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New and Good: two things to share – November 2017

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1) Darling Khan Online
We have launched a new website to represent a new part of our work: Home study courses in Engaged Shamanism. These home study online courses are designed to carry the spirit of our work and of the land where we live to a much wider circle of people than those who identify with conscious dance practice as a way to learn, heal and develop themselves.

I am excited and happy with how these courses are turning out. Here is the link. As a teacher, I love the different ways of communicating that this opens up. Emilio Mula, the film maker we are working with, is brilliant at creating simple, strong graphics to illustrate and illuminate the concepts we are talking about. They are smart, humorous and memorable. Here are a couple of my current favourites: Ya’Acov is speaking about the stories we humans inevitably create (as the meaning makers we are) to carry us across the unknown mystery of life. This is illustrated with a small boat rocking on the great sea of the unknown. Later on I am speaking about the Kabbalistic “three plaited candle” of body, heart and mind, which when balanced and woven together allow the light of the soul to shine. Emilio’s graphic of this is simply beautiful.

I find myself imagining that for people who are deep into Movement Medicine (as well as those who are not) these courses may be useful. There is time to develop themes and conceptual understandings, as well as take people on a journey. And also, unlike in a workshop, we are talking to people in their own homes, so we can do things like guide people towards creating a personal altar with your own personal objects, in your own personal space.

And of course people who join these online courses may well want to do more, in which we are pointing them (at the end of each module) towards all the incredible Movement Medicine teachers worldwide, via the Movement Medicine Association website whose website has just been gloriously updated.

I hope you enjoy!

2) Meet my new teachers:

Last February we became the proud ‘owners’ of two wild born Exmoor Ponies: Ivor and Ivanhoe. Exmoors are an endangered breed which is thought to be the closest living relative to the ancient indigenous horses of Europe who are immortalised in the beautiful cave paintings of France and northern Spain. Their breeding, for countless generations wild on Exmoor, has everything to do with intelligence and survival, and nothing to do with domestication. They are inherently unbroken. Though they are small, when they are fully grown they will be strong enough to carry relatively little people, like myself and Ya’Acov.

Much of this story has to do with our meeting the extra-ordinary Dawn Westcott in the summer of 2016, who inspires us with her liberty work with her Exmoors, and her fine understanding of natural horsemanship as a Wild Pony Whisperer. Her books are wonderful and moving, and I recommend them, even if you yourself never go near a horse.

In February this year Dawn emailed me to let me know that she had found two colts (young males) for us. I replied that I didn’t even know we had asked her to look out for colts for us. She knew something we didn’t. We said “Yes!” They came to us only having been handled once when they were micro-chipped.

When they first arrived February 2017. They were about 9 months old.When they first arrived February 2017. They were about 9 months old.

Earning their trust, and beginning to make a real partnership, has been a huge teaching for me about the strength and sensitivity of the wild soul. I have always loved being around horses because of how honest and immediate a mirror they give you of your changing state, moment to moment. These wild ponies do that on a whole other level to any other horses I have ever met, so un-habituated are they to humans, and so strong is their survival instinct. As a result, I have learnt buckets about my own unconsciousness. I’ve been learning (over and over again) how, if ever I get attached to an outcome, they interpret this as “she’s in predator mode” and are gone. Wanting to get somewhere negates the dialogue of unfolding listening and responding that mutual, trusting relationship is built on. And then, when I have let go, and have relaxed into simply being, they are back. They do not hold onto how it was 5 minutes ago, they relate to what is real, now. What a gift to someone trying to become more self aware.

I love the natural horsemanship phrase: “if you want to hurry up, slow down”, and you may well have heard me say it, but I had no idea how slow that would need to be. Dawn often says, that with Exmoors, if in doubt, go softer. I also had no idea how soft that meant.

We are doing well, as I learn more and more about myself from them, and what they each need from me. Even though they are both sons of the Great Gatsby (a well known Exmoor Stallion, we are told) and their Mums also have the same father, so they are ¾ brothers, they are hugely different. Ivanhoe is brave, generous, stoic, steady and incredibly broad shouldered and strong. Ivor is slight, taller, flighty, shy, soft, curious and playful.

They are leading me on such a journey of love and of understanding more about what our human wild, strong and sensitive souls need too. They are teaching me more than I could ever have expected about a whole raft of things which are deeply linked to Movement Medicine. I wonder whether you will notice it in my teaching. And they are teaching me so much about myself deeply linked to what I am learning with Ya’Acov about trust and a whole new level of relationship.

Thank you to life and thank you Dawn, thank you Ivor and Ivanhoe for being willing to make this connection, and to our work and the land where we live which seems to revel in their presence. And thank you to my beloved best selling author husband, Ya’Acov, for supporting me so totally in this new and ancient passion, and for our wonder-full journey together, which feels like it is just beginning,

Susannah Darling Khan

Susannah’s Upcoming Events and Workshops:

Susannah’s new MP3 album “Life Grooves” of movement meditations is available now to pre-order. It should, we hope, be ready for Christmas…

22 November: Move! Evening with Susannah. Antwerp, Belgium.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance and into the experience.
Contact Luc: + 32 613 299 20; luc@owc.be

23 November: Move! Evening with Susannah. Strasbourg, France.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance and into the experience.
Contact Fabienne Hester: +33 (0)6 83 96 12 54; asso.vibrance@gmail.com

25 November: Journey to the Amazon – Fundraiser Event with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
Susannah talks about her experiences of her yearly visits to the Amazon, sharing heartfull stories, some slides of the journeys and the passion of making a difference where we can. This is a fundraiser for the Pachama Alliance who is powerfully supporting the protection of the rainforest and its peoples.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; +41 78 801 32 10

25–26 November: Source with Susannah. Basel, Switzerland.
In this safe and gentle space the participants are invited to discover more about their sexual energy, Source. We will be and move with our creative sexual energy, embody the masculine and feminine parts inside, discover and release some of the personal shadows around sexuality and finding back to the innocence of a sexual-creative being.
Contact Kristin: +41 78 801 32 10; movementmedicinebasel@gmx.ch

810 December: Ceremony in the City with Susannah. Hamburg, Germany.
This is an invitation to a dancing vision quest in a city setting, and in a non-religious paradigm. It takes courage and curiosity to dive into the dance of vision, purpose, and the truth of self expression, yet the rewards can appear in the beauty of uniting all of your sources of intelligence, and in the guidance and support present.
Contact Nina Jüetting: +49 172 415 2070; mail@ninajuetting.de

15 December: Move! Evening with Susannah. Lausanne, Switzerland.
This introductory event provides the opportunity to get into that body and just dance, express and move for one evening. Letting the mind drop into the body, our inner dancer will lead the way to free and authentic movement, bringing your whole self into the dance and into the experience.
Contact Véronique Champalou: +33 7 81 46 57 49; verochampaloudanse@gmail.com

16–20 December: Returning Home with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
As a rich workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, this space invites participants to reflect on a year that has past and unveil new dreams of another year ahead. Set amidst the stunning mountains of the Swiss Alps, this retreat provides an invitation to return to the essence of who you are, let go of what has been, plant new seeds and nurture your connection to Life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

21 December: Solstice Party with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255; roland@rwevents.co.uk

3–16 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World IV: Amazonian intensive with Dave Tucker, Susannah and Ya’Acov. Ecuador, South America.
In this radical and powerful intensive, Ya’Acov and Susannah team up with Pachamama Journeys director David Tucker to take participants on a life-changing journey into the rainforest.
Here you find more information about this journey.