Meet your amazing teachers...
Jilani worked for many years as a musician and music teacher, and now she loves to share the beautiful healing potential of the Dances, including the Aramaic work of Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz, both at home and abroad. She powerfully transmits the sacred, mystical energy of the Dances, whilst also bringing lightness, humour and joy. Her Dance workshops are always an invitation to journey deeply, profoundly supported by the music of her voice and viola. She effortlessly creates a safe and held space where people can feel confident, while her relaxed and patient teaching style means they easily learn the words, chants and movements.
Jilani has been involved with the Dances of Universal Peace since 1997, a certified Dance Leader since 2008 and she is now a Dance Mentor, with mentees in six countries, and a particular interest in working with young people. She is initiated in the Sufi Ruhaniat international.
Glen is from England and his spiritual background is in Advaita Vedanta and Sufism. The dances are a tool for the transmission of blessing that open the heart to qualities of love and reconnect us to the natural state of pure awareness beyond thought.
The dances have been alive in him for 18 years and he teaches retreats and workshops around the world. Glen received his first initiation in 1985 and he taught young people at university level for 7 years.
Daren Messenger leads DUP, has a particularly deep connection to Sufism, the Aramaic Lords Prayer and Buddhist mindfulness and concentration practices. He is a Registered Existential Psychotherapist with special interest in Cognitive Therapy using eastern teachings, and is researching mindfulness at the University of Wales Psychology Dept.
I’ve been studying and practicing Sufism and leading Dances of Universal Peace for over 17 years. In addition, I draw inspiration and spiritual nourishment from my experiences with Tibetan Buddhism, and with the blessing of Pir Shabda offer guidance to those who yearn to dive into the depths of Sufism and dance leading.