DUPNA Youth & Next-Generation Page

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DUPNA is strongly committed to supporting and encouraging 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 for updates!

Volunteer Opportunities for Young Adults

Are you passionate about sharing the Dance tradition with the world? Do you want to help further the legacy of Murshid SAM? Volunteering is a great way to help envision and sustain the future of the Dances. (Open this to learn more!)


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? Are you a young person interested in attending a camp where you can be with others in your generation? Many camps offer special discounted prices and incentives for youth participation, along with activities for teens, children, and young adults. Read on!



Mendocino Sufi Camp - It's really Happening! July 20-27 Come Join the Caravan!

Summer is Here and a Beautiful Camp Is On Her Way!
July 20 - 27 ~ Mendocino Sufi Camp (our main camp)

July 15 - 19 ~ Mendocino Sufi Youth Retreat with Diana Lyon and Maitreya Jon Stevens

July 27 - 31 ~ Silent Retreat with Taj Inayat

Beloved Family,

What a privilege to invite you for our 40th Annual Mendocino Sufi Camp!

Following the guidance of Hazrat Inayat Khan: “Our work as sufis has nothing to do with any particular religion, race, or creed, but just this simple thing: to be able to keep one’s rhythm throughout life’s conditions and to be in tune with the Infinite.”

Embracing the whole spectrum of the many generations who share the experience of our Mendocino Sufi Camp, from elders, to middle age, to youth and children, I am very proud that three of our teachers — Diana Lyon, Maitreya Jon Stevens, and Nicole Cronin — are in their 30s, manifesting the continual cycling of the Stream of Guidance. Along with senior guides Mariam Baker and Asha Greer, Iqbal and Devi Lewis, and Allaudin Ottinger as well as deep wisdom beings Mary Kenney, Perry Wali Pike, poetess Tamam Kahn, and music maestra Deborah Thomson, we aspire to invite the experience of the Infinite to bloom in us and provide the safety and joy for us to embrace everyday life, to find the “teacher” in everything that unfolds.

Much love,
Pir Shabda Kahn, spiritual director

Brimming-over abundance! Come join the celebration!

40th Annual Mendocino Sufi Camp July 20-27, 2014


Harmonizing Limitless Freedom with the Impermanence of Everyday Life

See flyer and register now at http://mendosuficamp.org


Unicorn Dancing Spirit Youth Camp 2014 - Monday 11th - Friday 15th August

Calling all young people in the UK and beyond! Announcing a brand new Dances of Universal Peace camp in the UK, dedicated to young dancers and dance leaders! Your sheer enthusiasm has kindled an infectious spark of inspiration for this new venture to happen and we invite you to support the camp and make it your own. Bookings are open, on the Unicorn Camps website www.unicorncamps.com and people have started to book in already from different countries, so don't miss out - book your place today!


Giving and Receiving Support for Youth Attendance

Diana Lyon, co-chair of the Sufi Ruhaniat Youth Council, 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, they may be given directly to the individual to cover expenses.

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 would 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.

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.

The Youth Council e-mail is youthcouncil@ruhaniat.org


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 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.


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.