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Dance at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs
Sunday, September 15, 2013

'For the Beauty of the Earth'
Dances of Universal Peace at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs on September 15, 2013
"May the blessings of God rest upon you!"
"Dear Diana, WOW! What a wonderful message and service. What a great group of dancers, musicians and singers. Thank You Everyone!"
-Carol, on behalf of Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists
Dances of Universal Peace at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs on September 15, 2013
"May God's Presence illuminate your heart!"

"Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! It was good seeing you and the others again. The entire experience was enlightening, uplifting, and so relaxing. My personal and professional life are richer because of

Warren A. Hodge, Ph.D.

events like Sunday’s. Thank you for all you do to fill lives with 'exaltation and ecstasy' and not 'guilt and sin'." -Warren

Warren A. Hodge, Ph.D.
University of North Florida,
Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sports Management
Dances of Universal Peace at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs on September 15, 2013
"E Malama!"

Rebecca with her amazing new composition "Strike a match" right after the chalice had been lit!

With our dancers in between we went from chaos to deep felt synchronization in an hour! Alhamdulillah!

Dances of Universal Peace at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs on September 15, 2013

"Today, we learned songs and dances of universal peace. We sang in different languages and danced together, all the while honoring each person and the earth. I can't accurately describe to you the feeling and energy in that room that moved me to tears, and filled me with joy and peace. I am so grateful to be free to experience all of this. This is what I call "paradise"!!! It was one of the highlights in my life. If anyone one would like to join me, I'd love to share it with you. And if you're looking for something better, seek them out!

Thank you for the best experience of my life - filling my heart and soul! I can't wait to do it again! It filled the place in my soul where pain used to live. I fell in love with mankind yesterday, because of you! I can't stop crying and smiling!"

-Terry Winn on Facebook
Dances of Universal Peace at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs on September 15, 2013
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Dance & Springs Outing near Dunellon, Florida
Sunday, September 15, 2013

        Here’s an opportunity to get out of town, dance, & frolic
at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Service in Citrus Springs, Florida, which is about 45 minutes SW of Ocala, a few miles south of Dunellon.  We hope you'll come too!
        The service theme will be centered around Sufi & Dance content:  Poems of Hafiz rather than Biblical texts,  Sufi benediction, & songs of our dances as the hymns.  The topic
is “Dancing as Spiritual Practice,” hopefully something that interests you!
Rainbow Springs State Park
       Rainbow Springs is 4th largest
& most picturesque of Florida’s first magnitude springs. Crystalline clear aqua water  bubbles into the spring, a "National Natural Landmark."  All around the pool is a beautiful park with picnic pavilions surrounded by lush vegetation, & a forest providing cool shade. This wonderful  park  has  much  to  offer:  hiking or birding along nature trails or strolling through butterfly gardens, along man-made waterfalls & sandhill pines.
     The Headsprings Entrance is 3 miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41: 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, FL 34432  (352) 465-8555
Dancing as Spiritual Practice
The Dances of Universal Peace, or Sufi Dancing, offer a shared group spiritual practice encouraging balance, serenity, & well-being, while promoting an experience of whole-body aliveness. Social & fun on the surface, on a deeper level,  the Dances build acceptance & community, while stirring a place inside that answers the soul’s yearning for greater connection to the All.   Through rhythmic movement & music, dancers get "out of their minds" & into their bodies, releasing tension, facilitating healing, & opening the senses with heartfelt expression of loving kindness & joy.
        In the Sunday service at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist fellowship, we will learn the fascinating multi-faith background of the Dances, & become acquainted with unique visionaries who influenced  their beginnings.  We will explore the relevance & benefits of Dancing for the individual, the group, & the world, & hear stories of lives that have been trans- formed through this mystical "path of the heart."
        And then…the best part…afterwards we will join hands & dance to live music under the gentle guidance of experienced dance leader, Diana Kanoy.  Come with an open heart & allow the place deep within you that is smiling & loving to emerge & expand.

Dance Circles around Florida
Tamara (727) 542-8197
4th Fridays 7:30
Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St.
Daytona / Holly Hill
Jemila (386) 383-3627
Some Sundays
1:00pm - 3:00 (potluck following)
Unity, 908 Ridgewood Ave. Holly Hill
Hakim & Nurallah (352) 372-7250
3rd Thursdays  7:30pm - 9:00
United Church of Gainesville
1624 NW 5th Ave
Ocala / Marion County / Fort McCoy
DiAnahita (352) 546-1345
4th Saturdays  3:00pm – 8:30 with potluck
Dancing Peacock Paradise
RSVP for directions
Manny (407) 491-7807
2nd Saturdays 4:00pm (usually)
Su Casa Ananda
10436 Kingbrook Lane
Susan (941) 544-8405
Some Saturdays Sept – April
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Unity Church of Sarasota
3023 Proctor Rd

 Sarasota -
Salima (218) 391-0260
9/28 & 10/12:  7:30pm - 9:30
Rising Tide International Spiritual Center
5102 Swift Road, (941) 923-7834
St. Augustine
Haqqiqa Lynn (904) 819-6631
cell: (352) 870-8558
3rd Fridays 7:30pm
Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St.
Katya & Tom (850) 656-9321
1st Saturdays 7:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
2810 N Meridian Rd
West Palm Beach
Greg (561) 588-8286
Occasional dances
Following the 10:30-11:30 service, & a coffee break with snacks, we will offer the Dances..
Mike Felisko & Tamara Short - Guitar, David Willkomm – Percussion,
Talia Wright – Freenotes & Tingsha, Rebecca Plethes – Harmonium, DiAnahita - Ukulele
We’ll get a few cars full of dancers to
go. Afterwards, lunch at some quaint
or tasty place in Dunnellon, & then visit Rainbow springs for a walk to the waterfall & a swim in the spring.
Click here to RSVP  if you are interested in participating,  & put it on your calendar. We’ll set up some car- pools from Gainesville, Ocala, Tampa, Daytona, & Ft. McCoy. 
Dr. Diana Kanoy,
Professor Emerita of Public Speaking at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, transmutes her academic background
to leading
simple, uplifting circle dances honoring the Earth’s sacred traditions.

Dr. Kanoy is an initiated teacher of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, an ordained Sufi cherag, or minister, and Vice President of the Board of Directors of  Dances of Universal Peace International.

A volunteer Dance Leader & certified Mentor for the Dances of Universal Peace, Diana hosts monthly dances & dinners at her lakeside center, Dancing Peacock Paradise.  She also facilitates regional spiritual retreats featuring world renowned dance leaders.  Her passion & purpose are to conserve her rural land in north-central Florida as habitat for wild creatures, and to create a sanctuary for humans who need nourishment from Nature.

yourself in the clear cool spring water!
Above is Deborah Thompson
in Beauty Lake at the June Dance

Ruth St. Denis:
“In a world gone mad, those who have listened to the Divine, those who have ever moved in the rhythm of inward joy, must dance now.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan: 
“The soul of the mystic
is a dancing soul.”

Samuel Lewis: 
“I believe we can learn through exaltation, through ecstasy, through joy &  through love. 
At the same time we must also keep one eye open, so to speak, on our peace, if we want strength, because strength comes out of our inner peace.
 Florida Dance & Sufi Retreat
Allaudin Ottinger & Lila Flood
October 17-20, 2013
Silver Springs, Florida

Registration & More info:

Comment from a retreat with Allaudin & Lila:
During “Ancestors,” I found myself tearing up yet going deeper & deeper  with each person sharing “I am truly blessed,”  meeting with love, compassion & in some cases their own tears or smiles or a Buddha calm.  So beautiful how we connected to each other,  mirroring a divine essence, gifting each other with our lives.
Don't miss this wonderful retreat!
Facebook Group: 
Dances of Universal Peace Florida

International Website

Sufi Website:

Diana’s dance email:


Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)
Citrus Springs, Florida  34434
352 465-4225

Coming South on I-75
Take Route 200 exit. Stay on Route 200 to Route 491. Turn right on Route 491. Follow Route 491 to Route 41. Turn right on 41. We are less than a mile on right.
Coming North on I-75
 Take the Route 44 exit & go west toward Inverness where Route 44 & Route 41 join into one highway. Follow Route 41 north for about 12 miles, on  right.

Coming South on Route 41
From Dunnellon, follow Route 41 for 6 miles. We are on your left.
Benediction Dance

The words were given by Hazrat Inayat Khan as part of  the Universal Worship service.  Partners stand in place while exchanging blessing,  then progress in the direction they face,  past partner.
May the blessings of God rest upon you
    Begin with arms raised above head, palms facing
    partner.  Lower arms out to each side & down.

May God’s peace abide with you                   
      Join hands at waist level & glance
May God’s presence                          
      Raise hands above head, palms & eyes up.
Illuminate your heart                                      
      Right hand above partners heart, L hand covers
Now & forever more.                          
      Bow to partner, hands in prayer mudra.

 Gopher Tortoise
at Peacock Paradise
Drive carefully!

Next Dance at
Peacock Paradise
Saturday, Sept. 28

3:00 - 8:30

Dancing, Potluck Dinner, Zikr, Desserts
Come early to enjoy the property

RSVP for directions or to stay overnight.