May 25–27 Oakland, CA
Friday 7:30–9:30 Saturday 2–9 Sunday 2–9
Cost: $225 by May 1st, $260 after
Location: Temple Dara, 4920 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
Moving in the Ground of Self ~ Unearthing Our Origin Life-force
In these times of chronic stress, disconnection, and challenge to our most deeply held values and aspirations, Dancemeditation™ regenerates, heals, connects, and transports us to embodied presence again, and again. Dancemeditation™helps us trust ourselves. We move through the crust of harried surface worries and into our huge spiritual intelligence. Body speaks to us from the flow of our most Original self, freeing us from habitual patterns, and increasing our awareness of embodied present-ness. Without words, with beautiful music, with eyes open or closed, in the continual flow of breath awareness, we weave our inner and outer space and ignite our spiritual heart. Dunya’s powerful teaching guides participants into their depths, their aliveness, their presence.
We will take this weekend to savor and explore gentle curvilinear motion, vibration, hand dances, and breathing, rocking and more, side-by-side together. The movement period will be balanced with rest to allow integration. There will time for reflective writing as well as conversation focused on our experience. Practices include: Slow Movement Meditations, Deep State Motion, transformational dance, Veil Work, Dervish Whirling, writing, deep rest, spiritual conversation, and more.
Dancemeditation™ serves women and men seeking personal evolution through the deep truth in our body. Dancemeditation™ immerses participants in a journey of safe self-witnessing and kind, gentle inspiration. Dancemeditation™ provides ample time to delve into a relaxed, renewing, pleasurable proprioceptive expansion. Dancemeditation™ transports movers and meditators into subtle fields through deepening embodiment and refined somatic experience. Dancemeditation™ provides needed refreshment to those who give generously in their work. Dancemeditation offers us all clarity, peace, and renewal.
Join in if you wish revitalization, a deeper relationship with your body, a more sensual, intuitive connection to movement and to breathing, and an experience of the Sufi Way of embodied mysticism. We continue our exploration and healing side by side as a practicing community, deepening and submerging in the edge under the guidance of acclaimed authority, living Sufi master, and meditative leader, Dunya McPherson, Principal Teacher & Director of Dervish Society of America.
About Dunya: Dunya Dianne McPherson, BFA, MA, is an acclaimed authority and meditative leader. Juilliard graduate, Sufi Master, and NEA Choreography Fellow, Dunya’s USA teaching credits include Princeton University, Swarthmore College, New York University, Barnard College, Kripalu Center among others, and internationally the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Claudio Naranjo’s SAT Program, and Netherland’s Mystik Festival. Dunya has her MA in writing and is the author of Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh, a memoir about dance as a spiritual path.
– mat/blanket to exercise on
– loose comfortable movement clothing
– warm layers for rest periods
– journal & pen
– veil if you have one
– water bottle: During session, we do Water-In-Water-Out. Please leave your water bottle in the dressing room; when you go out of the studio to use the bathroom, rehydrate. No water bottles beside you in the studio.
– a light lunch
Cost: $225 by May 1st, $260 after
Payment, cancellation & tax-dedcution: Your payment, administered through Dervish Society of America, is tax-deductible. This fee is nonrefundable. In the event that you are unable to attend, you can still use your payment as a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting the Dervish Society of America (DSA), a nonprofit 501-C3 organization dedicated to the Path of embodied mysticism. DSA provides opportunities for personal development, exploratory inquiry into embodied spirituality, and community connection through practice, service, and performance.
“The body is a device to calculate the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe & become oceanic.” — Jallaludin Rumi