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SAMA: Events & Retreats

Cambridge Dances of Universal Peace

Cambridge Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, 02138
Every 3rd Saturday with Halima, Abraham & friends in the Friends Room.
1st Fridays with the Friday Dance Team in the Friends Room, October – June.
Meetings begin at 7:30 (Doors open at 7:15)  Email 

Monthly Sama Sufi Class

Cambridge. New series begins fall of 2017, continuing through May 2018. We meet monthly on 3rd Saturdays, 3:30-5:30.  Open to Ruhaniat students, those of our sister Orders, and by invitation. Email if you are interested.

Rumi Night

Zikr & the Ecstatic Poetry of Jellaludin Rumi
Dec 16, 2017,  Cambridge, MA  7:30 pm

Join us for this annual participatory evening celebrating Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi with Dances of Universal Peace, Zikr practice, and the sharing of Estactic Poetry.

For more information: Email


Sufi Sesshin: February 3, 10am-5pm

A Winter’s Day Retreat guided by Halima and Abraham Sussman

Cambridge Friends, 5 Longfellow Park, 02138

For this retreat we alternate the practice of silent sitting meditation, looking within, with the heart opening practice of Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr. Dance…sit…dance…sit…dance…sit…. lunch…walk outside if weather permits….dance….sit…  Vegetarian lunch will be served. Pre-registration requested, see registration info in flier below.

Sufi Sesshin 2018 flier and registration

Dance Deepening May 25-28

Transmission & the Living Spirit: Towards 7 Generations

Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28) in  North Central MA.                   With Senior Mentor teachers Abraham and Halima Sussman (USA), and Mentors Malika Salazar (Colombia), Prem (New Zealand), Sally Amrita (New Zealand) and friends.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dances of Universal Peace. : SAM first shared this dynamic practice with a few of his students June 1968 at the Mentorgarden In SF. At the time he said these dances will go around the world, and they have! This Dance Deepening will focus on Murshid SAM’s living transmission, the original dances, and  the beautiful transmissional dances that continue to manifest.

All lovers of the dance are welcome; Dancers, Leaders, and MusiciansTogether we cultivate the ground of a positive shared future, tuning our awakening heart nature through and to the Walks and Dances of Universal Peace. Mentored DUP leaders are invited to cultivate mastery, furthering the fine art of dance transmission, and are welcome to lead a DUPeace during one of the sessions. 

Read more…

Register Online Here!

Dance Deepening 2018* Flyer & Registration

Eat, Dance, & Pray: New England Sufi Dance Camp, July 25-29

North Central Massachusetts  Annual New England Sufi Dance Camp! We fill up! Register early!

With Maitreya, Halima, and Abraham, assisted by local teachers, dance leaders and musicians, plus Prem(NZ) and Wendy Hodder(NZ). Amina  will also offer the Art Tent again this year!

This retreat offers us the opportunity to tune to natural rhythms and demonstrate Peace and Harmony. Eat, dance and pray together is the actualized vision Murshid Samuel Lewis held for world peace! Celebrate community with the Walks and Dances of Universal Peace, Zikr, Yoga, Walking, Sitting, Listening….
Read more about EDP!  *Flyer & Registration coming soon!

Nature’s Wisdom,  August 16-19

Integrating Earth Wisdom, Maori Creation stories, Creative Art, and DUPeace

with Wendy Hodder (from New Zealand)

Halima, Abraham, and Friends. 

 North Central Massachusetts

Join Wendy Hodder, from New Zealand, and her local hosts Abraham and Halima Sussman in practicing embodied prayers for healing our planet and ourselves.

Wendy has steeped in the Maori/Sufi/DUP wisdom interface that is unique to NZ. She worked closely with Shafia Stevens in bringing many of the Maori inspired DUPeace to life. She is a inspiring artist, musician, and dance leader who invokes an earth wisdom that is dynamic, real and sensitizing. Abraham and Halima are experienced life practitioners and senior teachers in the Sufi Ruhaniat & Dances of Universal Peace lineages.

Retreat Flyer & Registration coming soon!

Further Afield with Halima & Abraham

More detailed information can be found on Abraham and Halima’s page

Annual Northern California Sufi Sesshin

Feb 23 – March 2, 2018
IONS Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA
Guided by Pir Shabda, Murshids Wali Ali, Halima, and Abraham,  and Sheikhs Rahmat and Gayan. 8 days of Retreat alternating sitting meditation with the Walks and Dances of Universal Peace. Sit, Dance, Sit, Dance, Sit, Dance…
Retreat FlyerRegistration Information

Russian Ruhaniat Sufi Camp

June 16-23, 2018,  near St Petersburg.
Guests Murshida Halima and Murshid Abraham join sheikha Ilona and friends for the annual Summer Camp. Beautiful nature, beautiful people!

Universal Sufi Heart Wisdom, Dances of Universal Peace, Harmonic Temple, Healing Service, Meditation. Childrens program.   Russian/English/German
Contact: Ilona Vorslav