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

Welcome! And Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
Hello and welcome to this newsletter. Enjoy the stories presented here – of the changing of gears, of new projects, of breaking addiction, about our ways of praying, about the new AP programme, and I added one on rainbows and thunderstorms. Also, you will find many workshops on offer. They seem to be getting more colourful and numerous each time I put them together for the newsletter! (Sometimes I wish I was living in Europe just for that! Enjoy! ;-)

29 & 30 September: The Wounded Healer and the Power of the Unbroken – a talk by Ya’Acov. London, UK.
Click here for more information.

5 October: Move! Rewilding with Mark Boylan. Budapest, Hungary.
Through movement we can rediscover our connection to the instinctive intelligence of the natural heart. This includes the capacity to be awake and alive to the present moment and to experience the richness of life. This is the wild within – an open landscape where passion for life can flow and our relationships are rooted in respect for our common humanity and our individuality.
Contact Patricia: +3670 5457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

57 October: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Athens, Greece.
With an open Move! Evening on 5th October.
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 Maria Varela: movement.medicine.greece@gmail.com

57 October: Strength and Vulnerability with Mark Boylan. Budapest, Hungary.
Embracing our vulnerability is the basis for fluid strength. Knowing our strength allows us to accept our vulnerability. And so this workshop the participants are invited and guided to discover and move with both – strength and vulnerability, the one giving us the power to protect ourselves and what we love, the other one offering us the ongoing practice of letting go. Come and explore both through dance and embodiment.
Contact Patricia: +3670 5457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

9 October: Bringing the dance back home with Ya’Acov. 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

12–14 October: Gold of the Soul with David Mooney. Vilnius, Lithuania.
With
Move! Evening on 12th October.
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 Agne: agne.diciute@gmail.com

13 October: Wisdom of the Dancing Fool with Ben Yeger. Ein Shemer, Israel.
The Dancing Fool is one of the main archetypes in Movement Medicine. This workshop invites you to rediscover the parts in you that curious, light-hearted, humble, spacious and innocent. When we take ourselves and our viewpoint or distinct opinion or story too seriously, we can get trapped in the notions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and are often unable to just live life, be in the moment and be enticed by whatever it brings. Here is a chance to uncover a light-hearted and non-attached sense of wonder and aliveness.
Contact Michael: +972-522590109;
contact@simply-peace.org

13–21 October: Initiation with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
Initiation is a
n intensive 10-day retreat during which the dancers are invited and guided to embody and dance through the rich landscape of all nine life cycle from conception to death – including play, deep processes, and the support of the group and teachers. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, colourful, profound and rewarding journey; and it is one of the prerequisites for the Apprenticeship Training.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.u

19–21 October: Body Heart Sound with Rosie Perks. Brighton, UK.
With Move! Evening on 19th October.
This is a great opportunity to get to know the landscape of the heart in an embodied and profound way. Our hearts are incredibly amazing and are able to feel, support and transmute any emotion coming through. In this workshop we will move through all the chambers of the heart and explore their deep wisdom, potential and power, integrating movement, emotion and sound – our naturally emerging voice.
Contact Lara Barge: +44 (0) 7816225347; lara.barge@gmail.com

21 Oct–27 November: Embracing Radical Change with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
Embracing Radical Change is a free transformational global online event bringing together 25 experts, thought leaders, shamans, healing practitioners, and change-making influencers.
It is designed to open us to new ways of meeting the challenges of this time in human history and so to support us in “building a new world from the ashes of the old”. Register here to join this event and to receive notification of Ya’Acov’s contributions.

24 October: Move! Evening – Men's Edition with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
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, the inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement and expression, bringing your whole self into the dance. This particular edition is an introduction to Movement Medicine for men and offers a great opportunity to connect with like-minded men in your community in a fresh and embodied way. This is also a way to find out whether you would like to join the ongoing Movement Medicine group for men ‘Heart of Brothers’, led by Ben Yeger.
Contact J. Schellheimer, K. Kohlbecher:
+49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de, s-juergen@web.de

25 October: Move! Evening with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
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, the inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement and expression, bringing your whole self into the dance – a freeing experience of expansion and possibility, while connecting with other dancers and movers in your community.
Contact J. Schellheimer, K. Kohlbecher: +49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de, s-juergen@web.de

26–28 October: The Wisdom of Conflict with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
Mostly we have unconscious patterns that are repeated over and over of how to meet situations of conflict. This workshop invites you to find some of these personal stories and guides you into bringing movement and physical exploration to the relationship between inner and outer conflict, finding new roads and possibilities enhanced by change as opposed to repetition.
Contact
Katrin Kohlbecher: +49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de

26 Oct–4 November: Apprenticeship Training Module I with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, UK.
This is the first of three main modules as part of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2018. The roots and foundations are being buid for an intense and deep journey of self discovery and expansion, of grounding and letting go. The group is being knitted together and the intention is being set for each one's Apprenticeship journey.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

27–28 October: Presence of Heart with David Mooney. Antwerp, Belgium.
With
Move! Evening on 26th October.
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 Luc: +32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

29 October: Move! Evening with Ben Yeger. Bonn, Germany.
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, the inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement and expression, bringing your whole self into the dance – a freeing experience of expansion and possibility, while connecting with other dancers and movers in your community.
Contact Katrin Kohlbecher: +49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de

3–4 November: Heart of Brothers Module I with Ben Yeger. Nantes, France.
This is a wonderful and precious offering to the men in our communities: a safe space for playful yet deep discovery and expression of purpose, of emotion, of getting real and vulnerable with each other, of freeing oneself from limiting conditioning, and much more … It is an ongoing group, meeting three times in seven months, the last module bringing together the group of men with the group of women who journeyed through their own process at the same time.
Contact Virginie Rastello:
virginie@e-luminescences.fr

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

9–11 November: Medicine Dance with David Mooney. Prague, Czech Republic.
With
Move! Evening on 9th November.
This is a weekend exploration of
Movement Medicine ceremony, a rich offering that will support you in strengthening your connection to unseen support in your life and will encourage you to drop into the deep spaces of ceremony, of healing and dreaming. You will be supported in the quest of how to respond to the challenges we are facing today as humanity, and it will inspire you to become clearer about your part and your path in this lifetime, your deepest dreams and your next steps on your personal journey of Self expansion, healing and empowerment.
Contact Veronika Ziva:
veronika@dansea.cz

30 Nov–2 Dec: Out of Ashes with Rosie Perks. Berlin, Germany.
In an embodied and safe way, this weekend invites the dancers to explore the relationship with grief and how it moves in our bodies and hearts. How much we love becomes visible when we grieve what we have lost. This link between the grief of loss and the power of love are part of this safe exploration of Movement Medicine, where participants are invited to journey with their very personal relationship to loss and grief and the love it emerges from.
Contact Kathrin: +49 (0)30 28458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

30 Nov–2 Dec: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov. Zurich, Switzerland.
With
Move! Evening on 30th November.
This workshop is about healing the sacred cycle of giving and receiving. It playfully and lovingly challenges our perception of our capacity to give and to receive, challenging the idea that happiness comes through accumulation of wealth or ‘things’. It offers powerful and embodied tools and guidance to heal our personal wounds around the naturally harmonious and balanced cycle of giving and receiving. This is a very potent and important workshop in our current times, offering a chance to discover through dance and community where our true happiness lies.
Contact Kristin:
+41 78 801 3210; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

30 Nov–3 Dec: Embodied Leadership and Co-creation with Susannah. London, UK.
With
Move! Evening on 30th November.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine! This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, clarity, self-trust and the ability to guide creative team-work. Personal authority together with the
skill to co-create makes great leaders and brings these beautiful qualities into your personal life too. Come along to dance, to play, to explore and to co-create.
Contact Alex Hanly: +44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

What a Bend!
By Susannah
Dear all, “I am driving confidently along a mountain side, the road was good, clear and I am happily bowling along. But suddenly the road ahead darkens and I realise that I am coming up to a really sharp bend, and I am going much too fast. Dark forest and steep mountain side on the far side of the bend, sharp sheer rocks on the inside side. Oh my god! Can I slow down fast enough to take this corner without losing control and skidding off the road into the precipitous forest?

I do not know. Every sinew, every atom of me becomes focused on trying to slow down in time to stay on the road and take the corner. Time slows and tyres grip and breath pauses…. and the we hold the road, just, and just, only just, make it around the corner. Breath slowly out, for now, I am going to live.”

So here we are… I am writing to you from the wild and unexpected lands of my menopausal bend. This is how I am experiencing the menopause; the most unexpected, radical and subtle psychological shift I’ve never imagined. What a rite of passage! Nothing in the cultural vibe about the menopause made me expect this. It’s so strong but at the same time so subtle. The key to it all is in the name: ‘meno-pause’. Not ‘meno-stop’ and not ‘meno-continue as normal’ but ‘meno-pause’.

One aspect of this is that my current existential need to slow down is accompanied by a new relationship with adrenaline. I used to love getting racy and speedy and pumped up with action and the need to move fast. Now, I literally can’t stand it.

The result of all this is that I feel like I’m in a challenging, profound and beautiful re-calibration of my life, my work, my focus and my relationships. I’m needing to do less. To be at home more. To be with the earth and the rocks and the stream more. And my horses (two of them wild born Exmoor Ponies - with the sensitivity and power of wildness in their souls, the other two born into ‘Wild Pony Whisperer’ Dawn Westcott’s Holtball Herd) have become massively important in my life and in my heart; horse medicine coming your way sometime soon. They are helping me de-adrenalise and recognise the power of softness and gentle clarity and patience. They are what I call ‘mirror masters’ reflecting back to me my own state, my own congruence and my own calmness with such immediate clarity and honesty. They don’t have an axe to grind or a point to make, they are just real. And they don’t hang on to how it was a minute ago, when I get myself in order, there they are, wanting to connect. They are, like humans, profoundly social beasts who survive through co-operation. Exmoor Ponies are a special breed as they have not been bred for compliance (as have all domesticated animals) they have been bred by the wild moor for survival. I’m so grateful to this unexpected gift in my life, and so grateful to Ya’Acov for supporting me in this and Dawn Westcott for teaching, supporting and trusting me with such love and patience.

This summer I’ve been accompanying Ya’Acov on his marathon of writing his new book: ‘Shaman’ which is a magnificent, unapologetically passionate clarion call to honour relationality and the inter-connected web of life which we are all intimately part of. It’s a wonderful, lucid account and invocation of the five dimensions of Movement Medicine: relationship with yourself, others, community, spirit world and the divine source. These are the parts of the mandala which we did not cover in our first book; Movement Medicine.

Ya’Acov as a child, knew he would be a writer. And so it is. And, fast and brilliant as he is, it’s been quite a ride this summer. This process has taken everything, and has engaged his soul in a muscular, totally demanding marathon of revealing himself, bringing his fine soul into form and words. I’ve been in awe as I watch this process unfold, and make my own offerings to this river of his creation.

And, as he says in his article, I’m also writing. Two books are evolving in tandem: one which is about my own story, and the other of which is my attempt to make Movement Medicine accessible to the NHS (National Health Service) and other mainstream contexts where it can be a tool to support individual and societal health. And, paradoxically, what we are needing in this is opposite. Ya’Acov has needed a fast, sharp hard deadline to hone himself against, and I am needing a soft, long dance of gentle emergence. But it is happening.

I am grateful for all the interest and support that is coming my way regarding these two books, Thank you! Please know that the support which I find helpful and supportive comes from genuine interest in what I have to say and to share. Thank you! I’m grateful for this and touched by it. I’ve also found myself wary of some of the support for my writing which I sense (and I could be wrong) has a vibe in it that comes from a place of concern about the ‘woman being left behind’ and trying to ‘keep up the equality’. Whilst I appreciate and understand these feelings, it would be a retrograde step for me to receive this as support. Because the point is that the healing for me is in resting in receiving Ya’Acov’s support to take the meno-pausal bend at my own pace and letting go of the competitive striving that is so unhelpful to flowering of my own soul right now. Our mutual support as we play our different yet totally in step and co-creative, mutually enhancing roles is healing work as I update my inner picture of what is possible. This man has my back, and I have his. He is totally behind my creative nature, my work, my well-being, my worth as a medicine woman and a soul whisperer. We are both surrendered to the mystery of the timing.

I just taught ‘Life Lab’ in Berlin, and I recognised that what I’m teaching now is the distillation of my nearly 30 years of teaching movement as medicine. What is coming into focus for me is passing on what I have learnt, to give people the skills to go on doing the healing work for themselves, without my ‘magic carpet’. As I discover how to do this, there’s such a sweet, deep weave between the different levels as, through conceptual understanding and reflection, people own their experience so that they can take it with them, the deeply embodied practice of doing it in the dance, and simply letting go to the wildness and delicacy as we paint the calligraphy of our hearts and souls in 360 degrees of dancing freedom. I love this. Thank you dancers, past, present and future.

I’m going to be on the road rather a lot less in the coming year or so, so the few public workshops I am offering become even more precious for me. The beauty of the imperative need to ‘slow down’ of my menopausal bend is turning my focus towards passing on what I have learnt: writing, making more online courses and supporting and helping to deepen the work of the amazing of Movement Medicine professional teachers through our Professional Training and CPD (continued professional development) programme and tasting even more deeply the richness of life, love and partnership.

Now: a holiday with my husband to celebrate our 29 years of marriage. I’m proud of us, of him, of me and all that flows from our source.

Wishing you all blessings,

Susannah Darling Khan



Upcoming Workshops and Events with Susannah:

13–21 October: Initiation with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
Initiation is an intensive 10-day retreat during which the dancers are invited and guided to embody and dance through the rich landscape of all nine life cycle from conception to death – including play, deep processes, and the support of the group and teachers. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, colourful, profound and rewarding journey; and it is one of the prerequisites for the Apprenticeship Training.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk 

21 Oct–27 November: Embracing Radical Change with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
Embracing Radical Change is a free transformational global online event bringing together 25 experts, thought leaders, shamans, healing practitioners, and change-making influencers.
It is designed to open us to new ways of meeting the challenges of this time in human history and so to support us in “building a new world from the ashes of the old”. Register here to join this event and to receive notification of Ya’Acov’s contributions.

26 Oct–4 November: Apprenticeship Training Module I with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, UK.
This is the first of three main modules as part of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2018. The roots and foundations are being buid for an intense and deep journey of self discovery and expansion, of grounding and letting go. The group is being knitted together and the intention is being set for each one's Apprenticeship journey.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

6 November: Bringing the Dance back Home. With Susannah. 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 

30 Nov–3 Dec: Embodied Leadership and Co-creation with Susannah. London, UK.
With
Move! Evening on 30th November.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine! This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, clarity, self-trust and the ability to guide creative team-work. Personal authority together with the skill
to co-create makes great leaders and brings these beautiful qualities into your personal life too. Come along to dance, to play, to explore and to co-create.
Contact Alex Hanly:
+44 (0)7868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com



Changes in the Air
By Ya'Acov
Hello dear Movement Medicine community. I am noticing the changes in me as I move through my 50’s. On the one hand, I have never felt stronger, more creative, focused, disciplined and dedicated to making a difference in this world. On the other, after more than thirty years living the life of a road warrior, leaving home becomes harder and harder. The simple things matter more. It takes a long time and a lot of work for me to know who I am and I am so enjoying resting in that in everything I do.

I am falling more and more in love with the land we live on. I’m getting to know it and it’s getting to know me the more I strip away the disconnect and rest in the physical embrace it offers. The trees, the animals who live with us, the stream, the rocks, every little nook and cranny – yes, it’s a relationship that goes on deepening. I want to be here forever and as the clock keeps ticking, whatever stories my mind wants to tell me about my eternal soul, the thought of having to let go sometime breaks my heart. And of course, that’s even more intense when I come to think about the people I love.

The layers keep on peeling back and my heart is getting more and more raw. I keep coming back to the simple realisation that the stronger I feel, the more vulnerable I am able to allow myself to be. I wrote a best-selling book called Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart. Writing is a strong invocation so naturally, I’ve been roaring more and more and the quiet beauty of the butterfly has been creating more and more subtle currents in my heart. I have shouted more, cried more and laughed more this summer than at any previous time in my life. If I didn’t know that emotion was energy needing to move, and if I didn’t know that the weather in my heart was part of the inheritance of my mammalian intelligence, I might have thought I was breaking down. But I was writing for hours every day about one of the things that matters most to me in this world, the archetype of the Inner Shaman. Every time I write, I sit down and drum for half an hour and sing my heart out, praying with everything I’ve got to become the hollow bone that allows the spirit of the book to come through. I see the chapter I am going to write from above, the pattern of it, the landscape it sits in, and then I do my best to get myself out of the way and write.

Later I read and edit and it’s then that I really feel the impact of what has come through. The closer I get to the essence of what it is I want to deliver with the book, the more I go through. Thank goodness there’s lots of strimming to do in the summer – so I can get out and do a simple, physical job, that has a beginning, a middle and an end. That and a few boxing classes kept me sane and physical enough to let my heart and mind expand.

The book is focused on the 5 Dimensions of relationship: Self, Others, Community, The Imaginal World and the Source. It’s a journey that invites the reader to discover their inner shaman and look at these relationships through that lens. It’s full of powerful rituals that you can do at home. I’m very happy to have reached this stage of having finished the first draft and sent it to the publisher. The editing comes next. It will be out next May or June all being well.

I want to take a little time to explicitly honour Susannah. I have really had to ask her for her support with this project and she has been absolutely brilliant with that, cooking for me, listening to me reading and giving suggestions, and holding me when things were just too much. Susannah has spoken about her own journey with this aspect of our relationship in her own writing. And, I want you to know that Susannah is currently writing two books, one more biographical, and the other speaking about movement as medicine for the mainstream. I have had the honour of hearing some of what she has written and it’s really good. So, and this is maybe the most important thing, without pressure, watch this space as Susannah comes around the corner of her menopause and fires up her recently ‘serviced by life’ engines. Her work, her passion for life, her very being have gone through such a deep transformation over the past two years, helped enormously by the small herd (four of them) of Exmoor ponies that are now living with us. Our own understanding of our wild nature, has deepened immeasurably as a result of these super strong and sensitive beings. And we are just at the beginning. Watching Susannah learning to bring her congruency to that level of refinement has been and remains an honour. Her teaching has deepened immeasurably as a result. She is cutting back her workload next year to allow for more space for writing and the natural arising of what’s next for her. So, each of her offerings is more precious. Check out her calendar and get to a workshop with her soon if you can. She’s also made a new online course to support you with your morning practice called Wake Up and like everything she does, it’s brilliant. I know that without Susannah in my life, I would not have achieved 10% of what I manage.

We are approaching our 6th and penultimate apprenticeship journey which begins in October. Our last one will begin in the Autumn of 2019. We are so happy to be making space for the brilliant range of MM professionals who are stepping up their training so as to be able to offer their own apprenticeships. It’s exciting to think about how much more accessible the apprenticeship will become in the years to come.

Susannah and I plan to go on teaching and developing our work, as well as offering the Professional Training for those wanting to teach Movement Medicine or integrate its tools, practices and philosophy into their already existing work.

I am now on my way home from a wonderful Power Stories workshop in Croatia. I have a week at home of skypes with new apprentices and preparation for the talk I am giving at Hay House’s I Can Do It event in London on 29th September. I hope to see some of you there. After that, Susannah and I have a 10-day break before heading into our Autumn programme. I hope you get the chance to enjoy the beauty of the season, wherever you are. And that you can find the time to remember just how mysterious this whole ‘life in a body on planet earth’ really is.

I look forward to seeing you on a dance floor soon or online.

For the Love of Life.

YDK. September 2018

 

Upcoming Workshops and Events with Ya’Acov:

29 & 30 September: The Wounded Healer and the Power of the Unbroken – a talk by Ya'Acov. London, UK.
Click here for more information.

9 October: Bringing the dance back home with Ya’Acov. 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 

13–21 October: Initiation with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
Initiation is a
n intensive 10-day retreat during which the dancers are invited and guided to embody and dance through the rich landscape of all nine life cycle from conception to death – including play, deep processes, and the support of the group and teachers. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, colourful, profound and rewarding journey; and it is one of the prerequisites for the Apprenticeship Training.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

21 Oct–27 November: Embracing Radical Change with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
Embracing Radical Change is a free transformational global online event bringing together 25 experts, thought leaders, shamans, healing practitioners, and change-making influencers.
It is designed to open us to new ways of meeting the challenges of this time in human history and so to support us in “building a new world from the ashes of the old”. Register here to join this event and to receive notification of Ya’Acov’s contributions.

26 Oct–4 November: Apprenticeship Training Module I with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, UK.
This is the first of three main modules as part of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2018. The roots and foundations are being buid for an intense and deep journey of self discovery and expansion, of grounding and letting go. The group is being knitted together and the intention is being set for each one's Apprenticeship journey.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

30 Nov–2 Dec: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov. Zurich, Switzerland.
With
Move! Evening on 30th November.
This workshop is about healing the sacred cycle of giving and receiving. It playfully and lovingly challenges our perception of our capacity to give and to receive, challenging the idea that happiness comes through accumulation of wealth or ‘things’. It offers powerful and embodied tools and guidance to heal our personal wounds around the naturally harmonious and balanced cycle of giving and receiving. This is a very potent and important workshop in our current times, offering a chance to discover through dance and community where our true happiness lies.
Contact Kristin:
+41 78 801 3210; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

Are You an Agent of Radical Change?
By Jocelyn Mercado
Are you being pulled by forces greater than yourself into something completely different than what you had planned or expected?

Are you an agent of Radical Change – in your community, your world, or in your own life?

Do you know you are meant to make a BIG impact and help to shift the trajectory of our human presence on our planet?

Are you ready to break free from the illusions, false ethics, and failing systems of the modern, mainstream world?

If so, I want to invite you to a very special Global Transformation Event that you're going to love:

Embracing Radical Change,  airing online from October 21 - 27, has been designed to share wisdom that will guide you on your path, provide inspiration for ways that we can begin building the new world (yes, even now!), and help you to navigate in these turbulent, evolutionary times.

You’ll hear from 25 thought leaders, shamans, teachers, healers, wisdomkeepers, and scientists, including Charles Eisenstein, Clare Dubois, Woman Stands Shining, Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Terry Patten, Simone Wright, Aeolian Heart, Dr. Tayria Ward, Dr. John Ryan, Susan Jenkins, Veronica Goodchild, and so many others!

With each talk that you hear during this groundbreaking event, you’ll open up to vast new opportunities that are becoming available, and learn how to step into your highest self ... So you can clearly identify your soul’s mission and claim your power to become an integral part of the Radical Change that is happening all around us.

This event is significantly different from other summits or speaker series that you might have seen, because in Embracing Radical Change, the majority of the interviews will be broadcast LIVE and in real time! 

You'll hear the experts present paradigm-shifting wisdom, insights, and inspiration for you ...

And then you'll get to ask them your own questions during the Q&A!

You'll also have the chance to engage with a global community of like-minded changemakers in the chat and in the private Facebook group.

This transformational event is FREE to all registered attendees!

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Ya’Acov and Susannah’s talk will explore the links between disembodiment, disconnection from nature and our current state as a species, and look at how we can become more embodied and connect the intelligence of our body with the intelligence of our soul.

Ya’Acov and Susannah’s live interview and Q&A session is at 6pm UK time on Wednesday 24th October 2018.

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Awakening
By Bernadeta
This is a story of addiction, of choices, of a struggle, of a dancing warrior, a fool and a wise elder – all related to financing my Movement Medicine Apprenticeship with the money I saved when I stopped smoking. Why awakening? Because I feel it was the beginning of a real change of direction in my life. It’s now nearly 10 years later and so much has changed since, purely because I have made the first step, and a commitment to myself, that I will not live an unlived life.

I was 29 and it felt like I was going nowhere with my life. I had been smoking tobacco since I was 17, and I had been smoking Marijuana for the past four years almost every day. I had just celebrated yet another birthday and I was afraid. No purpose. No perspectives. Not knowing. What I knew was that I am addicted and that I can’t carry on like that any longer. I had two attempts in the past to stop smoking, not strong enough impulses though. Each time after three months I was back to rolling my ciggies.

I had times when I smoked more, times when I smoked less, but nonetheless, I still was a smoker and I was spending a fortune on it. That very morning after my birthday I woke up at my friends house. Her daughter was getting ready for school and the TV was on. Half asleep I was listening to a morning program and what they were talking about – the side effects of smoking tobacco, especially for women. I was listening and feeling tightness in my stomach as if they were talking about me. I had images of me getting older, my skin being grey, my teeth yellow, my lungs and blood clogged up with poison. And I knew this is not how I see myself in the future. I used to think I will smoke till the end of my life, that I will be dying with a cigarette or a joint in my hand. That morning changed that vision. It became clear to me, it’s time to stop smoking. Now.

I felt I can do it this time. Maybe I didn’t know who I am and what is it I want to do with my life, but I knew that I don’t want to smoke for the rest of my life. The day went fine, no cigarette, no problem. I was busy, I didn’t even think of smoking. Until the evening. And the internal dialogue started: what about one last cigarette? hmmmm, last wee one? Well, but if it’s a last one, that means I will never stop because there will always be another last one. Try to have a day without a cigarette then. And see what happens tomorrow. Step by step. Day by day. You don’t have to decide now that for the rest of your life you will not smoke ever again. But try one day with no cigarette. The temptation was huge but I was resilient and stubborn. I yearned for change. I wanted it. I was strong. I felt inside, now is the time. And it was my first day without tobacco for a very long time.

I was in Poland visiting my parents at that time. I thought, well well, what’s going to happen when you get back to Edinburgh? Both my flatmates smoked. And there was my favourite painkiller – weed. I used to wake up and to cheer myself up, had a wee tiny joint. I decided to deal with how to be smoke free in Edinburgh later, when I am back. On my return to Edinburgh I felt tobacco free. No temptation for tobacco. No temptation to have a tiny wee joint in the morning, what’s the point of getting lightly stoned if I don’t smoke tobacco? .... What?! I was beginning to understand that it was tobacco I was really addicted to, not Marijuana. I didn’t need to smoke it in the morning because I wasn’t smoking tobacco. It was an eye opening. I didn’t stop smoking weed at that point but I stopped smoking it during the day. I was busy, I had things to do, I had so much energy, I didn’t need to be stoned. Weed came to be only an evening relaxant from now on, unlike before, all day.

Slowly, taking it day by day for the first time I could see myself without a cigarette in the future, beyond those three months, which were the critical point. First time I could imagine myself that I will not smoke ever again. The decision to stop smoking came with another one. The money I used to spend on Marijuana and cigarettes didn’t exist, it was puffed away at the end of the day. Now it had to go into a savings account. I knew how much I smoked and that I can save a lot of money and that one day there will be a reward waiting for me in my bank account and it will take me on a trip around the world or something else. Whatever!

A bag of weed costs £20, tobacco around £7. By then I smoked The American Spirit because it was a ‘healthier’ choice, expensive though! So you can imagine. A bag of Marijuana once a week, that’s £80 a month (in the old days sometimes even more) plus I can’t remember how much I was spending on tobacco. And now after I stopped smoking, that money didn’t ‘exist’ for me!!! I was religiously paying it into my bank account.

Did I smoke since, yes, no point to lie to you:)

After my mum passed away in 2011 the only way to cope was to smoke, but never on a scale like before! My flatmates were supportive and shared joints with me. I smoked a little over those two years and then I noticed a red light… you are slipping back into the old habit – stop, you have achieved so much, stop!

I stopped. I don’t say never again. I am not rigid. I still like the smell of Marijuana. If I meet with an old friend, I wouldn’t say no, but I will not spend any more hundreds of pounds on tobacco and weed.

A year after my mum died, I went to a 5 Rhythms class. I discovered the dance, I discovered that I can move and that however I move, it’s okay. Dance made me happy. I’ve been meeting amazing people, new community, no drugs, no alcohol… so different to what I used to know. In the dance I met my boyfriend who opened my eyes wider onto this practice and mindfulness. I felt like I knew nothing before. Two years later Susannah came to Edinburgh and I fell in love with her work. I didn’t know Movement Medicine will be my path, but I knew it’s powerful. The seed was planted. I started dreaming and meeting people, dancing with the gorgeous Catherine Wright, going to workshops and there was the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship! And I had money!!! because in 2009 I had made the decision to stop smoking!!! My old bad habit turned out to be my saviour! And it was the first time that I realised I am grateful for the fact that I used to smoke.

Where am I now? Who would’ve ever thought, I’ve just completed my first module of the professional training. Not everything was financed by the savings from not-smoking, but a lot. Once I had made the decision to go on to the Apprenticeship, there were still all the prerequisites… but someone whom met on the path had said to me, if you really want it, the money will come…

And it did! I am not talking about an easy money as I don’t have a wealthy granny nor rich parents (who are no longer physically with me and didn’t leave me a nice big inheritance) and I don’t play the lottery:) nor do I have a financially rewarding job. However… When I made the decision about the Apprenticeship, an opportunity came… my flatmate was moving out and I was dreading a new permanent flatmate. So I asked my landlady if I could do an Airbnb (which wasn’t that popular 5 years ago yet) and she said yes!!!

This was and is a huge help but it was a risky and a brave step, one of many, which brought me closer to where I am now – a Movement Medicine Apprentice Teacher in Training, yay!!! And soon I’ll be celebrating my 38th Birthday. What a gift! Many gratitudes!!!

Bernadeta

It’s not all Rainbows and Fairy Dust
By Hanna
Sometimes in ‘spiritual circles’ there is this idea that once on the path of ‘awakening’ the focus should be on the light and the positive only and that if I focus on the ‘positive’ this is all that will manifest. In my own experience this is not so. Much more light is coming in, yes, and immense positive shifts are happening, yes. Still, ‘dark’ times and muddy patches are to be experienced and to be waded through.

And I love the ‘dark’ – the darkness of the night, the drama of the storm, the winter and the muddiness of the deep dark earth.

It seems so ‘simple’ for me: on Earth there will be shadow where there is light, there are winter months, night, mud, dark thunderstorms, wild elements in all facets and moods; it simply seems part of the ‘deal’ of living on this earth plane – there are not only rainbows, summer-days and sunrays. There is all that, and everything else as well, which makes living here so immensely rich, sweet and beautiful for me! And on my path of emerging and awakening, the purest deeply embodied Self-love emerged out of the muddiest darkest, most horrific place of violent self-loathing – an immensely bright light I bore out of the darkest place inside myself.

About two months ago I allowed myself once again to be dragged into the deep unconsciousness and ‘dark’ spaces of my mind that know only how to speak of the illusions of separation (I am separate, I am alone, I do not belong, I do not matter, …). It’s pitch black in there and once inside the ‘trap’ it seems so dangerously real. I managed to totally forget who I really am, and the option of reaching out for support seemed erased completely from my mind. All that was left was the illusion of painful separation which seemed so real. However, as light and dark always seem to hold hands, this episode also became a story of great empowerment and the sweet, soothing nectar of true remembering ...

In a strange way I am really glad that this time around my episode of ‘mind-insanity’ was so severe, that when I finally managed to pop my head up, out from the deeply confusing sea of illusion and separation … there was such empowering anger, together with the strongest sense I have ever had with this of ‘ENOUGH!!!’ “This is totally and utterly unacceptable, that old wounds or voices of separation are able to take over my whole being like this, causing such pain! I hereby refuse to allow myself to be hijacked like that again!”

The suffering had been so painful that my fierce inner lioness came out (all by herself, surprising me ;-), releasing the loudest, strongest, Self-protective roar, and making so unmistakably clear to me what my priority and my choice is! A loud roar for continuous awareness of spirit inside and outside myself, together with the deepest wish and commitment to live that, every day! A roar for conscious daily remembering and the clearest commitment to stay present with my mind, at all times. The latter seems impossible at first, but I realized it is not entirely impossible, it just calls for ever ongoing practice and a big portion of humour, patience and forgiveness. Yes I have occasionally slipped back into disconnection since, but in a consciously unconscious way, at least watching the voices coming back in, not missing my ‘final call’ of required true presence and spirit-awareness.

The blindness, darkness and suffering of disconnection, so severe this time, that the clarity and commitment to presence and to spirit became clearer than ever before, my big bright light powerfully ‘exploding’ out of my own darkness. What helped me to strengthen this new found commitment to my Truth and Knowing of connection and of spirit inside and outside? Many ‘things’, such as singing, movement and a beautiful ceremony with some brothers and sisters here in Cape Town – a ceremony of song, of plant-presence, of joined prayer, of community, of support, of connection, and of the collective invocation and remembering of the Spirit inside and outside – ever and always present!

The ceremony happened only 1-2 days after me emerging from my traumatizing and draining episode of ‘mind-darkness’. I felt my whole being softening and opening, bathing hungrily in the sacred ‘showers’ of divine connection, earthly community and the healing remembering of my own sacredness and divinity, in connection with all other sacred divinity of living and dying all around in our collective web of co-creation. Oh wow, I cannot imagine a more healing ‘shower’ than this …! The vibrations and sung songs of the ceremony were such sweet, powerful and soothing medicine for my whole being. When coming back home from the ceremony, still with some shock of this challenging episode of ‘mind-insanity’ in my bones, I simply did not stop singing these sacred prayer songs. Literally! – for four days or so, I just kept singing, constantly. I sang while walking to the shops, while driving, while cooking, while living life. The part of me that was scared of being pulled back into my mind-darkness and pain of disconnection needed to ‘hold onto’ that sacred medicine of prayer songs which so powerfully helped me to remember and soothe my entire system! My whole being called for me to keep soaking in the vibration of Truth, of Divinity and of Connection … asking me to keep singing, helping my brain to heal, to remember and to rewire.

What also helped me to ground and manifest these new found depths of commitment to my ‘Real Self’ was me reconnecting to my inner masculine. This was a surprising and profound process: I had not realized that seven years ago, in the middle of severe break-downs and immobilizing illness (due to a long story of unhealthy overdrive and ‘self-abuse’), I had semi-unconsciously ‘fired’ my masculine and sent it away to leave me alone and stop pushing and punishing me – unaware that this had been the acting of my hurt and confused masculine that had taken on all the conditioning of a patriarchal (and German) force of control, competition and strictness. I learned and was deeply touched that he (my inner masculine) is very loving and ready to support me in what it is I wish to achieve. So we re-conciliated, sat and talked together, and I found out that he really wants to and needs to be of service and help me to live my most inner truth, my highest goals and my deepest joy.

… and so I re-employed him to take over the most important job in my life and being right now: to guard and protect my deep sense of Truth, of Connection and of Divinity inside and outside, to watch my mind and my thoughts 24/7, to help me show up everyday with my own commitment to my Self and to my daily practice of prayer, gratitude and connection. And he has been very amazing! I am not surprised because he is one of the most powerful beings I know. Oh just HOW well I know his strength and force, but so far had not ‘clicked’ that he needs very clear direction and guidance as to how and where to apply his immense strength, clarity, presence and total commitment to my path and well-being; and he needs recognition, love and connection. We learned a lot from each other!

After this whole experience I feel clear and empowered. I reached a new level in my commitment to my divinity, my humanness and my light. I also feel very blessed and grateful that I have so many tools and ways to re-member! There is the dance, there is song, prayer, nature, community, ceremony, and such a strong inner masculine support helping me remember to remember ... All together these are the best companions I can imagine to face the slippery temptations of my very strong mind and the parts of it that want to wrap me into the illusions of separation.

When looking back, it is interesting to notice that the levels of disconnection that I am able to construct or give space to inside myself are a mirror of the painful dis-ease of disconnection I see manifested in our world, which personally hurts me so often and so deeply (the insanity we are living out). I love this observation, as it shows me, it is me who holds the key to taking my piece of suffering and illusion out of the collective pie of disconnection. I am empowered, in every single moment, to start healing the insanity of disconnection (in our world today), by staying as present as is possible to my own mind, to my heart, to my body, and by healing and extending compassion to my own insanity.

So here is to embracing my own darkness, once again, and the sparkles and rainbows, the tsunamis and thunderstorms, the light and the dark of connection and disconnection. Here is to embracing all that is part of being a human on this earth, who herself contains everything in her spheres – the pretty rainbows and the beastly killings and everything in between.

Music Medicine News
By Susannah
Once again we like to share some news about our Music Medicine Shop to keep you updated about what is available and what is still ‘cooking’ in the background to be released when the time is right. Please read on for some more news and take some time to brows the shop for the gems and magic it offers to the community.

Lua Maria is the singer of the anthemic track: 'Wild White Horses'. If you’ve been around us long enough, I’m sure you’ve danced and sung your heart out along with her in Movement Medicine ceremony. Her new beautiful album has arrived: 'Semilla'. Enjoy!

And, by popular demand, 'Life Grooves' (already available as an MP3 album) will be available as a CD soon…. It’s at the printers now. Thanks to everyone who’s been giving me such great feedback for it. And Ya’Acov’s new album 'Shaman’s Song' is continuing to take people deep to their unbroken roots in journey. Enjoy!

Movement Medicine On Ancient Ground
By Christine Pechan
Perhaps some of you remember my article about Movement Medicine in the Cathedral of Schleswig in the North of Germany one and a half years ago. This experience still always resonates in my heart and through the feedback I’ve got since then obviously in the heart of many of the people who took part or simply heard and read about it.

Although I know it was unique I feel a deep longing to give it a try once more and look forward to the next opportunity for a Give Away on such ancient ground.

We live in a time where old structures are vanishing with personal, cultural and global effects on all levels of our life that often result in a vacuum filling up with paralysing shiftlessness. In view of these facts it is so important to reach out with Movement Medicine to people who seem to be far from dancing or simply not used to show up with their inner dancer in public. When diversity really matters for us these inexperienced dancers deserve more of our attention now in these uncertain times, where our busy mind is slowly splitting up from the rest of us.

The World Wide Web creates a virtual space to please everyone’s needs almost perfectly. The masses of information to which we have free access all night and day cause new forms of dependence up to addiction. There is a tendency to withdraw from contact and a loss of empathy. Facing our screen we can keep our hearts at a safe distance of emotional stress, it is less vulnerable to follow and like friends from the privacy of our homes. Our mind can travel through the whole universe with the tip of our finger leaving our hearts and bodies unmoved, carrying all conflict of our life-stories deep inside covered by ingenious mind-constructed daily survival mechanisms. But it’s us to whom we owe responsibility at first. When we choose to start simply moving our feet on the ground our body-intelligence sooner or later will reveal our truth. No matter where we start, only when we move on in our bodies, hearts and minds altogether, we will be able to understand and release the patterns of our past experiences. Only then we’ll become able to engage fully in our daily lives, gradually aware of the effect every of our steps has on ourselves and others.

If we try to ignore old scars in our souls, they’ll weigh heavily on our hearts from our subconsciousness and from time to time surprise us without any context as pain in our bodies. We all underestimate the intelligence of our bones and muscles, of all our body parts, we don’t honour our own store-house of energy but take its endless carefree functioning as granted. Falling ill we get a chance to remember that our time in our bodies is limited, that it’s our choice to update our self image in respect to our ageing physicality.

We don’t need to do this alone, there is guidance and support – seen and unseen – alongside our way, only waiting to be asked for. We are all seekers with a great potential of creative energy that wants to be expressed through our bodies, hearts and minds in movement. That hasn’t changed since the beginning of human life. We only widened our research into the universe, looking for a source of everything that exists far away outside of us. Still nobody really knows what the Divine is but so many conflicts all over the world are fought out in the name of God. Dependent on where we are born much more of us are free to believe what we like than hundreds of years ago. But nevertheless we shouldn’t forget our cultural roots and honour our ancestral heritage.

The old houses of God tell us stories that formed our identity about where we come from and who we are. All over the world they still are main attractions for believers as well as for atheists, outsiders, tourists, elders, and asylum seekers. Cathedrals all over the world were built on ancient ground where our ancestors initially met in ceremony. For thousands of years those sanctuaries served as safe spaces where the shamans were gathering to call in the spiritual support in prayers and healing rituals. Before they moved into temples they looked for sacred sites in nature to meet the unbroken and celebrate our origin.

The balance of power between priests and secular rulers provoked deep changes in those services, turning away from nature as the most natural place for old celtic celebrations. Beyond control of the governing authorities those activities needed to be more concentrated to prevent the people from disobedience up to revolts against social injustice that caused the suffering of the masses from epidemics, famines and poverty. On the back of the poor great monuments were built to demonstrate and strengthen the might of religion and its self-appointed representatives. Not only the construction of these houses of God were scarred with blood and tears, the old stones witnesses a long-term abuse of power in the name of God far beyond the Middle Ages. Only modern science stopped this brutal campaign planting a seed of doubt and criticism by questioning the existence of God and the Unseen in a fundamental way. As a result of this an insidious loss of identity proceeded and ancient traditions almost disappeared, often kept alive only by small minorities of old reactionary or newly founded saviour sects. Rituals to remember our cultural heritage vanished into oblivion. Slowly we blocked the access to our powerful cultural wisdom and cut an important connection to our ancestors.

How can we meet this challenge, that widens from an individual disorientation about our commitment to life to a multi-cultural disaster, through Movement Medicine?
What is our offering to heal the profound loss of trust, the deep confusion and disorientation that grasps our elders as well as our children?
Where is it easier to reconnect to our roots, under the roof of an old church laden with its conflicting past or in nature?

The Long Dance of the School of Movement Medicine that takes place around the summer solstice almost every year is one answer to all these questions. This unique fund-raiser event is a call to people from all over the world to support many different charities through their dance, prayers and sponsoring. I am still deeply impressed by the experience of the past Long Dance, where I was dancing for the third time this year in a big white tent on a field in Somerset, together with about 175 people from countries all around our globe, all ages and different social background. Gradually I become aware of our ability to create a sanctuary through Movement Medicine wherever we try. From our hearts we can reach out to every spot in the world, any gym floor, pavement, community hall or old Cathedral, and create a safe space to invite everyone to a journey back to the origin. But it remains an incomparable experience to reconnect to our roots in nature.

Regardless of the colour of our skin, our belief and our cultural background we are all connected. As part of nature everyone of us comes out of the womb of Mother Earth and goes through a lifelong unique dance with the elements. Movement Medicine is a constant reminder of earth, fire, water and wind inside of us and widens our awareness to the shamanic world where we can reconnect with the ancient healing traditions of our ancestors and work with the elements. It’s always our own choice how consciously we live our connection with nature but we can’t deny that it exists from the moment when our soul decides to settle in our body to experience the polarity of the material world. From our first breath this body will experience the depth of being connected with Mother Earth in a journey through the elements full of life-changing effects showing up in natural cycles. Normally it needs some time to get grounded enough to enjoy ourselves fully in our bodies and live in an alternating harmony with our hearts and minds. It’s a life-long learning process to accept how we are and listen mindfully to our ongoing internal dialogue. Only this way we’ll become conscious about the effects of our behaviour on the whole environment we live in. How we treat ourselves we’ll treat others, nature, our whole planet. When we are ready to change our perspective our self image will need a permanent update and often there are only some tiny little steps to make it real through an action in our daily life. But whatever extreme experiences we go through, Mother Earth holds us and feeds us as the greatest caretaker we’ll meet.

So it’s obviously a natural consequence of the rule of reciprocity, where giving and receiving are balanced, to show our gratitude for this life-long support of the Earth celebrating on her sacred ground. 72 hours dancing together are a life-changing gift and offer lots of opportunities for learning to become a responsible human being with respect for our resources. When we meet ourselves in an extremely unfamiliar constellation like this, our comfort zone will be threatened by so many mirrors of our oldest habits, that we necessarily go through a washing machine on every level of our being. It’s lived giving, put into practice and at the same time a great chance to receive answers to some vital questions, to lean into the arms of seen and unseen support, to trust into guidance on your way, to connect on all levels, to make a commitment and to dream a sustainable, fulfilling future for our children.

In the centre of giving at the Long Dance is the fund raising for the Pachamama Alliance –a global community that works together with all the indigenous people of Ecuador for the protection of the Amazon Rainforest against the destruction by oil companies. For four years Manari Ushigua, the leader of the Sapara People, one of these tribes whose territories are exploited, is joining the whole ceremony. He comes from a dreaming culture where the elders and shamans were foretold this devastating development decades ago and called by their ancestors to change the “dream of the modern world“ of endless growth, consumption and accumulation into the “dream of a thriving, just and sustainable world“. His presence at the Long Dance is a gift and an invitation for everyone of us to become conscious about the effects of our western way of living on Mother Earth – Pachamama. Manari’s simple words reach out to our hearts as an impulse to the unbroken in all of us. They evoke the unique Amazon Rainforest, one of the last intact ecosystems on our planet, in our dance. With every breath we can connect with the lungs of Pachamama, feel the power of the elements wake up in our body, meet the Jaguar and the Rainbow Serpent, the butterfly and the hummingbird, imagining the Tree of Life under the shelter of an old sacred Kapok tree. Nature creates its own cathedral under the jungle canopy where we are able to connect with our source only through being. Listening to the sound of the forest makes us humble and grateful.

So Manari’s call for a Long Dance in the Rainforest should not remain a dream!

Christine

The Future of the Apprenticeship Programme
By Susannah and Ya'Acov
This Article is partial reprint of an article called ‘Continuity and Change’ published in the May Newsletter. As it contains very important information about both the Apprenticeship Programme and the development of Movement Medicine, we are publishing it again.

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 has seen the 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.)

Susannah & Ya’Acov 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