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News Roundup and Forthcoming Events

By Roland

Since the last newsletter:

Ya’Acov has joined Susannah in reaching his 50th year. Hearty congratulations to both of them. The DKs are now 100!

  • Congratulations to the 48 Movement Medicine Apprentices have now finished the second Professional Training course and are now Apprentice Movement Medicine Teachers or Facilitators and join those from the first Professional Training course in taking this wonderful work out into the world.  I notice from the Movement Medicine Association site that there are now regular Movement Medicine classes in 8 countries and 3 continents and the list is growing.  If there is no class near you why not contact one of the teachers and see if they would like to run one?
  • 50 students from 17 countries have been accepted into the 3rd Apprenticeship Programme which starts in August this year.  We wish them well as they start on this exciting journey.
  • The Rill Estate, where we do our main UK residential workshops, has gone on the market with Stags  estate agents. We are pleased to tell you that we have reached an agreement with Richard and Louise Holman which will mean that all our bookings there are assured till the end of 2015 and we are, of course, hoping to come to an arrangement with the new owners to ensure that we will be continuing to run workshops there after that date.  If your dream is running a residential centre where The School of Movement Medicine is a regular client and you have access to finance, here’s your chance.
  • We are thrilled that Manari Ushigua Kaji, a visionary leader from the Sapara people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, will be coming to join us at the Long Dance.  Susannah and Ya'Acov met him in January in the Amazon and know what a beautiful being he is. He'll bring depth, magic and the message from the forest all the way to Somerset.  The Long Dance will take place 28th June – 4th July in Somerset and we still have a few places left.  If you are interested in attending then please either ask me to send you an application form or download one yourself from here and send it to me by email.   We also have a couple of places left on the crew team.  Those on the team pay a reduced rate of £148, are not required to fast or raise the sponsorship money.  In addition those on the team will also receive a free Movement Medicine weekend workshop or can have a reduction of £130 on one of the residential workshops organised by me.  In return we expect the crew to arrive by 3.0 pm on the first day and stay on the last day till about 3.00pm.  There will be a certain amount of practical work to do during periods outside the 72 hour ceremony and in addition they will be required to work for about 12 hours during the ceremony.   None of the work is strenuous, but the work during the ceremony does involve keeping the toilets clean amongst other things.  If you are interested in joining the team please contact me by email: or phone me on 00 44 (0)1803 762255. All proceeds on the Long dance go to supporting the Pachamama Alliance. If you are not coming but want to join in with this, please either sponsor a dancer, or make a contribution directly to the Pachamama Alliance and let them and us know you have done it in the name of the Long Dance.
  • Rosie has been working hard to completely rebuild our website which we hope will be up and running some time over the next few weeks.  The current design is now about 8 years old and is beginning to show its age and we are looking forward to the brand new look and capacity of our website.  Susannah and Ya’Acov have just completed 3 days website writing in Basel, which, they tell me, once they got going, was a pleasure.
  • We are in the process of preparing our new brochure for print in July to be mailed to our postal mailing list at the beginning of September.  If you want to receive more than 1 copy please let me know.
  • Our calendar for next year is now complete and is available here.  Over the next few days we will be adding the workshop titles where these presently missing.
  • We are pleased to announce that David Mooney has joined the team of Movement Medicine teachers who will act as guest teachers for the School and he will be going to Austria for the School next year.  We are really pleased to say that the system of guest teachers is working well and that the school is now able to provide a much better coverage as a result.  The guest teachers have been very well received where they have taught and we receive reports that their teaching has been of the highest standard.  David joins Caroline Carey, Christian de Sousa and Mark Boylan on the guest teacher team.  We will probably be adding one of two more names to this list over the next year.
  • One of the reasons that we are extending the role of guest teachers is a result of realising that Susannah and Ya’Acov need to spend more time on the professional training aspect of the work and that it is just not possible for them to go and teach in all our venues every year.   Two recent developments have been to offer five CPD (Continued Professional Development) webinars for those who have completed the Professional Training.  These webinars will start in September and are already well booked.  There will also be further professional development courses starting in 2016.
  • An unfortunate incident occurred last month when we accidentally deleted 80 accounts from the webinar database on the day of the webinar.  We are very sorry that this should have occurred and have now restored all the accounts and added a months subscription to all those affected.  The next webinar is due to take place on Tuesday 17th June.  £35 will buy you a subscription to 10 webinars and also access to all the recorded webinars to experience as often and whenever you want.  Signing up is simple – just go to  

Forthcoming Workshops:

June 13 – 15 Munich, Germany     Ya'Acov Poetry of Presence Contact: Claudia +49 89 292644

June 13 - 15 Edinburgh, Scotland     Susannah Love Stories  Contact: Catherine +44 131 557 4278

June 17  Where you are!  Susannah & Ya'Acov Bringing the Dance Back Home - The School of Movment Medcine Webinar   Contact:  Roland +44 1803 762255

28 June  - 4 July Earth Spirit, Somerset      Susannah & Ya'Acov Summer Long Dance  Contact: Roland +44 1803 762255

8 July  Susannah & Ya'Acov Bringing the Dance Back Home - The School of Movment Medicine Webinar   Contact:  Roland +44 1803 762255                                                 

August 18 - 27 Rill Estate, Devon  Susannah & Ya'Acov  Apprenticeship Programme Mod 1.  Contact  Roland +44 1803 762255                                                                                    

Sept 5 – 14 Rill Estate, Devon  Susannah & Ya'Acov Initiation  Contact Roland +44 1803 762255                                                        

16  Sept Bringing the Dance Back Home - The School of Movment Medicine Webinar   Contact:  Roland +44 1803 762255

24 - 28 Sept  Rill Estate, Devon   Ya'Acov & Charlie Morley Poetry of Presence Contact:  Roland +44 1803 762255


Wishing you a fabulous summer, and look forward to seeing some of you at the Long Dance



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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.