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Issue: November Newsletter
Moving from Separation to Connection

By Lucy
‘You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.’ Albert Einstein

These are challenging times. Across the globe, poverty, conflict and environmental destruction are on the rise and the future of our world looks increasingly imperilled. How can we, as individuals and communities, hope to find solutions to these seemingly intractable problems?

There are those who argue that the myriad problems we face as a global community have their roots in a paradigm of separation. And as Einstein’s words make clear, we cannot solve our problems from within this paradigm. So how do we move beyond it?

Founded, as it is, upon a philosophy of interconnectedness, Movement Medicine offers one way that we can support ourselves to claw our way out of the old story and into the new. But if that’s the case, how do we develop Movement Medicine in those areas where it is arguably most needed – areas where conflicts and inequalities are most pronounced and where those who would most benefit from Movement Medicine are least able to access it?

One of the ways that the School has sought to address this issue is through the Movement Medicine Sponsorship Fund. Established as a charity in 2006, the Sponsorship Fund aims to support the development of Movement Medicine in areas of conflict or under-privilege. One of the ways that the Fund seeks to achieve this is by enabling people living in these areas to participate in the Apprenticeship and Professional Training, thus empowering them to bring the work to their local communities. The Fund pays for their food, accommodation and travel costs and the School waives their tuition fees.

At the moment, the Sponsorship Fund is primarily supporting the development of Movement Medicine in South Africa and the Middle East. To gain a flavour of the importance of this work, read Rob Porteous’s interview with Ben Yeger and Samar Qudha, which is also in this newsletter (see 'Movement Medicine Sponsorship Fund'). The interview provides a powerful insight into the ground-breaking work that both are doing to support communities living amidst the Arab/Israeli conflict. However, the problem now is that the Fund is running critically low. There are a number of Apprentices from Africa and the Middle East who are poised to begin their Professional Training but without the support of the Sponsorship Fund this will not be possible for them and they and their communities will lose out.

It is for this reason that we are calling upon you to consider supporting the Sponsorship Fund if you feel moved to do so. You, our beloved community, are our first port of call, as only you can understand the power of spreading this work across the world. Any amount, however small, is welcome. Every penny donated represents an act of love: love for the work; love for our communities; and love for our precious world.

If you wish to make a donation to the fund on a one-off or regular basis, please visit the Sponsorship Fund website, available at: There you can click on ‘Support the fund’ and ‘Donate’ to make a donation through PayPal.

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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.