A Mindfulness Meditation and Dances of Universal Peace Retreat
with Amrita Bhakti and Prem
19 July – 21 July 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 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.
Mindfulness Meditation Sitting in silence, guidance will be offered to focus attention and help restore a natural balance of the body and mind. In essence, mindfulness helps us awaken to the uniqueness and possibilities of each present moment.
“Meditation is a vital way to purify and quieten the mind, thus rejuvenating the body” Deepak Chopra
Dances of Universal Peace are part of the timeless tradition of sacred dance and song that uses mantra, melody and simple body movement to reconnect us to the flow of Life. They are offered in an atmosphere of safety, spaciousness and mindfulness.
“One of the reasons I am teaching this music and dancing is to increase Joy, and bliss in our own self. This is finding the Beloved within, through experience” Samuel Lewis
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
Benefits of the Retreat
- Conscious connection to breath
- Promoting vital energy in your body and a more focused mind
- The chanting of seed sounds in the Dances helps restore your natural balance
- The cultivating and reinvigorating of natural qualities such as warmth, joy and openness
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?
- Anyone with no previous experience of Dances of Universal Peace or Mindfulness Meditation. All are warmly welcome. No skills are required
- Experienced meditators and dancers wishing to deepen in these practices
- Anyone needing to unwind, relax, restore and revitalise in a peaceful beautiful lush environment
- Anyone wanting to live from the immensity of their hearts rather than the limitations of the mind
This retreat is $230($270 for single room) plus donation/dana/koha for Prem and Amrita Bhakti. The $230(or $270) 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 have been practising Meditation and leading events for many years.
Amrita Bhakti delights in bringing these practices she feels passionate about to people. She brings her love of Life to joyfully guide you on this experiential exploration of being yourself.
Prem was profoundly touched by the discovery of these Dances, Sufism and Meditation in the late 80’s and continues to grow and deepen in these pathways. He is 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 19 July 3.00 PM
Finish Date and Time: Sunday 21 July 2.00PM
Location: Tushita Hermitage
Price: $230 (or $270/single room) 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.