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Dancing with Grace

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - June 19 @ 5:00 pm

An Exploration of Movement as Prayer
Through the Dances of Universal Peace

Friday June 17, 5pm – Sunday June 19, 3pm
(plus optional pre & post retreat days)
At the beautiful Arnot Forest Preserve
near Ithaca, NY

Guidance by Grace D Marie
co-created by Azad Volckhausen,
Yarrow Nelson & you!

Kids Camp with Miss Devon Buckley Earth Rhythms School

Join us in sacred community, to
“Eat, Dance and Pray Together,”
blending free movement and dances of unity with
Earth-centered and shamanic awareness.
Let’s “Crash the Door and Enter the Chamber of Love”
Healing, nourishing, local, & organic vegetarian food.

Ecstatic Dance

Grace D Marie is an international teacher and facilitator, teaching Dances of Universal Peace, voice, Harmonic Temple, 5 Rhythm Wave, Nia, Barre Fitness, and movement meditation that are interwoven in her experiential workshops guiding the journey of the body, heart and soul.  She has worked as a Fitness Instructor for the city of Fort Collins and local Fitness Centers, and believes in balancing health for the Body, Mind and Spirit.

She is an initiator with the Sufi Ruhaniat International, and a Dances of Universal Peace Mentor.  She has organized and co-facilitated Dance meetings, camps and leader trainings worldwide for over 25 years.

Working directly with many wisdom traditions worldwide, Grace has enriched the DUP repertoire, adapting traditional prayers into meaningful songs and accompanying them with original, insightful and inspiring Dances. Grace’s style is joyful, deep and ecstatic. Her 4 albums, Kunda, One Love, All My Relations, and Life as a Garden, recorded in Peru and the US, are listened to worldwide. Grace’s web site:  https://lifeasagarden.com/events/


“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.”
― Ruth St. Denis

“The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body”
Gabrielle Roth

Not what we think or say but what we do shall avail – on with the dance!
Samuel L. Lewis

Amina Silk and Arif Leininger are honored to provide joyous leadership in sacred space with music for the Dances, Dances of Universal Peace , chanting , community healing , some deliciousness and so much more!

Arif began dancing in the early ’70s and Amina began dancing in the early ’90s. In 2007 they joined together and began leading the dances as a team.  Combining Arif’s musicianship and Amina’s graceful heartfelt movement they express their love for this powerful practice of healing,community and peace.

Friday afternoon after brunch, June 17
Together with earth energy we’ll have a community healing in the elements  outside with the Rhythm and beauty of nature.

Sunday before dinner, June 19

A time of chanting Kirtan and Zikr with friends singing in harmony and prayers for the love of all life.


“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it . Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman


Covid Precautions:
Negative Covid test required.

Program information:
Azad Volckhausen:  (607) 216-8311; jimvvv@gmail.com 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/729827824699560



June 17 @ 5:00 pm
June 19 @ 5:00 pm


Yarrow Nelson
Azad VolkHausen


Arnot Forest
Van Etten, 611 County Rd 13
Van Etten, NY 14889
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