What we're about

This Meetup is for anyone who likes to dance, sing, and learn about and celebrate the world's spiritual traditions while enlivening the heart and awakening the spirit!

The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances using sacred phrases from the world’s spiritual traditions, joined with live music and movement, to create embodied prayers that allow us to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves, and recognize it in others.

Circling to share and explore, uplift, and celebrate the essential unity of the people of all cultures, we embody prayer through movement, walk, chant, and song. Participants report that these joyous, easy-to-learn dances serve as a transformative spiritual practice, opening the heart, bringing joy, mindful awareness, a feeling of community, and a deep sense of peace.

Representing an ancient lineage, the Dances of Universal Peace emerged in their current form and name in the early and middle 20th century, grounded in the teachings of Indian Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan and his American student, interfaith mystic Samuel L. Lewis. The Dances (also known as "Sufi Dancing") have since spread all over the world with more than 1,000 Dance Leaders guiding circles in 35 countries and are a living celebration of the “Unity of Religious Ideals” that exists at the core of all spiritual and wisdom traditions.

Embody your commitment to justice, non-violence, and peace with this moving meditation and body prayer practice that honors and celebrates the beauty and truth immanent in all beings. Come sing and dance with new and familiar friends, recognizing and feeling the sacred heart connection that unites us all. The Dances help us cultivate inner compassion, awareness, openness and acceptance, which foster a lived theology or ethic of peace, inspiring outer action toward nonviolence, understanding and care for all of creation.

Earth-centered dances are an important part of the Dance tradition and help us integrate this wisdom at a deep level. The simple yet radical act of becoming more present, grounded in, and aware of our bodies through breath, voice and movement facilitates within us a deep spiritual knowing that reveals and honors our unity with Mother Earth and all beings. The Dances by their very nature promote an experience of wholeness that leads to outward commitments, on individual and collective levels, that are grounded in the mutually supportive goals of sustainability, respect, justice, love, and peace.

Live music and simple steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings. All dances are taught by certified leaders. There are neither performers nor audience and the simple songs and dances are taught as we go along. No musical skills or dance experience of any kind are required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and come dance!

More about the Dances of Universal Peace: http://phoenixdances.org

Questions? Read our FAQ: http://phoenixdances.org/PHXDUPFAQ.htm

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Upcoming events (4+)

ONLINE: Zikr - Chant of Remembrance

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"Come, come, whoever you are! Ours is not a caravan of despair!" - Rumi

Zikr with Shivadam and Yaqin

"Zikr is the perfection of remembrance, and the remembrance of perfection." ~ Moineddin Jablonski

'Remembrance' connotes something of the past; zikr is remembrance of that which is ever-present. Zikr is both celebration and medicine; we celebrate each other and the Divine that unites us, and where we feel disconnected from others, from Self or from God, zikr draws us closer.

Topic: Zikr on Sunday
Time: 07:00 PM Arizona Time
Every week on Sun

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ONLINE: Zikr, DUP, Prayer for All Beings

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Dear Friends,

Hoping you are keeping well and safe.

As you know, we have suspended our Phoenix area circles. This message is an update, with information about what we are offering while we are not meeting in person.

It’s important to be aware that physical separation does not mean spiritual separation. This circumstance may even provide greater opportunity for awareness of deeper spiritual connectivity.

It can be difficult to let go of a beloved practice such as dancing and praying together because of all that we desire to share this way. We may feel sad to consider going without this sharing in the face of the uncertainty we find ourselves dealing with. The support we find through community is vital to our sense of well-being.

So, we’re creating ways to celebrate our deeper connection in the Infinite even as we navigate these challenging times, a way to connect and to do practice, holding the intention to connect in community with heart and presence and to cultivate a healing influence for ourselves and others.

Find details below!

May All Beings Be Well
May All Beings Be Happy
May All Beings Be Safe,
Peace Peace Peace.

Rahmana and Shivadam, Phoenix Area Dances of Universal Peace

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ZOOM meetings (online, free)

Please join us Wednesdays for the evening group. Zoom is a free download on your phone or computer and once it's downloaded, the link provided below will take you directly to our group. Or you can call using the phone number.

Topic: Zikr, Medicine Buddha Chant and Practices
Every week on Wednesday 6:30 PM Arizona
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C-H-A-N-T Devotional Song, Sacred Peace Dances and Zikr online

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C-H-A-N-T Peace Dances, Sacred Chant, Music, Meditation
**Now on zoom led by Rahmana Gaile and Friends
**********NEW LINK TO USE EVERY WEEK
We now host a weekly zoom circle for 1 hour at 6:30 pm Arizona time every Wednesday. We have been meeting since March 2020 in this online format and the connection is sweet, the chants and practices take us deeper into the present moment, and the prayers for all beings- may they be of great benefit! And 25-35 friends from around the world join us!

THIS IS A CO-ED EVENT and repeats every Wednesday on going.
Join us for an evening of community chanting. This practice of awakening the heart with meditation, chant and live music brings a softening and polishing of the heart, using the breath, music, and chanting sacred phrases. And it is just a lot of fun! No experience necessary. All welcome!

Similar to the Dances of Universal Peace, or Sufi Dancing, Chanting is like taking time off to feed your heart and let go of some of the tension. Stay sane, stay centered, share your light, and help uplift this crazy world! Join us in simple, heart-opening practices that engender inner and outer peace.

ZOOM meetings (online, free)
Our zoom is a free download on your phone or computer and once it's downloaded, the link provided below will take you directly to the group. Or you can call using the phone number.

Every week on Wednesday 6:30PM AZ, 5:30PM Pacific, 8:30PM Eastern
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89272596089
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Dial by your location
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Rahmana Gaile leads CHANT and zikr for 30 minutes, then Shivadam offers Medicine Buddha chants and Dances of Universal Peace. We then offer a breakout room for 10 minutes for more personal connection.

Gaile Rahmana is a Sufi teacher, certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace, Healing Conductor, and group facilitator of sacred chants, mantras and movement as meditation. She has offered classes and nature ceremonies for over 40 years. Her approach is loving, playful, intuitive and experiential. An elder in the path of the heart, she shares a depth that arises from years of spiritual exploration and brings warmth, joy and enthusiasm to the path of awakening.

"Forget yourself, get into the spirit of song, rise and fall on the waves of ecstasy, and express your pure being. Then you escape all differences, all divisions, all duality, all pain, all sorrow". Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace

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ONLINE: Zikr - Chant of Remembrance

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"Come, come, whoever you are! Ours is not a caravan of despair!" - Rumi

Zikr with Shivadam and Yaqin

"Zikr is the perfection of remembrance, and the remembrance of perfection." ~ Moineddin Jablonski

'Remembrance' connotes something of the past; zikr is remembrance of that which is ever-present. Zikr is both celebration and medicine; we celebrate each other and the Divine that unites us, and where we feel disconnected from others, from Self or from God, zikr draws us closer.

Topic: Zikr on Sunday
Time: 07:00 PM Arizona Time
Every week on Sun

Join Zoom Meeting
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kFkmpnjnl UTC -7 GMT-1700

Past events (880)

ONLINE: Zikr, DUP, Prayer for All Beings

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