Sufi & Dances of Universal Peace Retreats
Sing, Dance and Pray together!
Sheikh Gayan Gregory Long
Sheikha Amara Karuna
Amara has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace since 1985 and is a Senior Dance Leader, and has been involved in mentoring new Dance leaders.
She has been on teaching staff for five Sufi Camps has led many weekend retreats, zikrs and rituals which included the Dances.
She served as Secretary, and then President, on the Core of the International Council for the Dances of Universal Peace, working as a volunteer to oversee the organization for several years.
She specializes in Dances from the Goddess and Earth traditions, and leads with lively humor and devotion. She is a Sheikha in the SRI lineage of Sufism.
We will be staying at a Permaculture Community near Leilani, south of Pahoa on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
We have 25 acres of lush rainforest land, including a small crater, and are located close to hot steam vents, a lovely black sand beach, and the wonderful natural warm ponds.
We will be providing wonderful organic meals, and everyone helps a little with cooking and clean up. We have a great indoor dance space, and also a large outdoor covered space. It is a rustic site, and very lovely.
We are a 15 year old group that operates by consensus and shares leadership equally, and emphasizes communication skills. You will have a great introduction our community lifestyle.
Logistics and details
We ask that people give an amount that is both generous and joyful.
If you are unable to contribute at bottom of the sliding scale, please contact us – we may be able to work something out! We have a few openings for part time work trade.
Those of you who are able to pay at the higher end of the sliding scale enable us to hold this retreat in a spirit of generosity and inclusiveness.
Early Discount deadline:
Pay in full by December 1st
and save $50! on Full tickets
*Full Retreat Residential ticket: $700- 900 sliding scale, includes 3 great organic meals a day, and dorm or camping space, and all programming.
Rides from the airport are $40 extra.
Do you live in Pahoa area or want to rent a place off site? See below
(Off Site locals only)
*Offsite full event with meals:
$500 (you stay somewhere else, but have meals with us.)
*Offsite full event no meals:
$400 (you stay somewhere else, and bring your meals.)
for Local Residents Only
*Offsite Weekend with meals:
Fri evening- Sunday before dinner,
$280 non-residential tickets including 6 meals
*Offsite Weekend No Meals
Fri evening- Sunday before dinner, $200 non-residential tickets
(We are not set up for you to make your own food. No kitchen or food storage space. You can bring a cooler if you like.)
There are no weekend residential tickets because of limited space.
No one day drop in tickets.
We want to build a container of love and trust.
You have several choices of housing at various costs. Your full retreat ticket includes either a dorm space in one of our indoor or outdoor dorms, or bring your own tent and tarp.
You may also choose:
*Rent a space in a cabin, we have several available at extra cost, between $200 and $350 extra for the entire event.
Please inquire to Amara for the list of available places.
*Rent one of our private tents, bed, bedding and tarp for an extra $100.
*Rent a private quonset hut large tent (couples only) $200 extra
Apply here: https://forms.gle/eHwUyppTVRVX37i98
After we send a confirmation, send in a $250 deposit as soon as possible,
or pay in full by Dec 1st for an early bird $50 off full retreat residential tickets.
Final payment is due by January 1st 2023.
You can use Venmo, Credit cards or Checks. We prefer checks.
More payment info will be sent when you register.
You can choose to spend an extra night before the retreat for additional charge.
Or 3 extra nights after the retreat (only if you are staying for the Network for New Culture Winter Camp that starts January 30),
at the cost of $55 per night for camping or $85 per night for indoors. Arrange this with the venue by contacting Amara.