We are excited to introduce the four retreat leaders for Elemental Joy. Here are their bios. We asked them to answer a few questions and their responses will be revealed over the next few weeks.
Without further ado ...
Jen Friedman is a Peace Dance Leader and Mentor in training living in Longmont, Colorado (and native of Peoria, Illinois). She leads two monthly Dances in Longmont and Lafayette, Colorado and co-leads a monthly kirtan in Boulder, Colorado where she plays harmonium. Jen’s Dance mentor is Bernie Heideman and she is frequently a secondary leader at Dance Camps with Bernie and Sky Roshay in Colorado, Utah, and Mexico. Jen also leads frequently on staff with Grace Marie at her annual Northern Colorado Dance Camp in Berthoud, Colorado. Jen serves in the world as an interfaith hospital chaplain at two hospitals in Northern Colorado and she worked as Regional Administrator for DUP North America for over 5 years, where she was instrumental in bringing the Dances to the Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah (2015) and Toronto, Canada (2018). Jen also leads Dances and social justice singing at events and public actions throughout Colorado, believing in the power of the Dances to bring diverse people together towards an embodied experience of peace and unity. She discovered the Dances herself in 2007 at a music festival where she danced with Bernie and felt an immediate lightning bolt recognition that she would not only lead the Dances for the rest of her life, but be radically transformed by the practice spiritually, which has indeed come to pass and remains ever unfolding.
Saleem Adam Wolter has been swimming in the sounds and vibrations of the Dances of Universal Peace ever since his first immersion in northern California in 2010. He became a dance leader in 2016 under the wing of Radha Tereska Buko, and continues to deepen his musical and spiritual practices with his Sufi mentor, Zahir Roman Orest. An evolutionary astrologer by day, Saleem coordinates a monthly dance circle in Minneapolis, and hosts workshops in embodied, spiritually-centered astrology. Learn more about Saleem's work at Mystic Heart Astrology
Read Saleem's interview here!
Read Saleem's interview here!
Iowa born, I live in the Des Moines area with my wife and partner of 26 years, Cindy, where, in addition to leading a Dance Circle, I have a private practice doing Acupuncture and Zero Balancing and teaching Heart Rhythm Meditation.
The Dances have been a huge part of my spiritual journey since the 90’s. I have mentored with Allaudin Ottinger, Radha Tereska Buko and Anahata Iradah. Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz has also been hugely influential in my journey as a Dance Leader.
We are blessed with a thriving Dance community here in Des Moines, that’s been meeting monthly for over 15 years now. I feel passionate about carrying on the legacy of Samuel Lewis and the Dances and encouraging the next generation of Dance Leaders.
A favorite quote is: “Spiritual growth is an individual activity best done in groups.” Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz
Read Morgan's interview here!
Read Conie's interview here!