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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, June 22, 2013
"Summer Solstice Celebration"

June 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
Click to view all photos from our June 22 dance event.
June 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

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DiAnahita’s Birthday! 

No Presents, please, just your Presence!


“The lover of nature is the true worshiper of God”
Hazrat Inayat Khan

$10 donation, plus potluck picnic dish (or $5 more)
Children & Young Adults Free

DiAnahita Kanoy, Certified Dance Leader & Mentor
Musicians:  Kathy - guitar, Jackie - bass, SuZi - Drum,
DiAnahita - ukulele

Poetry of Hafiz with our local actress
Spend the night for $25
RSVP  with the names of all your guests

June Schedule - Times are approximate

     2:00 – 3:00          Arrival & Recreation:  walking, talking, boating, swimming,
                                  labyrinth, hammocks, animals, photography
     3:00                      Homemade Ice Cream & Watermelon
     3:30 – 4:30           Registration & Set up potluck
     4:30                      Blessing Circle & introductions
     4:45 - 5:45           Potluck Picnic Dinner at the cottage
     6:00 – 8:00           Dances of Universal Peace - outdoor dance circle
     8:15 – 8:45            Desserts & conversation
     8:45 – 9:45           Full Moon Zikr in the Gazebo

Come for any or all

Our intention for the June Gathering is Fun & Fellowship through communion with nature, playing in the water, laughter, sharing a meal, & sacred dance & singing. 
Here are some ideas from an article “Put some Fun in Your Summer”  in June 2013 Prevention  Magazine by Sarah Mahoney: 
     * Anything that connects us to our childhood energy & joy counts as fun. 
     * Housework is bad for your health. 
     * Music is one of the fastest ways to switch from serious to playful. 
        It’s the quickest way to get us out of our heads & into our bodies.

     * Sharing what makes you smile intensifies the benefits.
     * Experiencing playful moments honors your need for unfettered joy.

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing, & the lawn mower is broken." ~ James Dent

What to Bring
Cool potluck dish to share or $5
$10 cash (children & young adults free)
Wide brimmed hat
Swim suit & towel, if you want to swim
Flip flandals or sandals & socks
Your Friends
Charlemagne, our Peacock
Summer Solstice
     Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher & higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.  As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day & the shortest night of the year.
     The longest day isn’t necessarily the hottest:  Earth’s atmosphere, land, & oceans absorb part of the incoming energy from the Sun & store it, releasing it back as heat at various rates. Water is slower to change temperature than air or land. At the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives the highest intensity from the Sun due to angle & day length;  however, the land & oceans are still relatively cool, so the maximum heating effect on air temperature is not felt just yet.  Eventually, the land &, especially, oceans will release stored heat back into the atmosphere. This usually results in the year’s hottest temperatures appearing in late July or August. This effect is called seasonal temperature lag.                                       Wikipedia
I really enjoyed playing music … I like the way you lead ... you're very easy to follow… & very thorough as well, making sure the musician knows exactly what you want.            Kathy S.
From the 14th Century Persian Sufi Poet

Even after all this time …
       The Sun never says to the Earth
“You owe me!”
.Look what happens with a love like that!
Look what happens with a love like that~

  It lights the whole sky !        
Strawberry Full moon
the night of June 22-23
June’s Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit.  This year’s full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year, it also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013.   
Astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon.

Our deeper dancing on Saturday night will be in the Gazebo again.
Friends & Children
This will be a casual, fun day,  a good time to bring your friends & even children! (please let us know who is coming)  We will do a couple of dances that children & adults will enjoy at the beginning of the Dance.   Children must be accompanied by one of their parents at all times.
Please do not bring pets.   You can visit our peacocks, rabbits, chickens & cats.
Our  “official”  photographer,  Patrick Harrigan,  is on a road-trip,  so please bring your camera & snap away!  We can download your photos to DiAnahita’s computer before you leave so we can put them on the website.
Dances of Universal Peace
are sacred circle dances that combine mantra, melody, & movement to honor world spiritual traditions, while uplifting & connecting dancers with each other & the Divine.   Taught in the moment. 
Comments about Our May Dance
What a fantastically lovely warm & open home & surroundings at DPP.   I loved it. Thank You 10,000X's. The photos are wonderful & so are you,                                  Much love,  Thomas
Superman Blessing
by Narayan
Thank you God for the food we eat
Thank you God for the friends we meet
For the food we eat
For the friends we meet
Thank you God, Thank you God
Thank you God!
Florida Fall Retreat
with Allaudin & Lila

“This is the Breath that Counts”
 Ocala Conference Center, Sliver Springs, FL
Oct. 17 – 20, 2013
An additional newsletter will be out soon with registration details.
Zikr in the Gazebo under May's Full Moon
March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Click above to view a lovely Dance video produced by our Latin American friends.
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
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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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