A weekend retreat blending Meditation and Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Sesshin)
with Prem Provan and Amrita Bhakti
8 March – 10 March 2019
$230 which includes accommodation, all vegetarian meals and venue facilities
plus dana/koha for the teachers
“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
About the Retreat
In a beautiful natural setting, you will be gently guided in this retreat interweaving Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr with Meditation.
Alternating sitting meditation with moving meditatively, these powerful vehicles for experiencing the Divine Reality reconnect us with the Oneness of All Life, our true home.
Meditation does this through the breath, silence and stillness while the Dances also include the qualities of ecstasy, intimacy and devotion.
Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) and Zikr
Weaving the power of sacred sound (chants) and live music together with devotionally moving in unison, we can enjoy a living experience of unity with all, and a natural arising of inner peace. Celebrating many spiritual traditions, the Dances of Universal Peace range from joyous and uplifting to deeply meditative, promoting an easing off of the mind and a softening in the heart. Similarly Zikr is the Sufi practice of remembrance which has a powerful cleansing effect upon our hearts.
The potent modality of Meditation where the focus is on watching our breath, being silent and still, facilitates becoming fully present with whatever is within ourselves; making reconnection with our inherent nature easier. Periods of sitting meditation assist us to hold the focus of remembrance of who we truly are. We discover the mystery of stillness and spaciousness together with the support of the group presence.
Called Sufi Sesshin, the synergistic effect of these two modalities combining together is far greater than either modality being experienced on its own. Sufi Sesshin deepens the whole experience for participants and can lead to a profound sense of inner harmony, beauty and unity.
What You Will Learn on This Retreat
- A natural unfolding of feeling happier, clearer, more centred, more connected and more present through joyously uplifting and meditative sound and silence, movement and stillness
- The art of engaging mind, heart and body with powerful yet simple sacred mantric phrases and group body movements somehow frees the spirit to just Be
- Ways of exploring, experiencing and growing a deeper appreciation of our own true nature
- Practical tools for feeling healthier, more relaxed and reducing tension and stress
- Focusing on practise within a supportive group
Benefits of the Retreat
- Giving ourselves these days of self-care strengthens and renews our spirits, brings us back to our own centre and helps us to live more effectively in everyday life
- Conscious connection to breath is life giving and life affirming
- Experiencing and remembering our divine reality, that great mysterious Life Force that lives all of creation
- More vital energy in your body and a more focused mind
- The cultivating and reinvigorating of natural qualities such as warmth, joy and openness
- A feeling recognition and natural responsiveness to the wonder and gift of Life itself
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst sub-tropical vegetation, the Tushita Ashram provides a 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 meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. There are some single rooms available for an extra $20/night. These can be booked directly when you click on “Book this retreat now” button below. There are modern and clean showers and toilets.
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
- Those questioning that there is more to life than what they are currently experiencing
- Anyone needing to unwind, relax, restore and refocus in their life in a quiet, peaceful environment
- Anyone wanting to live from the immensity of their hearts rather than the limitations of the mind
- Those wishing to reconnect with the very Life that lives all of creation
This retreat is $230 plus dana/koha for Prem and Amrita Bhakti. The $230 covers all your meals, accommodation and venue facilities. Prem and Amrita Bhakti’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 Hermitage)
Facilitators Amrita Bhakti and Prem Provan
Amrita Bhakti and Prem are 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.
Amrita Bhakti delights in bringing the Dances of Universal Peace and Meditation to people, embracing the reconnection with our inherent nature that is our birth-right. She brings her love of all Life to joyfully guide you on this experiential exploration of Being Human.
Prem was profoundly touched by the discovery of the Dances of Universal Peace, Sufism and Meditation in the late 80’s. He continues to grow and deepen in these pathways which are central to his life and spirituality; also a great lover of nature and Sufi poetry.
In recent years, Amrita Bhakti and Prem feel gratefully enriched and enlivened by their growing understanding of Life through their study with Wisdom Masters Sri Yanchiji and Arohananda Ma.
“…I love the taste of phrases in ancient languages, all praising the Divine which I am part of. I enjoy the company and engagement with others, I adore the palpable devotion and clarity of the facilitators. There’s the opportunity to express the gratitude, happiness and fullness of Life that is me…” -Zsuzsanna
“…I have mostly lived through a complex mind to suppress my feeling side therefore what Amrita Bhakti and Prem offer challenges me to expose what is suppressed…Sufi Sesshin is one way to do this; it should be part of every day life as much as thinking!..” -Nu Wa
“…This simple form of dance and silence creates the opportunity to surrender into the Unknown. With these gentle yet joyful guides, self effort falls away leaving one in the joy of breath and being here: coming back to your truer self. Celebrate through stillness and movement the already whole unified present moment called Life.” – Agni Prava
“Dance with Amrita and Prem was an experience like no other dance I’ve ever tried as it offers dance with no goal, no “right way”, no motive to impress, no other substances needed than your own body and sound provided, your own movement and voice in a beautiful, safe environment activating all those yummy hormones that usually lie dormant, self-consciousness momentarily slipping off” – Sitara
Workshop Details and Bookings
Start Date and Time: Friday 8 March 3.00 PM
Finish Date and Time: Sunday 10 March 2.00PM
Location: Tushita Hermitage
Price: $230 plus koha/dana for Prem and Amrita Bhakti
Payment required: Full payment is required by credit card to secure your booking
Refunds: 80% Refunds are available up to 2 weeks prior to retreat commencing. 50% refunds are available from then.
Accommodation and Meals: All included
How to Book: Get Tickets Now
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Hermitage is located at Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Hermitage by car. Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Hermitage 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 Hermitage 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 Hermitage. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Hermitage.
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.