The North American Newsletter

The North American Newsletter was born from a vision of having a recurring way to share stories, photos and articles about the vibrancy of the Dances in North America across the whole continent (not forgetting Hawaii). From a simple beginning, the newsletter has grown to include a theme, quotes, a Song and Video of the Month, poetry, and events listings, as well as articles about circles or Dance related activities from around the region.

Thanks to Jen Friedman and the newsletter team of Sky Majida, Anjahli Parnell, and Jane Sky.

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North American Newsletter Archives

 

August, 2016 Email Newsletter: Murshid of Love: Hazrat Inayat Khan

...a celebration of the life and legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan; an article: "Murshid of Love” by Jane Sky; Song of the month: "Thy Light is in All Forms"; and Video of the Month: "Murshid as I Remember Him"

June, 2016 Email Newsletter: Joe Miller: A Man Connected to the Divine

...a celebration of the life and legacy of Joe Miller; an article: "A Man Connected to the Divine” by Jane Sky; Song of the month: "Songs to Live By: A Concert with Joe and Guin Miller"; and Videos of the Month: "Celebrating Joe Miller" and "Falling Awake."

March, 2016 Email Newsletter: Dancing with the Divine

...a celebration of the life and legacy of Ruth St. Denis; an article: "Dancing with the Divine” by Angela Gayan Galik; website resource: “Parliament of the World Religions Teleconference Recording;" Song of the month: Unbroken Flows the Rhythm; and Videos of the Month: Ruth St. Denis in East Indian Nautch Dance and part 1 in a part 5 series of Ruth St. Denis by Frank Lombardo.

January, 2016 Email Newsletter: Sing a Song of Glory

...a celebration of the life and legacy of Murshid SAM: an article “Sing a Song of Glory” by Jane Sky; “Memories of Murshid SAM” website resource; an update on progress for SAM’s dargah at Lama Foundation and a link to audio recordings of Murshid SAM’s teachings. Song of the month: Kalama; and Video of the Month: Sunseed.

Nov., 2015 Email Newsletter: Parliament of World's Religions

...reflections from attendees of “The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions;" video of “Cultivating the Inner Life,” Pir Shabda’s presentation; photos and videos of Dances that were led; “Website Wisdom Farewell” from retiring DUPNA board member Shivadam.

September, 2015 Email Newsletter: The Elements

September's newsletter theme was "The Elements" and featured an article about the first ever Rainbow Retreat at Khankah SAM in San Francisco which was held in June 2015.

July, 2015 Email Newsletter: Healing.pdf

...article on Perry Wali Pike's “Gospel Zikr Story”; report from June Telecon on Leading Dances in Unique and Unusual Venues; Website Wisdom featuring favorite online resources at the NA website; Haiku and Dances on Healing; gratitude for donations; newly certified leaders and Song of the Month: Gospel Zikr; Video: "I am One" Dances of Universal Peace at the National Cathedral.

May, 2015 Email Newsletter: Ecstasy.pdf

featured articles on “Seeds of Love: The Birth of a New Dance Circle;” Teleconference: A Connection and Learning Opportunity; Website Wisdom: Resources for Leaders and Organizers; Haiku and Dances on Ecstasy; gratitude for donations; and Song of the Month: Chidananda Rupa; Video: Drink with the Beloved.

March, 2015 Email Newsletter: Heart of Winter.pdf

featured articles on Leading the Dances in San Quentin Prison; Volunteers: The Heartbeat of the Network; Upcoming Telecon on Introducing the Dances to New Populations; Haiku and Dances on The Heart of Winter; gratitude for donations; Song/Video of the Month: May All Beings in All Worlds Be Happy.

January, 2015 Email Newsletter: New Beginnings.pdf
featured articles: "Sufis to the Desert: Dances at Burning Man"; Meditation on al-Khaliq; Jan.15 Celebration: Murshid SAM's Urs; Parliament of World Religions; Website Wisdom; Haiku and Dances on New Beginnings; Thank you to our Holiday Card volunteers; gratitude for donations; Song of the Month: Jaya Shiva Shankara; Video: For the Beauty of the Earth.

Oct., 2014 Email Newsletter: Death And Transformation.pdf

featured articles: "How Dance Circles help us Cultivate Courage and Compassion in the Face of Change;" "Death and Transformation to Higher Ground;" Website Wisdom with Shivadam; Haiku and Dances on Death and Transformation; gratitude for donations; Song of the Month: Pieces of Cloud; Video: Lightning Zikr aka Retreat Zikr.

September, 2014 Email Newsletter: Illumination.pdf

featured articles on "Leading Dances with People Dealing with Mental Health Conditions;" Website Wisdom with Shivadam; A Request for Holiday Card Volunteers; Poems and Dances on Illumination; Song of the Month: Nembutsu Dance; Video: Murshid SAM Dargah Blessing at Lama Foundation.

July, 2014 Email Newsletter: Surrender.pdf

featured articles: "On Surrender" written by Shivadam Adam Burke; "Celebrating 30 years of Dancing in Seattle;" and Dances and Haiku on Surrender; gratitude for donations; Song of the Month: Zikr of Surrender; Video: The Delirium of the Senses.

June, 2014 Email Newsletter: Tending the Garden.pdf

featured articles on Building Beloved Community at the Canyonlands Dance Camp; Cultivating Heaven on Earth through sustainable living; Sowing Seeds for the Future with the Sufi Youth Jam, and a Call for Volunteers to help coordinate the 2014 DUPNA holiday card; Song of the Month: Om Tare; Video: My Lord is a Rock.

May, 2014 Email Newsletter: Joy.pdf

featured "How the Dances have Changed my Life" written from the perspective of a new dancer; a report on the Sufi Youth Jam, and Akhlak Allah, the practice of experiencing the presence of God as discussed by Murshid Wali Ali Meyer; Song of the Month: Ecstatic Zikr; Video: The Kalama.

April, 2014 Email Newsletter: Healing.pdf

featured articles on the Physiological Benefits of the Dances, Origin
of the dance: Ancestors, Sky People, and a Farewell and Gratitude to Yamuna Devi on her retirement from the DUPNA Office Administrator position; Song of the Month: Medicine Buddha; Video: Only a Heart with Wings Can Fly.

March, 2014 Email Newsletter: Mindfulness.pdf

featured articles on the New Membership Fee Structure for DUPNA, the Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufi Youth Jam, and "Open Hearts, Open Hands" Dance Training article by Radha Paula Neilson; Song of the Month: Peaceful Steps; Video: May the Blessings of God.

February, 2014 Email Newsletter: Devotion.pdf

featured articles on Learning to Play for the Dances as a guitar player, drummer, and melodic instrument musician; DUPNA Now on Twitter; and Taking the Dances into the world; Song of the Month: Walk to the Well; Video: Dhal Jalali Wal Ikram.

January, 2014 Email Newsletter: New Beginnings.pdf

featured articles on the history and celebration of the Urs of Murshid SAM and Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan; the Sufi Youth Jam hosted by the SRI Youth Council in Colorado in April 2014; Song of the Month: We are the Rising Sun; Video: For the Beauty of the Earth.

December, 2013 Email Newsletter: Stillness.pdf

featured articles about the Leaders Guild Fee changes for Dance leaders; “Changing the World Through the Dances” as published in the Elephant Journal by author Karen Moon; and farewell letter from Sky Majida on her resignation as Volunteer Coordinator for DUPNA. Song of the Month: 0th Commandment; Video: Silence and Light.

November, 2013 Email Newsletter: Gratitude.pdf

featured an article about DanceSpotting: a new modality for healing; an update on the survey for young adult leaders/dancers seeking input on a gathering in 2015; and an attunement to Ash-Shakur. Song of the Month: Allah Ya Shakur: Zikr of Gratitude; Video: Spirit of Peace: Mir, Miru, Mir.

October, 2013 Email Newsletter: Harvest/Gathering In.pdf

featured an article about leadership team, Peaceful Sisters in Northern Michigan; a survey for young adult leaders/dancers seeking input on a gathering in 2015; and an update about those affected by floods in Colorado. Song of the Month: Ya Quddus, Ya Jami; Video: Kyrie Eleison.

   

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