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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 Retreat with Maitreya April 6 & 7, 2019
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Florida Dances for All Ages

Maitreya & DiAnahita

April 6 & 7, 2019

Dancing Peacock Paradise
SE of Gainesville, Florida
“Deepening into the Sacred through Simple Keys”

Maitreya & DiAnahita will co-lead a 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 enjoy nature, & meet the kittens, peacocks, puppy & chickens. Children will be invited to join us for the first few dances, & then go to the playhouse for supervised art & crafts or games.
We will share the qualities of love, harmony, & beauty to help us advance along a spiritual path. Wali Ali’s “Ten Keys to Dancing” will help us focus awareness of different aspects which can help us deepen into the practice. 

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 brief dance & present on the topics:
“Keys to Adapting Dance Leadership to Circumstances”
           * Leading & dancing with children
           * Leading with young adults
           * Leading in a community group of new dancers
           * Leading with hearing impaired or second language dancers
           * Playing music for the dances
See schedule & registration information below, & photos  from previous retreats. 
With Gratitude for Oneness Project's Generous Support  www.OnenessProject.com

To assure your place, please register & pay right away.
Space is limited.  No reservations held without payment!
Children under 13 Free!  Teens & Young Adults 14 – 35 half price!

You can register by PayPalwww.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
April 6-7 2019
  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
 7:30                Sufi Practices on the dock
 8:00                Qi Gong
 9:00                Breakfast
 9:45–12:15     Dancing & Leader Training with Maitreya & DiAnahita,
                        including focused leading by attending leaders
12:15               Musician Jam if desired
Eliya Simona Maitreya Faolan Shivani

Meet the Family
9:15 - 9:55 Sat. Morning
Coffee, Tea, & Conversation while you register at the cottage
Ten Keys to Dancing
Wali Ali Meyer
 To be expanded upon during the retreat
     1. Listen
     2. Feel
     3. Sacred phrase    
     4. Music           
     5. Move
     6. Breathe
     7. Soar with Joy
     8. Devotion             
     9. Amin
   10. Silence
Responses from 2018
         As always, I had a wonderful, enlightening time. I did not want to leave.   Thank you  so much  for hosting  such a  beautiful  event.
I look forward to the next!  Hayley
Thanks for a wonderful weekend & allowing 6 year old Evan to play percussion !     Love, Clare

We really appreciate you setting up the sweet play house for kids. It was a very pleasant place to hang out, & well stocked with fun activity books & coloring supplies. We've been singing the songs from some of the dances since we’ve been back.             Chloe
When I am with little children
I feel like dancing.

Hazrat Inayat Khan
Comments from 2017
Loved having the children with us. When I came upon them as partners in the circle, my heart flew open & I fell  more deeply in love ~ treasured & memorable moments. May they return again & again.  ~ Sukaynah
Such beauty created together this week-end. ​Thank you, DiAnahita & Maitreya, for this most sacred invitation into deeper connection with each other, with self & with something greater, be it as simple & blessed as community connection to nature & our living planet, nourishing food, or a more awake & devoted connection with God. I am deeply honored to have been part of this day together! Immense gratitude, Shivani
Fabulous event - delightful & moving. Thoroughly enjoyed the scrumptious tree house-full moon shining so brightly. Love, Suzy & Jeff      
The peacocks aer Fune! Evan
Sweet! Thank you DiAnahita. It was a blessing to attend your event.  Pedja
Blue will do Face Painting for the Kids!
Come meet the pets!  Shizari  Dumuzi  Wachee   Charlemagne
Meanwhile.... our upcoming dance will be February 23
at Peacock Paradise
The April  retreat will fill up -  space is limited. 
 RSVP   with questions.

It is recommended to sign up & pay immediately if you want to attend.
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When you    RSVP   be sure to include your name & email;
it does not show up automatically & we cannot answer you! 
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Join us at Dancing Peacock Paradise  ~  Please  RSVP
"Love's Mysteries"

A day of Singing, Dancing, Enjoying Nature,
Meeting Friends, Poetry, Prayer, Eating, & Zikr

      2:00 – 2:45           Arrive, Check in, Socialize, Walk the Labyrinth
      3:00 – 5:00           Dances of Universal Peace
      5:00 – 5:45           Group photo, Free time in Nature,
      6:00 – 7:00           Potluck dinner
      6:45 - 7:00            Relaxing to Music
      7:00– 8:30            Candlelight Zikr
      8:30 – 9:15           Desserts & Conversation
$10 donation + potluck dish or $5 extra
Reserve in advance to spend the night

Directions & Details will be sent after you sign up
Retreat with Maitreya & DiAnahita

April 6 & optional 7th ~ Theme "Keys to Dancing"
 RSVP   with notation "RETREAT"        See below for more information

& at   www.PeacockParadise.org  
Register Now ~ Space is Limited
Children under 13 Free!  Teens
& Young Adults 14 – 35 half price!
You can register by PayPal:
Log In - Link a credit card or bank:
Select option:...More - Send a gift
Enter $100. Sat. or $150 both days
Click “Add a note”
       put your name & email address.
Or a check written to Diana Kanoy
PO Box 376, Fort McCoy, FL 32134
Questions?   RSVP  or Email 
Margaret Germain on the harp
Four Heavenly Abodes
Mettā Karuṇā Muditā Upekkhā
Mettā Karuṇā Muditā Upekkhā
Abide in love & compassion, Dwell in joy & equanimity
Abide in love & compassion, Dwell in joy & peace

Ancestors, sky people
all here today
Hear my heart song
Hear my respect
Hear my love
Hear my grateful tears fall
I am truly blessed,
you are truly blessed
We are truly blessed
An Objective of the Sufi Path
To realize  &  spread the knowledge of Unity,  the religion  of Love & Wisdom, so that the bias of faiths & beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, & all hatred caused by  distinctions  &  differences  may be rooted out.               Hazrat Inayat Khan
Comments on January's Dance
Saturday’s healing dance was one of the most profound we’ve had.  Everyone was so attuned that the atmosphere was energized with a calm vibration.  Thanks to all for your sincere participation in the music, practices & dances. 

        I am still floating on the heartfelt joy engendered by the experience of dancing together again! Thank you for your artful orchestration, which created an exquisite opportunity for replenishment & restoration. I feel blessed to have participated, & my heart is soaring with such gratitude.    

Observing & taking it all in, I was struck by the peaceful cohesiveness of the group. These Dances had great depth.~ Elizabeth

It was a joy to be at Peacock Paradise for the dances last month.  Thank you for opening your beautiful home for all of us to come together for healing and fellowship.  The day was just what Janet and I needed. 
Pour upon us Thy Love & Thy Light
Te Aroha
Maori from New Zealand


Te Aroha
Te whakapono
Te rangimarie
Ta tou ta toue


Sharing the Love
everyone’s Song
Finding deep Peace within
Uniting All as One
Return to Love
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
Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.     -Hazrat Inayat Khan
Please take a minute to watch this video describing the
Beyond Initiative
a new project sponsored by Dances of Universal Peace International.   Young Dance leaders are reaching out to youth in Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Iran & in remote areas of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa to youth in ecovillages & sustainable communities.
Dancing Peacock Paradise website
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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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