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Dances of Universal Peace

April 30th 2016 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
"Music of the Earth & Sky"

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Dances of Universal Peace - Saturday, 4/30/16
"Music of the Earth & Sky"
Sufi Dancing with DiAnahita @ Dancing Peacock Paradise, 3:00. Potluck dinner, 7:00 Zikr, RSVP
  RSVP  with your name, email, & town for directions
                  & address or carpooling connections. 
Please reserve in advance to spend the night ~ $25/person
Last Month's Dance ~ The Healing Power of Nature
March 26th 2016 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
Sunday Morning Yoga & Meditation on the dock
with Trish Magyari from Baltimore

"I think you know how much I loved being at DPP & getting to know you. I so much enjoy both your teaching and your BEING.   Blessings to you, Trish"
Professor Inayat Khan & the Royal Hindustani Musicians
presenting Indian classical music for the first time to the west.
Composer of inspired Zikrs
Leading the Rocky Mountain Spring Retreat in Colorado ~ DiAnahita will attend in April & bring back more of his wonderful melodies & dances.
DUP.org:  There is more to Dance musicianship than simply knowing the correct chords or rhythm;  a deep attunement to the sacred phrase, the intent of the leader, & the energy of the circle is required. 
Musicians who are called to cultivate & participate in this concentration more deeply are invited to take a mentor to help focus attunement to dance musicianship. Dance musicians who join the Leaders Guild have access to the resource library. See For Dance Musicians on the  international site: www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org 
Sufi Study Circle

Wed. April 20, 7-8:30 PM
Preceded by Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6:00

Readings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sufi Poetry, Practices & Prayers

at Cyd & Patrick's 'new' house
3145 NW 46th Avenue, just off NW 34th Street.  Parking is on the street.
New house phone number  240-6476

Gainesville, FL  32605

RSVP & specify "Sufi Meeting"
for directions & info
The Sufi,
like a student of music,
trains both voice and ear
in the harmony of life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Batina Linda Solomon
united with the Beloved on March 7 at her Palm Coast home, surrounded by longtime partner Ruhaniat mureed Sh’mal Ellenberg, her children & grandchildren.  She was a life-long student of the Sufi inner path and a Dancer of Universal Peace, often at Peacock Paradise.  We miss her bright smile & optimistic  attitude.
When People Sing Together, Many Hearts Beat as One
       Lifting voices in unison can be a transcendent experience, unifying a group in a pleasant, calming way.  Researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied the heart rates of choir members as they sang.  In almost no time the singers' measured heart rates became synchronized into shared rhythm guided by the song's tempo. 
       All religions & cultures have some ritual of singing, indicating how musical experience may contribute notably to communal spirituality.
Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday ~ Brian Eno

Samuel Lewis & Mureeds

Early 70's Photo by Fatima Lasser
"One of the reasons I am teaching this music and dancing is to increase Joy, not awe towards another person, but bliss in our own self. This is finding God within, through Experience."
S.A.M. (Sufi Ahmed Murad)
Kathy Staines
our devoted guitarist
Playing music for the Dances is a beautiful way to enter into the sacred atmosphere & co-creative experience of the DUP.  The Dance musician serves the leader & the dancers, helping to communicate the depth of the sacred phrase through the nonverbal medium of music.        (from the DUP website)
A Bit of Dance Decorum
For the benefit of the other dancers
& to keep the sacred space, please...
* If you arrive late, slip in quietly,
   postponing hugs & greetings.
* Leave your cell phone in the car.
* If you want to converse, go outside.
Our successful De-Clutter Sale!
Donations sent to Dances U. P. International
~ March Remarks ~

Thanks for another wonderful, inspiring weekend. Your words and music are always so perfect. And I really enjoyed Trish's yoga session.  You always do have such fascinating people at your dance sessions!   Jean

Thoroughly enjoyable weekend activities: your wonderful program, Trish leading us in Yoga meditation by the lake in beautiful weather surrounded by lovely spring flowers!  Clare

As always, the dances you led were engrossing, spirited and stirring. I especially liked your newest one, inspired by the Baha'i song, Let All Associate -- with such a relevant and meaningful message for our world!   Baraka

Khalika with Isobel Rose
born March 11, Khalika's birthday!
The swinging doors  are open wide   ~   souls depart & souls arrive.  We're just grateful to be alive ~ this moment in the Light!
Sathya Sai Baba
“Love All, Serve All.
Help Ever, Hurt Never”
We'll dance Prashanti Nilayam, in honor of Sai Baba and his ashram, "Abode of the Highest Peace," with text based on words attributed to Confucius:
When there’s righteousness in the heart
There is beauty in the character
When there’s beauty in the character
There is harmony in the home
When there’s harmony in the home
There is order in the nation
When there’s order in the nation
There is peace in the world.
Om Sai Ram, Prashanti Nilayam
Om Sai Ram, Peace on Earth
Om Sai Ram, Prashanti Nilayam
Om Sai Ram,  Peace on Earth
Dances of Universal Peace songs are sound practices that attune us to the ever-present reality, by resonating throughout our being.    Vakil Polevoy
"La illaha il Allah"
God is the Only Reality
A peacock  would listen & spread its feathers & begin to dance to my music.  When I stopped playing it would  tap the vina with its beak to get me to play again    H.I. Khan
State of mind  can be read  by the touch  upon an instrument,
for even a great expert musician  cannot produce  by mere skill, without a developed feeling within, the grace & beauty which appeal to the heart.                          Hazrat Inayat Khan
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
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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.

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