Under the Influence: Sunday 12pm

This workshop will explore the intoxication that comes from drinking the wine of a different tavern. It is an introduction to Sema, the ritual ‘dance’ of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, whose inspiration comes from Persian mystic philosopher and poet Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi. It will focus on whirling as active meditation and include history, Sufi poetry and music, as well as unique exercises and tips against dizziness. Requirements: passion, patience, a pillow or mat, relaxed clothing and good socks. Open your arms if you want to be held.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson has over a decade of study under Turkish Rifa’i Marufi Sheikh Sherif Baba Catalkaya and Open Secret Semazenbashi/Teacher Raqib Brian Burke. She has performed and taught across Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the U.S. as part of the Vancouver Rumi Society (Canada) and music groups Mercan Dede (Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada). She is also a poet, performer, arts organizer and educator. www.mothertonguemedia.com

photo credit: Temmuz Arsiray, Istanbul 2008

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Unifier Festival is a Healing and Expressive Arts Festival, A Sacred World Music Festival, and a Beach Party. Immerse Yourself in Nature on 417 community owned acres in the foothills of the Berkshires

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