The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.
Peace Prayer Mandala
Learn The Mandala Dance, from the Dances of Universal Peace tradition. Embrace the essential unity of the world’s sacred traditions by dancing and chanting this simple and deeply moving mandala. As Sufi Saint Jelaluddin Rumi said:
“All these religions, All this singing, Is One Song.”
The Peace Prayer Mandala unites the sacred teachings of humankind, thus weaving a living expression of enlightenment, peace and connectedness on Earth. The Soul of All is One Soul, and the Truth is One Truth. Join Us!
The Twenty One Praises of Tara
Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual Teachings
Learn Tara Ritual Embodying the attributes of Tara clarifies inner peace, strength and wisdom. The ritual involves a living mandala which can be danced as a prayer cycle for healing one’s self, the earth and human conflict. This ongoing project of East-West exchange involves sacred ceremony based on the ancient Buddhist prayer “The Twenty One Praises of Tara.” Sandra is part of a worldwide network of women trained and authorized to lead this ritual practice. In 1998, she joined an international delegation on pilgrimage in India and Nepal to engage with the Tibetan Buddhist community-in-exile, dancing this mandala for townspeople, children, nuns and monks, including His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The ritual cycle has been embraced by His Holiness, and is now being danced as spiritual practice by Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India and Nepal. www.taradhatu.org
Charge of the Star Goddess
“Arise, and come unto me!”
Hear the Call of the Divine Mother, Holy Artist, Queen of constantly unfolding Creation! We open to the untamed Lady of the Shining Stars! Embracing the Divine Feminine through a cycle of meditation, sacred movement, chant and devotion, we step into the stream of Her blessings. For women and men alike, honoring our divinity through the Goddess can heal cultural prejudices and liberate our full human potential. She calls: “Arise, and come unto me!”
The Dances of Universal Peace
Sandra Kammann leads the Dances of Universal Peace. The Dances are a transformative spiritual practice, offered in an atmosphere of authenticity and mindfulness. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of a timeless tradition, invoking an embodied sense of unity, presence and compassion.
Created by Sufi teacher and Zen master Samuel L. Lewis, the Dances set sacred text from many spiritual traditions to music and movement. Murshid Sam, as he was known to his Sufi students in the 1960’s, brought forward the Dances and other esoteric practices to awaken the hearts and minds of his Sufi students and create an ecstatic experience of unity. The Dances are carried forward today by the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi order established by Murshid Sam before his passing, and by the Guidance Council which oversees training and certification of Leaders and Mentors.
The more than 400 Dances include themes of peace, healing, and the celebration of life’s great mystery. Since the late 1960’s, the Dances have spread throughout the world, touching more than a half million people in North and South America, eastern and western Europe, Russia and the Baltic countries, India, the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand. Grassroots Dance circles are continually springing up around the globe, with over two hundred dance circles in the United States alone.
Sandra has led the Dances for schools, spiritual centers in the US and Costa Rica, on the National Mall and in Season for Non-Violence ceremonies. The Dances are also shared in therapy groups, prisons, hospice houses, drug rehabilitation centers, homes for the developmentally disabled, retirement villages and holistic health centers. The Dances open us to remembrance of the natural human state – unguarded and authentic. They continue to be, as Samuel Lewis envisioned them, a way to make liberating life-energy and the “peace that passes all understanding” a reality in people’s lives.