School of Movement Medicine - Mindfulness in Motion
 
Issue: September Newsletter

Connections and Bridging of Worlds
By Hanna
Here we are again with the Movement Medicine newsletter, returning from the summer break, sharing personal stories, projects and experiences. For you living in the nothern hemisphere I hope you have had a wonder filled summer of joy, expansion and light, and for our companions in the south I hope you are enjoying the shifts into spring energies, new life, creativity and lightnes weaving into doing and being. In terms of creative projects being shared, you can read about Susannah’s and Ya’Acov’s recent work and doings in this newsletter, and Lawrence Kelson writes about his music project ‘Our missing’.

And me, I feel like sharing some of my experiences of this summer, which overall seem to be about connection – between my two homes (Germany/Switzerland and South Africa), between communities, between personal action and feeling, through consciously aligning heart, mind and body.

What I notice keeps me grounded in these times of me shifting between these homes, is relationships with real heart connection. That way, because in these friendships I can be all of myself safely (at this point more easily than in other relationships), and through these deep heart connections I can manage to connect and ground my whole self with and in these different places I live in. It feels like connecting dots, bridging ‘my’ worlds, and weaving threads between various contacts I have to people on different continents holding a similar awarenes, vibration and intention. Also, people on both ends are friends who totally see me, embrace my being, encourage me, and share the same wish and vision of helping positive shifts to bring more love and peace, closure and forgivenes, joy and creativity, freedom and truth onto our shared common home, earth.

One of my personal threads for me in this instance is also our wonderful Movement Medicine ‘tribe’. It ‘traced’ all my footsteps while travelling through various countries this year, from South Africa to England, to Germany and to Switzerland. How wonderful, this strong connection of dancing and loving brothers and sisters moving through all these places I find myself in. A strong net, which feels like something good and safe to know.

So I had the pleasure of meeting more of the Devon and UK ‘MM croud’ during Earth Dance in June. I was being joyfully surprised to meet a South African friend who danced at Carolines workshop at Schloss Glarisegg in Switzerland while I was working there in July. There I also reconnected with peers from my first intense MM experience, The Journey of Empowerment, where I was so touched to feel what special connection there is between us, what deep ‘core knowing’, safe openness, loving witnessing, joyful encouraging, deep listening and understanding. Noticing how my whole system connects these lovely beings with feeling totally seen and completely safe, with such healing experiences of many steps towards becoming whole again during our Journey together. Then, finding myself dancing, praying and ‘vision questing’ in Devon, together with MM friends from South Africa, Germany and Switzerland, once again a weaving together of my various homes through heart connections and through the dance.

And since I have been running the Movement Medicine newsletter for two years now, again and again two of the following situations happen when dancing with MM community in different places: Someone I havn’t met yet is absolutely sure to have seen me at some workshop or other, certain to have met me before, until we figure out, it is through my picture in the newsletter that I seem familiar. The other situation is complete surprise when finding out it is me doing the newsletter, since many people said I look completely different ‘live’ than in the picture. “Ah, you are the ‘newsletter Hanna’. It’s so lovely to be able to put a body with the photo”, and we laugh. During Caroline’s workshop in Switzerland, some requested that Ben (Caronline’s husband who was also there) should take a photo, which would actually ‘look like me’ so that people can recognize me. Ben and me never got around to it, yet I chose to put a different one for this newsletter, even if it's not the most recent :-)

Another link between my two homes is the kind of people I keep attracting into my life. Looking around, I am so inspired and feeling hopeful, since in both my communities amazing people are involved in such positive change and the manifestation of the New: Conscious movies are being made, free schools popping up, forest/outdoor kindergards, powerful ceremonies for shift, healing, transformation, gratitude and prayer are being held, and many projects are being birthed towards creating new ways of living together in a more healthy and sustainable way then the current system of exploitation, control, consumerism and capitalism. Light is being born onto earth in various and colourful ways, and it lifts and touches my heart with joy and hope. My communities bringing being, action and energy into that which we yearn for, that which holds and brings light, peace, and sustainabilty, freedom, love and truth into manifestation on earth.

What has also been a connective element during my travels 'between worlds' are my very personal 'medicine songs', created and sung on different and far lands: One that came through me walking at the beach near Cape Town, I sang again in the woods behind Glarisegg in Switzerland, and also at my sacred place during my vision quest. The songs that came through me during the quest, between the trees in Dartmoor, I also brought with me to other nature spaces I found myself in, to greet and to introduce myself to the nature spirits present, together with my bare feet on the soft forest ground or on the gras. And so the forest songs I composed in Switzerland this summer, will travel with me to resonate with nature on African land.

These, and many more experiences filled my summer here, before I soon move back again to my other home, South Africa, energetically bringing with me the heart connections, the shared dances, the songs, the inspiration and the goodness I was blessed to experience here in Europe, connecting it and weaving it into my friendships and my life there. Thank you all.

And so I close my introduction to the September newsletter with the impuls of us all being aware of all these powerful and positive threads we are tracing through our healing, being, creating and through our heart connections – reaching around the whole globe and even deep into the Amazonian rain forest. I believe we all share a similar dream, we all share a vision, we all share a similar awarenes and we all are bringing more love, transformation and healing into manifestation. We are all connected and build a wonderful net of positive movement and change, joy and love, giving and sharing, supporting and witnessing. I feel my heart expanding with this space of love and hope as I really feel these far reaching threads between all our hearts and visions of shift and healing. … And Susannah’s MM Community Mosaic pops into my mind and heart, a beautiful and creative manifestation of our all connection and our various puzzle pieces in the web of positive shift and change.

Wtih Love, with Hope, and in Connection,

Hanna

Of Dartmoor, the Amazon and “Torch Songs”
By Susannah
On my 53rd birthday, on July 18th I went to spend a night up on the hill on whose flanks we live. The sun set over Dartmoor in a deepening blue sky to the west, as the moon rose over the sea in the east. The light of the moon accompanied me all night as I saw in the landscape below me a mirror of the life I have led up to now and the possibilities of the time that is to come before my river runs into the sea. My recurring feeling and prayer was one of immense gratitude.

I feel thankful for so many aspects of this life I live: my amazing husband and our family, this land, and that I found a way to make a contribution to life that has meaning for me and that uses who I am.

We have been home in our summer holy-days working with deep pleasure on our projects. Ya'Acov has been working on his book “Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart” which will be published by Hay House next June, and I’ve been working on my new album “Torch Songs.” Each evening, after we have stopped work, Ya'Acov read his work of the day to me, and I shared a latest mix with him. Hearing my beloved's life story through his own words, hearing his recounting of experiences many of which I lived through by his side, has brought so much into focus, and given our lives a new sense of context. It moves me greatly to see more clearly the amazing being I am with, and at the same time to understand my own story more. Through these sharings, there has been a rich and unexpected dialogue weaving back and forth between the two of us about the meaning of our lives. I am looking forward to the sharing of these treasures.

Over the last few days of our holidays I was down to the line with time. Thanks to the magnificent musicians, singers and a beloved shaman who have graced this music, the songs feel like beautiful birds ready to spread their bright wings and fly. To me they are Torch Songs; songs to light the way in these turbulent and challenging times. I finished my work, ready to hand it over to the young producer who is mixing it ½ an hour before I had to. Yeah! The same day Ya’Acov got to the same point with his book and sent it to his publisher, giving us a whole afternoon to go to the beach and celebrate. That’s when we made that funny little “We did it!” video you may have seen on our facebook page.

One song in my new album is a song Ya’Acov and I wrote in the Amazon rainforest 2 years ago. It’s the first song we ever wrote together. We’d been in the forest for one journey with the Pachamama Alliance, and had come out for a breather before going back in for a personal journey this time with David Tucker from the Pachamama Alliance. I had a little time alone one day, and me and my guitar found a melody and chord sequence that would not let me go. I was singing and singing, and the song was one of love for the spirit of the forest. As sang out my love, simultaneously I felt the forest loving and supporting me. But I couldn’t find any words. Ya’Acov came in some hours later, heard the song, and simply started singing the words that some of you already know so well. The “Force of the Forest” had arrived. Later, around a fire in a hut in an Achuar village, David Tucker translated it into Spanish and the full version was born.

This year during our journey in the Amazon we were at Tinkias. Tinkias is a beautiful, simple space for guests consisting of traditional open sided huts on stilts, joined by walkways above the forest floor, the jungle close and intimate all around. The day before we arrived a jaguar’s fresh footprints were found on the path. This is deep jungle. 20 minutes walk from here is Tinkias village where the old grandmother who showed us how to spin lives. I wrote about her in a previous newsletter article.

The evening before we left Tinkias, we’d been invited to an Achuar feast in the village. Eating fish and plantains baked in the fire, I listened as dusk fell and the sounds of children played in the clearing mixed with the sounds of the forest. As full darkness came the children went to their homes to bed. Every now and again a baby would cry for a few moments or someone‘s laughter would fill the air softly across the clearing. There was such peace. I realised on another level that this is their life, their precious life. These children grow up in this connection; with community, with the forest. We go away, but night after night children are playing here in peace. In these quiet moments of dusk I felt my heart understanding another level about the preciousness of this way of life. Later, we walked back in the dark, gladly accompanied by some Achuar guides.

The next day as we prepared to leave there was the traditional “cultural exchange”. The Achuar women sung and danced for us traditional ananns (song-prayers) in their high pitched keening voices. The men showed us their warrior greetings. Our group shared a traditional Swiss song in 3-part harmony, the Hustle dance, a children’s song from Slovenia and then we sang the “Force of the Forest”. As we sang, I felt a forest vibration shimmering through our voices and I was told later that many of the Achuar women were crying. Afterwards many of them came to hug and kiss me. Normally the Achuar women are very reserved and shy. Normally it’s the men who come forward to communicate and represent their people. But this was different. Cuqui, our Ecuadorian guide who has worked with the Achuar for over 20 years, explained to me that she felt the women had heard in this song that we recognised the spirit of the forest as they do, and it was this that had moved them so much.

So I knew that this song had to feature on my new album “Torch Songs” and will always be sold in aid of the Pachamama Alliance. Phil Berthoud and I recorded the basic structure of the song. For some reason the violin affects the Achuar very deeply. We’ve seen them become deeply still, enrapt and shiny eyed when a violin is played, so I knew this song needed the violin. When Phil played he played with such emotion from his own love of the earth I knew his heart would reach them through the poignant lilting sounds that his bow offered up. Lua Maria added her beautiful harmonies and passion for the forest. I invited Sarah Patterson (who is singing on two of the other songs) to do the same.

Sarah told me that she didn’t hear her voice on it; she heard a chorus of young people standing with us and with the forest. I agreed and started tentatively to invite some music makers of the younger generation to come and sing in solidarity with the forest. Their positive, happy response has warmed my heart. Thank you Lua Maria, Reuben Darling Khan, Helen Knight, Joseph Rose, Jasmine Kia, Ayla Schafer, Susie Ro Prater, Eliza Kenyon and Benjamin Tree. I invited them to feel the support of the forest for them and for life as they sang simultaneously letting their singing be a giving back to the forest. Remembering the importance of this mutuality of giving and receiving feels urgent right now as the threat of oil exploitation grows and the indigenous people of the forest call for allies from all over the world to stand with them to protect the forest for the sake of life everywhere.

I thank Sarah Patterson for this reflection of her musicianship and generous wisdom, to know when NOT to make a noise oneself, but to hear what needs to be there for the good of the whole, whether that whole be the song or something beyond them.

Last to add his voice to this song and this album was Ya’Acov, who, nearing the end of editing the first draft of his book came down to the studio one afternoon, tuned in, and in one “first take wonder” after another cast his light and powerful magic over these songs. Thank you beloved!

When I was looking for the title of the album I asked myself which words in which songs are most important for me, Immediately I knew; it’s the line: “I am proud to stand tall in your lineage, torch of life burning strong in my hand” which comes from the song “Let Her Go” which we sang at my mother’s funeral.

So “Torch Songs” arrived. It seems fitting that, given this title, there is an inter-generational aspect to this offering. I hope it will be available before Christmas. Do check out our new online shop which has some tasty new offerings for you.

Wishing you a creative, beautiful autumn, and the joy of feeling useful in a meaningful way of giving and receiving. I hope to share with you in some way, be it a workshop, a webinar or a smile on FB,

With love

Susannah Darling Khan

September 2016

 

Upcoming Workshops with Susannah:

10 18 September: Initiation, with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill, Devon, UK.
An intensive 10-day retreat
which guides you through your life cycle from birth to death, in a moving, creative, embodied and dancing way. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, challenging, profound and deeply rewarding journey.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

21st October: Dan-Sing, with Susannah. Zagreb, Croatia.
In this workshop Susannah
shares her ways of combining dance and song, body and voice, and with that guides the dancer and singer back to that innate source of creation, connection and communitcation. Dive in, dance and sing. You do not have to be a confident singer or dancer.
Contact:
Lucija +385 91 5325587; info@ritmovi.net

2223 October: Power of the Heart, with Susannah, Zagreb, Croatia.
Exploring the great beauty and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, identifying it as your personal guide, and learning about and dancing through your full emotional landscape.
Contact Lucija: +385 91 5325587; info@ritmovi.net

2930 October: Ceremony in the City, with Susannah. Paris, France.
With preceding Move! Evening on 28
th October.
Be invited to a vision quest in the wilds of the city, giving space to personal questions of next steps or choices or purpose. Dancing deep into our selves and into our cells we find the core and the strength that can support us on this quest. Dance with your whole self, with your questions, with your visions, dance with your knowing.
Contact Pierre-Henri:
+ 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

The Beginnings of Elder Hood
By Ya'Acov
We are back teaching again after a creative summer together at home. For the first time in our new home, we ate mostly from our own garden throughout the summer and we so enjoyed being at home, looking after our land and being fed by it. After a short rest at the beginning of the summer, Susannah set to work on her album Torch Songs and me on my new book, Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart – The 21st Century Initiation of an Everyday Shaman.

I am delighted to tell you that I completed the second draft on the last day of our holidays. What a process it has been. 

I began with this project nine years ago and it’s been on my shoulders for all that time, whispering in my ear: ‘write me, write me…..’ But I was unable to find the time or the focus to get down to it. Three years ago, at Initiation, as each dancer in the circle was witnessed making their commitments to bring their learnings from the workshop into their day-to-day lives, I joined in. I had put the month of October aside to write and I made my public commitment to get on with writing my book. I spent the whole month on a writing retreat at home, struggling to organise my life’s journey into a book. Day after day, I sat with pieces of paper all around me on the floor, each one with a story written on it, looking to find the structure for the book.

It was really difficult but I managed to get started and in that month, with the help of much drumming, prayer and ritual in conversation with the spirit of the book, I wrote the introduction and first three chapters. It was a tough beginning but I was happy that I had managed to start. I sent the work I had done to Michelle Pilley, the wonderful MD of Hay House UK. Though she and Hay House love our first book, Movement Medicine – How to Awaken, Dance and Live your Dreams, it was written for a niche market within a niche market and hence, in publishing terms, it’s a slow burner and a slow seller. Because of this, she had told me that Hay House would probably be unable to publish my book but she was generously, happy to give me feedback.

After a month or two, I heard from her. She gave me very honest feedback which, though hard to take, was a genuine gift. She told me she thought my first attempts had been cathartic and that this was fine if I wanted to write a book only for those who already know me. However, if I wanted my story to make an offering to those beyond our known circle, I should probably start again. She talked about the difference between a teaching voice and a story telling voice and as Susannah had already been doing me for some time, advised me to simply tell the story and let it speak for itself. 

The intention of the book is to share the story of my initiatory journey into being what we have come to call everyday shamanism. So, I took her and Susannah’s advice, deleted my work and began again. I wrote a new synopsis, part of which read:
Based on remarkable happenings with some extraordinary teachers, this book tracks my own initiation into the shaman’s world and the healing journey that I felt compelled to take. It places my own healing in the bigger context of the challenges we face as a species in these times of great change and possibility. Recognising how my own wounds are not merely personal but part of the system of exile from our own nature and from the nature around us, the healing journey has taken me to the depths of the Amazon, dance studios in New York, the caves of South Wales and to the far North of the Arctic Circle. 

Because of my busy teaching schedule, it took me until the late autumn of last year to reach the same stage. I sent what I had done to Michelle in November last year. I told her that I had a gut feeling that Hay House are our publishers for this book and that, though I understood the reality of numbers, I very much wanted to stay with them. I heard back from Michelle in January. Her email arrived during our Professional Training module. It said simply:I have read your manuscript and … I’m very happy to take it forward into the meeting again.” I was ecstatic to get this mail. A few weeks later, Hay House confirmed that they would publish my new book. By then, I had got to the end of chapter 8 and I knew I had the summer to write the rest. 

After a short rest, I set myself a writing schedule and got down to the serious business of writing it. It has been a very deep journey for me, a thorough recapitulation of my shamanic journey. I began with a ceremony to ask for all the support possible so that I could make the very best offering I could through this project. The whole summer has felt like turning myself inside out as I put my journey into words and onto the page. Each evening, Susannah would share her musical work from the day and I would read some of what I had written. Susannah’s new album is a real treat of powerful, heartfelt prayers for the earth and I so loved hearing them finding their form. I’m so looking forward to you hearing them!

It was such a delight to be alongside each other as we got deeper and deeper into the creative juice of our parallel projects. We finished within 24 hours of each other and my book is now with the publishers and Susannah’s album is with a professional mixer. My book will go through the process of editing now before it finds it final form and ends up with you in May or June next year. I hope you’ll enjoy it! I’ll keep you posted on our new facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yaacovandsusannahdk/

All summer, the subject of elder hood kept coming in to our conversations with many different people. I turned 52 this year so that places me on the first step of this new cycle. Life’s choreography has its own perfection and so it was interesting and timely to receive the invitation to join the Roots of the Earth Kiva ceremony in the Netherlands. There, we joined elders from different traditions around the world to pray for our earth. It was a deeply moving experience to join in with a ceremony that has the intention of placing prayers inside the earth so that they can strengthen our collective roots at this time of change. The ceremony was led by Heriberto Villasenor who received the tradition from Tigre Perez. The intention to bring healing to all the different races on the planet and to join with elders from around the world was deeply meaningful and touching as we held our place as part of a small group of European ‘Elders.’

Each day began and ended with a sweat lodge and we were glad to offer a Movement Medicine session there in a large circus tent to embody the Kiva and the ‘roots of the earth’ in our dance. We were really impressed by the energy and commitment of Martijn the organiser, whose family’s land the gathering took place on, and by Heriberto and his whole team for their humility, hard work and dedication to bringing this prayer to the four corners of the earth. As the days went on and the elders went down into the kiva to pray together, the energy of the place shifted perceptibly. Both Susannah and I felt honoured to have the opportunity to offer our prayers and to take our place in the ceremony. For me, it was another step on the road to accepting that we are step by step being initiated into the role of Elder.

Through many conversations with our son and his friends over the summer, we have been seeing how important it is for us to spend time with this next generation of seekers and both support them through what we have learned and receive their wisdom as they look to how to walk their talk, live good lives and protect the earth.

Last night, after our first module of our couples ongoing group, The Space Between Us, ended, Susannah and I got together with Michael and Christiane from the Waldhaus Centre. Both their children and their grandchildren were there by the fire and our son joined us too having arrived a night early to work in the kitchen at Waldhaus. Four elders and four deep seekers from the next generation sat round the fire and shared our sense of what is going on. It was a hearty discussion, woven from prayers, our concerns for the world and out own struggles and victories. It was such a simple and strong evening, blessed by a magnificent sunset, a couple of timely shooting stars and the strength of family. The Space Between Us, our first couples group since 2011, was a great experience for us both. To see couples moving together and having the courage to face the challenges of relationship as a spiritual practice was so moving. And by the fire, Susannah and I both shared our gratitude for having found a purpose in our lives that gives us such satisfaction. We recognise that without our work, our lives would be so much the poorer.

So, I return to work with joy and happiness to be able to share my heart and Movement Medicine with so many and hold spaces where people can find out who they are and what turns them on and so, discover the deepest joy we know of; that of leading a life dedicated to giving what we have in gratitude for the life we are given.

Wishing you all a fine entry into the autumn or spring.

With way more than 21 Gratitudes. Ya’Acov DK. September 2016


Upcoming Workshops with Ya’Acov:

413 September: Initiation, with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill, Devon, UK.
An intensive 10-day retreat which guides you through your life cycle from birth to death, in a moving, creative, embodied and dancing way. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, challenging, profound and deeply rewarding journey.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

1923 October: The Way of the Dancing Warrior (men's edition), with Ya'Acov. Orval, Belgium.
This is a chance to discover this beautiful archetypal energy of the dancing warrior which always seeks out compassion, truth, passion and wisdom in a way of dancing presence. Release yourself from destructive patterns and invoke a new pattern born from the sweat of your dance, the courage of your heart, the fierceness of your intention, and the reclaiming of your own dignity and authority as a man.
Contact Frank:
+31 71 8893253; info@karuna-events.nl

23rd October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Antwerp, Belgium.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Luc: + 32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

24th October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Utrecht, Netherlands
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Marold: info@maroldemmelkamp.nl

2830 October: Holy Trinity, with Ya’Acov. Hamburg, Germany.
Discover your own Dancing Warrior, your Wise Elder and your dancing
Fool, which are three key elements of Movement Medicine practice. In the dance, they strengthen the vertical connection we can develop between earth and sky. They help us to receive support from below, inspiration from above and the humility, wisdom and compassion of the heart that link them.
Contact Jens:
+49 40 729 100 61; mm@spirit-in-movement.de 

New Music Medicine Shop!
By Susannah
Letting go of the old, making space for the new: The old Movement Medicine Shop is passing on the baton to 'Music Medicine'. I hope you enjoy the new look as well as the new music, books and information.

We welcome you to our new online shop: www.music-medicine.co.uk

I want to thank Simon Osborn (idat.co.uk) for his work to create this site and Martin Arp for his great care and ability in transferring all the information from the old shop into this one. And I want to thank Rosie Perks for her beautiful work over the many years on the old Movement Medicine Shop, and getting Simon on board all those years ago. Rosie’s Movement Medicine teaching is blossoming as well as her ongoing graphic design- all blessings!   Look out for new music by Lua Maria, Ayla Schafer, and Lawrence Kelson, a wonderful new book about being a catalyst for change called “Parachuting Cats into Borneo” and our incredible new copal incense. Music-Medicine supports the Pachamama Alliance and we hope you will enjoy knowing that all your purchases are supporting it.

Enjoy! Susannah Darling Khan

Our Missing
By Lawrence Kelson
‘Our Missing’ is a piece of music I wrote about the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico on the night of September 26th 2014. This, and a shorter remixed version, are available to download from the new Music Medicine website (www.music-medicine.co.uk), with all profits going to support the teacher training school that the missing students attended. I was travelling in Mexico in the autumn of 2014 when I encountered a large demonstration in the streets of Oaxaca. People were powerfully and peacefully protesting the recent forced disappearance of 43 indigenous students of the Rural Teachers Training School, ‘Raul Isidro Burgos’ in Ayotzinapa.

It was moving to hear their names being called out amid passionate demands for their safe return. This was the latest in a spate of kidnappings and murders and it marked a tipping point in the consciousness of the Mexican people.

Global news outlets covered the fated incident as tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets across the country. It has been estimated that, up to 100.000 Mexicans have been killed in recent years in escalating drug related violence while the government appears unable or unwilling to intervene, its power curtailed by widespread corruption. Indigenous communities suffer greatly for their resistance, and defence of their land and way of life.

On my return to Vancouver I set about finding ways I could help. I got involved with a local solidarity group, AYOTZI 68, which campaigns to support indigenous peoples across the globe who face continued threats from governments, corrupt authorities, and foreign extraction companies. It was here that I was introduced to two filmmakers from Mexico City, Patricio Cartas and Oscar Flores, who were making a short film about the missing students. I was asked to write a soundtrack that reflected the despair and darkness of the situation but which also illustrated hope, as people gather together to fight back. It includes recordings I made of the demonstrations in Oaxaca.

The soundtrack is available to download from www.music-medicine.co.uk, as is a remix of the fourth section, amended specifically with the movement community in mind. All the profits from both will go to the school in Ayotzinapa. Such places are vital for the preservation of indigenous culture and independence. The school is founded on principles that reflect the ideals that education leads to liberation. They have recently set up a radio station to keep their communities better informed. They also now have their own volunteer security personnel, as the police and government forces in the region can no longer be trusted to protect them. Donations will be sent to an organisation called H.I.J.O.S. who will pass the funds to the school. Below is an excerpt from a letter to the Vancouver Solidarity Group:

Our path is long, but our end will be glorious. This is why we love and we fight for our school, so that tomorrow when our 43 comrades are back we can finish the road. Maybe we don’t run, but we go slow because we are going far.

On April 10th 1971, Raúl Isidro Burgos died in Mexico City, and today his remains rest in our Teachers School, which currently bears his name, and where our 43 young brothers were being formed in the principles that our teacher used as foundation with the goal of educating a country.

Burgos transmitted to his students the ideals that education in Mexico should follow: “Let’s plant the seeds of freedom in the virgin field of the young ones hearts. The duty is to teach our students to be free.”

This is still our goal. Educating not to obey, but to be free. The education is the only weapon to defeat poverty, marginalization, violence and illiteracy with which we grow up, we the people from below… The forgotten. The peasants. The natives…

P.S.: By the way, “Ayotzinapa” means place of turtles, and for that reason our mascot is a turtle. Actually, during the rainy season they are always on the hallways biting the feet of one or two distracted guys. Hehehe

You can read more about Ayotzinapa, and listen to the tracks, on my website http://www.lawrencekelson.com

Your support of this initiative is much appreciated. I wish you all many deep dancing moments, good health, and happiness. With love from the beautiful west coast of Canada,
Lawrence

Our Missing is especially poignant, spacious, and tender... There is an unspoken sadness.’
Peter Fodera, movement teacher, New York.

Lawrence Kelson is a composer and percussionist from the UK. He has played at several of the Movement Medicine Long Dance ceremonies, and is one half of the duo, Madrum. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Upcoming Movement Medicine Workshops
By Hanna
Welcome, and be invited to browse through what moving, dancing and connecting events and workshops are offered here, between the cities of London, Paris, Prague, Basel, Hamburg, Zagreb, Oslo and many more ... The transforming power of this medicine of movement spreading wide and far. Come, connect and join, if you feel called.

413 September: Initiation, with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill, Devon, UK.
An intensive 10-day retreat
which guides you through your life cycle from birth to death, in a moving, creative, embodied and dancing way. This workshop is an extraordinary, life-changing, challenging, profound and deeply rewarding journey.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;
roland@rwevents.co.uk

1618 September: Meta Magic, with Caroline Carey. Oslo, Norway.
In this workshop, we will combine dance and movement, trance and repetition to explore our repeating patterns of behaviour from the meta-perspective of the oracle field. Not seeing them as 'bad', we can learn from them as our guide to our own personal medicine of life.
Contact Marit Winther:
+47 45604535; maritwinther@hotmail.com

17–18 September: Wisdom of Truth, with Ben Yeger. London, UK.
With preceding Move! Evening September 16.
Dive into an exploration of separation from others, or from our own truth, reveal and embody more of that truth, and find in that the resources for positive shifts and healthy relationship.
Contact Alex Hanley:
07868 842219; alexhanly@hotmail.com

2225 September: In-Sight, with Caroline Carey and Ben Cole. Frankfurt, Germany.
Dare to be seen, and be surprised what there is to discover when you can witness yourself through the camera  what happens, what changes? Step into a well suported and safe space to see and show yourself as you are and to be your own kind witness.
Contact Katrin:
+49-163-3152714; katrin@movement-medicine-frankfurt.de

12 October: The Dreaming Heart, with Christian De Sousa. Basel, Switzerland.
In
the vastnes of our hearts lies the magic of connection, of feeling, of dreaming and of creation. Through the tools of Movement Medicine you will be guided to fully return to your heart as your centre of being, and to discover further your own landscapes of your wise heart.
Contact Ursula Haas:
+41 76 453 30 87; ursula@tanznetzbasel.ch

1st October: Freedom, with Mark Boylan. Sheffield, UK.
Our past experiences are often still present in our cells, our subconsciousnes and in the way we are in the world. This workshop facilitates a breaking free from restrictive old energies with the S.E.E.R. (systemic essential energy retrieval) process developed by Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Kahn.
Contact Kerri Cripps: kerri@waking-up.com

18th October: Bringing the Dance Back Home. Webinar, online.
In this webinar you are able to strengthen and experience your practice at home (or wherever you are), dance a led Movement Medicine session in your own living room, invite friends to join in, and feel connected to the wider Movement Medicine community joining in. Its £35 for 10 webinars, plus the online access to all the past webinars.
Contact Roland: +44 1803 762255
roland@rwevents.co.uk

1923 October: The Way of the Dancing Warrior (men's edition), with Ya'Acov. Orval, Belgium.
This is a chance to discover this beautiful archetypal energy of the dancing warrior which always seeks out compassion, truth, passion and wisdom
in a way of dancing presence. Release yourself from destructive patterns and invoke a new pattern born from the sweat of your dance, the courage of your heart, the fierceness of your intention, and the reclaiming of your own dignity and authority as a man.
Contact Frank:
+31 71 8893253; info@karuna-events.nl

21st October: Dan-Sing, with Susannah. Zagreb, Croatia.
In this workshop Susannah
shares her ways of combining dance and song, body and voice, and with that guides the dancer and singer back to that innate source of creation, connection and communitcation. Dive in, dance and sing. You do not have to be a confident singer or dancer.
Contact:
Lucija +385 91 5325587; info@ritmovi.net

2223 October: Power of the Heart, with Susannah, Zagreb, Croatia.
Exploring the great beauty and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, identifying it as your personal guide, and learning about and dancing through your full emotional landscape.
Contact Lucija: +385 91 5325587; info@ritmovi.net

2123 October: Soul Awakenings, with David Mooney. Prague, Czech Republic.
What is important to you in the garden of your soul? Join your dance companions in movement and ceremony on a quest for your creative intentions, for your calling here and for who you are, and what you wish to offer through unfolding and embodying your true being and potential.
Contact Veronika Živa: 727 941 674; veronika@dansea.cz

23rd October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Antwerp, Belgium.
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Luc: + 32 61 32 99 20; luc@owc.be

24th October: Move! Evening, with Ya’Acov. Utrecht, Netherlands
During this evening you can experience your body as an intelligent dancer, while you are guided through some basic tools of Movement Medicine. You are invited to let your mind have a rest while arriving in your body to feel and express what moves inside, beyond and underneath.
Contact Marold: info@maroldemmelkamp.nl

2830 October: Holy Trinity, with Ya’Acov. Hamburg, Germany.
Discover your own Dancing Warrior, your Wise Elder and your dancing Fool, which are three key elements of Movement Medicine practice. In the dance, they strengthen the vertical connection we can develop between earth and sky. They help us to receive support from below, inspiration from above and the humility, wisdom and compassion of the heart that link them.
Contact Jens: +49 40 729 100 61; mm@spirit-in-movement.de

2930 October: Ceremony in the City, with Susannah. Paris, France.
With preceding Move! Evening
October 28.
Be invited to a vision quest in the wilds of the city, giving space to personal questions of next steps or choices or purpose. Dancing deep into our selves and into our cells we find the core and the strength that can support us on this quest. Dance with your whole self, with your questions, with your visions, dance with your knowing.
Contact Pierre-Henri:
+ 33 615 325 816; letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com

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