May 2009

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Welcome to
Dancing Peacock Paradise

 

Dancing Peacock Paradise is a privately-owned home & retreat center dedicated to spiritual events & personal retreats.

 

  • Dances of Universal Peace are offered regularly here, & in Gainesville & nearby communities (as well as around the world)
  • To be informed about local dance events, please e-mail: FLRetreats at Gmail.com
  • Monthly dances are usually 4th Saturdays @ 3:00 in Ft. McCoy at Dancing Peacock Paradise. Come early to enjoy the property & sign in
  • Confirm by phone if you haven't received an email: 352 546-1345.
Dancing Peacock Paradise photo by Azore

The Dances of Universal Peace honor the sacred traditions of the world by incorporating mantras & scripture into melodic moving meditations. The event will include singing, dancing, mediation, & prayers. Everything is taught in the moment & everyone participates. The Dances were envisioned by Samuel Lewis, a student of Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Dancing Peacock Paradise photo by Azore

 

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 hold a minute or so of silence after a dance ends, & to refrain from talking throughout the dance session.

 

Dancing Peacock Paradise photo by Azore
  • To be informed about local dance events, please sign the E-mail list.
  • Monthly dances are usually 4th Saturdays @ 3:00 in Ft. McCoy at Dancing Peacock Paradise. Confirm by phone if you haven't received an email:  352 546-1345.
Dancing Peacock Paradise photo by Azore

Potluck Courtesy

  •   When we eat together, it is a time of sharing, bonding, & connection, as well as appreciation of food. Here are some ideas for everyone to have the optimum experience!

  •   Please bring an abundant, healthy, mostly vegetarian, dish, either homemade or carefully selected; one for each person attending.

  •   We will have a blessing together before beginning to line up

  •   Remember that there are people behind you in line

  •   Move through as quickly as possible, saving conversation until seated

  •   Take small portions, so that everyone can try everything

  •   Those who are contributing to the music or leadership, or who are helping in the dining room will go toward the front of the line.

  •   While you are waiting in line, you may get a drink or nibble from the snack table in the dining room.

  •   Come back for seconds only after everyone is served

  •   It's nice to purposefully sit with people you don't know well, & take the opportunity to get to know them better!

  •   When you are finished, clear your leftover food into the white compost can, dispose of your trash & stack your dishes.

  •   You do not need to rinse the dishes

  •   Remember to take your emptied dish home! You may leave leftovers in a plastic container, found in the black cart, for the people who are staying overnight.

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    In my lifetime, Love in every heart.  In my lifetime, Peace, peace on earth.

     

    Gazebo

     

    • Accommodations are unique & rustic, in beautiful natural surroundings.

    • All bathrooms are shared. In addition to the house bathroom & 2 cottage bathrooms, there are 5 open air out-houses, 2 outdoor hot water showers, and 1 outdoor vintage tub.
    • Please remake your bed with fresh sheets before leaving, and take your used linens to the laundry room in the pole barn/carport behind the house.
    • Leave your bedroom & bathroom clean for the next guests, and wash any dishes you may have used.
    Dancing Peacock Paradise photo by Azore

    Everyone is requested to make a donation or pay the appropriate fee for each event. If that is not possible, then please volunteer for some extra service. Larger donations are graciously welcomed for upkeep & improvements.

     

    Karma Yoga (Service)

    Everyone is asked to contribute some service to help the event run smoothly. Help is needed for:

    • Registration
    • Potluck setup
    • Dinner cleanup
    • Kitchen cleanup
    • Dessert setup
    • Dessert cleanup
    • Showing newcomers around
    • Music (with practice together in advance)
    • Lighting candles
    • Filling water dispensers or pitchers
    • Making coffee
    • Breakfast setup (if overnight guests)
    • Linen laundry
    • Sweeping

    Help would also be welcomed in advance of the event.

    Dancing Peacock Paradise dancing in the gazebo

    "Those who Love, Loving pour forth Radiance"