Mystical Andalusia
Garden Amidst the Flames

Ibn Arabi, Rumi and the Dance of Oneness

O Marvel! A garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
the tables of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take me,
that is my religion and my faith.

—Ibn Arabi

Give me ecstasy
Give Birth to the Beloved in me, and let this Lover die!
Let a thousand wrangling desires become one blazing love.

—Jalaledin Rumi

Dates:  July 9–16, 2017

Location:  Granada, Cordoba and Seville Spain

Faculty:  Andrew Harvey, Banafsheh Sayyad, and Jim Garrison
A co-presentation by the Wisdom School of Ubiquity University and the newly inaugurated School of The Dance of Oneness.

Academic Credit:  

Ubiquity University B.A. - 3 credits

The Wisdom School (WS) Doctoral - 4 credits

Fulfills Wisdom School’s Core Course Requirement for Mystics/The Mystical Traditions.

Fulfills 26 hrs towards 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification.


Public Audit $1,400.00 USD
UU BA/Masters Student/Alum Audit
$940.00 USD
UU Doctoral Student/Alum Audit
$1,250.00 USD
UU BA/Masters Student tuition
(3 credits) $1,260.00 USD
UU Doctoral Student Tuition
(4 credits) $2,010.00 USD
UU Doctoral Student Tuition Deposit
$500.00 USD
UU Doctoral Tuition Final Payment
$1,510.00 USD


  • Anyone attending both Chartres and Pilgrimage to Andalusia can receive a “combo” discount: email Stacy for one US $500 discount if taking both for academic credit, or one US $250 discount for anyone else attending both.
  • Students enrolled in B.A. and M.B.A. programs should email registrar Stacy for more information about course requirements for each degree level. Active BA and MBA students may apply for tuition discounts.

About the Pilgrimage

These poetic lines from the two greatest Sufi mystics describe the longing that leads the heart to break open and give birth to the ecstasy of surrender to a deeper experience of truth. Surrender your heart to dance, music, poetry, and the teachings of Ibn Arabi, known as the “Greatest Master” by Sufis, who opened up the Path of Knowledge, and Rumi, who opened up the Path of Love inspired by his beloved Shams. Open your being through the Sama (whirling), deep listening with the heart.

The setting for this heart and mind opening experience of the two greatest Sufi mystics will be Andalusia in southern Spain, where from the 8th to the 12th centuries, Islam established a garden of tolerance and peace between Judaism, Christianity and Islam that enabled a flowering of civilization in that region that inspired the world with its poetry, architecture, education, music, law, writing, and inclusive spirituality. It provided a model of mutual respect and civility that can inspire the world today.

We will base the journey in Granada with its magnificent Alhambra palace complex and home to the great caliphs of the Nasrid dynasty, the longest lasting dynasty that ruled the Andalusia region during the Islamic conquest. We will also explore the sacred sites of Granada including the Alhambra and visit the Sacramonte caves to watch zambra/flamenco. After our immersion in Granada, we will make a pilgrimage to Cordoba to visit the Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, and onto Seville, famous for flamenco and the site where Ibn Arabi lived for a time and began his education, right at the moment when the Caliphate in Andalusia was in decline and being supplanted by Christian Spain.

Banafsheh Sayyad and Andrew Harvey will be the principle faculty, joined by Jim Garrison. Banafsheh and Andrew have taught together many times and their retreats are known for their ability to catalyze lasting transformation and healing. The experience will leave you feeling deeply nourished in an empowered state of embodiment. Jim Garrison will provide historical and philosophical context for the Islamic conquest of Spain and the flowering of civilization that occurred there, framing its relevance to the complexities of our current civilizational challenges. Never before in history has the world more urgently needed the inspiration of inclusive embodied spirituality.


Learn to live and serve from your deepest sacred passion

Although they lived nearly 1,000 years ago, Ibn Arabi’s path of gnosis and Rumi’s vision of sacred passion can galvanize our hearts and minds in our time of complexity, turbulence and uncertainty. Dive into their transformative knowledge of the divine and practice of love and surrender through the Dance of Oneness. Immerse yourself in a sacred field of empowering grace that supports you in living with reverence and light from your deepest passion in the very midst of life. Ignite your creative flame, ground and embody your passion and what makes you most ALIVE through a weaving of sacred dance set to world music, Sama/whirling, zambra/flamenco, free-style dance, zikr/chanting, meditation, yoga, Sufi teachings, poetry, history, philosophy and excursions to the sacred sites of Andalusia. Uncover the connection between the flame of flamenco and the flame of the Sufi Sama/whirling. We will explore flamenco as the spirit of Shams and the meeting of the East as represented by Rumi and the West as represented by Ibn Arabi.

Dance of Oneness® is a joyous, loving and contemplative way to embody Spirit and live more freely, passionately and of service in the world. As a science of sacred embodiment, it brings together three dimensions: the art of dance explored through rigorous technique and self-expression; healing; and wisdom teachings. Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi Ritual and Whirling, flamenco, Persian dance, trance and Tai chi. Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine wisdom, the Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork. Dance of Oneness is open to everyone regardless of your background in dance and movement, age, gender and especially physical impediments. One of the main mottos of this modality is “don’t be limited by your limitations!” It is offered at mixed levels and is open to all, suitable for people with little or no background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and soul through sacred movement.

Banafsheh Sayyad

Required Reading

Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi

Andrew Harvey, The Teachings of Rumi

Steven Hirrtenstein, The Unlimited Mercifier: The Spiritual Life and thought of Ibn Arabi

Writing Assignments

Post-Paper Assignment

Write a 15–20 page essay that distills your understanding of how the teachings of Ibn Arabi and Rumi, as you have experienced their teachings through the Dance of Oneness, can serve as a model for our contemporary challenges. Draw upon the history and culture of Andalusia as you experienced it during our time there.