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Dedicated to the dances since the early nineties, Wali and Ariënne van der Zwan have been traveling Europe and beyond, serving the Dances by making them available and deepening them  through training and retreats. This experience led to ‘On with the Dance!', a manual for dance leaders. It is available in different languages.

Both are senior mentors in the Mentor Teachers Guild and they guide students in mostly Western and Eastern Europe. Their style of leading combines strength with beauty, depth with lightness, joy with energy, clarity & focus with ease. Their co-teaching allows for interweaving of masculine and feminine energies.


After a professional career in theater, music & writing (Wali) and occupational therapy (Ariënne), they now are fully serving the Dances and the Sufi Path.

When home in their house Samark in the German Bergisches Land, Wali still is active as a writer, while Ariënne works in the garden.

Ariënne and Wali follow the Sufi path for their spiritual depth, background and support and are sheika and khalif in the Ruhaniat, the Sufi Order of Samuel Lewis and Inayat Khan.

They have two adult children, living in the Netherlands.

Wali & Ariënne van der Zwan

Unterbirkholz 7

57587 Birken-Honigsessen,Germany

+49 02294 993 78 41