The Caravan of Seeker- Sacred Dance Tour & Retreat 2018

The Caravan of Seekers – Sufi & Sacred Dance Tour & Retreat

With Sufi Dance Master Farima Berenji (CID-UNESCO) and Ashraf Ali

An in-depth dance and healing journey to India, with a curriculum designed specifically around Sufi-based practices of Indo-Iran, spiritual ecstasy, sacred dance, heart-opening, and love.

Join me and my dear friend and Meditation Guide, Ashraf Ali, for an all-inclusive retreat and caravan to the mystical land of India. In this intimate journey we will journey to deserts and temples of India to connect with our ancient past!

We will go deep into the ancient culture of Indo-Iran, learning the rituals of the Sufi mystics of both lands. We will walk on the path where healers and mystics have walked. We will go deep into meditation and learn Farima’s unique Indo-Iranian healing rituals, temple dances, and Sufi teachings. We will open ourselves to the channels of Light in this mystic land… A land is filled with Spiritual Elements!

**This journey is highly recommended for those who are ready to go deeper in their inner connection and the Divine. The Retreat is also part of the ‘Dance of the Soul’ Certification Program, and is highly recommended to those who are currently in the intensive Certificate Training Program with Farima.

The retreat includes:

• Farima’s special Sufi & Mystic Dance and Whirling training of Indo-Iran (Dance of the Soul Certificate Program)
• Temple Dances and Rituals of Indo-Iran
• Nightly Sacred Circles and Zikr
• Poetry in Motion: Featuring interpretive dance inspired from both Persian and Indian mystical stories and sacred art, illustrating the connection between Persian classical and Indian classical dance.
• Meditation, visualization, and Sound Healing with Ashraf Ali
• Farima’s unique 4 Element Breathing Therapy and Element Therapy.
• Sightseeing of sacred sites and temples of Jaisalmer
• Lectures and Sohbet (Sufi Talk) with Farima and Ashraf Ali
• Desert Tour: Camel walk, Whirling in the desert (with a special Sufi singer & musician) and sleeping under the sky!

Payment and Rules

Entire package per person: 600$
**Early Reg. by Jan. 2: 510
*Discount is given to Simorgh Dance Collective

A deposit of 250$ must be made to secure booking.

Payment Includes: All transportations, airport pickup, all meals, luxury/deluxe rooms for double occupancy, Jaisalmer sightseeing, desert tour and camping, workshops, caravan, etc.

Asraf Ali
Ashraf Ali was introduced to the world of meditation a decade ago. He visited many ashrams, meditated in different temples and monasteries, and practiced with Zen masters and Sufis of the desert. In 2007 he was initiated into the Osho commune in Pune and at Osho Nisarga, Dharmshala. He also became certified in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Since then, Ashraf has been sharing his humor, love, and passion by leading meditation and massage therapy in India and Europe. Guided by Osho, Ashraf continues to unravel the inner world of beauty, mystery, and sensuality through moments of celebration. Whenever connecting with people of many different cultures worldwide, Ashraf humbly describes himself in a few simple words: “I am the travel guide of your inner journey.”

Farima Berenji
Dance Ethnologist, International Performing Artist, Choreographer, Sufi Dance Master.
Founder and Artistic Director of Worldwide Simorgh School of Sacred Dance and Dance Collective

Award winning Dance Ethnologist and internationally acclaimed dance artist, choreographer, instructor, and an archaeologist specializing in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances of Persia, Ionia, and the Silk Road. Recognized as one of a few world scholarly experts of ancient and mystical Iranian dance ethnology, and an award winning teacher of Sacred Dance and Feminine Power through UNESCO, she travels worldwide to record, research, lecture, perform, educate, and to inspire dynamic creativity and rejuvenation through dance and movement. As a Magi (Iranian Shaman), Sufi (bloodline of St. Fatemeh) and Semazen, Farima is an exceptionally inspiring instructor strongly connected to spirituality and healing. 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. Farima teaches her own original findings, methods, techniques, and exercises to uncover the connection between the soul and dance movement.

Farima is the first and only Iranian woman to have been chosen as Dance Ambassador of Iran by UN. She has been honored with numerous awards in performing arts communities for excellence, cultural diplomacy and preservation. She is the recipient of the prestigious UN/UNA award for her dance ethnology research and globally advocating ancient Iranian and Central Asian dance education.

Farima and her company have performed for the UN, Governor of Alaska, Governor of CA, Governor of Spain, Ambassador of Canada, Ambassador of Turkey, and at the EU. Farima is the first Iranian-American woman to perform and be recognized by the National Folk Dance Organization of America, and her Simorgh Dance Collective was the first Iranian dance company, directed by an Iranian woman to perform during a reception for President Obama. She has been recognized by Congressman Mike Honda, the Iranian Women’s Rights Committee, and National Geographic. Her research and unique approach to sacred dance and ancient healing rituals are now being used in various institutions, dance schools, and healing centers worldwide.

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