Dances of Universal Peace

Next Dance:
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thanksgiving weekend

Dancing Peacock Paradise, October 26, 2015
Click to view all photos by Kathy Staines from our October 24-25th event. Dancing Peacock Paradise, October 25, 2015

Last year's November dance at Peacock Paradise
Saturday, November 28 of Thanksgiving Weekend

Dances of Universal Peace
"Appreciating Abundance"


1:30 - 2:30  Musicians Practice
2:00–2:45   Arrival,
Check-in, Meet people, Enjoy the property
3:00–5:00  Dances of Universal Peace
5:30–6:30  Potluck Dinner
6:35–6:55  Relaxing to Celtic Harp Music
7:00–8:15  Zikr
8:30–9:00  Desserts & Conversation

Suggested Donation - $10 + “Thanksgiving Leftover” potluck
(or any delicious seasonal dish)  Add $5 is you do not bring food.


Please RSVP for Details & Directions
Dancing Peacock Paradise is about 30 minutes north of Silver Springs & less than 1 hour SE of Gainesville, Florida – a beautiful drive through the countryside. 
Let us know your town for carpool connections.
Reserve in advance for Lodging ($25 per person)
Thanksgiving 2014 group portrait - New & Old Friends

Megha Morganfield

from Arizona, will play her Celtic Harp for our dances & for the interlude between dinner & zikr, while we relax on the plush carpet.
        Megha recently accompanied the Dance Weekend at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.  As her Sufi Heart goes, always on wings, she will be in Florida just after her travels to South Africa, connecting to this path world wide!
Sufi Study Circle
Wednesday Nov. 25, 6:30pm
1717 NW 51st Terrace,
Gainesville, FL 32605

Potluck & informal conversation
RSVP for directions.
Mention "Sufi Meeting"
Florida Fall Dance Retreat - Jemila became a certified leader!
Hummingbird Camp
n New Mexico
with Tara, Maboud, & Wali Ali,
to learn the Wazifa dances first-hand.    We will dance
"Ya Shakur Allah, Ya Hamid" expressing gratitude during our Thanksgiving Saturday dance.
DiAnahita's trip to California
to lead dances & zikr & attend the Jamiat Khas Sufi Teachers' Gathering
Diana Anahita & Barclay here sharing the Dance, Zikr, & conversation, felt like the Divine was blessing my home, opening the space for such gatherings.  My heart is on fire again with my Spiritual Dream.  You brought the light within back to shinning, awakening, showing me that this place can be a gathering of hearts.
 Thank you both for your presence & gifts.  My heart opened with the deeper sharing, giving me a fresh breath of life. Warm loving thoughts,   Sandy Scrivener
DiAnahita & Barclay

sitting on Ray's meditation chairs

(covering the lovely hand-made chairs, & obviously not meditating...but happy!)

"Thank you for the the gentle & poignant first glimpse of Sufi dancing."
Alison Yerxa, Colusa, California
Dances of Universal Peace
with 200 people
at the
Parliament of World Religions 
in Utah this fall.
Talia’s Good-bye Note

Dear fellow peace dancers,
I have permanently relocated to Burbank, California.  I have missed my daughter & her beautiful fmily these past 3 years & am honored that they want me there watching my grandchildren after school, & so grateful for this opportunity to be of service to them.
    I look forward to attending the dances there & leading again when the time is right.  I so appreciate the gentle nudges to return to leading from Manny Gross.
    Thank you to everyone in the central Florida Dance community for all your love & support for the 10 years I have been dancing with you.  I am especially grateful to Diana Kanoy, Susan Austin, & Kathy Staines. 

You all hold a piece of my heart.  Talia
Upcoming Events
Christmas Day, December 25 Dancing Peaocck Paradise  3:00

New Year's Eve - "Global Peace Dance"  -  Gainesville, FL   7:30 United Church of Gainesville
Judi & Ray in California
We Danced at their Unity of Oroville

I so loved your gift of sharing. My heart felt at home, in ways that I have not felt in a long time:  oneness with the group & within that only the Dances & Zikr can ignite. Thank you so much for for holding the sacredness. The Divine truly knew to call you for this journey.
Darvesha & Allaudin
led the Asheville, NC, Retreat. 
So much to experience & savor!
Thanksgiving Dance Tradition

One Bread, One Body,
One Lord of All
One cup of blessing
which we share
And we, though many,
Throughout the Earth,
We are one body in this
One Lord.
After dinner Music & Relaxation
When you RSVP
Please include your name & email along with the names of your guests & which event or date you are responding to.
Presidential Proclamation
November 2015 
...  "As the first to live on this land, Native Americans and their traditions and values inspired -- and continue to inspire -- the ideals of self- governance and determination that are the framework of our Nation." ...    Barack Obama
Comments about our October 2015 dance
     Thank you for another wonderful weekend & dances. I believe we are the first to have dances with music by cello & viola. Thanks to Clare for her beautiful hammered dulcimer.  What a treat.
     I love to enjoy the serenity & peacefulness of the property. It truly is a monthly retreat for me.  Thanks for opening your home & property so we can find peace in nature as well as in dance. It fills my heart & soul each time I visit "Peacock Paradise."                              Love you much, Kathy Staines
Dear DiAnahita,

I am enjoying Richard Shelquist's site you told me about --
-- most informative & interesting reading about Inayat Khan's life & teachings:

"In this uniquely western form of Sufism, there are no barriers of race, creed or religion, it is not a religion, but rather a way of life that enhances & fulfills every religion."   As Inayat Khan said,  "The Sufi sees the truth in every religion."

"You have nicely said to us, Murshid, how Sufism is one with all religions.
Now please tell us, what is the difference between Sufism & other religions."

Then Murshid said, "The difference is that it casts away all differences."
                                              Bless, Wendy Mullins - Asheville, North Carolina
Please RSVP

Join our Meet-up Group: 
"Dances of Universal Peace near Gainesville & Ocala Meetup"

Find us on Facebook at "Dances of Universal Peace Florida"
International website:
Sufi Website:
Newsletter content & layout - Diana Kanoy   Photography & consultant - Patrick Harrigan

"Peace, Salaam, Shalom!"

Visit Dances of Universal Peace Florida on Facebook

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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