Australia and New Zealand
There are active Dances of Universal Peace and Sufi communities with monthly circles and yearly retreats and camps in both Australia and New Zealand. Visit their websites DUP New Zealand and DUP Australia to learn more about Dance of Universal Peace events. These two communities, while identified specifically as DUP, often host senior Sufi guides for retreats as well.
Arjuna Ben-Zion Weiss (Sydney, Australia) is a mureed, Dance leader, meditation instructor and yogi. He has experience as a youth social-worker (youth worker), and as an educator, recently with a strong focus on cultural ecology.
Jamila Cranston-Buckley (Aukland, New Zealand) is a sufi guide, cheraga (officiante of Universal worship), acupuncturist and healer. She is affiliated with the Sufi Order International and deeply connected to the Ruhaniat and Dance families as well. She is connected to the Sharda Center.
The Sharda Center (Franklin County, New Zealand) is a spiritual center nestled in woodlands. It is affiliated with the Sufi Order International and hosts healing services, Service of Universal Worship, and Sufi and Dance retreats.
The Sufi Ruhaniat International is part of the Chishti lineage which is the predominant Sufi order in the Indian Sub-Continent and throughout Southeast Asia. Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan brought this lineage to the west in the early 19th century. He returned to India in 1926 and passed from the earthly realm on February 5, 1927. His dargah is in the New Delhi neighborhood of Nizamuddin West, just around the corner from the beautiful and holy sit of the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Nizam-ud-din Auliya.
Travelers and visitors are welcome at the dargah Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. Information about visiting can be found at the Dargah Hazrat Inayat Khan website . Each year the urs (death day, considered reunion with the Divine) of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayay Khan is celebrated at the dargah. Hosting of the events are shared on a rotating basis between Inayati Orders. 2014 Will be a year when the Sufi Ruhaniat International is hosting the events, which typically consist of several days of classical music concerts and exploration of the life and teachings of Inayat Khan.
Visits and volunteering periods can also be arranged at the The Hope Project, an inspiring project in the neighborhood consisting of a children's school, health clinic, adult education programs and women's economic programs affiliated with the Inayati lineages in the west.
We also recommend visiting the dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Nizam-ud-din Auliya a Sufi saint (and namesake of the neighbodhood). His tomb and the surrounding area are beautiful and powerful. The mazar of mystic, poet, and musician Amir Khusro are also inside of the dargah complex of Nizam-ud-din-Auliya.