Leslie Zehr is a sacred arts teacher, workshop leader, mentor, and author, who for more than 30 years has supported women to reconnect to the Divine Feminine within through the mysteries of ancient Egypt.
A trained hypnotherapist, reiki master, astrologer, aromatherapist and homeopath, Leslie is the author of two books –The Alchemy of Dance: Sacred Dance as a Path to the Universal Dancer, which has been translated into Spanish, and The Al-chemia Remedies: Vibrational Essences from Egyptian Flowers and Sacred Sites – as well as a CD entitled Navel Portal Activation and Guided Visualizations.
Born in Lima, Peru, and educated in the United States, Leslie grew up in the theater and was exposed to performance arts from early childhood. Leslie also studied many forms of dance and has an extensive background in the theater arts; her first stage performance was at the age of six.
In her youth she was also drawn to alternative therapies and the occult sciences, such as tarot and astrology, and followed a calling to “return” to Egypt in 1986 to learn about and experience the ancient mysteries. In Cairo, Leslie founded and ran The Centre for Health and Well-being, which later became The Centre for Sacred Arts (1995-2015), a modern-day temple for learning and creativity honoring the Goddess Hat-Hor.
In 2002, after an initiation experience at Dendera Temple in Luxor, she received and developed the Universal Dancer, a simple but profound method of Sacred Dance that works with sacred geometry, primordial energies, waves and the chakras to unlock intuition, vitality and creativity. Through dance, Leslie retells archetypal stories that take women back through time to the essence of their being, unlocking the esoteric wisdom buried deep within their psyche.
Leslie’s lectures, workshops, and retreats in Sacred Dance and the Al-chemia Remedies have been attended by thousands of women of different nationalities, and have taken her from Cairo, ancient Egyptian temples and archaeological sites along the Nile River, to studios and centers in New York, Maine, Maryland, Arizona, Washington and Puerto Rico.
As a prominent aromatherapist in Cairo, in 2006 Leslie presented a talk to the doctors at the National Research Center of Egypt as a way to introduce aromatherapy to the Department of Complementary Therapies. She has also been a consultant for companies in the emerging aromatherapy market in Egypt.
Currently, Leslie offers courses through her online school, Universal Dancer Temple of the Sacred Arts, and she is the Host and Producer of The Universal Dancer Podcast.
Leslie holds a B.S. in psychology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where she also majored in biochemistry. She also holds international diplomas in homeopathy and hypnotherapy.
Leslie is currently at work on a third book about dance as a spiritual practice. She continues to live in Cairo, with her children and grandchildren.
...the sacred dance of co-creation