Dances of Universal Peace International
Board of Directors

 


Darvesha Victoria MacDonald – President (Silver City, New Mexico, USA email) has served as chair of the Guidance Council since June 2007 and on the current DUP Interantional board of directors since January 2008. She was a member of the original DUP International board (then PeaceWorks INDUP) at the time of its inception in 1987. She has traveled extensively worldwide leading the Dances. Her major focus of the last fifteen years has been seeding the Dances in South America, particularly in Colombia, and encouraging local leadership and mentorship. A co-founder of Wilderness Dance Camp, Darvesha has spearheaded revision of the Leaders Guild Guidelines, completed in 2010. Darvesha is a Murshida in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a Senior Mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace, a Ziraat Experienced Farmer, and a Buddhist practitioner. (Term ends April, 2020.)

 

 

 

 

Dakini (Maris) Warrior – Vice President (Scotland, United Kingdom email)

has led Dances of Universal Peace since 1995. She is a mother, a student, a music tutor and an educational consultant. Born in Estonia, she now lives in Scotland, serving as a dance mentor and a Sheikha. She is also a practicing Buddhist in Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Dakini initiated a Dance Camp in Estonia (2001), a Sufi camp in Scotland (2012), co-founded a Buddhist retreat centre in Findhorn (2005), and leads dances and Sufi retreats at various events across Europe. She holds a degree in education and psychology and currently studies for a MA in Education, working with young people who are struggling with anxiety and depression in schools.

(Term ends April, 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

Zarifah Spain - Treasurer (Eugene, Oregon, USA email) is a certified Dance leader and musician for the Dances, having served Eugene's DUP's bi-monthly meeting in both capacities since 2011. In 2012, she worked with a group of Eugene DUP leaders and supporters to establish their circle as a Chapter of PW-DUPNA, and has served on its Board of Directors since that time, as both treasurer and secretary.  Zarifah has managed her own business as a real estate broker for the past ten years, before which time she home-schooled her twin children, and ran an independent bookkeeping service. (Term ends April 2018.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arjun Jorge Calero (Atlantida Ecovillage, Colombia email) was born in Colombia in 1978. Raised in close contact with nature and spiritual seeking, he finished his Biology studies in 2001 with a special degree in ethno-ecology. He has worked for years with local native communities and environmental groups in schools. He was part of the Rainbow Peace Caravan, a nomad ecovillage, school and artistic company, that traveled throughout Latin America. In 2003 he co-founded Atlantida Ecovillage where he still resides and hosts 2 major DUP events every year. A Dance mentor, guitarist and Ruhaniat initiate, Arjun works actively with the ecovillage networks (national and continental) and the revival of the ancient wisdom of the Americas. (Term ends April, 2019.)

 

 

 

 

Munira Elizabeth Reed Ph.D. (Columbus, Ohio, USA email)

is a Sheikha in the Sufi Ruhaniat International;  Mentor in the Dances of Universal Peace; Cherag (Sufi Interfaith Minister); and Executive Director of Shalem Center and Abwoon Resource Center.  Her primary focus is outreach with Saadi's Aramaic/Sufi work which has taken her across the United States, Brazil, and various parts of Mexico. (Term ends April 2020.)

 

 

 

 

 

Munir Peter Reynolds (Corvallis, Montana, USA email)

Munir has served as Executive Director of DUP International from August, 2009 until December 2015. He holds an M.A. degree in arts administration, an M.A. in Culture and Creation Spirituality and has worked in various nonprofit organization managerial and administrative positions since 1976.  A Senior Mentor in the Mentors Guild and Sheikh for the Sufi Ruhaniat International, Munir served from 2002 -2010 as Executive Director of Oneness Project, a Dances of Universal Peace programming and grantmaking organization in the Pacific Northwest USA where he administered grants programs supporting the Dances of Universal Peace worldwide. As a mentor and Dance leader Munir has presented Sufi and DUP retreats, dance leader trainings and camps throughout the western USA and has served on the Dance staff of numerous events in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Russia. (Term ends April 2019.)

 

 

 

NurAna Naomi Wilansky (Normal, Illinois, USA email)

Mentored into the Dances of Universal Peace by Ayesha Lauenborg in the early 1990s, NurAna has been leading dances herself since 1995. Originally from the Washington, DC suburbs, she lived for a number of years in Delaware and Philadelphia before moving to Central Illinois. Since coming to central Illinois in 1999, she has been leading a regular dance circle in her area as well as taking a leadership role in the Dances of Universal Peace Midwest Retreat. Naomi is a Gestalt trained psychotherapist and is a board-certified diplomate in clinical social work. She maintains a thriving private practice and has been deeply grateful for the experience of parenting a daughter who is now a college student. Naomi was initiated into the Sufi Ruhaniat Order by Yasmin Haut. She balances her Sufi practice with her work on the social action committee, teaching Hebrew and as a song leader in her local Jewish Temple. (Term ends April 2020.)

 

 

 

 

Executive Director, Secretary

Edmund Aziz Dixon (England, United Kingdom email)

A Certified Leader living in Lancashire, England, Aziz holds an MBA degree from the Open University and brings experience from a variety of roles in university management over 20 years. He has been on the Sufi path for 16 years and has actively participated in the local dance and Sufi community, as well as in events across Britain. He has served on the Management Committee of Dances of Universal Peace UK, including the roles of Administrator, Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Aziz also serves as manager of the European Ruhaniat Summer School.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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