Message about the retreat postponement


The event has been rescheduled for 22-25 April 2021



Event: Retreat: The Dance of Life: Meeting Our Selves on the Path.

Facilitators: Tasnim Fernandez and Neil Douglas-Klotz.

Venue: Allanton Peace Sanctuary, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0RY.
Dates:  Thursday 23 April - Sunday 26 April 2020.
Times: Retreat begins on Thursday 23 April 2020 at 6.30pm with dinner and finishes on Sunday 26 April 2020 with lunch.
Event Description: A special retreat of Dances of Universal Peace, walking meditation, spiritual practice, sohbet (spiritual discussion), chant, zikr and contemplation with the two founders of the international Dances of Universal Peace network.

“This is an invaluable opportunity to be with the Rev. Tasnim Fernandez, for the first time leading a retreat with me in the UK. There is a reason why we were able to start the whole Dances of Universal Peace network without status, money or power. That reason is transmission. When the transmission of the Dances and Walks wanted to be expressed in a new way, with new people, with spreading roots, Tasnim uniquely and solely was there. Roots don’t possess, they carry nourishment. Transmission doesn’t stop and hold things, it transmits. Together we will explore the challenges and blessings of the path–no matter which variety we follow–and our relationships with all beings.” – Neil

“In June 1971 I was received onto the Sufi path. My wildest dreams could not have foretold of the experiences and travels that have graced my life in tasawwuf. I seek the root of the root, the real self. I am grateful to share from the fullness of my experience any encouragement or inspiration that may be of service. I aim to let the spirit guide us as we, using ‘that which appears behind that which transpires’ explore the ineffable Presence of that which is constantly, silently transpiring.” – Tasnim

“Do not look at my outward shape, but take what is in my hand…” – Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Booking: This retreat is open to all. The total cost will be confirmed during September 2019. There will be three options, based on separate prices for staying off-site but with lunch and dinner at Allanton included; accommodation at Allanton in a shared room with all meals included, or camping at Allanton with all meals included. If you would like to secure your place now, please contact Jannat (details below) to arrange how to send a £50 deposit (refundable until March 1st 2020).

Accommodation: Accommodation is in spacious first floor rooms. All rooms have a seating corner, a wardrobe, and a sink. The number of beds varies from two to six. We will try to spread you out as much as possible so that no more than 3 people will be sharing a room, but we cannot guarantee it. There are no single rooms available on the premises. It is possible to bring your own tent and camp in the grounds or bring your own caravan on the premises. You could also stay in a local B&B  –  contact us for more info. Another option, used by a number of regular participants who prefer to have twin/double rooms, is to stay in a Premier Inn ( or Travelodge in Dumfries ( If booked well in advance you can get a room for a very reasonable price. This option requires access to a car or a friend with a car.

Meals: You will be served three vegetarian/ vegan /wheat-free meals a day, cooked by our hosts at Allanton. If you have any special needs or food allergies, please let us know in advance. *Please be aware that Allanton can NOT cater for life-threatening dietary requirements.*

Postponed due to the Coronavirus.

Contact: Jannat Granger (re. bookings), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +44 (01538) 308860.

Stella Cranwell (re. accommodation information and diets), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +44 (01738) 636842 / Mobile 0794 7189739.

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