August 16: "Spiritual Abundance", an Intergenerational Service with Dana Lightsey and Gayan Gregory Long. It is an honor to share with you one of my personal spiritual practices – the Dances of Universal Peace. With the help of Internationally renowned dance leader, Gayan Long, we will explore the spiritual abundance of the Dances of Universal Peace with sacred music and dance from traditions all over the world. This is an interactive service with very easy, kid-friendly dances. Feel free to participate or just sit and enjoy! Gayan and I will be playing with the HPCUU Band to provide music.
Gayan Gregory Long is a Sheik (master teacher) in the International Sufi Ruhaniat Order and is influenced by many spiritual traditions. He was a long-time student of Choyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron, and is currently a senior student, and associate to the head of the International Sufi Ruhaniat Order, Pir Shabda Kahn. He tours all over the world as a Dances of Universal Peace leader, kirtan (Hindu devotional singing) leader, premier drummer, singer/songwriter, and spiritual teacher. He is fluent in all languages of the heart: Afro-Cuban-Brazilian drumming and singing, sacred chants and dances with Indian and Middle Eastern styles, community celebration and ritual, group leadership and inclusion and personal empowerment.