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

Resources, within and without AND Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
Hello and welcome to the first Movement Medicine Newsletter of this year. Some of the contributions speak of resources in some way or other – our forests as resource of life, the resource of oil, the resource of the unbroken, resource of pause and gentleness, the resource of friendship, and of course the resource of movement, dance and expression. And as I am writing from Cape Town, currently in the middle of a big water challenge, I am also naming the resource of water as something exquisitely precious and invaluable.

Of course there are so many more to name and to be grateful for and respectful toward. There are resources found inside that are essential for well-being and survival, and there are resources outside ourselves, vital for our being and living here.

I am finding this fascinating to observe, the dance between the resources I have, nurture and call on inside myself (my practice, my wise elder, self-love, my body's deep wisdom, my soul essence, my divine connection, my courage, my heart’s truth, ...) and the resources that weave into and nurture my being and life from the outside (the elements, food, connections, community, ...). Both, inner and outer, different in their character, their place in our lives, or the timing when we calling on or may need which resources.

In this community we are all aware of the need for conscious engagement with resources and that the opposite brings personal and collective and environmental suffering and imbalance. I would like to believe that if I nurture my inner resources really well and know them to be readily available to me – that this can be the ground from which I know how to consciously and respectfully relate to my outer resources, and that if I am nurtured from within, I will subsequently need much less, if any, commodities or ‘stuff’. Filled out, from within.

If it gets as ‘raw’ as it is in Cape Town now, that it somehow remains uncertain how long there is still water available, the situation is filled with a different notion. It is a very concrete situation, and a wonderful reminder to be extra conscious and grateful of any water used, re-learning how little I do need, and a wonderful lesson in the preciousness of one of the elements, irreplaceable, yet crucially vital.
So all-powerful we humans can think we are, so quickly can we become so vulnerable: No water, no life.

No, the strength of my inner resources cannot replace or manifest a vital resource like water (well, we are doing the rain dances/prayers and water blessings here, so who knows ...). Still I would say that I can be a much more conscious being on earth, in relation with the resources and the cycles of giving and receiving, when I am fully resourced from within. I somehow do feel that there is a connection between how I am aware of and use my inner resources and how I relate to outer resources.

If you feel called to nurture and discover some more of your own resources, here is some inspiration in form of various Movement Medicine workshops for inner nurturing, expansion, growth and joy.
And another impulse for inner resourcing: from today until 13th of March 2018 there is a special on the webinars, with 10 life Movement Medicine webinars available for £25.

Invitation to contribute:
I want to remind the community that this newsletter is open to contributions from you. It is lovely to receive your experiences, your stories, poems, art-images etc. that are linked to your personal journey of movement, dance, awakening and shamanism.
Send them to myself: hannamaria@mailbox.org or to Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

May you all be resourced and resourceful.

Hanna

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops:

8 February: Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman's World, a talk with Ya’Acov. Vancouver, Canada.
This event includes a reading from Ya'Acov's new book, a talk, a music led shamanic journey, and a book-signing.
Contact: bettina.rothe@gmail.com

9–11 February: Embodied Leadership (women’s edition) with Susannah. Geetbets, Belgium.
With the wonderful healing and grounding tools of Movement Medicine, this workshop offers a field of play, work and exploration for women, with the focus on how we women want to take our place in a shifting and changing world. Through learning in more depths about who we truly are and who we want to be, it can become clearer how to claim leadership spaces, be that as a mother of children or in the business world.
Contact Luc:
+32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be [FULL]

9–11 February: Return of the Light with Ya’Acov. Vancouver, Canada.
This is an invitation for an embodied spring cleanse of heart, body and mind, releasing what is not needed any longer. It is also an invitation to refresh your sense of self, of your own centre and of the commitment to being all you are. A wonderful way to greet the fresh year, bringing life and light back into body, dance and being while confirming the direction you wish to travel towards.
Contact Bettina:
+1 (604) 767-3798; bettina@bettinarothe.com

10–11 February: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Paris, France.
From this workshop you will take with you many awesome Movement Medicine tools that can empower and ground you in the emotional landscape of your heart. Especially in our changing and shifting times it is important to remain present with and centred in the heart to navigate life and relationships. You will be planting ‘heart seeds’ for this new year, you will get to know more about the dancer inside you, learning a tree of life meditation and much more.
Marie Gaëlle: 0033 (0)7 61 27 32 79; mgs@bbox.fr

16–18 February: Ancestral Elements with Caroline Carey. Berlin, Germany.

As the elements are our eldest ancestors, this workshop will lay a firm foundation of embodied work with the all the elements, as the bearers of wisdom on this earth. Going from there the participants will be led into a powerful process to also dance with, heal and clear their human ancestral line, so that now and the path forward can be freed.
Contact Kathrin: +49 30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

24–25 February: Balance with David Mooney. Budapest, Hungary.
With a
Move! Evening on February 23.
This workshop offers an embodied way to experiencing a balance between ‘just’ fully being the person you are and growing into the person you are becoming. You will walk away with powerful but simple tools to shift negative patterns or self-talk and to establish more kindness and creativity into your everyday life and living, remaining in balance between being and becoming.
Contact Patricia Mihalyi:
+36705457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

28 Feb–3 March: Winter Dream Dance (Apprentices only), with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is a gathering where the Apprentices meet and rejoice in their community. As a winter dance, this is an invitation to turn inward and to nourish and be held by the practice shared, and to experience and be part of our dances and dreams weaving together.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255
roland@rwevents.co.uk

3 March: Move! Evening with Christian. Paris, 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 Pierre-Henri:
+ 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

10–11 March: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Newcastle, UK.
With
Move! Evening on March 9.
From this workshop you will take with you many awesome Movement Medicine tools that can empower and ground you in the emotional landscape of your heart. Especially in our changing and shifting times it is important to remain present with and centred in the heart to navigate life and relationships. You will be planting ‘heart seeds’ for this new year, you will get to know more about the dancer inside you,
learning a tree of life meditation and much more.
Contact Kovila: 0044 (0)7773 406 746; kovilacoopamootoo@protonmail.com

17–18 March: The Alchemy of Infinity – Healing the Cycle of Giving & Receiving with Ya’Acov. London, UK. With Move! Evening on March 16.
In our culture there is this underlying idea that we always are lacking something and therefore always need to have and consume more. This is a disease causing deep suffering on various levels. In this embodied weekend exploration you will be given guidance and tools to heal this wound of always needing more and rediscover the natural cycles of giving and receiving – in the micro and in the macro.
Contact Alex Hanly:
+44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

21–24 March: Phoenix Rising with Ya’Acov. Isreal-Palestine.
This is an empowering workshop based on the central icon of Movement Medicine, the Phoenix. Here you will have the opportunity to look at any old and past wounds, finding out what unconscious patterns of thought and behaviours they may have brought, and you will be guided and held safely in the journey of freeing yourself from that, letting it go and inviting in a new, life-confirming and empowering story instead.
Contact Michal:
+972 522 590 109; michalisraelstam@gmail.com [FULL]

23–25 March: Dreaming and Creating with Christian De Sousa. Rome, Italy.
In the dance it can be easier to remember who we are. And in this dance, the participants will play with and discover the energies of Yin and Yang as the central principles of creation outside and inside ourselves. Bringing Yin and Yang together in a dance of respect and curiosity can unearth some of the creative and receptive parts of ourselves.
Contact Tamara & Silvana: +39 3396571499; info movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

24–25 March: Life Lab with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on March 23.
I
n this new workshop, the participants can discover new possibilities of showing up in every day life, and new ways of engaging and relating to body, heart and mind, inviting widened awareness and presences within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit to be empowered to integrate this into every day life, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Monika Dittli: +41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

31 Mar–1 Apr: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Tallinn, Estonia.
With Move! Evening on March 30.
From this workshop you will take with you many awesome Movement Medicine tools that can empower and ground you in the emotional landscape of your heart. Especially in our changing and shifting times it is important to remain present with and centred in the heart to navigate life and relationships. You will be planting ‘heart seeds’ for this new year, you will get to know more about the dancer inside you,
learning a tree of life meditation and much more.
Contact Aivi: gitake@yahoo.com

31 Mar–5 Apr: Compost and RosesAP Elective with Jo Hardy. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
The compost and the rose. Both seem so opposing, in smell, appearance, meaning etc., yet they are of the same existence, the one emerging from the other and vice versa. In this deep immersion we will discover what the compost is that everyone brings (personal wounds and challenges) and how that shapes and is also the nourishment for our ‘rose’ that who we are and are continuously becoming.
Contact Roland: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

31 Mar–5 Apr: Your Voice Matters AP Elective with Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
As the title says, this course is about finding, trusting, loving and expanding your own voice, as only
you can share and sing the songs of your heart and being. You will find out more about how your unique voice finds embodiment, how it expresses, what style it brings and what medicine songs are waiting to come through your voice into the world. This is a deeply empowering workshop on many levels.
Contact Roland: +44 (0)1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

Journey to the Amazon 2018
By Susannah
For me, being in the Amazon is a sweet and searing privilege: a privilege, a responsibility and a profound gift. Sweet… in the sounds of life… 360 degrees of a symphony of diversity at all times of day and night, the vast spectrum of green, the incredible trees, the birds, the rivers, the river dolphins, the monkeys, the oxygen, the knowledge that there are no roads for 100s of miles in any direction, the incredibly gentle and strong indigenous people… All this. Sweet beyond words.

Searing… the recognition that the survival of this forest and her people rests on a knife edge. And understanding that with this knowledge, I have the power to be either a part of that survival or that loss: what I do and do not do does make a difference.


Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan and David Tucker,
who is the Pachamama Journey director (1)

People often ask me: “What do you think will happen?”, as if the script has already been written. But the way I see it is that the idea that we are watching something unfolding that we are not intimately part of co-creating is part of our modern dis-empowerment. In our consumption-based society, whether we are consuming stories, songs or things, we have forgotten that WE ARE CREATORS. The future is something I am part of co-creating moment to moment through the myriad choices that I make. As I play my part in this mysterious evolution I recognise that there is no one watching to check that I stay true to my avowed intention. Unnervingly, it is just me and my conscience as I come back into this ‘western’ world with all its alluring and terrifying distractions.

And a gift: Being in the beautiful, vital Amazon is a pure and profound gift. I feel so deeply supported – in my spirit, in my heart, my body, and in my life, by the forest itself and by the love, wisdom and strength of many of the individual people we met there. I’m touched too, by the fact that it is not just to me, but all of us who received this support. The level of reflection and spiritual advice given to each individual by the shamans and healers working with us on this journey was so refined and personal; it was beautiful, potent and extra-ordinary in its intimate accuracy.


An Achuar young woman at Tinkias,
the first village we visited (2)

I realise that it has taken me several journeys into the Amazon to recognise an outmoded image of the forest as a pristine, innocent, undiscovered wilderness, still free of the modern world, which I, through some sort of lucky fluke, have had the chance to visit. On this journey I recognised this as a colonial era image of an ‘unexplored’ world. I recognised that, in reality, I’m visiting an extremely rare, pristine wilderness, which only still exists because it has been consciously, intentionally and effectively fought for and protected by its indigenous inhabitants, together with the Pachamama Alliance – an organisation which the Achuar themselves called into being in 1995.


The guys: standing together (3)

The Achuar are not ‘innocent’. Rather, they are incredibly sophisticated navigators and determiners of reality. The Achuar have never been conquered. They were such fierce warriors that the Spanish conquistadors left them and their territory alone. They have a rare dignity, strength and self-determining clarity as individuals and as a people. Here is Agustin Tentets, who is currently the elected President of the Achuar federation.


Two young men from two worlds (4)

As we were preparing to leave the forest I had some last exchanges with Manari’s mother, Mukasawa. Last time we said goodbye, Mukusawa had said how worried she was about her people; she had said that she would sing for us to come back. This time, when we walked into her camp, she and I spotted each other and dissolved into mutual delight and pure happiness. We spent the next half an hour sitting in a deep, affectionate, laughing embrace, which touches me each time I remember it. When we left, I wondered what her message would be. This time she said: “I am sending you protection, always”. Here she is, on the brink of the extinction of her people (there are only 525 left), with her territory and people threatened very tangibly and immediately with oil exploitation, and she does not ask for help, but offers me hers. I bow in gratitude and respect.


Mukasawa and Susannah (5)

We have been told that the Achuar ancestors foresaw this time of challenge to the forest and to the planet as a whole. It is said that they saw that the Achuar people would reach out for allies from around the world to stand with them, with the forest and with all of life. As Domingo Peas (a visionary Achuar leader) says: “It is through the integration of the best of indigenous wisdom with the best of modern knowledge that we will find the way”.


Domingo Peas (6)

The Pachmama Alliance and its Ecuadorian sister organisation Fundacion Pachamama punch way above their weight in terms of effectiveness in the ‘David and Goliath’ situation they are in. Many oil companies have revenues which, in a single hour, are bigger than the entire annual budget of the Pachamama Allliance, and yet this forest is still (at the time of writing) whole and pristine.

The day we left the forest, Manari (who will be with us again at the Long Dance this year) had a meeting with other tribal leaders in the area, as the community upstream from them has a vital decision to make. The oil company who has already bought the oil rights to their territory, want to open an oil well right there. If this were to happen, it would almost certainly be the end for Manari’s people, for their project Naku and for their forest. Oil leaks are pretty inevitable in the forest and oil travels downstream fast, spreading serious contamination and pollution. Manari had a crucial job – to invite the tribal leaders to join the Sapara and Achuar in committing to stand together to protect the sacred headwaters of the Amazon. We have not yet heard how this meeting went, but we know that the forest could not wish for a better ambassador.


Manari Ushigua (7)

I want to invite you from my heart to join us as an ally in standing with the Achuar and the Sapara and with the forest. The most effective way to give tangible support is to make an on-going donation to the Pachamama Alliance. Even if it’s small, a regular donation makes a real difference, as then they can rely on what is coming in and can plan their work accordingly.

Sharing this beauty, this connection, this call to prayer and to action comes from deep inside my being; thank you for hearing me.

I wish you a beautiful spring/autumn, strengthening the power of your co-creation with life…

See you on dance floor, or maybe you will invite me into your home, so I can encourage you via “Life Grooves”.

With love,

Susannah Darling Khan

Thank you to the Achuar, the Sapara, the forest itself and all at the Pachamama Alliance who are working with such vision and dedication for life on earth.
Thank you to the photographers and to our indigenous friends who were happy to be photographed in order to help spread their message.
Photos by: Jasmin Goodman: front photo. Massimo Martino: 2,3,7,8. Louis Brem: 4. All 2018. Richard Rogers: 6 (2015).


The vast forest from the air (8)

 

Upcoming Workshops with Susannah:

9–11 February: Embodied Leadership (women’s edition) with Susannah. Geetbets, Belgium. [FULL]
Embedded in wonderful healing and grounding tools of Movement Medicine, this workshop offers a field of play, work and exploration for women, with the focus on how we women want to take our place in a shifting and changing world. Through learning in more depths about who we truly are and who we want to be, it can become clearer how to claim leadership spaces, be that as a mother of children or in the business world.
Contact Luc:
+32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

28 Feb–3 March: Winter Dream Dance (Apprentices only) with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is a gathering where the Apprentices meet and rejoice in their community. As a winter dance, this is an invitation to turn inward and to nourish and be held by the practice shared, and to experience and be part of our dances and dreams weaving together.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255 roland@rwevents.co.uk

24–25 March: Life Lab with Susannah. Aarau, Switzerland.
With Move! Evening on March 23.
In this new workshop, the participants
can discover new possibilities of showing up in every day life, and new ways of engaging and relating to body, heart and mind, inviting widened awareness and presences within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit to be empowered to integrate this into every day life, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Monika Dittli:
+41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

31 Mar–5 Apr: Your Voice MattersAP Elective with Susannah. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
As the title says, this course is about finding, trusting, loving and expanding your own voice, as only
you can share and sing the songs of your heart and being. You will find out more about how your unique voice finds embodiment, how it expresses, what style it brings and what medicine songs are waiting to come through your voice into the world. This is a deeply empowering workshop on many levels. [FULL]
Contact Roland: +44 (0)1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

Celebrating the Unbroken in Messy Times
By Ya'Acov
It’s been a full throttle start to the year and it’s going to be continuing as far as my eyes can see. I’ve been away from home now for five weeks bringing our work to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador, a beautiful community called Terra Mirim in Salvador, Brazil, San Francisco, Port Townsend and Seattle and I will end my tour at the end of this week in Vancouver.

Visiting our Amazonian family and allies in the Achuar and Sapara territories is so strengthening for me. The love we feel for and from friends old and new fuels our resolve to stand with them in their dedication to protect their way of life and the forest itself for all future generations. My heart both soars and aches when I think of the magnificent places and people we visit, the raw nature that is still pristine and unbroken and the knife edge we are walking that threatens their existence.

The deepest truth that I know and adhere to is that life and death are genuinely a great mystery. This means that deep down, I don’t know how any of the great human dramas, evolutions and dreams that we are involved in should actually turn out. I bow daily to the intelligence that is at work here on this earth and throughout this universe that is so vast and unknown. And I recognise more and more that though I am more and more certain about what drives and motivates my own actions and my wish to go on learning in this life, I remain entirely uncertain about about the choices that others need to make. Autonomy is what we are given. And it’s for each of us to decide what exactly to do with the responsibility that brings.

I stand in wonder at the variety of stories that we create as a species. And step by step, I am becoming more conscious of the mechanisms through which I create my perceptions of the world we live in. Having just completed the Phoenix Retreat at the Madrona Institute in Port Townsend, I am acutely aware of the way we manufacture our perception of the world around us according to our past experience. We do this consistently unless we are able to come into the present, be inside our bodies, and be open to the direct experience of what is actually happening now. The deeper I go with this myself, the more I am gaining access to the direct experience of the mystery of life that is everywhere I look and everywhere I don’t. The dance between this awareness and my awareness of what appears to be going on in the world is deeply fascinating to me.

Knowledge of the mystery of life does not lead me towards nihilism. On the contrary, it just allows me to commit more to what feels true to me in the full recognition that I and all of us are collectively dreaming this world into existence through the experiences we have had and the meaning we make from them.

As our healing modalities evolve and our understanding of the results of trans-generational trauma on the people who are living today deepen, I am noticing that those voices that have felt silenced and marginalised are beginning to find ways to make themselves heard. And painful as this process is, it is also such a relief! I am meeting issues of racial bias and gender everywhere I go. And I hear and witness the rage and hurt that is needing to be expressed at the ways in which the dominant story of the time and the culture that we are part of has done (and is doing) so much damage. Naturally, this involves more and more self-enquiry for me and I believe for all of us if we are to move beyond the blame-shame-guilt game that just keeps the spiral of hurt and damage spreading its poison and ultimately, repeating the same cycles that we are trying to heal.

Inevitably, this is going to be messy. Inevitably, we are going to make mistakes, all of us. We, and I speak for myself and Susannah here, have made and do make a lot of mistakes. We realised long ago that an unwillingness to make mistakes means an unwillingness to learn. If, however, everyone who is willing to look for or indeed to own their mistakes is then a target for people who dress their unowned rage in the clothes of political clarity, this will send our collective shadows back underground. And this, in turn, leads to different groups of people being silenced, one after another. The best definition I’ve heard of madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results. And if that’s the case, then we can expect that shaming those willing to stand up and own their shadows and their unconsciousness will only lead to a deepening of the victim-persecutor-rescuer drama. And on and on that will go. We need a different approach.

The more we work, the more we discover that the truth requires a safe space in which to emerge. And in the shaman’s world, it is obvious that we need rituals in order to heal. We need people from different points of view, cultures, experience of gender, ethnicities and points of view to sit and move together in circle and to learn about each other’s experiences. We need courage and patience to deal with the mess that our collective histories have left for us to deal with. In shamanic terms, that mess is all potent, potential energy for transforming our reality here in the present. I know how much courage it takes to face the deep vulnerability of owning my wounds and my mistakes and I know what it takes to speak up and own my experience. And in our workshops, I see so many brave people being willing to do the same

On my travels, I also witness so many people acting out the wounds of their childhood, cultures and ancestors. I notice that when we identify with our wounds, we want those who are unconscious of our experiences to magically know how we feel. We look out at the world as powerless victims and all we see are the powerful persecutors who should know how we feel. And in this immature and magical thinking, we imagine that since they know, they should just stop their behaviour. Simple! Right?

But in the real world, we have to find the maturity to be able to step out of a full-on identification with our hurts. It has always been this way. Brave individuals risk it all by speaking out and daring to share their experience, and in this way, they open a new landscape for us all to evolve in to. And I see this happening simultaneously in so many areas. And I find myself and many others asking: Who are our people? Where did they come from? What were they responsible for? What does that mean for who we are and how we act now?

This is why there is an urgent need for us all to make regular contact with what we call The Unbroken. No matter how deep the wounds and hurts go, even deeper down is the ground of that which remains unbroken in us all. It is this ground that we must put our feet on and it is this ground that Movement Medicine as a practice seeks to give us direct experience of. The unbroken is at the centre and in the heart of everything we do. The unbroken gives us the light with which to see into the dark. And in the dark, that’s where our power to change this dream lies. The SEER and the Phoenix process are the healing tools we have developed to help us through the caves of our unconscious, one step at a time. They provide the space to express whatever needs expression without dumping old emotion at the feet of people who just happen to be in your line of fire.

The SEER helps us to heal the past, release what is not ours to hold, and call back the potent life force energy that we all have locked in the undigested experiences of the past. The Phoenix Process supports us to get to the roots of our unexamined assumptions or stories about how we are and how life is. It helps us to see and learn to accept that so often, what we experience as adults being done to us is actually what we are unconsciously doing to others. This is not about blame but about responsibility and freedom. Through our connection to the unbroken, we can find the courage, the power, and the faith to release ourselves from the stories of the past so that we can remember who we actually are in the present and in so doing, make our contribution in this world.

We are needed. Each and every one of us. We are needed by the future generations who come to me in my dreams. We are needed by the people of the forest and by the trees and unbroken nature they protect. And if we are to have the chance to evolve our human presence here on this earth into one that is just, sustainable and fulfilled, we are needed by the great mama under our feet to wake up and heal the wounds of the past so that we can live into a new dream here on this earth. And that is my prayer. And that is the prayer that is called Movement Medicine. And that is the prayer that is Engaged Shamanism. And through these prayers, we dedicate our action in this world. May 2018 bring us all into a deeper realisation of who we truly are so that we can we wake up in time to pass something of beauty on and give all that we’ve got whilst our hearts still beat.

I have spoken. YDK. February 2018.

Ya’Acov’s Spring 2018 Schedule:

8 February: Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman's World a talk with Ya’Acov. Vancouver, Canada.
This event includes a reading from Ya'Acov's new book, a talk, a music led shamanic journey, and a book-signing.
Contact:
bettina.rothe@gmail.com

9–11 February: Return of the Light with Ya’Acov. Vancouver, Canada.
This is an invitation for an embodied spring cleanse of heart, body and mind, releasing what is not needed any longer. It is also an invitation to refresh your sense of self, of your own centre and of the commitment to being all you are. A wonderful way to greet the fresh year, bringing life and light back into body, dance and being while confirming the direction you wish to travel towards.
Contact Bettina:
+1 (604) 767-3798; bettina@bettinarothe.com

28 Feb–3 March: Winter Dream Dance (Apprentices only) with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is a gathering where the Apprentices meet and rejoice in their community. As a winter dance, this is an invitation to turn inward and to nourish and be held by the practice shared, and to experience and be part of our dances and dreams weaving together.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255 roland@rwevents.co.uk

17–18 March: The Alchemy of Infinity – Healing the Cycle of Giving & Receiving with Ya’Acov. London, UK. With Move! Evening on March 16.
In our culture there is this underlying idea that we
always are lacking something and therefore always need to have and consume more. This is a disease causing deep suffering on various levels. In this embodied weekend exploration you will be given guidance and tools to heal this wound of always needing more and rediscover the natural cycles of giving and receiving – in the micro and in the macro.
Contact Alex Hanly:
+44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

21–24 March: Phoenix Rising with Ya’Acov. Isreal-Palestine.
This is an empowering workshop based on the central icon of Movement Medicine, the Phoenix. Here you will have the opportunity to look at any old and past wounds, finding out what unconscious patterns of thought and behaviours they may have brought, and you will be guided and held safely in the journey of freeing yourself from that, letting it go and inviting in a new, life-confirming and empowering story instead.
Contact Michal:
+972 522 590 109; michalisraelstam@gmail.com

Interview with Faculty Teacher Jo Hardy
This is the next contribution in our series of interviews that appeared over the last few months with the faculty teachers of the School of Movement Medicine, who are such an important part of the school, contributing their offerings of rich and transformative dance-scapes and through coaching and support and much more. Jo Hardy is the first one to make a video of the questions put forward at the beginning of last year. Enjoy Jo's sharing of her journey with dance, movement medicine, teaching, etc.
Questions: Patricia and Hanna

Here is the LINK to the video-interview.

Patricia and Hanna wish to thank Jo and the other faculty teachers who have put time and energy into the co-creation of these interviews. I also wish to thank Jo for going playfully along with our unusual format of not holding the interview personally, but leaving the questions with each of the teachers, individually chosing to engage through writing, audio or video.

This is also a good place to share some information about two of Jo's upcoming Movement Medicine workshops in England and Germany:

31 Mar–5 Apr: Compost and RosesAP Elective with Jo Hardy. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
The compost and the rose. Both seem so opposing, in smell, appearance, meaning etc., yet they are of the same existence, two sides of the same coin, the one emerging from the other and vice versa. In this deep immersion we will discover what the compost is that everyone brings, in form of personal wounds and challenges, and how that shapes and is also the nourishment for our ‘rosesbeing who we are and continuously becoming. A powerful and enabling process. [APPRENTICES ONLY]
Contact Roland: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

13–15 Apr: Kindness is … with Jo Hardy. Isle of Sylt, Germany.
With
Move! Evening on Apr 12.
This workshop is a beautiful invitation we seldom get: to find, spend time with and express that kindness inside ourselves – towards ourselves and others. A safe and playful space to dance with the deep textures of our hearts and emotions, to allow ourselves to be and open fully. A safe space to dance with deep challenges, held by compassion, unearthing that deep wisdom underneath old wounds or emotions.
Contact Petra Cegla:
+49 4651 871276; info@core-movement.com
For this workshop, see also that link (conscious dance space).


Opportunities for Practice, Participation and Learning
By Ya'Acov and Susannah
Having just returned from our Amazon-Journey, we are starting our new year with many exciting dances and co-creations awaiting. Here is a short article from both of us, to share with you about our work, including some information and inspiration of how to stay in touch with the Movement Medicine community and how to keep practising and expanding in your personal practice.

There is the growing programme and calenders of the School of Movement Medicine, and there is the Movement Medicine Association a wonderful site that features teachers who have trained with us. This is a good place to see what local teachers may offer, to practice and to stay in touch with the community.

Then there is our new Online Course is available, and we recommend it for anyone interested in grounding and extending their awareness and practice of Movement Medicine, Engaged Shamanism, and waking up into the inter-connective reality of our universe, starting with the elements. You can take it any time and do the modules in your own sweet time, and connect with others also doing the course on FB. It’s been such a pleasure to work with film maker Emilio Mula and his powerful, funky, fun, and beautiful approach to using film to inspire. As teachers, it’s a pleasure to be able to share a concept verbally and energetically, and then see Emilio’s translation of it into animations and other visuals. I think that anyone who does or is interested in Movement Medicine will benefit from the information and personal practise available in this course, there is so much that we never have time to share in a normal workshop environment.

The Webinars are also an easy, convenient and fun way to integrate some dance practice into your daily life. They offer the experience of a live Movement Medicine Webinar (online) wherever you are travelling, at home or as a gathering with others of your local community for a shared dance. There is a Webinar scheduled roughly once a month, facilitated by us, Susannah or Ya'Acov, and by the faculty teachers. This gives the webinar-participants the opportunity to experience different teachers of Movement Medicine. A package of 10 live Webinar sessions is currently availableat a special of £25. For more information about the webinars  see Roland's article.

And yet another option for home practice is Susannah’s latest album, Life Grooves (with Susannah, Ya’Acov on drums, Stef Vink on keyboard and Volker Kaczinski drum programming and producing). It has four guided tracks to support you in greeting the day, ending the day, awakening the dancer and doing some basic MESA Practice (micro-medio-macro). Some people had some problems downloading it, so we’ve split the album into two halves now: the guided meditations and the instrumental versions, so that neither is so big. Any problems please let us know at the shop and we’ll find a way to sort it for you.

Ya’Acov’s book is doing really well and is available as paperback, kindle edition or audio book with Ya’Acov himself reading. Plans are afoot for an oracle pack based the Movement Medicine mandala (super exciting) and Ya’Acov’s plans to start writing his next book in the summer.

Manari will, we hope, be with us at the Long Dance again this year. And we hope you will consider participating in this highlight of our Movement Medicine year. You can be part of this Movement Medicine ceremony in gratitude to life whether or not you physically come and dance, by going full power into your movement meditation, your aligned action in life and your fundraising. Whether or not you choose the Pachamama Alliance as your charity or non-profit organisation to raise money for, let’s make this year the best year yet for supporting organisations who are working for the evolution of a sustainable, socially just and fulfilling human presence on this planet. The power of our prayers lifts to another level when it is matched and underscored by our action on the material level: ‘as above, so below.’

And for anyone who is interested in participating our next Journey to the Amazon, it is likely to be early in 2020. We’ll let you know when we have dates. This journey is for those on the twin path of inner and outer transformation. This means those who are both involved, connected and self-responsible in terms of their own personal inner journey and involved, connected and active in terms of the bigger picture and who are ready to go to the forest to show up as allies for and with the forest and its people.

Be well, and thanks for your attention! Enjoy!

Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan

Remembering the Truth of Who We Are
By Roland
On Wednesday 14th of February Ya’Acov will be taking part in the 10-day free global online event Remembering the Truth of Who We Are. This event is an opportunity to gain understanding and wisdom to guide you forward with renewed vision and purpose. It includes interviews, meditations, rituals and exercises with 34 thought leaders, experts, scientists, wisdom-keepers, shamans, and healing practitioners.

It takes place from February 7-16 and attendance is free to all who register. If you do register, you will also gain access to an audio recording of the first chapter of Ya’Acov’s book Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart. You can find out more and register here. Ya’Acov’s session takes place from 6pm UK time on Wednesday 14th February, and will include a live 45-60 minute interview followed by 30 minutes live questions and answers from the audience.

Here’s what the organisers say about the event:
Do you find these times intense? You are not alone. Everything is shifting very quickly now. We are being powerfully called to recalibrate and upgrade virtually every aspect of our lives. We are being asked to evolve more quickly than human beings ever have before.

The single most important thing for you to know is that YOU have far greater power than you could possibly realize. And by getting really clear on what is TRUE for you, and then removing from your life all that is FALSE ... You truly will change the world.

When we do the deep inner work to find our true mission and purpose, and then devote the rest of our lives to that mission, we are going to change the world. When we acknowledge our own healing powers, and use them to heal ourselves and others, we are going to change the world. When we empower our children and grandchildren, the world's future leaders, to value and strengthen their innate interconnection with nature and all of life, we are going to change the world. It's already happening. Everything is already changing. Can you feel it?

If you know you are meant to be an unstoppable part of this movement, the great awakening of human consciousness on our planet, then I'm thrilled to invite you to a free online speaker series I'll be presenting. It's called Remembering the Truth of Who We Are ~ Global Awakening Experience; it airs from February 7February 16, 2018.

This is a free global online event showcasing many experts who will offer their wisdom, research, and personal expertise.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Movement Medicine Webinars
By Roland
We receive quite a few questions about the Movement Medicine webinars – Bringing the Dance Back Home – so I thought I would write a short piece about the webinars for the newsletter. The most common question are: Q: What if I miss a live webinar? A: Don’t worry. There is an archive section on the webinar site where you can access not only the latest webinar but nearly all the webinars going back to 2011 amounting to 65 webinars which is nearly 100 hours of viewing.

Q: How long does my subscription last?

A: Your subscription covers the period for the next 10 live webinars. In practice this is about 1 year.

Q: How much do the webinars cost?

A: The cost for the period of 10 live webinars is £35. However, from 6th Feb through till 13th March there is a special offer price of £25.

Q: When is the next webinar?

A: There is a webinar scheduled for tonight, run by Susannah. The March webinar will be on the 13th of March, run by Ya’Acov.

Q: Who are the webinars for?

A: The webinars are for anyone who wants to experience a led Movement Medicine session in their own home. Those who subscribe include both experienced dancers and those who have never been to a Movement Medicine class or workshop.

Q: Can I experience a webinar before I sign up?

A: Yes, you can! If you click here you will find a copy of Ya’Acov’s December 2017 webinar for you to enjoy

Q: How do I sign up?

A: The easiest way is to go the school of Movement Medicine website through this link and use the sign up button at the bottom of the page.

Q: What if I sign up and then decide that it is not for me?

A: Don’t worry. If you contact us within 48 hours of your first live webinar of your subscription and let us know that you want to cancel, we will return you money to you.

Hope this is useful

I wish you a great 2018 on and off the dancefloor

The Power of the Pause
By Susannah
Here is Ivor – one of my two new teachers of love, patience and leadership from the heart. He is one of those flighty, extremely sensitive and easily defensive type of Exmoor ponies. Today I realised something that I wanted to share that has really helped me with him and is relevant, in slightly different ways, to us humans. It's what ‘pony whisperer’ Dawn Westcott calls ‘the power of the pause’.

I thought I'd understood this, but not in the way I've been applying it in the last days. What is new that I'm playing with is about the length of the pause. I've been experimenting with pausing for much, much longer between contact moments. I sit on my upturned bucket in quite a big outdoor space. I wait for him to come and feel my back or my shoulder with his muzzle. I gently move away. I wait again. Next time he comes up I might have a nice gentle muzzle to muzzle moment, or stroke his face, or scratch around his ear. Then stop again and wait. What he tends to do then is just hang out, by my side, head down, quietly sharing space, eventually sometimes a sigh, or a yawn, or some licking and chewing. Then after he again touches me, the next bit of contact. This made a huge difference today, and in the end he let me groom him all over, which is new.

What helped me is that I decided to time myself and to give myself and him at least 3 minutes in the pause before I either moved away, or did something different with him. I didn't actually time myself, but having the 3 minutes as an idea helped me relax and slow down and really value the pauses. And I thought I was slow! I'm sure it was me, as well as Ivor, who benefited from the lowering of adrenaline levels from this ‘hanging out time’ and I was surprised (and heart warmed) by how much and how long he wanted to stay at my side, simply being together… I'm learning SO much that is also relevant to working with humans, and how creating safety and lowering everyone's adrenaline levels helps so much with creating an environment of learning and the ability to move beyond our old default modes.

Ivor is an extra-ordinary teacher, because he is SO sensitive, and (like all wild creatures) shows his feelings 100% immediately. I knew working with two wild born Exmoor colts would be a learning experience, and that I would see my own self mirrored precisely moment to moment, and that what I would see would not always be very nice (!) but I had no idea how much further there would be for me to move towards gentleness, slowness, the power of being, and love that makes a priority of making sure the ‘other’ is (and feels) safe.

I am so grateful for Ivanhoe (Ivor's half-brother) who is much steadier and bolder. Ivanhoe and I are now much further on with his socialisation to live in a world with us humans, in terms of being able to gently put a halter on him and go for adventurous walks and pick up his feet etc. He has helped me keep my confidence whilst Ivor has been teaching me so much (and more and more and more) about softness. With the wise help of Dawn Westcott always at my back ... THANK YOU Ivanoe, Ivor and Dawn, and of course, Ya'Acov for loving them and making space for them on our land and in your heart ...

There is an extremely interesting discussion about  applying this kind of thinking in the context of working with humans on Susannah's facebook page.  Do join in.

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