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Best laid plans

By Roland
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley." This little phrase comes from a poem by Robert Burns written in Scots but is often paraphrased in English as "The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry" and was made famous by John Steinbeck when he used it for the title of his novel ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Our plans, which have gone a little awry, are the preparations for the School of Movement Medicine Brochure for 2015.

We actually began the process for planning the 2015 schedule in the Autumn of 2013 to allow enough time to book venues for the larger workshops and then consult with local organisers about dates. 

Well that’s the theory.  In fact in practice it’s never quite like that.  Just when the schedule seems fixed something crops up and we have to change and one change leads to another and then that new change leads to another change. I think you get the picture.  Finally, and hopefully by the time we need to print our brochure, the schedule is finalised.

But you will have guessed from the title of this article, it doesn’t always work out that way.  This year we had planned to send out the brochure at the beginning of September, which meant printing it during the summer and getting the design finished mid July. Then all that should be necessary is a bit of proof reading and it can go off to the printer.

Sometimes it is only when you can see the whole picture that you realise that something is wrong.  In this case if was the whole fully designed brochure. Only then, when looking at the proofs, it became clear that the new format for the ongoing group next year didn’t fit with the rest of the schedule.  For various reasons printing couldn’t be delayed, so when you receive our new brochure you will find a separate flier in it with all correct updated information for next year’s ongoing group.  It’s not ideal, but we are pleased with the end result.  Next year’s group will be ‘Journey of Empowerment’ led by Susannah (with module 2 co-led by Ya'Acov) and not a group led by Ya’Acov as had been planned.  We do realise that this will be a disappointment to some of you and we do hope to make the content of the new course available as separate modules at some time in the future.  We are planning to run the Movement Medicine vision quest in the summer of 2016 as individual module.

We have also noticed that the information for the Phoenix Retreat in May 2015 states that Susannah will be running the workshop whereas Ya'Acov will be.

The brochure will be sent out to everyone on our postal mailing list in the first week of September.  If you are not on the list and would like to be, please drop me an email at

Also scheduled for September is the launch of our new website which will go live at 12.20 (UK time) on 29th September.  See Susannah’s article ‘Growing our Movement Medicine Community’ for more details about this.

From September 4th – 15th Susannah and Ya’Acov will be teaching the Initiation workshop at the Rill Estate.  This 10 day journey through the life cycles is taking participants through all the stages from birth to death, and is one of Susannah and Ya’Acovs’ oldest, most tested workshops and is highly recommended.  We have a few places left.  Please contact Roland for an application form if you are interested in joining.

Later in September, 24th to 28th, Ya’Acov will be leading the Poetry of Presence workshop with the highly accomplished lucid dream teacher Charlie Morley.   This is also a residential workshop at Rill Estate.  Lucid dreaming practice aims to help us sleep better, dream more lucidly and wake up with more awareness, clarity and joy. It is a precursory skill to Tibetan dream Yoga, an ancient esoteric practice of transformational lucid dreaming.  There is no application form necessary for this workshop.  If you want to book please contact Roland at

And we are now taking bookings for the Residential workshop Dancing with the Heart of the World which will be taught by Susannah and Ya’Acov at Waldhaus, Switzerland form 17 – 22 December.  To book, again contact Roland at  There will be translation into German for this workshop.

September Workshops

16th  Bringing the Dance back Home.   Susannah will lead the next School of Movement Medicine webinar.   You can book directly through the link.  The cost is £35 for 10 live webinars and access to all the past webinars to follow as often and whenever you want.  If you have further questions contact Roland +44 1803 762255

In October the Webinar will be run by for the first time by Caroline Carey.  The date for this is October 14th

19 -21     Meta-Magic. Cape Town, SA .   Caroline Carey is returning to South Africa to teach for the School.  Contact:   Jayne + 27 737487743

20 - 21     Antwerp, Belgium. David Mooney will be running his first workshop for the School as a guest teacher.  He will be teaching Fundamentals and Equinox Prayers.       Contact:  Luc + 32 61 32 99 20

26 -28      Jo'burg, SA .  Caroline Carey continues her South African tour teaching Bridging Meta Magic Contact: Ryan +27825520619

Gateways of the Mind Conference

Ya'Acov will be running a session at this conference.  For more details click here

Gateways Of The Mind takes place in London on the 8th & 9th November and offers a transformational weekend of presentations, practical sessions, panel debates, meditational soundscapes, art and workshops.

A gateway of the mind is a methodology to enable us to understand our deeper self, the cosmos and the nature of reality. There are many gateways of the mind, including lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, shamanic practices, meditation, dance to name a few.

Wishing you a wonderful late summer & Autumn Equinox!


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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.