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Dances of Universal Peace

Next Dance - Saturday, October 22, 2016
at Dancing Peacock Paradise

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Honoring Murshid Samuel Lewis

(1896 – 1971)
who originated the Dances of Universal Peace
Dancing his dances & zikrs, & sharing stories & quotes

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Open for event from 2:00- 9:00 PM

ar Ft. McCoy, FL 32134, SE of Gainesville, NE of Ocala - specific directions & information will be sent when you   RSVP

Dancing begins at 3:00, check in by 2:45

Musician:  Tamara ~ Guitar & Percussion

Potluck Dinner @ 6:00
Donation $10, plus potluck dish or $5
$25 to spend the night - Reserve in Advance

Mark your calendar now, since this is early notice.
Bring your camera to document our event!
For directions & carpool information, please

RSVP with your name & town
Extra Event!

Sunday Morning Sufi Practices or Qi Gong or Yoga on the Dock
Who wants to lead?
Dancing in the Outdoor Dance circle led by Florida Leaders

Sunday, October 23, 2016
For overnight or day guests
  RSVP   mention Sunday
September Dance
Go to 
www.PeacockParadise.org  to see more of September's pictures, & archived photos since 2009!
Murshid Samuel Lewis was born October 18, 1896,
in San Francisco.  Happy Birthday!

Aka "Sufi Sam" or Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti, he was an American mystic & horticultural scientist who founded the Sufi Ruhaniat International. After a lifetime of spiritual study, primarily with Hazrat Inayat Khan & Nyogen Senzaki, Lewis was recognized as a Zen master & Sufi murshid (senior teacher). His most enduring legacy may be the creation of the Dances of Universal Peace, an interspiritual practice that has spread worldwide. 
First Sufi Dance Flier 1970
SAM leading
Sufi Study Circle
Gainesville, Florida
Wed. Oct 12, 7-8:30 PM
"Life Purpose II"
Continuing our Purpose Theme with Purification Breaths, Practices, Readings from Hazrat Inayat Khan, Poetry of Rumi & Hafiz, Wazifa, Dance, & Zikr.
At Taleeb's home

RSVP for directions. Mention "Sufi"
2016 Annual Florida Retreat

Dances of Universal Peace
& Sufi Practices

Murshida Leilah
from Maui, Hawaii
& local leaders

Register with Suzy Stoner -
Info from Sukaynah Holly -  holly@thc-hal.com
Daily rates are available for those who cannot attend the whole event
Pir Hidayat Inayat Khan
Shana Smith
is best known as Florida singer Shana Banana, a guitar-toting nature mom, and she is also a marine biologist-yogi who co-directs the Gainesville Retreat Center with her husband, Dan Smith.  We have had some lively Dances of Universal Peace there.
      In the introduction of her new book, Meditation for Moms and Dads: 108 Tips for Mindful Parents & Caregivers, available on Amazon.com, Shana stressed that mindfulness, achieved through meditation, can help us "fulfill our ultimate job as parents and effect compassion, peace & loving kindness.
"The purpose of spiritual development is to understand the nature of life beneath joy and sorrow and so find peace in every experience." 
Murshid S.A.M.
"DiAnahita deserves our kudos for pouring all her life spirit into the dances and the teachings that underlie all the practices. Nowhere else have I seen such dedication to the One as expressed and embodied by Murshid Samuel Lewis. We have a fountain of grace and it is right here in our own back yard thanks to DiAnahita Kanoy. There is the joy, the serenity, and the pleasure of one another's company each month at the dances. And there is also something deeper still that we are steadily nurturing within ourselves and one another over time, a light that never fades but grows stronger with each passing year. For that we all owe a debt of gratitude to DiAnahita!" 
Patrick Shahabuddin
Thursday - Sunday, November 10-13, 2016
at Montgomery Center, Stark, Florida
Daily rates available for those who cannot attend the whole event.
In deep Sorrow & Gratitude
on the death of
Pir Hidayat Inayat Khan
of the Sufi Movement International

Hazrat Inayat Khan & Amina Begum had 4 children, & the last, Hidayat, has now left us: 
Born in London in 1917.
Passed away in Munich on September 12th, 2016.

Let us recite YA SALAAM sending blessings on his onward Journey.
Much love, Shabda
(Sufi Ruhaniat)
"When the whole body is involved,
there is something deeper not only physically, physiologically and psychically, but even spiritually."  Samuel L. Lewis
"Thank you again for providing such a delightful experience. I intend to return to your lovely sacred place!"       Joni
Khatum – Evening Prayer

O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony, & Beauty,
The Lord of heaven & earth,
Open our hearts, that we may hear Thy Voice,
which constantly cometh from within.
Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls,
that we may know & understand life better.
Most Merciful & Compassionate God,
Give us Thy great Goodness; Teach us thy loving Forgiveness;
Raise us above the distinctions & differences that divide;
Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
& unite us all in Thy Perfect Being.  Amin
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"Peace, Salaam, Shalom!"

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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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