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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, May 24th 2014

You are invited to swim, boat, relax in a hammock, socialize, and enjoy nature in the afternoon. We'll have some special sessions in the late afternoon, an early potluck dinner and dancing and zikr in the evening.

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"When  you do things from your soul,  you feel a river
moving in you, a joy."  - Rumi
Dancing Peacock Paradise

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Dances of Universal Peace on the Theme of Water

SE of Gaineville, NE of Ocala, Florida

RSVP  for Directions & carpool connections,
with the names of all your guests

DiAnahita, Certified Dance Leader & Mentor

Musicians:  Rebecca ~ Guitar, Majeed ~ Dumbek,
Salima ~ percussion, DiAnahita ~ Ukulele

$10 Donation, plus potluck picnic dish (or $5 more)

Last Dance of the Season at Peacock Paradise until Fall


Universal Worship* Sunday Morning
10:30 in the Gazebo with Salima

Dances of Universal Peace under the trees!

* Description below
May Schedule

  2:00 – 3:00          Arrival & Recreation:  walking, talking, swimming,
                               boating, labyrinth, hammocks, animals, photography
  3:00                      Watermelon at the cottage picnic tables
  3:15 – 4:15           Registration & Set up potluck at the cottage
  3:30 – 4:15           Presentation of new book by “Jai Maa” in the Gazebo
  4:30 – 4:55           Sacred chanting with Rebecca “Sundari”    
  5:00                      Blessing Circle & introductions
  5:05 - 6:00           Potluck Picnic Dinner at the cottage
  6:00 – 8:00          Dances of Universal Peace
  8:00 – 9:00          Desserts & conversation
  9:00 – 9:30          Zikr in the Gazebo ?
                                                                                    Come for any or all

Sunday Morning 

for those who stay over or come back....
     9:00    Breakfast in the house
   10:30    Universal Worship in the Gazebo
                 with Dances of Universal Peace under the trees

       Our intention for the May Gathering is Fun & Fellowship through communion with nature, each other, & the Divine, playing in or by the water, laughter, sharing a meal, & sacred dance & singing.

Join Rebecca for a Sacred Chanting experience!  We will center our hearts in devotion and rejoicing using simple chant melodies and spiritual texts.  Singing meditation is a powerful cleansing tool for releasing negativity, physical and emotional pain and making room for joy! Rebecca has been writing devotional music for several years and will share some of her new musical creations. 4:30 Sat. afternoon by Beauty Lake
Responses to April Dancing
What a Glorious Day! So many beautiful people "in full bloom" for Spring. On a sweet side note: Ceilia, Jemila & I got to see the peacock dance his mating ritual. The female looked at him & kept walking. We three Human Women were extraordinarily awed & amazed! 
Katie McIntyre
Thank you for a wonderful day.  Clarke & I enjoyed ourselves @ your lovely home.  
We look forward to next month.   
Patti Carpenter
I donate because I don't know any other way to help, and want to reciprocate for all I receive. The zikr was wonderful - I was so full, to bursting. I wish I were able to "hold onto" those moments better.                 
Tee Lee
Summer Dance in Gainesville
Friday Evening, July 11th, 2014
United Church of Gainesville

Led by DiAnahita & Taj Loreto
Guest Leader from Chile
Save the date ~ Details to come.
O Great Wave,  wipe away,
wipe away my false face.
Awaken from my sleep
the Radiant Light.
Touch me,  touch me.
I am once again beyond the beyond,
I am that I am.

Music S. McLinn, Lyrics A. Allison, Movements Wahiduddin
Photographers Welcome!
Bring your cameras to the Dance
& snap away!
Who knows what you'll see!
draws on 30+ years experience studying & sharing the mysticism of love, light, life, & peace from the world's spiritual traditions. She is a seeker in the Sufi Order International, a certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace, a conductor of the healing service, & an ordained reverend (Cherag) in the Universal Worship Service. 
Boating & Swimming
in Beauty lake
Break Through Your Threshold
with Jai Maa
Paradigms of faith-based manifestation & co-creating with God;  the difference between creating from power versus force, and why obstacles are the key to expanding your consciousness.  Come to the Gazebo at Beauty Lake at 3:30 for an introduction to her new book and upcoming workshop.
Extraordinary musical experience
I played for the DUP once again, this time with a terrific guitar player Mike Felisko.. I always enjoy playing the easy bass cello lines, my low strings really resonating. Diana is getting better and better tuning into the chanting Zikr & interfaith prayers, so that people don’t have to think too much, they just bliss out. After each Zikr, we observe silence so it really sinks in.      
E c s t a s y !
Best Zikr I’ve ever experienced anywhere
Between sessions, we ate a delicious vegetarian pot-luck dinner by the lake. Some folks went swimming. The peacocks were  displaying their beautiful feathers & calling loudly (joining in the Zikr at times). Rabbits are rapidly multiplying with some cute little ones.                 Clare Maher
Sufi Meeting in Gainesville

with DiAnahita & Friends
Wed May 21st 7:00-8:30pm
1717 NW 51st Terrace
RSVP for info & directions
"Thy music causes my soul to dance;
in the murmur of the wind I hear Thy flute;
the waves of the sea keep the rhythm
of my dancing steps.

Through the whole of nature
I hear Thy music played, my Beloved;
my soul while dancing
speaks of its joy in song."

Hazrat Inayat Khan
...Habits are human nature –

Why not create some that
will mint Gold?
Your arms are violin bows
Always moving.
I have become very
conscious upon
Whom we all play.
Thus my eyes have filled
with the warm
Soft oceans of divine music
Where jeweled dolphins dance
Then leap into this

~ Hafiz ~

Universal Worship
Sunday, 10:30-11:30 AM
      The Universal Worship Service represents an ideal put forth by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1921 to bring all of the world's religions together on the same altar, to promote understanding, tolerance, & spiritual awakening for humanity.  It is  a prayer service, kindling lights for the world's religions & all of the prophets who have come to earth to further the experience of love by human beings, with readings from various holy scriptures. 
       Hazrat Inayat Khan envisioned the Universal Worship as the vehicle to bring forth the experience of love, harmony & beauty to the world.
Dancing by the Gazebo
at Beauty Lake
Amma-Lama-Obama Initiative ~ Conscious Dancer Magazine
The Hugging Saint Amma, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and our first couple the Obamas have decided that dance is the key to world peace!
A private high-level council meeting cited scientific evidence from Dr. David Hawkins that the level of consciousness on Planet Earth is indeed rising from fear to love. "Dancing people are not fighting people" states Pope Francis, who was asked to weigh in on the subject. The council, recognizing individual embodiment as a crucial element in this evolution, is issuing recommendations through the UN and the World Health Organization to leaders of all nations.

The Amma-Lama-Obama initiative is meant to enliven humanity, officially giving the entire planet permission to move. People are encouraged to follow the body's way to deeper meaning and find methods for bringing movement as medicine into their own lives.
"Let's move on this!”
"Spirit is symbolized as water…. The nature of water is to give life to the earth, and so the nature of the soul is to give life to the body. Without water the earth is dead; so is the body without soul. Water and earth both mix together; so the spirit mixes with matter and revivifies it."                               Hazrat Inayat Khan
Photo by Patrick Harrigan, front row left, who is also our Web Master and Newsletter Consultant
Newsletter Layout, Design & Content by Diana Kanoy

Inspiration from the Florida Dance Community
With Gratitude to Samuel Lewis, originator of the Dances & Hazrat Inayat Khan, for briniging us Sufism

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-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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