A Dances of Universal Peace journey including the Aramaic Beatitudes with Sally Platt
30 June – 2 July 2017
$210 accommodation and food
plus dana/koha for the teacher
About the Dances of Universal Peace:
From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony, of rites of passage and in celebration of every day life.
The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story that give rise to our revitalising, gratefulness and meditation for what naturally is.
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances. Drawing on the sacred phrases and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the Earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of Unity in diversity and Peace. This taste of our true Nature – as Universal Peace – opens us to the wondrous Mystery of The One we Are.
About the Retreat:
The vital thread running through this weekend, along with experiencing some of the many other Dances of Universal Peace, will be the much revered Aramaic Beatitudes. You will be gently guided in a non-threatening way on a journey in Jesus’ original language which opens the way to consider Yeshua as a Great Being Mastered by Love.
Learning a melody and simple movement one line at a time then repeating them together has the potential for you to still the mind as in a moving meditation, to re-connect with your innermost Being and to feel Harmony and Unity with all Humanity , with all Life.
Deeply enriching translations, close to Jesus’ original timeless message and teaching, will be offered for each of the Beatitudes; as if a map is given for being an authentic full Human Being in harmonious relationship with the Source of All. With the whole encounter, Healing and Transformation are made possible in you.
What you will learn on this Retreat:
- Experiential learning of the practice of the Dances of Universal Peace and the Aramaic Beatitudes
- Background to the Dances and Beatitudes to underpin and deepen your encounter
- A way of attuning to the Divine, of being in Unity with the Source of all creation
- A chance to get away, relax, restore and revive yourself
- An opportunity to reconsider what is most important to you in life
Who is the Retreat Suitable For?
- Absolute Beginners with no previous experience of Dances of Universal Peace or the Aramaic Beatitudes
- Experienced dancers and leaders wishing to deepen in the practice
Those who wish to grow in understanding of Jesus’ original message given in the Beatitudes
Anyone wanting to connect with the Divine in Sacred Unity, the One Being
If you feel you have two left feet or can’t sing in tune it’s not a problem as these are Dances of the Heart – where all are welcome!
What is included in the Retreat
- 2 nights accommodation
- Healthy vegetarian meals and refreshments
A beautiful and supportive setting
Space for rest, contemplation & relaxation
Pick up from Kerikeri or Taipa (see details below)
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst sub-tropical vegetation, the Tushita Ashram provides a unique and safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and also places where you can spend time alone, should you wish.
Accommodation and Meals
On-site accommodation and meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $20/night. There are modern and clean showers and toilets.
This retreat is $210 plus dana/koha for Sally. The $210 covers all your meals and accommodation. Sally’s 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. This can be in cash, cheque or by internet banking – an account number will be provided. (Please note: there is no Eftpos at Tushita Ashram)
Workshop Facilitator – Sally Platt
With a background in science, Maori studies and teaching, Sally is a certified Dances of Universal Peace leader and leader trainer.
Dancing and leading these dances for many years at numerous events in Aotearoa and overseas, for her they are a way of helping each of us to reconnect with the sacredness of all life including our own divinity; also a way to work towards peace within ourselves which flows out to our families, community and ultimately the world.
Sally has a deep feeling for the Aramaic dances which express Jesus original wisdom teachings and offer a profound way of living life day to day.
She brings her love of all Life and her passion for the Dances to joyfully guide you in an experiential journey.
You are invited to feel free to have your very own experience, interpretations and understandings.
In recent years Sally feels a growing inspiration from the creator of the Dances, Samuel Lewis, from Aramaic scholar Neil Douglas-Klotz and by being in the profound presence of Beloved Life Masters Yanchiji and Arohananda Ma.
“My experience of Sally is that she integrates a deep commitment to loving kindness along with many years of experience with the Dances of Universal Peace (and other spiritual practices). I have danced the Aramaic Prayer cycle with her, feeling joy at the spiritual connection that comes through. She leads the dances from her heart, in a way that is clear, crisp, and attuned to the participants. I highly recommend her as a leader and facilitator.”
“Sally creates and holds a safe container in which participants are allowed their own experience without pressure or expectation. This allowing lets people go deeply into the experience of the dance and to feel real meaning within it.”
Workshop Details and Bookings
Start Date and Time: Friday 30 June, arrive between 2.30 and 4.30pm
Finish Date and Time: Sunday 2 July 2.00pm
Location: Tushita Ashram
Price: $210 plus koha/dana for Sally
Payment required: Non-refundable deposit($50) at time of booking via internet banking or cheque. Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the retreat to ensure your booking is confirmed.
Refunds: 100% Refunds(minus deposit) available up to 2 weeks prior to retreat commencing. 50% refunds available from then.
Accommodation and Meals: All included
How to Book: Get Tickets Here
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Ashram is located at Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Ashram by car. Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Ashram is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand provides regular flights to and from Kerikeri via Auckland. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Kerikeri airport to Tushita Ashram for $25 per person each way.
If people are arriving on flights within approximately two hours of each other, we will co-ordinate one pickup.
Alternatively – if you arrive at Kerikeri airport in the morning – another option is to take the shuttle into Kerkeri($12), and then take the 12.35pm Intercity bus from there to Taipa.
Intercity provides transport from most NZ centres to Taipa. Taipa is about 20 minutes drive from Tushita Ashram. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Ashram.
Pick up and drop-off
If you require pick up and/or drop off from Taipa or Kerikeri , please contact us at least 1 week before your course or retreat starts so it can be arranged. You can contact us here.