School of Movement Medicine - Mindfulness in Motion
 
Issue: September Newsletter

Expansion and Islands of Light
By Hanna
Since this morning, looking from our apartment onto the ocean, beautiful rays of light have been streaming through the cloudy skies from time to time: clear, straight rays, casting round, various sized and bright ‘light-islands’ onto the surface of the waters. Absolutely magical ...!

This week there is new moon, the Jewish New Year and it is Equinox. There is our local monthly peace prayer Satsang evening happening, a cleansing sweat lodge and the local Movement Medicine community is also holding its equinox night-ceremony to which I am looking forward to. Here in Cape Town the colours and flowers of spring and a new beginning are spilling themselves out into and over the land and mountains, while the whales are seen again in the bay, as whale season has started. And we are back in your inbox after the annual break of newsletter and MM workshops, starting another round of both.
The cells inside me are feeling and whispering: Fresh and new beginnings.

I am also having a sense of expansion, generally, of the threads and the embodiment of the work of Movement Medicine. I am sensing this in our more virtual community online that shares snippets of the spreading and birthing of MM inspired contributions. I am sensing it in our local community of dance and MM, and it becomes apparent when I sit down to compile the ‘Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops’ article – in the vastness and variety of offerings! I am sensing this same expansion in Susannah and Ya’Acov’s intention of making their work more accessible to the ‘main stream’ and in the spreading of Ya’Acov’s book, “Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart”. I also get a sense of this when reading Susannah and Ya’Acov’s article of this newsletter: her sharing a wonderful piece of deep honesty, beauty, bravery and insight, him sharing (amongst other things) more about the radiating outward of MM beyond dance.

The continuously outward expanding of a particularly beautiful ray of light – Movement Medicine – is finding more and more ways of manifestation, it seems to me.

I am this particular expansion myself, yet I also am partly a witness to this expansion of the spirit of Movement Medicine. Here is what I see:
I see more and more clear rays of light expanding from a centre outward and I see more and more ‘light islands’ emerge and grow. It is like the image I was gifted to see today with the sun rays coming through the cloudy sky onto the ocean’s surface: one single stream of light brings forth a whole ‘light-island’ where it ‘touches down’. To me the rays of light are all the teachers and facilitators who are stepping out into their communities to offer various, personalized Movement Medicine experiences, more and more sprouting up in so many different places. The ‘light islands’ I see as the growing communities around each one of these bearers of the spirit of Movement Medicine.
I also see these sun rays and ‘light Islands’ as I am writing up the MM calender article and acknowledge just HOW much variety there is and how it is growing through the faculty teachers of the school and the unique blend of expansion and healing each one offers.

So I am sensing and witnessing an overall further ripening, expanding and ’filling out’ of that which is Movement Medicine around the world. And my heart responds with a bright radiating joy from within that nurtures this hope that lives in the centre of my being, I have been writing about before ...

May all of us find the courage and the support to keep radiating with our own unique beautiful rays of light, out into our lives and communities around the world, casting ‘islands of light’.

Hanna

For more information on local Movement Medicine events, possibly in your area, have a look at the Movement Medicine Association website.

A Postcard from my Learning Edge
By Susannah
Dear all,
I’m going to try and share something about our relationship as we are evolving in it. Enough of you have asked me searching questions in a particular vein to make me feel that it’s time to speak. As you may have seen on FB, I’ve done a string of videos recently of me interviewing Ya’Acov about his personal experience and purpose(s) in writing his recent book: 'Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart'. Having witnessed his process of writing it from close up, I knew there were aspects of this that I wanted other people to share too.

In a lovely response to one of those video interviews, someone asked: “What’s been your experience of this process?” Thank you for the question.

I sense that for some people there is a sense of unease or disquiet about me playing the ‘supportive wife’ role. So I want to share the inside story as openly as I can. I want to let you know what it is and what it isn’t for me. Eventually, I’m intending to write much more about this as it’s part of a big shift in my own life, but I want to give you a quick sketch right now.

First of all, here is some context. When Ya’Acov first floated the idea of writing his own book, some years ago, I was a bit panicked. Actually, I was really discombobulated, and then really embarrassed about being so discombobulated.

I somehow knew that this book would go big, and that it would far outstrip our previous book (Movement Medicine) in terms of the broadness of its appeal and reach. Ya’Acov has that thing about him. And as well as being excited about this new frontier, I was jealous, in advance, all those years ago. I was both jealous and frightened, frightened of being left behind, of feeling lesser, of feeling a failure; all that.

A few years ago, when Ya’Acov actually started to write his book in earnest, we were both at the point of feeling that we were ready to offer our work to a much wider group of people, not just to people who identify with dance as their spiritual practice.

We made a joint decision that we would get behind Ya’Acov’s book to spearhead that expansion and that we would take it as an opportunity to work with the trust and mutual support dynamic between us and see what we could heal there. Could I trust him to lead in this way? Could I trust that I would be upheld and supported, rather than diminished and extinguished?

The journey, for me, since then, has been a huge one of confronting my fears and deeply unconsciously held assumptions about trusting a man to lead. These fears and assumptions are present in our current culture, plus those of my female lineage as they live inside of me, plus my own personal survival strategies and they are all pushing in the same direction: “Don’t!” To be more precise, I mean, of course, my fears of trusting my man to lead. It’s been the deepest, hardest and ultimately most fulfilling personal inner work of my life so far.

I’ve had to see things about myself which are far from the strong, gentle, trusting and open woman I thought I was. I’ve had to see things about my family patterning and that of my female lineage that were distressing and unsavoury.

Exactly a year ago, in a taxi on the way to our wedding anniversary holiday, I suddenly discovered that, on a deep and unconscious level, I’ve had no concept of a male partner as being able to be strong and safe. The injunction I was unconsciously carrying was something like: “You’ve just got to be strong. Don’t depend on anyone. And whatever you do, don’t depend on your man. Either your man is going to be strong and unsafe (violent or/and domineering) or safe but weak. Either way you’ve got to be strong. And you’ve got to keep proving yourself as the better leader.”

That was shocking to see and hear resonating down the ancestral lines. Until that moment in the taxi, I didn’t even know that that story was there, inlaid in my cells with threads that go back to the multiple trauma’s of war and the witch burnings and, I’m sure much more historically, as well as my own survival strategy linked to the nature of my experience of landing in this life, and powerful currents in our current culture.

Once I could see how strong and real that story had been on the unconscious, unexamined assumptions level on which powerful stories operate, I could begin to take it apart and update it.

At the same time, I’ve come to see just how passively aggressive, belittling and undermining I had casually and chronically been of my man, and I could see that pattern too echoing in my female lineage; the tendency to either belittle or be plain mean: withholding praise, acknowledgement or recognition. When I first saw this, I was deeply shocked. Both that I was doing it, but also that I had never noticed it before. I felt like I’d been wearing a blindfold forever, and when I took it off, which in itself was a massive process for us both, I could suddenly see this aspect of myself. And it wasn’t pretty. I’d stumbled on a massive blind spot (more like a blind domain) in my knowledge of self as an apparently gentle and generous being and woman.

So, for Ya’Acov to take the lead, and for me to trust him with this, has meant many things. It’s meant him doing the work of becoming (even more) trustworthy, me coming to trust both him and myself much more, to relax in my being, in my feet, arriving here on this earth more deeply, coming to trust that I have my own place in the world. It’s meant confronting and feeling the fear, pain and anger of my female ancestors and what deep work that has been. It’s meant finally (after three decades of being together) relaxing in the arms of my beloved on a totally new level. It’s been a systemic revolution and evolution, from the war of the sexes to something quite different.

By ‘systemic revolution’ I mean that the state we were in was something we were co-creating. It was not my fault, nor Ya’Acov’s fault, but related to both of our personal, family and the prevailing culture and had become the accepted ‘thermostat’ norm of our relationship. Of course it wasn’t all bad, there was lots to celebrate. And only from the ground of all that goodness could we have the safe ground from which to explore this new territory together. In order to shift our system, we’ve both had to take new levels of responsibility, open up, clean up and make new choices which have sometimes felt very scary. Our system could only move when we were both ready, willing and able.

And of course, if we are to talk about systems, there’s the wider context of our prevailing culture and its norms. Though I believe feminism to be a necessary and important movement, like any movement it has some shadows which are not necessarily inherent in its stand for equality, but have nevertheless come to be deeply associated with it: namely, the assumption that men are to blame and that male power is in and of itself bad and dangerous, rather than simply often either denied or held unconsciously and unaccountably and therefore, in both cases, dangerous. I feel like I’m breaking a taboo to be sharing my personal story which challenges both this and of course the counterpart myth too, that women’s power is somehow in and of itself better or cleaner. As Ya’Acov often says: Power itself is neutral and it’s up to each one of us to decide what its for and to hold ourselves accountable.” I agree.

The pay off of this new state is golden on two fronts, one to do with how good I feel when I grok, over and over again, that it’s actually OK. That I haven’t fallen off the world or been forgotten or left out in the cold, and that I’m OK in this new role of, besides being the co-creator of Movement Medicine beside Ya’Acov, and all the other things I am, I’m also the wife of a best selling brilliant author whose book is deservedly making quite a splash out there as it delivers its medicine in many different places.

And the other pay off is huge. The love, relaxation, mutual respect, adoration and playfulness between us has just gone on to a whole new level. That is affecting my very being, the refinement of my and our work, and the day-to-day experience of life hugely in a positive way. The more I trust Ya’Acov to hold and support me, the more empowered and delightedly free I am feeling as a woman and as simply myself, which is quite the opposite of the story I had been unknowingly telling myself. This is not a decision I’ve been able to make with words; to trust and be worthy of trust is an ongoing work for both of us. It reminds of the thing in salsa that Sangeet Portalski told us about many years ago: “The man leading the woman is not about domination, he is supporting her to fly”. Yes.

I’m so grateful to have this chance, which Ya’Acov and I are co-creating in this lifetime, of healing some of the male-female woundings and experiencing the love that is flowing from that healing. For me, it’s absolutely clear. Our sexual life has woken up to a whole new level of mysterious, subtle and gorgeous love-making. After 31 years together, we’re more in love than ever. No-one ever told me how much better it could continue to get.

I want to thank the many people who’ve asked me to share my story too. There’s lots I want to share. One of the many things I love about how Ya’Acov has written “Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart” is how he has managed to both honour me deeply, and at the same time, not to tell my story. It’s coming. But it will be a while, partly because these things take time, partly because I’m still in the arc of this process, and because, most importantly, I want to consolidate this new relaxation. When I do share, it will come from a place of my cup overflowing, rather than from a fearful drive to ‘catch up’. I’ve needed to let go and drop into a new level of being held by life and by my husband, in order to flower in a new way, with deeper roots.

This summer I went out on my annual birthday vision quest and had a surprising and profound experience confirmed for me this new direction and is helping me re-write my inner story. It involved a flamboyantly deep pink rose sunset, a white horse, and a gentle flock of angel sheep who welcomed me.

Like any ‘re-set’ or ‘update’ of the old trauma stories that are embedded deep in our psyches and cultures, it takes time, patience, passion and repetition, compassion, courage and connection with others playing their part of the same re-set. To quote that beautiful Hopi saying: “I forget, I fall down, I get up and I go on dancing. We forget, we fall down, we get up and we go on dancing.” Yes indeed. And the sweet strong nectar of this new dance is a deep incentive to face what needs facing to re-find our connection when we lose it. Thank you Ya’Acov!

And last but not least I want to honour my mother. I sense that she made a deep and conscious decision to not pass down the pain that she had inherited and that the wheel of suffering would stop with her. That was personally costly for her and she was unflinchingly committed. The inner work I’ve been writing about here is not caused by any lack of love or consciousness from her, my father or their parents, but is a reflection of how many generations it takes to heal deep patterning.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you every support, courage and humour in your own steps towards freeing the beauty and capacity to love of your own heart.

With warmth, and hope to see you somewhere on a dance floor soon,

Susannah Darling Khan

 

Susannah’s offerings and upcoming workshops:

Music Medicine: Susannah’s latest offerings include compiling the new MP3 “Music for Life” Album: Vol 4 “For the Love of Life”, with contributions from a stellar group of artists. Available now from Music Medicine. She is also working on her new album of guided Movement Medicine dance meditations, which will be available soon.

There’s two recent interviews Ya’Acov and Susannah have given about our relationship which you might find interesting:
Here’s the one with Shakti Malan, RIP. And here’s a video interview with Jocelyn Mercado about their learnings about relationship through the cauldron of their own.

6–8 October: Rock my Soul, with Susannah. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dancing our full spectrum, from deep down bass grooves to celestial fineness, to the fullness of our hearts, this workshop weaves together the wildness, the silence, the strength, the vulnerability, the spiritual and the physical of our human experience and offers all this to the dance. Ground yourself, get wild, connect with the heights, meet yourself and each other in the fullness of the heart: prayer and divinity meets joy, playfulness and full on dancing.
Contact Catherine Wright: +44 131 557 4278; catherine.wright@phonecoop.coop

10–12 November: Life Lab, with Susannah. Paris, France.
In this new workshop, discover possibilities of bridging the workshop experience into your everyday life, how you can show up m,ore fully in this life. Learn practical ways of resourcing, practising and relating. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of new skills around embodiment, and a practical empowering tool kit to integrate this into every day life. Susannah says: “I am so excited about this workshop. The feedback from the first one in London was very strong. Looking forward to the Paris version”.
Pierre-Henri Therond:
+ 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

18–19 November: Heart in the City, with Susannah. Sheffield, UK.
With a Move! Evening on November 17.
In this workshop Susannah magically weaves together the medicine and transformative potential of expressive dance and shared song. No experience in either is required, only the willingness to explore beyond your normal comfort zone. This workshop will strengthen both your personal freedom and support the possibility of co-creative solidarity, celebration and humanity between us all humans, wherever we may be.
Contact Kerri Cripps: 07796334584; kerri@waking-up.com

22 November: Move! Evening, with Susannah. Antwerp, Belgium.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Luc: + 32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

23 November: Move! Evening, with Susannah. Strasbourg, France.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Fabienne Hester: +33 (0)6 83 96 12 54; asso.vibrance@gmail.com

25 November: Journey to the Amazon – Fundraiser Event, with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
Susannah talks about her experiences of her yearly visits to the Amazon, sharing heartfull stories, some slides of the journeys and the passion of making a difference where we can. This is a fundraiser for the Pachama Alliance who is powerfully supporting the protection of the rainforest and its peoples.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

25–26 November: Source, with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
In this safe and gentle space the participants are invited to discover more about their sexual energy, Source. We will be and move with our creative sexual energy, embody the masculine and feminine parts inside, discover and release some of the personal shadows around sexuality and finding back to the innocence of a sexual-creative being.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

Ending the Blame Game
By Ya'Acov
It’s the Jewish new year this week. It has always felt right to me that the new year begins in the autumn. It’s such a time of change. I love the sweet melancholy that accompanies nature’s magical display of colour that heralds the death of the summer. I didn’t use to. I was looking for a reason for the feelings. September is back to work time for me. A new beginning after summer’s delicious pause.

And once again, though I could easily get used to staying home, I give thanks that my work has meaning, purpose and apparently endless space for evolution. I had such a delightfully simple time over the summer. Being at home, being family, working on the land, eating from the garden, friends, and time to reflect on how things are without the pressure of emails and meetings and decisions to be made. I love this time at home. It’s the fresh water spring that feeds the space beyond where words can reach. It’s the space that allows me to make my offering during the rest of the year.

And most of all, it’s time for Susannah and I to spend time in the university of our relationship where the learning curve we’ve been on just got a whole lot steeper. We are discovering such value in uncovering the shadows that have been our contribution to this age-old battle between men and women. And after 31 years together, we are starting to make some progress. Suffice to say, things were not as they seemed and the more we are willing to own the ways in which we have continued to play the blame game, the more the space between us opens up into landscapes I had never imagined. And it is the space between us that supports us more than anything else to do our work out in the world. Discovering the ways in which we can jump from the vicious circle into a new dream of responsibility for what we create has been and continues to be a revelation.

Coming back to work, I wondered if we would be able to bring the learnings of the summer with us once we had to switch our computers back on and turn our focus back towards our outer work. This new year, our 30th year of teaching, we began with a brand-new project which I’ll tell you about in a moment. As we began, those old default modes started to kick in and after a day of work, we paused to reflect. Having tasted the sweet nectar of a passionate kind of peace between us, those old patterns were all the more painful to experience. Of course, I wanted to blame Susannah but I knew better. We sat down together and recognised the moments we had lost the power of listening, of trusting, of supporting each other to shine. A few tears later and strong commitments became the focus for tomorrow’s work. The next day, something really changed. Those crossroad moments that happen so many times in every day, where we get the chance to choose an old movie or a new possibility, came into sharp relief. And every time we noticed, and there were many, we stopped, breathed in, remembered and chose a new road.

Occasionally of course, we have missed them and an undermining and so well-known competitive bickering started its noisy repartee. Oh, we humans, such infinite possibility we have and such narrow experience we so often choose. Sometimes it’s sweet. Sometimes it’s deadly. And I for one, am tired of playing the game of putting my attention into the underlying myth of hurt that always leads to the same outcome. As crazy as it may sound, it’s really taken us decades to get where we’ve got. And we can see that we’re right at the beginning of a whole new world. And as always, new ground is unknown ground with all its associated need for attention.

We went back to work and began our new project. We’ve been filming our first online course together. It’s called At the Centre of your Circle and it’s focused on what we have started to call engaged shamanism. Engaged shamanism is about bringing the work into the everyday and into relationship with people and environment. We intend to offer the principles and practices of Movement Medicine in a way which includes embodied learning but doesn’t focus on the practice of the dance so that we can bring this medicine to the many people who wouldn’t consider dance as a pathway. To be clear, we think this will be of great value to people who do love the dance too as the format allows us the time and space to teach the specifics of everyday shamanic practice. We hope that you’ll enjoy this new offering and feel moved to become part of the online study community we are creating. It will be a helpful compliment to your movement practice. We are also so happy that the people who get turned on to embodied practice though this new venture will have a growing range of Movement Medicine classes and workshops to attend offered by our trained teachers and facilitators around the world.

One of the things we recognised in the creation of this course is that the land we live on and the spirits we feel there, have given their support to this work. More than that, their energy is very much part of what is being created. Our new website goes live on October 2nd and the course begins on October 31st (though you’ll be able to take it any time if you can’t make the dates the 7 modules will be released over the following 12 weeks). As part of the course, we will be offering two closed Facebook Live! question and answer sessions so that we can meet as a community and learn together. Look out for the mailing that Roland will be sending out soon with all the details. We are also hoping to offer the course in different languages in due course and are looking into that now.

Susannah and I are just coming up to celebrating our first 31 years together and taking a few days out to do so. Having just completed our 23rd Initiation workshop with a most wonderful crew of voyagers and adventurers (congratulations to all of you for your courage and work) we are ready to pause again and reflect. The stronger our work becomes, the more reflection time, supervision and mentoring we are feeling the need for. I wonder if it’s the times. That ‘no time to waste’ feeling has really intensified for me. And perhaps paradoxically, there is more of a feeling of contentment in me than I have ever experienced before. Not complacency, just the feeling of receiving the gifts and challenges of the days and nights. I taste my food more, and I want less. I’ve laid to rest the story of insatiability that has kept me so driven for so long. I have no complaints about that. I discovered that as long as I focused that energy in the direction of what mattered most in my marriage, my family and my work, things went OK. I was just never quite satisfied. And I consoled myself with Martha Graham’s quote about the true artist never really being satisfied. She said that there is always that ‘queer, divine dissatisfaction that keeps us moving forward.’ Well, maybe that’s true in the 30’s and 40’s but in the 50’s I am finding a different perspective. And the funny thing, the less I’m telling the story of hunger, the more I am receiving.

As the autumn unfolds, I’ll be visiting Birmingham (twice!), Belgium, Holland (also twice!), Slovakia, Austria, Italy as well as offering a new workshop in London called Money Stories. As well as that, we begin our fifth apprenticeship journey in October (just two more chances after this if you want to apprentice with us), and Susannah and I will be offering our yearly winter solstice retreat in Switzerland. This workshop will be followed by a solstice party and pray night in aid of the Pachamama Alliance.

As the Augustine calendar rumbles into 2018, we’ll be back in the Amazon taking a group of intrepid and committed travellers to meet our family and friends in Achuar and Sapara territory. This trip is now full with a waiting list. We will be participating in a wonderful project brought into being by Shelley Ostroff called 7 Days of Rest. We hope you’ll join us for this prayer for the evolution of humanity for the common good and find your way to participate. This is what Shelley says about it:
“Individuals and communities are invited to connect as a global community. An ongoing virtual community platform will be put in place to enable a vibrant co-creative sharing space where we can together.”

Wherever you are, and whatever condition you and your life are in, I’m taking this moment to send out a prayer that we all find the courage to do what’s needed for us all to evolve. Step by step on this mysterious road, without blame for what we have been unconscious of but with commitment to finding the way for humans to be part of this magnificent web of life in a mutually beneficial way. May it be so.

Finally, to all of you who have been so kind in sending me comments after reading my book, a very warm thank you. I also want to thank those of you who have taken the time to comment on amazon.com. Apparently, it really helps to get the medicine out there so if you do have a moment and feel to make a comment, please do.

I hope to see you on the road or through our online course.

Go well. And thanks for reading.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan. September 2017



Upcoming Workshops with Ya’Acov:

1 October: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans World. A talk by Ya’Acov Darling Khan.

6–11 October: AP Elective: Power Stories and Burial Ceremony, with Ya’Acov. Orval, Belgium.
This is a chance to identify disabling power stories we may hold and leaving them in the grave. With Death as our ally we can find and encourage those stories that support us in stepping more into our own light.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255 roland@rwevents.co.uk

11 October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Brussels, Belgium.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Luc:
+ 32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

12 October: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans WorldTalk and Move, with Ya’Acov. Utrecht, Holand.
This evening is a special and colourful offering, including a talk and book reading by Ya’Acov, a Shamanic journey and a book signing.
Contact Marold: +31 636 30 9189; info@ritesofpassage.nl

13–15 October: Sacred Space, with Ya’Acov. Ljubljana, Slowenia.
Through the nurturing and the activation of the inner and outer spaces of our movement and dances, we discover this aliveness in our bodies, we find our natural movements flowing from the inside out, and we build a sound grounding in our own being and body, energizing the inner landscapes to come in safe relationship with others and the outer life in general.
Contact Breda Perme: +386 31 378 737; perme.breda@gmail.com

9 November: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans WorldTalk and Move, with Ya’Acov. Bournemouth, UK.
This evening is a special and colourful offering, including a talk and book reading by Ya’Acov, a Shamanic journey followed by a book signing.
Contact: 01202 558057

10–12 November: Beyond Muscle and Bone, with Ya’Acov. Vleuten, Holand.
A workshop for anyone who is interested in meeting him/ herself beyond our tangible form of body. Interested in finding the dance to how it feels to be living a finite life, with this body, as this human being, and in discovering and experiencing his/ her unique relationship with death.
Contact Frank Beyleveld:
+31 71 8893253; info@karuna-events.nl

17–19 November: Soulful, with Ya’Acov. Salzburg, Austria.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul landscape that you are, brought with you and are unfolding into. We will dance to find out more of who we are, and what the soul is speaking of and yearning for. We will harvest some more self empowerment and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape as well as bringing it into the world around us.
Contact Andrea Rainer:
+43 680 23 876; yoga@andrearainer.com

23 November: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Rome, Italy.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Tamara and Silvana:
+39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

25–26 November: Power Stories, with Ya'Acov. Verona, Italy.
This workshop is an invitation to find out more about the power you hold inside and your relationship to that resource. Through dance and embodiment, we explore how it manifests through past stories, how we might deny our own power, or give it over to another authority within or without, and how we can access that power in a healthy, truthful way to give space to even more of what we are.
Contact Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

Die Wiedergeburt der Wind-Elfin
By Simone
Here is a precious poem which we decided to leave in the original language, German. And this contribution too speaks of rebirth and new beginnings, resonating with this kind of theme of this newsletter.

Geliebter Teil von mir wo warst Du so lange?
unter Tränen versteckt?
Wo-hinter hast Du Dich versteckt?
In welchem Dienst hast Du gestanden?
Welcher tiefen Liebe Dich hingegeben?
Warum?
und ja - das ist mein verlorener Anteil-
diesen kann ich nur im Ausdruck meiner Seele erleben
und ja-
das bin auch ich
Sein
ja ich will
ICH will auf immer mich diesem Ausdruck hingeben
in Ewigkeit
So- Sein
nicht mehr - unklar, traurig im Mitleiden -im Arrangieren des Lebens Anderer, im Selbstlosen Helfen, in Scheinschwangerschaften - Lustlos unberührt; Gedankengeschwängert ohne klaren Ausdruck
Zu Hinterst das Letzte verkörpernd lieblos mit mir und Mutter Erde die doch in Wahrheit
meine Einzige wahre Liebe ist
weil sie doch ein Teil von mir ist
liebe Windelfe
Sim-one Ich liebe Dich
ich liebe Dich so sehr
das ich nun sagen kann
ich liebe Mich
in Dankbarkeit zu allem was ist
mein neues ganzheitliches Ich bin

Interview with Ben Yeger
This is the next interview 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, 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 has been your personal path in relation to embodiment, dance and movement; and how did MM come into your life?
I have always been acutely aware of my sense of embodied presence in the world. From a young age I played a lot of sports, and was involved in drama clubs and shows. At the age of 13 my parents took me to see a Mime Artist in a small theatre above a pub and at that magical moment I decided I wanted to do that or be a clown. I was set on being a physical (
comedic) performer. This dream was partly realised when I trained as Mime Artist/Physical performer with Desmond Jones. This was rigorous training and I loved the feeling of being fully connected to my body and being able to do things with my body which were new and beyond what I knew I was capable of at the time. It was magical. After some years of performing in and directing Theatre shows which focused on Physical performance I came to realise that I wanted to go deeper into my understanding of how the physical and creative can become part of a healing process. So I trained as a Drama and Movement Therapist. This was like coming home. It was a merging of body, heart and mind and it also tapped into my sense of purpose and desire to support others, with differing abilities, to heal through imaginative use of their own bodies. Through the remembering of the potential of movement to transform their lived experience and heal the wounds in their heart.

During my training and for some time afterwards, my tutor and later my good friend kept on mentioning this guy – Ya’Acov Darling Khan. He said that he was a teacher of 5 Rhythms and that I would like him. I had a strong aversion to any notion of Guru/Teacher and as such managed to avoid pursing this man’s teaching for a good four years. Then, a year after the birth of my 2nd Daughter in 2000, drained by lack of sleep (parents of little ones will know what I’m talking about …), my partner and I decided to book ourselves onto a master class with the aforementioned Ya’Acov Darling Khan. So off I went to buy some new tracksuit bottoms (I had grown quite a lot larger through the parenting path – someone has to clean up the left overs …) and turned up at the studio in London. As we walked in I had a sense of familiarity. People moving, following the beat and the rhythm, sometimes on their own and sometimes with others. I had a sense of returning home. Ya’Acov offered some gentle guidance and I simply joined in. After the warm up Ya’Acov invited us all to sit down and he started explaining that this workshop was an opportunity to master our craft (the room was full of teachers). At some point he paused, adjusted himself, stroked his goatee and with a smile asked: “Who wants to become enlightened?” Many of the very experienced dancers/teachers looked around and slowly some hands were raised and then some more. Then Ya’Acov spoke again and said: “F…k off!! Only two or three people have ever reached enlightenment – The Dali Lamma and possibly Mother Theresa – The rest of you, just dance!” At that moment I knew that I had met my teacher. That was the beginning of a 16 year journey of transformation through 5 Rhythms and through the transition to Movement Medicine and to this day of being a MM teacher and Facilitator.

What is the most precious gift you discovered through Movement Medicine?
Many, many gifts. If I am asked to choose one I would say that the ability to really trust the natural movement and r
hythm of my body. By this I mean that I don't need to push anything and that everything can be moved, and when ready, healed through movement. I have learned that my body/ the body is a storage of all my lived experience and as I am (as everything is) connected to it all, then my healing is connected to all healing. This is truly a gift.

What would you say, is the unique and personal flavour that you bring into your teachings of Movement Medicine, from your own passion and journey?
I am passionate about the enquiry into how we can become more active partic
ipants in transforming the particular planetary narrative we find ourselves in right now. One of violent conflict all over the world, runaway climate change, species extinction, financial collapse and deep division between peoples. I believe that it is time for us all to wake up and take action. I feel that Movement Medicine and other embodied and transformative practices can help with this process. I bring an ability and willingness to turn up and take responsibility even when it’s uncomfortable. I am willing to show up and share my vulnerability and teach that this can be a real strength. I teach that conflict and the energy it generates can be a force for deeper relationship and positive transformation. I offer a body of work which creates a safe ground for people, to dive deep, include all that is true and trust that they can transform themselves, in relation to others and in service of a bigger picture. That owning and honouring their own pain for the world is a gateway for transforming it into a new story.

And, vice versa, which flavours of that Movement Medicine have most strongly started weaving into your own work, living and being?
I love including
ceremony in my offerings and also love the simplicity of the Mesa practice and the four elements. I view these as the fundamentals of MM practice. I feel that MM is an inherently relational practice. It offers a platform for relating with myself, with others, within community and with Spirit. These simple principles guide me in all my teaching. I am particularly drawn to integrating Joanna Macys work that Reconnects with Movement Medicine. I find that the two practices are deeply related and fully complement each other, especially in the process of reaching beyond just healing our selves into the realm of seeking healing for our communities and all communities on earth (human and non human).

What is your own personal definition of Movement Medicine? How would you describe this practice to a complete outsider?
Movement
Medicine offers a set of ideas and maps to navigate our lived experience. It invites us to consider how this experience feels in our body, heart and mind. It then invites us to focus and move with this sense of our experience. It's a movement meditation which keeps on revealing to us what a huge capacity for transformation, learning and growth we have. It also has the potential to show us how we are interconnected with each other as humans and with the whole of existence. It can reveal to us our capacity for love and humbleness. And that essentially – everything is a dance…

What role would you say (or feel), Movement Medicine may play in our global community, and in the whole bigger picture of today's world and our shifts?
Hard to say. If we can find ways to encourage more people to recognise the interconnection between their own healing and the healing of our (
human) relationship to the planet, in real and pragmatic ways, then perhaps it can have some impact on the outcome of what is already upon us. I feel that in reality the most promising prospect is that MM and other concious practices can help in preparing some humans to be able to build an inner resilience and sense of personal responsibility for our actions and behaviour on earth. If we (some of us) are to survive then perhaps MM will help us be slightly more concious and connected to ourselves and others.
In the meantime in the words of the prophet… When in doubt – Dance!

Was there a particular moment when you decided to teach Movement Medicine? Please share.
I went to California to che
ck out the possibility of training to become a 5 Rhythms/ therapy practitioner and on day two I found myself intimately moving along the floor with a bunch of west coast hippies. At that point I realised that I wanted to continue my journey with Ya’Acov and I signed up for the first Apprenticeship. Teaching was a very natural next step.

Are there any current project you are busy with, and would you like to share about it?
In May/June 2018 I will be creating and directing a Theatre show with and about Men and how we are all affected by our relationship to the complex societal narratives we have around Men. It wil
l explore covert and overt Male depression and how we are all affected by this reality. It will be an outdoor, site specific, multi media show with 12 men aged 15-75 years old. I have been dreaming this piece for the last 12 years and it’s ready to be born. I am also developing my teaching on how to transform conflict from a block in relationship into an opportunity for change. This is manifesting through my Movement Medicine offering of the Wisdom of Conflict in Berlin, Kenya, and Athens and my engagement with many organisations around the UK in how they deal with conflict in their workplace.

Please share about the birthing process of a new workshop.
What inspires you? How do you start to work on a certain subject?

What ins
pires me is the desire to participate in healing and change. So I invariably turn to what I feel I really understand and has been part of my own healing. I then examine how I can translate this into a process that might be useful for others. I generally only teach stuff that I have had direct experience of. For example I have been working with the archetype of the clown/fool for many many years and have just decided to find a way to translate this into an offering. It will probably be called the dance of the sacred fool. Things take time with me and have to feel fully authentic before I bring them into the world. 

What do you find most challenging in your practice as a dancer and as a teacher?
What challenges me is the enormity of the task at hand ... I tend to take to much on and somehow get entangled in the sense of “It’s all my responsib
ility and I am all alone in trying to save the world”, which is clearly not a good idea or in any way true. I remedy this by looking in the mirror and having a quick wink and a smile and reminding myself that I am not alone and that I can only do what I can do and I need to remember to avoid being attached to outcome … 

Is there anything else you would like to share or say to the community?
Please join me in Berlin, Nantes, Athens, Dartington, or if your in southern
hemisphere, in Cape town or Kenya. They are all part of this crazy journey called life. And check out my tedx talk, it’s my personal story.

Be well and take a deep breath. The road is long and the task is big and we are in this together. I hope to see you on the journey at some point soon.

Inshalla!


Upcoming Workshops with Ben Yeger:

17–19 November: The Wisdom of Conflict. Berlin, Germany.
Mostly we have unconscious patterns that are repeated over and over of how to meet situations of conflict. This workshop invites you to find some of these personal stories and guides you into bringing movement and physical exploration to the relationship between inner and outer conflict, finding new roads and possibilities enhanced by change as opposed to repetition.
Contact Kathrin: 0049 (0)30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com 

12–14 January 2018: Spirit of the Dancing Heart. Dartington, UK.
A School of Movement Medicine journey of vibrancy and courage through the heart. With Ben Yeger and Rosie Perks.
Contact Emily: beyournotenow@gmail.com

19–21 January: The Wisdom of Conflict. Athens, Greece.
Contact Maria: movement.medicine.greece@gmail.com
  

17-18th of Feb 2018: The Wisdom of Conflict. Kenya.
Contact Sveva: sveva8@icloud.com

 

Good News from Kenya!
Some of you have followed Susannah's articles of her visits to Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa earlier this year. As you may recall the community and land around Sveva Gallmann in Kenya, who is co-leading a nature conservation foundation, has been going through extreme challenges this year. Here are some good news to share.

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to say that after a harrowing year, a semblance of normality and a gentler rhythm is finally returning to the highlands of Ol Ari Nyiro. Heavy rains have drenched the thirsty dust. Most of the cattle have moved away , and so green grass is pushing its way through the red earth. The buffalo are looking fatter and the elephants are enjoying the mud, we have been seeing quite a few lions for the first time in over a year and have had a family of wild dogs criss crossing the Engelesha Plains. We are making the most of the rain and planting thousands of trees.


ICFC Offer Matching Funds
We are very pleased to announce that our wonderful friends at the International Conservation Fund of Canada have offered a 100% match for all donations received. We lost a lot of infrastructure this year which is absolutely vital to supporting our conservation efforts- ranger bases, a tractor, a vehicle and lots of anti-poaching equipment from a store, so we would like to raise USD 100,000 to replace some of it. If you’ve been thinking about sending us a donation, please do! Now is the time. If you feel called, click here for donations.


Our work of rebuilding is only just beginning. Thankfully some enlightened leadership was elected locally in the August 8th elections and so we are very busy, engaging with our communities and local government to devise a strategy which will prevent the devastation and violence that we have seen this year. We must tackle the root causes of desertification and over grazing whilst supporting community livelihoods through innovative social enterprises. Our Pokot Youth Peace Team has been busy training and performing and more youths want to join the program every day. Their message is crucial at this time.

With the touching resilience of Elephants
sounds in the night,
silent soft steps
in Great Numbers the vast shadows are back with the rains,
to walk the  paths of Ol Ari Nyiro once more,
the memory of which they have inherited from past generations of ancestors:
where they were born
where they came  back to breed and -at the end of their long life- they will return to die, surrounded by the support  of their clan and family.
I feel such a great affinity..
In Praise of the Elephants!

Music Medicine
By Susannah
With a fresh season of Movement and Music Medicine after the summer break, here are some exciting and inspiring news of the Music Medicine shop, offering yet more musical magic to the community. Let the music touch your soul, sing your heart, heal your body and enchant your mind.

We are proud and happy to announce the birth of a new co-creation which we think is a thing of beauty. It’s a compilation album: “Music for Life Vol 4” sold 100% in aid of the Pachamama Alliance, with a stunning spectrum of contributing artists. A huge thank you to them all:
Ayla Schafer, Chloe Goodchild, Danit, Eliza Kenyon, Neneh Alexandrovic, Reuben Darling Khan, Sarah Patterson, Stef Vink, Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Susie Ro Prater and Volker Kaczinski.
Plus of course you, the listener, who brings your own way of listening, hearing and dancing to this music, as well as paying for it, which will support the Pachamama Alliance to support the indigenous stewards of the Amazon to protect the forest, the lungs of the planet, for the sake of all life on earth. So, we really hope you enjoy this music! Let us know! If you like this project, please help us spread news about this album and about Music Medicine in general by liking and commenting on our Music Medicine FB page. THANK YOU!

Other news:
We are also nearing the completion of the new album of Movement Medicine guided dance meditations called: “Life Grooves”. It’s 4 tracks for home practice, with Ya’Acov and myself on drums, with Stef Vink on piano and keyboard. Some time ago we asked on the Music Medicine FB page about what people wanted, and the first reply we had was a request for a “start the day” dance meditation and an “ending the day” one. Brilliant idea! So that’s what we’ve done. Two 14 minute meditations which we hope will help you start the day with a groove and a good intention, and end the day with a celebration, a good dance and a sense of gratitude. We’ve also made a new Awakening the Dancer track and a MESA practice track (micro, medio and macro practice). All tracks will be available with and without verbal instructions. At the moment we are planning to produce this as an MP3 album only, but we are open to feedback. If you would like it as a CD, let us know!

I’m very happy to have created these musical journeys with Ya’Acov, Volker and Stef.

All the very best, and thank you for reading!

Susannah Darling Khan

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
Wow! The fact that the writing of upcoming events have taken me the longest this time speaks of the vast amount of offerings there are to explore in the next two months. I am sensing such enthusiasm, creativity and joy behind all these workshops, as well as such richness and variety. I personally would love to go to most of them myself!

30 September–1 October: Dreaming and Creating, with Christian de Sousa. Zurich, Switzerland.
With an Open Evening on 29 September.
This workshop will explore the rhythms of the yin and the yang currents in ourselves and in our lives, as the one that is receptive and nurturing and the one which brings activity and manifestation. The dreaming and the creating is the never-ending weaving dance of these two cycles.
Contact Ursula Haas: +41 76 453 30 87; ursula@tanznetzbasel.ch

1 October: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans World. A talk by Ya’Acov D.K.

6–11 October: AP Elective: Power Stories and Burial Ceremony, with Ya’Acov. Orval, Belgium.
This is a chance to identify disabling power stories we may hold and leaving them in the grave. With Death as our ally we can find and encourage those stories that support us in stepping more into our own light.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255 roland@rwevents.co.uk

6–8 October: Resource, with David Mooney. Bratislava, Slovakia.
This powerful workshop will share and bring into movement some of the tools of Movement Medicine. These are incredibly helpful resources for the brave dancer and human who wishes to be all he/she is and give all there is to give, while staying whole, safe and grounded.
Contact Veronika Živa: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

6–8 October: Rock my Soul, with Susannah. Edinburgh, Scotland.
This workshop weaves together the wildness, the silence, the strength, the vulnerability, the spiritual and the physical of our human experience and offers all this to the dance and the connections with each other as well as with our selves. Learn just a little more about what grounds you here, as prayer and divinity meets joy and playfulness.
Contact Catherine Wright: +44 131 557 4278; catherine.wright@phonecoop.coop

6–8 October: Roots and Culture, with Christian de Sousa. London, UK.
Through dance, Taoism, Shamanism we will explore our stories of roots and culture with ourselves and fellow dancers, knowing that dance and rhythm has always been part of human community living. Together we get to weave across all roots and culture we find in this workshop finding the union and the connecting threads.
Contact Margarita Videnskyte: 07745 595361; margarita@dancingtao.net

8 October: Awakening the Dancer, with David Mooney. Brno, Slovakia.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Veronika Živa (ENG) Vladka (SLK):
+420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

11 October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Brussels, Belgium.
This introductory event provides the oportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact
Luc: + 32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

12 October: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans World – Talk and Move, with Ya’Acov. Utrecht, Holand.
This evening is a special and colourful offering, including a talk and book reading by Ya’Acov, a Shamanic journey and a book signing.
Contact Marold: +31 636 30 9189; info@ritesofpassage.nl

13–15 October: Sacred Space, with Ya’Acov. Ljubljana, Slowenia.
Through the nurturing and the activation of the inner and outer spaces of our movement and dances, we discover this aliveness in our bodies, we find our natural movements flowing from the inside out, and we build a sound grounding in our own being and body, energizing the inner landscapes to come in safe relationship with others and the outer life in general.
Contact Breda Perme: +386 31 378 737; perme.breda@gmail.com

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

9 November: Vulnerability and Power in the Shamans World – Talk and Move, with Ya’Acov. Bournemouth, UK.
This evening is a special and colourful offering, including a talk and book reading by Ya’Acov, a Shamanic journey followed by a book signing.
Contact: 01202 558057

10–12 November: Life Lab, with Susannah. Paris, France.In this new workshop, the dancers can discover new possibilities of showing up in this life, finding wonderful ways of resourcing 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 empowering tool kit to integrate this into every day life.
Pierre-Henri Therond:
+ 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

10–12 November: Beyond Muscle and Bone, with Ya’Acov. Vleuten, Holand.
A workshop for anyone who is interested in meeting him/ herself beyond our tangible form of body. Interested in finding the dance to how it feels to be living a finite life, with this body, as this human being, and in discovering and experiencing his/ her unique relationship with death.
Contact Frank Beyleveld: +31 71 8893253; info@karuna-events.nl

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

17–19 November: Soulful, with Ya’Acov. Salzburg, Austria.
With deep dances and embodied prayers, you are invited to discover more of the soul landscape that you are, brought with you and are unfolding into. We will dance to find out more of who we are, and what the soul is speaking of and yearning for. We will harvest some more self empowerment and more clarity of necessary choices, to continuing to nurture this soul landscape as well as bringing it into the world around us.
Contact Andrea Rainer:
+43 680 23 876; yoga@andrearainer.com

17–19 November: Out of Ashes, with Rosie Perks. Brighton, UK.
How much we love becomes visible when we grieve what we have lost. This link between the grief of loss and the power of love are part of this safe exploration of Movement Medicine, where participants are invited to journey with their very personal relationship to loss and grief and the love it emerges from.
Contact Lara: +44 (0) 7816225347; lara.barge@gmail.com%A0

17–19 November: The Wisdom of Conflict, with Ben Yeger. Berlin, Germany.
Mostly we have unconscious patterns that are repeated over and over of how to meet situations of conflict. This workshop invites you to find some of these personal stories and guides you into b
ringing movement and physical exploration to the relationship between inner and outer conflict, finding new roads and possibilities enhanced by change as opposed to repetition.
Contact Kathrin: 0049 (0)30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

18–19 November: Heart in the City, with Susannah. Sheffield, UK.
With a Move! Evening on November 17.
In this workshop Susannah magically weaves together the medicine and transformative potential of expressive dance and shared song. No experience in either is required, only the willingness to discover what vastness lies in going beyond your comfort zone. You will learn more about the wisdom of your body and its movement and inner spaces and in that process discover what voice and sound is inside of you waiting to be freed, shared and celebrated.
Contact Kerri Cripps: 07796334584; kerri@waking-up.com

22 November: Move! Evening, with Susannah. Antwerp, Belgium.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Luc: + 32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

23 November Move! Evening, with Susannah. Strasbourg, France.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Fabienne Hester: +33 (0)6 83 96 12 54; asso.vibrance@gmail.com

23 November: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Rome, Italy.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

24–26 November: Gold of the Soul, with David Mooney. Prague, Czech Republic.
Seeing your own life energy as the gold of your soul, this workshop offers the space to reclaim more of that energy, to release old and stuck patterns and unhelpful energy that are covering that 'gold' and will leave you with resources to integrate this into your daily life.
Contact Veronika Živa:
+420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

25 November: Journey to the Amazon – Fundraiser Event, with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
Susannah talks about her experiences of her yearly visits to the Amazon, sharing heartfull stories, some slides of the journeys and the passion of making a difference where we can. This is a fundraiser for the Pachama Alliance who is powerfully supporting the protection of the rainforest and its peoples.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

25–26 November: Source, with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
In this safe and gentle space the participants are invited to discover more about their sexual energy, Source. We will be and move with our creative sexual energy, embody the masculine and feminine parts inside, discover and release some of the personal shadows around sexuality and finding back to the innocence of a sexual-creative being.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

25–26 November: Power Stories, with Ya'Acov. Verona, Italy.
This workshop is an invitation to find out more about the power you hold inside and your relationship to that resource. Through dance and embodiment, we explore how it manifests through past stories, how we might deny our own power, or give it over to another authority within or without, and how we can access that power in a healthy, truthful way to give space to even more of what we are.
Contact Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

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