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

Deep Trust, Freedom and Upcoming Workshops
By Hanna Maria
Hello dear, dancing community! Here we are again after the summer break. Whether you are coming out of the summer months or the winter months, I hope that you are feeling connected to life around that is changing through the seasons, and to life inside yourself that also keeps moving. This is a wonderful newsletter. Yay! – a podcast is awaiting you, a beautiful sharing of conscious farming, a contemplation of yin, yang and yun, an invitation to join the Conscious Dance Conference, and a few sentences of mine on trusting deeply and living freely.

For myself, the last few months have been full of positive change, of movement, of opening, of freeing, of letting go, and of a new level of deep, deep trust – in Life! Deep trust that the web of life, into which I am totally woven into, is moving me and everything else exactly in the right way, right direction and right pace, always. Surrendering to this incredible intelligence of life and energy moving (inside and outside myself), knowing that it always is perfect, somehow – in where it takes me, what it presents me with, what it inspires inside me, ... My inner ‘control freak’ (a sweet manifestation of love in a way) has received invitation after invitation from myself to just make itself some tea and relax on the couch and breathe, knowing there is nothing to control. And it’s been amazing … this deeper dropping into trust and the lived experience of being totally held and supported by life while adding my flow to it as impulse and response.

I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this web of life, however challenging it may be right now, personally and collectively. Blessed for this exquisite experience of being spirit in body, a human being, learning, growing, disentangling, opening, freeing, and moving amongst and with all other life around me. Very grateful to be here. Very grateful to live in a time where I am fully supported and able to, bit by bit, shed self-limiting believes, or layers of unconsciousness, to be more and more, and more truly FREE.

For yummy opportunities to dance yourself more free, see below:

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops:

2–6 October: The Way of the Dancing Warrior (men’s edition) with Ben Yeger and David Mooney. Orval, Belgium.
Here we are dancing, laughing, crying and playing with other men, on a journey to deeper connection with the Dancing Warrior inside, the part that knows how to meet challenges with fluidity, consciousness and creativity. In this space we come together as men, meeting the courage in our hearts, finding moving language of our unconscious patterns, spending time in nature, and exploring more of the essence of being a man.
Contact Luc: + 32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

4–6 October: Body. Heart. Sound. With Rosie Perks. Ardross, Scotland.
Come onto a journey into and through the magic and
the landscape of the heart. With the support of a moving body and dancing companions we can travel safely into the ever changing space of the feeling heart and learn about its wisdom, depth, language, messages and beauty. Into our moving exploration of the heart we will also bring our own natural emerging sounds, adding another layer of expression, language and dimension.
Contact Maggie: +44(0)7846 804477;
maggiehenhouse@gmail.com

10 October: CPD Webinar with Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who has 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

11–13 October: The Power of Choice with David Mooney. Budapest, Hungary.
With a Move! Evening on 14
th October
During this weekend, through intensive inquiry and Movement Medicine practice, we will learn how to be much more empowered and conscious in the way we make choices in life. We can be either be making very unaware choices through being caught up in our own stories of the past, or we can learn how to connect with the creative dancer inside us who is able to weave a new and healthy story at any given moment, reminding us of what is really true for us. We will transform stale and repetitive self-limiting stories into alive believes that fit our true nature and thus enable us to make healthy and empowered choices in the now.
Contact Patricia: +3670 5457811; mihalyi.p@gmail.com

11–13 October: Embodied Leadership and Co-creation with Susannah Darling Khan. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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
required in leadership and co-creation, 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 co-create and to remember that everyone is a leader.
Contact Breda Perme:
+ 386 31 378 737; perme.breda@gmail.com

11–13 October: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Den Haag, Holland.
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
Frank Beyleveld: info@karuna-events.nl

25 Oct–3 Nov: Apprenticeship: Intention – Dreaming Into Action with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is the first of the three main modules of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2019. The roots and the foundations are being build and the intention and direction is being set for an intensive and deep journey of self discovery, healing, play, learning and expansion.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

26 October: The Wisdom of the Dancing Warrior with Ben Yeger. Ein Shemer, Israel.
The archetypal energy of the Dancing Warrior connects us with a healthy, connected and empowered place inside ourselves; a place that offers integrity, clarity, strength and courage, a place that knows how to set healthy boundaries and clear goals, a place that enables us to stand up for life and for ourselves and what we believe in. The wisdom of the Dancing Warrior will always teach us that being in and using our power can be done in integral and healthy ways without bringing harm to anyone or anything.
Contact Michal:
+972-522590109; contact@simply-peace.org

1–3 November: The Wisdom of the Dancing Fool with Ben Yeger. Berlin, Germany.
This is an invitation to meet and play with the Dancing Fool in you; the part that embodies wonder, excitement, boundless creativity, innocence, fascination and curiosity (and so much more). We will weave together Movement Medicine, clowning and Drama Therapy to explore this multifaceted part of ourselves that always helps us to not take ourselves too serious and to keep letting go of what we thought we know. Come along for some play, laughter, foolery and fascinating exploration about yourself.
Contact Kathrin: +49 (0) 1797985980; info@kathrin-keller.com

8–10 October: The Power of Choice with David Mooney. Prague, Czech Republic.
During this weekend, through intensive inquiry and Movement Medicine practice, we will learn how to be much more empowered and conscious in the way we make choices in life. We can be either be making very unaware choices through being caught up in our own stories of the past, or we can learn how to connect with the creative dancer inside us who is able to weave a new and healthy story at any given moment, reminding us of what is really true for us. We will transform stale and repetitive self-limiting stories into alive believes that fit our true nature and thus enable us to make healthy and empowered choices in the now.
Contact Veronika Ziva: +420 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

29 Nov–1 Dec: Out of Ashes with Rosie Perks. Antwerp, Begium.
Out of Ashes. In an embodied and safe way, this weekend 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
Luc: + 32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

30 Nov–1 Dec: Fire in the Heart with Susannah Darling Khan. Basel, Switzerland.
With the strong and beautiful practices of Movement Medicine, we will spend this weekend dancing through, in and with our hearts. We will learn how to be in movement and remain fluid through all and any emotion that moves through the heart, so that in our everyday lives we can be as fluid and creative through any challenge or emotion arising. Courage and compassion will guide us bring space, freedom and expansion to our heart, so that it can express and feel freely.
Contact Kristin +41 78 801 32 10; kristin.glenewinkel@gmx.ch

Thank You, Uncle Arthur
By Susannah Darling Khan
I was supremely lucky to have an Uncle and Aunt who were some of the first organic farmers of the modern era. Uncle Arthur and Aunty Liz’s small, 35 acre farm was called “Tyllwyd”. From some of the fields you could see the wide stretch of Cardigan Bay, coloured anew each sunset. “Tyllwyd”, which means grey house in Welsh, was an unpainted farm house with a dilapidated outside loo.

Tyllwyd was an oasis to many young people looking for their way. In terms of money Liz and Arthur were poor but, in the soul, they were the richest people I knew. They were interacting with the land, the elements and those beautiful Jersey cows. They were doing what was true and meaningful to them and they were satisfied.

As a child already enraptured with nature, the rich intoxicating smells of earth and hay and cows were enough to keep my soul yearning for more. Each year we would go in the summer to help with the hay harvest and this was my heaven on earth. I loved their small herd of beautiful golden Jersey cows. “Silver Rain” was peaceful, gentle and wise. “Maid Marion”, beautiful and shy, “Razzle Dazzle” huge and wild and a bit frightening. Each of them was tended personally and lovingly as my Uncle attempted to keep his deal with his cows. He had made what I can only call a spiritual agreement with them that, in exchange for their milk, he would look after them well, and keep them long after they were no longer economically viable. They were milked by hand and cared for with natural biodynamic remedies. They kept their natural horns and fierce good looks and, when eventually their life had to end, they were killed cleanly on the farm with no fear, where they would be buried, on the land they had lived on.

In those days there was no premium for organic milk. The Jersey cows gave high butterfat, for which Liz and Arthur got a premium, but “organic” didn’t yet mean anything commercially. So, every day, Tyllwyd’s single churn of the best possible organic hand milked milk would get poured into the vast tank, mixed with all the milk from all the other nearby conventional farms. Uncle Arthur was happy that the consumers were still getting a homeopathic drop of organic, biodynamic goodness in their milk. He prided himself in the knowledge that his milk was the best going into Felun Fach creamery. Indeed it was found to be such at inspection after inspection, not just in terms of its butterfat content, but also in terms of cleanliness (lack of bacteria and dirt) and longevity. So this, as my cousin Jack Darlington said to me last week “was not wasted effort by an eccentric but meaningful work by somebody who knew exactly what he was doing.”

At one point they were totally skint. School uniforms needed to be bought and there was nothing to buy them with. Uncle Arthur was worried. He thought that he might have to break his agreement with the cows. One of them was coming to the end of her life and he knew that if he sold her carcass as dog’s meat rather than bury her on the land as per his promise, he would get £300 for her. He went out to pray in his “church”, a particular fairy ring in a field high up on the farm. He spoke to God and asked for guidance: “I think I am doing what you have asked me to do, but now I am not sure as I am simply not earning enough to live. I do not know any more if I am on the right track. Please send me a sign to guide me and let me know your will.” He was not sure if God had heard him, but the next day a cheque arrived in the post for exactly £300. It was from Anna, a young woman who had sought refuge there at a turning point in her life. She’d suddenly become aware of wanting to say thank you. So the cow stayed on the land, the children had their uniforms and Uncle Arthur had his answer.

Learning to milk was a great joy for me. Silver Rain was the patient, kind teacher cow for beginners such as 8 year old me. Those cups of milk; warm, frothy and direct from her udder were a blessing in my childhood. I feel why cows are sacred in India; their beatific, peaceful and generous nature seems holy to me. I spent many an hour as a child, quiet in the barn, comforted by the calm rhythm of cows eating their hay and chewing the cud.

I would watch my cousins milking, the muscles of their forearms sculpted by long practice. I learnt to milk, and I had enough strength for one cow, but not for the steady stream of them who came to the milking byre every single morning and evening. It’s a job that takes calm, precise, gentle, strong, movements (and incredible commitment – imagine, twice a day EVERY single day of every year) and offers a calm, benevolent peace. It’s rare now for anyone to have this experience of hand milking in the industrialised world. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to experience it. Milking is done, almost everywhere now, by machine and it’s a totally different vibe. I learnt how to tuck the milking stool under me, wash the cow’s udder carefully with warm water, absorbing the sweet smell of oats and molasses as the cow licked her bowl clean and then the satisfying singing of the milk rhythmically jetting into the bucket, the cow peacefully chewing the cud.

Just thinking about Arthur brings, I imagine, his voice to life in your memory. That slightly nasal, powerful brummy twang, salted with laughter, of the earth mixed with tractor grease and the sweet smells of cows and hay. I am comforted and inspired that this man walked the earth, and that I had a chance to walk in his footsteps. He was brilliant, bothersome, wonderful and frustrating, powerful and tender. Liz, I bow to you, and the way you shared, so passionately, his commitment and lived to tell the tale. As my mother once said, Arthur might have been a better farmer if he hadn’t been so busy talking about politics all day. However, another way of viewing it is that his farming was politics of the deepest level. It was his commitment to service, to life on earth, to the future and to the well-being of the people. And when you looked at his cows, you could see the true commitment and accomplishment he had as a farmer. His cows bloomed.

I am blessed to have had this unusual heritage and experience that is rare in our world these days. I am very grateful to Arthur and Liz. I have thought that they might be surprised to know how often I refer to their teachings in my teachings.

Now Uncle Arthur is 92 and is slowly, gently fading. His body is weak, but he is totally there. I was touched and sad and happy to be able to visit him and my Aunty Liz in August with my father (his younger brother) to say thank you once more. Meeting Jack, my cousin, we found we shared so much about land and humanity. When I read him this piece, I thought he might say I was romanticizing Tyllwyd and his parents and all they stood for. Jack knew what it meant to get up on dark freezing cold morning after dark freezing cold morning to help milk the cows before going to school. But he said that this writing was accurate and added those important words (above) about Arthur’s conscious meaningful work. He also said that Arthur had taught him to honour and relish physical labour. I love that being spoken and I feel that too. I had never put this together for myself, how I grew up involved with school and book learning, but also needing to work physically on the land to express something else. That was that!

My father is making a booklet of people’s memories of Arthur and, when I sent him this piece, he asked whether I had sent it to Liz and Arthur. They don’t do computers, so I printed it out big for Arthur, as his sight is better than his hearing. Liz held up the pages and said he read them all avidly. When he had finished, he said a quiet, happy “YES” and sank down to rest contentedly. I am so glad to have been able to communicate this detail to him now.

With love and gratitude, Susannah Darling Khan

Upcoming Workshops with Susannah:

10 October: CPD Webinar with Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who has 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

11–13 October: Embodied Leadership and Co-creation with Susannah Darling Khan. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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
required in leadership and co-creation, 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 co-create and to remember that everyone is a leader.
Contact Breda Perme:
+ 386 31 378 737; perme.breda@gmail.com

25 Oct–3 Nov: Apprenticeship: Intention – Dreaming Into Action with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is the first of the three main modules of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2019. The roots and the foundations are being build and the intention and direction is being set for an intensive and deep journey of self discovery, healing, play, learning and expansion.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

30 Nov–1 Dec: Fire in the Heart with Susannah Darling Khan. Basel, Switzerland.
With the strong and beautiful practices of Movement Medicine, we will spend this weekend dancing through, in and with our hearts. We will learn how to be in movement and remain fluid through all and any emotion that moves through the heart, so that in our everyday lives we can be as fluid and creative through any challenge or emotion arising. Courage and compassion will guide us bring space, freedom and expansion to our heart, so that it can express and feel freely.
Contact Kristin +41 78 801 32 10; kristin.glenewinkel@gmx.ch

Ya'Acov's Autumn Equinox Podcast
By Ya'Acov Darling Khan
This time you're finding a podcast instead of an article. An equinox sharing almost exactly on the day of the equinox. Hearing instead of reading. Gratitudes to our different senses with which we are able to receive in various ways – through the eyes, the ears, the skin, etc. Gratitudes also to technology that makes it possible to record and share someone’s voice (which also carries feeling and vibration) across a whole globe and across time. Enjoy.

Follow this link to access Ya'Acov's podcast sharing for this newsletter.

Upcoming Workshops with Ya’Acov:

10 October: CPD Webinar with Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who has 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

11–13 October: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Den Haag, Holland.
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
Frank Beyleveld: info@karuna-events.nl

25 Oct – 3 Nov: Apprenticeship: Intention – Dreaming Into Action with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This is the first of the three main modules of the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2019. The roots and the foundations are being build and the intention and direction is being set for an intensive and deep journey of self discovery, healing, play, learning and expansion.
Contact Roland:
+44 1803 762255; Roland@RWEvents.co.uk

Yin-Yang-Yun
By Kat Forrester
I sometimes hear people wondering and asking about this aspect of the Movement Medicine Mandala, the yun. I believe it’s important for human evolution to include the third factor in our approach to living. I invite you to put on your “thinking cap” and read on. Western culture is by now familiar with the Taoist concept of yin and yang as describing the dynamic polar opposites which create movement and life in this universe.

The well-known visual image shows a circle divided into two halves – black and white – yin and yang. And there is a third factor which appears in two ways:
1) the line dividing the two polarities is a curving line, not a straight down the middle.
2) there is a spot of white in the black, and a spot of black in the white.

The curving line and the spots add dynamics of the third factor. This depicts the yun. This is the factor which makes the yin and yang dance and sing with each other, endlessly, creating the ten thousand things. The source of this understanding is in the Tao te Ching (attributed to Lao Tsu, 6th century BC). The same text is also quoted by Susannah and Ya’Acov at the beginning of chapter one of their book on Movement Medicine.

Tao te Ching Chapter 42
The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.

A deeper examination of this Taoist text is provided in an article by the modern Chinese thinker, Francois Cheng, based on his conversations with the French psychiatrist, Jacques Lacan in the 1970s. It’s a brilliant description – read on!

Interpretation by Cheng:
The Tao means the Void. The ineffable.
The One is understood as the first primordial breath – which divides into two vital breaths: yin and yang. At the heart of the two is added a third (yun), which is none other than the breath of the Void. This third is essential – because without this breath shaking up in the Void, the yin and the yang would each set up camp on their own account, or find themselves in a sterile opposition. With the intervention of the third, the breath of the Void, the two partners yin and yang enter a field which is open, distanced and interactive.
The third is born of the first two, and becomes a dynamic entity in itself, a true space of exchange and of change. So the two are able to cross and intersect, and become more than themselves.

There’s more in the article, but that’s the main thing. I love this. The third factor takes us beyond duality. In our times, so much of our life is governed by computers – which work precisely on the “Binary System” – meaning that at every step, there is a choice between two alternatives only. A computer decision is a complex chain of hundreds of thousands of choices, every one of them based purely on: black or white / yes or no. No third factors! This binary thinking mode of computers and AI has a huge impact on our human thinking patterns. We’d better watch out!

I always enjoy Ya’Acov’s advice – if you are dealing with a difficult choice between two opposing factors: “look for a third”. (Or more!)

If you start looking for a third factor, you will find it all over the place. The Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana, always has three components, to represent heaven, earth and humankind. The ”I Ching” – the ancient Chinese book of divination, works with TRIGRAMS, which are various combinations of yin and yang lines in groups of three, which doubled up gives eight possibilities. Classical music (sonatas, symphonies) is very often arranged in three movements. Theatre used to be presented in three Acts, but present-day audiences now prefer two Acts (with just one longer interval for boozing). The Christian Church has the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) as well as the three Marys. The shamanic image of the Tree of Life portrays three zones of awareness: roots (sub-conscious), trunk (conscious), branches (super-conscious). The Movement Medicine nine Gateways are arranged in three groups of three: Journey of Empowerment, Journey of Responsibility, and so on. It’s endless - look around!

This is not just academic – it has very practical application. For example, in conflict zones: binary thinking leads us to focus on which of the two parties has the right or the might. The third factor can guide an inquiry which opens up the possibility of Peace, Love and Understanding.

Have fun! I’d love to hear from you with your discoveries by email:
kat@kf-events.ch

Footnotes
Spelling: The original spelling in the article is yun. Movement Medicine has adapted this to yueng – I am not sure why – perhaps because if you google “yun” or “yung” the computer binary chain leads you through what it knows to “yueng” which is a Korean surname. Doesn’t matter really, does it?

Book Reference: The article in French, “Lacan et la pensée chinoise”, appears in the book: “Lacan, L’Erit, L’image". Publisher Flammarion, year 2000, ISBN: 2-08-081454-0 

My source: The above article and this ancient “wisdom of three” were pointed out by my teacher Ramona Llach, in an international women’s macrobiotic study group which met for 14 years in Switzerland, on the topic of “The Art and Science of being a Woman”.

Conscious Dance Conference
Conscious Dance has become one of the various ways and tools to grow, heal, explore, transform and understand more of the Self, and it is also a beautiful way to build community, to facilitate collective healing and much more. By now there are very many different types of Conscious Dance practices, schools or groups.

This event introduced here, organized by OneDanceTribe, brings together many influential people of various ‘corners’ of the „Conscious Dance Scene” in a conference to share, exchange and dance together.

This is a FREE ONLINE EVENT with top presenters from all around the world – with Susannah and Ya’Acov amongst others.

Dates: 1–6 November 2019

This conference is designed to inspire and connect us as a global community. Since 2013, OneDanceTribe gathers school founders, senior teachers, spiritual leaders, world class healers, artists and dancers to share the experience of meeting as one global tribe. This online event will extend beyond the physical boundaries of the dance floor and allow many more people from around the world to join in the experience.

If you are new to movement, you’ll receive guidance to explore the joy of moving your body in the privacy of your own home. If you’re already a mover, this coming together of so many different paths will inspire you to expand your horizons.

You will have free access to all sessions during the conference. Recordings of all sessions, interviews and panels will also be available for purchase after the conference.

To sign up and reserve your spot, click here

Few names from the list of presenters:

Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan – Movement Medicine

Jo Hardy – Conscious Dance in China

Vinn Arjuna Martí Soul Motion

Alain Allard Moves into Consciousness

Susan Harper Contiuum Montage

Katherine Hendricks Hendrix Institute

Mark Walsh Embodiment Conference

Cathy Ryan Open Floor

Audica Lynne Morley Tamalpa Institute

Updates and background of presenters will be posted on the conference’s website:

https://consciousdanceconference.com/?oprid=284&ref=17943

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