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

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshohps
By Hanna
Welcome to this newsletter, with information around the Apprenticeship and the Music Medicine shop and a great article from Kristin. Her sharing -and chats with her and others about blood family, roots and our dance with that- did inspire me to write about my experiences. But the time for it isn't here yet, the words aren’t ready to form into a piece of writing. Enjoy reading, and feel free to send experiences or so to share in this space. Here are the upcoming Movement Medicine workshops, one of them about roots and ancestry (wish I could be there):

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops:

25–27 May: Dreaming and Creating with Christian de Sousa. Hamburg, Germany.
Through the dance we can reconnect to our dreams and allow it to awaken our creativity. As everything in this creation, we humans are also subject to and blessed by the essential forces of Yin and Yang – in our doing, dreaming, creating and becoming. We will play with and discover the energies of Yin and Yang as the central principles outside and inside ourselves, and in a dance of respect and curiosity, weaving them together into our being, dreaming and creating.
Contact Nina Jütting: +49 (0)172 415 2070; mail@ninajuetting.de

1–3 June: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Prague, Czech Republic.
With Move! Evening on 1st of June.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Veronika Ziva: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

1–3 June: Life Lab with Susannah. Rome, Italy.
In this 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 presence within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of and new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit empowering each one to integrate this into every day life, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Tamara & Silvana: +39 33 965 714 88; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

5 June: Bringing the Dance Back Home. Webinar, online.
The webinar 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

8–10 June: Gold of the Soul with David Mooney. Budapest, Hungary.
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. This workshop includes the powerful and transformative practice of the SEER process for soul retrieval and a dance ceremony for deep healing and spirit connection.
Contact Patricia: +3670 5457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

15–17 June: Wild at Heart with Susannah. Peak District, UK.
We all need to regularly nurture our connection with nature and the wild for our over-all well-being, this is as important as water and food. This workshop is an invitation to give space to exactly that – the wild spaces inside and outside of ourselves, letting them weave a dance of wholeness and well-being. We will dance outdoors and indoors and infuse our practice and being with the wisdom and beauty of the Wild, remembering and embodying the interconnectedness of all living things. The dancers will also be guided to create their own ceremonial dance space in the outdoors.
Contact Kerri Cripps: +44 (0) 779 633 4584; kerri@waking-up.com

29 June–5 July: Summer Long Dance with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Somerset, UK.
This large and annual community gathering of the School of Movement Medicine is the offering of a rich and long lasting ceremony to deeply connect with, honour and praise life on earth and all our relations in this. It is a powerful and transformative healing experience in which the interconnectedness of all life, all beings, including all the dancers is felt, expressed and celebrated.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

10 July: Bringing the Dance Back Home. Webinar, online.
The webinar 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

14–15 July: Balance with David Mooney. Ghent, Belgium.
With Move! Evening on 13 July.
This workshop offers an embodied way to cultivate kindness and creativity and to find a balance between fully being the person you are today 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 Luc: +32 61 32 99 20: luc@owc.be

16 July: Move! Evening with David Mooney. Bonn, Germany.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to fully get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the physical landscape, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance.
Contact Katrin: +49 1633 152 714; katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de

18–22 July: Roots – Dancing with the Ancestors with Christian de Sousa. Kientaler Hof, Switzerland.
In this workshop you can find out more deeply about the medicine of your inheritance, and how to connect with your roots. Through dance and play we find ways to trace that Arch of Time and to embody and understand more of our bloodline and ancestry. In an all-night ceremony we create and find a space to honour all the ones who came before us and nurture the roots grounding our individual Tree of Life.
Contact Ursula Haas: +41 76 453 30 87; ursula@tanznetzbasel.ch

The Dance of Continuity and Change
By Susannah and Ya'Acov
Hi all. We want to let you know about the process of change that we, Susannah and Ya’Acov, are dancing with right now, especially in terms of our roles in the field of Movement Medicine. As you probably know, up till now, the basis of our deep long-term work with people has been the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme. The modules and electives of the Apprenticeship create a catalytic context designed to support apprentices to apply the practices and principles of Movement Medicine in their own lives, both on and off the dance floor.

It also provides a space for intensive personal learning, healing and development. One of the key features of the apprenticeship is the level of personal support and challenge each apprentice receives through their regular sessions with their mentor, as well as the group work with us.

The Apprenticeship Programme consists of three core modules and two electives chosen from a menu of electives provided by us and the Faculty. However, the relationship we have with each apprentice often means that the Apprenticeship journey continues for many years after the modules are finished. For us, apprenticeship is a profound commitment rooted in the commitment to honesty and soul. We know through our own experience that being who we are and becoming who we can be is a rocky road at times. We have found that apprenticeship and being part of a similarly committed community is the most appropriate form for working with the profound path of empowerment, responsibility and harvest that is Movement Medicine. Naturally, how long each apprentice stays as an apprentice is a deeply personal journey and choice.

This summer we will be coming to the completion of our 5th Apprenticeship, and it has become clear that, for the time being at least, this part of our work will soon be completed. There is a limit to the number of people we can realistically have this level of ongoing relationship with. And at the same time, there are Movement Medicine teachers who have trained with us and been working strongly in their own ways in the world and for the School who are preparing to step up to this level of teaching. We see this as an expansion of Movement Medicine and a very healthy growth of this community. Passing our work on and making sure that teachers and facilitators can grow within Movement Medicine is very important to us. Sometimes we forget just how held we are in our lives and in this work and just how things grow in their own time. We see this as the perfect time for all of us involved in this to step up to this next level.

So, what might this mean for you if you are interested in apprenticing with us? We will be doing two more Darling Khan Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship 6 (or AP6) starting in the autumn of this year, 2018, and Apprenticeship 7 (AP7) starting in the Autumn of 2019. There are still spaces on both and applications remain open for both. It may be important for you to know that AP7 will take place over one year only and will not be available in the two-year format.

After that, we will be passing the baton onwards to a wider field of Movement Medicine teachers. We are so happy when we see the depth of excellence in the Movement Medicine field, and we are even happier that the next generation of Movement Medicine Apprenticeships will become available in a wider spread of geographical contexts and languages. At this point, it is likely that the new apprenticeships will be led by small teams of trained teachers, all of whom will continue to be involved in intensive Continued Professional Development with us. Each apprenticeship will offer both a generic core Movement Medicine curriculum, as well as being diverse in terms of the style and particular specialities of the leaders holding those apprenticeships.

We are wanting these new generation Movement Medicine Apprenticeships to offer both a space for diversity and difference, and, at the same time, to be grounded in the common values and recognisable approaches of Movement Medicine. This demonstrates the core Movement Medicine principle of Unity and Diversity, Community and Individuality.

In order to answer the question: “So what are the common components of any Movement Medicine Apprenticeship?” Susannah sat down to name the different aspects of core curriculum that we teach on our Movement Medicine Apprenticeships. She was bowled over by the depth and spectrum of perspectives, tools and practices that we are actually endeavouring to impart. We say “endeavouring,” as it is one thing to share something, or to learn something, and it is quite another thing to actually integrate it into one’s understanding and into one’s life. For this reason, we feel that the core curriculum document that will be ready soon, will turn out to be great learning and self-reflection aid for all Apprentices, new and old.

As for us, we plan to continue to teach open workshops, continue to focus on Professional Training and Continued Professional Development for Movement Medicine professionals, as well as expanding the reach of the work through our Online Courses, books, music and other offerings. Please look out for Ya’Acov’s new CD, Shaman’s Song, which will be available through Hay House from July 3rd (or come to the Long Dance and pick up a copy there) and his new book Shaman, is planned for release in May 2019. Susannah is continuing to work on her book too (watch this space for more information on that) and her recent instructional album Life Grooves is being used for daily practice all over the world.

So, there you have it. Change, famously named as the only consistent thing you can rely on in life, is alive and well in our lives! We wanted to let you know now so that if you do want to take this journey with us, now is the time to get going with (and book) your pre-requisites: Initiation (this autumn) Phoenix (next spring) and your hours of Movement Medicine practice (see description of the current Apprenticeship format here.)

Finally, there are just a very few places left on this year’s Long Dance. If you feel the call, you know where we are. Wishing you very well in the dynamic balance of continuum and change in your own life. With our love and best wishes in all ways for you and your families in this intense spring,

Susannah & Ya’Acov Darling Khan


Ya’Acov’s & Susannah’s teaching programme:

1–3 June: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Prague, Czech Republic.
With Move! Evening on 1st of June.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Veronika Ziva: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

1–3 June: Life Lab with Susannah. Rome, Italy.
In this 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 presence within self. The participants will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of and new skills around embodiment, and a practical tool kit empowering each one to integrate this into every day life, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Tamara & Silvana: +39 33 965 714 88; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

15–17 June: Wild at Heart with Susannah. Peak District, UK.
We all need to regularly nurture our connection with nature and the wild for our over-all well-being, this is as important as water and food. This workshop is an invitation to give space to exactly that – the wild spaces inside and outside of ourselves, letting them weave a dance of wholeness and well-being. We will dance outdoors and indoors and infuse our practice and being with the wisdom and beauty of the Wild, remembering and embodying the interconnectedness of all living things. The dancers will also be guided to create their own ceremonial dance space in the outdoors.
Contact Kerri Cripps: +44 (0) 779 633 4584; kerri@waking-up.com

29 June–5 July: Summer Long Dance with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Somerset, UK.
This large and annual community gathering of the School of Movement Medicine is the offering of a rich and long lasting ceremony to deeply connect with, honour and praise life on earth and all our relations in this. It is a powerful and transformative healing experience in which the interconnectedness of all life, all beings, including all the dancers is felt, expressed and celebrated.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

Privacy Policy
By Roland
The laws about how any organisation or company can use your data are being strengthened. We think this is a really good thing - it gives us all more power to stop unethical companies misusing our personal information. We have made a few changes to our privacy policy to comply with the new legislation and we wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at these.

Here’s a short summary of the most important parts of our privacy policy:

  • Your personal information is always held securely. The School of Movement Medicine never has, and never will pass on your information to third parties
  • You can unsubscribe from being contacted about The School of Movement Medicine at any time by emailing us at roland@rwevents.co.uk
  • You have the right to request The School of Movement Medicine to change or remove your personal information. You can do so by contacting us at roland@rwevents.co.uk
  • The full policy can be found here https://www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com/privacy-policy/

Wishing you good Spring Dancing!

Roland

Take the ONE Seat
By Kristin
Dear Community, some of you might have seen the interview I gave with CNN Money Switzerland recently. I felt the urge to share with you about the context of and the time before the interview.
A couple of month ago my parents both were challenged by health issues and I was called home to the house I grew up in. My parents themselves didn't ask me to come, but I felt strongly that it was time to return. To me this was a strong and challenging journey as I had been avoiding the place of my birth and much of my family grounds.

I had been working with my own inheritance as a German human being and also managed to deepen my connections with my ancestors, but the actual house I grew up in and the atmosphere in my family I had avoided for many years. So here I went back to the place of my childhood, the old trees in my parents’ garden were greeting me tall and strong.

It was a humbling time – facing my parents diseases and connecting with my brother and sister to find out what was needed and how to bring change into a stagnant situation. I was fearful, worried and I called into this community, called my teachers, supporters and friends to help me through this passage. I received a lot of help! Thank you! In some way I was believing that if I was going back home, I would be transformed back into my old self, into the one that I had been 25 years ago, before I started my journey with Yoga, Meditation and Dance.

I went to my parents’ home four times in four month and although the time was challenging I did not fall back into old familiar habits. I felt that all life was calling me to be the one I am, to actualize myself in this very moment while I was dealing with vulnerable family members and health care professionals. The trees outside kept whispering: "Go on, Kristin, just be yourself. Speak up, breathe, expand!" A few times I ran into the forest behind my parents house and up the hills with the old apple trees and cried my heart out from fear and worry. My strong and active parents, children of the second world war, had become old and fragile. I am the adult here, I am now full of life, and I am responsible. The sky seemed to be wider, vast in its invitation to me: "Grow up, dear One, there is no other way, just be yourself!“ I felt the incredible support coming form the spacious sky.

I had conversations with my parents about their childhood and sensed how much of the unprocessed grief was transported through the atmosphere and between the lines to us children unconsciously. There was no language for the shame, fear and loss that my parents had to grow up with. I read the books of Sabine Bode who also created the term: ‘Grandchildren of the war’. I realized, I am one of them. I always sensed much pain and tension in my childhood although everyone was well and things were OK on the surface.

As a child I communicated with ghosts of the war unknowingly and I realized that this was also the reason why I ran away and looked for my healing elsewhere. Now is the time of coming home and embracing this origin, my parents, the old house, the big trees in the garden, my brother and sister. And in this return I received much love and respect. I received a kind of blessing that can only come from ones own roots. It felt like leaning back into the one I am. And while I do this my family starts to relax too. Nothing is fixed, none of us is getting any younger and yet there is a deep acceptance unfolding in my heart.

Just before returning to my family in Basel after Easter I received a short Email from CNN, asking me about Movement Medicine and whether I would give an interview about this work. My dad and I were joking about the Email: “Just now as everything is falling apart, someone invites me into a TV studio? Life is ironic!“ He smiled at me, his eyes radiating. Trusting my competence. His joy and humour has always been a blessing. His love for music has carried me through my childhood until today. I remember the times as a child, feeling hidden pains and sadness, playing the piano was my remedy, soothing the nameless pain of the past. My father made sure his children would know how to play an instrument.

My Parents

Later through my long journey with Yoga and physical practices I felt the deepening of healing when I would move with music and treat my own body with the blend of movement and sound. Through Movement Medicine it became possible for me to be in touch with my body, incarnate, become a physical being. My love for music was attracting me to this work and the wonderful guidance of Ya’Acov and Susannah over many years was leading me home, back into my body, into my heart – helping me to find ground for my mind, for my imagination and for the seeing with my inner eyes. In the circles of community, of sharing, opening and learning about patterns and habits of myself this healing was possible. It is in the sharing and working together that we uncover and become ourselves.

Sensing my mother being fragile and needing help with every day activities humbled me. Her father was badly injured in the second world war, she knew her father only as an injured man. She herself is injured and often in danger to fall. When I was young, my mum was incredible in her creativity and life force. Her love for art was her mission. Her need to bring some beauty into the world was existential. It took me years to understand how I relate to art and culture, what it does to me and I found out that the healing aspect of art was the thread that fascinated me most. My life has always circled around healing and medicine, it feels like a call of my ancestors. There is so many ways to engage with this world and with our own story. Some of us find their healing in painting or drawing, as others find it in writing, playing music, creating sculpture, dancing, theatre, singing and composing.

My mothers dedication to art and her confidence stays with me. She called onto my inner warrior. It took years to unfold the dancing warrior qualities in my dance and befriend the power she affirmed in me. Just before I went into the studio for the CNN interview I felt her inside my bones: "Go on then, speak up, be the women you are." While I was talking to Amanda, the interviewer, I observed my mind and felt the need to update my attitude. She was kind, intelligent and supportive in her presence. I did not have to fight. I realized the actual Here and Now is welcoming me, is talking to me. There is no need to carry out fighting from some old story that is not true any more. I started to feel equal and talked to her as an equal, trusting life and the unfolding in our conversation.

This moment of realizing the actual Here and Now is happening to me more often. The great attraction I felt to meditation and the wise teachings of Buddhism is becoming more real in a day to day experience. I am here, breathing, allowing myself to be in my body. Leaning back into myself. As Jack Kornfield once said to me: “Take the One Seat“. What I sense is that through all practices like dance, breathing, therapy and art we bring ourselves to this One Seat, step by step. Being here now. With much respect for the past, the life of our ancestors as well as the life of future generations.

I am very grateful to be able to share this story and interview with you and want to express my gratitude for all the years I was invited to dance, communicate and share with many of you. I needed this growing place, this protected, magical garden for my own healing and it helped me to grow up so I could return home to my roots. My deep gratitude to Ya’Acov and Susannah for being outstanding and challenging teachers since I have known them. All my friends and peers, I love you. Let us stand strong, embrace our roots and origins, and dance!

Kristin

Here is the link to the CNN interview with Kristin, very worthwhile watching.

Kristin is a wonderful Movement Medicine teacher with many offerings. Here are some links to more of her work – from weekly dances to ceremonies and women-dance-gatherings:
Tanznetzbasel
Frauenkrafttage
(Women-Dance-Gatherings)
Movement Medicine Germany

Photo credits:
Kristin: Jutta Panke
Kristin's Parents: Lutz Glenewinkel

Music Medicine: Cherish Everything, Change, New Music and Celebration!
By Susannah
Music Medicine has a new woman at its centre, as Emily Pearce, who has been tenderly and beautifully tending the shop for the last year, is passing the baton to Claire Taylor, whose beautiful upcycled clothes, cherish everything, will be familiar to those of you who’ve been to our ‘Shop Nights’ during Movement Medicine intensives at Rill. Thank you so much Emily. I, and I’m sure all our customers who you’ve taken such great care of, wish you very well in your next steps.

And a big welcome to Claire!
Besides her many other gifts, Claire takes care of and alters our clothes. My ‘wounded healer dress’ is one of the many garments Claire has lovingly tended for many years. So, in the spirit of sustainability and (in line with Claire’s beautiful words and website) of cherishing everything: if you come for an intensive at Rill, you can bring clothes and ask Claire to mend, repair or alter, give them to her on the first night, and she will bring them back at the end.

And, we have new music to share:
New albums:
Sarah Patterson’s BuddhaSongs
This is strong and original work in which Sarah makes a unique alchemical integration of her deeply immersed Tibetan Buddhist devotional voice with the joy of her own heritage of the song style of musicals. I predict that you'll either totally love this, or you won't get it at all. And if you get it, as I have, it will infuse your being. This is a deeply joyous and incredibly well done work. The songs develop from quiet beginnings to soar in unexpected ways that simply work magic in my heart.

Susie Ro’s Song of a Thousand Leaves is another beauty…. Wow… When we played the track Creatures of the Deep at the last Movement Medicine ceremony, the room burst into song, tears of prayer, and dances to the water and the whales. Susie’s work rocks with tender, musical love and wonderful grooves. And check out the music medicine FB page for her ‘wow’ music video. She’s on tour in the UK, don’t miss it! Information below…

If you haven’t yet got Susannah’s new instructional MP3 album Life Grooves, with Stef Vink, Volker Kaczinski and Ya’Acov, we recommend it – it’s a great support for joyous home practice. We are finding ourselves using the instrumental versions a lot in our teaching. If you’ve been on our dance floors recently, you’ll recognise them.

Ya’Acov’s new CD of guided meditations is enroute… It’s exquisite and includes tracks for waking up (a shamanic ‘alarm’) and going to sleep. We drummed together to create the base for all the tracks, and watching and hearing Ya’Acov lay down the other layers was impressive. When Ya’Acov was recording the guiding voice, the engineer wanted to see the script he presumed Ya’Acov was reading from, and when he discovered there was none, and this guy was speaking ad lib in this deep poetry of presence and clarity, I watched his mind do somersaults as he had to contemplate the seemingly impossible appearing in front of him. He met that beautifully. I’m sure you will too!

And a big celebration, please help us celebrate and share the news:
Please see and share our little video! THANK YOU all!

If you don’t want to go to Facebook, it’s also on the Music Medicine website homepage, music-medicine.co.uk.

Love!

Susannah Darling Khan


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