A weekend retreat blending Mindfulness Meditation and Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Sesshin) with Prem Anand and Amrita Bhakti.
"The Dances of Universal Peace are an excellent way to prepare for Meditation and Meditation is an excellent way to prepare for Dances of Universal Peace."
Samuel Lewis – Zen Roshi and originator of Dances of Universal Peace.
In a beautiful natural setting, you will be gently guided in this retreat interweaving Dances of Universal Peace with Mindfulness Meditation. These simple yet powerful practices help us relax, feel happier, revitalised, more connected and present.
Meditation does this through the breath, silence and stillness, the Dances through sound, breath, sacred phrase and moving in unison. This unique blend of Dances of Universal Peace and Mindfulness Meditation, allows you to more easily and directly move back towards your true nature.
Some people may feel inhibited by their singing or dancing ability, however no skills are necessary. Experience is not needed, and instruction will be given in an easily understandable way.
The retreat will be mostly in silence for participants to allow the rare opportunity in today’s busy noisy world to simply be present with oneself without the usual distractions of talking, or of having to maintain everyday social conventions.
Who is it suitable for? This retreat is suitable for:
- Beginners with no previous experience of Dances of Universal Peace or Meditation – All are warmly welcome
- Experienced meditators and dancers wishing to deepen in these practices
- Anyone needing to unwind, relax, restore and refocus in their life in a quiet, peaceful environment
What You Will Learn on This Retreat:
- Practical tools that you can easily integrate into your day to day life for feeling happier, healthier, more vital, relaxed and less stressed
- Gentle practices that help us to become softer, more open hearted and expressive
- Easily accessible ways to reconnect with your inherent Nature in stillness and movement
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Hermitage in Peria Valley, Doubtless Bay, Northland. Set amongst the sub-tropical Northland vegetation, the Tushita Hermitage provides a unique and safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and also places where you can spend time alone, for contemplation and relaxation.
Accommodation and Meals:
On-site accommodation and vegetarian meals are provided. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single/twin rooms are available for an extra $20/night.
Apart form the retreat cost, there will also be dana/koha for Prem and Amrita. The cost covers all your meals and accommodation. The facilitator fee is not set and consists entirely of your Dana offering. Dana (meaning generosity) invites each person to offer according to their means and what the retreat has been worth to them. Dana payment is given at the end of the retreat.
Facilitators Amrita Bhakti and Prem Anand:
Amrita Bhakti and Prem are experienced and certified leaders and trainers of the Dances of Universal Peace and active practitioners of meditation. They have been leading Dances of Universal Peace events including meditation for many years.