DUPNA Youth & Next-Generation Page

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One of DUPNA's 2011 Goals is to support and encourage our next-generation Dance leaders and dancers throughout the USA and Canada. This new Youth & Next-Generation Page presents resources that we hope will provide the tools you need to promote, inspire, and enliven your interest and enjoyment of the Dances of Universal Peace. Please return often as we will be adding new materials in 2012!


Youth-oriented Dance Camps and Events


Take a look around...Does your circle include some dancers or Dance leaders in their teens, 20s and 30s? Would they be interested in attending a camp where they could meet others in their generation? Many camps offer special activities for teens, children, and young adults.



Sufi Youth Jam 2014, Apr. 29 - May 4 (click to view/print .pdf flier)

The gathering is for youth, young adults, and younger leaders in the Sufi Ruhaniat and Dances of Universal Peace, ages 18-39. It is hosted by the Sufi Ruhaniat Youth Council, a multi-generational group of mureeds and Dance Leaders who share a vision of supporting the next generation of leaders. Members of the Ruhaniat Youth Council are co-creating this gathering in order to strengthen their bonds as a group and to focus on how they can best hold the message and carry this transmission into the future. Anyone in this age range who would like to join this gathering of incredible, young, international Sufi and Dance leaders is welcome. This is a fabulous opportunity for any young person who loves spiritual practice, chanting, singing and dancing, or for any young person who is developing their own leadership skills or exploring spiritual modalities. To read more about the event visit www.sufiyouth.com: http://www.ruhaniat.org/index.php/youth-retreats/youth-colorado

If you are not coming to the event but are interested in supporting this vision, please make a tax-deductible donation to the SRI Youth Scholarship Fund by sending a check made to SRI, care of Basira at PO Box 22, Makawao, HI 96768, (please note the funds are for youth
scholarship) or by credit card through the donation page http://www.ruhaniat.org/index.php/support-sri/financial-support of www.ruhaniat.org. Contributions will be used to help Youth Council members make it to the event, whether they're coming from Prague, Bogota or Kansas City. The goal is to have $6,000 to support travel and scholarships.

Diana Lyon, one of the organizers of the event has said that an outpouring of love and support has been rippling through communities and circles in recent months and that she feels deeply grateful for this support. May it continue!


Teleconference Call on the Sufi Youth Jam - Sunday March 30th, 2014

On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, members of the Sufi Ruhaniat Youth Council held a teleconference (click to listen to archived recording) about the upcoming Sufi Youth Jam, hosted by the Council in Colorado from April 29-May 4. The Youth Jam is for youth and younger Ruhaniat and Dances of Universal Peace leaders between the ages of 18-39 to gather together to practice, Dance, play, discuss, envision and strengthen their bonds as a community. By listening to the call, you learn about the goals and intentions of the Youth Jam and the SRI Youth Council, as well as ways to get involved and support the event through sponsorship of youth and younger leaders to attend. Please address any questions to Anjahli.


Giving and Receiving Support for Youth Attendance

Diana Lyon has suggested the following for supporting youth to attend Youth events:

To Provide Support:

1) Communities/Circles can raise funds locally to sponsor specific attendees of Youth Events. If the funds are for travel expenses, I suggest they be given directly to the individual to cover expenses. If the funds raised are for an individual's registration fees for the Sufi Youth Jam, the funds should be sent directly to Sara Rain.

2) Communities/Circles can raise funds locally to support scholarships/grants in general. These funds will be available to those who apply for support through the SRI Youth Scholarship Fund. This fund is well established and well known, and it is just as important to place support here as it is to encourage local-level sponsorship. These funds should be sent to the Ruhaniat Secretariat, Basira Beardsworth at P.O. Box 22, Makawao, HI 96768 with the note "youth scholarship"

To Receive Support:

1) An individual wishing to attend can be sponsored by their local community. We've found that a good approach for this is a letter written by a leader and the youth articulating the need, saying a bit about themselves, including a photo, etc. and sent to the local community to solicit support, followed by a collection process within the community. (Write to Diana for more support and details around how to do this.)

2) An individual wishing to attend can apply for scholarship through the SRI Youth Scholarship Fund. The application for scholarship can be found at www.sufiyouth.com in the Scholarship section: http://www.ruhaniat.org/index.php/youth-scholarships/youth-apply. This fund is well established, and we've already begun to receive applications for support.


Dance Deepening - Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26

Guided by Halima & Abraham Sussman with guests Maitreya Jon Stevens, Malika Salazar, and friends. Appropriate for all lovers of the Dance, we welcome Mentored Dance Leaders and Dance Musicians to deepen in Elements of Mastery and further the fine art of Dance Transmission. We especially send out a welcome to young leaders, cultivating the ground of our shared future. We meet 1.5 hours north-west of Boston of beatiful land with Dance yurt, farmhouse, barns, and organic gardens abut acres of conservation land, lake and waterfall. Accommodations include easy soft camping sites, 2 rustic cabins, outdoor hot showers, and for those who need indoor lodging, shared sleeping rooms in the house and finished barn, as available. Self-determined sliding scale of $200-$300.


Downloadable Flier

Contact: Abraham Sussman 617-876-5272 northeastsufis@gmail.com


Survey for Young Adult Dancers and Dance Leaders Ages 18-40 years old

The Dances of Universal Peace have the power to transform lives and allow people to "discover" their "tribe." One comment we often hear when people talk about their first experience at a Dance camp is "I felt like I'd come home." Dances of Universal Peace North America would like to make this opportunity available to younger spiritual seekers within our community, so we would like your feedback about our co-sponsoring a Dance camp geared toward young adults and younger Dance leaders. This survey will help us know what you (the younger seekers amongst us) desire and hope for such a gathering.

If you are between 18-40 years old, please click here to complete this survey for a young adult gathering.

If you are older than 40 years old and wish to give your feedback, please click here to email DUPNA intern Jen Friedman.

Please also forward this information to any young Dance leader and/or younger dancer who is between the ages of 18-40 years old. Please copy and paste this link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XH6XCS9

Thank you and Ya Fattah!


The New Sufi Ruhaniat Youth Website

The Sufi Ruhaniat has a new website www.sufiyouth.com, created by and for youth, teens, young adults, and younger leaders. This site will serve youth who are already connected into the lineage as they travel the path, and those who are newly reaching out to connect.

One of the features of the site is regional leader and youth contacts throughout the world. Another aspect of the site we're particularly excited about is having information and applications for the Youth Scholarship Fund online. This will streamline the scholarship application process, both for applicants, and those of us serving on the Scholarship Committee. Please spread the word about it!


Printable Coloring Pages for Kids of All Ages!

When the kids aren't dancing, they can be having fun coloring and learning about the world's wisdom traditions!


Bismillah (.pdf)


Find many more pictures to color on our new Activites Page! >>


Fun and Inspiring: Cool and Useful YouTubes




Quito, Ecuador

Sufi Youth Rap

September, 2011

<< Click the pic!

Young Adults at WDC 2011 The Next Generation
FUN! Bubble Man in Hawaii! Family Dance Ithaca 2011
Love Grows - Children's Dance CGPP - Pics and a beautiful song!
Children's Global Peace Project 1 Children's Global Peace Project 2
CGPP SMA Montessori - I open my eyes to you CGPP SMA Waldorf - Altisimo Corazón


Other Worthy Resources at This Website:

Regional Telecon Archives: See 06.08.11 “Supporting the Next Generation of Dancers”

Leaders & Musicians Resources
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Great Links:

Sufi Ruhaniat Youth: http://www.ruhaniat.org/index.php/youth-about

Children's Global Peace Project http://cgpp.org

To submit youth and next-generation-related events or share your own ideas for possible inclusion on this page, please make contact.