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New Moon Sufi Whirling (Sema) Workshop

  • Sage Academy of Sound Healing 6 Deming Street Woodstock, NY, 12498 United States (map)

The Sufi poet Rumi originated the practice of Sema, also known as Sufi whirling, in 13th century Turkey. Sema means to listen to the sound of Divine Reality that is always calling us home. Sufism is a religion of Love, beyond all forms and creeds, and it's primary aim is to bring one into the presence of the beloved.

Through body-centered movement, breathing exercises, vocalizations and drumming, we will focus on awakening our spiritual heart, clearing energetic blockages in the body and becoming a channel of divine love. This moving meditation is not a way to tune out, but rather a practice to harmonize body, mind and heart to the inherent beauty and unity of the natural world, from the smallest atom to the stars.

These practices have been transmitted through a lineage of Sufi masters originating in 17th century Istanbul.

* Please come wearing comfortable clothes

* Please do not eat right before class

* This class has live music

Juliet Rabia Gentile holds an MA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from New School University. She is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community. Juliet served as a spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan and has led Sufi prayer ceremonies throughout New York at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Omega Institute, The Abode, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary and One Spirit Learning Alliance. She teaches Sema (Sufi whirling) both privately and in groups in NYC. She is a vocalist in several ensembles including American Sufi Project, Red Union, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe and I Guillari di Piazza.

$35 for workshop
To Register, please email:
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Earlier Event: July 19
Sufi Zikr in Woodstock