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

Much Gratitude and Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
As slowly and gradually this present year is arching itself toward its completion, I am finding myself filling up with much Gratitude. I am deeply grateful for my own personal journey of continuous unpeeling and unfolding toward more inner peace, true presence, and that most delicious and expansive freedom from the old, from ‘not-self-clutter’ and other constrictions and binding limitations.

I am feeling grateful and touched as more and more of my true soul essence is filling out this being I am.

Inner peace bringing outer peace and inner change bringing outer change. A part of my journey of the uncovering of the Self happens through and with Movement Medicine. And it is one of the things I love about it: the loving facilitation and encouragement of this continuous 'cleansing' journey, moving from the inner to the outer (and back again). The shifts I wish to see outside myself are often the same ones I can take responsibility for inside myself, as the ripples of shift and healing are going out.

And so there is also this massive gratitude in my heart for this community and countless many absolutely incredible and wonderful movements everywhere around the world – earthing and manifesting peace, positive change, compassion and love, bringing consciousness and awareness, and new grounds for a life lived in respecting and honouring of Life itself.

If you are feeling inspired to dive into some of that Movement Medicine for inner and outer healing and transformation, have a look at the following wonderful offerings in various countries. There are many different invitations to dare to dance, to heal and to change and expand.

Also have a look at the Movement Medicine Association, now in a new website-dress, featuring many exciting local Movement Medicine offerings all around the world.

Another interview with one of the Faculty Teachers of the School will hopefully be in the next newsletter edition.

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 and the experience.
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 and the experience.
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 and the experience.
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; +41 78 801 32 10

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

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

810 December: Medicine Dance with David Mooney. Zagreb, Croatia.
This Medicine Dance and ceremony for healing and dreaming is a powerful weekend offering to reconnect with the wild medicine we hold inside and with the unseen circle of support around us. While tuning in with our own heart, what it is it longs for and what is important to us, we also awaken and bring to consciousness the manifold interconnections between us and the rest of life on this planet.
Contact Lucija & Tamara:
+385 915 325 587; info@ritmovi.net, tamara.sertic@gmail.com

810 December: Ceremony in the City with Susannah. Hamburg, Germany.
This is an invitation to a dancing vision quest in a city setting, and in a non-religious paradigm. It takes courage and curiosity to dive into the dance of vision, purpose, and the truth of self expression, yet the rewards can appear in the beauty of uniting all of your sources of intelligence, and in the guidance and support present.
Contact Nina Jüetting: +49 172 415 2070; mail@ninajuetting.de

810 December: Wisdom of Truth with Ben Yeger. Nantes, France.
This is an invitation to explore your own truth in your heart, and how it moves. It is also an exploration in how this truth is expressed and shared with others in the community, while weaving together story telling, drama therapy and other tools of Movement Medicine. Learn more about conflict, the separation from others or from our own truth and step closer to finding resources for positive shifts and healthy relationships.
Contact Virginie: virginie@e-luminescences.fr

810 December: Money Stories with Ya’Acov. London, UK.
Dancing with the questions and stories we may have around money – what a good idea. In this workshop you can explore your personal relationship with money, such as the emotions you hold around money or how conditioning or believe systems may influence your present financial situation. In a refreshing and embodied dancing way you can open up into a new way of relating to money.
Contact Alex Hanley: +44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

11 December: Connections with David Mooney. Budapest, Hungary.
The perfect introductory evening. This event offers a seminar and a movement session in one: In movement, exploration and dance learn some of the main tools of Movement Medicine as conscious embodied practice of healing and transformation, and hear David Mooney speak about some of the core threads of Movement Medicine.
Contact Patricia Mihalyi:
+36705457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

12 December: Gold of the Soul with David Mooney. Graz, Austria.
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 Eva Brunner: eva.jagati@gmail.com, helga@kochana.at

12 December: 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

15 December: Move! Evening with Susannah. Lausanne, Switzerland.
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 and the experience.
Contact Véronique Champalou: +33 7 81 46 57 49; verochampaloudanse@gmail.com

16–20 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
As a rich workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, this space invites participants to reflect on a year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to Life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

21 December: Solstice Party with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

3–16 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World IV: Amazonian intensive with Dave Tucker, Susannah and Ya’Acov. Ecuador, South America.
In this radical and powerful intensive, Ya’Acov and Susannah team up with Pachamama Journeys director David Tucker to take participants on a life-changing journey into the rainforest.
Click here for more information about the joureny.

12 January: Awakening the Dancer with David Mooney. Paris, France.
This introductory event provides the o
pportunity 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 and to the experience.
Contact Pierre-Henri: + 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

12–14 January: Spirit of the Dancing Heart with Rosie Perks and Ben Yeger. Dartington, Totnes, UK.
With gentleness, experience and embodied wisdom, Rosie and Ben are leading the participants through the landscape of the feeling, expansive heart. In a safe and supported environment this workshop dances with the heart, with particular focus on grief and conflict, and explores how our emotions find movement and fluidity when they are expressed and embodied.
Contact Emily: +44 07876 494070; beyournotenow@gmail.com

New and Good: Two Things to Share
By Susannah
1) Darling Khan Online
We have launched a new website to represent a new part of our work: Home study courses in Engaged Shamanism. These home study online courses are designed to carry the spirit of our work and of the land where we live to a much wider circle of people than those who identify with conscious dance practice as a way to learn, heal and develop themselves.

I am excited and happy with how these courses are turning out. Here is the link. As a teacher, I love the different ways of communicating that this opens up. Emilio Mula, the film maker we are working with, is brilliant at creating simple, strong graphics to illustrate and illuminate the concepts we are talking about. They are smart, humorous and memorable. Here are a couple of my current favourites: Ya’Acov is speaking about the stories we humans inevitably create (as the meaning makers we are) to carry us across the unknown mystery of life. This is illustrated with a small boat rocking on the great sea of the unknown. Later on I am speaking about the Kabbalistic “three plaited candle” of body, heart and mind, which when balanced and woven together allow the light of the soul to shine. Emilio’s graphic of this is simply beautiful.

I find myself imagining that for people who are deep into Movement Medicine (as well as those who are not) these courses may be useful. There is time to develop themes and conceptual understandings, as well as take people on a journey. And also, unlike in a workshop, we are talking to people in their own homes, so we can do things like guide people towards creating a personal altar with your own personal objects, in your own personal space.

And of course people who join these online courses may well want to do more, in which we are pointing them (at the end of each module) towards all the incredible Movement Medicine teachers worldwide, via the Movement Medicine Association website whose website has just been gloriously updated.

I hope you enjoy!

2) Meet my new teachers:

 

Last February we became the proud ‘owners’ of two wild born Exmoor Ponies: Ivor and Ivanhoe. Exmoors are an endangered breed which is thought to be the closest living relative to the ancient indigenous horses of Europe who are immortalised in the beautiful cave paintings of France and northern Spain. Their breeding, for countless generations wild on Exmoor, has everything to do with intelligence and survival, and nothing to do with domestication. They are inherently unbroken. Though they are small, when they are fully grown they will be strong enough to carry relatively little people, like myself and Ya’Acov.

Much of this story has to do with our meeting the extra-ordinary Dawn Westcott in the summer of 2016, who inspires us with her liberty work with her Exmoors, and her fine understanding of natural horsemanship as a Wild Pony Whisperer. Her books are wonderful and moving, and I recommend them, even if you yourself never go near a horse.

In February this year Dawn emailed me to let me know that she had found two colts (young males) for us. I replied that I didn’t even know we had asked her to look out for colts for us. She knew something we didn’t. We said “Yes!” They came to us only having been handled once when they were micro-chipped.

When they first arrived February 2017. They were about 9 months old.When they first arrived February 2017. They were about 9 months old.

Earning their trust, and beginning to make a real partnership, has been a huge teaching for me about the strength and sensitivity of the wild soul. I have always loved being around horses because of how honest and immediate a mirror they give you of your changing state, moment to moment. These wild ponies do that on a whole other level to any other horses I have ever met, so un-habituated are they to humans, and so strong is their survival instinct. As a result, I have learnt buckets about my own unconsciousness. I’ve been learning (over and over again) how, if ever I get attached to an outcome, they interpret this as “she’s in predator mode” and are gone. Wanting to get somewhere negates the dialogue of unfolding listening and responding that mutual, trusting relationship is built on. And then, when I have let go, and have relaxed into simply being, they are back. They do not hold onto how it was 5 minutes ago, they relate to what is real, now. What a gift to someone trying to become more self aware.

I love the natural horsemanship phrase: “if you want to hurry up, slow down”, and you may well have heard me say it, but I had no idea how slow that would need to be. Dawn often says, that with Exmoors, if in doubt, go softer. I also had no idea how soft that meant.

We are doing well, as I learn more and more about myself from them, and what they each need from me. Even though they are both sons of the Great Gatsby (a well known Exmoor Stallion, we are told) and their Mums also have the same father, so they are ¾ brothers, they are hugely different. Ivanhoe is brave, generous, stoic, steady and incredibly broad shouldered and strong. Ivor is slight, taller, flighty, shy, soft, curious and playful.

They are leading me on such a journey of love and of understanding more about what our human wild, strong and sensitive souls need too. They are teaching me more than I could ever have expected about a whole raft of things which are deeply linked to Movement Medicine. I wonder whether you will notice it in my teaching. And they are teaching me so much about myself deeply linked to what I am learning with Ya’Acov about trust and a whole new level of relationship.

Thank you to life and thank you Dawn, thank you Ivor and Ivanhoe for being willing to make this connection, and to our work and the land where we live which seems to revel in their presence. And thank you to my beloved best selling author husband, Ya’Acov, for supporting me so totally in this new and ancient passion, and for our wonder-full journey together, which feels like it is just beginning,

Susannah Darling Khan


Susannah’s Upcoming Events and Workshops:

Susannah’s new MP3 album “Life Grooves” of movement meditations is available now to pre-order. It should, we hope, be ready for Christmas…

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 and into the experience.
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 and into the experience.
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; +41 78 801 32 10

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

810 December: Ceremony in the City with Susannah. Hamburg, Germany.
This is an invitation to a dancing vision quest in a city setting, and in a non-religious paradigm. It takes courage and curiosity to dive into the dance of vision, purpose, and the truth of self expression, yet the rewards can appear in the beauty of uniting all of your sources of intelligence, and in the guidance and support present.
Contact Nina Jüetting: +49 172 415 2070; mail@ninajuetting.de

15 December: Move! Evening with Susannah. Lausanne, Switzerland.
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 and into the experience.
Contact Véronique Champalou: +33 7 81 46 57 49; verochampaloudanse@gmail.com

16–20 December: Returning Home with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
As a rich workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, this space invites participants to reflect on a year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to Life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

21 December: Solstice Party with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

3–16 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World IV: Amazonian intensive with Dave Tucker, Susannah and Ya’Acov. Ecuador, South America.
In this radical and powerful intensive, Ya’Acov and Susannah team up with Pachamama Journeys director David Tucker to take participants on a life-changing journey into the rainforest.
Here you find more information about this journey.
 

Engaged Shamanism and some Household Chores
By Ya'Acov
Yipppeeeee!!! We are really happy and proud to present to you our new baby: Launching Darling Khan Online – Home Study Courses in Engaged Shamanism. We had a weekend at home together this past weekend – such a rare jewel of space and time this autumn with a busy schedule behind and ahead of us. Added to our teaching calendar is the marvellous new adventure that we’re on fire with that takes its first steps into the world at 16.10 pm on 7th November.

We’ve finally got it together to create something we’ve been longing to offer for quite a while now. May we present to you for your delectation and delight:

Darling Khan Online – Home Study Courses in Engaged Shamanism

If you’re on our mailing list, you will have had an email in the last few days giving you details of what this is all about. We hope you’ll feel moved and inspired to join us in this next chapter and discover just how helpful engaged shamanism can be for you in your day-to-day life. To give you a sense of what I mean, here’s a little window into how things roll in our household when we get the chance to practice at home.

So, what do a pair of Darling Khan’s do on a weekend off? Well, during the summer, we did some really good clearing out of the kitchen, the garage, and the yard. I love the meditation of being a householder. Taking care of the physical space we live in is a genuine pleasure for me. For me, physical space is a mirror of my internal state. I used to be a nightmare to live with. Things out of place upset me to quite an unreasonable degree. I wondered why. I worked hard to relax my attitudes and take care of the underlying irritation that was such a part of my strategy for surviving life. But two things have happened in the last few years that have changed this story.

Firstly, I’ve come to understand the simple needs I have for a little empty space in our delightfully unpredictable, chaotic and magnificent world. Secondly, I’ve learned to simply ask Susannah for what I need. The result? A revolution.

When two busy people are stressed, default modes tend to rule the roost. Instead of recognising our own stress and the behaviour it provokes, we tell all kinds of justification stories to excuse our behaviour and we tend to focus on what others should be doing for us. We expect people to know what we need and give it to us and when they don’t, well there’s a convenient story that explains our upset. And so it goes on.

And for most people living together that I witness, there’s this low level, underground warfare that expresses itself in not listening to one another and blaming each other for our condition. A horrible vicious circle is the inevitable result where our worst fears tend to come true again and again – and there we are, the perfectly constructed excuse not to take responsibility for our own part in the story. We’ve recently heard it described as ‘immature love’ and I’d have to say that’s the best description I’ve ever heard for the suffering we bring on ourselves. What is immature love? Well, it’s an unconscious identification with the hurt child inside us and when we see the world through that lens, we see all the proof we need for our ongoing default pattern of self-defence. And funnily enough, self-defence seems to be the favourite excuse of the aggressor in most conflicts I witness. That part of us is so wrapped up in our own tiny little world that we don’t notice the effect our actions are having on those around us.

Anyway, back to our weekend off. Well, last week, after we completed the first module of our fifth apprenticeship programme (a brilliant and powerful new circle of apprentices they are too), tired little me walked into the office one morning and was suddenly overwhelmed by the amount of stagnant energy in our office space. In my overwhelm, I wanted to take action immediately and get to work and clear it all out. But we had other things to take care of and tired little me doesn’t tend to see the world as it actually is. Tired little me wants someone to sort things out NOW and make him feel comfortable. I understand and with a little patient help from the marvellous Mrs Darling Khan, I came back into the present and we calmly agreed to clean up the office on Saturday morning. When I am present enough to witness what is going on, take responsibility for my own feelings, and as a result, communicate my needs clearly, it’s amazing how easy it is for Susannah to respond positively to what it is I need. And in that dance, where my focus is equally on what Susannah needs from me, not to mention the great pleasure I have in giving my beloved what she needs, oh my, the world is a very different place. Vicious circles are quickly replaced by virtuous spirals and the dance between us takes us into ever deepening and unknown territories of the sacred meeting of the body-heart-minds of a man and a woman otherwise known as mature love.

(Naturally, this could be a man and a man or a woman and a woman and this difference of immature and mature love is present not only in intimate relationships but for all relationships that matter to us).

So, yep, you guessed it. We got up on Saturday morning, did our practice, enjoyed our breakfast and then set to work. Wow! Years and years of files and papers and records that have long past their ‘time to let go of me’ date ended up in a truck full of blue sacks and on their way to our wonderful local recycling centre. Amazing grace. Our office feels SO different. Coming in to write this morning was a real pleasure! Having finished the job, what better to do than to celebrate? So we did what we love best whenever we have the time for it. We partied and prayed. Just the two of us. Great music, great company, such deep discussions and prayers-a-plenty. Just to be clear, what I mean by praying isn’t praying to some almighty creator spirit to give me what I’ve decided I need. It’s much more of a connection to that unbroken place inside me and between us where we feel our place in the web of life and we dance and speak our gratitudes for this miracle of an opportunity to experience life and creation on this earth. And that gratitude doesn’t come from an idea that I should be grateful, but from the direct experience of how much I am receiving from life. There is this sense of dialogue with the greater powers by whose grace we live. What greater powers? The turning earth under our feet, the sun and its life-giving light. The moon (what a full moon that was) and her powerful pull on all kinds of tides, gravity, and the interconnected web that we belong to. The four directions and the five elements that make up who we are and the concept of standing at the centre of my own circle have become such an integrated part of my day-to-day reality that they are simply there when I give my attention to them.

And this is why we have decided to offer a series of online courses. We’ve always been passionate about bridging the workshop space, and the freedom and possibility we experience in those spaces, with the dance of living in what people love to call ‘the real world.’ For me, the real world happens when I choose to be real. The idea that the dominant story of the times is more real in its essence than any other story we choose to tell is not one I’m signed up to. Choice, not about what happens, but about how we ‘dance’ with what happens is absolutely primary. And this is what we mean by ‘engaged shamanism.’ It’s not about flying off to other realities and meeting some other fantastical magnificence. It’s about learning to live in and with this reality. And it’s about being here and recognising the everyday blessing and fantastical magnificence that IS living life on this earth. This leads to an awakening to the joyful responsibilities of being humans in the 21st century, humans who have woken from a trance in which we believed we needed to consume and have more and more things for our happiness. We start to notice what life is offering us, receive it, be nourished deeply by it. We change the dynamic from acting like a bunch of wounded kids who have tantrums whenever life doesn’t give us what we think we deserve, to the deeply passionate and poetic state of life artists, engaged in the process of creating the very best we can for all our relations with the material that life gives. This is engaged shamanism. And there are many ways that this has now become the default mode in our lives. How? Through practice, repetition and choice. So, there we have it. Our new offering. If you’re hearing the call, we’ll see you online. The first module will be available on December 1st and you can find out all you want to from the new website:

www.darlingkhanonline.com

I wish you all a deeply engaged and fulfilling late Autumn into winter time.

With love and respect for the one you are and the one you’re becoming.

YDK. November 2017

 

Ya’Acov’s Upcoming Events and Workshops:

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 and the experience.
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

810 December: Money Stories with Ya’Acov. London, UK.
Dancing with the questions and stories we may have around money – what a good idea. In this workshop you can explore your personal relationship with money, such as the emotions you hold around money or how conditioning or believe systems may influence your present financial situation. In a refreshing and embodied dancing way you can open up into a new way of relating to money.
Contact Alex Hanley: +44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

16–20 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
As a rich workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, this space invites participants to reflect on a year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to Life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

21 December: Solstice Party with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

3–16 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World IV: Amazonian intensive with Dave Tucker, Susannah and Ya’Acov. Ecuador, South America.
In this radical and powerful intensive, Ya’Acov and Susannah team up with Pachamama Journeys director David Tucker to take participants on a life-changing journey into the rainforest.
Click here for more information about the journey.
 

The Seeds are Ripe
By Hannah Mackay
I’ve been dancing with Ya’Acov and Susannah for nearly 23 years, which is half my lifetime! This year I took part in Initiation for the first time – it felt like the right time to do it. A sense of timeliness feels mysterious but also a strong kind of knowing. I wrote this poem as I was preparing for the workshop. I’ve been home now for a couple of weeks, with a greater awareness of the kinds of seeds that are ripening in me.

The seeds are ripe

The seeds are ripe. It is time.

My mother tree provides for me
a fat round body.
Star inside a circle
small earth drawn to great earth
weight, juice, flesh, I drop.

My mother tree, she covers me
in my spiky puffa jacket.
Green the jacket, white the pockets,
bouncy the landing, joyful the landing
cracking apart or staying whole
opening white or waiting, turning brown.

My mother tree conjures for me
a flying machine. Green wings
I am spinning, spinning, flying, breasting
the wind, down I whirl and down I
circle, spinning, spinning
grass friend rising
landing, splaying wings

My mother tree, she spins for me
gossamer threads
silken drifts
in a tiny cloud I float away
catch and pause and float and
drift and dangle tangle, drift and
drift and drift

My mother tree, she paints on me
nut-brown courage –
a strong shield, an armour.
Branching with my family
brothers and sisters
each tucked inside a coracle,
a strong wind and thundering down we go.

The seeds are ripe. They fall when it is time.

News from the Music Medicine Shop
By Emily and Susannah
I took on the care of the Music Medicine shop in August and it has been a pleasure working with Susannah and getting to know some of the wonderful music and products we have available and sharing them with you. If you haven't done so yet, do take a listen to the recent 4th “Music for Life” album: “For the Love of Life” with tracks from Danit, Reuben Darling Khan, Ayla, Chloe Goodchild, Volker Kazinski and others.

This album has many beautiful songs, 100% of the profits go to the Pachamama Alliance, and perhaps you can give it to someone, or one of our gift vouchers for Christmas! Wishing you deep nourishment and inspiration from all that we offer here.

And here’s some news regarding Susannah’s new album of instructional tracks to support a Movement Medicine home practice, called: Life Grooves. We hope this album will be ready before Christmas, and, if pre-ordered, will be sent to you as soon as it is. The normal price will be £9.90, the special advanced purchase price is £7.00.

Warm wishes, Emily.

Susannah: After working on “Torch Songs”, which was such a deep labour of love, I felt that the next music that was needed from me was some more Movement Medicine instructional tracks, which were more up to date with the vibe of how we are now teaching Movement Medicine. On the Music Medicine FB page I asked for people’s requests, and the first one that arrived was asking for a track to begin the day. We thought this was a great idea, and two of these tracks are made for greeting and ending the day.

Having worked so deeply with Stef Vink at the Long Dance and having experienced his capacity to work with his keyboard with our drums, bringing forth such heart and magic from within the tapestry of our medicine drum sounds, this is the musical basis of this album: Drums (played by Ya’Acov and myself plus drums programmed in by Volker) and my instructions. As well as the two pieces for beginning and ending the day, there is an “Awakening the Dancer” and a “Mesa Practice”, taking the dancer on two journeys from inner universe to connecting with your own circle and then the outer universe and back in again. And all the tracks will be available without the words too. We are experimenting with this album only being available as MP3 downloads. Feedback welcome!

I'm really grateful that our dear friend Volker Kaczinski has been the music engineer. It’s been so good to work in team together again, THANK YOU Volker!

"Life Grooves" contains eight tracks: Four for a Movement Medicine home practice with instruction, and then the same four without the words. Each of the tracks is between 12 and 20 minutes long:
Track 1) "Greeting the Day", to start your day with energy, connection and intention. Track 2) “Awakening the Dancer”. Track 3) “Mesa Practice”. Track 4) "Ending the Day", to finish the day with a good dance, bringing in the harvest of the day, and a chance to release what ever needs releasing. All the tracks are drums (two with Ya'Acov and myself) with Stef Vink on piano and keyboard. They are included as Tracks 5,6,7 and 8 on the MP3 as instrumentals (without the instruction).

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