Maitreya Jon Stevens
Maitreya Jon Stevens brings a heart-opening and deepening presence to the Dances of Universal Peace through his instrumentation, voice, and love of the Dances as a community practice. A mureed and guide in the Sufi Ruhaniat, Maitreya led monthly dances at the Abode of the Message in upstate New York for many years. He has led retreats and taught at numerous camps across the country from California to Massachusetts, and internationally in Colombia, Mexico and Chile. Maitreya has been a teacher of children for over a decade, weaving in teachings on breath, awareness, forgiveness, power and compassion everywhere he can. Check out Maitreya’s new Album.
The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, Sufi Zikr, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer, from Montréal, and Jemal Wade Hines from Kentucky. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty). Check Out Hu Dost Music & Website
Chris Akbar Miller
Rev. Christopher Miller is a Healing Cherag (Minister) of the Universal Worship, a prime contributor to the Abrahamic Reunion, and Chair of the Inayati Sufi Young Adult Council. He has had the profound blessing of studying very closely with, and as assistant to Shahabuddin David Less and works in the realms of peace making in the Middle East, interfaith ministry, as a published writer and as a teacher of Universal Sufism and meditation in varied camps, workshops, and services.
Jessica Bromby is delighted to join this youth gathering. As a youth she was part of the wee sufis up in Quebec as well as youth forum as a teen. She’s been on the Sufi path for 20 years. Jessica has lead youth groups in the Swiss Alps Zenith Camp, Abode of the Message in New York, Ozark Camp in Missouri, Mendocino California, and her current home Sarasota Florida. She is a teacher, has her own healing practice, a retreat guide, a Cheraga in the Universal Worship, a Shefayat in the Healing Order International, Zikr Leader and Dances of Universal Peace Leader. Her passion is nature, music and the Path of the Heart.
Karen Buchsbaum: Yoga & Breath
Karen is passionate about helping others connect with their true nature through connecting with their bodies and breath. Her classes center around breath, functional movement, and the subtler aspects of yoga practice as a way to bring about physical, mental and spiritual transformation. She began her yoga journey in 2010 as a way to heal chronic pain and trauma. She has since completed over 500 hours of training in Hatha Yoga and received a level one Reiki certification. She keeps a regular practice of Asana, Pranayama and Mantra meditation. She has a B.A. in Biology, an M.S. in Environmental Education and over a decade of experience leading programs in nutrition and environmental education. She served as faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health where she taught courses in nutrition and health promotion. Check out her documentary series Harvests of Hope, which explores climate change’s impact on farmers worldwide.