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Thursday, September 3, 2009, 6-8pm, Haines Falls (Hunter), NY  - "Interfaith Dialogue"
Part of the 9-day series of events celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Peace Village. (http://www.peacevillage.com)  [Contact Frank for more info]

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 12-4pm, Saratoga Springs, NY  -
"Peace-ing It Together"
A Peace and Justice Fair
Celebrating the International Day of Peace  at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. (http://pnecchurch.bravehost.com/peacefair.html) [Contact Frank for more info]

Saturday,  September 26, 2009, 7:15pm, Leonia, NJ  - "Dances of Universal Peace"
At the Presbyterian Church, 181 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 07605
[Contact Frank for more info]

Sunday, October 18 2009, 3pm, Schenectady, NY  - "Interfaith Community Sacred Music and Dance Concert"
At the Faith United Methodist Church,  811 North Brandywine Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308 [Contact Frank for more info)

Saturday,  November 7, 2009, 7:15pm, Leonia, NJ  - "Dances of Universal Peace"
At the Presbyterian Church, 181 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 07605
[Contact Frank for more info]

Sunday,  November 29, 2009, 10am, Schenectady, NY  - Dances as part of worship service
First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave,
Schenectady, NY [Contact Frank for more info]

Saturday, April 10, 2010 1-9 pm, Albany, NY - Aramaic Lord's Prayer  Workshop with Radha Tereska Buko & Jeanne Alima Ross at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany  [Contact  Farid for more info]

The Albany Dance Circle presents
The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic
An Ancient Prayer in Motion for a New Creation
Saturday, April 10, 1-9 pm

Abwoon is a meditative sacred dance cycle following the
pattern of body prayer forms of the Middle East. It is the
familiar Christian Lord’s Prayer sung in Aramaic, the language
of Jesus’ time. Each line of the prayer is set to simple melody
which enhances the learning of the Aramaic sounds. The
movements, done in a community circle, are simple and gentle.
No prior experience is necessary, only an open heart and mind.
It is the inspired work of Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz of the
Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning.

Facilitated by Mentor Teachers of the Dances of Universal Peace, Radha Tereska Buko
& Alima Jeanne Ross, both of the Vermont Institute for Joy & Movement This danced
prayer will be full of joy, contemplation and celebratory movement.

Program: Afternoon workshop & instruction, community meal, and evening ritual.
Please share a dish and bring a set of white clothes for the evening.
Event at Unitarian Universalist Society 405 Washington Ave, Albany.
Reservations $45 by Mar 15 ($55 at door), farid@taconic.net or 518.392.9718.

Northeast Sufi Camp, August 26-29,2010, Royalston, MA ( contact Farid for more info)

Sufism: The Path of Love and Knowledge  Sept 17-19, 2010
w/Murshida Tasnim Fernandez
At the Blue Deer Retreat Center, Margaretville, NY (contact Tasnim retreat for details)

Special Event: April 16, 2011                       Albany Dance Circle Presents
1000 Ways to Kiss the Earth!
Dances of Universal Peace &The Astrological Walks
Of Murshid Samuel Lewis
with Halima & Abraham Sussman
Mentor Teachers of the Dances and Walks,
Senior Teachers in the Sufi Ruhaniat
Saturday, April 16
2:30-5 & 7-9:30
Channing Hall, 405 Washington Ave
Albany, NY12208
Potluck supper––bring something to share!
Cost -$40 ($50 at door)
To register contact: farid@taconic.net or 518.392.971

Saratoga Dance Flurry, Saratoga Springs, NY February 19, 2011 9-10am - Dances of Universal Peace
City Center Room B/C (contact Frank for more info)

Ithaca Dance Camp, June 23-26, 2011 Arnot Forest, (contact David Gallahan  registrar@idancepeace.org )

"Re-Tune Your Guitar, Re-Tune Your Self" , Saturday, July 16th, Frank Lombardo will be leading a beginners guitar workshop during Art n Soul's daylong expressive arts retreat in Niskyuna, NY. [Contact Frank for more info]

Dances of Universal Peace at the Barn of Bassett House, 338 River Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 on Saturday, August 6th (1:00-3:30) & Friday, August 19th 6:30
For additional information contact: Frank at 518-581-0493 or frankalombardo@gmail.com or Barn at Bassett House at 518-695-4448 or letitia@letitiafineart.com

Northeast Sufi Camp, August 25-28, North Central MA, w/ Allaudin Ottinger, Khadija Goforth,,Abraham & Halima Sussman, Maitreya Jon Stevens, Shaffia Olden, & Farid Gruber (Contact Farid for more info)

Dances at Hancock Shaker Village Peace Conference,
Pathways to Peaceful Living: Tools and Explorations, Pittsfield, MA Saturday September 17 - times tbd.  [contact Farid or visit event website for more info]

Dances in the Saratoga Springs area led by Frank:
Thursday, Sept 22, 5 pm -  Fall Equinox Celebration & Potluck Dinner at Still Point Retreat Center, Mechanicville, NY
Sunday, Sept 25th, 12:30 pm - Saratoga Peace Fair at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY (see photo at top)
Thursday, Sept 29th, 1-2:30 - Dancing Through Time: Ruth St. Denis & the Dances of Universal Peace, Dance Alliance, National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY

Saturday March 31st, 2012  Sacred Names & Moving Meditations: Peace in Motion "Turning" Workshop 2-5 pm, Pot Luck Dinner 5:30-7 pm,
 Dances of Universal Peace 7:30-9:30 pm
with Murshida Khadija Goforth and Maitreya Jon Stevens
At the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, College of St Rose, 959 Madison Avenue, Albany NY [Contact Farid to register]

Sacred Names & Moving Meditations PEACE in MOTION
with Sufi Murshida KHADIJA GOFORTH musical support - Maitreya Jon Stevens and the members of the Albany Dance Circle
Murshida Khadija has explored the Sufi path, the Dances of Universal Peace and Turning/Whirling for 35 years. She serves as a senior teacher among Sufis, a Dances of Universal Peace senior mentor teacher, and in 1994 served as semazenbashi/dance master at Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi’s tomb in Konya, Turkey.

Saturday, MARCH 31, 2012 Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary Albany, NY

Words are not peace. Thoughts are not peace. Peace is fundamental to all faiths, all religions, all spirituality. ❤ MURSHID SAMUEL LEWIS

A secret turning in us makes the universe turn.❤ RUMI
2-5 pm Whirling Meditation “TURNING” WORKSHOP
Whirling in the way of the planets and in the way of the dervishes will be
practiced to open hearts, explore sacred qualities, attune to guidance, and
release the hold of concepts and “aboutism,” seeking life’s sacred essence.
Revolve with me around the sun that never sets.


• 7:30-9:30 pm DANCES of UNIVERSAL PEACE
These practices combine love, joy, and peace-catalyzing sacred phrases from
throughout the world and throughout history with simple folk dance
movements. Everyone is welcome; no previous experience is required.
Although we seem to be in a world of song and dance, we are most
concerned with peace on earth.

INFORMATION & PRE-REGISTRATION FARID & SURIA • 518.392.9718 • farid@taconic.net
$45 Pre-registered/ $55 at the door
College of Saint Rose students are welcome guests, at no charge.

College of Saint Rose • March 27 - April 2, 2012
4th Annual SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK Homelessness • Education Equity • Environmental Waste
Immigration & Refugee Issues & More
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary & Community Service Office
959 Madison Avenue • Albany, NY 12203

Karuna will be leading Dances of Universal Peace at:
One Billion Rising Gathering to End Gender-based Violence           

Thursday, February 14 6:30-8:30 pm
Warwick Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave. Warwick, New York
Speakout* and Dances of Universal Peace
Followed by a Candlelight Procession to Railroad Green
*The Speakout is for anyone who would like to take one minute to share the reason they rise for gender justice.

Dances of Universal Peace at the Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry

Saturday Morning, February 16, 2013  10-11 am

Saratoga Springs City Center Room 1

Karuna will be leading Dances of Universal Peace at:  

February 16-18
Peace Village 
54 O'Hara Road (Route 23A)
Haines Falls, NY

Transition is a world-wide movement of people helping their communities develop local resilience and community support for the challenges of climate change. The Dances of Universal Peace will be one of several workshops exploring tools for "inner transition" on February 18th.

Dances of Universal Peace at the Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry
Saturday Morning, February 15, 2014  10:15-11:15 am

Saratoga Springs City Center Room 1

Dances of Universal Peace at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse October 11, 2014

A special Dance will be held on Saturday, October 11, 7:30 pm, at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse with Murshida Khadija Goforth and leaders of the New York City/New Jersey/Hudson Valley circles. Please save the date! The Meetinghouse is located at 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY 12136.