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Dances of Universal Peace

This month's event:
August 22 at Gainesville Retreat Center

with DiAnahita

August 22nd 2015 at Gainesville Retreat Center
August 22nd 2015 at Gainesville Retreat Center July 2015 at Dancing Peacock Paradise Click to view photos from our July 2015 event.
Dances of Universal Peace

with DiAnahita

& "Khalika" Rebecca Vincent on Guitar

Saturday, August 22, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 PM

followed by potluck dinner

Gainesville Retreat Center

1551 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida  32641

GainesvilleRetreat@gmail.com     (352) 213-2221
Detailed Directions will be sent when you 
The Dances of Universal Peace honor the sacred traditions of the world by incorporating mantras & scripture into melodic moving meditations.  Singing, dancing, & prayers are included.  Everyone participates.
These dances are a form of spiritual practice for many dancers, & you can help maintain the sacred, joyful atmosphere as we sing & dance.
It is customary to sing whole-heartedly
after the leader has demonstrated,
hold a minute or so of silence after a dance ends,

& to refrain from talking between dances.

If you are from out of town, & would like to spend Saturday night at Dancing Peacock Paradise, please RSVP
2015 Annual Florida Dance Camp

Dances of Universal Peace
& Sufi Practices

Murshida Halima & Murshid Abraham Sussman
"The Path of the Awakened Heart:
Living our Spirituality in Everyday Life"

Thursday - Sunday, October 29 – November 1, 2015
at Warren Willis Camp #2, Leesburg, Florida

Click here for retreat details
on  Mike Felisko's  DUP  website.

For more information email 
Register with Joy Dolci at 8741 Seagrape Ct., 
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-2523,  Tel #  321-783-1062.   
Sufi Study Circle
Wed. Aug. 19, 7-8:30 PM
"Journey to the Goal"
Readings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Poetry of Rumi
Sufi Practices & Prayers
followed by tea & conversation

1717 NW51 Terrace, Gainesville, FL
There is no difference
        in the destination,
the only difference is
           in the journey.   
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Dance Community Comments
July 2015:  Responses to Zikr
     I had a wonderful experience dancing the zikrs and noticed that I felt exceptionally peaceful driving home.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!                            Xoxo  Talia
Your work with us went so deep with clarity and devotion.  Thank you.
The Basilica of

Our Lady of Guadalupe
is on the site where a poor Indian named Juan Diego is reputed to have seen a vision in 1531 of a beautiful lady in a blue mantle. The local bishop was reticent to confirm that Juan had indeed seen Mary, so he asked the peasant for some evidence. Juan saw the vision a second time, & it became miraculously emblazoned on the peasant's cloak. The bishop immediately ordered the building of a church on the spot, & upon its completion the image was hung, framed in gold. Juan Diego became the first indigenous American to become a saint of the Catholic Church. The basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world.
July Zikr in the Gazebo
at Beauty Lake
Sufi Sam & mureeds in the early '70's in San Francisco
In Greek mystical symbology the  two wings  of a bird  are symbolic of consciousness. Open wings  represent  the expansion of consciousness, also called the unfoldment of the soul.  In any path, when you wish to go further in the spiritual journey, be it religion, philosophy,  or  mysticism, you  have  to  come  to  the expansion of consciousness.
Hazrat Inayat Khan (parapharase)
Radha Tereska Buko

DiAnahita's dance mentor
    This is the incredible true story about Radha's parents. You can order the book from her at tereskabuko@gmail.com or on Amazon.
    When Hitler invades Poland in 1939, newlyweds Józef and Marysia Buko are catapulted into a sudden and heart-wrenching seven year separation. Józef honors the soldier’s code and is forced to fight battles in many foreign lands. Marysia remains in Warsaw to join in the underground resistance against their Nazi occupiers.       
    Each faces life threatening situations demanding courage, faith, & resilience if the couple is ever to see each other again.
Sufi Invocation
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Toward the One, the perfection
of Love, Harmony, & Beauty,
the Only Being,
United with all the illuminated Souls
who form the embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.
Altissimo Corazon

       The  "flourishing  of  the Highest Heart's Light" dance was inspired by pilgrims who make the  sacred journey  to the  Mexico  City  shrine  of
Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Altissimo Corazon
Que floresqua
Que floresqua la luz
Que floresqua

Vegetarian Potluck 6 pm

Organic would be nice too!

Put August 22

on your calendar Now!


And tell your Gainesville
& Alachua County friends about this opportunity to
Eat, Dance & Pray together!

Grace that Talia Taught Us

Bless this food
& the earth that made it
Thank you Mother for sustaining  us
Help us to walk the good road together
Help us to be harmonious!
Regular monthly 4th Saturday  Dances of Universal Peace will resume at Peacock Paradise on September 26. Mark your calendar:  Oct. 24,  Nov. 28,  Dec. 25 or 26 tba,  & the Global Peace ~ New Year's Eve Dance in Gainesville on Thursday, December 31 at UCG.
Forward this email to your friends who might be interested!
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
Email Us
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www.PeacockParadise.org        www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org        www.Ruhaniat.org

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"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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