Join us in co-creating nurturing, inspiring sanga, with a concentration on the beauty of the volcanic land.
"Come, come, whoever you are,
this caravan has no despair,
Even though you have broken your vows 10,000 times
Come, come again."
Deepen into the Dances of Universal Peace, meditation, kirtan, Sufi and other spiritual practices for a weekend, or 6 days.
Each practice will be fully taught, no experience is necessary. If you cannot dance, sit and sing!
Sharing hearts: Enjoy the company of those inclined to a spiritual path, with deep discussion and connection
Relax: and really enjoy a renewing vacation in paradise, with time for meditation, song and interfaith prayer.
Explore: the lush natural wonders of the actively volcanic Big Island of Hawaii.
Enjoy a journey to a nearby warm pool one afternoon.
Experience: Land based intentional community life on an established permaculture farm!
Guest Dance leaders are welcome! You can join in creating shared afternoon Dance sessions almost every day.
We have spaces in the early mornings for participants to lead morning practice/ yoga.
We welcome all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, vaccination status or socioeconomics. We strive to make this a safe and welcoming spot for all those in our community.
We are not set up to accept children at this camp, so the minimum age of attendance is 14. People aged 14-20 can apply for scholarship funds.
We will be staying at a Permaculture Community near Leilani, south of Pahoa on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
We have 25 acres of lush rainforest land, including a small crater, and are located close to hot steam vents, a lovely black sand beach, and the wonderful natural warm ponds.
We will be providing wonderful organic meals, and everyone helps a little with cooking and clean up. We have a great indoor dance space, and also a large outdoor covered space. The site is rustic, with composting toilets and solar electric. There are short walks between all the buildings. Most cabins do not have running water, but most have electric.
We are a 15 year old group that operates by consensus and shares leadership equally, and emphasizes communication skills. You will have a great introduction our community lifestyle.
We have many wonderful offerings to delight you, presented by our very skilled leaders and other guest teachers including:
Kirtan (with Gayan)
Chanting in the Hindu tradition, being lost in the sweetness of invoking the Divine archetypes, from this devotional path with deep roots in India.
Dances of Universal Peace
Singing and chanting sacred, ancient phrases creates a heart opening, full body healing vibration, and when conscious movement is added it becomes a powerful spiritual practice.
(with Amara and others)
Ecstatic Dance is a time to drop into your body and move with the music freely, in your own time, in your own creative rhythm.
Dance alone or with others, stretch, recline, watch or participate.
All levels welcome, no previous dance experience necessary.
Connection Pods- a chance to connect and share hearts with a small group
Rumi Cafe and Creativity Sharing
Come and share your songs, poems, dance, stories or skits! Let's entertain and inspire each other!
Community Service: Everyone contributes one or 2 hours of Karma Yoga service to help camp run smoothly. This can include tidying shared spaces, etc. Performing Karma Yoga service offers the opportunity to bond more deeply with each other as we share in the joy of co-creating community and making camp happen.
We ask that people give an amount that is both generous and joyful.
If you are unable to contribute at bottom of the sliding scale, please contact us – we may be able to work something out! We have a few openings for part time work trade.
Those of you who are able to pay at the higher end of the sliding scale enable us to hold this retreat in a spirit of generosity and inclusiveness. Then we can give some discounts to others.
Early Discount deadline:
Pay in full by November 1st
and save $50! on Full tickets
*Full Retreat Residential ticket: $725- 900 sliding scale, includes 3 great organic meals a day, and dorm or camping space, and all programming.
Youth Tickets Full Retreat ages 14-18: $600 Please attend if you want to participate in the main program, as there will not be a separate youth program.
We have some scholarship funds available, and can recommend other places to apply for scholarships such as:
Ruhaniat's Next Gen Sufi's has a scholarship fund for Dance Camps - apply six weeks ahead: https://nextgensufis.org/scholarships
After we send a confirmation, send in a $250 deposit as soon as possible,
or pay in full by Nov 1st for an early bird $50 off full retreat residential tickets.
Final payment is due by January 1st 2024.
You can use Venmo, Credit cards or Checks. We prefer checks.
More payment info will be sent when you register.
Extra nightsYou can choose to spend an extra night before the retreat for additional charge. at the cost of $55 per night for camping or $85 per night for indoors. Arrange this with the venue by contacting Amara.
Do you live in Pahoa area or want to rent a place off site? See below
(Off Site locals only)
*Offsite full event with meals:
$525 (you stay somewhere else, but have meals with us.)
*Offsite full event no meals:
$400 (you stay somewhere else, and bring your meals.)
for Local Residents Only
*Offsite Weekend with meals:
Fri evening- Sunday before dinner,
$325 non-residential tickets including 6 meals
*Offsite Weekend No Meals
Fri evening- Sunday before dinner, $225 non-residential tickets
(We are not set up for you to make your own food. No kitchen or food storage space. You can bring a cooler if you like.)
There are no weekend residential tickets because of limited space, unless you sleep in an RV.
No one day drop in tickets.
Please come at the beginning of the event only.
We want to build a container of love and trust. However the first evening will be open to the community.
*Youth Weekend Tickets aged 14-18:
Friday evening - Sunday before dinner,
$250 residential tickets including 6 meals
(We are not set up for you to make your own food. No kitchen or and only one personal food refrigerator.)
Deposit is refundable up to one month before the event until December 19th, less a $25 admin fee.
After that we will refund all your payment less $25 if we can fill your spot, or half of it if we cannot.
include a dorm bed upstairs in our Main House (bring your bedding, unless you wish to rent some from us), or a bed in our outdoor quonset hut tent large dorm.
You may also bring your own RV. We have a few electrical hookups.
You can also choose private tarp covered camping (bring your own gear and rent our tarp).
Weekend Tickets are your RV only or offsite.
Rent one of our private tents, bed, bedding and tarp for an extra $100.
Rent a space in a cabin, we have several available at an extra cost. ($200-350)
Please inquire to Amara for the list of available places.
If you would like a more roomy and private option, you can rent a Quanset hut, which is a large walk in rounded tent cabin, which houses 2 to 4 people on single and double beds, for an additional $200 cost.
An offsite option of a private room in a nearby vacation rental is also a possibility.
Airport Pickups: We can provide pick ups from the Hilo airport, which is 1 hour away from the site, for $50 per trip for one person, or $30 per person if more than one. This provides a benefit to those who can arrive on the afternoon of the beginning of camp. If you arrive at an odd time, expect to get an Uber or Taxi.
We cannot provide rides from the Kona Airport, which is a 3 hour drive, one way. If you must come in to Kona, please plan to rent a car or have a friend pick you up.
Weather: Typically changeable. Expect hot to cold and wet to dry. Mostly wet.
We will be taking many steps to insure all of our safety, including:
*requiring a period of you moving in a relatively tight bubble at least 5 days beforehand:
*refraining from risky practices such as going to large events with people you are not familiar with,
*avoiding anyone who is sick,
*We may do a rapid testing of everyone the day the event starts at the site, regardless of vaccination status. this depends on the current events.
*If you have any symptoms of illness, please do not come to the event.
Personal Foods: There will be limited room for personal food in one refrigerator and some coolers. You will have access to a Personal Foods Kitchen (PFK) during camp. Our menu is omnivore with focus on organic and humanely raised. We provide a rich variety of dishes to cover the various dietary needs of today's health issues, but we are not able to cater to all special diets.
Please list special requirements on the registration form and our kitchen coordinator will reach out to you as needed. There will be several town trips for special needs grocery shopping. Bring extra cash to cover your requests.
Leave at Home: Alcohol or recreational drugs, valuables of any sort, pets of any make or size.
Participatory Music: All music-making is encouraged & greatly appreciated. Bring your instruments, voices, and talents. Be the live music & let's celebrate you! There will be a quiet time curfew of around 9 pm, because of our neighbors. This just means no really loud stuff after that, singing and playing guitar is fine.
Safe Container: It is essential that everyone attend Orientation which begins the first. evening. This puts us all on the same page with our group agreements.
Early Departure: If you can't stay for the entire time, Paradise Camp can still be a powerfully transformational experience. There is no discount for leaving early.
Gayan is an acclaimed drummer, composer, leader of the Dances of Universal Peace, spiritual mentor, retreat leader, and storyteller. He has dedicated his life to awakening human potential through music, devotional practices, pithy teachings, and community celebration.
Gayan is a direct disciple of Pir Shabda Kahn, the lead teacher of the Sufi Ruhaniat International’s school of western Sufism.
He has shared the Dances world wide and and led retreats with some of the foremost spiritual leaders of our time.
Amara has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace since 1985 and is a Senior Dance Leader, and has been involved in mentoring new Dance leaders.
She has been on teaching staff for five NW Sufi Camps has led many weekend retreats, zikrs and rituals which included the Dances.
She served as Secretary, and then President, on the Core of the International Council for the Dances of Universal Peace, working as a volunteer to oversee the organization for several years.
She specializes in Dances from the Goddess and Earth traditions, and leads with lively humor and devotion. She is a Sheikha in the SRI lineage of Sufism.
Angelic Gloria Dance
Amara's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1Z6osOvEe2r6AOR9TEMfA
Playlist of Gayan leading
See a playlist here... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9D11EA4211E8A11B