Dances of Universal Peace
Adora Deva

The Dances of Universal Peace are a beautiful spiritual practice, a Meditation of Divine Light and Bliss, inspired by the world’s many wisdom traditions.

We move around the circle, sometimes from partner to partner, allowing our thoughts to fall away as we experience the Divine in each other and ourselves.

As we connect, we do simple, graceful movements while focusing on the positive words of these powerful chants and songs, from many traditions and languages, accompanied by live music.

When we sing and dance we embody these moving prayers.

Samuel L. Lewis Mystic, Sufi Master, Zen Teacher, Peace Activist, Horticulturist, Scientist is the originator of the Dances of Universal Peace. Murshid Samuel Lewis offered Sufi teachings to the young people and hippies of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and they have spread too many other countries around the world.

Adora’s heart philosophy is to inspire and empower people to recognize their own magnificence and divinity. She has a wellness practice in Soquel and San Jose , CA.

Adora began practicing Dances of Universal Peace in the late ’70s and continues to this day. In 1990 she delved into religious studies and dance at Cabrillo College. Her interest in Divine Dance led her to teach her own classes in ‘Ecstatic Dance – Dance Your Prayers’ in Santa Cruz from 2003 to 2005.

In 2006 Adora participated in her first performances of ‘The Twenty-One Praises of Tara’ under the guidance of Prema Dasara and fell deeply in love with the Tara Practices. She has been leading Tara Dancing since October 2013.

Adora started leading the Dances of Universal Peace in 2012 under the guidance of her dance mentor Vanessa Hafiza and co-leads monthly dance circles in Santa Cruz