sama (whirling)
– Zikr or chanting
– Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama (whirling), Persian dance and flamenco
– Divine feminine wisdom
– The Chakra system
– Wisdom of the Body: elements of Sacred Anatomy and Physiology
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Tuition including lodging:
Early Bird Rate till March 1st
Dergah Communal Lodging: $800
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1050
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1256
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)
After March 1st:
Dergah Communal Lodging: $950
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1260
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1456
(the equivalent in Euro or TRY)
Above fees do NOT include airfare to Turkey, visa, roundtrip transportation from the airport to Yalova and transportation from the Cultural Center (Dergah) to the Yalova Ferry. We will arrange transportation from the Yalova Ferry Station to the Cultural Center (Dergah) if you arrive in time to meet our guide and catch the 3:45pm Ferry to Yalova on June 8th. See below for details.
Nearby Limak Hotel
Amazing 5-star hotel with natural spring thermal water pools, Turkish hamam, massage, beautiful views of lush mountains and a royal feast for breakfast and dinner. 10-15 min walking distance through the quaint village of Gokcedere to the Dergah, our session space.
You can stay in the dergah in shared separate women’s and men’s communal rooms including breakfast.
Special discounted work/study rates in dergah lodging available for residents of Turkey and Iran, and others in need. Email for more info
Space is limited. Please email with your intent to register first or with your request to attend before you register.
Two steps to register:
1. Purchase the appropriate ticket by scrolling down toward the bottom of the event
2. Sign the terms of agreement and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached file or photo of the signed terms
Terms of Agreement
Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and science of embodiment. A fusion of three dimensions: the art of dance explored through rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing, Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian and modern dance, trance, Tai chi and Chi gong. Sufi teachings and the poetry of Rumi, divine feminine wisdom, Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork.
Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, Dance; MA, Chinese Medicine, is the leading Persian sacred dancer, transformational teacher and founder of Dance of Oneness with a background in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sufi Path. She performs and teaches internationally and has devoted her life to empowering people through the creative process, inspiring them to free themselves and transform their daily lives into sacred, loving art that makes them FULLY ALIVE.
Banafsheh magically unites all participants into a circle of interconnection, love, respect and caring for each other, for Gaia and our world’s well-being. That’s why I believe that her work is greatly needed in order to heal and activate as many people in as many countries as possible to help our Mother Earth to become a place of Peace and Love.
– Irina Azarova, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one’s own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that.
– Gida Hussami, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
Planning Your Trip:
Airport: Attaturk, Istanbul
Arrival: Please plan to arrive before noon on June 8th at the latest.
Transportation to Cultural Center (Dergah):
1. Take the train, bus or taxi to the Yenikapi Ferry Station
2. A guide will meet you at the Yenikapi Ferry Station in front of the entrance to area where people board the ferry to Yalova between 3-3:30pm. Our group will take the 3:45pm ferry. Please book your round-trip ferry ticket in advance from Yenikapi to Yalova
3. A bus at the Yalova ferry station will bring the group to the hotel and dergah.
(Exact details will be confirmed via email after you register)
Our orientation session will begin at 7:30pm on June 8th after dinner is served.
If you plan to arrive earlier or later, you can take a small bus or dolmus to the Thermal. Tell the bus driver that you’d like to go to the Multu Baba Kultur Merkezi (Cultural Center)
*Ramadan will be between May 15 – June 14. As Turkey is a very hospitable country, please know that food is readily available everywhere and you will not be penalized for not fasting.
Please book your flight no sooner than 8 pm on June 14. Our retreat ends at 12pm on June 14 followed by lunch. The earliest ferry after lunch to Istanbul (Yenikapi) leaves at 1:45 pm. The earliest you will arrive at the Ataturk airport is 5pm via taxi or public transportation. The best option is to stay one night in Istanbul and travel the next day on June 15. We will organize your trip from the Dergah to the Yalova Ferry during the workshop.
Banafsheh: Dance of Oneness reserves the right to refuse admission and service to anyone.