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Dances of Universal Peace

Next Dance:
Saturday, September 22
at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Dancing Peacock Paradise July 2018 event at The Thomas CenterPhotos from our July 2018 event. Click on photos to view entire album. July 2018 event at The Thomas Center
Next Peacock Paradise "Dances of Universal Peace"

Saturday, September  22

There will not be a dance in August.
Meanwhile take a look at Patrick Harrigan's beautiful photos of our Dances at the Gainesville Thomas Center in July below
& more on the website 
Many thanks to the Musicians who smoothly transitioned between playing beautiful music to dancing & back again:
Khalika Rebecca Pethes, Isabel Coutts,
David Willkomm, & Cyd Robbins
We appreciate their attunement, professionalism, & preparation.

More photos at www.PeacockParadise.org
Responses to the Thomas Center Dance

As a band member, I always enjoy the wide variety of music, from cultures worldwide, & seeing the happy faces of the dancers as they move within the circles.  Thank you for guiding us!    -David Willkomm

The dance was perfect, as they always are.  You put so much effort and love in your presentations.  Your work means a lot to so many people - please continue as long as possible!     -Marilyn Schneider
I enjoyed myself immensely!! I have missed the peace, community and spirit that the dances bring out for me. I love harmonizing and look forward to the day when I can have more dancing in my life.    -Khalika

We enjoyed the variety of cultures highlighted.  The singing always lingers in my mind. It was lovely to participate & connect with friends, old & new, as always!  Thank you for your dedication to peace & beauty. Love you!  Konnie
    As always, after one of your offerings, I am brimming with gratitude! Last night  at the Thomas  Center  was  all  I'd  been  looking  forward to...even more. My heart is still soaring after the richness of singing in so many  languages & connecting  soul to soul  with so many others. Thank you for everything you do to create this source of unparalleled joy for all of us.   
With love, with thanks,  Barclay

     I was so intoxicated by our two-hour dance that I was wide awake until two in the morning.  Actually that felt kind of wonderful  when I'd wondered in advance about various issues of stamina & balance - not at all a problem.
You can register for the Fall Retreat at the website for the Florida statewide community of Dances of Universal Peace.   www.FloridaDUP.org
Fall Dance Retreat with Maitreya, Amina & Arif
October 18-21, 2018

"A Date with the Beloved"
Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Florida
Register online

Early bird registration prices are available now
Questions:  Suzy Stoner
      "Very few in the world know what  great power is hidden  in the  wish  of a person  whose  heart  is in the state of dancing  -  full of joy."  Hazrat Inayat Khan
(Photo->Miss Ruth St. Denis)

Murshid SAM Archive

is now available online
...nearly every piece of writing from this American spiritual master & guide, with search capabilities.
Murshid SAM
fixing food for his mureeds
Fall Dances
at Peacock Paradise

Mostly 4th Saturdays
Sept. 22    Oct. 27   Nov 24 
Tues, Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Mon, Dec 31 New Year's Eve
The first of 10 PRINCIPAL

SUFI THOUGHTS concerning the inner life

1. There is One God, the  Eternal,  the Only Being; none exists save God

I feel so much better about humanity  after  coming  to the dance.  God bless you!
-Mary Clark
Inside the dargah
over Murshid Samuel Lewis's grave at Lama Foundation in New Mexico 
If you are interested  in learning more about Sufism & doing practices together in Gainesville please RSVP with name & email.
The website for the Dances in North America:  Find where they are & contacts.
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

If you RSVP with comments or questions, please include your name & email

Newsletter Selection & Layout - Diana Kanoy       Webmaster - Patrick Harrigan

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"This Kalama Dance was the seal on the Murshid Sam Dargah Dedication Celebration Aug 24-27, 2017, danced right inside the new Dargah structure." -Shabda Kahn

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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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February 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise