School of Movement Medicine - Mindfulness in Motion
 
Issue: February 2013 Newsletter

I must have needed to dance really badly
By Roland
It was just before 7.0 pm when the phone rang. I was feeling cold and very damp. We had just returned from walking for 4 hours in the hills in a constant drizzle and, a bit like lots of the teenagers I see walking to our local school, I had refused to wear my waterproof jacket maintaining that my excellent fleece would keep out the wet. Now I realised I had been very mistaken. The drizzle had seeped through my woollen fleece and shirt and soaked my vest and now that I had stopped walking was causing me to shiver.

I answered the phone.  It was a young woman – lets call her Anna.  She said “Can you help me please.  I’ve signed up for the webinars but my payment hasn’t been processed yet.”

I replied I would deal with it straight away and switched on my computer, processed her payment and sent her the instructions by email. 

Not only was I cold, but the house was cold too and I set to lighting the wood-burning stove.  There are many wonderful things about living in an idyllic country cottage relying on wood you have cut yourself for heating, but there are just a few times when the convenience of a central heating switch would be very welcome.  This was one such time. 

I made the fire very quickly with an assortment of bits of cardboard, dried kindling and various sizes of logs – my ultra-purist approach to fire lighting means that fire-lighters are not allowed in the house.  I lit a match and applied it to one of the bits of cardboard and watched as the flames spread through the easily combustible material at the bottom of the stove. There is now a period of 2 to 3 minutes when the fire needs careful attention and may require the addition of a few more bits of cardboard or kindling.  However the phone went again.

It was Anna!

“I’ve followed the webinar instructions but I don’t think my account has been activated yet.”  I agreed to activate the account immediately.

By the time I returned to the wood-burning stove I was dismayed to see the layer of cardboard and kindling at the bottom had burned through but the upper layers had not caught at all.  I re-laid the fire, applied the match and watched as the flames leaped up through the layers of material and was satisfied that all was well & I closed the stove door.

The phone rang a third time.

“Yes?” I said.

“It’s Anna here again.  I still can’t get through to the webinar site.”

I was now determined to get the bottom of her problem right there and then and so we spent the next five minutes talking through the process of accessing the webinar site.

“But I still can’t see the webinar.” She said.

“But there is no webinar tonight.  The webinar is on Tuesday.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, absolutely.  The webinars are always on Tuesdays.  You can watch one of the webinars in the archive section though.”

The next morning I received the following email.

“Sorry again for bothering you on a Sunday. I must have needed to dance really badly to get so confused with the dates, lol.  I ended up dancing to the December webinar – it was awesome.”

I found this email really heartening.  It was not just the apology, or the farcical proceeding of the previous night, it was the fact that she had got what she needed- she had been able to dance.  Since we began the webinar we have been very aware of the fact that many people have a real difficulty getting out to a class or a workshop and the webinars offer one of the few chances that they get to dance with guidance. And some people, like Anna, just need to dance sometimes.

We have priced the webinars very competitively at £35 for 10 webinars.  In addition to taking part in the live webinars you can also watch any of the recorded webinars at any time you want.  You can sign up by going to http://schoolofmovementmedicine.com/webinars.php. The next webinar takes place on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30.

And if you want a flavour of the webinars without committing yourself you can watch a short extract from the December webinars by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6BvmeS2zEw&feature=youtu.be

We are getting a number of enquiries about the next Apprenticeship Programme which starts in in August 2014, so we thought it might be useful to give out the following information here:.

We have three absolute prerequisites which are: Journey of Empowerment, Initiation and the Phoenix Retreat. There is also one additional workshop “Re-Creation”, which we very strongly recommend. In the past, we have said that these workshops need to be taken in a specific order. We have recently decided to be more flexible with this. All these workshops are intensives and can be taken just on their own merit. You are free to do them in any order, though there is sense in the way the are laid out in our brochure.

Please click on the links below to get to further information.  You can also download any of the application forms which you can complete online and return to me by emailroland@rwevents.co.uk

The Phoenix Retreat
March 3rd – 10th  2013 
Application form

Journey of Empowerment 
Module 1 27th March - 1st April
Module 2 18 -23 June 
Module 3 18 – 23 Oct 2013
Deadline for Early Booking Discount Jan 21st 
Application form  

Re-Creation 
1 -5 May 2013
Deadline for Early Booking Discount Feb 27th
Application form     

Initiation  
27 Sept – 6th Oct  2013
Deadline for Early Booking Discount May 14th 

Application form   

The Apprenticeship Programme 
18 - 27 Aug, 5 -14 December 2014,
June 28th - 7th July, 23 Oct – 1st Nov. 2015
Application deadline Feb 28th 2014

 

In March Ya’Acov will be teaching Fire in the Heart in Israel from 15-16th.  For more details and to book please contact Aviya + 972 9 7418203aviyareches@gmail.com.

He will also be teaching Circle and the Sword in Paris on 29 – 31.  Please contact Pierre-Henri +33 615 325 816 letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

Susannah will be teaching her voice and movement residential intensive Resonance 14 -17 March at the Pegasus Centre near Hamburg. This year accompanied by Thomas the lead drummer of Nanigo. Contact Edgar +49 40 1888 65 95 edgar@edgarspieker.de  Very few places left on this one. 

Hoping all your needs to dance are met

Roland

Inter-being and the Winter Dream Dance.
By Susannah
We’re just emerging from the Winter Gathering and Winter Dream Dance which is for all Apprentices; the current Apprentices and those from the first Apprenticeship. It is the ‘moon’ to the ‘sun’ of the Summer Long Dance, a chance for the Apprenticeship community to gather inwards and water our roots.

Personally it was a pleasure to be with others who share this way of dropping into dancing ceremony. We danced and sang (and slept a little!) through the days and nights. Catalysed by the gateways of each of the 21 stations of the mandala we remembered and strengthened our connections, dreamt and danced together, grieved and prayed and healed together. Held by, and holding, each other, the Mesa, the wider circle, the beautiful dance temple at Rill and the land there, we journeyed deep, gently, lightly, with focus and restfulness, together and each in their own way and space.

In the last circle Tamara Haydon, one of the first group of Apprentices said something which struck a deep chord for me. She said; “When I first joined the Apprenticeship, I thought, “Yes this will be good, to be part of a circle for a while, while I grow up a bit, until I don’t need it anymore.” ‘Now’ she said ‘I realise that it is simply that I need this, I need community, and we need this, we need community, and that is just how it is”. Ah yes. It takes a village to raise a child. Maybe it also takes a village within which to be and become human.

One of the other AP1ers has been making a wonderful choice to go slower with her qualification process. Part of what led her to this was seeing the bottom of the mandala as a glowing gateway. The bottom of the mandala is the place of community and, below that; earth. What this means to me is that we come to earth and into manifestation as humans, through community, through relationship. We do not arrive as a self and then come into relationship. We grow into self through relationship.  Of course it’s obvious. We come into the womb. We come in through profound relationship with the mother, and the wet, warm, intimate depths of her, we come in through the meeting of mother and father and they only exist through all their relationships through space and time. But, still, I have generally thought of the 5 dimensions of relationship as starting with self and widening out in concentric circles to eventually include everything. And of course this perspective makes spatial or geographical sense and has its value. 

But now I wonder if this is also a reflection of the collective ‘unexamined assumptions’ of our individualistic society. Maybe it’s also a reflection of an assumption that we exist as separate. That we are (and should) exist as separate, independent ‘islands’. I’m reminded of what Thich Nat Hahn says in the Pachamama Awakening the Dreamer Symposium: “I propose the word to “inter-be”. You cannot exist by yourself. You need, mother, father, sister, brother, but also you need, river, tree, elephant”.

This was underpinned by a conversation I had yesterday with a woman I met on the train on the way to celebrate my mother’s 72nd birthday. We were talking about adult learning and I was saying about the neuroscience findings that in order to learn new stuff as adults (children’s default “setting” is learning so they soak up stuff anyway) we need attention, focus, motivation and repetition. The motivation part is the emotional commitment, the desire to learn whatever it is, the letting it be really important to ourselves. She said that in her study as a teacher they talk about two kinds of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside you, through relationship. It’s to do with the appreciation, praise, acknowledgement or approval of others. I guess it could also be your fear of the disapproval of others.  Intrinsic motivation is to do with yourself, your own desire to learn, the joy or satisfaction or pleasure that it gives you when you have learnt or accomplished something new. She told me that it’s been found that we need both, and that neither is enough by itself to ensure ongoing effective learning. It’s clear to me that extrinsic motivation alone would not work too well, but I was more surprised to hear that intrinsic motivation alone does not work very well either. However internally motivated we are we still need that external reinforcement and support too. What a beautiful, permission giving revelation- at least for me!

Well, of course it fits. I’m still updating from my own unconscious assumptions of independence/separate existence. We need our new gifts/abilities to be received in order to own them and then build on them. That’s what so beautiful and empowering about ongoing community where there is acceptance of each one as she or he is, and a space for each of us to grow into as we find out who we naturally can become, as we say “yes!” to the energy, love and longing inside us.

So a big thank you and appreciation of the wide, open field of MM dancers in which each of us (myself included) can go on learning, growing, giving and receiving, being loved, cherished and accepted in our being and being loved, cherished and welcomed in our becoming.

Tamara gets the last words: I feel how things grow together. And knowing, through my own dreams and through the dreams we just all shared, what might be possible. I need patience with what is ready in the present. Step by step.”

YEAH!

Love to you, to us all, and to all our relations,

Susannah

Emerging from the Womb of Winter
By Ya'Acov
So much has happened since I last wrote an article for our newsletter, it’s hard to know where to begin. ‘If in doubt, start where you are,’ I hear my Wise Elder whisper in answer to a little prayer for inspiration as my train cuts a purple line through the flooded landscape of the South West. Ok, so where am I? I’m on my way to Switzerland to teach Return of the Light, a workshop that celebrates the old Celtic Festival of Imbolc. I was wondering how my dictionary describes Imbolc:

ORIGIN a Celtic word, literally ‘in the belly or womb’, the festival being dedicated to women (the feminine) and fertility.

Aha! Now that explains something to me. Last night, I was dreaming about participating in an ancient ceremony where the shaman was unlocking these multi-layered and super complex ‘gates’ that led into the feminine mysteries. One of our first shamanic teachers taught us about the power of the womb. She described it as the second brain and she told us men that we had to build an ‘energetic womb’ so that we too could experience the intelligence of our original home. We were given chi kung type exercises and grounding techniques so that we could each work with this intention. We were also invited to sit with a beautiful woven basket, known as a marriage basket, resting on our belly. This basket, we were told, had come from Native American traditions. Woven with a beautiful pattern with 12 gates and an opening, we were instructed to sit with it over our belly and breathe as deeply as we could. I can still remember in my body the deep feeling that arose of a cavernous space opening inside me that seemed to be dark, moving and infinite. I fell inside it and was held in a glorious sensation of feminine embrace.

25 years later, I still have that basket. It sits at the foot of my bed and every now and again, it comes with me into ceremony to do its work. In our first Winter Dream Dance that took place last week, inspired by a community wish to create a ‘red tent’ space and by the story of one dancer who had recently been to see a Womb Whisperer (someone who has the gift of being able to hear and communicate the voice of the womb), the group creating the earth alter constructed a womb space for any dancer to go and be held in. We have often had these kinds of constructions in the Alchemist’s Garden, the energetic space we construct for the all night ceremony in The Alchemy of Stillness workshop. This year, this workshop will form the basis of the second module of The Journey of Empowerment ongoing group that begins at the end of March.

We often talk about life as being a creative project. And more than that, every idea or creation needs a good womb, mothering, fathering and time to go through its puberty and adolescence, before it enters into adulthood. This recognition of how creation moves in cycles also means acknowledging that everything that is born will eventually die. And making friends with death is a vital aspect of every shamanic pathway.

Sometimes things are born quickly and move from dream to manifestation with ease and grace. At other times, the birth can be difficult and we all know the challenges of childhood and the teenage years! For myself, recognising that we are not in charge of the timing of how things gestate and eventually find their form and their place has been a great blessing. This is especially true for the part of me that used to suffer so much as a result of being impatient (one could say adolescent), and attached to some mind-imposed timetable of creation. That the Alchemist’s Garden ceremony has finally found its place in the middle module of the Journey of Empowerment is one such example of how things take time. I could even say that our whole body of work is an example of this. Movement Medicine has been in the world for 6 years. In that time, it has already evolved way beyond its original conception, mainly down to the dancers to have found it to be good medicine and have worked with it and offered so much back to the energy field that is Movement Medicine.

At the Winter Dream Dance, a yearly event only open to Apprentices, we also graduated three more apprentices. Kat Forrester and Lynn Campbell qualified as Movement Medicine Teachers and Ben Yeger qualified as the first Movement Medicine Facilitator. We offer hearty congratulations to all three and wish them well as they spread their wings and fly.

And so the wheel of the year is turning again and here in the Northern Hemisphere, the first signs of spring are already appearing. In January, we were blessed to visit our friends in Ecuador again. We deepened our relationships with our friends in the San Clemente Community, who live on the flanks of the sacred volcano known as Imbabura. As we left after three days of ceremony, we were given two stones from their ‘ancestor cave’ to bring home with us. This community is such a living symbol of hope and evolution based in dreaming and plain old work. The grandparents of the people who live there were slaves on their own ancestral land under the hacienda system imposed by the Conquistadores. In the mid 50’s, the land was returned to its rightful guardians and since then, these brave and beautiful people have been reconstructing the old ways of living according to the cycles of nature. We feel blessed to call them friends and we look forward very much to seeing them again when we return next year.

We also went back into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet our friends the Achuar People. Being in the Amazon is such balm for me. Being surrounded only by the songs of the forest in a landscape that has uninterrupted lines of connection all the way back to zero strengthens my love for life and my desire to give everything back in ways I find hard to articulate. Being there at the invitation of Tribal people is such a very different way of being with indigenous communities. We don’t go there as tourists. We go there as friends and allies to exchange and give and receive support for our journey. The forest is a perfect system. Everything knows its place and plays its part in the great dance of life, death and rebirth. I love the place and I love the people. We met two shamans on this visit, one who we knew already from last year and our exchange was deep. These guys have an unbroken lineage and tradition that stretches back over thousands of years and the quiet, subtle power of their songs that weave together such a strong circle of love and protection are truly something to behold. I learn so much from just working alongside them and we are delighted to have been invited back to continue our work with them. As many of you know, the Achuar (and their neighbour’s) territories are under imminent threat from the 11th oil round which aims to carve up 10 million acres of pristine rainforest and sell it off to the highest bidders. This would totally destroy the forest and the Achuar are totally committed to protecting their forest for their own sake and that of their children. They are also aware of what the forest gives to the rest of the world and they recognise the realities that this is not just about their own homes but the future of life on earth. We have also pledged to go on supporting them through the work of the Pachamama Alliance and we are in the planning stages of several events to raise funds to support this work. We hope you can join us at these events through the webinar technology and through the Summer Long Dance (only 30 places left at the time of writing by the way).

We are looking forward to sharing the spirit of what we have learned in the events that are coming up, including the Phoenix Retreat (March 3-10) and Recreation (May 1-5). The Phoenix Retreat really is an extraordinary piece of work. On it, you learn to use a shamanic tool that will support you to make more space for the soul or essence of who you are. Not only is it an essential prerequisite for anyone wishing to participate in our next Apprenticeship Programme, it’s also a fantastically useful piece of work for anyone on the path of awakening. Re-Creation will happen this year for the first time in Europe after it took its bow in South Africa last year. Our work is to recognise our past experiences as a potential powerful source of energy for being who we are and for giving what we’ve got. As I write, I feel that tingling deep down in the centre of the womb that tells me that a new cycle is beginning. As passionate as I was about our work before our latest journey in the Amazon, I am re-inspired and ready to make this 25th year of our work teaching movement the most creative and effective yet. Fancy a little of that? Great. I’ll be seeing you and I look forward to a year when a new dream for all of us begins to take root. Yes, these are challenging times. And yes, we have the resources to support one another to step up and meet these challenges and dare to dream that the trees continue to stand strong and that life continues for the generations to come.

Ya’Acov. February 2013.

Inner and Outer Adventures in Ecuador
By Susannah
As many of you know, we are recently back from Ecuador, where we were co-leading an international group visiting the Achuar in the Amazon with David Tucker. David has been with the Pachamama Alliance since nearly the beginning and he has developed the Pachamama Journeys programme over the last 14 years.

It was a big journey for me. I received many teachings, and had experiences which touched me to my core and for which I am profoundly grateful. I hope I can give you a flavour here.

On New Year’s Eve we were high in the Andes at San Clemente, the beautiful self-sufficient community of people we visited last year too. The community rests on the flanks of Imbabura, a father volcanic mountain whose benevolent strength is palpable and beautiful and had me singing from the moment we got off the bus. In fact that song is still singing through me now.

This time, as we went into ceremony on New Year’s Eve, the community decided to join us, and we became one circle. Sharing healing and remembrance with the local people was moving and beautiful. The people there are so, so strong, and so, so gentle at the same time. They are the sons and daughters of many generations who were enslaved by the Spanish on huge haciendas, forced to labour as slaves on what had been their own land for thousands of years. In the 1950s Ecuador’s land reform gave them back their land, and since then they have been reviving the old ways, farming organically, choosing to live in balance with Pachamama (Mother Earth) to whom they pray and give thanks everyday. In other ways they are updating the old ways, for instance in how the women are empowered and, side by side with the men, lead, speak and represent the community.

In the ceremony, at one quiet moment, I felt/saw the “star of peace” shining inside my heart. It was bright and fiercely radiant, and at the same time totally gentle. I realised (again) that to choose peace is not the easy road! Later, David and I saw a huge star in the sky, a beautiful outer mirror of the inner vision of the “Estrella de Paz”.


All of this was, for me, a sign of the potential of our new era. It’s about “we.” It’s about co-creation. I feel that between us (on earth), we have all the tools we need. This new era is about finding out how to work together in a way where we complement each other’s strengths, rather than compound each other’s fears and fragilities. Which, as we know is not always easy!

Leaving San Clemente after a day of rest, debrief and learning how they plough with their bulls (which this year were frisky and restless!) we took the long bus ride down to the edge of the deep Amazon. Enroute we learnt how President Correa of Ecuador had come into office on a green and social ticket, and had strongly kept to the social part, but has not (so far!) kept his green promises. His government is proposing to protect the Yasuni area of the Amazon in perpetuity in exchange for financial support from the industrialized world. It is absolutely good and right to protect Yasuni, which has some of the highest biodiversity in the world, and it’s a great idea to ask the industrialized world to support this (we all need it). However, what Correa is actually proposing means saving a small bit of rainforest whilst sacrificing the much larger adjacent areas of pristine rainforest including the vast lands of the Achuar and other tribes which are now (right now) for sale to international oil companies in the “11th oil round”.  Yasuni is about 200,000 hectares. The total amount of rainforest in the 11th round “sale” is about 4 Million hectares, of which 2 million is pristine rainforest (as is Yasuni). So the proposal is to ask the world to support Ecuador to safeguard an area whilst simultaneously sacrificing an area 10 to 20 times bigger.


Reserves of oil have been found under great tracts of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and in Peru. Getting to this oil, as has already been done in some parts further north in Ecuador has left wastelands, its meant destroying the forest, polluting the waters and totally destroying the local people’s way of life.

Our bus pulls up in the little town of Shell right of the edge of what is now the deep Amazon. It’s called Shell because it came into being through Shell’s oil explorations some time ago. This used to be deep forest too, but now it’s a town within an area of mixed forest, roads and settlements. As we get off the bus and walk over the swinging rickety bridge to our little hotel, we see graffiti on a wall. It says, “Petroleo es Muerte”- “Oil is death”.


So we are going into the Amazon at a “hot” time. The Achuar are a warrior people. They were one of the very few tribes that the Spanish did not subdue. The Achuar were so fierce in their resistance that the Spanish left them alone. In 1995, sensing that their land and way of life was threatened, they sent out a call to the modern world for allies, a group of people from the north heard and answered their call, and the unpredictable phenomena of the Pachamama Alliance was born. This group from the north included Bill and Lynne Twist and John Perkins (author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”) who between them soon brought in David Tucker, with whom we and our intrepid group were travelling. The Achuar asked their new allies to help them secure their land, and, in order to make their forest safe long term, to “change the dream of the north”. The Achuar recognise that the thirst for oil is rooted in the unexamined assumptions (“dream” or “guiding story”) of the industrialized world, which leads us to the way of life rooted in acquisition and “I must have MORE!” which is devouring the planet.  The Achuar recognise that unless we wake up to, and change, this dream, eventual destruction of the fabric of life is inevitable. This is why the Pachamama Alliance, along with its work to safeguard the actual Achuar territories (and they are now working alongside many neighbouring tribes too) puts so much energy into the “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium, which is all about waking from this dream and making a different set of choices as individuals, families, communities and nations world wide.

When Ya’Acov and I first did the “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium, (its called the “Be the Change” symposium in Europe) the Pachamama Alliance had secured the legal title of the Achuar to their own land. That part of the work seemed to be done. Ecuador became the first nation in the world to enshrine the “Rights of Nature” in its constitution, and Correa came to power on a green ticket. But things have changed. The Achuar own the surface of the land, but the government owns whatever is underneath. Apparently that is the same in here in the UK and in Europe. Oil is discovered. Ecuador needs funds for its social programme. Correa has a picture that the indigenous tribes living in the forest are living in misery. The “rights of nature” though in the constitution are not made into actual laws and so no one is held accountable. It is not known what pressure Correa may be under to offer up land to the oil companies. But one can guess. Yasuni is brought forward as a bright idea, but looks like it is now being used as “green wash” even though in itself it is a great idea.


So, enough context for now, I want to continue our story. The only way into Achuar territory is by (tiny) plane or by river (3 to 4 days by motorised canoe). We flew, leaving behind the land of concrete, of roads, and tin roofs, flying for hours above the green “broccoli forest” which stretches as far as one can see and way beyond, in every direction. I’m always so moved by this. To see, with my own eyes, that it is still here! We live, right now in an age where, though there has been such great destruction of the natural world, this part of this great forest is still here. We are so privileged. And it is so fragile. So wild, so strong, and yet so fragile. Once the trees are cut down, the soil is fertile for a very few years, and then is washed out. The forest cannot return. So, flying in, I am poignantly aware of the green treasure beneath us. The choice we have as a species at this time. Now. Not next year or next decade. Now.  

Later on there are some peak impressions I’d like to share with you. One of them was of perceiving the refinement of the knowledge of the Achuar, on many, many levels: the depth and refinement of their knowledge of healing, of building, their depth of empathy, of humour, and of course of hunting, gathering, living in the forest. I saw the first shaman we worked with as a high scholar, drawing from the basis of the lineage of his teachers stretching back for thousands of years. Each Achuar we met was kind and supportive to us on collective and individual levels. Each of them said something whose essence I understood as this: “We absolutely do not want oil exploration or extraction here. We will fight that with everything we have. We want to go on living as our people live- in and with the forest. We are interested in developing eco-tourism as an alternative way, as we do not reject all western things. We want some education and some health care on our own terms. For the sake of our children, for the sake of the forest itself, and for the sake of all life on earth, please work with us to preserve our forest”.

We said: “Yes!” and as a result there is much more you will be hearing about this, as we invite you too to stand with the Achuar.

There are, of course, many great and important causes to be supported. The reasons we feel supporting the Pachamama Alliance to be so compelling are the following:  

-        Of course the first is personal, we have fallen in love with the forest itself, its physical presence and its spirit, and having been personally asked by the Achuar to support them has made a heart connection and commitment.

-        Then there is this. Cutting down rainforest is one of the fastest ways to load the atmosphere with more CO2. Preserving rain forest is (we are told by independent people we trust) is the single most important thing we can do to combat run away climate change and give us as a world time to re-orientate towards true sustainability.

-        There is a strong chance of success here, because: a) The Achuar are such strong and determined warriors, the oil companies are already thinking twice, b) The international presence of the Pachamama Alliance means they are also thinking twice because they know there may be international outcry, bad publicity and pressure, c) Correa is an intelligent, brave and independent man of vision who has a clear commitment to the welfare of Ecuador’s people. He may change his mind and heart. d) Simply resisting oil exploitation is not a complete strategy in itself, of course. Fundación Pachamama and its peers are also engaged in pointing out viable economic and energy alternatives for Ecuador which are being thoroughly researched by scholars, academics, scientists and professionals in Ecuador and around the world, e) Through the “Awakening the Dreamer”(“Be The Change”) Symposium, the Pachamama Alliance is working to bring about a global change of mind and heart to open the door to a sustainable, just and fulfilling world for all.

-        This choice feels like one tipping point. If Ecuador can be supported to make a different choice, it would open the door for similar choices elsewhere. If we allow this forest to fall, humanity will have missed a profound moment of possibility for changing our direction.

I felt a profound coming together of my own micro healing and the macro healing of changing the dream and taking action to protect life on earth. What is happening in Ecuador is a micro-cosm of what is happening on earth. Its not just up to the Ecuadorians to make this choice, it’s a choice for all of us on earth, especially those of us in the industrialized world whose life style is intrinsically wrapped up in a consumer based oil based way of life.  

I’ll end with a few messages I received personally:

 “Stand up! Have no fear, and let the love of life shine through.”

“Its time to let go of a few things: 1) the idea that you (little old you) cannot do anything to make a difference 2) the idea that you have to do 'it' alone 3) any attachment to the "success" or outcome. Simply take action in alignment with the love in your heart whether these actions are apparently big or apparently small, do whatever you do knowing you are part of a wide web- ask and reach out for help and support on human and unseen levels, do whatever you do because it feels good, right, joyous, empowering and empowered, and because it connects you more deeply with love.

That guidance is resonating with me and through me, and is going to take a little while to integrate! I’m grateful to the Movement medicine community for helping me remember!

One dazzling night, lying on a banana leaf on the ground deep in the forest, the sky overhead a huge canopy of stars, I realised how many people have never ever seen the night sky like this, numinous, alive with mysterious beauty. It’s a possibility I want for all of us as well as our Achuar brothers and sisters, who know they are guardians of that mystery, not just for themselves, but for all humanity and all life.

Thank you for reading right through! Do have a look at: http://www.pachamama.org/

And do consider becoming a supporter. And do support and send out to your network the new AVAAZ campaign.

I encourage any of you who have not seen the Symposium to get to one soon, or watch the Symposium DVD (available from the http://www.movementmedicineshop.com/home.php

Love to each one of us and to the power of choice! See you on a dance floor somewhere!

Susannah DK

A Poem
By Hannah Mackay

I don’t want to talk to you about
Blame
Or forgiveness.
I want to step back into the place
Where things were whole.

A story threads its way through us,
Its roots unseen
Drinking in mystery
From the bones of our ancestors.

A story threads its way through us,
Seeking the light,
Tendrils, leaves growing
Up towards the blue sky.

Small minds.
Our small minds fixate
On our own greying guilt
The sparse threads of our omissions
The small stones of our mistakes.

The richness of life
Grows on anyway.
Fragrant flowers,
The give of the mud of the path,
The taste of smoke on the back of the tongue.
The wren sings to herself in the hedgerow
Whether we listen or not.

I don’t want to talk to you about
Getting things wrong.
I want to receive the gifts of my life again
With my eyes open.

A story threads its way through us
Twists and turns, unfolding
Whether I listen or not.

A story threads its way through us
Complex first-growth forest
Its own ecology
Creating climate
Keeping balance.

Small minds.
Our small minds dulling, shrinking through fear.
A small loop on a small page,
Seeking 2D resolution
In a 3D world.


I don’t want to talk to you about trauma.
I want to fall into the refracted patterns of your energy.
I want to be carried forward
To follow richness, strength, love
Opening to receive.

hannahmackay@hotmail.com

Another 21 Gratitudes!
Highlights of the beautiful music from the Long Dance 2011 are now available as an MP3 download from the Movement Medicine Shop which takes you through a journey through the Movement Medicine mandala. Its called "Another 21 Gratitudes" and is available from the movementmedicineshop.com ENJOY!

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