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Dances of Universal Peace

"Honoring the Earth"
Saturday, April 25th

with DiAnahita Kanoy
Music by Khalika Pethes,
Mike Vincent & Scott Kessler

April 2015 at Dancing Peacock Paradise Click to view photos from our April 2015 event. April 2015 at UUF Gainesville
Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Near Ft. McCoy, Gainesville, & Ocala, Florida
RSVP with your town for address & Directions

It’s a beautiful time of year in the woods!
Open from 2:00 – 9:00 PM

Dances led by DiAnahita
Music for April 25 &/or 26
Mary Fukuyama, Scott Kessler,
Khalika Pethes & Mike Vincent

Suggested Donation $10 + potluck dish or + $5 for dinner
Please Reserve if you would like lodging ($25 per person/per night)


          2:00 – 2:45   Arrival & Enjoying Nature
                               Musicians practice 1:30 – 2:30
          3:00 – 5:00   Dances of Universal Peace
          5:00 – 6:00   Group Portrait & Free time
          5:30              Potluck Setup at the cottage
          6:00              Dinner by the lake at the cottage
          7:00              Special Music by Khalika
          7:15              Zikr – Deeper Dancing
          8:30              Desserts

Please RSVP
And...on Sunday, April 26 in Gainesville...
Recognizing the interdependence of all life, we are called as people
of faith and conscience to heal and sustain the planet we call home.
Greetings & Welcome from our March Dancers
The Yazidi Peacock Angel

comes  to the Earth on their New Year's Day (this year on April 15) observed as a time of remembrance, renewal, & fertility.
An article co-authored by Patrick Harrigan & Nallein Al-Jilwah Sowilo:
Sufi Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1717 Nw 51st Terrace, Gainesville 32605, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
 Yeziti New Year comments by Patrick
Purification Breaths, Sufi Poetry, reading from the “Gathekas,” a Wazifa, a Dance & a zikr, followed by tea & sohbet (spiritual conversation) with DiAnahita
“If there is any trace of the soul, it is to be found in breath.”  Hazrat Inayat Khan
Wedding Blessings
In the spirit of fostering community through the sharing of our personal lives, Steve Hawkins & Radomir Stec announce their marriage on March 21, the First Day of Spring, with Rev. Joy Dolci officiating the ceremony.  At the reception Dances were led by Jemila Felisko, accompanied by Hakima Greentree on guitar & Manny Gross on drum.  Dances included Circle of Love, Altissimo Corizon, & Deeper Into the Heart of Love.
"When we pay attention to Nature's Music, everything on Earth contributes to its Harmony."  Hazrat Inayat Khan
Words to Dances
Ganesha Sharinam,
Sharinam Ganesha

Mitakuye Oyasin
E malama i ka heiau
E malama i ka heiau

E malama pono i ka heiau.
Earth and sky, sea & stone

Hold this land in Sacredness

The Earth is our Mother
We must take care of her. 
Unite, my people Be One!
Her sacred ground we walk upon
with every step we take
Unite, my people Be One!
Our own Dancing Peacock
Tibetans see Peacocks
as bodhisattvas, because they can eat poison & still live so beautifully, symbolic of the ability of the Buddha to allow all emotions through &  still remain beautiful.
Gainesville Sufi Healing Retreat with Himayat

Transformation in Troubled Times
focusing on Inner Resources to enhance Living  $185
April 18-19, 9:30 - 5:30 
The Gainesville Retreat Center
Flier:  Facebook Group:
Dances of Universal Peace Florida
Jemila & Mike Felisko
led dances in California in March!
Kathy Staines
has been accepted as a
Mentored Musician for the
Dances of Universal Peace International
Tee Lee

enjoying a walk by Beauty Lake

I wish I were able to "hold onto" those moments better. 
Our songs rise to bless the Earth
& its creatures
All Life is Sacred
Celtic Benediction

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
May Earth hold you
in the hollow of her hands!
"Peace, Salaam, Shalom!"

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May 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
"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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