Farima Berenji Workshops in Cumberland

An Inspiring Weekend of Dance and Sema with Farima Berenji
March 6th, 7th & 8th at the Abbey Studio, 1st & Penrith Ave. Cumberland

Sacred Dance Performances and Sema Gathering 
with Farima and guest dancers
Friday, March 6th  7:30PM- 10:30 PM

Saturday workshop~Dances of the Caspian Sea 
We will take us on a journey to the Caspian Sea region of Iran! Home to the great ancient Goddess Anahita, the brave warrioress Azad Dylami, and a region known for its great Caviar. In this workshop we will take a dance and music journey into the splendid green and fertile land, woods, farms, and paddy fields of Caspian Sea region, where dance and music depicts the life of a people who live in the rice fields, love nature, and lead a simple life. We will learn their great history, costuming, and dance styles such as, Ghassem Abadi (Rice/Basket Dance), Mazandarani, and Taleshi. In the last part of the workshop we will learn a fun and festive choreography. 

*Please bring a basket and Gypsy skirt 

Sunday workshop~ “Awakening” Sacred Dance Workshop

Farima’s signature workshop “Awakening,” which is based on her many years of research on Persian, Near Eastern, and Ionian sacred and mystical dances, history and rituals.
We will take on the path of the ancients, a journey of discovery, in space and time...reconnecting with ancient Gods, Goddess and Sacred Animals of ancient Persia and the Near East. Drinking deeply from hidden wells of inspiration, now being revealed in our time, we re-discover ourselves in the process. Join us on the exciting and unique journey of inner and outer exploration as we awake these figures. In this workshop we will learn various dances that depicts the creation of the Universe through a spinning series of fantastic formations, metamorphoses, and rhythmic dance.
We will learn the great history, movements and dances of the ancient Persian Gods/Goddess, Elements, Sacred Animals and the ‘Star of Magi” (The 8 pointed Sacred Star of Persia). The workshop will be followed by Farima’s signature Sacred Circle and Sacred turns based on ancient sacred Persian Flowers.
In the last part of the workshop we will learn a beautiful Persian Mystical choreography. If time, Farima will also teach a beautiful Persian Classical choreography.

*Please bring a flower that inspires you.

For more info about Farima Berenji

Dance Workshops Saturday and Sunday 10:30AM -5:00PM  (pot luck lunch/break/Q&A 1-2PM each day)

 Sat. & Sunday workshop registration includes the Friday evening event and Saturday evening Healing Zikr.

$150 early bird (before Feb. 1st)

$175 after Feb. 1st

$75 early bird, one day only, $90 after Feb. 1st

Register by mailing a cheque to Cathy Stoyko, box 1196, Cumberland B.C. V0R 1S0
Register in person at Village Muse Books & Curios, 2720 Dunsmuire Ave. Cumberland
with Paypal
*please specify which day you are attending if you are registering for one day only

                                                           early bird price

For additional info, questions… contact Cathy by email 
or call (250) 400-LION Tues. - Sat. 10:30-5PM

Coming from outside the Comox Valley? 
Here are a few suggestions for accommodations in Cumberland all with 2 blocks walking distance to the Abbey Studio.

Riding Fool Hostel, the nicest you’ve seen and there are private rooms available~   http://www.ridingfool.com
Only one block away and dancers attending past retreats have given the Stansbury Guest House rave reviews!    

Farima teaching~ 

Video from Spring 2014 Sema Gathering and Sacred dance performances
 at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland