Our Beloved Teachers
A senior teacher (Murshida) in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. She studied for 24 years with Sheikh Yakzan Valdez & Pir Moineddin Jablonski. She is an inspiring presence; authentic, warm, patient, kind and accessible and brings a depth of devotion and realization that takes the dances and zikrs into a realm of spiritual beauty. Gardening meditation is a favorite activity. Leilah teaches on Maui and leads retreats throughout the world.
Bodhi is a teacher, guide, minister and student in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He is the executive director of Doorway Into Light a non-profit in the fields of death and dying. A Hospice Volunteer, End-of-Life and Bereavement Counselor, Funeral Director, Death Doula and Ceremony Guide, an off-the-grid homesteader and grandpa.
Allaudin Ottinger is an active proponent of the Peace through the Arts movement. Working toward this ideal he has offered Concerts, Sufi Meetings, Zikr Circles and Dances of Universal Peace in his hometown of Kansas City since 1979. He is a senior teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and a DUP mentor, leading camps, seminars and retreats worldwide. Allaudin has released many albums of recorded music, with his latest release being “Vision, Bewilderment and Love”.
Heather NEERAJA Parsons
Neeraja is a devotee of Amritanandamayi-ma, also known as Ama the hugging saint. Neeraja is a deep practitioner of bhakti yoga and has also cared for many people through their dying process. She is a nurturer, a comforter, and a lover of the One. She has a rich devotional voice and feeling; honoring the Mother and the pantheon of deities of the Hindu tradition. She has blessed our community at many of our camps with her songs and chants (most of which she has composed) Being in her kirtan inspires the mind and opens the heart. Neeraja will be with us for the weekend.
Lila Flood will be with us for the weekend.
Our Beloved Musicians
~ Shams John MccLean ~ Guitar ~
~ Oud, Ukulele ~ Electric Bass ~
~ Basira Beardsworth ~ Guitar ~
~ Latif Burdick ~ Guitar ~ Sound ~
~ Andrea Walls ~ Violin ~
~ Bodhi Be ~ Drums ~