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Issue: February Newsletter

Dancing into another Year
By Hanna
Dear Movement Medicine Community! I hope you all travelled well into another another year, fresh and inspired. I was blessed to transition between the years with Movement Medicine, participating in a wonderful 2-day workshop with Petra Bongartz in Cape Town. Waiting for you already is an abundance of wonderful workshops of many different kinds in many different places with many different wonderful teachers. For more inspiration and information on all the offerings coming up, read on.

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland:
roland@rwevents.co.uk

9–10 February: Heart of Brothers Module 2 with Ben Yeger. Nantes, France.
This is a wonderful and precious offering to the men in our communities: a safe space for playful yet deep discovery and expression of purpose, of emotion, of getting real and vulnerable with each other, of freeing oneself from limiting conditioning, and much more … It is an ongoing group, meeting three times in seven months, the last module bringing together the group of men with the group of women who journeyed through their own process at the same time.
Contact Virginie Rastello:
virginie@e-luminescences.fr

16–17 February: Heart of Brothers Module 1 with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
This is a wonderful and precious offering to the men in our communities: a safe space for playful yet deep discovery and expression of purpose, of emotion, of getting real and vulnerable with each other, of freeing oneself from limiting conditioning, and much more … It is an ongoing group, meeting three times in seven months, the last module bringing together the group of men with the group of women who journeyed through their own process at the same time.
Contact Katrin Kohlbecher or Juergen Schellheimer: +49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de;
s-juergen@web.de

19 February: Bringing the Dance back Home. Webinar, online. With David Mooney.
This is a wonderful way to get to know Movement Medicine or integrate workshop experiences and bridge the medicine of the dance into your every day life. It is also a way to connect with the wider Movement Medicine community around the world. The webinar offers you the music, space and guidance to discover and strengthen your personal dance practice at home (or wherever you are).
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255
roland@rwevents.co.uk

22 Feb–3 March: Apprenticeship Module Immersion and Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov and Susannah, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This gathering combines the ‘Immersion’ Apprenticeship Module with the joining in at the end of any Apprentices, past or present, and teachers of MM for the combined Ceremony of the Winter Dream Dance.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

23–24 February: Wisdom of Conflict with Ben Yeger. Hasselt, Belgium.
With Move! Evening on 22nd of February.
Mostly we have unconscious patterns that are repeated over and over of how to meet situations of conflict. This workshop invites you to find some of these personal stories and guides you into bringing movement and physical exploration to the relationship between inner and outer conflict, finding new roads and possibilities enhanced by change as opposed to repetition.
Contact Luc:
+32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

27 Feb–2 March: Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov & Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
The Winter Dream Dance is open to all Apprentices and is a gathering and a ceremony co-creation for and with any teachers or Apprentices of Movement Medicine. A time to come together to immerse in community, prayer, support and ceremony together.
Contact Roland: Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

8–12 March: One Dance Tribe with Christian de Sousa. Garrison, NY, USA.
This is a space to come together as a community and be part of while also witnessing the profound impact and power our dances, intentions and prayers have, if we bring them together as a community. This is an ancient part of our communities which we can bring back if we chose to.
Contact: info@onedancetribe.com; +1(808) 205-4629

8–10 March: Ashes and Blossom with Rosie Perks. Dartington, UK.
This safe space invites us to dance and be intimate with our grief and heart-break, as a part of our lives. Grief brings a certain intelligence and can show us more about who we are and what really matters to us. The dancing, moving body creates its own safe container as it best knows how to move with and transform intense emotion in a healthy way. This allows us to do deep process-work and find the blossoms in our grief.
Contact Clare:
+44 (0)7593 452882; clareephil@live.co.uk

12 March: Bringing the Dance back Home. Webinar, online.
This is a wonderful way to get to know Movement Medicine or integrate workshop experiences and bridge the medicine of the dance into your every day life. It is also a way to connect with the wider Movement Medicine community around the world. The webinar offers you the music, space and guidance to discover and strengthen your personal dance practice at home (or wherever you are).
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255
roland@rwevents.co.uk

13–16 March: The Alchemist’s Garden with Ya’Acov. Israel, Palestine.
This powerful workshop employs the medicine wheel of the five chambers of the heart
(awakening, integrity, surrender, gratitude and grace) as an alchemical process to cleanse, empower and strengthen the heart and transform the trauma of the past into the gold of the present. Bringing together the intelligence of the body, the consciousness of the mind and the powerful instinct of our heart, we have all we need to allow any emotion to run its expression through our system.
Contact Michal: michalisraelstam@gmail.com; +972 522 590 109

15–17 March: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Brno, Czech Republic.
From this workshop you will take with you many awesome Movement Medicine tools that can empower and ground you in the emotional landscape of your heart. Especially in our changing and shifting times it is important to remain present with and centred in the heart to navigate life and relationships. You will be planting ‘heart seeds’ for this new year, you will get to know more about the dancer inside you, learning a tree of life meditation and much more.
Contact Veronika Ziva: veronika@dansea.cz

15–17 March: Love Stories with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on 15th of March.
Love matters to all of us. This is a deep, challenging and revelatory workshop, dancing into becoming more conscious of our unconscious patterns in love and relationship. This workshop is for everyone who wishes to enquire into their own part in the repeating relationship (as in intimate relationship) 'dances' to become more compassionately conscious and choiceful about what we bring to the table of our relationship. This workshop is open to everyone who wants to take this journey, regardless of your current relationship status.
Contact Monika Dittli: +41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

16–17 March: The Dreaming Heart with Christian de Sousa. Philadelphia, USA.
With Move! Evening on 15th of March.
Including a whole-day dance ceremony, this workshop dives into the wonders and beauty of the heart and what it holds in our lives: our passion, that which is really important to us, all our emotions and the strong capacity to heal and feel and to connect with live and others around us.
Contact Rebekah Zhuraw: +1 215 498 1780; rebekah@thephillytribe.com

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership & Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With Move! Evening on 22nd of March.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine. This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, presence, clarity, self-trust, and the ability to support, encourage, motivate and listen, as well as direct and hold appropriate boundaries. Personal authority together with the skill to co-create makes for creative, powerful team work and play. Come along to dance, to play, to co-create and to remember that everyone has a role to play.
Contact Nanna Heinz:
+45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk

22–24 March: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Norway.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Marit Winther: +47 45 604 535; maritwinther@hotmail.com

29–31 March: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Milan, Italy.
From this workshop you will take with you many awesome Movement Medicine tools that can empower and ground you in the emotional landscape of your heart. Especially in our changing and shifting times it is important to remain present with and centred in the heart to navigate life and relationships. You will be planting ‘heart seeds’ for this new year, you will get to know more about the dancer inside you, learning a tree of life meditation and much more.
Contact Camille Barrios: +39 349 19 86 397; danceweaving@camillebarrios.com

30–31 March: Heart of Brothers, Module 2 with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
This is a wonderful and precious offering to the men in our communities: a safe space for playful yet deep discovery and expression of purpose, of emotion, of getting real and vulnerable with each other, of freeing oneself from limiting conditioning, and much more … It is an ongoing group, meeting three times in seven months, the last module bringing together the group of men with the group of women who journeyed through their own process at the same time.
Contact Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de OR s-juergen@web.de

For any Movement Medicine offerings in your area, please also look at the directory of qualified Movement Medicine teachers word wide. Follow this link.

Me, Earth and the Horses Who Have Led me Home
By Susannah Darling Khan
I was an unusual mix of a child. Energetic and full of beans, but at the same time shy, ethereal and not quite here. I needed ground and I knew it. I needed to dance, and I needed earthy physicality; rock and soil and wind and heather and hay. I needed to be with animals: cows, dogs, sheep, goats, horses and chickens were an intrinsic part of my childhood.

I sought them out and worked on many a smallholding or farm as a happy volunteer. I’d cycle home from school, where I was intellectually obsessed with science, do my homework and then disappear to whichever farm I was currently helping out at.

I was extremely lucky in having parents for whom holidays meant camping in wild places in the Lake District and walking those magical hillsides. I was also supremely lucky to have an Uncle and Aunt who were some of the first organic farmers of the modern era.

Uncle Arthur and Aunty Liz’s small 30 acre farm was called ‘Tyllwyd’. From some of the fields you could see the wide stretch of Cardigan Bay, coloured anew each sunset. ‘Tyllwyd’, which means grey house in Welsh, was an unpainted farm house with a dilapidated outside loo. My Uncle and Aunt gave a good, heartful ground to many young people looking for their way. In terms of money they were poor but, in the soul, they were the richest people I knew. They were interacting with the land, the elements and those beautiful cows. They were doing what was true and meaningful to them and so they were satisfied. 

As a child already enraptured with nature, simply the rich intoxicating smells of earth and hay and cows were enough to keep my soul engaged and yearning for more. Each year we would go in the summer to help with the hay harvest and this was my heaven on earth. Their herd of about 14 beautiful golden Jersey cows were deeply beloved to me: Silver Rain, peaceful and gentle and wise, Maid Marion, beautiful and shy and Razzle Dazzle, huge and wild and a bit frightening. Each of them was tended personally and lovingly as my Uncle attempted to keep his deal with his cows. He had made what I can only call a spiritual agreement with them that they would give him milk to help him live and support his family and he would look after them as best he could, even when they were no longer economically viable. They were milked by hand and cared for with natural remedies. They kept their natural horns and fierce good looks.

Being allowed to learn to milk was a deep blessing. Silver Rain was the patient, older teacher cow for beginners such as 8 year old me. And I loved her and still do. My own life as a baby had been accompanied by much tender loving but a difficult relationship with feeding, which Aunty Liz had also helped my mother with. Discovering, as an older child, that I could get milk easily from Silver Rain was a beautiful healing. Those cups of milk, warm and directly from Silver Rain were a blessing in my childhood. I feel as if I know why cows are sacred in India; their beatific, peaceful and curious nature feels holy to me. And then, as well as that, they give us milk. I have spent many an hour, as a child and as an adult, comforted by the calm sound of cows, horses and goats eating hay.

I remember watching my cousins milking, the muscles of their forearms sculpted by long practice. I learnt to milk, and I had enough strength for one cow, but not for the long stream of them who came to the milking byre every single morning and evening. It’s a job that takes calm, precise, gentle, strong, movements (and incredible commitment – imagine, twice a day EVERY single day of the year) and offers a calm, benevolent peace. It’s rare now for anyone to have this experience of hand milking in the industrialised world. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to experience it. Milking is done, almost everywhere, by machine and it’s a totally different vibe. Learning how to tuck the milking stool under me, wash the cows udders carefully with warm water, absorbing the sweet smell of the oats and molasses as the cow licked her bowl clean, and then the satisfying singing of the milk rhythmically jetting into the bucket, the cow peacefully chewing the cud.

My early years of working with cows, goats and hay imbued in me a love of the land and my farming Aunty Liz and Uncle Arthur in Wales were my first teachers of how to communicate with body language with the animals. I am blessed to have had this unusual heritage that is rare in our world these days. I am very grateful to you Arthur and Liz. THANK YOU! I thought they might be surprised by how often I refer to their teachings in my teachings. I’ve since shared this writing with them and they tell me that are actually not surprised, but they are very pleased. Here is a little video I made to say “thank you!” to them. I share it with you with their kind permission.

It was 2010. “Giu-on, Giu-on!” I call to the oxen. I wait. Nothing happens. I hold the ploughhead, an ancient horn of metal, its tip piercing the deep dark loam of this Andean mountainside, ready to feel the ancient earth curl up from the ploughhead in this ancient way, as I had just seen it done by our indigenous host. I call again, this time more of a shout; “Giu-On! Giu-On!”. The oxen turn languidly to look behind them, their deep brown eyes contemplating me curiously. One more try: “Giu-On! Giu-On!” I shout with even more volume and oomph. Nothing. More slow, languid looks from up in front. The indigenous people watching are bent double with quiet laughter. As I join in, recognising that there was something here that I seriously didn’t understand, they let their laughter peal out and we all join in this joke of mis-communication. I’d known how to communicate with Arthur and Liz’s cows. This was clearly different. “What am I doing wrong?” I asked, through the translator. “You need to whisper”, came back the response. “Oh!” That is not what I expected to be told. “Please show me” I say. I held the plough, the teacher whispered the words which mean “go” and taught me the words which mean “go right”, “go left” and “stop”. The oxen move forward now, the surging steady power of them, pulling the plough through the deep, black soil. I follow its dark cresting wave, the fertile black volcanic soil arcing to revealing its luscious underbelly. Now that I have managed to make myself comprehensible to the oxen, it seems easier than I had imagined, the earth curling back in loops of glistening black fertility. I whisper the words, they pull, haul the plough up and down the narrow terrace of this field. I experience the land. I feel it through my hand. I smell its pungent warmth. I hear it call to me. I’m in tears, tears of gratitude for the earth, the mountain; Imbabura, the oxen. When we stop, I rest with them, and feel the heart of them. They lick my salty hand with their rough tongues. I feel home. I hear the whisper of the land saying to me: “You are a child of the land. You need land. You need land to tend and to tend you”.

Soon after that, back home in Devon, we were playfully looking at houses for sale on the internet. We had accepted the instruction about land that I’d received in the Andes, but we had also accepted that the ‘land time’ in our lives might come in ten years or so. However, we were amusing ourselves looking online at houses with land. As Ya’Acov scrolled down the page, two beautiful golden horses caught my eye. “Oh! Let’s look at that one!” I said, just wanting to look at the horses. Then we saw it: ‘Mini eco-estate’ We decided to go and have a look, chiefly (and cheekily) to look for inspiration about what was possible. Once we walked into the house, Ya’Acov, feeling the warmth from the ground source heating underfloor, sank onto his knees with tears in his eyes and said: “We’re home!” And so it was.

Johnny, who was selling the land, let us stay there one night in our camper-van. We did a drum ceremony and tuned into the spirit of the land. We introduced ourselves and our dreams to the land and asked, if we were to come and live there, whether that would be good, and what it would want from us. We heard the land whisper to us, and we’ve been following that whisper ever since. It said to me: “Help me flower again!” I sense that this dance is only just beginning.

One of the dreams we have is to make hay by hand, and my Uncle and Aunt might even find a way to come and show us how. Hay meadows are one way to encourage and support bio-diversity of plants, insects, butterflies, bees and all that is supported by them. Watch this space!

You might say: What has this got to do with Movement Medicine? For me, it is all part of the same dream, to return home into deep connection with the nature inside us and around us. I am beginning, gently, to write my harvest to share with the world and our teaching journey goes on. Ya’Acov is preparing for the launch of his new and superb book: Shaman – Opening the Doors Between the Worlds (Hay House October 2019). As our work widens out into the world through his literary flowering, we are also rooting deeper into connection with the land that holds us. From Ugborough to Imbabura, THANK YOU land! And from the nourishment of this rooting, I look forward to sharing the blossoming of our membership site – Movement Tribe (see Ya’Acov’s article) and everything else that will flow from it as we continue to teach. I am anticipating that for me, the proportions of ‘home and away’ changing. This has become a personal need for me, and I am incredibly happy and grateful to be able to return to ground before I am ground down into it, and thereby to nourish my offerings out to the world.

David Attenborough recently said when interviewed by Prince William at Davos:
..... There has never been a time when more people have been out of touch with the natural world than as now. And we have to recognise that every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food we take comes from the natural world. And that if we damage the natural world we damage ourselves. We are one coherent ecosystem.
It’s not just
(my emphasis) a question of beauty, or interest or wonder. The essential ingredient, the central part of human life, is a healthy planet. We are in the danger of wrecking that and if we don’t recognise the kind of connections I’ve been talking about, the whole of the planet becomes in hazard. And we are in danger of destroying the natural world and with it, ourselves.

I thoroughly recommend Ecosia (a green google – try it, they plant trees and are wonderful) and taking a look at David Attenborough at Davos, and Greta Thunberg (TED, Davos and others). It feels like time to think global and act local, and I’m so grateful that the internet, for all its shadows, enables the kind of direct communication that it does.

I wish you the joy of deepening the relationship with nature inside you in relationship with the natural world outside you, and I wish you faithful following of the whispers that are guiding you, all love, all courage.

You are the earth in the form of a human, so dance!

THANK YOU for being you, love,

Susannah Darling Khan

 

Susannah’s upcoming workshops:

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland:
roland@rwevents.co.uk

22 Feb–3 March: Apprenticeship Module Immersion and Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov and Susannah, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This gathering combines the ‘Immersion’ Apprenticeship Module with the joining in at the end of any Apprentices, past or present, and teachers of MM for the combined Ceremony of the Winter Dream Dance.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

27 Feb–2 March: Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov & Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
The Winter Dream Dance is open to all Apprentices and is a gathering and a ceremony co-creation for and with any teachers or Apprentices of Movement Medicine. A time to come together to immerse in community, prayer, support and ceremony together.
Contact Roland: Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

15–17 March: Love Stories with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on 15th of March.
Love matters to all of us. This is a deep, challenging and revelatory workshop, dancing into becoming more conscious of our unconscious patterns in love and relationship. This workshop is for everyone who wishes to enquire into their own part in the repeating relationship (as in intimate relationship) 'dances' to become more compassionately conscious and choiceful about what we bring to the table of our relationship. This workshop is open to everyone who wants to take this journey, regardless of your current relationship status.
Contact Monika Dittli: +41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With Move! Evening on 22nd of March.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine. This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, presence, clarity, self-trust, and the ability to support, encourage, motivate and listen, as well as direct and hold appropriate boundaries. Personal authority together with the skill to co-create makes for creative, powerful team work and play. Come along to dance, to play, to co-create and to remember that everyone has a role to play.
Contact Nanna Heinz:
+45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk

A Warm Welcome to 'Movement Tribe'
By Ya'Acov Darling Khan
Hello all and a very happy new year to you. I’ve had the simplest and most beautiful start to the year I’ve ever had. Thanks to Susannah having to deal with a minor medical emergency (a tooth related genuinely minor thing but serious enough that we had to cancel a trip to Costa Rica) we spent a month at home together as a family. I say ‘as a family’ because Reuben, our son, has also been at home working, creating his living space on the land we live on.

For the past decade or so, January has been a time for travel to be with our Amazonian family in Ecuador, to spend time in Brazil and in the US. To begin our year with a month together has been a deeply healing journey, provided courtesy of the simple wisdom of a tooth! Reuben has brought a few new morning rituals into our lives. We’ve been getting up in the dark every morning, to drink tea and share our dreams. And as the morning star fades and the daylight breaks, Reuben has got us doing Wim Hoff (the Ice Man) breathing techniques, a little yoga, all followed by slowly submerging ourselves in freezing cold water for two minutes. After that, we’ve warmed our bones again in the sauna.

By 9am, we’ve been ready for the day. I’ve been taking the time to do the next level of editing on my new book, Shaman – Opening the Doors Between the Worlds, which is due for release later this year, on October 8th. It’s been really good to re-read and integrate the latest discoveries my own practice has revealed in the four months since I finished the first draft. Parallel to all this, we’ve all been deeply engaged with finding our next level of response to the deepening crisis and co-arising ‘opportunities for miracles,’ that life in a body on earth in these times presents. Finally, climate change and the mass extinction that we are all part of, is being spoken about more. I saw an amazing speech by Antonio Guterres, the current Secretary general of the United Nations which blew my mind. The combined raised voices of science and our indigenous friends world-wide and the huge awakening I witness in so many places on my travels, are making headway into the centre of our concerns where they need to be. The possibility that our unsustainable way of life may already have taken us past the time when we can change has been a deep shock and motivation for many.

In my own heart I know, that life itself is a miracle. And we have no idea what we or what life is capable of. We have created the perfect storm in which to awaken to who we are and what we are part of. This is no longer in the future. We have woken up in the future we have dreamed. We are in our own sci-fi movie. And as humans, we are beginning to recognise what consummate dreamers and manifestors we are. And as any of you who have dipped your toes in the Movement Medicine ocean will know, what we dream, and therefore how we act, is a core theme in our work. Never more so than now.

The only things we know for certain are that we were born and that we, and all things, will die. Including our sun, and this earth and everything else. When I really look at the mystery of this tiny little planet floating in a vast and expanding universe, there can only be awe. And in my heart, awe leads to love, and love to gratitude, and gratitude to action. Regardless of outcomes, I am moved to act in the ways that make sense to me, before I die. To be honest, sometimes, I am so angry with the design of this whole shebang that we have to die. I just don’t get it. We go through all this, create all this, learn to face our fears enough to love, I mean really love, and then we die? WTF! But then, as my little goatee beard loses its red haze and I join the white-haired ones, acceptance and even the scent of a deeper knowledge has started to emerge from deep inside my bones.

A long time ago, I chose work that I knew would keep me on my toes, evolving with it as my own self-knowledge deepens. I am happy I made that choice. This year, we will begin our 7th and last apprenticeship circle. It is pretty much full. But it is not too late to apply. Life happens and people have to drop out from time to time. So, if it’s in your heart, don’t wait. We are very happy that this will not be the last Movement Medicine apprenticeship. Not by any means, and we are training up a body of brilliant teachers who are dreaming their ways to take this forward. Susannah and I will continue to teach the Professional Training for the next years. Alongside that, we intend to continue to offer a programme of work on the road to share our evolving learnings in the Movement Medicine field.

We plan to travel less. But not to be less available. And this is where I want to tell you all about what we’re dreaming up for launch alongside my new book come the colours of late summer and early autumn.

From August 28th to September 1st, Susannah and I will be hosting what we think will be the first global online Conscious Movement and Dance Conference. It’s called Movement Tribe. The website is currently in creation and we will let you know as soon as it is available to view. For now, here’s a few words to wet your appetite. We’re gathering together a diverse and wonderful panel of presenters, including fellow Founders from other conscious dance and movement practices. The conference will be freely available to all subscribers to participate live (yes, free) and available to buy (as recordings to support your practice) afterwards.

The conference is for the shy and for the bold, for those resistant to being in a body to those who can’t dance enough. Since you can participate from the privacy of your own home, you really can ‘dance like nobody’s watching.’ At the same time, we have been amazed and touched, in our years of experience of teaching online, at the genuine feeling of depth and community that sharing our practices online can provide.

And there’s more. It’s time we updated our online webinar series, Bringing the Dance Back Home. We originally began this seven years ago to support dancers to bring the freedom and deep enquiry of the workshop space back home. It’s been really successful and we’re now planning the next step in its evolution.

Once the conference is over, Movement Tribe will morph into our first online membership site. Membership of the site will be by subscription (price will be dependent on which economic area you live in). Each month, as well as a live online class (which will be archived so that you have access to it if you can’t make it live), there will be an online meeting to share your experiences and ask questions about your practice. We plan to take the membership on a journey through the Movement Medicine mandala and curriculum, with special classes to celebrate and mark the turning of the seasons. We will also develop the curriculum in response to questions and requests.

And all of this will, we hope and intend, enable more and more people word wide to resource their lives with the life of movement as medicine. And when they (or you!) realise that they would love to experience this work in a shared space, with a live teacher (and we know just how precious that is) we have our amazing and growing global cadre of Movement Medicine professionals who you can find through: www.movementmedicineassociation.org

As well as that, we will be posting podcasts about the practice and short videos each month to stay connected. We will be telling you more about this as the year develops but here’s a little hint. The first year of membership will be available at a 50% discount for all subscribers to the webinars. There are still six webinars left in the current format (available for £21-00 for all six) if you want to give this online style of working a go. The next one is with David Mooney on 19th February.

The whole project is being developed over the next few months and we will keep you in touch as it evolves.

So, dear Movement Medicine tribe, sending you all love and greetings from the road and wishing all of us an inspired and deep a start to the year as possible. While the heart still beats, and for the love of life, let’s dance!

Ya’Acov Darling Khan. February 2019


Ya’Acov’s upcoming workshops:

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland:
roland@rwevents.co.uk

22 Feb–3 March: Apprenticeship Module Immersion and Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov and Susannah, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This gathering combines the ‘Immersion’ Apprenticeship Module with the joining in at the end of any Apprentices, past or present, and teachers of MM for the combined Ceremony of the Winter Dream Dance.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

27 Feb–2 March: Winter Dream Dance with Ya’Acov & Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
The Winter Dream Dance is open to all Apprentices and is a gathering and a ceremony co-creation for and with any teachers or Apprentices of Movement Medicine. A time to come together to immerse in community, prayer, support and ceremony together.
Contact Roland: Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

13–16 March: The Alchemist’s Garden with Ya’Acov. Israel, Palestine.
This powerful workshop employs the medicine wheel of the five chambers of the heart
(awakening, integrity, surrender, gratitude and grace) as an alchemical process to cleanse, empower and strengthen the heart and transform the trauma of the past into the gold of the present. Bringing together the intelligence of the body, the consciousness of the mind and the powerful instinct of our heart, we have all we need to allow any emotion to run its expression through our system.
Contact Michal: michalisraelstam@gmail.com; +972 522 590 109

22–24 March: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Norway.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Marit Winther: +47 45 604 535; maritwinther@hotmail.com

 

Have You Heard Her?
By Susannah Darling Khan
Dear all, I know Facebook has many problems, but right now I’m still enjoying the possibility it gives to share, especially on my own personal page, where I have the sense that I am curating an 'art gallery' of posts (both my own and other people’s) which I find inspiring, challenging, informing and helpful.

And I’m aware that many of you don’t “do” FB. So, in case you’ve missed them, do look up (with Ecosia, our eco search engine of choice) both Greta Thunberg's and David Attenborough’s recent talks (at Davos for example). F****** amazing. And powerful and really important. Thank you! Enjoy!

Susannah Darling Khan

Inside the Dancing Speaking Body
By Hanna Maria
This is a poem I wrote after a deep and intensive dance journey a few months ago. Moved deeply by the infinite opening that is possible through deepest connection with muscle, bone, essence, soul and impulse. In my experience, connecting intimately into the self and what there is, can bring forth such expansion and wideness, wisdom and seeing. The medicine of movement, presence and connection.

Soaking in the knowing depth of cellular wisdom.
Taking a bath in the calming, infinite wideness of Spirit Ocean in the bones.

Getting lost and being found in the skin deep, muscle dense landscape,
where the simple truth of deep connection enkindles the moving body,
where pure Spirit is trickling into the flesh, like rain into the earth,
where the logical mind can breathe itself out, into the body’s knowing,
where Spirit ignites and falls in love with the deepest depth of body-earth.

Inside the muscles and bones, trenched in Spirit-Magic lives the simplicity of Being
and the most simple movement expresses profound insight.
It is there where naked expression moves from the inside out,
and where the centre of Soul finds dance after dance.

The filled-out, moving body is one way to come home,
one way to heal and soothe the mind's restless stories,
one way to return to Spirit within,
one way to be free.
one way to arrive deeply into the Self.

Honoured be the Body and the Earth,
honoured be its deeply entwined marriage with Divine Spirit,
honoured all places where matter and spirit get up and dance together.

Embodied Leadership
By Marion Gibbon
Sometimes things happen in such perfect timing. For me going to Susannah's workshop ‘Embodied Leadership’ was one such event. It enabled so many threads to coalesce and for clarity to become manifest. I had been struggling in my place of work. Clear about my love for my role but totally enmeshed in a toxic leadership relationship. I was so embroiled that it was affecting my ability to do my job, leading me to question myself and become paralysed with anxiety as I felt so unsure of which way to turn.

I found it beginning to impinge on my health as I was not sleeping well as a result. One day everything was fine and the next day it was dreadful. I could see what was going on but did not know what steps to take.

The workshop enabled me to look outside and take some perspective on the situation. What I realised was important was that I could take pride in my work, that dignity, respect and truth are paramount and in addition love was central. With this I then saw myself as a beautiful bird that was poised to fly rather than a seagull mired in tar and oil. I also realised that as a leader it is important to provide a container and make a safe space. That you are not on your own, that you can be vulnerable and ask for support. 'Our true hearts desire is for truth and love'. The embodied leader is one that is able to hold a sacred space that is safe and recognises the divine in each of us and enables it to hinge forth in service to all.

There have been two further developments since my return to work. The first has been facing the person who was causing me (or I was allowing to cause) such a disturbance at work and telling them how they made me feel as a result of their behaviour towards me. This has led to a huge change in my life. I now feel that I have taken back my power and my confidence has risen dramatically. Our relationship is now much improved and I feel respected. It has also led to others in the department feeling more empowered too. In this day of the #metoo there is also the chance of #notobullying.

The second is the interdependent support that I have found with a fellow dancer from the workshop. We are exploring together and looking at undertaking a piece of co-creation. Sharing our wins and challenges and taking ourselves to new heights in our creative endeavours.

Much love,
Marion


See also Susannah's next 'Embodied Leadership' workshop coming up in March:

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With Move! Evening on 22nd of March.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine. This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, presence, clarity, self-trust, and the ability to support, encourage, motivate and listen, as well as direct and hold appropriate boundaries. Personal authority together with the skill to co-create makes for creative, powerful team work and play. Come along to dance, to play, to co-create and to remember that everyone has a role to play.
Contact Nanna Heinz:
+45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk

Dancing my Aliveness
By Carolyn Wood
Without dancing I don't know where I would be now. Dancing enables me to express stories that are trapped inside of me that I have found almost impossible to express verbally. Through dance, I can literally reach inside myself to such a deep level and connect to what is true, to a vast array of my emotions, experiences, beliefs and then from that place, I can bring these out expressing them through various shapes, movements and levels of intensity.

I love to dance on my own, but dancing with others can be enlivening and inspiring. I can connect to others quicker and deeper through dance than through a verbal conversation, dance is a physical conversation. Many, many times over the years, I have had such deep dancing conversations – some full of laughter and playfulness, some tender and cautious, and others full of deep sadness and tears – but all physically expressed, showing up as beautiful shape-shifting stories.

There are no steps to follow in Movement Medicine, it is all about finding your own dance, taking a risk and showing yourself as you are. When I was six years old, I was told by a ballet teacher that I was clumsy, on that day I gave up dancing and didn’t tell anyone why. When I found rave music in my teens it reignited my love of dance. There was a period of a couple of years in my early twenties where I used to lose myself in the dance, dancing all night, but unfortunately, along with that, I lost my SELF, weekends gone in a haze of Cocaine, Ecstasy and alcohol.

As much as l loved dancing this became secondary to the drugs, my mental and emotional health was really suffering, I was contemplating suicide regularly. I used to lie awake for hours long after everyone else had passed out from another all-nighter. I used to watch my own brain go into overdrive, re-living moments through my life, wondering the point of my existence; my mind was exhausted, my heart wrung out, my body starving, and still I could not sleep. It was a private living hell, yet I repeated it again and again and again.

Thankfully I held on to life, I believe my connection to something greater than me was what saved me from my ‘self’, for as long back as I can remember I had faith, but I actively turned against my faith during my teenage years, when I saw hypocrisy in parts of the Church of England boarding school system. This struggle of faith and separation from SELF had started back when I entered this system at the age of eight. What I didn’t realise is that my faith was innate, it didn’t have to belong in a church system or any system, it was, and is, part of who I am, it is MY truth.

Now I understand on a deeper level that it was my faith that reminded me who I am and gave me the nudge to finally put to bed my destructive lifestyle. A couple of years later I had a beautiful boy, Sol, he was a gift, a permanent reminder to keep my feet firmly on the ground! But along with that, I gave up dancing, again.

It was only when I was 31 years old I found 5 Rhythms then Movement Medicine, it was a revelation to find other people who wanted to dance sober. This was the start of a homecoming to my body, heart, mind and soul; dancing my way back to ME.

I have not lost the raver within me, she is very present still, anybody who has met me on the dance floor will vouch for that! But what this raver has learnt, is to connect to the space between the beats, to respect and dance with the feminine within me, and to listen to what my body is telling me; there is always space to rest in the dance.

Over the past ten years I have gone deeper and deeper into Movement Medicine, I became an Apprentice and now I am a Movement Medicine Teacher & Facilitator in Training. I am really excited to announce that in this New Year I am beginning to offer classes, workshops and individual sessions in Movement Medicine and offer back what I myself have received and continue to receive, supporting others to connect to the dance that is inside all of us.

With love & gratitude,

Carolyn

https://purepotentialscotland.co.uk

Music Medicine News
By Susannah Darling Khan
Dear all, percussion albums are the CDs we are most often asked for. Good news is, we have a real treat for you: an extraordinary new percussion CD from Nanigo called Drumming for Dance and Trance. This is the percussion album of my dreams. Long percussive tracks from drum master Thomas Rithoff and his band, accompanied by drones and violins; deep, strong, heartfelt and dance energy.

I can't stop playing it. I don't want to stop playing it. Totally recommended! I bought 100 CDs straight away for the shop, as I know it’s going to sell like hot cakes! Follow this link to see the album.

Enjoy!

Life Grooves has nearly sold out and I’m having it re-printed. The next five orders will be half price, just for a little fun and as a reward for actually reading this! I want to say thank you for all the great feedback for this album. I love to know that my work is being used and is helpful as an accompaniment and support for embodied practice in people’s lives, as we intended.

And Danit’s, Nessi’s, Ravid’s and Lua’s beautiful CDs are also selling really well and have all just come back in stock.

Enjoy!

With love, 

Susannah Darling Khan

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