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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, May 25, 2013
"Awakening in Nature"


May 2013 at Dancing Peacock ParadiseClick to view all photos from our May 25 dance event.
May 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
"Awakening in Nature"
Awakening under a full moon in the month of May, Siddhartha attained Enlightment, supreme knowledge, Nirvana, & became the Buddha.
Surprise Sunrise! 
DiAnahita was up early enough to take photos
of the sunrise over Beauty Lake. 
The morning sun looked huge because of its brilliance. 
What if we all reflected & expanded Loving Radiance like that? 
Join us Memorial Saturday to awaken our senses to the beauties of Nature, while we eat, dance, pray, & play together.
"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply
engrossed in anything, than when we are at play." ― Charles Schaefer

 
This month's dance will start later in the day, after an early potluck dinner:  come early to celebrate being together in nature.  

Please RSVP & add your town if you want directions & carpool connections.
$10* plus potluck dish
*free for young adults to age 35
Please reserve in advance if you would like to spend the night.
$25 includes breakfast
 
Musicians:  Kathy Staines, Patrick Harrigan, DiAnahita
We will sing Buddhist, Sufi, Mayan, Christian, Hawaiian & Zoroastrian mantras.
Sink deep into the meditative practices.
Share your smile, positive attitude, & exuberant wholeheartedness.
Welcome newcomers & include them in your activities & conversations.
Schedule
2:00 - 4:00   Arrival & Recreation: 
                     walking, talking, boating,
                     swimming, labyrinth, hammocks,
                     animals, photography

3:30 - 4:30   Registration & Set up potluck
                     at the Cottage
4:30             Blessing Circle & introductions
4:45   - 5:45  Potluck Picnic Dinner
6:00 - 8:15   Dances of Universal Peace
                      in the outdoor dance circle
8:15 - 8:45    Desserts & conversation
8:45 - 9:45    Full Moon Zikr* in Gazebo
                         *deeper spiritual dancing
Florida Fall Retreat
Lila &  Allaudin

October 17-20, 2013
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                 Habiba                  
will lead turning whirling dervish style,
               & morning Qi Gong            

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 Plus an intimate, deeper day for dancers, leaders & musicians Mon, Oct 21
at nearby Dancing Peacock Paradise

Registration Information will come in a separate newsletter in a few weeks.
Candice in the Labyrinth
Words to songs we may sing 
(Everything is taught in the moment as we join our voices together)

E malama  i ka heiau
E malama i ka heiau
E malama pono i ka heiau
(Pronounced "A")
Earth & sky, sea & stone
Hold this land in Sacredness
 
May the Road Rise with You
May the Road Rise with you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
Goddess hold you, in the hollow of her hand.
Lila & Allaudin Retreat
"This is the Breath that Counts"
 Ocala Conference Center Sliver Springs, FL
Pay by check or credit card starting in mid-June at  www.PeacockParadise.org
March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Click above to view a lovely Dance video produced by our Latin American friends.
Dance Community Feedback
DiAnahita,

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

DiAnahita,
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
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May 2013 at Dancing Peacock ParadiseClick to view all photos from our May 25 dance event.
"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.


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