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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, February 13
Sufi day at Peacock Paradise

Sunday, February 14
Potluck & Dances of Universal Peace
at Gainesville Retreat Center

Regular 4th Saturday Dance
Feb 27 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Three Opportunities to Dance with DiAnahita:  February 13, 14, & 27 ~ RSVP with dates you plan to attend & Mark your calendar now!
Sat, Feb. 13 ~ Sufi Day ~  Peacock Paradise
"Spiritual Love"

A day of concentration, practices, & sharing on the spiritual path especially for people interested in Sufism & experienced Dancers

2:00 – 2:45           Arrive, check in, socialize, browse “decluttering” sale*
                             Walk the Labyrinth
3:00 – 5:00           Sufi Gatha Gathering, including Purification Breaths,
                             Prayers, Poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, & Rabia, Readings of
                             Hazrat Inayat Khan, Wazifa, Dances of Universal Peace
5:00 – 5:45           Group photo, free time in nature, browsing the sale,
6:00 – 7:00           Potluck dinner
7:00 - 7:15            Relaxing to music by Khalika
7:15– 8:45            Zikr
8:45 – 9:15           Desserts
$10 donation + potluck dish or $5 extra
Reserve in advance to spend the night
RSVP with Date Feb. 13

Directions & Details will be sent after you sign up
Sunday, Feb. 14
Valentine's Day Dances of Universal Peace
at Gainesville Retreat Center

1551 SE 52st Street, off Hawthorne Road, Gainesville, FL

"Immersing in Love"

6:00 – 6:45           Potluck dinner
6:45 - 7:00            Original Music & Chant with Khalika "Mother of
                             Compassion" & "Deep in My Soul I Know I am Love"

7:00 – 9:00           Dances of Universal Peace
Music by Kathy on Guitar, Clare on Cello, Cyd on Viola,
Shana on Percussion, & DiAnahita on Ukulele
$5 - $10 donation
RSVP with Date Feb. 14

This would be a good time to bring new people
Regular 4th Saturday Dance at Peacock Paradise

February 27 ~ Theme "Health & Healing"

3:00 - 9:00  Mark your calendar so you don't  forget!
RSVP now with date Feb. 27   &  email address for details & a reminder
If you stay over....
Cinema Verde International Environmental Film Festival

see the Schedule for Sunday at the Hippodrome before our dance
DeCluttering Sale!
Clothing & Stuff from Diana's attic & Closets
Bring your usable stuff too
Before & Between Sessions on Sat, Feb. 13
By Donation ~ Minimum $1.00 per piece
Details will be sent when you RSVP
Proceeds will be donated to
Dances of Universal Peace International
Ralph LaPerche
has published a book for bodyworkers
Available on Amazon

Melding Eastern & Western Bodywork
Massage for Trauma, Recovery & Wellness
Our friend Ralph writes with humility & clarity.  The book gave me insight into him as a person of integrity & skill, in addition to how I know him as a loyal member of our dance circle. 
Diana Kanoy
 "Whenever we touch somebody there is an interaction between our body and energy and theirs.  Our touch provides a stimulus and their body responds.  That response informs our touch and so the dance begins.    pp. 18-19
The bodywork style that Ralph has developed promotes deep healing and integration physically, mentally and emotionally. 
Stephen Levine Ph.D.
Ralph is the most gifted bodyworker I have ever met.           Judy T. Crane. Founder The Refuge
Ralph’s work has helped me integrate a traumatic & addictive past in a grounded, recovering present with a depth & richness that other approaches have failed to achieve.
Alex Wright, Breathwork practitioner & Yoga Instructor
A simple nine-pointed star is used by Baha'is as a symbol.  Nine, as the highest single-digit number, symbolizes completeness.
An Objective of the Sufi Path
To realize & spread the knowledge of Unity, the religion of Love & Wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself  fall away,  the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred  caused by  distinctions and differences may be rooted out.
The Way of Illumination,  Hazrat Inayat Khan
Photo of Jean & Shelly by Clare

Response to January Dance
Thanks to DiAnahita (dance leader & musician), Dhyana (labyrinth workshop leader, musician & singer), Kathy (musician & dancer), Clare (musician & dancer) & all who attended for such a wonderful, inspiring & warm (Yes Warm!! week-end). In spite of the cold weather outside we shared in the dances, walked the labyrinth and deeply touched one another spiritually. This is why I love the dances: renewed connections to what really matters. 
Jean McCauley
Pour upon us Thy Love & Thy Light
New Dance!   "Let All Associate"
Inspired by the Bahai Faith

Lyrics from the writings of Baha'u'llah
Music: Brenda Derry, Michael Derry & Talia Johnson
Dance by DiAnahita

Let all associate, therefore,
in this great human garden
Even as flowers grow & blend together side by side
Love ye all religions & all races with a love that is true,
true & sincere
And show that love through deeds, and show that love.
There is no greater religion than love; & the best form of love is to be conscientious regarding the feelings of those with whom we come in contact in everyday life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Clare & DiAnahita visiting the manatees at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River
Return to Love by Amida Harvey

O may all beings be well & happy
May all beings be free from strife
May all beings return to Love
Peace be with you ~ Forevermore
Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.     Hazrat Inayat Khan

"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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