Author Archives: Dakini Warrior

About Dakini Warrior

Dakini (Maris) has led Dances of Universal Peace since 1995. Born in Estonia, she lived in Findhorn, Scotland for 10 years, where she led spiritual journeys to Nepal, India and Tibet, co-founded a Buddhist retreat centre and gave birth to two daughters. She initiated the Estonian Dance Camp (2001) and Dervish Days Family Sufi camp in Scotland (in 2012) and organises a yearly Sufi retreat in Scotland with Sir Shabda and Murshid Saadi. Dakini serves on the current DUP International Board of Directors and leads dances and Sufi retreats at various events across Europe. She is a Mentor of Dances of Universal Peace, a Sheikha in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and a Budhhist practitioner in Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.


Important information for all DUPUK members

As with any big changes, it is easy to get confused by the amount of detail as well as overwhelmed by trying to grasp the implications that each specific item brings about. To avoid this the Management Committee has decided to break down the process of change into smaller steps. Continue reading


Since 2011 the Management Committee of DUPUK has been in careful and considered discussion regarding re-organising our current over-complicated and cumbersome structure.

Keeping pace with advancing technology in our modern world, we acknowledge that our website and other web-based resources (ie. DUPUK Facebook page) are increasingly functioning as the hub and the heart of the DUPUK, providing information, linking the dancers and dance leaders and connecting the dance circles all over the country. Continue reading

DUPUK committee meetings

Hearts connected in a circle

With the modern ways of networking and staying in touch, the Management Committee of the DUP UK now conducts most of its meetings using Skype, email, online forum and telephone.

So, since there is no organisational need for people to attend the next Spring Committee Meeting in person, the discussions for that meeting will make use of these electronic methods, instead.



Our AGM in November will be our only official ‘in-body’ meeting this year, even though we will get together as a committee as and when required throughout the year

– by the DUPUK Management Committee.

Playground Dances

by Maris Warrior

Autumn 2012 – my daughter Alana Maya begins class 1 in Penpont Primary – a tiny local school just two minutes walk from our house. Shortly afterwards the parents are asked if they have skills they would like to offer at school. Upon my response that I could offer dances from various traditions, I get a phone call asking if I’m free on Friday to lead some dances for a group of girls and I say yes. Continue reading