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Issue: December Newsletter

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna Maria
Welcome to this last newsletter of the year. I hope that there are many fruits for all of us to gather and share from this past year of living life and of growth and leaning – however individual all our journeys and experiences were. It has been both a rewarding and challenging year for me, one of facing deep and old fears head on, choosing to go through them into new expansion manifesting in my being and doing, in my work and relationships. On my path of continuously growing into more of myself, Movement Medicine has been an important piece over the last five years or so.

The embodied consciousness, the many tools for more awareness and resources in living, and the embodied practice of healing and transformation that MM offers has grown to be a stable ground for me, supporting my personal growth and expansion. It is a wonderful practice of truly ‘bringing it down’, into the body, into the earth – whatever that is – healing, insights, soul-retrieval, positive shifts, healthier behaviour, … bringing it into real and present manifestation and embodiment.

There is also a great article by Catherine Dunne in this newsletter, speaking more about the beautiful tools and practices of Movement Medicine and how they weave into life and living nurturing, supporting and guiding along the journey.

All these offerings below from the Movement Medicine calender are wonderful gems of this practice of movement, embodiment, transformation and consciousness. How inspiring to see just how many different workshops and flavours are on offer here, this is abundance!

Also, we are always happy for any contributions to the newsletter. Share your experiences, dreams or creations, share about a workshop you attended. This is the kind of platform the newsletter offers. You can send them to myself, hannaspostbox@gmail.com, or through Roland, roland@rwevents.co.uk


Upcoming Movement Medicine Events and Workshops:

11 December: Bringing the Dance Back Home with David Mooney. 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 

14–16 December: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Trevisio, Italy.
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 Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

18–22 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
This annual workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, invites participants to reflect on the year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to community and to all life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–12 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Susannah & Ya’Acov, Costa Rica.
This powerful intensive weaves together the strong practices and tools of Movement Medicine of embodied healing with the message and intention of the Pachamama Alliance Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. We are going through strong and challenging times together, personally and collectively. Big shifts are on the horizon if we want to protect the magic of life on earth. This workshop is a space to dance with and realign our dreams and give energy to the seeds we wish to plant in our lives. We will explore the personal connection to and love for all life and how that manifests in our being and doing, and we will learn how to step more and more into our power so that we are resourceful and fulfilled humans that can make a positive contribution to earth and humanity.
Contact: Gaya: info@pachamama.com

15 January: 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

18–20 January: Creating Change with David Mooney. Graz, Austria.
This is a rich workshop offering a variety of deep and effective tools from Movement Medicine and Macy’s Work That Reconnects to uncover and heal unhealthy repetitive patterns of behaviour, bringing change to the inner stories that may be outdated. If we wish to change the story of the world, we need to change many of our own stories that we’re thinking and re-creating. This workshop, through dance, safe guidance, play and embodiment enables us to become conscious of, and thus able to shift old and binding conditioning from society and family, which we all hold. More agency, health and freedom can come from shedding and healing outdated stories in psyche, heart and body.
Contact Eva and Helga:
+43650 2925790; eva.jagati@gmail.com

25–27 January: Out of Ashes with Rosie Perks. Athens, Greece.
In an embodied and safe way, this workshop invites the dancers to explore our 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 Maria: movement.medicine.greece@gmail.com

25–27 January: Life Lab with Susannah. Burlington, Vermont, USA.
With Move! Evening on 25th of January.
In this workshop the dancer will learn a few of the powerful tools of Movement Medicine, which have a positive impact on life, business and relating. The participants can discover new possibilities of being more present, resourceful and conscious in every day life, and will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of and new skills around embodiment. The workshop provides a practical tool kit to take home, empowering each one to integrate new conscious ways of being, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Carolyn Cooke: +1 (802)363-4878; cecookevt@comcast.net

25–27 January: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. San Rafael, CA, USA.
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 Jennifer Coffey: jencoffey@gmail.com

26–27 January: For the Love of Life with David Mooney. Paris, France.
This new-year Movement Medicine workshop takes visions and intentions for another year ahead into movement, dance, creation and ceremony. Through dancing, calling in and envisioning with the whole body and heart and a community of dancers, the manifesting of new directions, actions and visions for the new year begins already on the dance floor.
Contact Marie-Gaëlle: 0033 (0) 61 27 32 79; mgs@bbox.fr

30 Jan–3 Feb.: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov. Port Townsend, WA, USA.
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: Jen Coffey: Info@MadronaMindBody.com

30 January: CPD Webinar with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who ha
s taken or is participating in Movement Medicine Professional Training. It provides the space to hear about and explore subjects or themes, suggested by you or Ya’Acov and Susannah, which are related to your professional work with Movement Medicine. All sessions are recorded and accessible to the subscribers of the CPD webinars.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

9–10 February: Heart of Brothers Module 2 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

16–17 February: Heart of Brothers Module 1 with Ben Yeger. Frankfurt, Germany.
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 Katrin Kohlbecher or Juergen Schellheimer: +49-163-3152714; Katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de; s-juergen@web.de

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
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, presence, 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 co-create and to remember that everyone is a leader.
Contact Nanna Heinz: +45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk

Celebrating the Healing Power of Gentleness
By Susannah Darling Khan
One of the highlights for me in the ‘Embodied Leadership’ group I led this last weekend in London was a new level of seeing (in the mirror of thee group) the crucial importance of support to inform and ground (and, surprise – support) embodied, co-creative, heart-based leadership. On Saturday morning the group co-created a (stunning) group poem and theatre of what we mean by co-creative embodied leadership.

On Saturday afternoon, after lunch, we entered a deep journey of quiet nourishment and support, practising asking for what we genuinely wanted, which culminated in a new version of ‘supporting tree’ dances. After that we let go into a slow crescendo in which I witnessed a soft pliant power and vibration in the room I have never seen before. On an objective level, as far as I can tell, there was a pliancy (soft and strong flexibility) in people’s spines that I have never seen before in our western world. As this quality appeared, it allowed a level of natural healing to occur in which people became freer to offer their own authentic love, creativity and strength (leadership). I bow to the healing power of nurturing gentleness and to the capacity we have, as humans, to shift, when the environment is right.

From my experience in myself, and in what I see and hear in and from others, I think it’s fair to say that most of us have a strong unconscious assumption that strength means not needing support. This assumption is so normal in our culture that we don’t even notice it.

I've been learning (with the help of Ya'Acov's kind strength) that the capacity to notice that I need support and to ask for and to receive support is actually a key part of my strength. I've been learning, with the help of my ponies, that the more I quieten and calm myself the more trust and co-operative power, love and freedom there is between us. And watching and feeling how the energy in the group responded as we tuned into a para-sympathetic, responsive, support practice was quite extra-ordinary for me. The pliancy, fluidity, effortless joy and co-creative power that emerged in people after spending time in the healing valleys of quietness and support was so beautiful to witness. Thank you all....

As attachment psychologist from Pepperdine University, Louis Cozolino says: We are not the survival of the fittest, we are the survival of the nurtured (Thank you Catherine Dunne for this quote and this link).

On Monday I did my next session with the NHS women leaders with the Kings Fund’s Athena Project, and once again I witnessed how creative freedom and the willingness for authenticity and to inhabit our learning edge comes when we really feel safe. The word ‘safety’ keeps resounding and more and more. Ya’Acov and I recognise how vital it is for people (including ourselves) to be enabled to undergo deep metamorphosis, which involves taking off our habitual armour and becoming truly defence-less and vulnerable (which literally means ‘wound-able’) as we seek to discover and inhabit our most authentic selves.

In the poem created by the group, which I read back to them in the last softly humming and vibrating stillness, the word ‘authentic’ appeared several times. I recognise that so many good ideas are lost in our society simply because people don’t feel safe to express what may be ‘different’ and/or that no-one is listening to people who are not at the top of their pyramids. The other word which emerged within this poem, and I want to share now is ‘service’.

With love to all of us and our efforts to co-create healing possibilities for authentic service in the world, whether or not we are in formal positions of leadership. Thank you all,

I hope to see you soon, one way or another, and wishing you a magical and restorative solstice,

With love,

Susannah Darling Khan


Susannah’s upcoming workshops:

18–22 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
This annual workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, invites participants to reflect on the year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to community and to all life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–12 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Susannah and Ya’Acov, Costa Rica.
This powerful intensive weaves together the strong practices and tools of Movement Medicine of embodied healing with the message and intention of the Pachamama Alliance Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. We are going through strong and challenging times together, personally and collectively. Big shifts are on the horizon if we want to protect the magic of life on earth. This workshop is a space to dance with and realign our dreams and give energy to the seeds we wish to plant in our lives. We will explore the personal connection to and love for all life and how that manifests in our being and doing, and we will learn how to step more and more into our power so that we are resourceful and fulfilled humans that can make a positive contribution to earth and humanity.
Contact: Gaya: info@pachamama.com

25–27 January: Life Lab with Susannah. Burlington, Vermont, USA.
With Move! Evening on 25th of January.
In this workshop the dancer will learn a few of the powerful tools of Movement Medicine, which have a positive impact on life, business and relating. The participants can discover new possibilities of being more present, resourceful and conscious in every day life, and will walk (or dance) away with a wide knowledge of and new skills around embodiment. The workshop provides a practical tool kit to take home, empowering each one to integrate new conscious ways of being, bringing about real and tangible positive shifts in personal and professional life.
Contact Carolyn Cooke: +1 (802)363-4878; cecookevt@comcast.net

30 January: CPD Webinar with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who ha
s taken or is participating in Movement Medicine Professional Training. It provides the space to hear about and explore subjects or themes, suggested by you or Ya’Acov and Susannah, which are related to your professional work with Movement Medicine. All sessions are recorded and accessible to the subscribers of the CPD webinars.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
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, presence, 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 co-create and to remember that everyone is a leader.
Contact Nanna Heinz: +45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk

Year Review and Our Exciting New Plans for 2019
By Ya'Acov Darling Khan
I thought 2017 went fast. And it’s hard to believe that time could go faster but for me, this year has been a miraculous blur of learning, expansion, deep inner work and discovery in every area of my life. I have been challenged to my core. I’ve cried more tears and felt more fears. And I’ve been grateful on many an occasion for the boxing gloves and pads that Susannah and I keep in our living room to support each other to release some of the day to day frustrations of human life in a body on earth.

At the same time, my heart has stretched so far beyond its known limits that I’ve had to re-draw my inner map. Many times, as I was writing my new book, Shaman (due for release in October 2019), I crossed the bridge into the unknown and became a channel for what wanted to come through. I learned so much about myself and about the kind of shamanism I am wanting to bring into our world from writing. Without Susannah’s unflinching support behind me, I would have fallen. It’s been a year in which I went from kindergarten to junior school in terms of learning how to ask clearly for what I need. I’m still amazed by how much easier life is when I find the courage to reveal myself! What courage we need to go beyond fear. What discipline, self-love and purpose we need to help us to creatively navigate the lives we live! What creativity life asks from us as we learn to recognise how we are dreaming the dream we are dreaming.

My experience of teaching has deepened as the Movement Medicine maps continue to unveil their mysteries. There are many times when I find myself in awe as another facet of our work becomes visible. Next year, 2019, Susannah and I will offer our last Movement Medicine Apprenticeship – this will be our seventh generation of apprentices and if those who have already stepped are a sign of the strength and quality that seventh generation will hold, it’s going to be a very strong circle indeed. We have begun the process of teaching other trained Movement Medicine Professionals to hold their own apprenticeships. This is a deep process for us. We are in our mid 50’s now and we’ve been on the road teaching for thirty years. Since we began Movement Medicine, we have always held the dream that we would pass on the totality of our work to those who feel it is their life path to hold this journey. This is not without its challenges but the idea of placing a glass ceiling on people’s development within Movement Medicine made both of us feel nauseous – and it’s such a fine balance to own the knowledge and wisdom we have gathered in our teaching journeys and to trust people to find their own ways. So far so good. The dream of Movement Medicine apprenticeships happening in different cultures and situations tickles that spot deep inside which can only be described as soul purpose.

To be clear (we find that we keep having to repeat this), we are not leaving Movement Medicine behind. We are growing, faster at this point of our lives than at any other. We are stepping into our place as elders within the community that has grown up around our work. And we have so much we want to offer.

Which brings me to the news I want to share with you about a new project that we will begin in 2019. To coincide with the release of my new book in the Autumn of 2019, we will be launching our new baby into the world. It’s likely to be called Movement (is Medicine)-Tribe. It will be a membership site that will be an evolution of our online work and take over from our monthly webinars. We have been running online Movement Medicine classes for the past few years, with the wonderful support of Jens in Hamburg and of our Faculty in more recent times. The name of the webinars has been Bringing the Dance Back Home, which was the precise intention of offering our work in that format. We have kept on receiving requests for more support with how to integrate the experience of the workshop into everyday life. Movement-Tribe will attend to that. Every month, there will be a live online class with Susannah or myself. At times, we will bring in guest teachers from other movement-based disciplines to compliment our practice. Each month, there will also be a zoom meeting for participants where you can ask questions about your practice, meet other members of Movement-Tribe, and share your experiences of practice. Alongside this, there will be monthly teachings on different aspects of Movement Medicine practice. Our curriculum will be interactive in nature as we will have the chance to respond to your questions about bringing the medicine of movement into every area of your life. We’re planning to launch the whole event with an online Conscious Dance Conference featuring teachers from many different traditions that will take place at the end of August.

We are super excited to be bringing this new dream to life. And just to let you into a little secret………we’re going to be offering a very special deal for all those who are subscribed to our webinar series (only £28-00 for the remaining 8 webinars in the old format). If you’re at all interested in this, signing up for the webinars (and the huge library of previous webinars that become available to all those signed up), might just be a good idea. As Movement-Tribe takes more shape, we will keep you in the loop with all the latest developments. 

One more piece of news for you. On 10th December at 5pm UK time, I will be a guest speaker for the Masters of Flow conference, a free online conference, a free online event hosted by Dustin Urban, a very interesting man who was a member of the US Kayak team. There’s a host of interesting speakers, all offering their experience for free on the topic of Flow.

Finally, with the help of a very generous man, Alan Sanday, we set up the Movement Medicine sponsorship fund ten years ago. We handed it over to new trustees and it is now doing a wonderful job really finding its feet with sterling work from Margaret Davies as its chair, and many others who donate their time for free. We are so happy that the fund is now enabling people to experience our work who would not be able to otherwise. This has the massive benefit of slowly but surely increasing the diversity in our community. One step at a time on the long road.

In the season of giving, may I be so bold as to suggest a donation? You can also buy beautiful flasks, note books and bags from the music-medicine.co.uk shop with the #loveinaction logo shining out beautifully advertising the work of the fund far and wide.

As we approach the end of 2018, with all the challenges we face as a species with climate change, extinction rebellions (bravo to all the MM dancers who have been protesting, drumming and dancing to highlight the extinction crisis), and so much upheaval and change in the world, I wish you all moments of deep peace and nourishment over the Solstice, Chanukah, Diwali and Christmas season. We could all do with a little more peace and the time to remember just what a miracle it is to be here at all.

Drumming out my love and respect through the roots, trunk and branches of the tree of life in all directions. Be well. Be yourself. Give everything whilst you can. There’s no greater joy in life.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan

December 2018


Upcoming events and workshops with Ya’Acov:

10 December: Masters of Flow Conference with Ya'Acov. Online.
For more information on the talk, click here.

14–16 December: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Trevisio, Italy.
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 Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488; movement.medicine.italia@gmail.com

18–22 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
This annual workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, invites participants to reflect on the year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to community and to all life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–12 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Susannah and Ya’Acov, Costa Rica.
This powerful intensive weaves together the strong practices and tools of Movement Medicine of embodied healing with the message and intention of the Pachamama Alliance Awakening the Dreamer Symposium . We are going through strong and challenging times together, personally and collectively. Big shifts are on the horizon if we want to protect the magic of life on earth. This workshop is a space to dance with and realign our dreams and give energy to the seeds we wish to plant in our lives. We will explore the personal connection to and love for all life and how that manifests in our being and doing, and we will learn how to step more and more into our power so that we are resourceful and fulfilled humans that can make a positive contribution to earth and humanity.
Contact: Gaya: info@pachamama.com

25–27 January: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. San Rafael, CA, USA.
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 Jennifer Coffey: jencoffey@gmail.com

30 Jan–3 Feb.: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov. Port Townsend, WA, USA.
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: Jen Coffey: Info@MadronaMindBody.com

30 January: CPD Webinar with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who ha
s taken or is participating in Movement Medicine Professional Training. It provides the space to hear about and explore subjects or themes, suggested by you or Ya’Acov and Susannah, which are related to your professional work with Movement Medicine. All sessions are recorded and accessible to the subscribers of the CPD webinars.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland: roland@rwevents.co.uk

The Survival of the Nurtured
By Catherine Dunne
“We are not the survival of the fittest, we are the survival of the nurtured”, Louis Cozolino. While out walking with my dog recently I was listening to a podcast by the Mindfulness teacher Tara Brach and she shared this quote by Louis Cozolino. It stopped me in my tracks. What an update, and what a reframing for an old held belief! We are fit BECAUSE we are nurtured, and what makes us fit and resilient, what supports us to thrive, is how nurtured and resourced we are. For me it was one of those moments when I heard something that I know is true in my bones articulated out loud for the first time, and something about my understanding of what makes us resilient shifted.

On reflection I realise how true this has been in my own journey. When I have learned to access more support/nurturing from myself, others, my community and beyond, it has often been the turning point, the difference between getting or staying stuck and being able to soften, move ahead and through.

In my almost 10 year journey with Movement Medicine from student right through to teacher and facilitator I realise at the core, I have been learning how to exponentially better and better resource and nurture myself. This has happened through moving deeper and deeper into connection; connection to my own body, heart and mind, my own truth and knowing, my own vulnerability and strength and to all the support that is right there seen and unseen all the time. This has probably been Movement Medicine’s biggest gift to me.

This depth of nurturing is what has made it possible for me to challenge and enquire into the difficult and unexamined stories I can tell myself about myself, others and the world. This visceral, consciously embodied experience of how nurtured I am by the world around me has been the bedrock for some of the deepest healing and change I have been able to receive and enact in my life.

The power of connection, of being truly seen and met within myself and/or by another is humbling. The simple, although sometimes challenging, practice of coming back to my own body, to feel what is true there and re-member myself, to find and re-member my breath, my feet, my spine and my heart. The power of re-membering that I am earth, fire, water and air, that I am and we are always connected even when we forget. Re-membering that we are not alone but connected infinitely, is powerful medicine and key to unlocking the places that are frozen or deeply stuck. This re-membering also helps me learn to move with some of the potentially paralysing feelings like isolation, fear and rage. Consistently increasing our capacity to connect to enough resource and support to move and begin to dance with whatever is true in a given moment, I believe, contributes to us being nurtured in the way Louis Cozolino refers to. It is also right at the core of Movement Medicine practice.

I am so grateful for this practice and for the ever renewable medicine of re-membering myself and expanding my experience of all I am connected to time and time again. Quite simply it strengthens me, makes me fit.

My reflections have got me pondering, What if in these turbulent and worrying times one of the most powerful things we can do is to connect, resource and nurture ourselves and one another as deeply as we can? I have no idea how that would work out but I notice something deep in my heart and my bones stirs, exhales and says yes.

Embodied Leadership
One of Susannah’s new workshops is called 'Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation' and deserves an article by itself. The one in London has just been and the next one in Copenhagen is following soon. Here is some inspiring and beautiful feedback and reflections from participants of the past workshop in London and a few words from Susannah about the dawning of ‘Embodied Leadership’. It sounds like an absolutely wonderful workshop and experience that has been woven together by Susannah, Movement Medicine and the participants.

Susannah DK: "I want to thank and acknowledge Hilde Van Gool and Liesbeth Van Rompaey for asking me to do this workshop in the first place (Embodied Leadership). You supported me in developing my awareness of the importance of this field and what I have to offer in it. Thank you! Bowing once again to the power of co-creation and support, and how we can help each other bring out what is in us. This is one of the meanings of: “the light of our attention is what helps each other grow”. Thank you both!”

Marion Gibbon: “The Embodied Leadership workshop exceeded my expectations and was extremely timely for this time in my life. One of the high points for me was the focus on support as being crucial to embodied leadership. It led me to a definition: "The embodied leader is one that is able to hold a sacred space that is safe, recognises the divine in each of us and enables it to shine forth in service to all life on this wonderful earth". I was able to have some wonderful dances and equally amazing conversations that will lead to a greater sense of community and future networking opportunities based on the theme of this workshop."

Christina Masterman: “One of the most enriching workshops I have ever attended. The deep knowing that we are all leaders is in itself of vital importance. Particularly for those of us dreamers prone to question for too long what our actual offering is. Embodied Leadership took things to a whole new level of understanding.

Synchronicity is truly a wonderful thing. The weekend unfolded like a fine tapestry. Each dancer contributing their gift to the whole. The balance of verbal exchange and movement felt perfectly aligned. Our bodies becoming fluid, finely tuned instruments for words and sound to come through and be expressed.

Deep listening is not an easy thing in our emerging, ever evolving multiverse planet. Neither is partnership in a world that is rushing within and around us. What became obvious for me is that both are needed now. More strongly than ever before. I feel deeply nurtured, nourished and increasingly hopeful after this workshop that all is possible. Ask and you shall receive."

The next Embodied Leadership Workshop will be in March in Copenhagen.

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
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, presence, clarity, self-trust and the ability to guide and support creative team-work. Owning personal authority, together with the skill to co-create, makes great leaders and enriches our personal life. Come along to dance, to play, to co-create and to remember that everyone is a leader.
Contact Nanna Heinz: +45 50 83 18 84; nanna@dancingyourspirit.dk





Masters of Flow
On 10th December at 5pm UK time Ya’Acov will be a guest on the free online event Masters of Flow: Cutting Edge Tools to Unleash the Visionary Leader Within. Masters of Flow runs from 5th to 16th December. It is hosted by world champion kayaker and transformational coach Dustin Urban, and includes interviews with over twenty ‘Masters of Flow’. This is what the organisers say:

From professional athletes at the top of their game to authors, thought leaders, high performance coaches and psychologists we're coming together to share with you the keys to achieving your highest potential and performance.

We humans have all the technical capability we need to create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. What we require is an inner revolution, which transforms story-lines of limitation. One that deepens your connection with the leader you truly are, and the vision of a better world you are here to create.

Humanity stands at a crossroad, and we are each here to contribute to the breakthrough, which this crucial moment requires. Masters of Flow is designed to give you practical and transformative ways to tap into your natural gifts and talents, so that you can powerfully create your own brand of positive change in these radical times.

You’ll learn

  • practical, cutting edge tools to take your life and leadership to the next level
  • to feel your best and perform your best
  • how to experience Flow as a way of life
  • to see each moment as an opportunity, a form of guidance rather than fighting it
  • to be totally immersed in the moment and responding optimally to the situation at hand

Click here to find out more and register.

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