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 (Alemanha) é uma mentora sênior e uma Murshida na Ruhaniat. Partilha as Danças desde 1983 na Alemanha e no mundo. Seus primeiros treinamentos de dança e extensas viagens pela Europa ajudaram a espalhar as danças e, com o apoio de Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz e Kamae Amrapali Miller, o NDL foi fundado como a base da rede de danças para os países de língua alemã. Em 1989, ela semeou as danças na ex-comunista Alemanha, Polônia, República Tcheca, Eslováquia e fundou o Projeto MIR com a intenção de levar as danças a novas regiões e apoiar os futuros líderes em regiões com moeda fraca por meio de captação de recursos. O Projeto Mir também patrocinou líderes no Brasil e trabalhou extensivamente na Bósnia pós-guerra em campos de refugiados e ambientes educacionais.

Rahmana lidera há mais de 20 anos, juntamente com uma equipe de artistas e pedagogos, o programa anual de dança infantil e familiar no acampamento de dança familiar alemão. Uma de suas grandes paixões tem sido levar as danças para crianças e pessoas com necessidades especiais. Ela desenvolveu vários formatos de treinamento para academias e organizações em toda a Alemanha com o objetivo de trazer danças, artes criativas e espiritualidade em escolas, jardins de infância e ambientes psiquiátricos.

Ela é mãe de uma linda filha adulta e cuida de duas filhas indianas. Administra seu próprio centro de retiros perto de Berlim e vive parte do ano no sul da Índia com freiras eremitas, onde também compartilha as danças no ashram e projetos sociais associados. 



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. He has co-presented two 3-year Dance leader trainings in Montana, one in Washington state, and many weekend trainings elsewhere. His travels with the Dances have led him to Canada, New Zealand 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 has served as Executive Director of DUP International since 2009. He holds an M.A. degree in arts administration, an M.A. in Culture and Creation Spirituality and has worked in various nonprofit organizations since 1976.  From 2002 -2010 Munir was Executive Director of Oneness Project, a Dances of Universal Peace programming and grantmaking 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 wif 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) 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) 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.