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Issue: December Newsletter
YAY for Gratitude! Plus Upcoming Workshops

By Hanna Maria
I am grateful for gratitude and what it brings into our lives and hearts! And this newsletter feels to me like it carries a lot of juicy gratitude – for students, for funding, for teachers, for beauty on earth, for inner silence and hollow bones, for good news, for connections, for giving gifts, ... Susannah and Ya’Acov’s new online teaching adventure is also called 21 gratitudes; love it. Gratitude brings joy, lightness, spaciousness, expansion and possibility. Let's celebrate Gratitude :-)

Here are some of the things that make my heart overflow with gratitude:

There definitely is immense gratitude inside me for the creation of Movement Medicine, as I count this amongst the best things that ‘happened to me’ in this life so far. It rocks! It simply is a very awesome practice on any and all levels! To me, it just ‘makes sense’, very deeply and widely, again and again, however I look at it. It’s an amazing tapestry of awesomeness – with invitations to celebrate, to heal, to remember, to let go, to embody, to pray, to expand, to play, to purify, to express, to connect deeply, to live and to die...
I have deep love and gratitude for this practice.

Then there is gratitude for community, for my partner, for healing, for my courage, for the beauty of creation, for the elements, for great friends, for the ocean right outside my home, for music, for my body, for my path, for my heart, for guidance and support, for ceremony, for the shifting of consciousness in the world, for the trees, rivers, clouds, flowers, ... gratitude for the seasons and cycles, for valuable life lessons, for more presence in my life, for the dance, for wonderful people across the globe adding their piece of love and care to our collective, ... for all that I am blessed with.

And much gratitude that tomorrow I will be leaving the city I live in (Cape Town), to be offline and in nature for two weeks (!); barefoot, on the earth, with community, dance, fires, drums, ... away from the challenging buzz of the city, away from cars and shops, noise and computers. So looking forward to this!

With gratitude for the Movement Medicine community and for you reading this, as a part of that community, I am wishing all of you a wonder-full and blessed time of solstice, celebration and transitioning into another year.

For some embodied Movement Medicine Goodness, check out the upcoming workshops:

31 Dec–1 Jan: New Year Ceremony with Catherine Write. Edinburgh, Scotland.
This two-day new year dance workshop opens the space to honour life and self, to reflect on the past year, to shed skins, and to set intention for another year’s cycle ahead. Through deep dances, deep ceremony and deep dreaming we make the transition from one year to the other, supported by each other, our sharings and a safely held space.
Contact Catherine Wright: +44 (0) 131 557 4278; catherine.wright@phonecoop.coop

1719 January: The Power of Choice with David Mooney. Graz, Austria.
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.
Eva Bruner:
eva.jagati@gmail.com

24–26 January: The Arc of Time with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. San Anselmo, San Francisco Bay, USA
In this weekend workshop, we are traveling the arc of time – past, present and future – with body, dance and movement meditation. We are able to visit the past and heal old wounds, freeing up potent life energy that is then available again in the present. The present can thus be lived more empowered and conscious, allowing us to move into the future with all the resources, support and healthy choice that is now available to us, to live and forge the path we dreaming of.
Contact Jennifer Coffey: jencoffey@gmail.com

2526 January: The Power of Choice with David Mooney. Paris, France.
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 Marie-Gaëlle Silve: 0033 (0) 61 27 32 79; info@embodiment.ie

29 Jan–12 Feb: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Susannah, Ya'Acov & partners
In this powerful intensive, Ya’Acov and Susannah team up with Pachamama Journeys director David Tucker,
and with the indigenous partners in the Amazon from the Achuar and Sapara people. Participants experience a life-changing journey into the rainforest, which includes various shamanic, movement and creative processes. Be moved. Be stretched. Be changed.
For more information, click here

1 Feb–1 Nov: Dancing with Life with Catherine Wright. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Movement Medicine Through the Celtic Year. This offering is an ongoing group, with four 2-day weekend workshops, stretching from February to November 2020. It is a wonderful invitation to dive much deeper in your dance practice, and let the dance swash even more into your everyday life, being and doing. During this period, there is space for one-on-one sessions as well as completing a project of one’s own choice.
Contact Catherine Wright: +44 (0) 131 557 4278; catherine.wright@phonecoop.coop

7–9 February: For the Love of Life with David Mooney. Berlin, Germany.
Including a rich dance ceremony, this workshop is dancing with our connections (relationships) in life (of all kinds) and with what supports us to be our best selves in these connections, so that we are able to flourish in the web of our relations in life. You will take with you a practical tool-kit of simple Movement Medicine practices to weave into your everyday life, keeping it healthy and connected.
Contact Kathrin: +49(0)3028458820; info@kathrin-keller.com

13 February: Pre-Book Launch for Ya’Acov’s new book. Vancouver, Canada.
Meet Ya’Acov and his new Book Shaman – Invoking Power, Presence and Purpose of the core of Who YOU Are. Listen, laugh, be touched and inspired, as you sit with Ya’Acov, who just arrived back from visiting the Amazon rain forest and Manari, shaman and leader of the Separa people in Ecuador, who wrote the foreword for the book.
Contact Bettina: bettina@bettinarothe.com

14–16 February: Source with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Vancouver, Canada.
In this workshop we will dive into the exploration of the primal energy of creation, our sexual energy, which, when embodied fully, enriches all areas of life and living. We will dance with and release some of our shadows around sexuality.
Weaving the balance between the masculine and feminine, we will embody the free flowing movement of sexual energy, allowing it to return to its own innocence.
Contact Bettina Roth: (604) 767-3798; bettina@bettinarothe.com

14–16 February: Ashes and Blossom with Rosie Perks. Brighton, UK.
This safe space invites us to dance and be intimate with our grief and heart-break, as a part of our lives. Grief brings a certain intelligence and can show us more about who we are and what really matters to us. The dancing, moving body creates its own safe container as it best knows how to move with and transform intense emotion in a healthy way. This allows us to do deep process-work and find the blossoms in our grief.
Contact
Annamarie Bayley: +44 7921 842621‬; annamariebayley@icloud.com

15–16 February: Wisdom of Truth with Ben Yeger. Hasselt, Belgium.
With Move! Evening on 14th February.
This is an invitation to explore your own truth in your heart, and how it moves. It is also an exploration in how this truth is expressed and shared with others in the community, while weaving together story telling, drama therapy and other tools of Movement Medicine. Learn more about conflict, the separation from others or from our own truth and step closer to finding resources for positive shifts and healthy relationships.
Contact
Luc: +32 (0)61 32 9920; luc@owc.be

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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