23/04/2020 - 26/04/2020    
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Allanton Peace Sanctuary
Allanton House, Auldgirth, DG2 0RY

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This retreat will now be held 22-25 April 2021.

The Dance of Life: Meeting Our Selves on the Path

A Retreat with Tasnim Fernandez and Neil Douglas-Klotz

A special retreat of Dances of Universal Peace, walking meditation, spiritual practice, sohbet (spiritual discussion), chant, zikr and contemplation with the two founders of the international Dances of Universal Peace network.

“This is an invaluable opportunity to be with the Rev. Tasnim Fernandez, for the first time leading a retreat with me in the UK. There is a reason why we were able to start the whole Dances of Universal Peace network without status, money or power. That reason is transmission. When the transmission of the Dances and Walks wanted to be expressed in a new way, with new people, with spreading roots, Tasnim uniquely and solely was there. Roots don’t possess, they carry nourishment. Transmission doesn’t stop and hold things, it transmits. Together we will explore the challenges and blessings of the path–no matter which variety we follow–and our relationships with all beings.” – Neil

“In June 1971 I was received onto the Sufi path. My wildest dreams could not have foretold of the experiences and travels that have graced my life in tasawwuf. I seek the root of the root, the real self. I am grateful to share from the fullness of my experience any encouragement or inspiration that may be of service. I aim to let the spirit guide us as we, using ‘that which appears behind that which transpires’ explore the ineffable Presence of that which is constantly, silently transpiring.” – Tasnim

“Do not look at my outward shape, but take what is in my hand…” –Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Booking:  This retreat is open to all. The total cost will be confirmed during September 2019. There will be three options, based on separate prices for staying off site but with lunch and dinner at Allanton included; accommodation at Allanton in a shared room with all meals included, or camping at Allanton with all meals included. If you would like to secure your place now, please contact Jannat (details below) to arrange how to send a £50 deposit (refundable until March 1st 2020).

Time: Retreat begins on Thursday, April 23 2020 at 6.30 p.m. with dinner and finishes on Sunday, April 26 with lunch.

Accommodation: Accommodation is in spacious first floor rooms. All rooms have a seating corner, a wardrobe and a sink. The number of beds varies from two to six. We will try to spread you out as much as possible, so that no more than 3 people will be sharing a room, but we cannot guarantee it. There are no single rooms available on the premises. It is possible to bring your own tent and camp in the grounds, or bring your own caravan on the premises. You could also stay in a local B&B    contact us for more info. Another option, used by a number of regular participants who prefer to have twin/double rooms, is to stay in a Premier Inn (www.premierinn.com) or Travelodge in Dumfries (www.travelodge.co.uk). If booked well in advance you can get a room for a very reasonable price. This option requires access to a car or a friend with a car.

Meals: You will be served three vegetarian/ vegan /wheat-free meals a day, cooked by our hosts at Allanton. If you have any special needs or food allergies, please let us know in advance. *Please be aware that Allanton can NOT cater for life-threatening dietary requirements.*

For more information, or to register your interest so that we can contact you for a deposit in September when pricing has been confirmed, please contact:

Jannat Granger (re. bookings) jannat@janetgranger.co.uk  +44 (01538) 308860

Stella Cranwell (re. accommodation info and diets) skcranwell@hotmail.com +44 (01738) 636842 / Mobile 0794 7189739