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SACRED DANCE - SUFISM: BREATH WORK, SOUND HEALING AND ZIKR ZAR-HADRA: HEALING THROUGH WHIRLING AND TRANCE DANCE
By AMEL TAFSOUT
1. Dhikr or Zikr: "Remembrance of the Divine", "invocation"
It is involving the recitation of the Names of God. Essentially, the practice of dhikr is a form of prayer in which the Sufi/Muslim will express his or her remembrance of God; this may come in the form of recitation or simply always remembering God in one’s heart. Followers of Sufism often engage in ritualized dhikr ceremonies, the details of which sometimes vary between Sufi orders or tariqah. Each order, or lineage within an order, has one or more forms for group dhikr, the liturgy of which may include recitation, singing, music, dance, costumes, incense, muraqaba (meditation), ecstasy, and trance.
The haḍra is a communal gathering for dhikr and its associated liturgical rituals, prayers, and song recitals, performing both in private or public. Though the haḍra is popular (in part because of the controversy surrounding it), it is mostly practiced in North Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey.
2. Sound healing:
Sound Healing is a therapeutic field rapidly taking note by modern medicine and science due to its effective applications. Because we are vibrational beings, healing occurs though the effect of appropriate application of intentional sound, or the expression of unfelt emotions. Sound healers use voice, musical instruments, to affect change in our well being. Sound has been used as a healing catalyst throughout human history, across cultural bounds. Whether the nomadic shaman, the Tibetan Lama, or Christian, Islamic, Hindu, African or Jewish priest, musician, or cantor, sound has been found to carry us closer to that we hold as sacred, and to that we view as whole. Indeed, "to be whole" is the very meaning of "healing." Sacred Singing, mantras and chant, toning (sounding one's unfelt emotions or improvised sounds expressing emotion,) Sacred Sound (touching the deeper consciousness waiting to be found and expressed,) entrainment, shamanic drumming, music therapy, the use of clear intention, communication, and mindfulness, all have a growing body of scientific foundation as to their effective use in the healing continuum of body, mind, and spirit.
3. ZAR- HADRA
Zar (in Egypt, Sudan and the Middle East) and Hadra (in North Africa) are one of the few still existing ancient healing ceremony, originating from Africa; it is still common that women get together in order to release sadness, pain, frustration and diseases through music and dance.
Amel Tafsout grew up with this dance form and also studied healing arts. She has been leading this workshop in many European countries and the U.S. and helped many people to release blockages and the fear of changing, to embrace their rebirth and surrender to the New Life!
The workshop will start with some warm up, breathing, body work, sound healing before it will lead to the whirling/spinning and end with the Zar/Hadra Trance. It is crucial that if we want to “let go” we need to feel “safe” in the community as only a “safe” environment can enable us to release.
The participants are invited to wear white comfortable clothes.
Please bring a small blanket and a long shawl as well some chocolate or candies (chocolate will be provided!)
More About AMEL TAFSOUT
Amel Tafsout – meaning “Hopes of Spring” – is an inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, dance and language instructor, and frame drummer, singer and energy worker.
Raised in Algeria, she grew up with traditional healing practices of her native country. She studied spiritual healing and mediumship at the College of Psychic Studies in London, U.K. After being certified she got interested in Reiki and became a Reiki Master. In the U.S.A, she studied S.R.T (Spiritual Response Therapy).
With master’s research in dance anthropology, continuous training in various healing practices, along with her knowledge and experience in music and dance and coming from a lineage of a Sufi spiritual tradition, Tafsout developed her own workshop in sacred dance. She combines her traditional healing background with her learning experience in Sound healing and Zikr, breath work, whirling and trance.
Tafsout is like a voyager between countries, culture and languages. Fluent in five languages, she is always aware of people’s ways of finding healing practices to overcome various life issues and of the impact that cultures have in art and how that can be expressed in dance.
Tafsout has lectured, danced, taught, sung and conducted anthropological research in many countries. She has been featured in various TV programs in Europe and North Africa. She also published many articles related to dance as a healing form. Her research focuses on the Ritual in Maghreb dances as well as looking at dance as a healing form.
While currently living in the U.S.A. Amel Tafsout is still performing and teaching worldwide.