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Dances of Universal Peace

New Year's Eve
Global Peace Dance
Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance at Dancing Peacock Paradise Dec 31, 2013Click on image to view slideshow. New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance at Dancing Peacock Paradise Dec 31, 2013

Doors Open at 7:10 PM.  Come early to mix & mingle!
The Dances of Universal Peace (also known as "Sufi Dancing") honor the sacred traditions of the earth by incorporating mantras and scripture of the world’s religions into melodic moving meditations.  The evening will include singing, dancing, bell ringing, and prayers, with everyone participating. 
The songs and easy circle dances are
taught in the moment.
These dances are a form of spiritual practice for many dancers, and you can help maintain the sacred, joyful atmosphere as we sing and dance.  It is customary to sing whole-heartedly, then hold a minute or so of silence after a dance ends, and to refrain from talking throughout the evening.
You may want to wear comfortable leather or soft-soled shoes, or socks for dancing.
We are thankful for this opportunity to have you dance with us.
Dances are offered in Gainesville and nearby communities (as well as around the world) to uplift people who attend and spread the vibration of peace.

"Those who Love, loving pour forth radiance
These are the sons & daughters of God.
In my lifetime, Love in every heart.
In my lifetime, Peace, Peace on Earth."
Peace begins with a smile.  Mother Teresa
It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world…and at peace with myself.
Nelson Mandela
Jackie Davis – Stand up Bass
Mary Fukuyama – Flute, Keyboard
David Willkomm – Percussion
David Kuniansky – Guita
 Decorate & Practice
Helping Hands
On Mon, Dec. 30, we will meet at the Fellowship Hall of UCG at 5:00 to practice the music, dances, & readings.  The musicians, of course, & others who are interested in being involved are welcome.  DiAnahita will treat everyone to dinner after practice.  A couple of us will set up after the English Country Dance is over at 10:00 (We will be asking people who are there already to help us move tables in, put on  tablecloths, & arrange bells & candles)
We will also need people to greet arrivals on New Year's Eve, & some to take down after the dance - blow out candles, pack up bells, & carry boxes out ... that goes fast with many people helping.

Comments on Former New Year's Eve Dances

Truly lovely and nourishing for the soul! Many blessings in the New Year ♥  
Your presence fills the space with clear, connected, sacred energy.

The Global Peace Dance was such a wonderful way to end the year.  I am SO glad that John and I came. Never having experienced Dances of Universal Peace, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was joy, love and a lightness about our world that gave me hope and vigor for the New Year.
What a fabulous gift. Thank you, Diana, for all you do.          Namaste  Jane

P.S. Wasn't it great how John's demeanor changed from uptightness to joy! I told him I was sending my observation of him to you and he laughed in agreement.
Thanks for being such a dear and close friend for so many great years. I admire your passion for the dances and Sufi path and I'm in awe of your natural leadership and musical skills. I marvel at your energy level and wonder how many lives you've touched in teaching the Dances.  Sharing time at gatherings with you is fulfilling.
Peace Greeting Dance
On partner part, left one will move;  right partner will stand still to greet & bow to new partners.

As-salaam aleikhum             Hold hands in circle, 4 steps in, raising hands, greeting all
Waleikhum as-salaam          4 steps out, lowering held hands
Peace be with you                Left partner lets go of left hand & swings in for a courtly bow
                                                               facing partner, holding both hands with partner
And with you be peace        Left partner lets go with right hand & and rejoins circle
                                                               on other side of first
            Repeat with next partner
Shalom aleichem                   Hold hands in circle, 4 steps in
Aleichem shalom                   4 steps back, lowering hands
We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we have peace in ourselves.   The Dalai Lama
Merry Christmas!
Christmas Day Dance
at Dancing Peacock Paradise
3:00 (Come earlier) – 9:00PM

  Click here to RSVP
Sufi Class

Learn more about the "Path of the Heart"  in a monthly  small - group setting in Gainesville.  Let us know
a good day and time for you.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.                 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Help publicize!
Tell your friends about this wonderful New Year’s Eve event!  Bring them along with you. 
Forward this message to all you think might enjoy it.
Lord, Make me an instrument of Thy Peace. 
St. Francis of Assisi
Global Peace Dance ~ December 31, 2013 ~ Everywhere
The one evening where Dance circles worldwide gather to Dance & Pray for Peace in the New Year
Our website:  www.PeacockParadise.org     Click here to RSVP or for more information
RSVP not needed for the New Year's Eve dance,  but we'd love to know that you're coming!

Click on image to view all 38 photos. Dances of Universal Peace at Dancing Peacock Paradise, Xmas 2013

Dances of Universal Peace at Dancing Peacock Paradise, Xmas 2013

Christmas Day ~ Wed, Dec. 25, 2013
Dancing Peacock Paradise

Ft. McCoy, near Ocala & Gainesville, Florida
 RSVP  & add your town for directions
 2:00 ~ 9:00 PM
Arrival & enjoying the property 2:00 - 2:45
Dances of Universal Peace 3:00    Potluck Dinner 6:00
Candlelight Zikr  7:00      Holiday Desserts    8:30
Live Music ~ Guitar by Lee Pinkerson
Love Offering $10
Reserve in Advance to spend the night
New Year's Eve ~ Global Peace Dance
7:30 - 10:00
United Church of Gainesville,  1624 NW 5th Avenue
$10 Suggested Donation
Our Biggest Dance of the Year
Come join in the Vibration of Peace & Joy for the Planet!

An Inspiring Breakfast

Dearest DiAnahita,
      On this morning after Thanksgiving, I keep thinking about the morning after last week's dance event. Living in Ocala, & not usually an overnight guest, I wasn't quite certain what to expect on a Sunday morning at Peacock Paradise.
      Everything about our special breakfast together felt like an extension of the sense of reverence I feel during the dances themselves. It went far beyond the deliciousness of organic eggs & local honey. Particularly wonderful, I found, was the way we listened openly & attentively to one person at a time.  I believe that it was from this state of heart focused attunement to one another that we spontaneously decided to hold hands & offer our prayerful envisioning on behalf of one member's search...& then again in support of another's. It felt exactly as if we were infusing the substance of divine soil with seeds of the highest possibility.
      Somehow the six of us, gathered around your festive table, reached a place of connection & communion that epitomizes what mindful eating together can generate.  I can't help but wish that families gathered everywhere this season could taste the same soul-touching experience we savored! 
      Thank you for creating the space for such beauty to emerge.
  With Love, Baraka
Dances of Universal Peace

2014 - 4th Saturdays at Peacock Paradise
Feb. 1 - Potluck & Dance in Fernandina Beach
Please join us!
Siya kudumisa
Words & Music:
Traditional, South African Zulu  
Movements: Tara Andrea Swierkosz
"Siyakudumisa Nkosi Yethu"
"We praise you, our Lord."
Two interwoven circles facing each other,
gazing with the openness & stillness of an infant
Would you like to know more about Sufism? 
DiAnahita will be offering a monthly gathering in Gainesville, & possibly at Peacock Paradise as well.  We will contemplate readings from Hazrat Inayat Khan & participate in practices such as prayer, wazifa, & zikr.  Questions & conversation are welcomed.  Please  RSVP  if you are interested, & we will together choose a day & time convenient to all.   
"Breaking" News from Paradise
A tall live pine tree fell on the cottage!  Apparently there were termites in the roots.  Looks like there isn't too much damage...we'll see when it rains.  Any ideas about how to get it off?
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March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

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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.

More details about Allaudin and Lila’s 2013 Dance Retreat

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