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The Sufi poet Rumi originated the practice of Sema, also known as whirling, in 13th century Turkey. Sema means to listen to the voice of the Divine and this moving meditation allows one to tune out the demands of the world and hear the ecstatic call of the heart. 

Through body-centered movement, breathing exercises and vocalizations, we will focus on awakening our spiritual heart, clearing energetic blockages in the body and becoming a channel of divine energy. These practices have been transmitted through a lineage of Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi masters originating in 17th century Istanbul. 

Juliet Rabia Gentile holds a Master’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s Degree from New School University. Juliet is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order. Juliet served as a spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan and has lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary and One Spirit Learning Alliance. She teaches whirling both privately and in groups in NYC. She also performs as a vocalist in several ensembles including Brooklyn Raga Massive, American Sufi Project, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe, I Guillari di Piazza, and Saqi Ensemble.

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