Working with many wisdom traditions worldwide, Grace has enriched the DUP repertoire, adapting traditional prayers into meaningful songs. Grace Marie is an international teacher and facilitator of Dances of Universal Peace, Harmonic Temple Chant, voice, and movement meditation that are interwoven in her experiential workshops guiding the journey of the heart and soul.
Grace began playing at guitar Mass at Church in the mid-1970’s and has continued with sacred music of world traditions through her life.
She is an initiator within the Sufi Ruhaniat International, and a Dances of Universal Peace Mentor. Grace has co-facilitated Dance journeys and pilgrimages worldwide, and has deep ties in Peru and Guatemala.
Aslan lives in northern California and has been a student of Universal Sufism since 1983. He teaches in the Dervish Healing Order, the Sufi Ruhaniat International and the International Sufi Movement and delights in sharing the transmission of Universal Sufism through the Dances of Universal Peace and the creation of “Instant Sufi Choirs”.
He has shared this attunement worldwide, including Canada, Central America, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Mexico.
His choirs explore the joy of sung spiritual practices from a host of traditions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Aslan’s belief is that it is more important to sing than to sing right. He skillfully leads groups into beautiful arrangements with ease, regardless of musical ability. You can hear some of his repertoire at http://theechoesproject.org/
|Narayan Eric Waldman is a Senior Mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace and a member of the Ruhaniat, as well as founder of the Oneness Project. Narayan’s style ranges from the sublime to the outrageous, but is always effective and inspiring. He has been gifted with numerous beloved dances and zikrs (Lord Make Me an Instrument, Here I Am, Om Shanti, Shema Israel, Tey Tey Malkutakh, Amen Alleluia, Ek Ong Kar and Shekinah….to name just a few.) Narayan has facilitated many events throughout the US and the world including New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Mexico, Guatemala, Italy, Israel, Thailand and Russia. He has especially been helping the Dances spread by conducting Leader Trainings in equally far-flung places and with students ranging from neophytes to Mentors. His way of encouraging people to come into their own transmission of truth has helped a vast variety of styles to flourish. Having been a devotee of sacred song and dance since the 1960’s and a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace for decades he considers himself a true disciple of the Dance. Engaging, humorous and charismatic, Narayan carries the joy of singing and dancing in praise of the Present, reminding anyone who’s listening that it’s useless to be anywhere else. http://www.narayandance.com/|
|Darvesha Victoria MacDonald says it was her love of nature that led her in the early 80’s to the Himalaya, where she magically encountered the Buddha Dharma and received teachings on Interdependence. Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping others realize we are interconnected and inseparable; that as the Whole flourishes, so do we as individuals;and that a life dedicated to the service of this realization is what makes us happy. She is a Murshida for the Sufi Ruhaniat International, Chair of the Dances of Universal Peace Guidance Council, a Ziraat Experienced Farmer, and guides groups in the Buddhist meditation practice of Mindfulness. She and her partner use water catchment and solar systems in their off-the-grid straw bale house where they grow much of their own food. http://darvesha.net|
|Bernie Heideman says, “I love vocal music and movement, and encourage each dance or song that I lead to invite and embrace the divine. I am always seeking to go further: to expand the container. I have been meditating for over 30 years and currently practice a form of Kriya Meditation. I am a certified dance leader and Mentor, and for the past 19 years have led dance retreats and been on the staff of dance camps around the world. Because dancing in beautiful outdoor settings is also a love of mine, I lead regular retreats in Utah’s Canyonlands and in Mexico. I also hold many local events in an around Colorado. Besides the dances I create, I learn many wonderful dances and chants from the leaders I meet all over the world.” http://www.bernieheideman.com/|
|Zareen Connie Delaney I am working for the children of the planet. Their future is our future. We need a peaceful and prosperous humanity. At this point, in the evolution of the universe, the thing holding us back is the field of culture through which we think, feel, learn and be. It is the consciousness between us all. No one has ever tried to consciously evolve the threads of beliefs between people – but this is what needs to be healed now, and this is the structure of miracles that we influence through dance and movement. I can visualize it as a fully conscious, being that we create with our hearts and song. Every action that we take today contributes to a fully awakened global consciousness that is capable of united action to nourish our garden planet. So, let’s dance as often as possible and love ourselves into that world.|