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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! Newcomers are happily welcomed. No previous experience or dance partner needed. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple dances that lead to meditative consciousness and inner peace. With a history of more than 40 years in gatherings around the world, this form of circle dance utilizes movement and sacred phrases from the world's wisdom traditions. These Dances have also been called, "Sufi Dancing."

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, meditative awareness, a feeling of community, and a deep sense of peace.

Celebrating our interconnectivity in furtherance of the cause of peace and understanding, this multi-faith meditation of body, mind, and spirit enlivens awareness of the essential unity we share. Live music and simple steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings.

All dances are taught by certified leaders. Our first Friday meeting is led by Christine Manz and Betsey Johnson and our second Friday meeting is led by Joyce Bahati. No musical skills or dance experience of any kind are required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and come dance.

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The Dances of Universal Peace happen in a supportive, safe environment where we may be who we really are, and where we may share our dancing hearts with others. Almost all dances begin holding hands in the circle. Some dances involve partnering and "progressing," partner-to-partner, throughout the dance. Some dances include more intimate gestures, such as hugging, or energetic movements, like raising hands high in the air and spinning! Usually, a brief period of silence follows each dance. While the leader suggests movements for all dancers to move together in unison, there are no "rules" that must be followed; in all cases, dancers are encouraged to move and interact in ways that are comfortable for them. Similarly, while all are encouraged to participate throughout the meeting, one may "sit out" as needed for comfort. Also, as some members of the community may be especially sensitive to scents, please kindly do not wear strong fragrances to the Dances. Simple music and easy-to-learn steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings. All dances are taught by certified leaders or leaders in training. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring an open heart, and come dance! Our first Friday meeting is led by Christine Manz and Betsey Johnson and our second Friday meeting is led by Joyce Bahati. A suggested donation of $5 - 10 is appreciated and no one is turned away for lack of funds. sacdup.wixsite.com/dance

"Come, come, whoever you are!" ~ Rumi

SACRAMENTO FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE

The Dances of Universal Peace happen in a supportive, safe environment where we may be who we really are, and where we may share our dancing hearts with others. Almost all dances begin holding hands in the circle. Some dances involve partnering and "progressing," partner-to-partner, throughout the dance. Some dances include more intimate gestures, such as hugging, or energetic movements, like raising hands high in the air and spinning! Usually, a brief period of silence follows each dance. While the leader suggests movements for all dancers to move together in unison, there are no "rules" that must be followed; in all cases, dancers are encouraged to move and interact in ways that are comfortable for them. Similarly, while all are encouraged to participate throughout the meeting, one may "sit out" as needed for comfort. Also, as some members of the community may be especially sensitive to scents, please kindly do not wear strong fragrances to the Dances. Simple music and easy-to-learn steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings. All dances are taught by certified leaders or leaders in training. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring an open heart, and come dance! Our first Friday meeting is led by Christine Manz and Betsey Johnson and our second Friday meeting is led by Joyce Bahati. A suggested donation of $5 - 10 is appreciated and no one is turned away for lack of funds. sacdup.wixsite.com/dance

Creating Harmony ~ All Day Dances of Universal Peace Retreat, Piccolo Pastures

We invite you to join us for our 12th annual Dances of Universal Peace day on the farm this Mother’s Day weekend as we honor and celebrate the eternal presence of the Harmony available within us and all around us. Dance leader and mentor, Christine Manz and Friends will focus the day of spiritual practices which will include the Dances of Universal Peace, spiritual walks, poetry, singing, silence and meditation. Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch and register early, as space is limited. • For info, please contact: Christine at [masked] or Karene at [masked] or[masked] From Sacramento - Follow 99 South to Eschinger Exit 283~ Turn right on to Eschinger, travel 5 to 6 miles (the road has various turns)~ Turn left on to Bruceville Road, travel 1 mile ~ Next street is Point Pleasant Road and you’ll turn right. First driveway on your right is 7217 Point Pleasant Road Elk Grove, Piccolo Pastures. Karene will have her cell phone available at[masked] in case you need directions in the moment. Our flyer for this event can be found on our Dance website - https://sacdup.wixsite.com/dance Please bring a water bottle, lunch potluck dish, and wear clothes appropriate for dancing outdoors in the Pond Temple area.

"Come, come, whoever you are!" ~ Rumi

SACRAMENTO FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE

The Dances of Universal Peace happen in a supportive, safe environment where we may be who we really are, and where we may share our dancing hearts with others. Almost all dances begin holding hands in the circle. Some dances involve partnering and "progressing," partner-to-partner, throughout the dance. Some dances include more intimate gestures, such as hugging, or energetic movements, like raising hands high in the air and spinning! Usually, a brief period of silence follows each dance. While the leader suggests movements for all dancers to move together in unison, there are no "rules" that must be followed; in all cases, dancers are encouraged to move and interact in ways that are comfortable for them. Similarly, while all are encouraged to participate throughout the meeting, one may "sit out" as needed for comfort. Also, as some members of the community may be especially sensitive to scents, please kindly do not wear strong fragrances to the Dances. Simple music and easy-to-learn steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings. All dances are taught by certified leaders or leaders in training. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring an open heart, and come dance! Our first Friday meeting is led by Christine Manz and Betsey Johnson and our second Friday meeting is led by Joyce Bahati. A suggested donation of $5 - 10 is appreciated and no one is turned away for lack of funds. sacdup.wixsite.com/dance

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