Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Dances of Universal Peace

Workshop Number: 
Francis Gurtz, Colette Miller
Who may register?: 
Open to All (adult & high school)
Experiential Activities: 
part time-attenders welcome
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

Simple circle dances accompanied by guitar and hand drum, done while singing phrases & Divine names from world spiritual traditions. Minimal lecturing - just enough to teach songs & movements. Time for worship-sharing & silence for processing, journaling, etc. Together we shall create an atmosphere for heart-opening.


Workshop Description

For further information on the history of “The Dances,” see the website:

Participants are encouraged to bring a photo, drawing, or sacred object that they wish to place in the center of the Dance circle.

Any participants who have led, or musically accompanied, Dances of Universal Peace are welcome to participate in the leading.

Bring an openness to experience words and melodies from various spiritual paths.

The Dances often allow participants to journey into a state of expanded consciousness.

Leader Experience

Francis is a certified leader of the Dances (through Dances of Universal Peace International) and has led Dances for about 20 years, at previous FGC Gatherings, at monthly Dance circles in Minnesota, and at various peace gatherings and ecumenical meetings.

Colette has led Dances for about 10 years at several monthly Dance circles in Minnesota.

Both are committed to group singing in various venues, and have co-led a Hospice choir for the last 5 years.