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Enter in Beloved,

Take your seat in the circle of devotion,

Allow the flame of your heart to ignite,

  Throw your whole self in to this love divine!

Remember the sweetness of your essence,

And offer it onto the altar

Of the One who dances through you.

Become both the lover and the Beloved

Of this one precious life.

Immerse yourself in the temple arts of the feminine for 10 days

Join Halo Seronko of Shakti Temple Arts and Schirin Chams-Diba of  Essence of the Feminine for a journey into the heart of what it is to be Mystica. Through the devotional arts of the Sacred Feminine we connect with the divinity within and without, with a circle of sisterhood and the power and beauty of nature. In this retreat we will be exploring the arts of:



Mystical Persian Dance

Persian Dance is the embodiment of delicacy, elegance, grace, beauty, poetry, art and spirituality. Rooted in Persian aesthetics, the dance form with its curvature, steps, hand gestures, facial expressions, mood and subtleness resembles the intricacy of miniature art and calligraphy. Throughout the class, we will explore Classical and Contemporary Persian Dance technique, 6/8 musicality (as well as more rhythmic occurrences in Persian music) and Persian culture. We will draw inspiration from some of the greatest Persian Sufi poets such as Hafiz and Rumi and explore Sufi inspired ecstatic whirling techniques, thus allowing ourselves to be intoxicated by Divine Love just as the great Mystics intended for us.





Sufi Mysticism

Let us be inspired by the great Sufi mystics Rumi and Hafiz to go on a journey towards the Beloved by letting their poetry ‘intoxicate’ us with Divine Love.  

By incorporating elements of focused breath-work, prayers, various turning practices, ritualized movement, and intentions, we will create personally meaningful and interpretative dances. In the Sufi Dervish whirling tradition, Sema (listening with the heart) opens up a channel in us through which we receive the blessings of the Heavens, guide them through our Hearts and offer them out the Earth.



Mystical Belly Dance

Belly Dance is considered one of the most ancient known dance forms, its roots planted in the Near East/Mediterranean. Initially a reverential dance to the Great Mother Goddess, this dance served as an intimate ritual dance during feminine rites of passage such as birth, moon flow, marriage, motherhood and menopause. Women strengthened their bonds and healed through dancing, drumming, singing and praying together.

In a re-creation of such a circle of dance, we move in our own lunar rhythms and connect with our naturally arising womb wisdom. We apply the sacred symbology of undulations, waves, spirals, circles infinity loops and shimmies, linking in with the beginning point: the 'bindu'- navel of the universe. We conjur up and harmonize energies of earth, air, fire and water in our own beings. Our Higher Selves serve as our *Guiding Stars*. 




Odissi Temple Dance

Odissi is a Classical Indian Dance form with roots in the Jugannath and Krishna Temples of Orissa, India. Odissi is a dance of grace, beauty, power and most importantly, devotion. It is yogic in origin, with it's postures and mudras opening the bodies energetic pathways; and subtle movements activating the primary energy centers, or chakras. Odissi is an exquisitely postural dance form, which harmonizes masculine and feminine energies in the body through the strong footwork softened by flowing torso, wrist and eye movements. It is a dance of expression, where the dancer literally embodies different archetypal energies through Bhava, or emotion. Odissi, in it's highest expression, is a Bhakti (devotional) yoga with the goal to lead us into the light of Moksha (liberation) through our seamless merging with the Divine.




Tantra Yoga and Ritual

Weaving the threads of meditation, asana, pranayama, puja, and ritual we deepen into Tantric theory getting to know intimately the forces of nature and consciousness that are the essence of existence. Through the languages of mudra, mantra and yantra we come to know the ultimate union, the merging of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within the Temple of our very own bodies. Tantra Yoga is an invitation to remember our own Divinity, to awaken our true nature, and to begin living as embodied Dieties through the temple of the heart, and the way of beauty and mindfulness.





Tantric Dance

The Temple of Shakti resides within the womb of every woman. In this powerful ritual dance we release any concepts of form and structure and dive deeply into the impulse of the womb. Following the serpentine pleasure that arises from this space we begin to move fully informed by this mysterious and powerful energy that resides within in order to heal, to magnetize, to transmit and to expand into our fullest energetic potential as women.



Archetypal Embodiment

The Beloved is met through the recognition of our own divine nature. As we journey throughout this 10 days we will be exploring different archetypes of the Divine Feminine to aid us along the Path of the Mystica as we ultimately step through the gateway of the great union with the Beloved within.


Our retreat center

Oneirema Retreat Center

At Oneirema Retreat center on the island of Crete we will be immersed in the elements of nature. With a creek flowing through our center, our open air practice space, our accommodations close to the earth and our food from their abundant gardens we will have the opportunity to dive deep into our practices with the profound support of our environment. This is the ideal center to go inward, to recharge and rejuvenate while allowing the power of our journey to unfold and deeply integrate!

Getting there

Oneirema Retreat Center is in Chania on the island of Crete. Crete has two airports, one in Heraklion and one in Chania. We advise flying in to Chania. From the Chania airport we will provide a group shuttle to the center, or personal shuttles can be booked.


The Island of Crete

Crete is a magical tapestry of splendid beaches, ancient treasures, and landscapes encompassing vibrant cities and dreamy villages, where locals share their traditions, wonderful cuisine and generous spirit. There’s something undeniably artistic in the way the Cretan landscape unfolds, from the sun-drenched beaches in the north to the rugged canyons spilling out at the cove-carved and cliff-lined southern coast. In between, valleys cradle moody villages, and round-shouldered hills are the overture to often snow-dabbed mountains. Crete’s natural beauty is equaled only by the richness of its history.


Retreat Schedule

(Subject to Slight Change)

Day 1: Arrival and Logistics

2pm Arrival
6pm Dinner
7pm Logistics and Settling in

Day 2: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast
9am Opening Circle and Communal Altar Creation
10am Tantra Yoga-Earth Element
12:30 Lunch and Break
3pm Calling in the Ancestors Circle Dance
6pm Dinner
8pm Lecture: The Path of the Mystica; Persian Mysticism, Tantra Yoga and the Devadasi

Day 3: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast
9am Tantra Yoga-Fire Element
10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance
12:30pm Lunch and Break
3pm Mystical Persian Dance
6pm Dinner
8pm Womb Clearing/Seeding Ritual

Day 4: Archetype-Inanna, Focus-Womb, Color-Red

7:30am Breakfast
9am Cave Excursion: Tantra Yoga Womb Practice Mystical Belly Dance in Cave
12:30pm Picnic Lunch
6pm Dinner
8pm Tantric Dance Ritual: The Ascent

Day 5: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Pink

7:30am Breakfast
9am Tantra Yoga-Air Element
10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance
12:30pm Lunch and Break
3pm Mystical Persian Dance
6pm Dinner
8pm Song Circle and Sacred Fire

SOLSTICE Day 6: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Pink

7:30am Breakfast
9am Surya Fire Ceremony and Tantra Yoga-Sun Salutations
12:30pm Lunch
3pm Mystical Persian Dance
6pm Dinner

Day 7: Archetype-Aphrodite, Focus-Heart, Color-Turquoise

7:30am Breakfast
10am Tantra Yoga-Water Element and Lunar Focus
12pm Lunch
BEACH and Sunset Aphrodite Ceremony
7pm Dinner

Day 8: Archetype-Artemis, Focus-Spirit, Color-White

7:30am Breakfast
9am Tantra Yoga-Air Element
10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance
12:30pm Lunch and Break
3pm Rumi Poetry in Motion-Whirling
6pm Dinner

Day 9: Archetype-Artemis, Focus-Spirit, Color-White

7:30am Breakfast
9am Tantra Yoga-Sacred Union Focus
10am Mystical Belly Dance or Odissi Temple Dance
12:30 Lunch
5pm Shiva-Shakti Puja and Sacred Union Tantric Dance Ritual
8pm Feast of Agape (Dinner)

Day 10: Closing and Completion

7:30am Breakfast
9am Closing Ceremony
2pm Exit Retreat Center


We will have a massage therapist available for bookings throughout the retreat.

Aphrodite Full Moon Pilgrimage

On June 27th we invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Aphrodite and Hermes. This is not included in the expense of the retreat but will be pay-your-way.



Your Guides


Halo Seronko

Halo Seronko is the creatrix of Shakti Temple Arts where she serves as a Temple Dancer, Priestess and Tantric Yogini guiding women deeper into their innate radiance and power as the living Goddess, Shakti.

Living between the holy land of India and the USA for the past 6 years, Halo has been bridging the worlds by bringing ancient traditions of Shakti embodiment to the West. While in India she studies Classical Indian Temple Dance and Tantra, and goes on extensive pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Goddess. The mysteries of the feminine and of the womb have been her guiding lights upon her quest for deeper and deeper embodied understanding of the Goddess, and thus she has been diving deep into ancient practices of Shakti cultivation from various traditions for the past decade.

Shakti Temple Arts is Halo’s offering to the rise of the Divine Feminine. Through time tested lineages of embodiment, consciousness, health and beauty practices, Shakti Temple Arts offers keys to unlocking the soul's yearning for expression of it's innate divinity in THIS life, and in THIS body.

Halo believes that Temple is a vessel for God/Goddess, be it an ancient architectural structure, or our very bodies, breath and consciousness. It is a way of life that acknowledges the Sacred in all that is, and offers reverence and awe in the form of beauty, and the cultivation of embodied awareness.

Halo has taught and performed these arts in India, Guatemala, Australia and along the West Coast of the USA.

More about Halo Seronko and Shakti Temple Arts here:


Schirin Chams-Diba

Schirin Chams-Diba is a dancer, yogini, mystic woman and world-traveller from the heart.

Through her Persian heritage, she has been exposed to the mysticism, arts, music and culture from the Orient since a young age. Her family is rooted in Tabriz. So is Shams-e-Tabriz (the Great Mystic Rumi's Sufi master) with whom she shares not only origins but also the name.

Early on in her path of sacred movement, Schirin intuited the esoteric commonalities between Yoga and various sacred, classical and folkloric dance forms from the Near East, Central Asia and India. She has been an avid disciple of Yoga, Sufism, Shamanism and the Sacred Feminine Arts. Bringing together all these riches has led her to develop her method for ‘Essence of the Feminine- Dance, Yoga, Mystical Arts & Medicine of the Feminine’.
For the past decade, Schirin has taught sacred movement medicine classes and workshops in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, Bali, India, USA, Guatemala and Turkey. 

More about Schirin and Essence of the Feminine here:


Tuition and Registration

(Subject to change as we near the retreat)

After May 1st 2018

$2,000 usd


Before May 1st 2018

$1,800 usd


Non-Refundable Deposit to Hold Your Space

$500 usd

Full Payment is Due By June 1st 2018

What you receive

Included in Tuition

  • 3 Vegetarian/Vegan meals per day
  • Shared teepee lodging with 4 people (some private lodging available in individual canvas tents, please inquire below)
  • All classes and activities within the retreat (an average of three sessions per day)
  • Group nature excursions

Not Included

  • Airline tickets to or from Greece
  • Travel to or from the retreat center (can be arranged by center but paid personally)
  • Personal shopping and excursions
  • Massage sessions during retreat
  • Optional full moon Aphrodite pilgrimage

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