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Issue: March Newsletter

Expanding Our Web of Connection for Our Dreams of the Future
By Hanna
Greetings to the Movement Medicine community and friends! This newsletter tells of the expansion of the medicine of movement and the medicine of heartfelt connection in the United States and in Africa. It also tells of the power of vision, co-creation and dreaming through this shamanic dance-practice, of a vision of a future I dare say most (or all) of our community is dreaming of:

A future of equality, of love, and of dance as part of life once again, and a vision of a way of living that honours and nurtures all our relations: the one with our selves, the one with our loved ones, the ones with strangers and the ones with our planet and all beings, seen or unseen.

This newsletter also launches a series of interviews with the faculty teachers of the school, who are another resource of strong connection, support and of the offering of this very valuable dance practice into our current times of challenges and much disconnection.

Again and again I am filled with hope for this dream to 'land' more and more. And again and again this hope is kindled also through my threads and connections with Movement Medicine – its supportive community as well as its wide and comprehensive potentials of deep healing and transformation. It is also kindled by all the many amazing movements around the world that support and bring forth the manifestation of this dream, in their manifold ways; and some of my tribe here has only days ago finished a long lasting sun- 'dance to heal the world'. I sometimes cannot help feeling that the beautiful dream shared in Kristin's article can possibly be where we are heading to …

And other times I really do not know why there is this hope in my heart ... when looking at all these big challenges and blunt insanity around the world (particularly on political and economic levels). There is a dance happening inside of me, a dance between anxiety, cynicism, discouragement and this heart-knowing hope that we are enough people on this planet today who are powerfully dreaming the dream of a future of connection, love and compassion amongst and around us. And the beautiful phenomenon is that when times get more dire and disaster is threatening our world, people come together in one cause: to support each other and to stand together for what our hearts are truly beating for.
Lets keep praying, dancing and connecting.

Living in South Africa (which is my base at the moment), the question of 'racial integration' is present. It can sometimes be overwhelming and disheartening. However, everyday people here are doing the steps they can. Shifts are happening and becoming visible in various parts of the country. And only days ago my heart bounced with joy when seeing a young school class with children of different skin colours and origin enjoying a day by the beach, and when seeing all of them playing joyfully and carefree in the waves together! Maybe a small image of hope, but for me a strong one nevertheless, as it is the manifestation of a small part of a big dream we are dreaming, weaving, nurturing and sharing. It is an image that has been unimaginable here not too long ago.

A week ago our MM community in Cape Town was happy to welcome Susannah for a weekend workshop of dance and connection and celebrate her last dance of this Africa-tour with her. I still feel touched and nurtured by this shared experience. It immediately and tangibly brought more ground, depth, connection and confidence into our circle of dancers, as well as into our circle of local MM teachers and apprentices present. What valuable gift it was having the opportunity to re-strengthen our important and loving connection to the UK- MM-threads and resources.

After the Saturday session Susannah and the local MM teachers and apprentices (eight of us present, but 14 altogether) stayed for a sharing-circle in which we acknowledged each other, our connection, our challenges here, as well as our joy of MM having found sound roots in this country, since Jayne initiated the seeding of a MM community in Cape Town 10 years ago. And MM teachers and facilitators here are continuing to water these roots and to weave their dance (-offerings) into personal connections and dance spaces. The web strengthens and widens.

One of the much appreciated gifts gathered through my own practice and engagement with Movement Medicine is the lived and embodied as well as always nurtured jewel of connection; this importance to strengthen the existing and weaving of new threads between people and hearts, between spirit and between times, dimensions and dreams etc. I have come to understand that a healthy and strong web of connection, of community, of support and of seeing and knowing each other and each others dreams and visions and hearts makes all the difference. It creates a fabric that appears as a strong and colourful tapestry of empowered individual as well as collective expression, vision and co-creation. The more we nurture them, the more powerful and embodied (real, tangible) they become, and the more our shared dreams are brought forward into a lived reality.

And, as you will read here, throughout Africa, America and other places of this world more and more connections are being made, more and more threads are woven into this powerful collective rising of a healthy and loving way of being with ourselves, with each other and with Earth and Spirit. More and more dreams are taking shape of a collective embodying of the paths of love and compassion instead of fear and disconnection.

I wish to believe that together we can
Let us carry on supporting each other
to heal and to love ourselves well, to blossom fully into all that we came to be; and let us support each other to heal this earth and harmonize and celebrate all the relations and webs that connect and sustain us all.

If you feel called to bring your dance, your presence, your heart and your light into the ceremony of Life, of Dance, of Connection and of Prayer of the Movement Medicine community, have a look at the Summer Long Dance, maybe this is how you will thread your personal connection into the wider webs of transformation and healing.

Be blessed in your dance, in your walk, in your dreaming and your connecting.

Hanna

Time to Dance, to Pray and to Remember Who We Are
By Ya'Acov
Iíve spent the last month travelling in the USA, teaching workshops along the way and meeting a wide variety of super interesting and creative people. Itís been an unusual month for me. A kind of pilgrimage and journey back into my past. And a month without my beloved who has been travelling in Africa.

I’ve been in Philadelphia, New York, Burlington, Santa Fe, Sebastopol, San Francisco and will end my tour with a trip to Port Townsend near Seattle. In New York, I was looking for a restaurant and my GPS led me right past Gabrielle Roth’s old apartment. I laughed and cried as I stood there for a while remembering good times and bad and blew her a kiss wherever she might be. In Santa Fe, I spent many hours with an old teacher, Victor Sanchez, who I haven’t seen for more than 20 years. We did a fire ceremony, asking the grandfather to help us speak from our hearts. We covered a vast array of topics and enjoyed each other’s company very much. And in Mill Valley, I dropped in on Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman. They cooked me a beautiful meal and we had such a kind, deep and honest conversation that for me, healed a little more of the scar tissue from the difficult times we all went through in our different challenges with Gabrielle.

I’ve encountered a wide variety of responses to what is happening politically here in the US (and in many places around the world). Many people tell me they are afraid of the changes they see, disgusted, upset, at times overwhelmed. Naturally, recognising our emotional realities and acknowledging them is important. But I prefer not to be a feather in the wind, blown around by my own knee-jerk emotional responses to what the media chooses to place in front of me as news. I don’t wish to have my head in the sand but nor do I wish to be overwhelmed myself by the 24-hour-a-day stream of attention grabbing distractions that we call news. Starting the day by remembering the goodness of life, the power of this earth, the mystery of it all as I do my practice has become more and more important to me. I am not practising to become a better person. I am practising to give time to remembering what is true for me. To open my eyes and my heart to what is actually happening inside me and around me.

Movement Medicine is intended to awaken the dancer inside us. And the dancer is the word we use to describe the intelligence of life that lives the body, keeps the heart beating, and replaces our cells. This intelligence is movement. This intelligence is already connected, awake and aware. It is we who choose whether to remain distracted or focus our attention. Distraction is a modern disease. Our attention spans are shortening. And this only increases our feather-in-the-wind victim based approach to this magnificent gift of life. I have to choose every day what is the focus of my attention. I have to choose whether or not to be overwhelmed and thus paralysed into submission or whether to wake up, face my resistance, and do the work of remembering and identifying with the intelligence of life whilst it still dances in this temple called the body. My practice has become more and more of a necessity for me as I experience the daily invitation to stay afraid, overwhelmed and powerless from the hundreds of screens blaring out a common theme and drowning out my capacity to feel my own feet on this earth.

I have no idea where this whole life on earth shebang is headed. I both rest in the mystery of life and feel impelled by an ever deepening love for life to act. This is no longer a paradox for me. The non-ordinary states I access in my practice and in our workshops deepen by experience of both the mystery of life and the necessity I feel to stand up for life. I have no idea whether we as a species will wake up in time to recognise the need to change the effect of our human species’ presence on earth from blight and destruction to benign, responsible and sustainable. I know we are capable. In my work, I am blessed week in week out to witness the extraordinary courage of people from so many walks of life dispelling distraction, shutting down the non-stop babble of the frontal neo-cortex and plugging back in to the deeper, wider intelligence of non-ordinary states of awareness. There is a lot of research being done into the positive effects of non-ordinary states. In Stephen Kotler’s and Jamie Wheal’s book Stealing Fire, they write:

In non-ordinary states, the information we receive can be so novel and intense that it feels like it’s coming from a source outside ourselves. But, by breaking down what’s going on in the brain, we start to see that what feels supernatural might just be super-natural: beyond our normal experience, for sure, but not beyond our capabilities.”

Let’s be clear. Non-ordinary states or states of ecstasy are a human need. As a species, we have come up with an astonishing variety of ways to induce them, not all of them healthy by any means. However, when we reach for a cigarette, check our status on facebook or remember to use the tools in our personal awareness tool-kit, we are seeking that sense of connection that comes from changing our state. Movement Medicine is the synthesis of methods, structures and understandings that we have found most useful in gaining reliable access to these heightened states in which we can remember who we are, where we come from, and what matters most to us.

We often say that Movement Medicine is medicine for our times. We practice focus. We practice interoception (perception of the interior). We practice giving our physical bodies back to the intelligence that is already moving and connected inside us. And we work with methods and themes designed to give us access to the power we have inside us to see the bigger picture of our lives and to find creative solutions to our individual and collective challenges. You do not have to believe in anything to achieve this. You only have to be curious enough to explore. You only have to decide to concentrate and pay attention for the short time it takes for the body to awaken. You only have to decide to want to know your own heart and give it space to move. And you only have to choose to turn the mind away from the chaotic busyness of ongoing distraction and allow it to become the beautiful flower that opens to drink in the light of new inspirations, ideas, and possibilities for yourself and all that you care for.

This is why ritual is such an important part of our work. Ritual is our drug of choice. It’s our route one into the wider intelligence of non-ordinary states. Non-ordinary states release a whole host of chemicals in the brain that sharpen our focus, shut down our inner critic and help us to notice more of what’s actually going on around us and inside us NOW, in the present. Our brainwaves change from the agitation of beta brain waves to the wider expanse of alpha brainwaves and in this state, our day-dreamer wakes up and we notice all kinds of connections that were previously invisible to us. In ritual, the process of long, focused movement in turn opens the road to a theta brainwave state which gives us access to a much deeper level of intuition. In our normal day to day state, our attention is taken up with so many things and therefore, it is literally impossible for us to see the bigger picture. In this condition, we are about as far from our natural state as we can get.

It’s clear that in order to transform, we need to access our creativity. Creativity is as natural to humans as breathing. However, for many of us, accessing to our creativity is shut down by our normal state. Regaining reliable access to our creativity is a matter of entering into the state of mind in which creativity exists. Research is revealing what the shamans of past and present know. Non-ordinary states open the doors to the bigger picture in which solutions emerge. I find all of this super fascinating. And the more research I do, the more I understand how and why Movement Medicine works. It is a healthy, safe and balanced way to gain safe access to the kind of states in which we can heal, discover the power that is both in us and beyond us and remember the bigger picture in which our lives exist.

So dear ones, today is Spring Equinox and I am inviting you to join us for this year’s Summer Long Dance. We know it’s a big commitment to get there and we also know what a profound journey it is. There is a very strong circle of people gathering now – perhaps there is a place in that circle with your name on it. I cannot recommend it highly enough as a place to deepen your knowledge of who you are, access the states I have been writing about, and fall more and more in love with the mystery and beauty of life on earth. I hope to see you there.

Wishing you a fine spring blossoming and delightful autumn shedding depending on which hemisphere of the world you are reading this in.

With my love and respect for the one you are.

Ya’Acov DK. March 2017

PS: I am in the final stages with my new book. The edit is complete, and we are at second proof reading stage. I cannot wait to share it with you. In the next few newsletters, there will be more news about how to pre-order and some special offerings we’re cooking up. If you want to be at the launch in London, click on the link. The launch will also be shown on facebook live.

 

Forthcoming workshops with Ya'Acov:

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

April 26–29: Re-Creation with Ya'Acov. Israel.
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 Michal Simply Peace: +972-52-2590109; contact@simply-peace.org

May 3–7: Dancing into Dream Time with Ya'Acov DK and Charley Morley. Schweibenalb, Switzerland.
This unique workshop offers a moving blend of wake and
sleep, of dance and dream and of the practice of Movement Medicine and of Lucid Dreaming (dreaming while being aware of the fact that this is a dream). Tapping into the deep knowledge of our inner intelligence, accessed through concious dance or movement and concious dream, wisdom is revealed that supports creativity, healing and a conscious way of experiencing.
Contact Kat Forrester: + 41 33 676 27 08; kat@kf-events.ch

May 15–21: Phoenix Retreat with Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This intensive opens a space for a new and raw connection with essential parts of yourself, some of which so far may have been hidden behind 'understudies' – voices and parts that take over certain areas in our psyche, being, action and life. This workshop is also one of the stepping stones towards and apprenticeship with Movement Medicine.
Contact Roland: Roland Wilkinson +44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

Back to Africa: Part 1
By Susannah
When I was 7 and my parents took our family back to England from Kenya, I felt torn up by my roots. Now, I respect their reasons for bringing us all back to the UK, but then, at the age of 7, I was furious. I promised myself that I would never go back to Kenya as a tourist, but would only go 'home' when I had something meaningful to share.

In case you are wondering, their reasons were about not wanting to participate in a post-colonial continuation of colonial dynamics and wanting their children to grow up in the place of their ancestral roots.

I’ve waited 46 years to keep that promise. When Sveva Gallmann and I met at COP 15 in Copenhagen at the civil society climate change convention and felt a kindred spirit connection, I felt a door opening. This visit to Kenya was the result of her invitation to bring Movement Medicine to Nairobi and to the Gallmann Nature Conservancy that is her home and life’s work. I’m hugely grateful for the workshop and the exchange that followed, which brought me ‘home’ into relationship with this land and its people in the personally significant way that it did.

Sveva and her partner Nigel run the Gallmann Conservancy in Laikipia in Kenya, which bridges the traditional division between social development and ecological protection. Their work and connection with the local tribes is deep and based in personal connection, conversation, care and being long term parts of each other’s lives. One of Sveva’s projects is the “4 Generations” project: a methodology to inspire the youth of a tribe to discover and document the stories, songs and wisdom of their elders.

Right now there is a massive crisis engulfing their area, with the effects of drought being brought to a boiling point by the “cattle invasions”. Huge herds of cattle, desperate for grass, are invading the wildlife conservancies, whose methods of ecological management mean there has still been some grass left on their carefully stewarded land. At times this is leading to unrest and violence between the herders and the staff of the conservancies. And this seems to be being exacerbated or provoked by people who are invested in the divide and rule politics that are intensifying in the run up to the general elections in August.

The traditional way of life of the pastoralists was to move their cattle between pastures as the seasons dictated, which was sustainable and worked. In the last 10 years, cattle numbers have gone up by 70% and wildlife numbers have come down by 65%. In a recent census it was found that 80% of the cattle are owned, not by the local people who act as their herders, but by powerful people in the country who keep their wealth in cattle as a way to avoid tax, launder money and gain status. Young men are given $1 a day and an AK47 to guard cattle. Naturally the financial and political advantages of owning cattle, rather than keeping wealth in more traceable forms, means that the traditional balance between available grass and cattle numbers has become distorted. This also means that many of those within the political establishment, to whom those responsible for the conservancies would wish to ask for help, have got vested interests in maintaining the status quo.

This was the context in which I arrived at the Gallmann Conservancy in Laikipia. We had considered re-locating the workshop, but Sveva was clear that due to their strong relationships with the local people, it was safe where they were and that it would be good to bring the energy of movement to the field.

As we drove north from Nairobi airport, I was touched to hear names of places I didn’t know I knew, such as the hills known as the Aberdares. My driver, Matthew, turned out to be a wonderfully clear and patient Swahili teacher, which I needed as my brain grappled with anchoring words and phrases at the same time so familiar and yet difficult to grasp. I kept calling my father to tell him where we were, and felt so in touch with him and his love for Kenya. We both wished that he had been there with me.

Matthew brought me to the gate of the conservancy and dropped me with Ali, a wildlife guide from the conservancy who picked me up in the jeep and drove me, wrapped in Masaii blankets to ward off the night chill, to the lodge in the centre of the conservancy. Arriving at midnight in the simple and exquisite lodge of rammed earth that Sveva’s family has created, I felt tearfully grateful and touched that life was offering me this experience. The workshop which followed brought together a rather extraordinary and diverse mixture of people. Together we danced into our inner and outer wildness. On the dance floor, overlooking the Rift valley, with music from Kenya cross-fertilising with music from around the world, I witnessed as people from incredibly different backgrounds dropped into depth meetings with each other, themselves and the spirit of the wild.

I am very grateful that Petra Bongartz (qualified Movement Medicine teacher from South Africa) was there to assist, and that Celia Bray, Open Floor teacher and fellow family constellator was there participating and supporting in many generous ways.

In the days that followed, I had the opportunity to deepen my dialogue with Sveva, Nigel, Ali, Pete and other staff of the conservancy. We talked about resilience in the challenging times which are upon them and which they expect to continue at least until the election. I was able to offer a structure of talking stick sharing to acknowledging the challenges, celebrate the team, and honour each other. This went down very well, and it seems will be continued there as a way to support the team and develop new insights, strategies and possibilities.

Last July I went on my birthday vision quest to spend a luminous night on Ugborough Beacon, the hill behind where we live. There, I had a vision of making the work we have developed in MM available, off, as well as on the dance floor. My intention is to make the benefits of the work we have developed accessible to a much wider range of people. The work I was able to share in Laikipia with the conservancy staff, as well as what evolved in Kufunda (the community in Zimbabwe which I visited next) has strengthened that vision in practice. This is what I am evolving in the Re-Source Life Lab. Those last days in Laikipia were deep and strong. In the hot springs of Mukatan I received another aspect of understanding my role in the world in terms of bridging, weaving, cross pollinating and connecting planetary meridians or 'acupuncture spots'.

I was happy to learn a few more words and phrases in Swahili and to feel so at home in the vibration and rhythms of the language. I recognised three strong things that have come from Kenya into my life: the dance, the capacity to whisper, and a certain kind of laughter. My family do not dance a lot, but I got the dance bug strong. I feel that I was inoculated with African dance in those early years. And I learnt to whisper. In the bush, you see a wild animal, the car stops, the engine is turned off, and if anyone speaks, it is in a hushed whisper. The only other time my family whispered was when visiting cathedrals. So the two became associated in my mind: we whisper in the bush – we are in nature’s cathedral. It was beautiful for me to be with Ali, Pete, Nigel and Sveva and to feel the natural harmony of that quiet, reverent whisper. I’m very grateful to the Movement Medicine community for learning to whisper at events such as the Long Dance. And laughter. There is a physical way of laughing I have only experienced in Africa. Some part of me comes unstuck and feels accompanied and free – thank you!

The other highlights of those days was meeting and interviewing Thomas Ole Kaishu who leads the re-forestation project at the Gallmann Conservancy (his video is up on our FB pages) and talking with Ali about trees, elephants, wildlife and people. Again and again, when faced with this dilemma about how to take care of both people and the wildlife, trees seemed to be at the forefront of the answer.

Thomas and Susannah at his tree nursery.

I found it hard to leave Kenya again. The ripples and echoes of my time permeated my first days in Zimbabwe at Kufunda Village, until the particular rhythms, energies and magic of that place caught hold of me. “Kufunda” means “learning” in Shona. Kunfunda Village is a learning village which Maaianne Knuth has called into being and in my experience, a learning village is impressively what it is.

The workshop Maaianne had asked me for is “Arc of Time”, which interestingly I had taught two weeks before in Switzerland. “Arc of Time” is based in our adaptation of two of Joanna Macy’s deep time practices, one of which is a journey back through time to visit an ancient ancestor in Africa. In Switzerland this was a powerful and emotional journey for many people. There, I was poignantly aware that the next time I would lead this would be in Africa.

Working with a group of people, half of whom were of European descent, and half of whom were of African descent was an interesting challenge in terms of leading the journey back through time. How to give enough markers of the different time periods, whilst leaving space for the diversity of historical rivers? How to acknowledge the different backgrounds in terms of some of our recent ancestors in Africa as colonisers and colonised? And then finally, as we went back through the time zones of human evolution, we were all back in Africa, at last journeying as one family. The participants in this workshop impressed me with how fast they got on a learning curve in terms of intimacy and letting down their 'guard' and showing up for and with each other. By Sunday afternoon, after our journey forward in time to a possible healed world in the future, to commune with those that follow us 100 years hence, we were ready to drop into one of the deepest and simultaneously playful ‘unity and freedom’ dances I have ever witnessed. We then entered into a deep sharing of the treasure we had discovered in the journeys back and forwards in time.

 “Arc of Time” participants: 12.3.17

This “Arc of Time” led to another step that I have often wondered about. On Tuesday, everyone was invited to meet at one of the participant’s houses, and there we shared what we had received on our journeys. There was much spoken about the power of being, sensing and feeling, and many similar visions of trees and elephants as pivotal in our survival and thriving as a human species. One of the first initiatives sparked in this post “Arc of Time” sharing, was a joint action to support the planting of trees, herbs and flowers at the Waldorf/ Steiner inspired Kufunda village School. The next day we planted 30 moringa trees, each with a prayer, in the new garden which the children are designing.

And then, on Wednesday, we had the village dance. All Kunfunda village was invited, and around 45 people turned up, between 1 and 70 years old. Young and old, black and white – we danced. To Zimbabwean Mbira music, South African township music, and gospel and dramatic classical music we whirled and grooved. I am hugely touched by where we got to in those 2 hours; the kids, the young men and women, the older ones, everyone joining in. This ‘unity and freedom’ practice was something else again. A community revelling in its dancing roots and at the same time delighted to innovate and explore new possibilities together. We spoke about the transferable learning we can find on the dance floor, especially about leadership and support. Part of what I was able to offer was to honour what came so naturally to the people of this beautiful community, to play with form and freedom, and to see the social developmental potency of that. For me this was heaven. I’ve always dreamed of the unity and freedom dance as being a way to practice synergistic co-creation, and here I was with people able to take this to a new level as dancers, with such joy and naturalness. We ended with a deep moment of seeing each other heart to heart and with a deeply sweet sharing circle. Many voices spoke of, and celebrated, the applicability of this dance to collective and individual learning.

Above and below: Kufunda Village Dance: 15.3.17

Sharing this work was a profound privilege for me. I am aware of the huge level of trust that was placed in me by the people of the village, and that this is built in all the years of work there, especially all the work of Maaianne. My hat is off to her and to all of you, including MM assistants Eliza Kenyon and Benjamin Tree who are there at Kufunda now, both working on different projects (Young Women are Medicine and the Waldorf School, respectively) THANK YOU ALL!

Maaianne and Eliza and an incredible team have just embarked on a 4 week course called "Young Women are Medicine” an extraordinary journey which I’ve been privileged to sense through feeling its gathering energy. I wish them all the very, very best with this.  Part 2 of 'Back to Africa' will be published in next month's newsletter.

My thanks to everyone who has been involved in creating this journey, especially Sveva and Maaianne for inviting me so full heartedly into your amazing worlds. I am enjoying making little films inspired by this journey which will be emerging on our FB pages over the next days and weeks.

You can sponsor a tree to support the Gallmann Conservancy re-forestation work for $10

Please join me and become part of this important work: www.gallmannkenya.org/project/reforestation/

And you can support the “Young Women Are Medicine” programme here.

I want to end with a few words from Sveva’s mother, Kuki Gallmann, whose words are so close to the spirit of Movement Medicine:

“I don't own this land, I simply am a steward of it. It was here way before me, and will be here way after me. However, the way that it is here, after I am gone, will, in part, be because of what I have done and not done.”

That is true for all of us. I wish you the power and fulfilment of alignment of purpose and action, life and meaning,

Thank you Kuki, Sveva, Maaianne and everyone,

With my love,

Susannah Darling Khan

 

Forthcoming Workshops with Susannah:

April 15–16: Re-Source Life Lab with Susannah. London, UK.
With
Move! Evening April 14.
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

April 25–30: AP-Elective Kindness in the Mirror with Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This retreat is one of the electives for the Apprenticeship and is only open to current Apprentices and those who have completed the Apprenticeship Programme.
This workshop is based on Susannah's video feedback work, and offers a unique frame in which to practice seeing yourself with love, with forgiveness, with gentleness and respect.
Contact
Roland Wilkinson: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk 

May 6–7: The Power of the Heart with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With preceding Move! Evening, May 5.

Exploring the great beauty,
dimension and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, and identifying it as your personal guide, while you are learning about and dancing through your colourful emotional landscape.  This workshop is nearly full so if you wish to book please do so soon.

May 10–14: Sanctuary with Susannah. Frankfurt, Germany. (A women's residential intensive).
With Move! Evening on May 14.
A beautiful opportunity for women to reconnect with themselves and their own way of being a woman, in the safe company of other women, through the powerful medium of Movement Medicine and through voice and ceremony.
Contact Katrin Kohlbecher: +49-163-3152714; katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de

Interview with David Mooney
This is the first of a series of interviews with the faculty teachers of the School of Movement Medicine, who play an important part in the School through their teaching and coaching and their support. Enjoy, as you are finding out just a little more about them and their relationship to dance, embodiment and Movement Medicine.
Questions by Hanna and Patricia.

What is your own personal definition of Movement Medicine? How would you describe this practice to a complete outsider?

Movement Medicine is a dance practice for healing and dreaming. Through this practice you will find the resources to support you to heal your relationship with yourself, your past and others and dream in new ways to be in relationship with life on all levels. It is a practice that supports you to be connected, in integrity and fully alive in body, heart and mind so you can give what you have to give in this lifetime. Movement Medicine was developed by Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan, it has roots in ecstatic dance, particularly the work of Gabrielle Roth, indigenous shamanic wisdom and contemporary therapeutic modalities such as Gestalt and latest developments in neuroscience.

What has been your personal path in relation to embodiment, dance and movement; and how did MM come into your life?

Many of my best childhood memories are of being in nature. I was lucky to grow up in an area where there was lots of fields and trees to explore, and I spent hours negotiating my way through thickets getting mucky and climbing trees. I loved it, however most of my childhood hours were spent on a triangle field in front of our home playing football. This was my oasis, without knowing it as a child, this is where embodiment became my way to move all the pent up energy within me from growing up in a home where there was active addiction. There was a lot of love in our family growing up and at the same time, as anyone who has grown up with a parent in addiction will know it can be frightening, maddening, confusing and a myriad of other things that a little one can have difficulty making sense of and processing. We would play football until we couldn’t see the ball in front of us. To have the space every day to run off all that energy inside was a blessing.

At the same time it didn’t get to the heart of the pain, trauma and defences built up over the years. I didn’t have the resources or safety to feel, express and release the emotions, thoughts and trauma within. I grew patterns of dissociation, defence and suppression to ‘manage’ these difficult experiences and feelings, which was very intelligent of my psyche, but I was left becoming more disconnected from my body and heart, with my head working overtime to process all the backlog of energy within. The unexpressed rage turned to self criticism and shame, the fear turned to worry, ruminating and trying to figure things out and control what was inside and outside, the unmet grief turned to times of depression.

This brought me to one to one therapy when I was 20 and onto the Hoffman Process when I was 22. This was the first place I was not only given permission, but encouraged to embody, express and release deep fury and grief in a safe space. I had thought that if I really released all the anger I would hurt myself or someone else and that if I really surrendered to the grief, it would never stop. Given the resources, safety and support I was met in these places. It was a revelation. It was through the Hoffman process that I found out about 5 Rhythms. I went to a workshop with Ya’Acov in Dublin later that year and to a workshop with Susannah a few months later. After meeting both of them I knew they were my teachers. So a few days after meeting Susannah in Dublin, I found myself in a circle at the beginning of a year ongoing group in Somerset. During that first dance there was a very still quiet internal moment of knowing that this was my path, I had found my way home. I found the same encouragement and safety to ‘let rip’ and allow the dam to overflow, their holding and the medicine of the dance allowed years of grief, fury, fear and untapped joy to be felt, expressed and released in the dance. It wasn’t as if these feelings had suddenly disappeared but I had found a way to move with and through them. This was such a relief, deeply liberating and empowering. On the dance floor, over the years, I have learned, and am still learning, to befriend these states of being as medicine and life force. I have learned to not only to give movement to all the backlog in my life, but also to offer this opportunity to my ancestors.

In the following years Movement Medicine was born from fertile ground of 5 Rhythms, indigenous shamanic wisdom and contemporary therapeutic modalities such as Gestalt and developments in neuroscience. During the following years Movement Medicine was also born inside of me, the maps slowly came alive in me through the apprenticeship and teacher training. The maps of MM strongly orient my being in this life and my relationships on all levels. Being in a position to offer this work and teach is something that deeply resonates in my heart, lands my soul here and awakens my spirit. The depth of satisfaction and gratitude for this is beyond words. Its one of the greatest gifts I have in my life.

What is the most precious gift you discovered through MM?

When I was seven years old I had a very strong meeting with Spirit. I was blown open by it and left in a place of wonder and awe. It took a long time to come to terms with it. I had a similar experience when I was twelve. I didn’t have any language for this or way of contextualising or expressing these experiences because there was no language or references around me in my life for these experiences. There was nobody talking about these kinds of experiences and the only place where anything close was mentioned was in the catholic church. What I heard and experienced in the weekly mass left me furious and frustrated. I wanted to speak up, what are you doing!!! Why are you talking about God like this. I was twelve and having had these two experiences of God I couldn’t come to terms with the priest telling me I couldn’t have a direct embodied connection with God, I had to go through the priest, through the church. Not only this but I had to feel shame for being me, for being in my body, for being human. That was not my experience of meeting God.

It was only when I danced deep into the maps of MM that I discovered the gift of the imminent spiritual path, this direct relationship with the full spectrum of life and God, the embodied sacred space, this is where I rediscovered prayer. Movement Medicine has given me the capacity to empty out enough of a backlog of emotions and experiences to dive into the maps and meet Spirit through the gateways of the practice. For me a key gift I have received and continue to deepen is the capacity to be in relationship with the Great Mystery, myself and others. I remember many times of connecting and calling home into my heart spirit animals in the dance, this is a profoundly personal experience and has changed my relationship with life and the unseen. Just as there has been a lot of unprocessed material in my life, the same is true for my ancestors, it has been a real gift to offer this medicine to my ancestors to resource where there may not have been resources for healing. During the MM ceremony in the recent CDP module I met with my grandmother in the ancestors round, she past away 10 years ago. The veil of the hardship of her life had lifted and I met the medicine woman she is and was able to honour her as such. The dance work I had done allowed me to see through the pain of the past, collective and personal, to see her as she really was. That was and is a gift and I give thanks for this relationship in my life.

Some of the deepest healings I have experienced have been through the encounters with others on the dance floor and the developing and deepening of friendships I have through dance. Some of my closest friends are the long term relationships I have been lucky enough to co-create with brothers and sisters within this community. I was also lucky enough to meet my wife, Yasia, on the dance floor! One of the many harvests of the long term cultivation of these relationships is being in ceremony together, being in a place to pray together. Being in ceremony with people I love... this is gold for me.

What would you say, is the unique and personal flavour that you bring into your offerings of MM, of your own passion and your journey?

I am deeply informed by the healing journey I have had and have on my dancing path. Often I offer the medicine I have experienced over the years in my own healing journey within Movement Medicine. So I tune into the medicine I have received from the dance and offer that out from my heart as I am teaching. This is also true for places where I have deeply connected to spirit, I tune into this and welcome this connection into the Mesa I am working in. The premise of this is that it opens the gateways for dancers to tune into the medicine within themselves, this part of the MM philosophy deeply resonates: that everyone has the capacity to heal and everyone has the medicine within for their own wounds, that everyone has a direct relationship with this and with God.

One of my passions in life is music. I really resonate with the title of Albert Ayers album 'Music is the healing force of the universe'.

In my teens and early twenties, music was the healing force in my life, it still is. I would listen to Daft Punk, Prodigy, Orbital, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Beethoven, Mozart, to access different emotional places within and dance like crazy. The first time I experienced a collective Meta dance was at an Orbital DJ gig in Dublin when I was 16. It was in the early days of the rave scene in Dublin.

It blew my mind, the sense of togetherness and oneness in this full hearted wildness of dance will stay with me as long as I live. I experienced a deep, sweaty, embodied surrender and aliveness in the dance. It opened my heart and mind in new ways. I found a new home to bring my wildness and pent up teenage feelings. I experienced ecstatic dance for the first time without taking any drugs during these nights, the gateways were open in the collective dance and this was a powerful teaching for me. This is where I recognised the medicine of the DJ and healing of collective dancing for the first time. It was when I was in the dance nightclubs and dance festivals of Cologne, Berlin and Munich in my mid twenties that I really learned to journey on the music and in the spirit of the dance.

However, the more personal work I did, the more I sensitized and became aware of the energetic impact of being with lots of people taking drugs who were not always conscious of what they were moving or releasing, also, as the drugs taken in the clubs grew harder, the atmosphere grew heavier and it was no longer possible to open to the spirit of the collective in the same way. I fell in love with dance and journeying on dance, but stopped going to nightclubs, it felt like a big loss in my life.

So, deeply inspired by a party set up by Ya'Acov and Susannah in the Ariel Centre in Totnes, where there was no alcohol, no drugs, but a sense of connection to spirit in a nightclub context, as well as chill out areas and visuals, I planted the seeds of dreaming for a conscious nightclub in Ireland. Now I look back on many wild, beautiful, heart opening memories of running and DJing at Funky Seomra, the alcohol and drug free nightclub I created, with the help of many, where 35,000 people have danced free and connected without drugs or alcohol over the past 9 years in Ireland. DJing for 600 sober ecstatic people is another golden memory! The archetype of the DJ and music as medicine are central to my work and offerings as a Movement Medicine teacher.

I have spent a number of years training and working as a psychotherapist. The understanding of the therapeutic maps deeply inform my work: Freud (unconscious and defence mechanisms), Jung (unconscious and archetypes), Rogers (fundamentals of holding space) , Winnicott and Bowlby (attachment), Perlz (gestalt) , Bradshaw (shame, family dynamics), Levine and Van Der Kolk (working with trauma) and Doidge (neuroscience). Underpinning all of my work is the relationship between creating safety and stretch/ growth. Heart work is key to my teaching and these therapeutic maps and experiences working one to one with children teens and adults over the past twelve years has been a deep apprenticeship in holding space for healing and understanding developmental stages of life, it continues to inform how and what I teach in Movement Medicine.

My MM work is also deeply informed by my own work with shamans and teachers from Canada and South America in ceremony and in my daily life. I am on the Red Path and work with the Lakota from Canada, this is central to my Movement Medicine work now and I can see it informing my work over many years to come. It is particularly central to the dreaming and ceremony pathways within Movement Medicine work I teach. Most of the workshops I teach include MM ceremony and my Red Path work with the Lakota deeply supports and inspires the ceremonies. Also the medicine and spirit of the land I was born on and grew up on in Ireland is always with me. I am developing a connection with the ancient relationship with the trees in the indigenous ways here on these lands, where trees were seen as the wisdom keepers and medicine carriers, where trees were royalty and the written language of my ancient ancestors, Ogham, was based on the trees and plants of the land.

Four years ago I was fortunate enough to study with Joanna Macy. The spirit of her work and her maps of The Work That Reconnects are very much in my teachings. The warriors' work of facing into our current reality as humans and finding out what each of our unique and collective offerings are in the world is a passion for me and awakens a deep place of spirit within me.

Is there any current project you are busy with? Please share.

Deeply inspired by the latest Movement Medicine CPD Module on Heart and Seer work as well as trainings in various therapeutic modalities, I am teaching a series of Presence of Heart workshops in Europe. I can’t describe the fulfilment this brings to my life, it is such a privilege to witness the courage, healing and change that takes place on the Movement Medicine dance floor. I am currently developing a new workshop to include the Seer process, recapitulation and tools and practices inspired by latest understandings in neuroplasticity and transforming the original messages we tell ourselves. In connection with the upcoming CPD Module on Ceremony and Working with Ritual I am developing a new workshop based on ceremony and working with ancestors.

Also I am developing a new workshop which will be an integration of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects and Movement Medicine. As, probably all of you reading this, on a daily basis I am acutely aware of the collective human impact on life on earth and the unsustainable way we are living on this earth. Joanna Macy’s fearless and heartful Work That Reconnects is strongly resonant with the maps and philosophies of Movement Medicine to support us to be and dance with the depth of our responses to what is happening in our lifetime and what our individual and collective calls to action are to come into a more balanced mutually beneficial relationship with all of life is the underlying intention of the workshop and actually, all of my work.

The front picture of this article is of the Glendalough glacial lakes in the mountains in the Wicklow near where I live. I've been lucky enough to swim in the lake, which, beneath the surface, is a deep golden colour when lit by the suns rays. This is an important place of connection for me where I go to pray and resource. I've had many strong experiences by the lakes and in the woods and offered many prayers of love and gratitude here to the community of Movement Medicine over the years.

I look forward to seeing you on a dance floor somewhere.

Big love,

David

www.embodiment.ie; info@embodiment.ie; +353 860546556

Anyone interested in organizing a workshop with David Mooney, please get in touch with David directly (contact see above) or with Roland: roland@rwevents.co.za

Forthcoming workshops with David:

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 29–30: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Berlin, Germany.
With Move! Evening on April 28.
Two whole days to come home to your heart, to honour and to learn from your heart. In times of shifts, challenges and constant changes, staying connected with and centered in your heart, brings you a long way, and together with various Movement Medicine practices will strengthen your circle of feeling, expressing, of truth and of being.
Contact Kathrin Keller:
+49 30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

April 10: Dance Evening. Zagreb, Croatia. 

April 11: Dance Evening. Graz, Austria. 

June 23: Awakening the Dancer. Antwerp, Belgium.

June 24–25: Resource. Antwerp, Belgium.

November 26–27: Seer Process. Czech Republic. 

December 8–10: Presence of Heart. Zagreb, Croatia.

Children of the Future
By Kristin
I have been journeying into the future in my dance a few times in the context of the Movement Medicine workshops and training. The place I travel to looks similar every time. I am landing in a big tree, the bird of time lets me climb down into the branches. Many children wait for me at the bottom of a huge old tree. Their joy and their enthusiasm sound like a whole orchestra playing a wonderful symphony.

The children surround me, their laughter is like water for my exhausted heart. They take me for a stroll through their community. I see abundant gardens, and many tomato plants, I hear the birds' song and smell herbs and flowers. The children show me how they have managed the water in their gardens and how the fish live in little ponds. They let me pick some fruit off the trees, I see orchards full with fruit trees. The children offer me to drink from a well and we sit in the shadow under tall trees, listening to a stream and the wind playing in the branches.

The children observe me with great care, it is as if they want to read in my face like in an old book. Their attention brings love to my heart and also the feeling of an ancient sadness, of too much struggle and worry and fear. They wash my face with their little soft hands and smile. They tell me how grateful they are that I have come to visit as I am their ancestor from far back.

After a little pause they take me to a part of the village where they have built a wooden platform, a dance floor in the midst of bushes and plants. They roll and dance around, the children joining with some adults. They tell me that dance is their daily practice to stay in their bodies and process their emotions. They know it is something their ancestors have done too. I dance with the children on the wooden floor as my tears finally pour out from my eyes and my heart.

This is the home I have always dreamt of. The children all have different skin colours, all beautiful brown mixed with red, yellow, black and white. They tell me that they have heard of a time that skin colour was an issue and that they cannot believe how people have lived like that, dividing each other by the colour of their skin. They are looking at me in wonder like they are telling me a crazy story from ancient times.

After the dance we run down a steep path and they children scream with joy as we run as fast as we can. They show me the hidden place of their great-grandmother, she is sitting quietly under a tree, smiling at me as if she was expecting me. She tells me that she knew me when she was a small child and that she has kept her memories of me in her heart to this day.

The children have big eyes and watch us, as I sink into a warm embrace of this old lady. Her smile and her compassion is like a soft blanket. I feel that all my efforts are received and my struggle was worth it. She tells me how she has witnessed me standing up against injustice when people where judging a person with different skin colour. In countless moments she saw me standing tall at the side of my partner and our son, saying 'yes' to diversity and equality. She whispers to me: “I saw it back then, this has not been easy for you. You have been hurt many times by people's ignorance, by the glass ceiling everywhere and by the denial of racism that has been going on back in the old days, back in your presence where you still live.“

In her arms I remember I am on a trip into the future and she reminds me I must go back. She holds me close: “Never give up“, she whispers, “dream for a better world, dream for the rainbow nation that we once will become. Look what we have manifested with help of many ancestors and you are one of them.“ In her embrace there is the love of a lioness, the roar of a strong, wise woman. “I am with you always“, she whispers, “waving at you from the future. Remember us, there is a future possible – you are dreaming of it.“

The children all smile at me, they touch me with their soft hands, they say 'thank you'. We run up the hill as the bird of time calls me back and the children share their gratitude and aliveness with me, hug me at the tree and wish me the very best. As I fly away with the bird I hear them singing in the forest. I still feel the soft touch of their hands on me and their encouragement.

With special thanks to Susannah and Ya'Acov Darling Khan and to Christian de Sousa who keep guiding me deeper towards my own purpose, my dreams and visions of a possible future for a rainbow nation of this earth.

Kristin Glenewinkel, qualified Movement Medicine teacher

kristin.glenewinkel@gmx.ch www.tanznetzbasel.ch

http://www.movementmedicineassociation.org/memberProfile.php?Id=114

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
On these dance floors you are able to connect with a moving intelligence of life inside your body, which supports you to access and remember more of the being that you came here to be and to express. Dare to dance. Dare to feel. Dare to move what you encounter inside yourself. Nothing to loose but much and more to gain ...

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 15–16: Re-Source Life Lab with Susannah. London, UK.
With
Move! Evening April 14.
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

April 18: 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 

April 25–30: AP-Elective  Kindness in the Mirror with Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This retreat is one of the electives for the Apprenticeship and is only open to current Apprentices and those who have completed the Apprenticeship Programme.
This workshop is based on Susannah's video feedback work, and offers a unique frame in which to practice seeing yourself with love, with forgiveness, with gentleness and respect.
Contact
Roland Wilkinson: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk 

April 25–30: AP-Elective Soul Medicine with David Rose. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This retreat is one of the electives for the Apprenticeship and is only open to current Apprentices and those who have completed the Apprenticeship Programme.
With much gentleness and truthfulness and with loving companionship, this workshop uses movement and ceremonial theatre to guide you towards revealing your own Soul Medicine.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

April 26–29: Re-Creation with Ya'Acov. Israel.
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 Michal Simply Peace: +972-52-2590109; contact@simply-peace.org

April 29–30: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Berlin, Germany.
With Move! Evening on April 28.
Two whole days to come home to your heart, to honour and to learn from your heart. I
n times of shifts, challenges and constant changes, staying connected with and centered in your heart, brings you a long way, and together with various Movement Medicine practices will strengthen your circle of feeling, expressing, of truth and of being.
Contact Kathrin Keller:
+49 30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

May 3–7: Dancing into Dream Time with Ya'Acov DK and Charley Morley. Schweibenalb, Switzerland.
This unique workshop offers a moving blend of wake and
sleep, of dance and dream and of the practice of Movement Medicine and of Lucid Dreaming (dreaming while being aware of the fact that this is a dream). Tapping into the deep knowledge of our inner intelligence, accessed through concious dance or movement and concious dream, wisdom is revealed that supports creativity, healing and a conscious way of experiencing.
Contact Kat Forrester: + 41 33 676 27 08; kat@kf-events.ch

May 6–7: The Power of the Heart with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With preceding Move! Evening, May 5.

Exploring the great beauty,
dimension and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, and identifying it as your personal guide, while you are learning about and dancing through your colourful emotional landscape.

May 10–14: Sanctuary with Susannah. Frankfurt, Germany. (A women's residential intensive).
With Move! Evening on May 14.
A beautiful opportunity for women to reconnect with themselves and their own way of being a woman, in the safe company of other women, through the powerful medium of Movement Medicine and through voice and ceremony.
Contact Katrin Kohlbecher: +49-163-3152714; katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de


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