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Dances of Universal Peace

Next Dance: Sunday, June 5
at Gainesville Retreat Center

Dancing Peacock Paradise event of April 30th 2016 Dancing Peacock Paradise event of April 30th 2016.
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  • Connecting with like-minded people in a friendly circle
  • Joyful singing & dancing together in a sacred atmosphere
  • The comfort of finding similarities in the different world religions
  • Responding to live music for rhythm & inspiration
  • Recognizing Divine Qualities that we can absorb
  • Using our bodies for devotion and prayer
Including dances inspired by Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, and Native American traditions.

Singing sacred mantras in Aramaic, Sanskrit, Arabic, Hebrew, Lakota Sioux, & even English!  (Don’t worry they are short & taught in the moment!)
Praising kindness, faith, love, generosity, joy, compassion, peace, unity, & blessing.
The opening dances will be especially light-hearted and fun as we invite young people to lend their exuberance and energy.  Later we will settle into deeper, slower dances.
  RSVP  with your name, email, & town for directions
                  & address or carpooling connections. 
Please reserve in advance to spend the night at GRC or DPP
April Dance ~ "Music of the Earth & Sky"
If it helps you to see the words, here are some of them.  Half have only 2 or 3 words, so it’s easy even though they are in foreign languages:
Hayy Manukti Ahayyti – Aramaic
Radhe Govinda Bolo  – Sanskrit
Ya Majid, La illaha il Allah – Arabic
Shalom Lai Lai Lai  –  Hebrew
Mitakuye Oyasin – Lakota Sioux
Sufi Study Circle

Wed. May 18, 7-8:30 PM
Preceded by Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6:00
"The Beautiful Names"
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
Samuel Lewis
Originator of Dances of Universal Peace ~ before the beard
Dianne Jones
New Staff member at Dancing Peacock Paradise;  She will help prepare the buildings for the events.  She lives in nearby Sparr.
Be nice to camels
They are really neat.
Be nice to camels
Cause they have big feet.

Walking together In a caravan
Living together Standing in the sand.

Camels come in sizes, One hump or 2
Riding through the desert,
They will carry you
On long legs they travel,
Underneath the sun
Swaying together Moving Toward the 1
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion or cultural system.
I am not from the east or the west,
not out of the ocean or up from
the ground, not natural or ethereal,
not composed of elements at all.
I do not exist, am not an entity in this
world or the next, did not descend
from Adam & Eve or any origin story.
The dance room at Gainesville Retreat Center
Dance & Poltuck Manners
For the benefit of the other dancers
* Take small amounts at the potluck so everyone can try every dish.
* Be friendly to everyone who is there.
* Maintain silence while dances are being taught.
Upcoming Summer Tentative Dates in Gainesville & Ft. McCoy
  • Sat, June 25 at UCG ~ 7:00
  • Sat, July 23 – Peacock Paradise potluck dinner  6:00 &  zikr in the gazebo
  • Sat, Aug 13 at UCG ~ 7:00
If you have a venue & people who want to dance, DiAnahita is available to lead this summer.
~ April Remarks ~

Dearest DiAnahita, Your mailings are magnificent ~ full of beauty, light & inspiration.  I adore receiving them, & send every possible blessing for your ministry there.  Toward the One,
Maimoona Rose, Molly Martin

Yogashakti Ashram in Palm Bay invited Patrick to speak about "How Kataragama Called Me" to a mixed audience of South Indian families & American devotees of Ma Yoga Shakti. It is rather like Dancing Peacock Paradise, a small ashram home to three generations of American devotees of Ma Yoga Shakti.
  A wealth you cannot imagine
  Flows through you.
  Do not consider what strangers say
  Be secluded in your secret heart
  that bowl of silence.               Rumi

My place is the placeless,
a trace of the traceless.
Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
& that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing
human being.
             sufi mystic - jelaluddin rumi
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.

More details about Allaudin and Lila’s 2013 Dance Retreat

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