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Issue: June Newsletter

Movement Medicine Ceremony and Upcoming Events and Workshops
By Hanna
Here is a beautiful newsletter before we go into our summer break. The interviews with the Faculty Teachers of the school that we started experienced a small 'hiccup' for this issue and will continue with the next one. I myself am in preparation to travel from South Africa to the UK to join the Summer Long Dance for the first time, having experienced a few shorter Movement Medicine ceremonies I would like to share about.

Having experienced shamanic and non-shamanic ceremonies since consciously walking and discovering my personal spiritual path over the last 15 years, the first time I experienced a Movement Medicine based ceremony, I knew for myself: this is very awesome, this is very real, this is very special, this is very deep as well as very 'high'; this is just the kind of ceremony my heart loooves, my whole spirit embraces and bathes in and during which my entire body is freed and cleared.

Why I love and honour these ceremonies so much? It includes the body and the dance fully, it embraces community continuously and deeply and it (almost) visibly builds and weaves these strong heart connections to fellow participants as well as to spirit – to the spirit within and the spirit without. It is deep, sacred and expansive while also being joyful, down-to-earth and fun. It includes and nurtures personal creativity and play through altar installations, dance, drumming, life music and singing and it is so refreshingly grounded, while being truly expansive, uplifting and conscious-altering.

It is a fully embodied experience and the powerful prayers that are sent out, the connections to spirit, to my own essence, to my ancestors and to all elements (inside myself and outside myself) are so, so tangible that the one time I was certain I was actually seeing these connections and threads going out and reaching in. So also with all the collective and personal intentions and invocations shared. They all find 'body' and can become visible to that inner 'eye' or perception of so many dimensions.

What I find particularly empowering is also that it comes and emerges through and from within all of us who participate. It does not need ingested medicine, nor a particular 'spiritual master' to build bridges, nor any external resources as such. Besides the drums, the singing, the music and prayers 'all' it needs is committed participants, open hearts, grounded feet and strong and clear intentions. The powerful transformation, the deep potency of real shift and the pure magic of these ceremonies, in co-creation (with fellow dancers and spirit), is created and raised through that deep personal spirit-connection (or soul-wisdom?) coming from within my very own resource – weaving together with the strong personal 'medicine' of each participant, emerging from deep within our beings, joining with the spirits called in and present during the ceremony.

On a level, and as I try to put words to this: there really are no words 'good (nor) enough' to describe this, but I tried. I guess best is: experience this for yourself and let your own heart find its own 'words' or songs or sounds or ... to whisper to you about this deeply touching, highly expansive and truly powerful experience of a Movement Medicine ceremony.

Another part that I much appreciate about these ceremonies, and which I personally feel is crucial, is the intentional integration time together with participants, as also the individual and personal integration after leaving. The latter of course remains up to the me, the individual, yet it can be prepared and encouraged and given tools for, or not.

Thorough integration to me adds to the 'realness' of these ceremonies. Bringing it down to Earth! Bringing and anchoring all that I received and experienced, all that I may have seen, heard, smelled and dreamt etc. into the body, into the cells, into my heart and into my being and doing of the next day, and the one after and the one after that … A harvesting and yielding, a bringing in and bringing home of the magic of this ceremony space, and of that personal and collective journey during the ceremony.

If you feel inspired to still sign up for the unique ceremony of the Summer Long Dance, get in touch with Roland. Come and dance, pray, celebrate, praise and offer; come and be lifted high and grounded deep.

I certainly am excited for this …!

Many warm greetings to all of you,

Hanna



Upcoming Movement Medicine Events and Workshops:

June 7: Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World – talk, shamanic journey and launch of Ya’Acov’s new book with Ya'Acov and Susannah. London, UK.
This evening offers the participants a reading from Ya'Acov's new book, a talk followed by a live music led shamanic journey, and a book-signing.
Contact: 020 7287 6711; info@alternatives.org.uk

June 8: Balancing Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Talk. Online.
This is part of a very exciting 3-day live online event (6–8 June) about the urgent importance to balance the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine within ourselves and in our world, with various speakers on the topic.
More information also here.

June 14–18: The Shaman's Door with Ya'Acov. Warsaw, Poland.
This weekend has the participant discover more of who they are and what the personal medicines are from the past. It invites to connect with that unique individual soul-energy that we carry, and engages the dancer with what is really and truly close to the heart and therefore a part of a future vision to go for.
Contact Olga Mieszczanek: +48 509 774 884; MovementMedicinePoland@gmail.com

June 20: Bringing the Dance Back Home with Susannah or Ya'Acov. Webinar, online.
This 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

June 24–25:  Resource with David Mooney. Antwerp, Belgium.
With Awakening the Dancer on June 23.
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
Luc: + 32 613 299 20; info@owc.be

June 3–6 July: The Summer Long Dance. Somerset, UK.
This large and annual community gathering of the School of Movement Medicine is the offering of a rich and long lasting ceremony to honour and praise life on earth and all our relations in this. It is a powerful healing and trans-formative experience in which the interconnectedness of all life and all beings, including all the dancers is felt, expressed and celebrated.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

July 11: Bringing the Dance Back Home with Ben Yeger. Webinar, online.
This 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

29 July–6 August: Journey of Empowerment with Caroline Carey. Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland.
A wonder-filled and very well guided journey to aligning body, heart and mind, to finding more ground and stability as well as direction and empowerment, and to allowing and nurturing
self-compassion, self-expression and creativity. It is also the first step towards the Apprenticeship Program with Movement Medicine.
Contact Elisabeth Schrag:
+41 77 447 81 49; schrag.elisabeth@gmail.com

16–20 August: The Oracle of Medicine with Caroline Carey. Veseli, Czech Republic.
Through powerful dance-, shamanic,- and creative craft tools, through heartfelt connections and through time spent in nature this deep journey takes the participants to meeting their very own personal medicine man/medicine woman, discovering and being with that which he/she is longing to be and to bring to this world.
Contact
Veronika Živa: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

Becoming the Jaguar
By Ya'Acov
Why so much fuss? – it’s just a book after all … Yes, indeed it is, just a story. Here’s another one: When I was in the Amazon four years ago alongside Susannah and our colleague from the Pachamama Alliance, David Tucker, we visited the elder shaman Don Rafael Taisch. He lives in a village deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon called Wayusentsa. He is an extraordinary man. A jaguar shaman.

When we first met him, I had been dreaming about him for three weeks but before I could say anything to him, he told me directly that we had met in dreams, that he knew Susannah and myself as shamans from the north, and that he had been waiting for me so I could help him heal his grand-daughter! That night, in ceremony, his 9-year old grand-daughter came to the ceremony, along with more than 20 members of her family! Her mother and father, her brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles and of course, Don Rafael, were all there to watch the gringo shaman do his work.

As I was doing the healing work, which as any of you know who have ever watched (or heard) me doing a shamanic healing, can be a rather noisy business, the kids in the party were really struggling not to laugh at the antics of this strange, bald European waving his feathers and blowing smoke with whooshes and ‘ha’s!’ disturbing the peace of the forest. Eventually, they couldn’t control themselves any longer and one of them burst into laughter. It was so funny that we all lost our seriousness in a second and joined the laughter. It broke the ice and in the joy and recognition of a this common humanity, I did my work.

A week or so later, we were back with Don Rafael but, this time without a group of travellers with us. We were here to do our own work. Don Rafael asked us all to speak our intentions for the work as we sat in his beautiful forest home. He has had a strong life and in the oval-shaped hut, two of his children, who sadly died young, are buried, right there in the middle of his living space. In the Amazon, life and death are guests at the same table.

I told Don Rafael that I was there to ask for the strength of his medicine so that I could be stronger in my capacity to stand alongside him and his people in their fight to protect the forest. He asked me why and I told him that for me, the magnificent homelands of the Achuar people, one of the most bio-diverse regions left on earth, represents that which is just as creation created it, unbroken and whole. I told him that my people need that medicine in order to stop destroying the rest of the unbroken places on earth. I knew he had understood as his dark jaguar eyes looked into mine.

During the ceremony that night, I had the experience of becoming the jaguar. It’s hard to describe but that wild and graceful spirit just walked right in and took over my perception to the point where I felt myself running free and strong through the paths of the forest that I knew so well. I ended up resting in my favourite tree, listening to the song of the Amazonian night. When I returned to my normal perception and sense of self, I knew that something inside me had been mended. I understood power and the force of the forest in an entirely new way and I understood that the place inside me that remains unbroken had been immeasurably strengthened.

At dawn, Susannah and I walked barefoot down to the river to wash. The village, naturally, is situated right next to the river and there is a beautiful place to wash on the bank. I was standing there in my swimming shorts, shaving, when four or five bright orange butterflies came from nowhere and started to circle around me. I went very still as they all landed on and around my heart to the front and the back of my body. I was enraptured as I felt their wings and delicate feet touching me at way deeper than skin level. I shivered. Susannah stood perfectly still and witnessed all of this. They stayed for some minutes during which time I experienced a simple yet profound transmission from the ancestors of the forest. I was stunned into a deeper silence than I had ever experienced.

Later that morning, as we shared our stories from our ceremonial adventures, Don Rafael sat with a smile on his face. He was satisfied with his night’s work and I told him then and there that I would carry this medicine with me back to my people. I understood on a new level, how important it is that there remain unbroken places on this earth that hold that medicine for us all. In all the healings I have done since then, I have carried with me and shared that essence of wholeness that is so strengthening for the wholeness, the unbroken inside us all. I told Don Rafael that I would give my full power and commitment to reminding people of this internal refuge where the soul is still strong and waits to be given permission to spread its wings in our lives. He spoke quietly about the jaguar and the butterfly and we all felt blessed as we left his village later that morning by canoe.

This essence of that which remains unbroken and undefeated by life’s trials and challenges is what sits at the very heart of both my book and the Movement Medicine mesa, the energetic template that is Movement Medicine. They hold the wild beauty of the forest. They hold the pure force of nature in their sweetness and ferocity. And they are both an essential form of engaged, embodied shamanism that is medicine for our times.

They are not the watered down, entertainment only version that fills us with glamorous ideas about ourselves in which everyone is a shaman. The point of shamanism is not to become a shaman. It is to become yourself with the help of the tools. Bikko Mahte Penta, a great guide for me over my life whose story I share in my book, told me that shamans are born shamans. Just as teachers are born teachers, musicians are musicians, artists are artists, scientists are scientists and gardeners are gardeners. Our problem is that we tend to glamorise some roles above others. And there is this idea that everything is equal and that therefore anyone can be anything. It’s true that I can learn to play the guitar, but I will never be Estas Tonne (if you don’t know his music, look him up). It is true that I can learn many things but there is only one thing that I can truly become. Again, it is myself.

As Oscar Wilde so brilliantly put it: ‘Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken!’

The funny thing, everyone already is themselves, However, getting to really know ourselves and make the offering to life of giving ourselves fully back to life in full gratitude for the life we are given, is a journey of decades; a magnificent journey full of made-to-measure experiences called the challenges that make up the creative project that is life on earth.

The book I have written, which has been a seven-year project, candidly describes my own journey towards accepting who and what I am. It is a clarion call for us all to do the same. And, as our dear friend Eva Chapman put it, it takes the sham out of shamanism. And because I believe that engaged shamanism is one of the medicines that can help our species to become a more benign presence on this earth, I want to get to get that message out there as far and wide as possible. That was my promise to Don Rafael. And that was my promise to the wild and unbroken temple of the Amazon. And that is my promise to the wild and unbroken places inside myself and inside us all. So here I am again, making my offer of a free online course on the Shaman’s Drum and asking you to join me in spreading this medicine far and wide.

And if you want a visceral and direct experience of what all this might mean for you, please take this as my personal invitation to join us for this year’s Summer Long Dance; the ceremony is as close as we’ve got so far to a contemporary, essential expression of engaged embodied shamanism in the modern world. This ceremony is one of the many expressions of the rising phoenix that is the returning popularity of shamanism. But please let’s not glamorise it or reduce it down to a glib and acceptable version of itself and make it into one more thing to voraciously consume. Shamanism moves at the pace of nature, just like your body does. Each season and each weather and each strand on this truly mind-blowing web of life has its place. And that includes you. Do you hear the call? See you there. Or maybe we’ll meet through the pages of my book, the spirit of which has its own destiny and it’s about to be set free and fly on the wings of the white eagle who did so much to bring it into being.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan. June 2017

p.s. If you would like to experience the Amazon rainforest for yourself and meet Don Rafael, please apply to join us for our next Amazonian journey January 3-16 2017, Dancing with the Heart of the World – Amazon Edition.

Upcoming Workshops with Ya'Acov:

June 7: Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World – talk, shamanic journey and launch of Ya’Acov’s new book with Ya'Acov. London, UK.
This evening offers the participants a reading from Ya'Acov's new book, a talk followed by a live music led shamanic journey, and a book-signing.
Contact: 020 7287 6711; info@alternatives.org.uk

June 8: Balancing Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Talk. Online.
This is part of a very exciting 3-day live online event (6–8 June) about the urgent importance to balance the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine within ourselves and in our world, with various speakers on the topic.
More info also here.

June 14–18: The Shaman's Door with Ya'Acov. Warsaw, Poland.
This weekend has the participant discover more of who they are and what the personal medicines are from the past. It invites to connect with that unique individual soul-energy that we carry, and engages the dancer with what is really and truly close to the heart and therefore a part of a future vision to go for.
Contact Olga Mieszczanek: +48 509 774 884; MovementMedicinePoland@gmail.com

June 20: Bringing the Dance Back Home with Susannah or Ya'Acov. Webinar, online.
This 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

June 3–6 July: The Summer Long Dance. Somerset, UK.
This
large and annual community gathering of the School of Movement Medicine is the offering of a rich and long lasting ceremony to honour and praise life on earth and all our relations in this. It is a powerful healing and trans-formative experience in which the interconnectedness of all life and all beings, including all the dancers is felt, expressed and celebrated.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

And Yes, I am Biased!
By Susannah
Dear all,
as I guess you know, Ya’Acov’s new book is about to come out into the world. Let me share a prediction with you. Once you pick it up, you’re not going to want to put it down. I imagine, it will blow your mind and blow your heart open too. And I own my bias; I am Ya’Acov’s wife.

It’s such a beautiful deep piece of work and I know it is going to fly its bright colours out into the world further than we have been able to reach before. Here in this early morning, I sit in our kitchen with the new book at my side, hearing the morning bird song, and I feel a deep silence and quietness. I feel this as the quiet, still moment before a big expansion. Through this beautiful book I feel that the message of embodied, engaged shamanism will be able to reach out wider than we have been able to reach before. Ya’Acov stands for this in his life, in Movement Medicine and now this energy is being shared with everyone through these deep, magical and everyday stories.

The people who have offered their quotes about their response to the book range from Sophie Dahl and Manda Scott to Christine Northrup, Lynne Twist, Daan Van Kampenhout and Viktor Sanchez. Wow. This range says it all. This is a book which has the possibility to reach a wide range of people throughout the world. I sense that this book will turn you on to the magic and possibility of your own life, giving you encouragement for your own way forward.

As our world rocks with each new onslaught of unresolved human pain, there comes a bright light to remind us that we have resources beyond far our own; that we have help if we ask for it and that that help is transformative.” Manda Scott, author of the Boudica books.

I want you to know that this book is the result of years of dedicated work as Ya’Acov has worked out how to tell this story in a way which is true to the spirit that animates it. I think it is important to acknowledge the labour of love, of hours and days and weeks of work, over a long time scale, of being willing, over and over, to begin again, to let something go, to offer it up to the fire and ask for guidance. And he’s done it. Here it is, for you.

As those of you who have ever had the chance to hear Ya’Acov tell a story know, he is a natural storyteller. Over the years of this book being written, I have had the opportunity to be with different groups of friends, as, occasionally, he reads a little bit of the emerging book to them. Again and again I’ve witnessed the same thing; people enter a quiet state of rapt listening and look as if they never want the story to end.

This book is an antidote to the western culture of 'weekend shamanism' which often misunderstands shamanism as something separate from every day life and commitment to action, using it to fortify a sense of self rather than to do the humble, hard, fierce work of confronting who one really is.

If you want to come and join us for deep diving ceremonial peak event of our year, the Summer Long Dance, there are still a few places left.

And finally, Ya’Acov has made a beautiful gift to thank those of you who want to join this journey and pre-order the book before June 6th, the official launch date of the book. To gain access to this gift and also to enter a raffle with some exceptional prizes, go to:
https://darlingkhan.com/jaguar-body-butterfly-heart/

Enjoy!

Susannah Darling Khan, June 2017

 

Upcoming Events with Susannah:

June 7: Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World – talk, shamanic journey and launch of Ya’Acov’s new book with Ya'Acov and Susannah. London, UK.
This evening offers the participants a reading from Ya'Acov's new book, a talk followed by a live music led shamanic journey, and a book-signing.
Contact: 020 7287 6711; info@alternatives.org.uk

June 8: Balancing Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Talk. Online.
This is part of a very exciting 3-day live online event (6–8 June) about the urgent importance to balance the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine within ourselves and in our world, with various speakers on the topic.
More info also here.

June 20: Bringing the Dance Back Home with Susannah or Ya'Acov. Webinar, online.
This 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

June 3–6 July: The Summer Long Dance. Somerset, UK.
This
large and annual community gathering of the School of Movement Medicine is the offering of a rich and long lasting ceremony to honour and praise life on earth and all our relations in this. It is a powerful healing and trans-formative experience in which the interconnectedness of all life and all beings, including all the dancers is felt, expressed and celebrated.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

Balancing Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine
By Jocelyn
This article is in connection with the online event Susannah, Ya'Acov and others are contributing to (6–8 June) on balancing the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine (see also upcoming events above).
This Earth is our precious, magical home. We as humans have lived in harmony with Mother Earth for many millennia, some accounts say as long as 180,000 years. We have depended upon Her herbs and trees and fruits and vegetables to heal us, shelter us, and nourish our bodies.

We have sought out relationships with the creatures that walk upon Mother Earth, the dogs and cats and horses whose hearts beat warm like ours, who have been our very best friends, protectors, and soul-companions for ages. The winged ones who remind us that we, too, can fly. The ancient peoples knew how to enter into the mind of the hawk or eagle to gain a clear vantage point of their location and to find their way through the woods. Then there are the great swimming ones who traverse the ocean depths and sing songs that come to us in dreams. The snakes with their powerful medicine; and the insects whose population has outnumbered ours since the beginning of time, and will until the end. We are a part of all of these, and they are a part of us, inseparable because we share a common Mother.

We have birthed our babies upon the Earth’s solid soil, raised them and watched them play among Her trees and ferns, bathed them in Her rains and rivers, sent them out to fulfil their destinies in the great wide world, and welcomed them back to our homesteads with love and hugs and kisses for tens of thousands of years or more.

We have walked barefoot upon Her; laid down in Her fields at night to stare marvelling up at the moon and stars; played in Her purifying snowfalls; and basked in Her summer sun on endless bright days.

Our hearts are attuned to Her heartbeat. Our lungs are perfectly formed to breathe the exact composition of oxygen that Her atmosphere offers. Our blood runs red from the iron that is within Her core and Her mountains and Her stones. Our blood is like Her oceans and Her rivers, flowing through our veins, carrying our life force in its currents.

All of this is gifted to us by our Mother Earth.

And then there is our relationship with Her Moon. That glorious moon, also a feminine spirit, which pulls at our inner tides, causing our emotions to rise and swell in beautiful cyclical patterns. The moon, which is actually moving away from the Earth – did you know that? – Yes, moving away, so this is the closest She will ever be. We see the Moon’s golden beauty crowning the horizon at harvest times and we feel shivers when Her silvery light sparkles high overhead on clear winter evenings. I don’t know about you, but late at night I go outside open my arms up to the sky and ask the Moon to send me mystery and magic into my life, and she smiles down at me and whispers, “All in good time.”

Our protector and provider, Father Sun, Father Sky, sends us all the abundance of the universe in the form of sun rays and powerful celestial energy. This masculine energy is our caretaker, our provider of everything that we could possibly need. It is said that the Sun provides 15,000 times more energy than all life on Earth could ever use. And so we are blanketed in abundance and cosmic magic every day.

We are the children of the Earth and Cosmos. We come from magic. All of the elders will tell you that once, long ago, everyone lived steeped in the magic, but after a time we humans began to place too much emphasis on money and power and success, and we forgot that the magic itself, the abundance of Father Sun, the sweet caress of the oceans, the nurturing of Mother Earth, was all we would ever need.

And we began to seek something outside of these.

And now we have been on a long journey of discovery and we have realized, at this late hour, that we do not actually need cars, and machines, and money, and iPhones. We are realizing, with some unsettling shock and surprise at first, that we need to unlearn all that modern society has taught us about buying things and working to earn a living and spending all of our time inside of square buildings instead of outdoors amidst the circles and cycles of Nature.

We are realizing that all we really need is the Sun and the Sky and the Moon and Mother Earth. That all of the abundance we could possibly ever want is already provided here for us. That the Earth and Sky are perfect in their abundance. That we still have Eden here with us, if we would just stop! Stop destroying! Stop searching so hard for something else!

And so we know this is truth, we feel it in our heart and soul. And we seek ways to share this truth with others. How can we find a balance in this counter-productive modern world that we have somehow created? We have lost the sacred reciprocity between humans and the Earth and Cosmos. We have relied for too long on a false masculine approach, centered around power and money. We have let the Sacred Masculine fall by the wayside. We have let the Sacred Feminine be shamed and tortured. How can we return to the originally-intended balance between the strengths and the magical qualities of both Masculine and Feminine?

How can we bring them both together, bring the world back into harmony, turn away from greed and power so that we can protect our Mother Earth?

With these questions in mind, I invite you to further explore finding this balance and how we can illuminate our path forward. In protection, respect, and honour for our beautiful home, the precious planet Earth.

I invite you to attend a unique and exciting new online event called
Balancing Sacred Masculine & Sacred Feminine to Illuminate Our Path: Within Ourselves, Within Our World.

This event is based upon the truth that we need both Masculine and Feminine, working together, in harmony, to create the change we wish to see in the world, and to provide the balance and the magic and mystery that we so deeply need. Yet it's quite difficult to find reliable, actionable information on how we can balance these aspects in our personal lives and in our world.

We will have 12 speakers who will offer their perspective and provide real ways that you can integrate Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine principles in your personal life, heal your relationship, and discover a more balanced approach for understanding and healing the world in which we live.

Click here to learn more and register: http://www.wearesacredplanet.

Many thanks for your assistance in sharing the announcement of this event with your audience. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Love and Light,

Jocelyn

Re-Source Life Lab, My Report on this Growing Edge of My Own Teaching Practice
By Susannah
I was excited and a bit nervous about delivering my new concept Life Lab weekend 'workshop' in London a few weeks ago. On my birthday vision quest last summer I received a clear sense that one important direction for me at this point in my life is about bringing the learning from my life so far, including Movement Medicine itself, into the mainstream. I have the feeling that we are ready for the mainstream and the mainstream is ready for us. I have the feeling that I am ready for the mainstream and the mainstream is ready for me.

So, I came to this weekend in London with the intention to teach five simple practices to support people to learn how to develop more presence, potency, partnership, perspective and purpose.

I wanted people to understand what we were doing, and why. I wanted people to try out these practices, to reflect upon how it affected them, to adjust them, and through that to be able to take home something that they understood and had made their own. And I wanted this approach to work for people who dance as a central part of their life path, and for those who don’t identify with being dancers. I wanted to offer simple practices that are about HOW we do everyday life, rather than adding a whole new to-do list of practices which make us feel even more 'not good enough' when we just can’t/don’t find the time to do them.

So why was I nervous? Well, first of all, it was a completely new approach. It demanded a different kind of focus of me and of all of us. And, in my workshop life, I have ‘grown up’ in contexts which value deep felt experience over cognition, reflection and understanding. I was a little concerned that people might not connect with this different style.

So what happened? I felt as if my ‘teacher’ self had leg-room in the way she does on the Movement Medicine professional training. I was delighted by the level of energy, fascination and joy generated as we practised, reflected and learnt. The feedback I have had since has been great. So many people on the weekend thanked me for this new approach, saying something along the lines of “I love having those deep experiences, but as I don’t understand how what has happened has happened, I don’t know how to generate anything like the same experience for myself. So I go home and gradually the workshop experience fades and I don’t have any idea how to get back anywhere near it. THANK YOU! Now I do!”

One of the strongest things that happened for me was seeing, sensing and feeling how the atmosphere in the room completely changed every time we started practising generous, appreciative communication, whether it was verbal or non verbal. People literally lit up in the giving as much as in the receiving. This is what I have taken away with me, even stronger than before, a recognition of how profoundly we affect each other. The energy of how I am with everyone, whether it’s the bus driver, someone on the street, or people in a restaurant, or in a workshop ripples out and ripples back in. If I am warm and generous, apart from how it affects the recipient, I myself have made me feel good inside. Apparently I called it the 'love ripple effect' which I rather like.

So, thank you to all the dancers who came, and to everything I learnt from and with you, to Alex Hanley for organising, to Alex and Gabriel and Ed for help with the design inspiration, to all the Movement Medicine teachers, organisers and dancers who have asked me to go on developing this strand of the work. And thanks to Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer who wrote to me afterwards:

“Life Lab was an inspired idea. Bringing the MM gold nuggets for daily living to a weekend workshop worked well in my experience and I felt the depth was there too. I mention that as you said it was a concern/question you had at the outset. At this workshop I felt the depth as a vibrancy, a light, joy, connection which was a little different to the depth of healing, transformation and recovery that I notice/experience when there is more ongoing movement.

I've taken a number of simple things away from the workshop, things I've heard a million times before but never ACTUALLY do. And I'm doing them! Turns out that's where the magic is, haha! But the top thing I've taken away is this understanding that every moment is an opportunity to 'create the love affect'. That's really with me. I saw over the weekend how you truly LOVE moment by moment, in your responses, attitude, actions … it was utterly evident in all your interactions. So beautiful. You also reminded me how playfulness and lightness are so much a part of being loving. Thank you!”

I look forward to sharing and developing more of this work over the months and years to follow. It’s already appearing on our calendar. And I will also go on making magical journeys where you can simply let go and dive deep into music and my invocation and be carried to where your soul dreams and you can hear your guiding star whispering through your vibrating cells rocked in the pulse of life. It all has its place, bless you,

Love,

Susannah

And a big thank you to Jan Lee who we’ve known for many years, who brought her connection with Syria with such grace and enabled the participants on this workshop to experience their generosity and to contribute several hundred pounds to support a hospital in Syria which is the only one in its area (near where the gas attacks happened) which is still functioning, as the others have suffered bombing. Jan says:

The doctor at the hospital has personally received the donations collected at Life Lab, and he thanks each and every one of those who donated.

I am encouraged that some participants would like to do more for the hospital and are intending to Long dance for Syria. Should anyone want to make further donations, it is best to contact me personally for further information. My email: janrosalily@gmail.com, through Facebook: Jan Rosa Lily. My paypal account is currently not functioning.”

An Ancestor Speaks
By Susannah DK and Dick S. Darlington
Some time again my father gave me this piece of writing from my grandfather, his father: Dick Samuel Darlington, who died before I was born. Meeting him in this piece of writing about an experience he had in the First World War has been strong for me, and I’d like to share it with you. I feel proud to have him at my back. His words speak for themselves.
With love and gratitude for all our grandparents, and for everyone who has come through war with any of their humanity intact, Susannah DK

A Soldier’s Tale
Guts or Fear: Which?

During the war (1914-1918) I had some pretty wonderful experiences. Religious is the only way I can describe them; though I am a bit shaky on that point because these experiences did not prevent me from becoming more and more doubtful about the aims and methods of the war. I had already arrived, not by reasoning or anything conscious like that, but by a kind of instinctive feeling that all war was contrary to the will of God, when a friend of mine in the Orderly Room told me that my name was first on the list for the next job.

This was not news to make one jump for joy. That the senior officers were confident I could be trusted to see a job through, and that a junior officer was to be sent with me to give him some experience of this kind of thing, (so my friend informed me confidentially) was a compliment lost on me. I don’t know that I would have felt any better about it, if I had still believed the war to be worthwhile. All I know is that I was fed up.

Well, the job came along. Or rather, we came along and reached the job. It was to make a breach in a temporary bridge which the enemy had thrown across the river which divided us. The exact military advantage of this need not concern you now any more than it concerned us then. To us it was a job. Normally it meant no more than that. But for me there was now entering the new factor which I have since learnt is described as ‘ethical’, but which to me then, was just one big inner question mark.

If I had gone to my Commanding Officer and told him that I had suddenly decided all war was wrong and I could no longer take part in it, it would have looked very much like funk. If he had asked me whether I knew I was next on the list, I could not have given any answer but ‘yes’; and then of course he would have looked at me with his keen, penetrating though sympathetic eyes, and implied without saying it, “that explains it”. As it was, he sent for me and explained the job as man to man. There was never anything sloppy or sentimental about him, yet he had a way of talking off parade that made you feel that you were his son, and he was full of concern for you. I simply could not have said I was not going to do this job.

But I was shaken to my depths. The way the O.C. had put his hand on my shoulder was nearly a goodbye. I have often wondered since what inner tortures he went through. Then, I was interested far more in myself. I felt the end was near and the deference I received from other quarters did not cheer me.

Was I afraid? Yes and no: fear is a queer mixture of more elementary reactions. There are thoughts of fear and there are bodily reactions - ‘reflexes’ I think they are called. We think we see fear in its simplicity at the exact moment of flight from danger. But there was no question of my running away. I think I was simply miserable. There were so many things I wanted to do with my life, so many experiences I had heard about from other fellows that I had never enjoyed. I had only been a schoolboy before this – and, I was going to throw it away in blowing up a bridge, in a war I no longer believed to be right. Miserable: is there any word in any language of fuller meaning capable of describing the depth of my misery?

People who fly to their Bibles in the hour of crisis, and open them anywhere by chance expecting thereby a divine message are now old-fashioned. I had never been of that variety. Throughout my military training I had read my small pocket Bible regularly. On this miserable day when I sat down to read it, I was so out of joint, so sick at heart, that in sheer hopelessness I let it fall open on my knees, and stared in front of myself, lost to the world. Then my eyes dropped to the Book, and I read “Fear not them that can kill the body only…”. I looked again. It was true. “… and after that can do nothing more”.

Whenever I have looked at these words since, I have wondered that they should have meant so much to me then. My heart became as light as a feather. I was on top of the world; yes, above it, beyond its control. I closed the Book, put it in my pocket, rose and joined a few companions with a cheerful smile.

I heard afterwards that one of them had said I’d got guts. And anyhow no-one could say I was afraid. How stupidly we talk of this subject of fear and bravery, for there is no real difference. I was still afraid, still didn’t want to die, and had still the same doubt about the rightness of what I was doing, but I had in that flash of the eye across the printed page, received into myself a support which was completely outside my understanding, except that I knew it was there. Ask me now what it was and I do not know; but then I believed it was Christ himself at my side. And although now I scarcely believe anything, I still feel that in a similar crisis I would be glad to believe it all again.

But what happened? I must apologise. Naturally you are not interested in my religious beliefs and disbeliefs. Did I blow up the bridge? I will tell you as simply as I can, but you must remember that however bravely I talk, or seem to, I was all the time terribly frightened, that is, in myself. My body including my tongue seemed to be in charge of another being. I saw myself doing and heard myself saying things as if I were a separate person.

The officer selected to accompany me was known to us as Billy. He had a name which rhymed with billycan. To avoid trouble let us call him Lieutenant X when necessary. Well, if I had had the ‘wind up’ as we called it, he had certainly got the double dose.

Our job was to go through a small wood and then scramble down a steep river bank, mostly on our stomachs, to the water’s edge. Thence we were to work our way a bit at a time to the bridge. It was a suicidal business. Darkish night, true, but we seemed to be completely exposed. Terrifying, yet now as I look back, I could almost say I enjoyed it.

It is curious how I dealt with that officer. I don’t know what possessed me. There was certainly no preconceived plan for putting him on his mettle and making him more co-operative. It was when we were beginning the almost vertical scramble down. I looked behind, and there he was with his revolver in his hand coming after me.
“Put that damn’d thing away”, I commanded.
“It’s orders” he stammered.
“To shoot me if I don’t go forward,” I said sarcastically. “Well, I am not going in front with that thing held behind me. You haven’t got proper control of it”.

He nearly blubbered. I was sorry for him – no, no, I can’t claim that – it all happened too quickly for that. I said sharply “I know you are here to protect me, but I don’t want to get shot before I have done this job. Just put that toy away and let us concentrate on the real thing”. He obeyed. And we crawled virtually unarmed to the scene of demolition. I went into the water and fastened the wad of explosive to two piles as calmly as if it had been a demonstration job at home. That was all there was to it. How uninteresting it seems now. Then, there was an intensity in every movement which was almost painful, and yet in retrospect enjoyable. My officer had quite recovered his nerve, and when I rejoined him on the bank, we both knew we were friends for life.

His hand slammed down the plunger, and instantly the quiet night split vertically and sideways. Machine gun fire broke out from all directions. I suppose all the gunners up and down the river on both sides, waiting tensely for a crisis that never came, suddenly gave way to fright when a section of the bridge on our side unexpectedly fell over sideways and sent a dozen or so spars hurtling into the sky.

My officer and I were at peace in all this. We sat hidden from the opposite bank behind some shrubs not bothering that they were not bullet-proof. We were waiting for an opportunity to get up the bank.
“You ought to get an M. C. for that, sir” I said.
“Good Lord, you did it.
“No. Forget me – I feel rather guilty – I hadn’t the courage to refuse to do it.”
“Great Scott! Courage? I never saw anyone with more” he said with real sincerity.
“No sir. You misunderstand me. I did not do anything. Christ took charge of me – oh no – I don’t mean He blew up the bridge – of course we did that.”
“By Jove, we did.”
“What I mean, sir, is that I was in a real jam and Christ took me in hand. I think he protected both us all through, and He arranged there was no-one going over the bridge when you detonated it.”
“You are a bit overwrought,” he said authoritatively, taking charge for the first time. It was extremely odd how he then used scripture, I think without knowing it, as a simple order. I shall never forget it. “Arise, let us be going” he said. And we went.

Was Christ really with me, you ask. I don’t know. As I have said before, I believed it then, and in any case I did have a real spiritual experience, as real as anything else in my life. And my officer and I did have a sense of unity and peace as we clambered back to safety.

But, no doubt, you are right to question my way of putting things. You are right, of course, Christ could not countenance war. That is really common knowledge. But there was another thing which shook me afterwards and still makes me think.

In my elation, I forgot all about another officer and little Frankie – I’d known his people way back at home for years – lying in support, who would have had to do the job if we had failed. That officer was wounded and Frankie got his packet. Of course, we knew nothing about this till later. Yet in spite of my spiritual experience – and this shocks me – I had no glimpse of the truth about Frankie. Of course, like everyone else, I was sorry. He was such a genuine sort.

It was years after, when his mother gave me some of his letters to read that I was, as it were, hit right in the stomach. He too had begun to doubt whether as a Christian he could any longer take part in the war. It was the bridge crisis which had brought him to a decision. But he had had the courage to go to the O. C. and explain his point of view. The old man had persuaded him to put off a decision temporarily, telling him he was only going into support Lieutenant X and me, and there was not much doubt we would manage it by ourselves. Call it funking it, if you like. I respect Frankie’s memory. He had the courage to expose his innermost self to his commanding officer. I hadn’t the guts for that.

Frankie had written in his last letter, “Mam, I would rather be killed than kill.” When I handed the letter back, his mother said something I have never understood. It puzzles and even hurts me. “Now I have seen you,” she said, “I am happy at last. He thought the world of you. He was too kind to want to hurt anyone.”

By Sapper Samuel (knowns as Dick) Darlington, 7503, 5th Field Company (Royal Anglesey) R.E.


Dick Darlington returned from the 1st World War, and married Nell Wilkes. They had three boys:
Deryk, who became a neuron-surgeon and then lecturer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Arthur, who, with his wife Liz, became one of the first organic farmers in this modern era. Their smallholding in Wales, was my heaven on earth in my childhood.
And my own father, Richard Darlington, whose ground breaking work with public participation as a local government architect and, in his later years with Emmaus UK, continues to inspire me.
Dick was a conscientious objector (CO) in World War II and Dick and Nell’s home became a refuge for COs waiting prison and for shell shocked soldiers.
In honour: Dick Darlington born 29 April 1896, died 24 October 1961.

Back to Africa: Part 3
By Susannah
Hi all, I promised to write another article about my journey in Africa, and I haven’t yet managed it. Since I was in Kenya there have been some strong things happening. Here is an article about it. Sveva is the woman who invited me to Kenya, to the Gallmann Conservancy. Kuki, Sveva’s mother, is the woman I quoted at the end of my first “Back to Africa” article.

The Mukutan sanctuary is where I received such healing and direction from the hot springs and the power of the earth there and slept beneath the stars. This is the place that was burnt down two weeks later. We were the last guests to be there.

So I’m connected, and, as I know that some of you have been tuned into Africa with me, I thought you might want to know more about what’s been happening there. If you find yourself inclined to reach out a hand in support, I encourage you to do so. This is amazing work for the future of our wild life here on this earth, not in opposition to the needs of people, but in tandem with them.

It’s a very hard and challenging time for the Gallmann Conservancy and my respect, love and gratitude for their work are with them. Thank you for reading and taking this story in.

Susannah

Info and article about the Gallmann Concervancy

Back to Africa: Part 1
Back to Africa: Part 2

With Love!

FREE Online Events
By Roland
There a couple of FREE online events coming up very soon that we would like to bring to your attention.

The first is a 3 day event running between 6th and 8th June called Balancing Sacred Masculine & Sacred Feminine which will consist of live speaker workshops with Q&A sessions.  The event is organised by Sacred Platform, a transformative business which is run by Jocelyn Mercado.  All the talks are completely free and will feature Shakti Malan, Ya'Acov & Susannah Darling Khan, Clare DuBois, Ilarion Merculieff, Simone Wright, Aeolian Heart, Dr. Tayria Ward, Woman Stands Shining, Gary S. Bobroff, Elisa Romeo & Adam Foley, Boysen Hodgson (The ManKind Project), and more!  Susannah and Ya’Acov will give their talk entitled  “The Battle of the Sexes and the Medicine to Heal It” on 8th June between 14.00 and 16.00 Eastern Time.  This will be between 19.00 and 21.00  UK time and 20.00 and 22.00 for most other European countries.

To sign up go to http://www.wearesacredplanet.com/balancing and click on the register now button.

The other free online event is the Facebook live coverage of an event taking place in London on June 7th 19.00 – 21.30 entitled Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World – talk, shamanic journey and launch of Ya’Acov’s new book.  The Eastern time will be 14.00 – 16.30 and for most European countres 20.00 – 22.30.  To attend the facebook live event go https://www.facebook.com/yaacovandsusannahdk/ on the evening of June 7thIf you are fortunate enough to be in or near London on that evening then tickets are available for purchase in advance from Alternatives on this link.

There are still some wonderful giveaways available to those who pre-order Ya’Acov’s new book, Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart, including a Shaman’s Drum course worth £55. This is what Roel Crabbe, the founder of Anam Cara Spiritual Centre has to say about the course: "This course is brilliant. I have been a drum maker for over 20 years and can say that working with the drum has changed my life forever. Yacov's teachings are clear and practical and filled with a depth that can only be reached by dedicated and surrendered practice. His way of teaching reaches the heart and made me pick up the drum and join him right away. Anyone that follows this course will find a path that leads straight into the essence of this ancient way of the sacred drum." To find out how to order and collect your giveaways go to https://darlingkhan.com/jaguar-body-butterfly-heart/

Finally a reminder that the early booking discount worth £120 for the Initiation workshop runs out on June 8th.  Also we still have a few places left for the Summer Long Dance 30th June – 6th July.

Have a great Summer,

Roland

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