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Issue: February Newsletter

Seeds of Hope, Shared Dreams and Courageous Ventures into Healing
By Hanna
Hello to all of you! Wow, this newsletter is shining and overflowing with such alive, powerful and touching articles (I got goosebumps one or twice!). Contributions that fuel this ever-growing hope in my heart and cells, for real change and real living in a truthful, connected, compassionate and respectful way with each other, Mother Earth, and all that holds and sustains us.

To me it almost seems as if these articles had been woven together, even before they were written and reached me for editing. To me it appears, they all emerged from a somewhat similar overall 'feeling'/ energy behind the words that formed the articles.

All of them speak directly from the heart – so open, so real. Maybe this seems a given in a Movement Medicine context. Yet, I still don't take it as given that such deep expression of heart landscape can be shared with such a wide audience. In this depth of feeling and sharing, there is one string that seems to hold the articles together. It is this core- and heart-felt desire, hope and action for change and for real healing (of personal and collective wounds, of Mother Earth and the natural worlds), and it is also the shared bravery to fully step into ones very own Light – as one of the inevitable steps of healing, change, expansion and growth.

As some of the articles touch on, yes, present times are still challenging on many levels of our existence here, in this visible world. And the changing political direction in the USA seems to only emphasize exactly that.

A part of me feels fear and anger, while another part of me wants to applaud these most recent political shifts, as they highlight so strongly and openly this insane path of blindness, exploitation, and separation – inherent in our global systems of power and control. It appears to have triggered such powerful, heartfelt, and daring responses. Maybe it had to become this scary and obvious – for more and more people to recognize very clearly some of the politically and economically birthed insanity and destruction; for more and more to wake up into the personal and collective powers of dreaming and creating ever growing spaces and projects for positive change and healing all over the world.

The naked madness of the status quo calls us on a personal level of justice, common heart-sense, and our existential Love for Life, to cry out in protest, oh so loud and powerfully, all over the world!

So many of us, having been witnessing this destructive madness playing out, have had enough! Anger, this expression and emotion about something that threatens that which is closest to my heart, holds such immense power! (It makes me think of a particular MM experience with Susannah three years ago – discovering and embodying the element of fire, and the spirit of the Jaguar – for me personally it is a powerful Lioness, who strongly stands up for what she loves most and what she knows sustains her tribe ;-).

In all this, I truly am sensing such wide reaching, touching and powerful shifts, into the direction of positive change and personal and collective healing. Shifts towards a new era of Heart, Connection, Love, Truth and spiritual expansion. One of these examples you find in Christine's article below. This is the one where goosebumps covered my arms. To me, it really is a story of 'The New' manifesting, joyfully and powerfully. It is the story of a very old German church (with old values and old herritage) and its priest, inviting in and receiving the manifold blessings and healing ripples of dance, joy, empowerment, real connection and embodied prayer.

It generally seems to me that more and more people are now ready to receive and be opened and softened by new and healing energies and offerings, which may not have been accepted before (MM in a church).

As continuous expansion, healing and spiritual growth are happening, individually and collectively (as, in a way, all articles are speaking of), they go out and out in ripples, as we know, and they bring and enable 'the same' on the wider scale of the 'bigger picture'. And it has been very present for me in the last two and more months, just how speedy tangible new shifts and changes have become, in every day life, in every day conversations and beyond that.

I see a certain opening and softening around me, in the world I live my life in, and among the people I interact with. An opening to the possibility that it can be different, that change is possible and necessary, even that change in fact is happening. People are daring more to truly question what is, and are embracing the possibility to welcome change within themselves, encouraging positive shifts and new possibilities on a personal and collective level.

I am filled with hope, deep in my heart and cells. I am filled with this liberating not-knowing. I am living a life in a magnificent, beautiful, scary and threatening yet changing world, together with wonderful and courageous beings to walk, create and dream with.

Being connected with all of you, reading your words and heart-senses, sharing in with your paths, actions, projects and prayers – for the Light and Love to manifest more and more, here on earth, is such a blessing and encouragement for me.

With much Gratitude and Love,

Hanna Maria

For any feedback or articles for the newsletter: hannamaria@mailbox.org

Inner and Outer Worlds
By Susannah
I’d love to write about something other than how I feel the Trump effect playing in my inner and outer world (and I will, below!), but this feels like such a massive “wake up!” moment that I want to speak about it first. I’m feeling revolutions happening inside as we leave the map of the known world.

I can feel the part of me which wants to bury my head and shut my eyes and say “Not now! I don’t want to know or be bothered by this apparent absurdity. I’ve got other and much more beautiful things I want to focus on.” This part of me feels overwhelmed by the horror of seeing world politics accelerating it’s tragic show of hate, lies, separation, violence and environmental destruction. I’m aware of not quite knowing how to orientate, and finding it difficult to believe this is real. And I guess I’m not the only one. So much has happened with such speed and determination (environmentally, legally and refugee wise) that it’s hard to keep up let alone find appropriate responses. I feel as if the post-war consensus I have lived within since I was born has dissolved with Brexit and Trump, and this changed world looks quite different. Things I have taken for granted all my life have become memories as I realise how privileged we have been by the work and determination of the generations before us.

And I can feel my determination, along with many others, to open my eyes, feel my heart, take responsibility for my response and stand up together connected with life and fellow citizens of earth. That may be the gift of these times, to bring the motivation to finally bring together into joint action people who believe in social justice, environmental sustainability and spiritual growth. And the reverse may also be true. I can see both happening; both the scattering, chaos, confusion, disbelief and “shut down” and the formation of new and diverse and creative alliances. In this context new and old ways of coming together, connecting into the co-creative strength of prayer, action and standing and dancing for life seem more important than ever. I’m happy Movement Medicine already exists. If it didn’t we’d have even more to do right now!

The “resource grab” going on looks more and more like a desperate scramble for the last goodies. The forces ranged on the side of the grabbing are fuelled by the consumer society which I am part of. Our economics is grounded in the assumption of ever increasing production and consumption, so what hope is there that there can be radical change without massive breakdown first? Are we going to make it, as a species? I really don’t know. Once again I am given orientation through the wisdom of a true elder: Joanna Macy. She reminds us that sunsets can be as beautiful as sunrises, and speaks of the choice we always have to choose love and respect for life. If we are going down, let’s bring as much love, awareness, beauty and creativity to it as we can. And we are not there yet. To paraphrase Bill Twist of the Pachamama Alliance: “The future is not just something (pre-ordained) that we live into. It depends, in part, on us and the choices we make. We are part of dreaming the future in”.

NEW HORIZONS IN MOVEMENT MEDICINE

Winter Dream Dance

Which leads me to the new horizons in Movement Medicine. First of all, I want to tell you about the Winter Dream Dance. This was the first year of the new, more flexible apprenticeship module, in which apprentices don’t have to do all the modules within the same time zone, “older” apprentices can return and join any Apprenticeship module, and in which the Winter Dream Dance is held within the “Immersion” module of the Apprenticeship. The Winter Dream Dance is a deep ceremonial space open to all Apprentices. It’s a space to dream, to enquire, to reflect, to nourish your roots. It also strengthens the inter-connections between the Movement Medicine apprenticeship community. It’s the moon to the sun of the expansive Summer Long Dance.

Naturally apprentices from Apprenticeships 1, 2 and 3 may have wondered how it would be to join the AP4s in the middle of their “Immersion” module. Nevertheless 13 of them came. I was touched, impressed, awed and grateful to witness the ongoing growth and maturation of those who have been teaching for a while. They fed the ceremony with such a diversity of depth, wisdom and beauty. And then the AP4s, bringing their bright, alive commitment and awakeness. It reminded me of the metaphor of the difference between heaven and hell. In both realms there are tables laid out with a sumptuous feast. In hell the people are starving because the people can only eat with 4 ft long chopsticks and they cannot get the food in to their mouths. In heaven, same scene, same rules, but the people feed each other with their 4 ft long chopsticks. In this ceremony there was so much mutual giving and receiving and nourishing. I feel we all grew. There was such richness in the different cohorts of Apprentices meeting and working alongside each other, the “black belts” and “white belts” practising alongside each other and everyone being fed by it. Thank you all! If you are not an Apprentice and are interested in this level of our work, the next round opens in October this year with the gateway module: Intention. Applications must be in by March 13th 2017.

Re-Source Life Lab

I’d also like to introduce you to a whole new concept. It’s called Re-Source Life Lab. I have been reflecting on the effects of MM practice as I see it transforming people who do it long term. One component that makes a real difference is practice. Making new habits in daily life. Mark Metz of Conscious Dance magazine did in an interview with Ya’Acov. He reminded us that there are 7 Billion people in this world, very few of whom have never heard of conscious movement practice, and many of whom live dis-embodied lives separated from the joy and resources that come from being consciously in your body. So, I’ve created a new kind of weekend workshop called Re-Source Life Lab, in which as well as deep dancing, we will learn simple practices you can take away with you to support the qualities of: presence, potency, communication and empathy, gratitude and meaning in your life. The first venue is London. Do come and join this new exploration of the practical life changing power of Movement Medicine. It’s time to get connected, get resourced and make the difference that we can.

Going home to Africa

And I am becoming more and more aware of my upcoming journey to Africa. I lived in Kenya as a child, and when my parents decided to bring us back, recognising that they did not want to be part of a post-colonial continuation of the myth that Europeans were needed to do jobs that Kenyan's could do, I was grief stricken. Though now I salute my parent's wisdom and conscientious choices, as a 7 year old, I felt as if I was being wrenched from my home. I vowed I would not go back as a tourist to Kenya, but when I had something meaningful to share. Now, my time has come, and something deep inside me is waking up to embrace this new journey. I am thankful for the people who are organising in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and happy to meet and share movement medicine with all the people who will come and dance. Thank you life, thank you all the organisers who have invited me.

Torch Songs, words and chords.

Torch Songs is going out there beautifully. I’m sorry I have been slow with the words and chords… but they are now available from the Music Medicine online shop. The songs on my last 2 albums (All the Earth is Sacred and Torch Songs) are designed to be sung, danced to as well as listened to. They are invitations to participate in your own healing and empowerment through dancing and singing with them. This is what I call “DanSing!” They are incantations from my heart to yours within the heart of life. Thank you to everyone who has given me feedback about how they have landed with you.

Phil Berthoud

A massive thank-you to the musician Phil Berthoud for sharing his personal story in this month’s newsletter. Phil’s musical light blesses both my last albums, as well as the Winter Dream Dance and the Summer Long Dance. I’m sure you’ll be moved by his article in this newsletter. He is now available for people making music as medicine in many different arenas, not just Movement Medicine. I highly recommend him for his beautiful and versatile musicianship, quality of heart and generosity all round.

Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart

And last but not least, what a journey to be beside Ya’Acov as his book takes final shape. I witness the birth of a powerful, lucid writer. When he reads from this book, there is the kind of hush that only a real and magical storyteller brings. In this time of unmasking, Ya’Acov is standing up strongly with openness about his own journey, his own struggles, trials, learnings and commitment. I hope you will read it. Launch is 6th June 2017. Launch event in London 7th June and live on FB. Do join us! Our main FB page is https://www.facebook.com/yaacovandsusannahdk

Facebook and what is being offered

Also the Movement Medicine FB group continues to be a rich vein of inspiration and sharing. Do come to a webinar, one of our workshops or evenings, or an event created by one of our diverse range of great MM teachers or facilitators who have trained with us.

I wish you every inner and outer connection, joy and courage to be who you really are in these challenging times,

Love, Susannah Darling Khan

 

Forthcoming workshops with Susannah:

February 16: Move! Evening, with Susannah, Lausanne, Switzerland.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening
. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.

February 1719: Arc of Time with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on February 17.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact
Monika Dittli: +41 078 738 84 70; modi@gmx.ch

March 3-5Movement Medicine Retreat with Susannah. Kenya
This workshop will be a deep introduction to movement medicine practice. We are building a community of conscious dance practice in Kenya so there will opportunities to continue the journey. We will also dance in the Shala and other locations around the conservancy giving us the opportunity to connect with nature.
Contact 
Sveva: mukutan@gallmannkenya.co.ke, sveva8@icloud.com

March 10–12: Arc of Time with Susannah. Zimbabwe.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact Maaianne:
maaianne@gmail.com

March 17–19: Ceremony in the City with Susannah. Johannesburg, South Africa
This is an invitation to a dancing vision quest in a city setting. It takes courage and curiosity to dive into the dance of vision, purpose, and the truth of self expression, yet the rewards can appear in the beauty of uniting all of your sources of intelligence, and in the guidance and support present.
Contact
Ryan: +27 (0)82 552 0619; ryanklette@gmail.com

March 24–26: Power of the Heart with Susannah. Cape Town, South Africa.
Exploring the great beauty and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, identifying it as your personal guide, and learning about and dancing through your full emotional landscape.
Contact Samantha and Chrisna:
movement.medicine.capetown@gmail.com

April 1416: Re-Source Life Lab with Susannah. London, UK.
In this new workshop, the dancers can discover new possibilities of showing up in this life, and new possibilities of engaging and relating to body, heart and mind, inviting widened awareness and presences within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit to be empowered to integrate this into everyday life.
Contact Alex Hanly: +44 (0)7868 842219, alexhanly@hotmail.co
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News, Book Launch and Apprenticeship News
By Ya'Acov
After a beautifully slow beginning to the year with plenty of time at home, I feel that quickening that comes with the Imbolc light (Pagan festival that celebrates the spring). The snow drops and daffodils, brave as any warriors, are pushing through the cold ground to face the last lashings of winter and give us the promise of new life.

And what a time we live in. If we are to believe the news, it’s a terrible time. And whilst it’s undoubtedly true that it’s a time of many unknowns and things to fear (when wasn’t it?), it’s also another moment on another day when this great mystery of life is giving us a body to move in, the breath to breathe, a heart to love with and a mind to imagine with. I think the hardest challenge we face is to let the wonder of this life in. When I get it, my heart can’t contain the love I feel for this mystery. Just as I always have, I dream myself into that dark embrace and there, night by night, I am refreshed.

Already this year has offered up some tantalising glimpses of mystery in action. Not least of which is the fact that I have finally found my love for Jesus! Apparently, he’s just moved to Manchester from Brasil and started to play centre forward for Manchester City. And what a saviour he is! At home, we started a project to make a wildlife sanctuary in the little lake on our land. In came the diggers, the liner, and the plants but unfortunately, it turned out to be a bigger job that we expected as we found tonnes and tonnes of silt at the bottom of the lake which needs to be shifted. So, we’ve postponed for now and will come back to it later in the year. I love looking after land. There is no rushing things. My own will has to play second fiddle to the pace of nature and that is good medicine for a speed freak like me. Perhaps I’m just getting older and perhaps being at the beginning of my elder years is helping me to have more trust in life than I have managed up until this point. Every morning when I shower, I have a little word with ‘benevolent death’ and thank him for giving me another sunrise. It’s hard to remember gratitude when we’re so busy and so adrenalized by our fears of what might happen. But apparently, it’s good for our well-being in very real ways. And so I continue to offer 21 gratitudes every day for the life I live and for the many challenges and opportunities it offers me.

I have finished editing my book and since I am writing to you on 6th February, I am entering the final four-month period of this ‘pregnancy’ before it finally comes into the world on June 6th. I am very excited to share it with you and we’ve decided to do a launch event through Alternatives in London on June 7th. We’re going to broadcast it live on facebook as well for those of you a long way away – a book reading, an embodied shamanic journey to find that place of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart within you and a book signing. I hope you can make it or tune in. Details will be on our website soon.

Things are also getting ever clearer for us as we look into the crystal ball and play the future game. It’s always a tricky balance to honour the past, dream the future and make concrete plans – all whilst staying in the gloriously unknown moment that is the present. We are recognising the need to move into a new place within Movement Medicine as we take our first toddler steps as elders. We have always held the dream that Movement Medicine would find its way into many different places, cultures and organisations. That’s why we started to train people. And we are coming close to the limit of people we can take on as apprentices. Apprenticeship is a deep commitment from both teachers and apprentices. For us, it’s a sacred relationship in which we make a contract to do our best to support you on the journey of landing your dreams here on earth. Though naturally, some apprentices come and go, we have been in relationship with many of our apprentices for decades. When we accept you as an apprentice, we are clear that we will do our utmost to be here for you throughout your journey with Movement Medicine. At the Winter Dream Dance 48-hour ceremony that was part of Module 2 (Immersion) of our current apprenticeship, we were delighted to have apprentices from all 4 generations present.

The door is now open to the fifth generation – you can send your application to Roland and it must be with him by March 13th. You will hear from us by the end of March. With each journey, our work is clarifying more and more, and we find ourselves deeply touched by the work our apprentices are engaged with. The Winter Dream Dance was such a strong ceremony and we were privileged to witness so many apprentices from previous generations sharing their medicine as part of the ritual. The interweaving of the generations was a deep dance to behold and we feel this Movement Medicine mesa going from strength to strength with each passing year. If you are interested in being part of this next generation, please check out the link where you can download an application form. As always, Roland will be happy to help you with any questions you have.

I’m now in Switzerland with Susannah for the second module of our couples course, The Space Between Us, and then I’ll be going on to Berlin for Re-Creation. After that, and a weekend off to celebrate the birthday of a good friend, Susannah and I will be saying goodbye to each other for the whole month of March. Susannah has a very exciting journey to Africa, including a working visit to Kenya, a place she lived as a child. She always promised not to go back as a tourist but only to return when she felt she had something of value to share with a land and people that were such a formative part of her childhood. After that, she will visit Zimbabwe and then South Africa. For myself, once I’ve recovered from the questionable planning that had us agreeing to spend the whole month apart, I will head off back to the USA. I will begin my tour on the East Coast with a trip to Philadelphia, a dancing tribe that I supported to begin with the help of Rivi Diamond eleven years ago. From there, I will spend a few days in New York, including a meeting with my publisher before heading on to Burlington to teach. I have recently been back in touch with one of my teachers, Victor Sanchez. I sent him the excerpts from my book that pertained to my work with him, and he then read the whole thing. The result of this reconnection, and the recognition of how much I received from him, is that I will spend a couple of days with him in Santa Fe. After that, I have a few days in San Francisco including teaching an evening workshop there. My tour ends with a five-day workshop at Esalen followed by a weekend workshop in Port Townsend. And such is the life of a road warrior. I will enjoy every minute of it to the best of my ability, knowing that at the end of my trip, Susannah and I will have so many adventures to share with each other and such treasures to bring to one another.

I am naturally aware that the USA is a different place than when I visited it last year. I wrote this on Facebook this morning in response to questions about a petition I put up urging people to sign it. The petition was suggesting that the British Government withdraw their invitation for Mr. Trump to visit.

Should we say no, or should we accept everything as someone's right to a point-of-view? For me, the answer is both. In the deepest place inside me, I reside in the mystery of life. In truth, I have no idea what should or shouldn’t happen in this world. Who is to know if Trump being President is a terrible thing or a good thing? I can only know that in my heart of hearts, it would be untrue and unreal for me to sit politely around debating when I am offered a chance to peacefully say no to the views of someone I wholeheartedly disagree with on so many issues of basic human decency. I have no idea if Mr. Trump is such a terrible human being. That's not the point. The point is, I feel to stand up and say no to his actions.

What a time then, to be going to the USA and offering our work and the space for people to be together, ask the questions they need to ask, and give it all up to the spirit of the dance. For me, the dance, and especially Movement Medicine Ceremonies, and the pathways it has opened up for me over the decades, remains the strongest medicine. And I am delighted that this year, we will begin a new cycle of Long Dances. After completing the 7th in 2015, 2016 was a fallow year for the Long Dance. June 30–July 6 we will begin a new cycle. As you probably know, the Long Dance is a give-away event (no-one is paid for it), raising money for local or international projects is a major part of the medicine of the ceremony. We hope very much that you will feel moved to join us this year so that we can raise an almighty prayer in gratitude for the life we live. We are very happy to announce that we will once again be joined by Manari Ushigua, the tribal leader of the Sàpara people, and Belen Paez, the extraordinary woman who has done so much to support the tribal people of the Ecuadorian Amazon to protect their lands. Please join us or if you cannot make it, sponsor someone who can.

Finally, dear community of seekers and finders, a little heads up for the first webinar I will have offered for a few months. We had to change the advertised date, and it will now take place on Tuesday 21st February 19.30-21.00 UK time. The focus will be ‘prayer for the world’ which of course includes you, your families, your friends and communities and all beings. I invite you to join me and let’s join our energy together in shared practice, supporting one another to dance deep and connect to what strengthens us. After all, now is a time when we and the earth that sustains us needs all the strength we can get. And alongside that, the love of life and the love of the mystery which since I can remember, has been the bedrock of my life.

As the season turns, so must we.

Wishing you all good soil and healthy seed for a new season of growing ahead. I pray that all the pain in the world right now is evolutionary and moves us towards a more conscious human presence.

With my love and respect, Ya’Acov DK



Forthcoming workshops with Ya'Acov:

February 15–19: Re-Creation with Ya'Acov. Oslow, Norway.
A great journey for the still 'early hours' of the year, takes the dancers into transformation of relationship, of past stories, and guide you into stronger, more sound empowerment within yourself and within that which matters to you on your path. This workshop includes a Dance Ceremony, the S.E.E.R Process (systemic essential energy retrieval) and an introduction of the archetypes present in Movement Medicine: the Dancing Warrior, the Wise Elder and the Fool.
Contact
Kathrin Keller: +49 30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

March 3–5: 21 Gratitudes with Ya'Acov. Philadelphia, USA
Learning about the 21 Gateways of the Movement Medicine mandala, the dancer gets to immerse in this deep shamanic and healing work with its maps, tools and invitations to find out what the dancer brings, what needs releasing, and what parts can still shift and transform through the power of kind and loving illumination.
Contact
Rebekah Zhuraw: 001 215-498-1780; rebekah@5rhythmsphilly.com

March 11–12: Arch of Time with Ya'Acov. Burlington, Vermont, USA.
With
Move! Evening on March 10.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact Carolyne Cook:
cecookevt@comcast.net

March 19–24: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Ya'Acov. Esalen, USA.
Finding to our own heart and the wisdom it holds, and in movement finding the empowerment to show up as responsible and choice-full human beings to extend that expression of our hearts – as our vision and our gift to the world from our true and strong centre. Our world needs a new and more respectful story, and this workshop in an invitation to dance with your part of that new story.
Contact Esalen: +1 831 667 3000; info@esalen.org

March 24–26: Return of the Light with Ya'Acov. Washington, USA.
Connecting with the inner dancer, we are giving body, heart and mind a spring cleanse to release and make space for the light to stream into dance and being and for the new it brings. We are giving space to realignment of self and certainty of direction in this year ahead, so that we can be all we are and give all we got.
Contact
Aletia: 001 360 344 4475; info@madronamindbody.com

March 31 –April 2: Soulful with Ya'Acov. Luzern, Switzerland.
With
Move! Evening on March 31.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul (and heart-)
landscape that you hold, brought with you, are, and unfolding into. In this deep landscape, we will walk and dance, to find out more of who we are, and what the heart is speaking of. We will harvest some more self empowerment, and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape that we are and that is through us.
Contact Katriona Forester: +41 33 676 2708,
kat@kf-events.ch

April 3: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Geneva, Switzerland.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Véronique Champalou:
+33 7 81 46 57 49, inmotioneurope@gmail.com

April 12: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Antwerp, Belgium.
During this evening you can experience
your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Luc: + 32 61 32 99 20, luc@owc.be
 

April 13: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Utrecht, Holland.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Marold:
info@maroldemmelkamp.nl

April 14–16: Soulful with Ya'Acov. Paris, France.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul (and heart-)
landscape that you hold, brought with you, are, and unfolding into. In this deep landscape, we will walk and dance, to find out more of who we are, and what the heart is speaking of. We will harvest some more self empowerment, and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape that we are and that is through us.
Contact Pierre-Henri Therond: + 33 615 325 816, pierrehenritherond@gmail.com

Give Away in the Cathedral of Schleswig
By Christine
During my journey through the Professional Training, I jumped into surprising depths of the unknown and discovered amazing possibilities of teaching I want to share with you. Within a 4-week project called “Journey of Light“, organized by the Protestant church to celebrate 500 years of Reformation, I applied to offer an event as give away, dedicated to refugee work.

My intention was to open the doors of the Cathedral of Schleswig for people of all nationalities to create an open space for welcoming one another in movement. For one month the whole cathedral was cleared of all benches, and the stage was open to various contributions, speaking to and of the medieval background during which Martin Luther reformed the church. Every week another theme was presented, demonstrating the spirit of the particular age – now, and then.

In this special context I could see the original wooden floor literally called in the dancer; all of us, to release the old and current burden of guilt and cruel punishment in the name of religion.

Obviously, the priest in charge who answered my application, simply did not know what to do with my offering, full of doubt about the “freedom of believe“ he had discovered on the Movement Medicine Website. He questioned whether the Cathedral of Schleswig would be the right place for such a spiritual dance practice, asked me about my own believe, and seriously couldn’t imagine anyone taking part this. In fact, he seemed to reject my whole offering.
For a moment I felt challenged by my own inner doubter, reminding me of past inquisitorial proceedings. So I was proud to stand in my integrity and truth during his strict inquiry. I left full of self-trust, forgetting for a moment the inherent multi-challenge this offering presents.

It was months later when I was accepted. Tuning in to all of my great support, I looked forward to step fully into my teacher being. In a special way I felt called by this ancient ground on which my children have been singing and playing the organ for about 15 years. I invited my dance class, friends and clients of all ages and conditions to come and let our hearts speak through our bodies, and share our deepest longings and prayers for a better world in peace and freedom, dancing together.
As part of the
Journey of Light it was announced as an open space event, where also tourists were invited to join in spontaneously, and it therefore evolved into an unpredictable surprise for everyone taking part.

Calling in all my support in meditation (I had been unable to dance for two months due to an injury), I got a fantastic picture of my coming entry into the cathedral, where I was leading a carnival procession with all my power animals sitting in foolish costumes on an open wagon, celebrating me and this unique moment. Keeping this deep in my heart, I felt safe, strong and ready to create an open space for whoever would come, and I felt encouraged to bring what really matters to me, through Movement Medicine, into the church.

About 70 people (including the priest) followed my invitation without hesitating and turned the huge prayer room into a space of movement, showing empathy for all who are forced to leave their home countries with unknown destinations. Welcomed by music, inviting their bodies to warm up and discover the whole space, the Tree of Life Meditation prepared everyone for this unique personal and collective journey. Their visible willingness to show and share the whole spectrum of feelings (from fragility and fear to hope and relief), paved the way to create a safe and open space for meeting one another with compassion. They followed me in their own tempo with so much enthusiasm, everybody fully engaged. It was a great gift to witness the awakening of all dancers. I witnessed the opening of their hearts in a visible longing to unfold a unique being that is able to simply follow and trust the natural intelligence of the body. The deep message of a Reggae beat unified us in a wonderful way and widened our consciousness to the Bigger Picture. United in awareness of the our choice, that we wish to return a better world to our children, we celebrated our power and our connection in movement. At the end there was space to ask for spiritual support and guidance, to send a personal prayer to loved ones and the 'hot spots' all over the world, and to come to rest in gratitude and stillness. The walls of the cathedral continued to reflect all these vibrations long after the music stopped and the last participant left deeply touched thanking me.
The gratitude and joy from all sides almost overwhelmed me and everybody followed my request to donate money to support the refugee work. Only then I understood what give away really means. And afterwards I was asked to do it again one week later, instead of a regular service!

The subject then was identity, and the (same!) priest wanted to welcome and introduce everyone with a poem of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, written in prison after his contribution to the failed assault on Hitler. So I got the chance to bring all the people from their heaviness of mind through their heart into their body leading them through the Tree of Life again with the help of the Elements.
Full of trust they followed me to meet the life force of their Warrior nature, leant into the arms of their Wise Elder and freed their Fool, to create a full spectrum of “Who I am“, right here and there, in the dance.
Realizing that we have a choice to participate in our destiny and to contribute in creating a world in peace, unified all dancers and every movement became a visible offering. The first give away seemed to be a preparation for teaching pure Movement Medicine this time. More than 70 people joined in because I started the music half an hour before the beginning. About 15 men of all ages danced, and indeed some women in wheel-chairs moved their limbs showing fascination about being welcomed despite their physical condition. The mood changed into an infectious playfulness infusing the sacral space with laughter and joy.

Months ago I still receive ongoing gratitude for this great chance to overcome our growing helplessness and paralysing fear when facing the worldwide threat to peace.
I hope you feel inspired.

An Expert in Everything was once a Beginner – On my first Movement Medicine Offering
By Tamara
I am lucky to say that in my closest circle I have two magnificent friends who are both artists. Although there is a difference in their style, I can proudly say that over the years they became known world wide – as this can be a sign of success in the art world. One of them is a painter and the other a street artist. Their creativity makes my heart jump faster every time I see their new work, but that is definitely not the whole story behind it.

When I think about both of them, although both of their expression is unique, and they have many differences in their wonderful characters – when I step back, I can follow the thread that they share.

I used to think that art is this amazing phenomena that gets channelled through a being that is open and willing. I was right about that part. The thing that took me years to realise is that both, this openness and willingness, takes a great deal of work, inner and outer, to get yourself to the place where you can offer what you have to the world.

Cursed Crew by Zlatan Vehabović

If I take one thing that both of these friends have taught me over the years we’ve known each other, it is that creativity and success take and ask for hard work. These two people work more than the most people I’ve ever met. They get up every day, go to their ateliers, read, write, draw, sketch, paint layer after layer and layer over layer. They practice and fail. They practice and succeed. When they are inspired, they work. When they are stuck, they work even more.

When I started to look at their beautiful paintings year after year, I started to see the talent, inspiration, technique, and the beautiful discipline behind it. And over these years, I started to realise that no matter how blessed you are with your talent, it takes everything you have, and a bit more, to bring it out into the world.

A couple of months ago I offered my first Movement Medicine dance class as an Apprentice Teacher. Even though I had been dancing for years and years, and even though I was trained to do this, it was very challenging. It was deep, it was messy, it was difficult and it was perfect. Only three people showed up, one of them being my sister. I had problems with every technical thing one can have problems with: the new sound system was bad, my controller stopped working in the middle of the session, and the program that I use to play music with crashed. The challenge was great, and exactly how every new beginning should be.
Even with all of this happening, I had a beautiful time, I had loads of fun, and I managed to laugh and take it as this beautiful, rough, but kind lesson that it was.

Despite all the troubles I had, the field created, the depth, the support and the beauty that was present through the entire class, made me lean into the Movement Medicine mesa, helped me relax, enjoy, and take everything that was happening as a guideline, as well as the support.
Never before did I experience such a sense of acceptance instead of self-criticism.

So, over the last couple of months I practised at home as often as I could. I got help, I asked for feedback, got in supervision, set up all the technical aspects over and over again, and dived into learning of my own teachings.
As my practice started growing, so did my confidence, as well as the number of people in my dance space. As my discipline strengthened, so did my talent. And as my willingness to work everyday emerged, whether I teach Movement Medicine that day or not, so did the joy of offering my soul’s medicine in every class become present.

HeArtbeats by Lonac

Once again I realised that it takes time to birth every new aspect of our beings. We all may be talented and beautiful, inside and out; we all may be strong, wise and heart-full, but without the discipline, without the dedication, it may all stay as a part of us that we could, instead of that we will.

So, blessings to all of our journeys. May we have what it takes to bring what we have to offer to this world. May we recognise it, grab it and do the most that we can with it – as Susannah would say – without needing to push and without holding back either.

For my friends Zlatan and Lonac, who inspire me to try and fail, as well as to try and succeed.

Zlatan Vehabović: http://weakersoldier.blogspot.hr/

Lonac: https://www.facebook.com/LONACart/?fref=ts

News from the Music-Medicine Shop
By Susannah
Many shift, many changes, much growth and expansion all around, as well as many news. So also in the Music-Medicine Shop, which awaits your visit to share the new gifts, magic and wonders that it holds and offers to you and the world.

We have a beautiful new album from Ayla Dive into Water available to download right now. Two of its tracks: Vuela con el Viento (fly with the wind) and Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) are becoming classics well known on our dance floors.

We’re thrilled that we have two more very beautiful albums to come soon from Rainer Scheurenbrand and Danit.

Torch Songs” is getting beautiful feedback, both from what people tell me, and from how I see dancers respond to it on our dance floors. It’s the soundtrack for our new little Movement Medicine films. And the CDs I made in our 5 Rhythms days (Wild Prayer, Still Waves and Party For God) are now available as MP3 downloads. Yeah!

Also, Torch Songs words and chords are now available on the website as a pdf you can download and print out.

The “All the Earth is Sacred” words are available as a hard-file called the "Movement Medicine Song Book" which also contains other favourite songs such as Thuma Mina and Bumbalela. It’s designed to be expandable. So, if you download the “Torch Songs” words and print them out you could add them to it…

Also the well loved copal smudge sticks are back in stock.

Enjoy!

Susannah DK

First and Foremost I am a Musician – My experience working with Susannah and Ya’Acov
By Phil Berthoud
Preamble: Age 7 – Noddy Holder playing electric guitar and singing “Come on Feel the Noise” on Top of the Pops is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Age 8 – Legendary Flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, live at Bletchley Leisure Centre. I was told it was guitar and expected something like Noddy Holder. What we witnessed was one man (dressed in black – no top hat, covered in mirrors), one acoustic guitar in a huge gymnasium. I was utterly blown away.

Age 9ish – my record collection is bigger than my parents. I play guitar with a tennis racket and regularly beat the hell out of an armchair pretending it’s a drum kit. Music becomes very important to me. It is my light in a dark, frightening and painful world.

Age 13 – My lovely Dad dies. In amongst all of the chaos of my upside down world, I get a proper guitar and retire to my room for some years. The guitar becomes my voice. I am obsessed and possessed – I love to copy the sounds I hear on my favourite records, but also to compose my own music through improvising and experimenting.

Teens – I am painfully awkward socially. Musically, new voices speak to me – Hendrix, Zappa, Beefheart; Bartok, Shostakovich and Beethoven. I love their individuality – their unapologetic and uncompromising creative expression.

Twenties – I discover Irish music and take up the fiddle with gusto. North London pub sessions swimming in Guinness. Drink becomes a prop to blot out the pain. I hear people talk of great Irish musicians who lost the plot – “Ah, the drink got him,” being the reason. My twenties pass in a blur.

Thirties and forties – A beautiful wife and children accompanied with extensive work on my damaged life (including properly letting go of my Dad), damage which had become more exposed due to significantly lower intake of pint-glass administered anaesthetic. I play with lots of different bands – some great, some not so great, but performing music starts to become a nerve-wracking experience – I want to hide in the shadows and avoid the spotlight at all costs.

It was maybe 13 years ago that I received a call from Susannah Darling-Khan, who had seen my ad in the Dartington post office advertising guitar lessons.
At the time, I was teaching in secondary schools and also had a few adult students – the school kids wanted to learn Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson and the adults liked the Beatles, folk and classic rock. It paid the bills. I also played in a band – barndances mainly – again the income was useful, but it felt like I could have been replaced by a CD without anyone noticing (this was OK in a way though, as it kept me out of the spotlight). I sometimes used to play out of tune on purpose (Les Dawson-style) to see if anyone would notice. Nobody, except the others in band, ever noticed.

People told me how wonderful it was to be able to work in music like this. And, yes, it was better than working 9 to 5 in an office for some faceless company. But I’d lost sight of what drew me to music in the first place. The excitement had gone. I spent my working life watching the clock, feeling resentful and depressed.

It wasn’t long before the meaningless of it all got to me and I started to get panic attacks when performing. I gave it up altogether and resigned myself to the “fact” that I simply wasn’t cut out for playing live. I just about managed to keep a few students going, and threw myself into writing. I got several books published on playing music, which was great. Perhaps I’d found my niche. It was certainly easier to cope with the solitary work of writing books, than the stress of playing in public.

So, I went round to Susannah and Ya’Acov’s place in Huxhams Cross, with my Beatles, Hendrix, Bob Dylan sheets in my bag. When I arrived, I soon realised this was going to be something different. The house was amazing – calm and beautiful; spacious and yet filled with striking and unusual objects. I was warmly welcomed and soon felt very at ease.
We worked on various different aspects of guitar playing, and soon moved on to songs that Susannah & Ya'Acov had written, which became the main focus of the sessions.

Each time I visited, I became more and more aware of the amazing lives of Susannah & Ya'Acov. From booking lesson times to fit in with trips to the Rainforest, or giving workshops in the Czech Republic; to turning up to give Susannah a lesson and passing Ya’Acov on his way out to bury some willing participants for the weekend on Dartmoor.

I don’t think I realised it at the time, but somewhere in the back of my mind, I realised that they were doing what I dreamed of. Their gift was movement and dance, which they shared in the most meaningful way. They didn’t have to give lessons in tap-dancing and ballet to pay the bills before they did the meaningful stuff. Their lives were brimming with meaning and they were doing what they loved. They worked hard, but didn’t look dragged down and diminished by their work, like I did after a ceilidh or day teaching in school. They glowed.

Roll on a couple of years and I got another call from Susannah. She wanted to record some of her songs and would I be willing to help out on guitar? I jumped at the chance. I love recording! She also said that she was looking for a violin player – someone who can play in a folky style rather than classical. “I may be able to help with that,” I said.

So, I went round with guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass in hand. We started recording songs that would feature on the album “All the Earth is Sacred”. The studio was the lounge at their house in Huxham’s Cross. From the basic foundation guitar tracks, the songs started to grow with the addition of other instruments. Susannah directed the music and I did my best to recreate the sound that was in her head. Sometimes she would just ask me to let go and play whatever I wanted. The songs really started to take shape. Other people played on top – percussion, flutes, cellos, vocals…

My wife Mahrey, contributed recorder and my son, Louis was brought in on drum kit. I think he must have been about 12 or 13 at the time. He’s now studying music at Leeds. Music has always been his passion. Back then, he was just a little lad behind all those drums, but the sound he made was so big, so professional.
When I heard the album for the first time, I couldn’t believe how beautifully it had all come together, with all the beautiful harmony singing and Ya’Acov’s amazing vocalisations (I can’t think how better to describe them!). It was particularly special for me to hear the tracks that Louis played on, like Sun Song and Earth Under Our Feet. It’s difficult to put into words how beautiful it was to hear him and me playing together on the album.

I’ll always remember the powerful emotions that I felt when recording the bass part to Oh Lord God, which is probably my favourite song on the album.
Soon after this album was released, Susannah and Ya'Acov asked if I’d like to come and play for the Winter Dream Dance – I think this was 3 or 4 years ago. I was not performing at all at the time. I had a lot more teaching on and avoided playing in public like the plague. One of my fears was falling apart on stage – bursting into tears. The fear of that happening would often lead to the panic attacks.

My initial feeling was to avoid playing for the Dance. Then I thought about it and came to the conclusion that bursting into tears in this situation would not be a problem at all – quite the opposite. So I decided to go for it. This turned out to be a major turning point for me in my life as a musician. Something for which I will be eternally grateful.

I was nervous when I arrived to play. It was not like any gig I’d experienced before. The hushed, sacred atmosphere, dimmed lights, altars to the elements. Susannah talked through the plan for the evening – some of the songs from the album were going to be played – “OK, fine,” I know them, I thought. But there were also going to be sections called “Mind”, “Heart” and “Community” to name a few. No pre-planned chord structure, no sheet music. Just play…
In my mind, I felt a bit thrown by this. But, in my heart, I was coming home. The freedom was what I was craving – getting me back to my initial excitement in music.

As we began playing on that night, everybody got up and started to move and dance. I’d played for ceilidhs, but this was very different. There was no-one yelling down a microphone telling people to move 8 to the right, 8 to the left, do-si-do, swing your partners. This was free. Free music and free movement. It brought a whole new level of meaning to the music I was playing. It all made sense. A beautiful evening and not a hint of panic – I breathed freely and felt on top of the world.

Later that year came the amazing Long Dance. This was like the Winter Dance, except bigger. A massive tent, 200 dancers and a big band – I was surrounded by percussionists. Time wasn’t a relevant concept, yet the thought of playing for 5 or 6 hours non-stop would usually be daunting, to say the least. But, here, I felt I could have carried on indefinitely. My confidence was growing and I’d rediscovered my love of improvising, at the same time discovering a new love of playing for free dancing.

Since then, I’ve played at two more Winter Dream Dances and one more Long Dance, as well as working with Susannah on Torch Songs, an album with which I feel a strong emotional connection. Before recording a new song, Susannah would tell me the inspiration and the story behind the songs, which enabled me to connect on a deeper level than simply following a chord pattern and reading a pre-written part. We’d sit and strum through the song together for me to get a feel for it, then switch the mic on, build up the layers and watch as the song blossomed in front of us. I love all the songs on the album, from the delicate Water and Stars to the huge build-up of Moon Song. The Force of the Forest was very moving, having played at the Long Dance and met Manari from the Amazon. The death of my father, along with other difficult memories, came up at times during the recording process, particularly in the song Let Her Go. I feel like I opened up, let go and gave much more of myself – which was made possible by the fact that Susannah and Ya’Acov are both so generous with their love and support.

Postamble:

Age 50. A milestone – a new beginning. I’ve discovered that music heals and want to share it with more people. I don’t want to hide any more. I’ve also met an amazing drummer/ percussionist/ didgeridoo player, called Ash – when we play there are no set-lists, no plans, no rehearsals. We just let go and play and it works. A subtle shift is happening. A move from “teacher who does a bit of performing on the side” is changing to “first and foremost a musician who does a bit of teaching on the side”.
I love recording and playing live, and I am available. Please get in touch if you want help with a recording project or if would like live music for whatever you want to do that needs live music. My email is philberthoud@hotmail.co.uk and mobile is +44 (0)752 7006437.
The albums “All the Earth is Sacred” and “Torch Songs” can be heard at www.music-medicine.co.uk.

Thank you Susannah and Ya’Acov for playing such a big part in my healing and growth.

Phil Berthoud
By Susannah
A massive thank-you to the musician Phil Berthoud for sharing his personal story in this month’s newsletter. Phil’s musical light blesses both Susannah’s last albums, as well as the Winter Dream Dance and the Summer Long Dance. We are sure you’ll be moved by his article in this newsletter.

He is now available for people making music as medicine in many different arenas, not just Movement Medicine. We highly recommend him for his beautiful and versatile musicianship, quality of heart and generosity all round.

Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan

One Hour for One World
By Manda Scott
We met Manda recently, having read her Boudicea series, one of the finest historical novels we have ever read. As she says below, we had met her many years before. She is an extraordinary being and we are glad to introduce you to her here and to a new project that we wish to support. With love, Ya'Acov and Susannah

Many years ago, when I was a young veterinary surgeon in Cambridge, beginning to explore the shamanic path and all things associated with it, I went on a local workshop in 5 Rhythms, dancing with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan. The dancing didn’t speak to me particularly, but the clear, compassionate, inspiring energy of the two people running it made a huge impression.

Fast forward over two decades and I’m teaching my own courses and writing of the things that might change the way we live. The Boudica: Dreaming books have travelled around the world, bringing the story of these lands and the gods who live here to explorers of many nations. I know it’s over two decades because I hadn’t begun writing when first we met, and at my twenty year anniversary of first publication, I decided to take a sabbatical and come down to Schumacher college, to study for an MA in Economics for Transition in an effort to work out how we can get from where we are to where we need to be in a way that honours the worlds of spirit and the dream.

And I find that the college is less than thirty minutes’ drive from where Susannah and Ya’acov live now, and that I share the postgraduate course with their nephew. Meeting again has been one of the great joys of the past turbulent year. And when it became clear that ONE HOUR for ONE WORLD needed to happen, it was a delight to share that first hour with Ya’acov and Susannah.

My hope –my dream– is that this is the first of many, many shared hours by many people-of-spirit around the world.

This is the offer that went out last week, and that comes now to you:

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Our world is in a state of flux and as the old order breaks down, many of us are pursuing our activism in radical ways. But we have a spiritual base to our lives and in this, numbers count: the history of humanity – and recent experience – teaches us that we work best when we work together. The power of focussed intent to bring compassion to the world is genuine, demonstrable and badly needed.

Whatever your belief system, whatever your form of contemplative practice, now is the time to act.

So: One Hour for One World

We commit one hour, once a month, of focussed practice, whatever that may be. We will gather, alone or in groups, on the first Sunday of every month at 7pm GMT (2pm Eastern Time). If Sunday is not an appropriate day for you, please pick the time during your holy day.

Please spread the word. There’s a Twitter feed at @OneHourOneWorld and a Facebook Page.

If you want to sign up to an email list for regular updates, go here: https://forms.aweber.

In the meantime, be kind to yourself and the world. Stay centered. Don’t burn out.

Thank you

Spirited Heart Friendship
By Rosie and Ben
This is a conversation between Rosie Perks and Ben Yeger. It is about their heart friendship, about their dance- and Movement Medicine journey together, and about a new workshop offering they have created together – as a shared medicine of their experience of and learning about the healing heart journey of inner grief and conflict.

Ben:
About 9 years ago I was on the Phoenix Retreat in Orval. Following the first dance, I was there preparing to eat my dinner with all the anticipation and excitement that comes with starting a new journey. Just as I was about to take my first spoonful of whatever very healthy food it was, I heard a voice, soft and open, saying – “Hi, I’m Rosie, Frazer's partner and I’m looking forward to dancing with you” (Or something to that effect). I immediately felt a connection, a knowing in my heart, a feeling that this was to be the start of a long journey together, of a long lasting friendship, on and off the dance floor. And indeed it has been that. Rosie and my journey has been deeply connected to heart work. Embodied heart work – it is where we meet, it is who we are. We both have personal stories of grief (in very different forms) and both recognize the relationship between inner and outer conflict. We have both been on our own personal journey of discovery in how to work with our heart stories, becoming more and more available so that we can offer this work to others. I believe that we have been courageous in our willingness to work with the challenges of Grief and Conflict and as a result we have something rich to offer.

Together we have travelled through Apprenticeship, Professional training and the building of our practices as MM teachers.

We have laughed, cried, been silent, held each other in moments of challenge and always been willing to stay the course. What has typified our connection has been a seeking of authenticity and heart connection.

Rosie:
Thanks Ben for that introduction!

In reading this I appreciate, as always, Ben's willingness to say it how he sees it. I notice also my desire to correct him and I love the fact I know I can and he would either smile and say 'oh yes I see' or disagree and both would be fine. That's one of the things I really love about our relationship – the honesty and ability to say what we see without it jeopardizing our friendship.

So I would like to say that I probably called Frazer my husband and not my partner and that I don't recall saying I was looking forward to dancing with him! But then that's also a thing I love about Ben he is always willing to jump in and risk himself and often sees things I haven't yet come to recognize. We have a friendship of true trust, and a capacity within that to be honest and direct with each other. We have held each other through some truly rugged terrain and, with our spouses, explored some of the desperate edges of long term relationship.

I say all this to acknowledge Ben and our richness of connection but also to make clear the ground we share and therefore work within, the places we are unafraid to go, not because we are reckless but because we know we can traverse them safely.

Ben:
Thanks for clarifying that Rosie. It is so refreshing to have a friend who is willing to correct me when it is needed – it makes me smile. And as I remember it, a few months ago we decided that the time is ripe to manifest this dream of co creating a dancing offer for others – not an exact date but near enough?

Rosie:
In that I have no need to correct you, Ben! I feel deep joy, and trust is this evolution of our work – I have that feeling one has when we know in our bones we are onto something.

Ben:
Phew... Spirit of The Dancing Heart is our first step on the trail of this dream and is deeply connected to our individual and joint journey. It is a direct manifestation of our commitment to honour our tender hearts in the face of adversity and sometimes pain.

We are aware that we are in times of challenge and opportunity, a time of unprecedented upheaval and change. We believe that giving space to honour and heal our relationship to grief and conflict and the myriad of other emotions held in our hearts in these times is essential.

Rosie:
... so we invite you to come and explore with us the vast terrain of the heart, and be held in our shared and individual edges, knowing that the seeds of new growth are always waiting for us within the depths of our hearts.

This weekend journey is an opportunity to dance, celebrate and be awake to what is true in our hearts. We offer you the container of our heartful friendship as the central source of our joint medicine. Hope to see you in Dartington, for Spirit of the Dancing Heart, 10–12th of March 2017.

Watch Rosie and Ben discuss the workshop in more depth in this video.

Find out more about Ben and Rosie here.

Apprenticeship and More
By Roland
Hi everyone, If you are considering joining this year’s Apprenticeship group starting in October then please be aware that the applications should be in by March 13th. To find out more about the Apprenticeship programme and the pre-requisite work you will need to do before you join please go to

this page. This is also where you can download the Application Form.

There are two key workshops which are absolute pre-requisites for the Apprenticeship. The first is The Phoenix Retreat 15 – 21st May. Please note this workshop is almost fully book already, and the early booking discount runs out on the 15th Feb. The other pre-requisite workshop is Initiation 9 – 17th September.

There a special offer on Movement Medicine Webinar subscriptions. If you book between now and 4 pm February 21st then there is a reduced price of £30 rather than the full price of £35. For your subscription, you get 10 live webinars and access to entire large back catalogue of recorded webinars which you can access as often and whenever you want. The next webinar will be run by Ya’Acov on Tuesday 21st 7.30 pm UK time. To get the special price please go to http://www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com/workshops/classes-online/bringing-the-dance-back-home-webinar/ and scroll down till you see the February special offer.

Best wishes

Roland

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
The beginnings of a new year, and a new time brings some new workshops, and a wide variety of dance journeys on offer in many different countries and continents. Dare, dream, dance, feel; surprise and be surprised, move and be moved ...

February 14: Bringing the Dance Back Home. Webinar, online.
The webinar offers you the music, space and guidance to discover and strengthen your personal dance practice at home (or wherever you are). Experience a led Movement Medicine session in your own living room, invite friends to join in, and feel connected as the wider Movement Medicine community is joining in. Its £35 for 10 webinars, plus the online access to all the past webinars.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

February 15–19: Re-Creation with Ya'Acov. Oslow, Norway.
A great journey for the still 'early hours' of the year, takes the dancers into transformation of relationship, of past stories, and guide you into stronger, more sound empowerment within yourself and within that which matters to you on your path. This workshop includes a Dance Ceremony, the S.E.E.R Process (systemic essential energy retrieval) and an introduction of the archetypes present in Movement Medicine: the Dancing Warrior, the Wise Elder and the Fool.
Contact
Kathrin Keller: +49 30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

February 16: Move! Evening, with Susannah, Lausanne, Switzerland.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening
. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.

February 1719: Arch of Time with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on February 17.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact
Monika Dittli: +41 078 738 84 70; modi@gmx.ch

March 3–5: 21 Gratitudes with Ya'Acov. Philadelphia, USA
Learning about the 21 Gateways of the Movement Medicine mandala, the dancer gets to immerse in this deep shamanic and healing work with its maps, tools and invitations to find out what the dancer brings, what needs releasing, and what parts can still shift and transform through the power of kind and loving illumination.
Contact
Rebekah Zhuraw: 001 215-498-1780; rebekah@5rhythmsphilly.com

March 3–5: Being Human with Christian De Sousa. Hamburg, Germany.
With
Open Evening, March 3.
The delicious experience and expression of being human becomes a moving medicine as the dancer takes these various notions of being human into the dance – of being present, being in relationship, belonging to community and to a vast web of life and the universal energy of love. Any inquiries about the experience of being human is given over to the fluidity of body in motion and expression.
Contact
Nina Jütting: +49 (0)172 415 2070; mail@ninajuetting.de

March 10–12: Spirit of the Dancing Heart with Rosie Perks and Ben Yeger. Dartington. UK.
This newly developed workshop invites the dancer to meet deeply with the landscapes of the heart. We dance with grief and inner conflict, finding the gems these emotions and experiences offer, moving towards transformation and healing of old heart wounds, and towards more freedom of the heart. All this of course, with deep acceptance of oneself, courage and personal authenticity.

Contact Emily: 07876 494070; beyournotenow@gmail.com

March 10–12: Arch of Time with Susannah. Zimbabwe.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact Maaianne:
maaianne@gmail.com

March 11–12: Arch of Time with Ya'Acov. Burlington, Vermont, USA.
With
Move! Evening on March 10.
In this weekend workshop, we are tracing an arc of time, with body and dance and movement meditation. This arc going back to our rich ancestral heritage, of support and connection, source and learning opportunities, and going forth, through the power of presence, into daring to offer all that we hold inside our selves.
Contact Carolyne Cook:
cecookevt@comcast.net

March 14: Bringing the Dance Back Home. Webinar.
The webinar offers you the music, space and guidance to discover and strengthen your personal dance practice at home (or wherever you are). Experience a led Movement Medicine session in your own living room, invite friends to join in, and feel connected as the wider Movement Medicine community is joining in. Its £35 for 10 webinars, plus the online access to all the past webinars.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

March 17–19: Ceremony in the City with Susannah. Johannesburg, South Africa
This is an invitation to a dancing vision quest in a city setting. It takes courage and curiosity to dive into the dance of vision, purpose, and the truth of self expression, yet the rewards can appear in the beauty of uniting all of your sources of intelligence, and in the guidance and support present.
Contact
Ryan: +27 (0)82 552 0619; ryanklette@gmail.com

March 18–19: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Prague, Czech Republic.
With Awakening the Dancer on March 17.
At the start of a new year, honouring and acknowledging the path our heart has taken in this life so far, and listening into the wisdom the heart holds and expresses. While dancing with whatever landscape your heart reveals, we establish a strong grounds in ourselves which can support the heart in navigating these challenging times of today.
Contact Veronika Živa: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

March 19–24: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Ya'Acov. Esalen, USA.
Finding to our own heart and the wisdom it holds, and in movement finding the empowerment to show up as responsible and choice-full human beings to extend that expression of our hearts – as our vision and our gift to the world from our true and strong centre. Our world needs a new and more respectful story, and this workshop in an invitation to dance with your part of that new story.
Contact Esalen: +1 831 667 3000; info@esalen.org

March 24–26: Power of the Heart with Susannah. Cape Town, South Africa.
Exploring the great beauty and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, identifying it as your personal guide, and learning about and dancing through your full emotional landscape.
Contact Samantha and Chrisna:
movement.medicine.capetown@gmail.com

March 24–26: Return of the Light with Ya'Acov. Washington, USA.
Connecting with the inner dancer, we are giving body, heart and mind a spring cleanse to release and make space for the light to stream into dance and being and for the new it brings. We are giving space to realignment of self and certainty of direction in this year ahead, so that we can be all we are and give all we got.
Contact
Aletia: 001 360 344 4475; info@madronamindbody.com

March 31 –April 2: Soulful with Ya'Acov. Luzern, Switzerland.
With
Move! Evening on March 31.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul (and heart-)
landscape that you hold, brought with you, are, and unfolding into. In this deep landscape, we will walk and dance, to find out more of who we are, and what the heart is speaking of. We will harvest some more self empowerment, and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape that we are and that is through us.
Contact Katriona Forester: +41 33 676 2708, kat@kf-events.ch

April 3: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Geneva, Switzerland.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Véronique Champalou:
+33 7 81 46 57 49, inmotioneurope@gmail.com

April 7–9: Resource with David Mooney. Budapest, Hungary.
With
Awakening the Dancer on April 7.
However fast the word or the outside may be changing and moving, there is this great Resource we hold inside, which can keep us connected to our inner wisdom, intuition and to the deep knowledge of our heart and soul. This weekend is an invitation for the dancers to strengthen and widen this inner ground of centre and stability.
Contact Patricia:
Patricia Mihályi +36 70 545 7811, mihalyi.p@gmail.com 

April 12: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Antwerp, Belgium.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact
Luc: + 32 61 32 99 20, luc@owc.be

April 13: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Utrecht, Holland.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest, while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Marold: info@maroldemmelkamp.nl

April 14–16: Soulful with Ya'Acov. Paris, France.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul (and heart-)
landscape that you hold, brought with you, are, and unfolding into. In this deep landscape, we will walk and dance, to find out more of who we are, and what the heart is speaking of. We will harvest some more self empowerment, and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape that we are and that is through us.
Contact
Pierre-Henri Therond: + 33 615 325 816, pierrehenritherond@gmail.com

April 1416: Recourde Life Lab with Susannah. London, UK.
In this new workshop, the dancers can discover new possibilities of showing up in this life, and new possibilities of engaging and relating to body, heart and mind, inviting widened awareness and presences within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit to be empowered to integrate this into every day life.
Contact Alex Hanly: +44 (0)7868 842219, alexhanly@hotmail.com

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www. schoolofmovementmedicine.com