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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, July 13, 2019
at the Historic Thomas Center
of Gainesville

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Sat, July 13 at the Thomas Center, 302 NE 6 Ave, Gainesville.
"Return to Love"
Men & women of all faiths are welcom to participate in the singing & dancing
The Dances of Universal Peace honor the sacred traditions of the world by incorporating mantras & scripture into melodic moving meditations.  Singing, dancing, & prayers are included.  Everyone participates. 
These dances are a form of spiritual practice for many dancers, & you can help maintain the sacred, joyful atmosphere as we sing & dance.  It is customary to sing whole-heartedly after the leader has demonstrated, hold a minute or so of silence after a dance ends, & to refrain from talking between dances. 
for this special dance are
Khalika Rebecca Pethes on Guitar & Harmonium
Isabel Coutts on Accordian
David Willkomm on Percussion
Cyd Robbins on Viola
Haqqiqa McRee on Guitar

We'll all contribute to the vocals!


If you can help us greet & check in people, please let DiAnahita know.  If you are from out of town, & would like to spend Saturday night at Dancing Peacock Paradise, please RSVP
Sufi Invocaton from Hazrat Inayat Khan

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
Music ~ Dancing ~ Welcoming to All!
Last April's Retreat with Maitreya & DiAnahita
The dances grounded me in strength; the people grounded me in love; & Maitreya was a ray of light (that makes me smile) in a very dark time of my life.  Gratitude to DiAnahita for this, & for all her outpouring in the past. May she receive in triplicate!  Taleeb
Loved our time together.   It was fulfilling to me on many levels of my being. Thank you Maitreya for the sharing with your wife & 2 children. I enjoyed all of you as well as the entire congregation. Many blessings, Dianahita, as usual it was a great gathering. Some of what we were practicing led to higher states of being. I love when that happens. A brief change of consciousness that remains in some part of being.   Love, Sh'mal
In the unfolding hours together,  under the skillful leadership of both leaders,  it all grows intricately richer. DiAnahita leads us on a series of absorbing soul excursions,  one after another,  from walking on “big feet” in the desert with camels to reminding us to listen with the “big ears” of the elephant god Ganesha.
From a variety of perspectives, Maitreya, speaks to us of harmony. With a recurring meditative power,  his words invoke the profound mysteries of sound itself.  The joy deepens.  The pattern repeats.  First, pronouncing the sacred words in languages from faraway places,  then learning to sing the music, & finally adding the movements, we move & sing together, again & again & again, blending & synchronizing together,  in new levels of harmony.   ~   Baraka Barclay Braden
Read Barclay's complete article at www.PeacockParadise.org  
On Sunday,  individuals who lead dances in their own communities had a chance to teach a dance. I found it poignant that the people I had come to know, informally the day before, now came forward with quiet authority, to offer something dear to their own dance practice. As always, each person had their own style, their own “way” of teaching, of sharing what was so meaningful to them,  & I know we were all deeply touched by what they offered.  ~  Katya Taylor
Click HERE to read Katya's complete article at www.PeacockParadise.org
Florida Sufi & Dance Retreat with Pir Shabda Khan of the Sufi Ruhaniat International
Florida Sufi & Dance Retreat with Pir Shabda Khan of the Sufi Ruhaniat International
"Nurturing the Inner Life ~ Caring for the Planet"
Friday - Sunday, October 18-20, 2019  ~  Sarasota
More information to come, or see www.RisingTideInternational.org
Musicians ~ skilled or aspiring ~ are invited to practice with us
for future dances. 
Only Love
Music & Movements by Leilah Be

Only Love is flowing here
La illaha il Allah
If you would like to learn more about Universal Sufism, contact DiAnahita: FLRetreats@gmail.com
"Return to Love" Dance
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
Regular monthly 4th Saturday  Dances of Universal Peace
will resume at Peacock Paradise on September 28.  Mark your calendar:  Oct. 26,  Nov. 30,  Dec. 25,  & the annual
Global Peace ~ New Year's Eve Dance
in Gainesville on Tuesday, December 31 at UCG.
Florida Dance Retreat with Pir Shabda Kahn
October 18-20 at Rising Tide, Sarasota, Florida

Monthly Sufi Study Circle in Gainesville
& Sufi Practices & Zikr at Peacock Paradise ~ inquire about dates
Psalm 46 ~ Be Still & know that I am God. 

I will be honored throughout the world.
Natural Awakenings  North Central Florida magazine published a news brief about the upcoming Dances at the Thomas Center in the June issue, page 6 with a photo.  They titled it "Multicultural Immersion in Joy". Follow this link to read the article online. 
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
Florida Dances of Universal Peace
Email Us
Email Us
www.PeacockParadise.org        www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org        www.Ruhaniat.org

No RSVP needed for the Gainesville dance;
however, you can use it to ask questions
& we'd love to anticipate your presence!

Newsletter Layout - Diana Kanoy       Webmaster - Patrick Harrigan

Photos by Patrick

"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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Silver City, New Mexico

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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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