Dances of Universal Peace International
Guidance Council


The Guidance Council holds in trust the transmission of the Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Meditations in the lineage of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis. Four to six Senior Mentors, appointed by the Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat International on a rotating basis, have the responsibility of guiding leaders and mentors by encouraging their spiritual expansion and personal development, supporting learning opportunities, setting guidelines for certification and for mentor acknowledgements, recognizing mentors, and upholding standards of conduct and human relationship that are in keeping with the transmission of the Dances of Universal Peace.

Darvesha Victoria MacDonald – Chair (Silver City, New Mexico) has served as chair of the Guidance Council since June 2007 and on the 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 travelled extensively worldwide leading the Dances. Her major focus of the last ten 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 Leader and Mentor guidelines. Darvesha is a Murshida in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a Senior Mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace, a Ziraat Farmer, and a Buddhist practitioner.

She writes, "When I found the Dances and Walks in the eighties, I felt
like I was stepping into a swirling Zendo. Here I could continue to do my Buddhist sitting practice of self-witnessing, in action with sound: the perfect place to practice meditation in action." The Dances catalyzed profound changes and transformation in her being. She continues, "I know, from my own experience, that the Dances create a therapeutic and transpersonal environment, where one can dwell in spacious awareness, witnessing one’s own emotions rising and passing, within the loving glance and touch of another, who is there with acceptance and no agenda to ‘fix’ or change. Now, so many years later, I still feel my heart continuing to expand when I am in dance circles." Darvesha's website is


Rahmana Dziubany (Golzow/Germany) is a senior mentor and Murshida in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. She has led dance retreats and training groups in Germany and worldwide since 1983. With the support of Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz and Kamae Amrapali Miller, she co-founded the dance network NDL for German-speaking countries. In 1989, when the eastern borders of Europe were opened, she founded the Mir Project and brought the dances to the former GDR, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. For many years, the Mirprojekt has supported training new dance leaders in regions with weak currencies and promotes peace dances in crisis areas, former war regions, and refugee camps, with the current focus on Bosnia. In addition to children's dance groups and offers for people with disabilities, she has developed training formats for the dances on her initiative and in collaboration with associations for the disabled and educational academies and, together with a team of artists, educators, and dance colleagues, designed the children's camp and family program in the German dance camp. She is the mother of an adult daughter and runs her retreat center near Berlin. (

Rahmana is the chairwoman of a non-profit direct aid association for a rural school and an ashram in southern India and supports the charity projects there every year with her pilgrim groups. (

Rahmana writes: “I first got to know and love the dances at the Sufi retreats with Pir Vilayat in the early 1980s and taught them there myself for many years. At the time, they seemed to me to be a valuable but exclusive offer for a special, select target group in the context of spiritual growth. Since then, it has been a recurring theme in my life to bring the dances into a wide variety of social, educational, cultural, and therapeutic areas and to explore their inclusivity.”



Munir Peter Reynolds (Corvallis, Montana, USA)
Munir has led the Dances since 1995 and has served on staff at DUP retreats and Leader trainings throughout the western USA.  His travels presenting the Dances have led him to Canada, New Zealand, Holland and Russia. He first danced with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz in 1987 while studying Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox in California. He writes, "Dance leading is an amazing path of human development and spiritual awakening. I can't think of anything that brings out more beauty and authentic presence in human beings. If we can give ourselves to the transformative potential of this work there is no limit to what is possible."

Munir served as Executive Director of DUP International from 2008 to 2016, during the period of reorganization to its present purpose and structure. He holds an M.A. degree in arts administration, an M.A. in Culture and Creation Spirituality and has worked in various non-profit organizations since 1976.

From 2002-2008 Munir was Executive Director of Oneness Project, a Dances of Universal Peace programming and grant-making organization located in the Pacific Northwest USA. His role with Oneness Project included administering grants programs supporting the Dances of Universal Peace world-wide.

Munir and his wife Johara live in a strawbale house homestead they built in 1997 in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. Together they cultivate most of their own vegetables and a sustainable lifestyle.


Farrunnissa Lila Rosa (Durham, North Carolina, USA email) A Senior Mentor, Sheikha in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, Dance musician, and former MTG Secretariat, Farrunnissa founded the Dance community in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina ( and leads Dance meetings, workshops, and Dance leader trainings across the eastern U.S.  She enjoys bringing clarity, inspiration, and vision to each Dance circle, and empowering each Dancer's personal experience of the Divine through body, breath, and heart.

She is a life-long musician, singer, and song writer, and featured on five CDs by different artists. She is part of an eclectic women's vocal ensemble called Jewelsong, who shares original music and inspirational songs from many different spiritual traditions. She is the founder of and a core performer with the frame drum ensemble, Sancta (, and has taught the basics of frame drumming to over a hundred drummers in the Southeast. She has also served for many years as Secretary to the Ruhaniat Board of Trustees. Farrunnissa writes, "I view life as a joyful opportunity to remember the Divine -- which is to say, to experience our True Self -- in each moment, in every circumstance, in every heartbeat, in every Dance."



Halima Sussman (Cambridge, Massachusetts email) is a Senior Dance Mentor and Murshida for the Sufi Ruhaniat International.

She has served on the Guidance Council since its inception. Halima also served as a Board member for Dances of Universal Peace International from 2009 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Unity Council, the council that birthed the current shape of the organization supporting the Dances of Universal Peace Internationally.

Halima lives in Cambridge, MA. USA with her husband Abraham. Together they guide the local Ruhaniat Center, SAMA. The dances have led Halima to teach Internationally and all over the USA. She writes, "In 1969, I went to SF to go to art school, and by grace, soon found myself at a Sufi Dance meeting with Murshid SAM in Marin County, CA. This encounter changed my life - the spark of that moment still lights my way. The Dances and Walks continue to be one of the foundational practice of my spiritual journey." She is the mother of four beautiful grownup sons, a psychotherapist with a practice in spiritual psychology, a former midwife, passionate gardener, and committed student of life.  For more about Halima, SAMA, and Northeast events visit



Born in Ecuador, Lakshmi is a Mother, Wife, Chef and Artist at heart. On the Sufi path for more than 20 years while supporting the local circle in Cuenca, combining Dances of Universal Peace with Sufi practices and teachings. Involved in organizing camps and retreats uniting circles in Ecuador and supporting permanently the leaders in training arising in different places. Certified Leader and Mentor in the Dances of Universal Peace Network. Mentor, member of the Beyond Initiative project. Sheikha and Siraj of the Sufi Ruhaniat International in the Sufi lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Member of the Guidance Council of the Dances of Universal Peace Network.