Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 24: Dances in Ely


Where:  Ely Folk School (see below for address and map)
When:  Thu, May 24, 7-9 p.m.

Dances of Universal Peace are singing, moving meditations that incorporate singing divine names and phrases with simple folk-dance movements into an experience that helps us connect with the sacred that flows with love within and around us. Spiritual inspiration and guidance from all spiritual traditions are embraced as we open ourselves to the deep peace within our hearts that we may live by this inner peace and manifest peace in our world.

No experience necessary. All are welcome.

$6 suggested donation

The Dances will be led by Carol Orban, Carl Karasti and special guest Conie Borchardt.




June 23: Dances in Rochester

 
When:  Saturday June 23, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Where:  Rochester's Assisi Heights - TEK Room, lower level



Come and weave a circle of sacred presence with experienced seekers and curious newbies alike. We honor spiritual traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in a circle of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. You'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be
using in a comfortable setting. There are no performers and no audience members. This is a circle of healing presence. Come and find out more for yourself.

All are welcome.

The leader will be Francis Gurtz, a "Certified Dance Leader" who's been participating in these Dances of Universal Peace for over 25 years.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Updates from the Light Upon Light Center

From Karima:  Our Dances are changing! [On the 4th] Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. we'll be heading out on a voyage of discovery piloted by moi, little old Irish-music-playing Sufi Muslim writer and creator of (literary) Intelligent Earth-Saving Alien Squid! (I sound like Gilderoy Lockhart, don't I? Non Harry-Potter fans, please disregard.) Inshallah there will be joy, laughter, deep diving and assorted wonders. You'll never know what happens unless you're there!

Aziza’s Note About Dances Changing:  Sometimes it's really good to be surprised, to NOT know, and to just show up with an open heart.  My nerdy translation:  Hakim is taking a break from running the Dances in their more “traditional” form, and Karima is excited to offer a Sufi Community Gathering featuring a version of the Dances and whatever else comes as inspiration. Here's a chance to enjoy time with a bunch of Sufis exploring the path of the heart using movement, music and more.  Karima’s Dances are very likely to be different from Hakim’s – we are so blessed to have both streams in one family!
Next Dance is Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2-4 p.m.
Where:  Center for the Performing Arts, 38th St. & Pleasant Ave. in South Minneapolis

Easter Dancing in Northeast


Sufi Dancing  

Sunday, April 1st
7:00 - 9:15 P.M.



Suggested Donation: $10

Come and weave a circle of sacred presence with experienced seekers and curious newbies alike. We honor all the traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in a circle of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. You'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be using in a comfortable setting. There are no performers and no audience members. This is a circle of healing presence. Words can't do justice to the beauty that unfolds here. Come and find out more for yourself.

All are welcome


The host of this circle is Saleem Adam Wolter, a "Certified Dance Leader" who's been participating in the dances since 2010, and has been on a program of intensive study with mentors since April 2014.

He can be reached by phone: 612-237-6690 or email: AstrologerSaleem@gmail.com

For more info on the dances: 

And the universal Sufi order they come from:

Aramaic Dances in Coon Rapids

Aramaic Dances of Universal Peace

With Will Hale

Aramaic was the common spoken language throughout the Middle East at the time of Jesus and the tongue in which he expressed his teachings. The Aramaic Lord's Prayer presents a whole cycle of renewal. Each line could have several translations into English, each of them a meditation and contemplation in itself. This will be an opportunity to personally rediscover the mystical roots of the words of Jesus.

When: Wednesday March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM* 

Where:  Unity North Church, http://www.unitynorthmn.org/
11499 Martin Street NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Admission:  Free Will Donation



*Please arrive 5 minutes early – we want to start on time and be able to hold a sacred place for our prayers

The Dances of Universal Peace are an inter faith gathering, blending sacred phrases, chant, music and movement into a living experience of Unity and sacred community. No experience necessary.

For more information you may contact Will Hale 651-307-3849 will@willhale.com.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Sufi Dancing  

Sunday March 4th
7:00 - 9:15 P.M.



Suggested Donation: $10

Come and weave a circle of sacred presence with experienced seekers and curious newbies alike. We honor all the traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in a circle of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. You'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be using in a comfortable setting. There are no performers and no audience members. This is a circle of healing presence. Words can't do justice to the beauty that unfolds here. Come and find out more for yourself.

All are welcome

The host of this circle is Saleem Adam Wolter, a "Certified Dance Leader" who's been participating in the dances since 2010, and has been on a program of intensive study with mentors since April 2014.

He can be reached by phone: (612)237-6690 or email: AstrologerSaleem@gmail.com

For more info on the dances: 

And the universal Sufi order they come from:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Apr 20-22: Dancing Our Life Purpose Retreat

Dancers, Save the Date!


 

What:  Dancing Our Life Purpose: A Dances of Universal Peace Retreat

Over the course of this weekend, we will immerse ourselves in the Dances of Universal Peace and the Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air to clarify and energize our individual sense of Life Purpose.Sessions will be curated by Morgan Rivers, Conie Borchardt, Heather Hayat Godsey, and Saleem Adam Wolter with assistance from dance leaders and musicians in the region. The Sunday morning Universal Worship service will be coordinated by Heather Hayat Godsey with support from cherags in the region.
 

When:  Friday evening, April 20-Sunday afternoon, April 22, 2018

The Dance Retreat begins on Friday evening with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and continues through lunch at Sunday noon. There will be dance sessions Friday evening, Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. Sunday morning, the retreat will conclude with Universal Worship.


Where:  Newton Christian Conference Center,
5064 Lincoln Street, Newton, Iowa

The retreat location is the lovely Newton Christian Conference Center just outside of Newton, Iowa. A variety of onsite lodging is available between $29-82 per night and meal packages are available.

Early Bird Registration ($100) for the Full weekend is available until March 1, 2018, midnight. After this date, the Full Weekend is $125. Individual Day Registration is also available.

More Details and Online Registration at https://2018dsm-retreat.eventbrite.com

 
Contact Morgan@healingpartners.biz or kochmaryann2014@gmail.com with questions.

Please invite fellow dancers, leaders, and musicians! 

 



For Dance Leaders and Musicians


Come and offer your dances and your musical support for the Dances! Let us create these circles together!

We will gather a day earlier to find our attunements and then gather for an hour on Sunday afternoon to reflect on our shared experience. Your service in leading and playing music for the retreat is your registration fee. Room and board is your only financial commitment.

Dance Leaders and Musicians, please contact Conie@PointsOfLightMusic.net with questions. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jan 27: Dances in Rochester

When:  Saturday January 27, 2018 7-9 p.m.
Where:  Rochester's Assisi Heights - TEK Room, lower level



Come and weave a circle of sacred presence with experienced seekers and curious newbies alike. We honor spiritual traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in a circle of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. You'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be
using in a comfortable setting. There are no performers and no audience members. This is a circle of healing presence. Come and find out more for yourself.

All are welcome.

The leader will be Francis Gurtz, a "Certified Dance Leader" who's been participating in these Dances of Universal Peace for over 25 years.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 7: Sufi Dancing in NE Mpls



Sufi Dancing

Sunday January 7th
7:00 - 9:15 P.M.

at Holistic Gateway

Suggested Donation: $10

Come and weave a circle of sacred presence with experienced seekers and curious newbies alike. We honor all the traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in a circle of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. You'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be using in a comfortable setting. There are no performers and no audience members. This is a circle of healing presence. Words can't do justice to the beauty that unfolds here. Come and find out more for yourself.

All are welcome

The host of this circle is Saleem Adam Wolter, a Certified Dance Leader who's been participating in the dances since 2010, and has been on a program of intensive study with mentors since April 2014.

He can be reached (text works) at (612)237-6690

For more info on the dances:

Dances of Universal Peace

And the universalist Sufi order they came from:

Sufi Ruhaniat International

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dec 17: Annual Rumi Celebration


What:  Rumi Celebration - 19th Annual evening of music, chanting, poetry, and sacred dance in honor of Sufism's Greatest Poet
When:  Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7-9p
Where:  Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, MN (see map below)
Who:  with the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Hakim Bushnell of Light Upon Light Sufi Center, Rev. Ted Tollefson of the Mythos Institute, and you ... Bring a poem to share!
Suggested donation:  $10-15
 


Dancing December Updates

Where to Dance in December 2017: 

Francis Gurtz
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7-9 p.m. @ Rochester's Assisi Heights with Francis Gurtz leading

 
 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - NO Dances at St. Mary's Episcopal, St. Paul (for more details about these changes go to Points Of Light Music's page). 


    Hakim Bushnell
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7-9 p.m. - 19th Annual Rumi Celebration @ Tula Yoga, St. Paul with Hakim Bushnell of Light Upon Light Sufi Center leading dances, along with Wild Moon Bhaktas, and Ted Tollefson from the Mythos Institute.
    

Saleem Adam Wolter

Monday, December 18, 2017, 7-9 p.m. @ Holistic Gateway, NE Mpls - NEW Dances on the 3rd Monday of the month!

Sunday, December 24 - NO Dances with Light Upon Light Sufi Center (due to the Holiday)

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 7-9 p.m. @ Holistic Gateway, NE Mpls

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct 27 in Morris, West Central MN

What:  Dances of Universal Peace
Where:  A Place to Move, 714 Columbia Ave, Morris, MN
When:  Thursday, October 27, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.

Facebook event link to share with others!  Ask Conie for more details. 



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

July 2 at Spirit United

A Dance Circle on a Sunday morning!  Come!  Come!  Join us!
 

When: Sunday, July 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where:  Spirit United (map below),
701 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul, MN  55104

Saleem and Conie will be your leaders for the morning. 


 
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

June Dances in Rochester

Be an instrument of peace.

Join us! 

Saturday, June 24, 7-9 pm
Assisi Heights Spirituality Center
1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN


Lead by Francis Gurtz.
Questions?  Contact Marion Coit, marioncoit@hotmail.com or 507-398-6028.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Schedule Changes

Beloved Dancers, Please note the following changes on your Dance card:
  • Light Upon Light Sufi Center will be holding its annual sabbatical closing in June this year.  There will be no Dance Circle on the 4th Sunday, June 25
  • The St. Paul 3rd Saturday Dance Circle at St. Mary's has begun its summer vacation.  A regular schedule with resume in September.
  • Saleem, our Dance Leader host at Holistic Gateway, assures me the 1st Sunday Dance Circle will continue unabated.  7-9pm on Sun, Jun 4, Jul 2, and Aug 6.

Kids Dances in Des Moines

Morgan, Certified Dance Leader, invites you saying,
 
 
Come, Come…kids of all ages.  ( :
 
It’s always a blast of JOY.

 
 
Feel free to download and use this poster
to invite others at your place of worship or via email. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sat May 20 @ Rochester: Become an Instrument of Peace

From Marion C:  
BECOME AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE
Join us in the Dances of Universal Peace. 
Francis Gurtz

The dances are spiritual practices in motion. We use the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth. The Dances blend chant, live music and movement into a living experience of unity and peace.

Francis Gurtz will be leading us.

When: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 7-9 PM
Where: Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

1001 14th St NW, Rochester, Minnesota

Free will Donation at the door. 
Francis teaching a dance at the 2015 Villa Maria retreat.
Photos by Dean Johnson.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Newton Retreat Bonus: Fri Night Dance (4/28)

You're invited to the Musician-led Dance Circle that precedes the Anahata-led Dance Retreat on Saturday and Sunday.  The format will be a little different as Anahata will be giving musicians feedback throughout. 

What:  Musician-led Dance Circle
When:  Friday, April 28, 7-9 p.m.
Where:  The Chapel of the Newton Christian Conference Center,
5064 Lincoln Sreet, Newton, IA 50208 * 641-792-1266

Fee:  Free! 

If you'd like to come early for dinner and stay overnight with breakfast in the morning, please let Morgan Rivers know at Morgan@healingpartners.biz at your earliest convenience.  Lodging and meal details are listed on this registration form for Saturday and Sunday's retreat. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mar 26: No Dances at LUL


From Hakim of Light Upon Light Sufi Center:  

Dances of Universal Peace Potluck, scheduled to occur on Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.

If you have further questions, you can email me through the Contact Us link on Meetup.

Dear Ones, As you see, the Dances of Universal Peace/Potluck at both the Center for Performing Arts and Hakim and Karima's home is cancelled for the month of March. There is a large Sufi meeting in Madison that weekend, the Jamiat Ahm of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Many of the people who would ordinarily attend the Dance/Potluck will be in Madison winding up a four day retreat. I have attended these retreats before. They are held every year around the country and are an absolute feast of bliss, sound, light, and movement. It is a rare opportunity to have one held this close to us. It is not too late to sign up! An event such as this is a great help in finding one's balance in these upset and upsetting times. It could be just what we need to return to a calm happiness and solid sense of proper direction. It may well be the heart's ease we are missing.


♥ JAMIAT AAM 2017, THE ANNUAL OPEN GATHERING OF THE SUFI RUHANIAT INTERNATIONAL
"Nurturing the Heart, Caring for the World".
Al-Jami is to gather, to bring together. The annual Jamiat Aam retreat is an opportunity to draw our community together. We welcome our family from near and far Calling all Seekers, Mureeds, Dancers & Mystics to join us, March 23-26 in Madison, WI.
http://ruhaniat.org/pdf/mar17/JA2017.pdf

Much Love, Dear,

Hakim

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mar 25: Collette's Memorial Meeting

Colette at the 2015 Villa Maria retreat.
Dear Family, friends, Quakers, coworkers, Dancers, Zumberas, cyclists, singers, climbers:

To celebrate the life of Colette Jackman Miller, a Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held, under the care of Rochester Friends Meeting (Quakers). It will be in Crawford Hall at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Rochester, on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Informal dress is fine.

The Quaker Meeting will consist of an hour of silent worship, with all attenders welcome to “speak out of the silence” if they feel so moved. After the Meeting we will sing a few songs, followed by light refreshments and further informal sharing.

The address of the church is 111 Third Avenue SW. However, please use the west entrance door, which is on Fourth Avenue SW, just north of Second Street SW.

There is free street parking downtown, as well as the Damon parking ramp, whose entrance is on Third Avenue just north of the church and across the street from the Mayo Clinic Gonda Building.

In Love and Light,
Francis

p.s. Do contact Francis with any questions, either by email (gurtzmiller AT gmail DOT com) or at (507) 282-8966.

Apr 8: Rumi Meets Sofia: A Love Story

Coleman Barks
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities will be hosting renown Rumi scholar and translator, Coleman Barks, former Poet Laureate of Rhode Island Lisa Starr, and Sofia, a three-person musical ensemble, for a beautiful evening of music, poetry, and interfaith connection. The artists will weave readings of Rumi's mystical poetry with Jesus of Nazareth's Beatitudes sung in their original Aramaic. 

When:  Saturday, April 8, 7-10 p.m.
Where:  Bigelow Chapel
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 5th Street Northwest, New Brighton, MN 55112
For:  The event is also accepting donations for two non-profit organizations as part of the event: Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) and The Advocates for Human Rights.
Fees:  $50-75
Register:  Eventbrite

Thursday, March 2, 2017

In Memoriam: Colette Miller, 1935-2017

It is with a sad heart to share with the Dances community the obituary for our beloved Colette of Rochester, MN.  Her smile was bright, her enthusiasm undefeatable, and her love was long. 
 
A Quaker Meeting to Remember is being planned and will be announced here. 

Colette at the 2015 Villa Maria dance retreat.
Please keep Francis and their family in your hearts and prayers during this time. 

Coming Soon: Dances in Winona

Long time Dancers from Winona, MN, Raqiba and Ron, have been chatting with dance leaders about leadings some dances at their intentional community some time this spring/summer. 

Conie took a visit and thinks these spaces will be just right for dances.  What do you think?

Inside their community room.
(don't worry, we'd move the Ping-Pong table and swing some of those couches back against walls)
At the outdoor pavilion:  cover for rain or strong sunshine
and open space for dancing under the blue sky
(sand volleyball, anyone?)
Stay tuned as details develop! 

In Madison: Jamiat Aam, March 23-26

For more information, visit the Special Events page on the Madison Sufis website, http://www.madisonsufis.com/. 

Dance in Coon Rapids, 4/12


From Will Hale:  

Greetings! I want to invite you to a Dances of Universal Peace event I will be leading. It would be great to have a few experienced dancers to support the expected large group of over 80 intergenerational people with no history in the Dances of Universal Peace.

You can contact me if you have questions.
Thanks! Will Hale

651-307-3849
William@willhale.com 

What: Dances of Universal Peace - Aramaic Easter
When: Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM
Where: Unity North,

11499 Martin Street NW,
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 754-6489

Overnight Retreat in Central Iowa: 4/29-30

Anahata Iradah,
Retreat Guest Dance Leader
From Morgan Rivers, a Dance Leader in Des Moines, IA: 

"You're invited to our 1st ever overnight Dances retreat with guest leader, Anahata Iradah coming from England via many places on the planet, and most recently Georgia. She is delightful.

It will be at the peaceful rural Newton Christian Conference Center. If you would like to come and prefer staying in a motel-style room with private bath rather than a bunk cabin/shared bath, then it would be wise to send in your registration ASAP. There are a few rooms left."


- What:  Planting Divine Qualities, Harvesting the Blessings
- When:  Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. - Sunday, April 30, after lunch, 2017
- Where:  Newton Christian Conference Center
5064 Lincoln Sreet, Newton, IA 50208 * 641-792-1266

- Fees:  $125 for the retreat and meals plus lodging (three types available onsite ranging from $25-100/night); offsite lodging is also available.

- Registration & more information:  Download pdf form and return to Morgan Rivers with $100 deposit by April 1 for early bird registration.

Musicianship Retreat: 4/27-28 & 30

From Morgan Rivers, Dance Leader in Des Moines, IA:

"Greetings Lovers of the Dances,

Here is a unique and special opportunity to view the Dances of Universal Peace through the lens of the music with Anahata Iradah.


Anahata is a senior teacher and mentor in the MTG and a gifted musician. Many of you know her as the author of “Guitars of Universal Peace”.

We will put the music at the center of the Mandala and study how to provide the most beautiful foundation for the dancers to dance upon.

This retreat is meant for musicians and leaders. A special invitation goes out to leaders who are not musicians who wish to learn how to better communicate with musicians and work harmoniously to create the desired sacred atmosphere for the dances.

The training will be followed by a public retreat where musicians and leaders may assist Anahata.

It will all be held at a lovely rural conference center and camp. The Newton Christian Conference Center welcomes diversity and all spiritual paths.

Of note: In order for Anahata to devote time and attention to each participant, enrollment will be limited to ~ 12 for the musicianship training. If this calls to your heart, it would be wise to send in your deposit soon to reserve your place."


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To register for this musicianship retreat, please download this pdf brochure and registration form and send it to Morgan Rivers with a $100 deposit by April 1 for early bird pricing. 

2017 Dances in Des Moines