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Dances of Universal Peace


Labyrinth Walk & Dances of Universal Peace
Dancing Peacock Paradise
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jan 23rd 2016 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Global Peace Dance, Gainesville FL, December 31, 2015

Click to view all photos from our 20th annual Global Peace Dance.
Global Peace Dance, Gainesville FL, December 31, 2015

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Labyrinth Walk & Dances of Universal Peace
Dancing Peacock Paradise ~
Saturday, January 23, 2016
“Transformation”
~ A special event
including a labyrinth walk, dances, dinner & zikr
With DiAnahita & Dhyana Raynor,
an accomplished Labyrinth facilitator from Indianapolis

Musicians ~ Kathy Staines: Guitar,  Clare Maher: Cello
 

Schedule
Come for any or all parts – Some times are approximate
                1:15 – 1:45   Arrive, check in, greet
                2:00    Gather in the cottage for an introduction by Dhyana
                           & Wazifa with DiAnahita
                2:20   Dance “Come Community” in the outdoor dance circle
                2:35   Walking the labyrinth
                3:30  Journaling at cottage porch tables 
                3:40  Sharing
                4:00  Dances of Universal Peace with DiAnahita
                5:30  Group Photo, (Bring your camera!) Dinner set-up
                6:00  Dinner in the Cottage
                7:00  Relaxing to Special Music in the house with Dhyana
                7:15  Dances & Zikr in the house
                8:45  Desserts
Sunday Schedule
                9:00    Breakfast for overnight guests
                10:00  Sunday attendees arrive
                10:15   Commentary & Questions on Labyrinth
               10:45   Labyrinth walk
               11:30  Journaling & Sharing
 Afterwards:
               Conversation, picnicking, enjoying the property
 
Suggested Donations:
              Saturday Labyrinth workshop only                            $10
              Saturday Dances of U. Peace, Potuck, zikr                $10
                             Both                                                           $15
              Overnight lodging per person (Reserve in advance)
                   Including breakfast & Sunday Labyrinth walk      $30
                   Your own RV or tent                                             $20
              Sunday Labyrinth workshop & recreation only           $10
 
Please  RSVP  for directions & further information
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Dhyana
Lovingly weeding & restoring our labyrinth
as a spiritual practice with her cat SAM
“Come Community”

Song by Dhyana, Movements by DiAnahita

Come, commUnity
Come, commUnity
Weave our lives together in Love
 
Come, commUnion
Come, commUnion
Yoke our hearts & minds as One
Ya Basir – O All-Seeing
Ya Sami – O Ever-Listening
Christmas Day Dance
at Dancing Peacock Paradise
an exceptionally warm day in all ways!
Responses to Global Peace Dance 2015
 
This New Year's dance was really powerful & moving for me.  I felt as though we were really sending out peaceful vibrations to the world, & I'm sure it had some beneficial effect upon it: not only in the world, but on us, as we walked out more at peace & filled with joy!       Clare
 
I loved the dance & your leadership. We were all carried into love. That last dance [Secret One] was beyond wonderful.  Love & Peace & Thanks,   m. grace Vaughan  
 
What would I do without this dance to begin the year & carry me forward in joy & unity with others?  The magic of the dances not only uplifts in the moment, but sustains us. Thank you for 20 years of your energy & guidance. 
Tee Lee Wood  
New Year's Eve
in Gainesville, Florida
Finding My Self in the Labyrinth
 
Dhyana Raynor, interviewed by Al Rider
 
      Dhyana  creates &  blesses labyrinths (over 200 on canvas been been shipped all over the world, & many permanent outdoor labyrinths, including here in Ft. McCoy & one in Argentina). As a facilitator she introduces them to others, then steps out of the way to let the labyrinth do its work.  Amazing things happen. 
      Decades ago, in a time of crisis, she prayed: “God, Now I want to do life your way.  Surprise me!”  While walking her first labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Dhyana had an “energy vortex” experience, a moment of holiness, power, & peace. 
      She reveals:  “Walking the labyrinth is like communion, a sacrament, a sacred journey, a step of intention that brings heart & mind toward receiving blessing.  The mystery of Spirit is new every time.“

      Dhyana inspired the Dancing Peacock Paradise Labyrinth, made the connections for it to happen in a labyrinth-building workshop, & has maintained it during her trips to Florida through the years. 
Temple  bells  set  the  tone
for  a  labyrinth  experience
Responses to Christmas Dance
     Thank you for sharing paradise with us & for being such an awesome dance leader - we so enjoyed & look forward to being there again.  My favorite dances were when we blessed our partners & looked deep into eyes, & the ocean turns away no river - I felt this great love being poured out -  LESLIE
 
Robert had a GREAT time & wants to come back!  I had the BEST TIME--THANK YOU with all my heart!  It was one of the most wonderful Christmases ever!  You really are a GREAT song & dance leader-- I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE DANCES & SINGING THANK YOU SO MUCH! :-) my happiest wishes for you, Marion
 
I had a wonderful time & especially loved the evening Zikr. Thank you  for sharing your beautiful space with loving kindness.  Wishing you the most incredible new year.   Many blessings, Elizabeth

 
I really enjoyed the dancing & singing, something I have never done before, though I had some deja vu moments; & for once I got to see all vegetarian dishes served - amazing.  I am hoping to be there again.  Seema
Upcoming Dances for your Calendar
Saturday, Feb 13
   ~  "Sufi Day" 
at Peacock Paradise,  including a Gatha class with Sufi poetry, readings, wazifa, & a dance in the afternoon, followed by potluck & zikr in the evening.   Details in Feb. Newsletter.
Sunday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Evening
Join Beloveds at  Gainesville Retreat Center for a Potluck dinner, followed by Dances with DiAnahita
Saturday, Feb. 27  “Healing Dances” Traditional 4th Saturday dance & zikr
"There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in & thought that you were."  
Hazrat Inayat Khan
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