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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, March 30, 2013 (Easter Weekend)

Dancing Peacock Paradise, Ft. McCoy, Florida

Easter 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise, Ft. McCoy, Florida

Dances of Universal Peace
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Emerging Generation Wave
Creating a New Wave of young adults to step up & hold space for the Dances to thrive in Florida

with DiAnahita & Musicians: 
Lee on Guitar, Jackie on stand-up Bass, Mary on Flute & Drum, Talia on Drum,
Rebecca on Harmonium, David on percussion

$10 donation + potluck dish or extra $5 for dinner

Fee waived for anyone age 17-35!

Emerging Poetry - Open Mic during dinner
with Jai Maa and all poets among us!

 2:00 - 2:45   Arrival  - Enjoying the Lake & Woods
Musicians practice  1:30 - 2:30
 Please arrive in time to check in & begin together
3:00 - 5:00   Dancing in the house or possibly outside on the deck
5:00 - 5:45  Free time in nature &
Potluck setup at the cottage
5:45  Blessing Circle
 6:00    Dinner by the lake at the cottage

Spoken Word - Poetry with Jai Maa
 7:30   Zikr
 8:45   Desserts in the house

Sunday Morning Gathering in the Gazebo with Jai Maa
& More Dancing with DiAnahita
Plus!  boating, swimming, walking the labyrinth, playing with the kittens

Please reserve ahead if you would like to spend the night:
$25 per person per night.

Young adults may stay free overnight in your own tents.
Get ready for more fun on Sunday morning ~ Breakfast included!

Dancing Peacock Paradise is a privately owed spiritual retreat center.
Please leave your pets at home & enjoy ours. 
No alcohol, drugs, litter, or smoke.
Enter the warm friendly atmosphere with a blessing & a smile!

Take a look at the photos of prior Dances - you may be there
For Directions,
RSVP & request for your location
After our February 2013 Dance!
Below:  Responses to the day
My experience in Paradise was transformational.    I was overjoyed to be a part of the whole weekend with everyone.   Your property is SO beautiful,  & such a blessing that you extend your arms & open your home for so many people to come together & celebrate unity & love.  I felt more than welcome when you dressed me all up: really fun & I love your closet!!   My experience described in one word is liberating.   I let down  guards that I may usually have up,   & it allowed me to connect on a deeper level with my everyone & the habibis.  
Your property has amazing energy flowing through it,   maybe from all the beautiful souls you have coming & going. They leave a trail  :)  Getting back to Sarasota,  Dan & I both agreed our heads & hearts were still in that  space  we all created together :)  I can't wait to visit you again, I wish  once a month!   You're such a beautiful person.  Thank you for taking me in fully for the whole weekend, you're a blessing.   
Much love & light,  Jaqui
The day was absolutely wonderful  & I am so blessed to have my Dancing Family in my heart - my heart is full.  Your aura was full of white light  - -  I was in awe when I looked up & the fullness of your being was radiant with the all Prevading Light!            Keep on Shining! Tamara  
Our own Patrick Harrigan
a.k.a. Shahabuddin   has been tapped for the  Dances of Universal Peace - North America  Board of Directors.  Patrick began dancing in 1974-76 in Ann Arbor, MI,  before residing mostly in South Asia until 2009.  Returning, he found our dance circle in Florida and became a faithful participant, photographer, & webmaster.  His wealth of knowledge about South Asian religions & languages, which he majored in during graduate school and has experienced first hand, has enriched our circle, along with his enthusiastic dancing & deeply devotional spirit.  


Our friend Bodhi Be is doing cutting-edge work on death & dying, & has become known world-wide among supporters of green burial & caring for one's own dead beloveds.  He is encouraged & assisted by his wife Leilah &  his neighbor & friend Ram Dass.

Active in the Maui & global community, Doorway into Light  offers physical, emotional & spiritual support, assisting families with  end-of-life care,  home funerals, ocean burial & direct cremation.

Bodhi conducts community education workshops & presentations for those who wish to explore their own approaching death, or to enrich their path in service
to the dying. Topics include spiritual caregiving, tools for approaching death, home funerals,  the 'greening' of the funeral industry, & advance directives.

Bodhi started Hawaii's first certified green funeral home, THE DEATH STORE, which DiAnahita visited while in Maui.  His fund-raising campaign will further this work; contributions are tax deductible.  
His website:  www.doorwayintolight.org
Soli Deo Gloria
(To God alone the glory)
JS Bach wrote this on every composition
Adoramus Te - We adore Thee
Music and Dance by Lila Flood
Soli Deo - Holding hands in circle, step back, bowing a little: Left Right L R-point
Gloria - stepping forward R L R L-point
Adoramus - Face left. Bring right hand down in front of body making vertical part of cross, smoothly, not touching body.
Te - move hand left to right in front of heart as horizontal part of cross
One step forward into Truth, & repeat
Adoramus Te - both arms up, spin left to face front & take hands to begin again.
Florida Fall Sufi Dance Retreat with Allaudin & Lila
Thurs-Sun, Oct 17-20, 2013
On-line Registration will open in April, at   www.PeacockParadise.org   & in the next newsletter.   Meanwhile, DiAnahita will travel to Whidbey Island, Washington, for a  retreat with these beloved leaders.
Sufi Ruhaniat International Youth Community ~

      A vibrant, loosely-networked group of open hearted young adults & teenagers invested in the realization of love, harmony & beauty in their lives & in the world family.  Some are new on the path, while others were raised in the Ruhaniat community.   Regardless of history or personality, all involved are committed seekers & lovers on this path.
      Holding a Universalist world view, based on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan & Murshid Samuel Lewis, they see & honor the truth in all religions & spiritual traditions, known & unknown.   The Sufi's house of worship is the human heart,  wherein dwells the Divine Beloved.  No compulsion, no dogma, on the Sufi path.
      DiAnahita has recently been asked to serve on the Ruhaniat Youth Council, as a contact in the SE United States for young adults who are interested in Sufism & the Dances. 
      The infusion of youthful energy at our last dance with the Habibis inspires us to actively encourage more youth to attend our events.  If you have grandchildren, children, neighbors or friends who are in their late teens, twenties, or early thirties, tell them about our special free Emerging Generation Wave & invite them to join us.
Sufi Prayer CD
People have been asking for DiAnahita's CD,  made specifically  for learning the prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan, by hearing them recited line-by-line & repeating yourself to a musical background.   A booklet of the printed prayers is included.  We will re-issue this spring;  if you would like a copy for $15, please Reply, so we will know how many to produce.
Keep Informed

International Dance Website: 
Sufi Website: 
Facebook Group (please join): 
Dances of Universal Peace Florida

March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
See all photos from our March 30 dance event

Dance Community Feedback

I had such a wonderful time with you all this past weekend. I felt like a child again exploring your wonderful property and it was so very refreshing to meet such graceful and welcoming souls. it really felt like going home!! It was such a inspiring day and I very much look forward to returning at the end of this month and the opportunity to stay overnight this time

My heart is filled with excitement at the thought of visiting and dancing again everyone.

The first zikr [Only One] was just marvelous!

Warmest blessings and light, Samantha

Such a polished reflection presented so well! I so enjoyed sitting on the dock the next day with you and Joy and soaking up the sun and peace. :-)
Hugs, Talia

Good Morning Diana!

I just wanted to let you know that Aurora and I were completely moved by the dance that Saturday. I have 3 daughters, Aurora is the oldest, and she and I have had a difficult relationship over the years, especially last year due to some tragic events. I've been working on healing the relationship and it has improved slowly.

Nevertheless, something spiritual happened to us that magical Saturday. We haven't argued once since then. Aurora is much more affectionate with me, and we get along better than ever before.

Elena & Aurora at Dancing Peacock Paradise, Easter weekend 2013

I know this transformation is a result of our experience with all of you. I consider our new relationship a miracle as the result of the prayers in recitation, song, and dance.

On the way home that night Aurora said that this was the best day of her life. I owe it all to you and the group. The spirit of peace was tangible that day, and we were able to bring this life force home with us. My heart, mind, and soul thank you for this. I am planning on attending again in April and May.

Thank you, again. Elena

I read what Elena wrote, and thought; what a positive result from your bringing in the youth idea. I also thought how the dances make you love people who you otherwise may never have. They really promote cooperation, and a spiritual focus on one love that makes everyone naturally more harmonious. Universal Peace Dance, of course. What a balm for the generation gap. And at risk teens.

Love, Lee

March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
View entire album of Easter weekend event photos.

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March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
View entire album of Easter weekend event photos.
"Dancing Peacock Paradise is an amazing space to deepen dance practice. It is very beautiful and inviting, an experience not to be missed. I have spent wonderful, magical days here over the years and cherish all. I look forward to returning."
-Sophia Shunny
Silver City, New Mexico

Thanksgiving 2009 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Dances of Universal Peace honor religious traditions of the world by chanting phrases from holy scriptures & oral traditions.

Everything is taught in the moment as we join our voices together.

February 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise