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Issue: June Newsletter

The Ways in which We Grow, Heal and Be Well, Together
By Hanna Maria
Welcome to this newsletter and thank you for being a part of our journey and the School by being a part of our community. In this issue, we like to honour Anna Halprin, who passed away 24 May 2021, and who was a very strong, inspiring and influential woman in the field of dance. When looking for a ‘newsletter-theme’, I saw this thread between the work of her, that of Susannah and of Ya’Acov: Living with dance and community as integral part of life, living, healing and creating.

The work of Anna Halprin, Susannah and Ya’Acov had/has dance, social and environmental concerns, community building, emotional healing and nature connection woven into it. Deep and powerful dance and embodiment processes are used for personal, physical, emotional, collective and environmental healing, for peace, for community building, for learning, etc. All three, out of their own lived experience and explorations, have added valuable patterns and colours to the tapestry of ‘how to become and be well as human being, how to heal and be all of what we can be’.

Healing and transformation through dance, community and movement as a way of life appears in all three life stories and the meeting of life with and through the body and dance, together with others.

And this is exactly what helps us grow, heal and be well, together.

  • Dancing together, of course
  • Co-creating dance pieces together
  • Processing trauma through body and movement
  • Infusing performance with our personal healing stories
  • Learning how to be and feel save with each other, so we can heal
  • Journeying through the multi-layered Movement Medicine landscape
  • Embodied Listening, and really being there and present with and for each other
  • Making peace with our own power and so empowering ourselves to remain strong and resourceful

Yay! for living in a time where there are so many people doing such wonderful work and where there is so much available for personal and collective healing and transformation. A truly unique time with truly unique people and offerings around ...

And, as much as I personally prefer in-person workshops and learning, nowadays a lot of us have access to large amounts of online-offerings, which are probably easier to fit into our schedules and make many healing modalities more accessible to more people.

Bellow are our upcoming events, two of which are provisionally planned live-events, which might still have to get cancelled.

Much Love to you all,
Hanna

Upcoming events and workshops including the start of another Movement Medicine Apprenticeship:

3 June: Calm at the Centre of the Storm with Ya’Acov DK.
Facebook Event, Life Talk, Mini-Practice and Q&A with Ya’Acov.
Hang out with Ya’Acov for an hour, as he introduces one of his powerful new creations, a new online workshop “Calm in the Centre of the Storm”, for deep personal growth, learning and healing.
For more information follow this link.

4–6 June: Calm at the Centre of the Storm the Power of Peace in Times of Change
with Ya'Acov Darling Khan.
A 3-day online shamanic workshop.
Dive into the strong process of rediscovering your relationship with your power. Find the well of peace at the centre, which the kind of power brings that is well owned, understood and celebrated. If we can own and be at peace with the magnificent power we all hold inside, we have a great ally that enables us to give all we came to give, without any holding back.
For more information follow this link.

19th June: Tribal Heart Solstice Ceremony with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
With Special Guests Ayla Schafer, Joshua Wenzl and DJ Reuben DK.
Dance your heart out, in your living room, your kitchen, or wherever you find space at home. In the dance we resource ourselves through our connection to each other, the dance and spirit. We dance together to remember the light we came to shine and what’s really important to us. We dance for all life, for the cycles of the year that hold us, for pure joy of being alive and connected, and in deep gratitude for earth and all that sustains us here.
19.00–22.15 UK time
For more information follow this link.

4–12 September: Initiation with Susannah (supported by 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 cycles from conception to death. This deep journey includes 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

AND, we are starting another Movement Medicine Apprenticeship:
23 Sep
–3 Oct: MM Apprenticeship Module One near Prague, Czech Republic.
There are few places available for the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship with David Mooney and Yasia Leiserach, which will start in September 2021. The Apprenticeship will be offered in a new format, responding to the current situation and restriction, in a hybrid model of a combination of online and in-person meetings.
For more information please contact veronika@zitnik.org

25–26 September: En-Tranced: Walking Between the Worlds with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Paris, France.
With the archetypal energy of the inner Shaman, we discover how deeply we are connected to the web of life here, seen and unseen. We can bridge the perceived disconnection between ‘dream’ and ‘reality’ and find that which always is unbroken and which always shows us where we are headed.
Contact Pierre-Henri:
+ 33 615 325 816; freemouvementfrance@gmail.com

13–17 October: Embodied Leadership with Susannah Darling Khan. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
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 Kat Forester: +39031 221 279; kat@kf-events.ch

22–24 October: The Infinite Well with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Winterthur, Switzerland.
In this weekend workshop we will travel through the five dimensions of relationship (with self, other, community, spirit and Source (Well). We will visit each one of these dimensions,
learning how we show up in these relationships and how we might like to show up differently.
Contact Monika Dittli: +41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

19–23 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 conceive new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the mighty 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

Remembering Anna Halprin
By Susannah and Ya'Acov
Anna Halprin, dancer, teacher and activist, has just died at the age of 100. She is one of the extra-ordinary grandmothers who have inspired our work and touched our lives with such beauty, wisdom and radical insight.

Though we never worked with her in person, our lives and our work and our embodied dance practice have been deeply touched by her legacy through our long term work with Helen Poynor, one of her long term students, and also through the profound film about Anna Halprin's work "The breath made visible" (highly recommended).

When we watched this film we recognised that so much of what is now normal in the field of conscious dance, came through Anna Halprin. Thank you!!!!

So today, we dance in honour and gratitude for the cosmic, beautiful, magical and healing dance you danced here on earth, and we wish you all blessings on the journey in the mystery now.

Susannah and Ya'Acov Darling Khan

Foto: Anna at Sea Ranch August 2019 Photo Credit: Rick Chapman

What an Adventure
By Susannah Darling Khan
I write to you from a life that has massively changed in the last year. So many lives, including possibly your own life, have changed, as the powerful ripples of the pandemic have brought tragedy, loss and challenge as well as, in some cases, the transformative need and wake up call to re-think, re-shape and re-prioritise.

For me personally, the pandemic has offered me the ‘kick’ and the opportunity I needed to work out how to follow an instruction I received from what I call my ‘guiding voice’ all through the winter of 2019-2020 to ‘stay home and connect globally’. We were working on the ‘connecting globally’ part but I didn’t know how to follow the ‘stay home’ part until the pandemic made it a necessity.

In the spring this year we got the news that my 88-year-old father’s cancer had metastasised. His GP was telling him to find a place of safety in which he could be taken care of as he got more ill in what, presumably, was to be the closing era of his life. Ya’Acov and I talked and prayed and got clear that we felt that it was time to invite my father to come and live with us. He agreed, and so, in a few short weeks he had packed up his house, put it on the market and was being driven down to Devon with a vanload of what he wanted to bring with him for his new life. On the way, he had a major medical episode and ended up in Intensive Care in Bristol. He lived to tell the tale. After three weeks in hospital, he has come to his new home to live with us.

Visiting Dad in one ward after another and meeting NHS (National Health Service) team after team was a huge learning curve for me about the beauty and the beast of the NHS. I saw so much love in action, and at the same time, so much carelessness. When I say carelessness, I don’t mean from individuals; almost everyone I met was trying to do their best. I was impressed by the level of care that was there after such a year, when no doubt everyone is over stretched and exhausted. Rather, I mean that in the whole system there seems to be a lack of attunement for the importance of communication and towards real patient participation in their own care. Most surprisingly, I found that it seemed there was a real lack of knowledge about the importance of people feeling safe and warmly taken care of and well communicated with in order for their own bodies to be able to optimally heal.

I’m aware that these are highly testing times for those working in the NHS, but it seemed as if there was something in operation here that was not about staff morale or willingness, as there were so many sweet, kind, generous people working. It was something about how much importance is given to these values and the co-ordination such care would require.

I did my best to uphold, celebrate, honour and appreciate, whilst at the same time being clear about what was and wasn’t OK for my Dad as he expressed to me. I was glad to be his advocate whilst he was feeling so fragile and I was so aware of how hard it must be for people without someone to be in that position for them.

I come away from that experience feeling very grateful for the undoubted fact that the NHS saved my father’s life, and for this amazing service we have while not having to worry about paying for at the point of need. At the same time it renewed my wish to offer something of what I’ve been learning into the NHS, especially about Embodied Listening and the power of feeling heard and safe to support parasympathetic regulation to support healing.

I remembered, through seeing what I witnessed in hospital why, as a young woman, I had begun Medical School, and why I had left to pursue other routes of healing.

Now, we are working out how to live together, whilst the builders get on with building Dad’s ‘Grandpa Annexe’ in our old garage. As you can probably imagine, it’s both wonderful and difficult for us all. I’m so grateful for Ya’Acov’s kind, welcoming strength. He is taking care of so much to make this possible with so much steadiness. I’m witnessing family patterns in myself and in the mirror. I am also grateful for Dad’s emotional intelligence and capacity for heart communication which makes the whole adventure feel possible.

At the same time, Ya’Acov has had his own medical episode which has taken us by surprise and made sure that we look our own mortality in the eye. More of that in his article.

I am proud and grateful to my bones that we have found a way to offer the harvest of the teachings that are within the Movement Medicine Mandala to a growing community worldwide through the 21 Gratitudes Study Hub. Month by month we are voyaging around the mandala, distilling our teachings into short videos illustrated by the wonderful Kata Mathe, with mini-embodiment practices, and live Movement Medicine dance classes each month.

Over and over again, the lessons I need to be learning are exactly the ones I, Ya’Acov or we are teaching. It’s proving such an exquisitely focused and precise way of giving and receiving exactly the medicine I need, step by step and month by month.

This way of offering our foundational and keystone work is so much more accessible than anything we have ever been able to offer before. I am finding it a deeply beautiful and satisfying experience to work in this creative way as part of a world-wide community arbour of embodied learning and practice. Thank you to all of you who are participants. I feel privileged to be able to communicate and share with you in this way.

As, possibly and hopefully, local dance classes begin to open up in some parts of the world, we hope that our Study Hub teachings, can provide a useful adjunct to support the Movement Medicine journeys of dancers around the globe. You can access the wonderful offerings, both online and ‘in the room’ of the wonderful teachers we have trained, at the Movement Medicine Association.

If you want to work with me and us in this way, make sure your name is on the 21 Gratitudes waitlist, so you will hear when the 21 Gratitudes Study Hub gates next open (it won’t be too long!).

And my online course Embodied Listening is available, if you want to access what I currently think is probably the most transforming thing I have ever offered, both for individuals and relationships.

And, amazingly, I am offering (Covid willing) our incredible ‘in the room’ intensive workshop Initiation at Rill in September.

Ya’Acov is offering an exquisite weekend online workshop Calm at The Centre of the Storm together with Manari Ushigua and Estas Tonne now, 4–6 of June. He has been in training for this work for decades and especially in the last year, the last months and weeks, he has been through so many every day and yet profound initiations in the testing of the ground he is establishing inside himself to stand in the authority of his own practice and experience as he offers this. I commend this workshop to you.

I hope you, your families and communities are finding or inventing the inner or/and outer resources necessary to move through this time together in as good a way as possible. I feel that there is such a lot of stretching and metamorphosis going on, many of us are being stretched over and above, over and over again, what we thought we could manage, tolerate or live with.

Thank goodness for life itself, the earth and the trees and people to give and receive love with. Thank goodness for the sun today and thank YOU for still being here on this earth and for reading this!

With my love and care, Susannah Darling Khan

 

Upcoming Workshops with Susannah:

19th June: Tribal Heart Solstice Ceremony with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
With Special Guests Ayla Schafer, Joshua Wenzl and DJ Reuben DK.
Dance your heart out, in your living room, your kitchen, or wherever you find space at home. In the dance we resource ourselves through our connection to each other, the dance and spirit. We dance together to remember the light we came to shine and what’s really important to us. We dance for all life, for the cycles of the year that hold us, for pure joy of being alive and connected, and in deep gratitude for earth and all that sustains us here.
19.00–22.15 UK time
For more information follow this link.

4–12 September: Initiation with Susannah (supported by 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
s from conception to death. This deep journey includes 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

13–17 October: Embodied Leadership with Susannah Darling Khan. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
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 Kat Forester: +39031 221 279; kat@kf-events.ch

1923 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 conceive new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the mighty 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

The Calm at the Centre of the Storm
By Ya'Acov Darling Khan
Hey all, I'm finding myself needing to be really clear at times. I've struggled with this at times, mistakenly equating clarity with unkindness. To repair this, I had to find the root of this story in my experiences of cold, heartless, mindless clarity. My education was full of it.

I rebelled. I became the kind of feminist man I wouldn’t trust if I met them now. All soft and pliant. And of course, like anyone who tries to be good according to any set of ideas that come solely from the head, seething with resentment and petty criticisms that boiled away under the surface. I was disempowered and irresponsible and the harvest of living like that wasn’t a lot of fun.

These three and a half decades of teaching Movement Medicine have been a ride, as life has continually and graciously given me a consistent stream of opportunities to put my own teachings into practice. I confirm that we teach best what we need to learn. So it’s no surprise that the way our work has unfolded has a heroic journey of soul at its core and invites us to develop our personal power, take responsibility for it and put it to a use we consider worthy.

So, since I last wrote to you all, we’ve been on a journey that has required every little bit of medicine I’ve ever experienced to stay steady, upright and connected to what holds us all. And when I say we, I mean myself, my family, pretty much everyone we know and I guess, you too. To give you a little taste, Susannah’s dear papa Richard has come to live with us. He’s 88, lived a life of service and been unwell. It was a choiceless choice to invite him to live with us. I’m not going to write some happy family fantasy story to display my spiritual achievements – it’s been everything you might expect it to be and more. There is more than enough good ground between us to make it possible to live our super clear intention to let life be the unfolding adventure it is. And yes, it’s asking a lot of us all as we struggle to get used to yet another change in this topsy-turvy time.

I’m grateful for this new chapter of the adventure because I’m choosing to be. And because I allow myself a medicinal five minutes of complaining a day. And because my practice is strong. And because here I am again, learning on another journey round the sun the things that I teach.

And in the middle of all this, I had what our dear friends Jake and Eva call ‘an episode.’ This particular episode was a meeting with death. Yes, him again. And I call death ‘him’ because that’s how he’s always appeared to me. I had some rushes of blood that were super strong. If I was into kundalini yoga, I might call them kundalini rushes. I was close to fainting, my chest was sore and it was strong enough to call our wonderful Health Service helpline. They asked me some questions and advised me to go to the hospital. My dear Susannah was hoping for a day with her horses but five minutes later, there we were, in the car on the way back to the hospital that she had so recently been visiting her papa in.

I put my phone onto random play and I kid you not, the song that came up first was a beautiful track by Eik Octobre called ‘Heart failure’. I felt calm but inordinately sad. I told Susannah some important practical things and then started telling her everything I wanted to say if I was about to die. We spoke gently and passionately and through the sweet waves of sorrow all the way to the hospital. Within minutes of arriving, I’d been given an ECG, had my blood pressure and bloods taken for testing, and before I knew it, was a member of Derriford Casualty’s Sunday crew of twisted ankle footballers and a young broken wristed brother who’d punched a wall rather than a person. He told me his story. I told him mine. We laughed.

Fortunately, I’m in good health and the doctor sent me home with an invitation not to worry but to investigate further should it happen again. We came home in the May storms to greet my mother who had come to join the party. She had just arrived for her first visit in way more than a year. Our son and his wife joined us for dinner and our weekend came to a tasty conclusion as we tucked into our roast.

Having shared all this, perhaps you won’t be surprised to hear that a couple of months ago, I received a direct instruction from that quiet voice that’s there when I listen, to offer a workshop space online called The Calm at the Centre of the Storm – The Power of Peace in Times in Change.’ The instruction arrived complete with the vision of two dear men, Manari Ushigua and Estas Tonne, at my side as my guests to help hold the space. And here we are, now just one week before that event will happen with a strong circle of people from all around this magnificent world, gathering their intent as we prepare for a deep journey together.

That’s how it is in my world. I follow the instruction and then get put through my paces as I’m initiated into the next level of whatever it is I’m going to teach. Just move your body with these words one at a time for a minute each and you’ll get a small taste of what I mean.

CALM - CENTRE - STORM - POWER- PEACE - TIMES - OF - CHANGE

Did you get a flavour of the medicine in that? Do check out a couple of recent Face Book Live Events FB lives I’ve done on the subject if you want more from me. Full details of the workshop, which has limited spaces, is here. And I’ll be doing a Q&A on Facebook on Thursday 3rd June for any last minute questions you might have.

Intention is a powerful thing, especially when it comes from that quiet yet powerful place at the centre of this storm that says yes, here I am, ready to dance with what life has to teach me.

I miss you guys and I’m so sad that our Long Dance won’t happen again this year. I’m dreaming of how it will be when we eventually do get the go-ahead in a safe way for an international gathering like the Long Dance. In the meantime, here I am, and here we are, inviting you to be at home with me.

As always, our community is at the centre of our prayers. My love to you and your loved ones. Hope you’re perceiving the adventure, that’s another way of seeing whatever is happening.

It’s time to dance. But then, as you know, it always was.

2021 Gratitudes
YDK
May ‘21

 

Upcoming events and workshops with Ya’Acov:

3 June: Calm at the Centre of the Storm with Ya’Acov DK.
Facebook Event, Life Talk, Mini-Practice and Q&A with Ya’Acov.
Hang out with Ya’Acov for an hour, as he introduces one of his powerful new creations, a new online workshop “Calm in the Centre of the Storm”, for deep personal growth, learning and healing.
For more information follow this link.

4–6 June: Calm at the Centre of the Storm the Power of Peace in Times of Change
with Ya'Acov Darling Khan. A 3-day online shamanic workshop.
Dive into the strong process of rediscovering your relationship with your power. Find the well of peace at the centre, which the kind of power brings that is well owned, understood and celebrated. If we can own and be at peace with the magnificent power we all hold inside, we have a great ally that enables us to give all we came to give, without any holding back.
For more information follow this link.

19th June: Tribal Heart Solstice Ceremony with Ya'Acov and Susannah. Online.
With Special Guest
s Ayla Schafer, Joshua Wenzl and DJ Reuben DK.
Dance your heart out, in your living room, your kitchen, or wherever you find space at home. In the dance we resource ourselves through our connection to each other, the dance and spirit. We dance together to remember the light we came to shine and what’s really important to us. We dance for all life, for the cycles of the year that hold us, for pure joy of being alive and connected, and in deep gratitude for earth and all that sustains us here.
19.00–22.
15 UK time
For more information follow
this link.

26 June4 July: Initiation with Susannah (supported by 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
s from conception to death. This deep journey includes 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

25–26 September: En-Tranced: Walking Between the Worlds with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Paris, France.
With the archetypal energy of the inner Shaman, we discover how deeply we are connected to the web of life here, seen and unseen. We can bridge the perceived disconnection between ‘dream’ and ‘reality’ and find that which always is unbroken and which always shows us where we are headed.
Contact Pierre-Henri:
+ 33 615 325 816; freemouvementfrance@gmail.com

22–24 October: The Infinite Well with Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Winterthur, Switzerland.
In this weekend workshop we will travel through the five dimensions of relationship (with self, other, community, spirit and Source (Well). We will visit each one of these dimensions,
learning how we show up in these relationships and how we might like to show up differently.
Contact Monika Dittli: +41 78 738 8470; modi@gmx.ch

1923 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 conceive new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the mighty 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

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