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"Dear Ralph, thank you for a wonderful afternoon, i thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend your events to others, as you both create a pure space for people to immerse themselves in the joy and beauty of dancing and singing. very uplifting. This was a new experience for me, so a lot to concentrate on initially ... many thanks and i am grateful for what you both created and for your lovefilled light, in love light peace and joy Susan" [April 2013, Todmorden DUP group]
"Thank you both, it was lovely to join you...
I very much enjoyed the afternoon Dances of Universal Peace with both you and Vitalija - the meanings behind the dances, and the little touches of extra interpretations from yourselves was lovely. Having some dances being led from each of you, and music played by both of you was such a nice blend - and the sharing we had after the break, before we danced again felt a real connecting of community. I look forward to joining you both again..."
[Jan T., after the Todmorden DUP group Sat 26 January 2013]
"Dear Ralph and Vitalija,
Thanks again for a deeply spiritual experience on Saturday.
It was just what I needed!"
[Tom, after the DUP Todmorden group January 2013]
"Dear Ralph and Vitalija, Dancing with you is the best thing in my life these days, and it has been so wonderful that you have been coming to Norwich regularly. The way you lead the dances speaks to me at a very deep level and opens my heart in a way that nothing else does ... Lots of love to you both" (Frances, Norwich, July 2012)
"Hi Ralph, I am still enjoying Saturday. What a lovely experience I had with such warm and friendly people. I will never forget it and will certainly come again." (Jeanette, London-Islington DUP group, April 2012)
Feedback from dancers in Portsmouth after a peace dance day (Sun 4 March 2012)
with Ralph & Vitalija, organised by Janet Ayers (www.portsmouthvoices.blogspot.com)
"Thank you so much Janet for organising. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was inspired. My word for the day. Was Yummy, Yummy Yummy. It was nourishing with spirit, food and love. Making new friends and reconnecting with a higher spirit that had been flagging. Thank you, with love (Sallie, Portsmouth, March 2012)
"I thoroughly enjoyed dances for peace and would be interested in further events. It was a shock going back into ordinary life after the day - so much tension and clanging!... (Hilary, Portsmouth, March 2012)
"I wasn't sure what to expect, and it took a little while to get into it. I was also worried about picking up the words of the songs. But Ralph was very good at putting you at ease, and I soon realised that the movements of the dance helped you learn the words. I was surprised how calming the dances were - the mantra-style of the music induced a mindfulness state. I wasn't sure about the quiet after the songs.... Thanks for arranging this - it was a special day and I certainly would be up for doing some more. (Christine, Portsmouth, March 2012)
"Thanks to Ralph and Vitalija whose loving, peaceful and meditative qualities were so refreshing and needed by me. ... Thinking about arranging other events like this, I like the idea of it. But the unspoken ingredient [the silence after each dance] could possibly be missing? Perhaps I have too little faith?" (Sue, Portsmouth, March 2012)
"Abby and I had a wonderful time on Saturday. It was a completely new experience for us, quite difficult to adjust to at first and tiring, but we were having such a good time by the end that we didn't want to leave. Everyone was so lovely and we were glad to have met them all. We felt like they were friends! We definitely left smiling, which was appropriate for 'World Happiness Day', and would love to come again." (Jessica, February 2012, London-Islington DUP group)
|"Absolutely amazing"... "Total bliss"... (comments from 2 dancers)
"Yesterday's dance session was powerful, uplifting and at times incredibly moving, especially the last dance. I came away feeling blissed out and full of goodwill to all mankind. Thank you and Vitalija for facilitating such a wonderful experience. And my new beginning wish seemed to be taking shape that very evening! Thanks again and many hugs to you both" (Sue B., Norwich)
"I have very much enjoyed yesterday's dances. I have no criticism of any part of it. You and your wife are wonderful people. I have never met anybody as unselfish and as caring as the two of you." (Martha W., Norwich)
"The dances are joyous, and imbue a feeling of calm, in a very welcoming and friendly environment" (Mark, Norwich)
(Above feedback from Norwich peace dancers after the session 21st January 2012, theme: "New Beginnings")
"A lovely afternoon in a lovely containing space. A small group and everybody very open, friendly and welcoming. All new dances to me, but explained easily. Simple Meditative chants with the dance accompanied by music with Vitalija on guitar and Ralph on Drum. What is so nice is that I could work on getting the dance or chants right but if I made mistakes it didnt matter, a great relief finding structured dance challenging and forgetting complicated chants. The whole was a practice of connecting in spirit and that being seen in connection with one another. (David, after dancing @ London-Richmond, August 2011)
"Dancing with Ralph is always a special day in my diary. No matter how busy I am, the three hours with our group always relaxes, calms, and give me a taste of inner peace. Ralph seems to know how to bring this about with the dances. A very spiritual man." (June, St. Neots July 2011)
I was at The dances of universal peace last Saturday in Islington, I wanted to tell you that it was a very good experience for me, I didn't know what I was putting myself through and I have to say that it was an energetic experience, feeling the energy within the circle and a good harmony between the people in it.
Thank you for making me feel part of your circle and I'll see you soon in dance.
Love. Montse" (after the themed dance afternoon: "Spring - Awakening!" in London-Islington, March 2011)
"It was one of the best Dancing evenings with you, Ralph!
Deep longing is added to the joy & happiness that are always pouring from you - that resonates nicely with my being!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautful harmonies and diving into the heart of the One!
love, Yelena" www.dup-lv.webs.com March 2011 (after a DUP evening in Riga)
"Dear Ralph, it was a lovely session and felt like coming home, & being part of a family of peace dancers - praying, dancing and eating together, as Sam said. Many thanks for your lovely teaching and leading. With love from Mary" (Norwich Peace Dance Group, February 2011)
"Just to say thank you for the very insightful DUP session on Saturday. It was truly magical and was received with perfect timing. It was a wonderfully creative and healing experience for me. I would love to explore this theme with the dances further sometime. Thanks again," (Jo, after a themed dance session: "Honouring the Darkness" in London-Islington, November 2010)
"...thanks to you for the very enjoyable, uplifting dances you led for us. Love," (Maureen, after a London-Islington dance afternoon Oct. 2010)
"...I enjoyed everything about camp.... I love your dance leading!" Charlotte Sabora, Montana / US, after the 'Dancing Heart Camp' Latvia (http://dup-lv.webs.com/latviancamp.htm), August 2010
|"Dear Ralph, I cannot really offer any critical feedback. I loved it all. It was very human (also very “spiritual” ). Even the problem finding things in the kitchen was OK. Even people dancing or not dancing was OK. For me one of the highlights was the contribution made by Vitalija. Her music, support, peace, and spirit were for me a solid rock upon which the whole weekend rested. Sometimes I found it difficult to balance my feelings, to be able to mix exuberance with peace, laughter with meditation, loudness with silence, and freedom with discipline, but that’s life and I really enjoy it. It is how I like to live anyway. I did love the people in our group and would have welcomed more time to “socialise,” but for me the dance was the thing, the Number 1 !
As always I am grateful for your efforts and skill in teaching complicated 3 and 4 part harmonies synchronised with people doing different moves. I often thought that it could never work, but your sure control not only kept thing going but kept us learning and improving. I like your teaching style.
Love to you both," (Anthony O., London, March '10 after our weekend 'Sacred Joy')
"Thank you again for all your preparations and enthusiasm and energy spent! And thank you for your generosity of bringing all those publications such as dance manuals, Subud info etc.
"Thanks for a good afternoon yesterday. It was amazing how you could get us to some fairly complicated dances and chants with such ease!
I did enjoy the atmosphere, the peace, the balance of energy, the tea break....
I look forward to more dancing with you and am planning to join you at Loudwater."
(Anthony O., London-Islington, Febr.'10)
|"A big THANK YOU to you and Vitalija for a wonderful session at Subud House! The way you provided a mixture of higher energy dances and more meditative ones was just right for me. I do need that joyful stronger energy to loosen me up and help me connect with my own inner energy (which often gets submerged beneath the stresses of life). Also I find the partner dances wonderful for helping me to open up to other people at a deeper level." (Frances, Norwich, January 2010)
"Thank you so much for the very special dance afternoon today. It was very meaningful to me. Not just any odd dances...
Love, Sabine" (Sabine G-B, London, January 2010 after a themed dance session: "New Beginnings")
"I got ecstatic just by watching you dance and sing!"
(Ricky, watching us dancing "in public" at the Mill Road Winter Fair Cambridge, 5th December '09)
"The last dance in Norwich was very beautifully and thoughtfully set up and there was enough space for everybody to feel comfortable and welcomed. It was a grounding and uplifting experience." (Sebastiana M, Norwich, Nov. '09)
|"Dear Ralph and Vitalija,
I enjoyed the weekend in Rickmansworth very much and found it very powerful. Somehow there was a strong feeling of Latvia energy there! And I felt a real sense of dedication in you both and among the dancers. It felt like the weekend was very healing for all of us and for the Earth.
Thankyou for your hard work, the organising and the holding." (Matthew H-M, Bristol, October '09) |
"Dear Ralph and all, my feedback for the weekend at Loudwater:
"Thank you all for a delightful weekend, totally satisfying at every level, I think you Ralph and Vitalija make an excellent well-balanced team which was shown by the synchronistic flow of the programme. Love & Light and Gratitude to all of you." (Ann M., from London-Richmond, October 2009)
"The dancing and singing that you created for us, at Richmond yesterday, Ralph, led me to that beautiful and undeniable feeling of peace and harmony within. It is when you see love in the eyes of another, and you give love to them, through the dancing, that your heart fills with love and gentleness. To see devotion in the heart of another, brings it out in ourselves. Yesterday, I felt that I was dancing with other lovers of God, (or the Universal Source - whatever name we choose to give it), and that we shared in the beauty of the Divine together. Is there any more beautiful feeling than the feeling of mystical love? I felt that in my being, when I walked home afterwards.
With loving gratitude." (Ann H., London-Richmond, October 2009)
Peace Dancing with Ralph at Loudwater Farm, London-Rickmansworth, July 2009
"It was such a pleasure to meet you that day!:) I arrived at Loudwater feeling exhausted and unwell. I ended up singing and dancing and leaving feeling really alive and connected to the spirit of humanity that we created together. It was great to meet a kindred spirit and combine love and light to nourish the mind, body and soul. Be well and I hope we meet again." (Sahera, Birmingham, after a dance session with Ralph in London-Rickmansworth, July '09)
"The best peace dance session I had - ever!" (Matthew H-M, Bristol, after a dance session with Ralph & Vitalija at the Dancing Heart Camp Latvia, July '09)
"I like your style of leading very much. My ambivalence with DUP on several past occasions has been that while I relish the idea of multifaith songs and dances
I've sometimes found the dance element slow and samey. And I haven't always been in an open state where I could
connect genuinely with people. This felt uncomfortable sometimes like trying or pretending.
I very much appreciated the variety in the dances you both introduce, and the way the energy is very celebrational, playful and ecstatic at times as well as going into softer meditative places. This helps me get swept up and stay engaged. I also like the concise way you gave a context and meaning for some of the dances, without going on at any length. The inclusive way you are, as both individuals and together gave me a safe and sweet feeling which helped me to leave aside my critical tendencies and to feel embraced by the circle." (Stefan Freedman, international circle dance teacher - www.worldance.org, April '09 after dancing with us in Lewes)
|"Thank you for a blissful weekend. I enjoyed every minute – dancing under the willow tree, singing Taizé together before breakfast, Vitalija’s element circle ritual, cooking and sharing delicious food and the company of warm, open-hearted people. You and Vitalija are very special souls and I truly love dancing with you. Thank you!" (Sue Mira, Kent, April 2009)
"Thank you so much for leading the wonderful weekend at Loudwater!
"I want to thank you so much for the dancing yesterday. You truly embodied the spirit of the dances in a way which I have not previously seen; and it was, indeed 'light and deep.' I felt very happy to be there. All in all, an excellent afternoon.
Thanks also, Ralph, for creating a dance space in North London - and it is a lovely space, certainly.
It was a pleasure to see you again and to see how you have developed into such a wonderful sensitive Dance leader, Ralph, and a pleasure to meet you, Vitalija and also experience the lovely dances you taught so flowingly." (Shan, London - www.livingexcellently.co.uk, 1 March '09)
"Looking forward to more dancing in the light. I felt such a connection to the peace dance in the peace dance and since." (Sherab, Cambridge 2008)
|"For me this was very beautiful and very worthy trip. I can only thank God that He has sent me exactly what I was searching for - a dynamic meditation, connected with dancing. I have been practising a static meditation, but as I feel, this spiritual practice helps more to establish this meditative state in the material life (because when you move, it's more difficult to keep your mind peaceful). So its like a middle step, like a bridge witch unites the spiritual and the material world. That's how I feel about the Dances now. ...
One of the most beautiful events of my life so far!" (Rasa V., Latvia, 2008)
"The Dance programme Ralph and Vitalija prepare for us is always deep. We always feel a subtle atmosphere of love, harmony and beauty. …. you always feel lightness, joy and light in the circle, bringing dancers to that special state, which one still can feel a long time after. Ralph’s and Vitalija’s energies are: fire, air and bubbling deep water." (Gunta Saule, Latvia, 2008)
"I like very much the peace and joy atmosphere of these dances and songs. It was very easy to participate although it was my first time. I like also very much the diversity of traditions from which these dances and songs are coming." Ludivine, May 2008
"I enjoyed the dances and chanting very much and would like to come again. ... Thankyou for making me feel welcome! Warmest wishes, Suryamani", May 2008
"Dear Ralph & Vitalija
thank you for coming to Richmond to lead the creation of such a beautiful approach of love, peace, community and upliftment - it was lovely to meet you both... many sweet and exciting blessings, Lindsay" (February 2008 after a peace dance afternoon)
"Hello Ralph & Vitalija,
I returned from your 'We are opening up in sweet surrender' weekend with such energy & an openness, that friends and work colleagues noticed with no prompting! Thank you for such a wonderful weekend." (Sallyann, November 2007, Liverpool)
".... We have a similarly gifted teacher, right here in our midst at Hartington Grove. Ralph Nimmann takes us in Taizé chants for three-quarters of an hour before meeting for worship every second Sunday. It is hard to think of any better way of coming to meeting with "hearts and mind prepared".
...could I encourage everyone to think seriously about coming? Ralph is wonderfully patient and takes great care to make sure that everyone feels included. I am sure that, like Lizzie, Ralph could get even the most hardened non-singer to surprise themselves. In the words of the Quaker hymn, "How can I keep from singing?"
July 2006, Jan Arriens [about the Taizé harmony chanting 2nd and 4th Sunday morning]
".. I wish you every success on your path. Your heart and soul are in excellent shape! - just watch out for the behavioural patterns and look into what is driving them!
I have learned and grown much from your teachings over recent years, Ralph and from the love, community spirit and spirituality which you model so well." Mike
"Dear Ralph -
April 13th 2003
With regards to the DUP weekend just finished at Rickmansworth: thank you for a fantastic couple of days. I found it very moving and inspiring. The site was lovely especially with the sun and the river. Your leadership was sensitive and caring.
The dancing and chanting seem to let me express something which I've been wanting to express for years but I which I seldom could before, so I'm very grateful."
"The best session of this week" (an 82 year old lady after participating in a Taizé harmony chanting at the International Subud Gathering, August '02)
"I enjoyed last night's peace chanting & dancing - I didn't know what to expect but it was nice to feel so accepted and to mix with a bunch of gentle folk... I am very happy that there is a local 'movement' along these lines - I thought with the demise of The Cambridge Centre it had disappeared, so thank you for doing so much to keep it alive!" (March 2001)
One participant even cancelled a trip to Bali (seriously!) after attending our Cambridge peace dance group. "I so enjoyed the evening, even though at times it was a little challenging - I just kept surrendering. I had little idea that I could experince such an event just round the corner from me in Cambridge and not in Devon or Bali! Thank you for holding the space the way that you do..." (January 2001)
[A Chanting experience from a singer and voice teacher:] "... I felt more able to strip away and let go of the conditioning of "having to be perfect and getting it right". I found myself deeply immersed in the centredness of the sounds and the engaging with others in the group at a level that connects us all to the Divine, I experienced a transcendence. With reflection I am highly aware that this was reached via my willingness to let go and not by feeling I had to sing. My whole being sighted with relief!" (Dec 2000)
"I am writing this message to thank you for bringing to me the wonderful experience of your chanting and dancing group. It is one of the most powerful and beautiful experiences I have had in the whole of my life. I am so pleased and grateful..." (April 2000)
"Thanks for the chanting group last night. I do find I get an immense amount out of it. It is odd feeling so connected with people I don't know! but I suppose it is something about joint purpose or community: the spiritual part."
"Dear Ralph, Thank you for last night. It was a lovely evening."
"Thanks again for the chanting yesterday, it's so revitalizing! I don't know if it helps but today it seems that my conversations through telephone are deeper, more conscious, kind of joyful exchange, whatever the subjects could be!"
"I'm thrilled to be coming to the chanting group, because is one of the things I've wanted to do for years.... Towards the end of last evening I began to feel very strongly that now, finally, was the time to find and free my voice, because most of what I had previously, got in the way of my full vocal self-expression, had now been released.... I do very much appreciate the passion & enthusiasm you bring to what you do, & the very open-hearted & vulnerable way in which you're willing to do it."
"Although I didn't feel the effect strait away, I've realized since I've been home that the chanting tonight did me loads and loads of good. I feel recharged for tomorrow."
"Thanks for bringing so much song and dance and joy to Cambridge and to me..."
Read about the adventures & feedback while "Dancing in the Street" in Cambridge, Dec. 2001
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