Sacred Dance of the Heart
June 28th - July 4th, 2018
Spaces limited as this is meant to be an intimate and deep experience!
Early Bird by May 15: 600 Euro
After May 15: 750 Euro
(Includes immersion and 3 simple, healthy vegetarian meals a day)
*Discounts available for regular Nava students/collective members, anyone registering for more than one immersion during the Summer 2018.
*Limited work-trade options
Accommodations range from:
- ~20-40 euro per night for a shared room
- ~10 euro a night for a simpler, group-shared room
- Free for work-trade participants or anyone financially challenged
To register Email Miriam
Mutlu Baba Cultural Center Dergah, Gokcedere is one hour from Istanbul in the beautiful nature surroundings of Yalova. The area is a quiet village setting that has beautiful hiking, and natural healing hot springs.
In the Sacred Circle we will join our hearts in dance, song, breath and prayer. We will journey through embodied prayers and intentions to embrace dance as movement medicine for the heart. Traditional circle dances from Central Asia, Bektashi sema dances, whirling, ritual and creative process will all be a part of our dance sanctuary exploration.
We will be graced with many special guests, including Alper Akctay, musicians Neyzen Amir Shahsar and Meira Segal, multi-instrumentalist Efren Lopez, and more! We will also be blessed with a very special guest Sheikh Issa Nessim who will lead us in sohbet (spiritual discussion) and zikr (remembrance practice.)
Nava Dance is a holistic movement practice developed by Miriam Peretz. Nava Dance is rooted in intentional movement and ritual to awaken the highest potential of self individually and communally. The dance practices are inspired by the movement of circles, spirals and cycles that we find within the physical, energetic, and universal body. Classes integrate intensive dance experience, sequences focused on healthy alignment and spinal fluidity, focused breath work, and improvisation. Nava Dance also draws inspiration from Silk Road (Central Asian) aesthetics, and from the devotional practice of whirling. Core essentials to Nava dance include- intention driven movement, finding alignment in body, mind and spirit, and nurturing deep sisterhood and connection through the art of dance.
This first Nava Dance Immersion is organized by Flor Menudita. Flor Menudita is an association and open community of artists who believe in the evolutionary potential of the human being through artistic practice. The association promotes well-being and personal growth through dance, conscious movement and videodance.
Thursday, June 28th
Arrival day (anytime in the afternoon)
8:00-10:00- Opening rituals
Friday, June 29th - Monday, July 2 (Rough Daily Schedule)
10:00-1:00- Dance session
4:00-6:00- Dance/movement session
8:00-10:00- Live music, poetry, whirling, prayer & improvisation
Tuesday, July 3
Trip to Sacred Sites
Wednesday, July 4
10:00-12:00 Closing Circle & Hamam!
*JULY 5th starts the first day of a beautiful Sema gathering at the dergah that will go on for many days. All are welcome to stay and join in the festivities