Workshop Leaders 2019

Workshop Leaders

Here are the details of those we know about so far. We will post more details as soon as we have them.

 

Watch this space!

Allaudin

 

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart. We are very fortunate that he is once again visiting the UK, following his last visit in 2016.

Dakini

 

Dakini has been leading DUP for over twenty years, and currently serves on the DUP International Board of Directors while mentoring aspiring leaders and bringing the dances to camps, retreats and gatherings throughout Europe. She is also a Sheikha in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and a Buddhist practitioner in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

She has set up numerous dance gatherings, such as the Estonian Dance Camp which she initiated in 2001, the Dervish Days Family Sufi Camp (from 2012) and her yearly Sufi retreat with Pir Shabda and Murshid Saadi, both in Scotland.

She also co-founded a Buddhist retreat centre in Findhorn, Scotland from which she led spiritual journeys to Nepal, India and Tibet.

 

Her two daughters are also part of the Dances of Universal Peace community and her eldest has led some youth dance sessions. Dakini herself has been heavily involved in bringing the dances to young people across Europe.

Robert

 

Robert first came across the Dances of Universal Peace in 1997, and his involvement in them has grown steadily over the years. As a regular dancer at many events, especially dance camps, he was struck early on by their power to open the heart and connect us. Soon he began drumming for the Dances, and a little later started playing guitar for them. In 2013 he was no longer able to resist the pull to lead Dances, and in 2018 became a certified Dance Leader. With his wife Jilani he leads Dances in and around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, and has often led at dance camps in England as well as France. As a leader he brings a sense of energy to the Dances, transmitting qualities of joy, gentleness and stillness.

Jilani

 

I met the Dances in 1997, dancing and playing music for the Dances until eventually I began to lead in around 2005. I was initiated into the Sufi Ruhaniat in 2006, and since then have studied with and received inspiration from my Guides and Teachers, including Muiz, Tansen, Saadi and Pir Shabda. My background and previous training was in classical music, and in various forms of spiritual healing. It was such a revelation to discover that in the Dances I could bring these strands together, weaving them with my experience as a music teacher, and my love of language, into a rich and endlessly satisfying prayer rug. I am passionate about empowering people, including young people, to be more fully themselves, and to realise their potential as dancers, musicians and dance leaders.

 

In service to this, I am a Mentor for the Dances, and am privileged to work with trainee dance leaders in five countries. I am also excited to be part of the team holding the Youth Dance Camps in the UK.

 

I have been to every PTA/SAC camp since 1998, and love this chance to live lightly on the earth in a community of open hearts, eating, dancing and praying together.

Christina

 

Christina has been a passionate circle dancer and part of the camp scene since the 1980's. She has been leading groups and holding workshops teaching a mixture of dances from the folk dance tradition and modern lyrical and meditative circle dances for more than 25 years. She loves the history innate within dances from the folk tradition as well as the sacred nature of meditative dances. She has been blessed by being part of numerous dancing circles over the years as well as the international circle dance network. She has trained with many choreographers and leaders of the dance, especially from Europe and the Americas, and loves that she has the opportunity to share leading the dance with Rosa at SAC again this year.

"The camp leaders and loyal campers are amazing people, they run the camp like the most nurturing home with open arms to newcomers like me. Many people came and

chatted or just smiled to me over the course of the week and by the end

of it I felt we had become part of an amazing family." - Emma

Robert

 

Robert first came across the Dances of Universal Peace in 1997, and his involvement in them has grown steadily over the years. As a regular dancer at many events, especially dance camps, he was struck early on by their power to open the heart and connect us. Soon he began drumming for the Dances, and a little later started playing guitar for them. In 2013 he was no longer able to resist the pull to lead Dances, and in 2018 became a certified Dance Leader. With his wife Jilani he leads Dances in and around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, and has often led at dance camps in England as well as France. As a leader he brings a sense of energy to the Dances, transmitting qualities of joy, gentleness and stillness.

 

Robert

 

Robert first came across the Dances of Universal Peace in 1997, and his involvement in them has grown steadily over the years. As a regular dancer at many events, especially dance camps, he was struck early on by their power to open the heart and connect us. Soon he began drumming for the Dances, and a little later started playing guitar for them. In 2013 he was no longer able to resist the pull to lead Dances, and in 2018 became a certified Dance Leader. With his wife Jilani he leads Dances in and around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, and has often led at dance camps in England as well as France. As a leader he brings a sense of energy to the Dances, transmitting qualities of joy, gentleness and stillness.

 

Allaudin

 

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart. We are very fortunate that he is once again visiting the UK, following his last visit in 2016.

Allaudin

 

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart. We are very fortunate that he is once again visiting the UK, following his last visit in 2016.

Allaudin

 

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart. We are very fortunate that he is once again visiting the UK, following his last visit in 2016.