Dances of Universal Peace International
Board of Directors


Darvesha Victoria MacDonald – President (Silver City, New Mexico, USA) has served as chair of the Guidance Council since June 2007 and on the current DUP International 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, 2026.)




NurAna Naomi Wilansky - Vice-President (Normal, Illinois, USA)
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 2026.)



Douglas Stevenson - Treasurer (Summertown, TN, USA email), has been a member of The Farm for over 50 years, a spiritual community founded on the principles of nonviolence and respect for the earth. He serves as its media interface and volunteer spokesperson, giving talks on creating community and sustainable living. He founded Village Media, a company specializing in communications through video production and web design. He is a published author with over 1000 magazine articles and three books. His experience includes 6 years on The Farm’s Board of Directors, 4 years as a board and founding member of PeaceRoots Alliance, and 12 years with Swan Conservation Trust, organizing grassroots fundraising for its capital campaign to raise $1.5 million, establishing the 1400-acre Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. A musician since childhood, Douglas has found the most fulfillment in leading group singing and chanting, taken to a new level with Dances of Universal Peace. He has led dances in circles across the U.S., in Mexico, Guatemala, and Turkey. In addition to leading Dances and hosting weekend Dance events at The Farm, he and his wife Deborah Flowers spend much of their time traveling, visiting Dance circles as often as possible. (Term ends April 2026.)


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 senior dance mentor, guitarist and Ruhaniat Sheikh, Arjun works actively with the ecovillage networks (national and continental) and the revival of the ancient wisdom of the Americas. (Term ends April, 2025.)



Christian Khabir Mayer-Glauninger (Rodgau, near Frankfurt, Germany email)

Once upon a time, I encountered fairy tales and the dances of Universal Peace. Since then they have accompanied me on my path of life. As a narrator, dance leader, mentor for the dances and Cherag in the SRI I bring people closer together in different settings. So I work as a lecturer for different educational institutions, have trained fairy tale tellers, am part of the vision team of the NdL e.V. (Dance Network of German-speaking Countries) and leader of the youth team at the German Family Dance Camp and as such part of the camp management team. I accompany people in training groups for the dances and am able to accompany the Youth Council of the SRI as a "silent member". Fairy tales, stories and dances have enriched my life and turned it into a goldmine, in the words of Rumi.

(Term ends April 2025.)




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 2026.)






Yelena Swarana Dudarjoka (Riga, Latvia email)
Yelena met the Dances in 2006 and traveled to Sacred Arts Camp next year, which was a turning point in her life. She felt drawn to be an organizer of the local events and then the co-creator of the Dancing Hearts camps since 2009. She was deeply inspired by Shamsia Sunfire, Silje Devi and Prem Provan and started leading Dances too. Her passion is traveling and sharing the Dances in Russia, the Baltics, UK. New Zealand, Yelena has also participated in the Beyond initiative in Turkey and Israel, and traveled to Sri Lanka and Mother India to introduce the Dances. Tamil saint Sri Ramana Maharshi's teachings and the holy mountain Arunachala have enriched her journey, she kept coming to Mother India every year before the pandemic. Otherwise Yelena works as a freelance architect. (Term ends April 2025.)





Executive Director, Secretary

Carlos Vakil Rojas (Colombia email) is a musician and certified DUP leader living in Colombia. Since 2009 he has been actively involved in Ecoaldea Atlantida's 7-day dance camps, and he facilitates DUP at Aldeafeliz Ecovillage, with his partner Matilda. As Vakil, he has been on the Sufi path since 2011, with the name of ‘one who advocates for and protects his tribe’ (as befits his role in our organization!). He is a passionate advocate of bottom-up community empowerment and inner work for positive transformation. As the founder of Aldeafeliz Ecovillage, he has devoted his life to creating sustainable living spaces, community organizing, and teaching. His social networking abilities enable him to work effectively with diverse communities, fostering unity and collaboration. Carlos is a sustainable-building architect who has achieved significant milestones, including designing Colombia's first permacultural condo, implementing an eco-neighborhoods program in 180 communities, and leading an ecovillage training course that has empowered 500 students to contribute to the cause of sustainability. Beyond his professional achievements, Carlos prioritizes family care and finds joy in dancing, singing, and spending time with his community and children. Carlos also loves to write, inspiring others with stories that promote positive change.