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Path of the Mystica:

Women’s Sacred Dance and Temple Arts Retreat

June 17-26, 2019

Oneirema Retreat Center,

Crete, Greece

Early Bird discount until april 5th!

 

Enter in Beloved,

Take your seat in the circle of devotion,

Allow the flame of your heart to ignite,

  Throw your whole self in to this love divine!

Remember the sweetness of your essence,

And offer it onto the altar

Of the One who dances through you.

Become both the lover and the Beloved

Of this one precious life.

 

Immerse Yourself In The Temple Arts Of The Feminine For 10 Days

 

Join Halo Seronko of Shakti Temple Arts and Schirin Chams-Diba of Essence of the Feminine for a journey into the heart of what it is to be Mystica. Through the devotional arts of the Sacred Feminine we connect with the divinity within and without, with a circle of sisterhood and the power and beauty of nature. In this retreat we will be exploring the arts of:

 

 Mystical Persian Dance

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Persian Dance is the embodiment of delicacy, elegance, grace, beauty, poetry, art and spirituality. Rooted in Persian aesthetics, the dance form with its curvature, steps, hand gestures, facial expressions, mood and subtleness resembles the intricacy of miniature art and calligraphy. Throughout the class, we will explore Classical and Contemporary Persian Dance technique, 6/8 musicality (as well as more rhythmic occurrences in Persian music) and Persian culture. We will draw inspiration from some of the greatest Persian Sufi poets such as Hafiz and Rumi and explore Sufi inspired ecstatic whirling techniques, thus allowing ourselves to be intoxicated by Divine Love just as the great Mystics intended for us.

 

Sufi Mysticism

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Let us be inspired by the great Sufi mystics Rumi and Hafiz to go on a journey towards the Beloved by letting their poetry ‘intoxicate’ us with Divine Love.  

By incorporating elements of focused breath-work, prayers, various turning practices, ritualized movement, and intentions, we will create personally meaningful and interpretative dances. In the Sufi Dervish whirling tradition, Sema (listening with the heart) opens up a channel in us through which we receive the blessings of the Heavens, guide them through our Hearts and offer them out the Earth. 

 

Mystical Belly Dance

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Belly Dance is considered one of the most ancient known dance forms, its roots planted in the Near East/Mediterranean. Initially a reverential dance to the Great Mother Goddess, this dance served as an intimate ritual dance during feminine rites of passage such as birth, moon flow, marriage, motherhood and menopause. Women strengthened their bonds and healed through dancing, drumming, singing and praying together.

In a re-creation of such a circle of dance, we move in our own lunar rhythms and connect with our naturally arising womb wisdom. We apply the sacred symbology of undulations, waves, spirals, circles infinity loops and shimmies, linking in with the beginning point: the 'bindu'- navel of the universe. We conjur up and harmonize energies of earth, air, fire and water in our own beings. Our Higher Selves serve as our *Guiding Stars*. 

 

Odissi Temple Dance

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Odissi is a Classical Indian Dance form with roots in the Jugannath and Krishna Temples of Orissa, India. Odissi is a dance of grace, beauty, power and most importantly, devotion. It is yogic in origin, with it's postures and mudras opening the bodies energetic pathways; and subtle movements activating the primary energy centers, or chakras. Odissi is an exquisitely postural dance form, which harmonizes masculine and feminine energies in the body through the strong footwork softened by flowing torso, wrist and eye movements. It is a dance of expression, where the dancer literally embodies different archetypal energies through Bhava, or emotion. Odissi, in it's highest expression, is a Bhakti (devotional) yoga with the goal to lead us into the light of Moksha (liberation) through our seamless merging with the Divine.


 

Tantra Yoga and Ritual

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Weaving the threads of meditation, asana, pranayama, puja, and ritual we deepen into Tantric theory getting to know intimately the forces of nature and consciousness that are the essence of existence. Through the languages of mudra, mantra and yantra we come to know the ultimate union, the merging of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within the Temple of our very own bodies. Tantra Yoga is an invitation to remember our own Divinity, to awaken our true nature, and to begin living as embodied Dieties through the temple of the heart, and the way of beauty and mindfulness.

 

Tantric Dance

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The Temple of Shakti resides within the womb of every woman. In this powerful ritual dance we release any concepts of form and structure and dive deeply into the impulse of the womb. Following the serpentine pleasure that arises from this space we begin to move fully informed by this mysterious and powerful energy that resides within in order to heal, to magnetize, to transmit and to expand into our fullest energetic potential as women.

 

 

 

Archetypal Embodiment…

The Beloved is met through the recognition of our own divine nature. As we journey throughout this 10 days we will be exploring different archetypes of the Divine Feminine to aid us along the Path of the Mystica as we ultimately step through the gateway of the great union with the Beloved within.

 

About the Oneirema Retreat Center…

At Oneirema Retreat center on the island of Crete we will be immersed in the elements of nature. With a creek flowing through our center, our open air practice space, our accommodations close to the earth and our food from their abundant gardens we will have the opportunity to dive deep into our practices with the profound support of our environment. This is the ideal center to go inward, to recharge and rejuvenate while allowing the power of our journey to unfold and deeply integrate!

How to Get there…

Oneirema Retreat Center is in Chania on the island of Crete. Crete has two airports, one in Heraklion and one in Chania. We advise flying in to Chania. From the Chania airport we will provide a group shuttle to the center, or personal shuttles can be booked.

 

Why You Will Love The Island of Crete …

Crete is a magical tapestry of splendid beaches, ancient treasures, and landscapes encompassing vibrant cities and dreamy villages, where locals share their traditions, wonderful cuisine and generous spirit. There’s something undeniably artistic in the way the Cretan landscape unfolds, from the sun-drenched beaches in the north to the rugged canyons spilling out at the cove-carved and cliff-lined southern coast. In between, valleys cradle moody villages, and round-shouldered hills are the overture to often snow-dabbed mountains. Crete’s natural beauty is equaled only by the richness of its history.

Retreat Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival and Logistics

2pm Arrival

6pm Dinner

7pm Logistics and Settling in

Day 2: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast

9am Opening Circle and Communal Altar Creation

10am Tantra Yoga-Earth Element

12:30 Lunch and Break

3pm Calling in the Ancestors Circle Dance

6pm Dinner

8pm Lecture: The Path of the Mystica; Persian Mysticism, Tantra Yoga and the Devadasi

Day 3: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast

9am Tantra Yoga-Fire Element

10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance

12:30pm Lunch and Break

3pm Mystical Persian Dance

6pm Dinner

8pm Womb Clearing/Seeding Ritual

Day 4: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast

9am Tantra Yoga Womb Practice & Mystical Belly Dance

12:30pm Picnic Lunch

FREE TIME

6pm Dinner

8pm Tantric Dance Ritual: The Ascent

SOLSTICE Day 5: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Pink

7:30am Breakfast

9am Surya Fire Ceremony and Tantra Yoga-Sun Salutations

FREE TIME

12:30pm Lunch

3pm Mystical Persian Dance

6pm Dinner

8pm SOLSTICE CELEBRATION AND HAFLA

Day 6: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Pink

7:30am Breakfast

9am Tantra Yoga-Air Element

10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance

12:30pm Lunch and Break

3pm Mystical Persian Dance

6pm Dinner

8pm Song Circle and Sacred Fire

Day 7: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Turquoise

7:30am Breakfast

10am Tantra Yoga-Water Element and Lunar Focus

12pm Lunch

BEACH and Sunset Aphrodite Ceremony

7pm Dinner

Day 8: Archetype-Artemis, Focus-Spirit, Color-White

7:30am Breakfast

9am Tantra Yoga-Air Element

10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance

12:30pm Lunch and Break

3pm Rumi Poetry in Motion-Whirling

6pm Dinner

FREE EVENING

Day 9: Archetype-Artemis, Focus-Spirit, Color-White

7:30am Breakfast

9am Tantra Yoga-Sacred Union Focus

10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance

12:30 Lunch

FREE TIME

5pm Shiva-Shakti Puja and Sacred Union Tantric Dance Ritual

8pm Feast of Agape (Dinner)

Day 10: Closing and Completion

7:30am Breakfast

9am Closing Ceremony

2pm Exit Retreat Center

*Subject to change as we near the retreat

 

Meet your Facilitators…

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Halo Seronko

Halo Seronko is the creatrix of Shakti Temple Arts where she serves as a Temple Dancer, Priestess and Tantric Yogini guiding women deeper into their innate radiance and power as the living Goddess, Shakti.

Living between the holy land of India and the USA for the past 6 years, Halo has been bridging the worlds by bringing ancient traditions of Shakti embodiment to the West. While in India she studies Classical Indian Temple Dance and Tantra, and goes on extensive pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Goddess. The mysteries of the feminine and of the womb have been her guiding lights upon her quest for deeper and deeper embodied understanding of the Goddess, and thus she has been diving deep into ancient practices of Shakti cultivation from various traditions for the past decade.

Shakti Temple Arts is Halo’s offering to the rise of the Divine Feminine. Through time tested lineages of embodiment, consciousness, health and beauty practices, Shakti Temple Arts offers keys to unlocking the soul's yearning for expression of it's innate divinity in THIS life, and in THIS body.

Halo believes that Temple is a vessel for God/Goddess, be it an ancient architectural structure, or our very bodies, breath and consciousness. It is a way of life that acknowledges the Sacred in all that is, and offers reverence and awe in the form of beauty, and the cultivation of embodied awareness.

Halo has taught and performed these arts in India, Guatemala, Australia and along the West Coast of the USA.

 
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Schirin Chams-Diba

Schirin Chams-Diba is a dancer, yogini, mystic woman and world-traveller from the heart.

Through her Persian heritage, she has been exposed to the mysticism, arts, music and culture from the Orient since a young age. Her family is rooted in Tabriz. So is Shams-e-Tabriz (the Great Mystic Rumi's Sufi master) with whom she shares not only origins but also the name.

Early on in her path of sacred movement, Schirin intuited the esoteric commonalities between Yoga and various sacred, classical and folkloric dance forms from the Near East, Central Asia and India. She has been an avid disciple of Yoga, Sufism, Shamanism and the Sacred Feminine Arts. Bringing together all these riches has led her to develop her method for ‘Essence of the Feminine- Dance, Yoga, Mystical Arts & Medicine of the Feminine’.
For the past decade, Schirin has taught sacred movement medicine classes and workshops in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, Bali, India, USA, Guatemala and Turkey. 

Pricing:

$1800 USD (Before april 5th)

$2000 USD (After april 5th)


Non-refundable deposit: $500 usd

full payment due by june 3rd

scholarships available until april 5th!

 

What’s included…

  • 3 Vegetarian/Vegan meals per day

  • Shared teepee lodging with 4 people (some private lodging available in individual canvas tents, please inquire below)

  • All classes and activities within the retreat (an average of three sessions per day)

  • Group nature excursions

What’s not included…

  • Airline tickets to or from Greece

  • Travel to or from the retreat center (can be arranged by center but paid personally)

  • Personal shopping and excursions

  • Massage sessions during retreat

  • Optional full moon Aphrodite pilgrimage

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Testimonials from 2018 Retreat:

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The Path of the Mystica Retreat was such an eloquent process in transformation through somatic therapy and devotion. I experienced deep healing and am excited to see this resonance through my life path.

Schirin is a master of dancing the metaphor of life’s mystery and dropping deep into the heart chamber, thus bringing meaning to each movement.

Halo has a way of transmitting spiritual practice that brings me to deep presence. Through her guidance I feel more awareness to subtle energies in my body and receive their healing messages.

Both instructors teach with a humility and compassion that awakens my own deep compassion and expansive view of unconditional love.”

~Hailey Sanura, Dancer and Massage Therapist, Nevada City CA, USA


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“This retreat was so nourishing spiritually. It really was a divine temple space in a magical circle of women where we were invited to dance our wildness, reveal and release our fears, and melt into deep ecstatic love with the Divine.

This is the magic that our soul’s crave…and here it is!

Facilitated by two beautiful Goddesses, Priestesses and Mysticas themselves.

Thank you beautiful Schirin and magical Halo for inviting and nourishing the Mystica in all of us!”

~Abigail Alaine, Dancer and Artist, Pennsylvania PA, USA