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Dances of Universal Peace

Retreat with Maitreya April 6 & 7, 2019
at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Retreat with Maitreya April 6 & 7, 2019 at Dancing Peacock Paradise Click through to view the entire album of 2019 Retreat with Maitreya. Retreat with Maitreya April 6 & 7, 2019 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
Florida Dances for All Ages

Maitreya & DiAnahita

April 6  (or 6 & 7)  2019
Dancing Peacock Paradise
SE of Gainesville, Florida
“Deepening into the Sacred”
Maitreya brings an open-hearted presence to the Dances of Universal Peace through his instrumentation, voice, & love of the Dances as a community practice.  A guide in the Sufi Ruhaniat, Maitreya leads in Sarasota, & around the world as one of the most-invited dance leaders because of his deepening practices & inspired zikrs.

Maitreya & DiAnahita will co-lead the Saturday Retreat & optional Sunday morning in the woods at Dancing Peacock Paradise by beautiful heart-shaped Beauty Lake.  This event will gather Dancers from all around Florida & beyond, to experience dances & zikr from the originators, Sufi teachings, immersion in nature, & fellowship among all ages. 

This is the once-a-year time we invite parents & grandparents to bring children to Peacock Paradise to join us for the first few dances, & then go to the playhouse for supervised art & crafts or games.

Overnight accommodations are limited - reserve yours now if you want to stay for Sunday.  The Sunday morning session will be a smaller group for dancers, with in-depth teaching of a few dances, guidance about leadership, & a chance for local leaders to lead a dance.
.With Gratitude for Oneness Project's Generous Support  www.OnenessProject.com

To assure your place, please register & pay right away.
Children under 13 Free!  Teens & Young Adults 14 – 35 half price!

You can register by PayPal www.paypal.com/us/home
Log In or Sign Up - Link a card or bank, then...
  • Select option:...More - Send a gift
  • Click in Email & put  FLRetreats@gmail.com
  • Enter $100.00 Saturday only, or $150 for both days
  • Click “Add a note” put your name & email address.
  • Or send a check written to Diana Kanoy
  •  PO Box 376, Fort McCoy, FL 32134
Questions?   RSVP   or Email  FLRetreats@gmail.com 
or call DiAnahita: 352 546-1345
Schedule for Maitreya & DiAnahita’s Florida Retreat
Saturday, April 6
  9:00 – 9:30          Arrive, check in on the cottage porch, get settled
  9:15 – 9:45          Coffee, tea, snacks – meet the family & each other
10:00–12:00          Opening session, including child-friendly dances
12:00–12:30          Break and lunch set-up at the cottage
12:30 – 1:30          Lunch
  1:45 – 3:15          Afternoon session
                             - Little children welcome for 1st dance
                             - if it’s nice out we may do some practices on the dock
                             - &/or dance in the circle by the Gazebo
 1:30 – 3:15          Play house open for children (with supervision)
 3:15 – 4:00          Break & Desserts on cottage porch
 3:30 – 3:50          Guided silent Nature walk with DiAnahita
 4:00 – 5:30          Play house open for children (with supervision)
 4:15 – 5:30          Late afternoon session
 5:30 – 6:00          Break and Potluck Dinner set-up            
 6:00 – 7:00          Potluck Dinner
 6:45 – 8:45          Cottage Living Room open for children
 7:00 – 8:30          Zikr
 8:45 – 9:30          Desserts

Sunday Morning, April 7
 8:00 - 8:30      Sufi Practices on the dock
 9:00                Breakfast
 9:45–12:15     Dancing & Commentary with Maitreya & DiAnahita,
                        including focused leading by attending leaders
Maiteya's CD ~ Almighty Peace
Available at the Retreat
Bring some extra cash to purchase a CD or more ~ they make great gifts. 
His original zikrs were recorded with Sufi friends to varied & interesting musical accompaniment.  Many songs you may know & we may dance to at the retreat; then you can listen again & again.  $15 - $20 donation toward production costs.

I listened to previews of some of the songs on Amazon.
It is so beautiful! I plan to buy the MP3 version.  Margie Schneider

After hearing the CD, I bought 6 more as gifts. 
One of the people I intended to give it to
as a hostess present had done the same thing! DiAnahita
Calling All Dancers
Toward the One
The Perfection
of Love, Harmony, & Beauty
The Only Being
United with all the illuminated souls
Who form the embodiment
of the master

The Spirit of Guidance
Eliya Simona Maitreya Faolan Shivani

Meet the Family
9:15 - 9:55 Sat. Morning
Coffee, Tea, & Conversation while you register at the cottage
...highlights conserving  this threatened species, whose presence goes back 60 million years.  Gopher tortoises are known for remarkable digging skills, using shovel-like forearms to  carve  out  burrows  averaging several yards deep & 5 yards long. This  keystone species'  burrows give  shelter  to more than  350 other native species.  In spring it is increasingly active,  leaving its underground burrow in search of spring greenery to eat &  a mate.  Watch for them along the driveway.
The April Retreat will fill up -  space is limited. 
 RSVP   with questions.
Details & Directions will be sent after you register.
There will not be a regular 4th Saturday Dance
at Peacock Paradise in March.
Easter Sunday ~ April 21, 2019

"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.

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