Dances of Universal Peace

March 22nd 2014
"Our Sacred Heritage"

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Dances of Universal Peace
Saturday, March 22, 2014
"Our Sacred Heritage"
with DiAnahita
Musicians:   Sut Jeevin on Drum, Tamara on Guitar,
Nickie on Ukulele, Patrick on Shruti box
$10 donation + potluck dish
~ RSVP Appreciated ~
f you need directions or would like to carpool, include your town. 

Come early to enjoy the lake & woods, people & animals.
  • 2:00 – 2:45  Arrival  Enjoying the Lake & Woods
    • 1:30 - Musicians practice
    • Please arrive in time to check in & begin together
  • 3:00 – 5:00  Dancing in the house or possibly outside
  • 5:00 – 5:30  Free time in nature
  • 5:30   Potluck setup at the cottage
  • 6:00   Dinner by the lake at the cottage
  • 7:15   Zikr
  • 8:30  Desserts in the house
Please reserve ahead if you would like to spend the night:
$25 per person per night.
Dancing Peacock Paradise is a privately owed lakeside
spiritual retreat center, N. of Ft. McCoy (SE of Gainesville)
in the woods of north central Florida.
Please leave your pets at home & enjoy ours. 
Leave your cares & cell phones behind too.
& enter the warm friendly atmosphere with a relaxed smile
Dear Friends ~ On or Seeking a Spiritual Path,
Our next Sufi class led by DiAnahita and hosted by Patrick will be on Wednesday, March 19th at Tigert House north of the Duck Pond,  224 NE 10th Ave at NE 3rd Street. from 7:00 – 8:30 PM followed by tea.  We hope you will join us for this sacred, informative, deep space in our lives. 

Twenty-first century Universal Sufis are “a diverse community of people devoted to cultivating a living wisdom for our time. We draw on the intelligence of the natural world, humanity's sacred heritage, and contemplative insight to inform and inspire this pursuit.”  Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Our togetherness at the Feb. Dance was deeply enriching.  Amidst the leafing, flowering woodlands, we felt the Divine within our hearts, & the expansiveness was palpable. The Universal Worship on Sunday Morning was also lovely with music provided by birds surrounding the Gazebo.
This dance really seemed to bring an inner healing with it. I have noticed a big difference already this week!       Smaller group with big energy! I am so appreciative of the acceptance I feel (as a newbie!) and I am  especially appreciative of all the work DiAnahita puts into each dance. Looking forward to more!                        Tee Lee Wood

       Going to the dances at peacock paradise is virtually the only social event i have participated in for some years now. the conversation & human interaction is needed & beneficial for me so i am grateful for the opportunity….i also enjoy many of the mudras & love to sing or chant prayers even if my voice range is very limited.
        what i most enjoy is participating in the group energy & experiencing the precious moments of communion when we are as one.  a long-time dancer

Chief Seattle
A prominent figure among his people, Chief Seattle pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers.  A widely publicized speech, given in the mid-nineteenth century, arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans' land rights has been attributed to him.

Ancestors, sky people
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

      As a stranger in a new location, I find nourishment among this group.  Meeting the like - minded people  reinforces my will to succeed in critical care in a hospital far from familiar surroundings & people. May we all be healthy of spirit, mind, & body.     Sincerely, Tim
Dear Anahita,
  I had high expectations for the Sat & Sun Dancing, meals, community, & Universal Worship Service; You, & the other wonderful Beings present, exceeded them in all ways.  Infinite gratitude for all the time, energy, resources, & love that you devote to making these the highly effective weekend events that draw so many participants from a large area of the state.  This was extraordinary enough to be similar to a weekend retreat ….only just for a shorter time!
   And I can’t thank you enough for creating this holy place & opportunities to provide a weeklong stay that was the most peaceful, meaningful, & enlightening that I’ve experienced in a long time. 
I came to FL with an important goal of exploring the Sufi path; & the setting, HIK book, Sufi class, weekend events, & other experiences certainly propelled me well along that course.
                                 Deep Peace, Much Love,  Kim

Chief Seattle’s Reply

Selections from words attributed to Chief Seattle

Music by Anahata  iradah

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.
We are part of the earth & it is  part of  us.
     We all share the same breath;
     We all share the same breath.
If the beasts were gone,
we would die of a great loneliness of spirit.
All things are connected;
all things are connected.
Our God is the same God!
Our God is the same God!
This we know, the earth does not belong to us,
we belong to the earth.
We belong to the earth We belong to the earth
We belong to the earth We belong to the earth

Click above to view a short biographical video about Sufi Inayat Khan, the Indian musician and mystic who brought Sufism to the West in the early 20th century.

Click above to view a lovely Dance video produced by our Latin American friends.
Dance Community Feedback

I had such a wonderful time with you all this past weekend. I felt like a child again exploring your wonderful property and it was so very refreshing to meet such graceful and welcoming souls. it really felt like going home!! It was such a inspiring day and I very much look forward to returning at the end of this month and the opportunity to stay overnight this time

My heart is filled with excitement at the thought of visiting and dancing again everyone.

The first zikr [Only One] was just marvelous!

Warmest blessings and light, Samantha

Such a polished reflection presented so well! I so enjoyed sitting on the dock the next day with you and Joy and soaking up the sun and peace. :-)
Hugs, Talia

Good Morning Diana!

I just wanted to let you know that Aurora and I were completely moved by the dance that Saturday. I have 3 daughters, Aurora is the oldest, and she and I have had a difficult relationship over the years, especially last year due to some tragic events. I've been working on healing the relationship and it has improved slowly.

Nevertheless, something spiritual happened to us that magical Saturday. We haven't argued once since then. Aurora is much more affectionate with me, and we get along better than ever before.

Elena & Aurora at Dancing Peacock Paradise, Easter weekend 2013

I know this transformation is a result of our experience with all of you. I consider our new relationship a miracle as the result of the prayers in recitation, song, and dance.

On the way home that night Aurora said that this was the best day of her life. I owe it all to you and the group. The spirit of peace was tangible that day, and we were able to bring this life force home with us. My heart, mind, and soul thank you for this. I am planning on attending again in April and May.

Thank you, again. Elena

I read what Elena wrote, and thought; what a positive result from your bringing in the youth idea. I also thought how the dances make you love people who you otherwise may never have. They really promote cooperation, and a spiritual focus on one love that makes everyone naturally more harmonious. Universal Peace Dance, of course. What a balm for the generation gap. And at risk teens.

Love, Lee

March 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
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"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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