Arzani Burman


Arzani Burman (born Susan Goodman) grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and then, in 1968, with a degree in Art/Education from Douglass College of Rutgers University, moved to New York's Greenwich Village to study dance with Erick Hawkins and to teach art in elementary schools. The 70s called her to Europe and then to San Francisco, where she worked at Esalen Institute and later became a Sufi (and was given the spiritual name Arzani). She lived in a Sufi Khankah (Ashram) in San Francisco for almost eleven years, during which time she taught Sufi healing and the Dances of Universal Peace. She also taught Childbirth Education at San Francisco General Hospital and earned a master's degree in Transpersonal Psychology from JFK University.

In 1989, shortly after the SF earthquake, she and her partner, Douglas Burman, moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she experienced the Kachina Dances on a visit to the Hopiland, studied Shen Qi for two years with a Taoist Master named Aiping Wang, and later studied Qi Gong.

Shortly after moving to Arizona, Arzani was diagnosed with second stage breast Cancer. During an intense year of treatment, she and Douglas were married, and by the end of the year, she became a cancer survivor. After spending twenty-two years in Arizona, she and Doug moved to Oregon.

At this time, Arzani is inspired by the non-dual teachings of Advaita Vedanta and is pursuing her writing, while living happily, in spirit and body, in her beautiful new home, with her husband Doug and their wheaten terrier, Layla.

In addition to her most recent novel, "Sky Harbor," named after the airport in Phoenix, Arizona, she has written another novel entitled "The Legacy of Violetta Rose, an Inter-Dimensional Journey Through the Lincoln Tunnel and Beyond," set in New York City, and a screenplay called "Frannie/Francesca," set in Los Angeles and Heaven.

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