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Our Directors

Welcome to The School of Movement Medicine. We are Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan and we are the founders of Movement Medicine and the Directors of The School of Movement Medicine.

Since 1989, we have been travelling the world encouraging people to move beyond their held patterns and self-limiting expectations and discover themselves and their gifts through movement. In order to do that, we’ve had to do exactly the same ourselves.

Our journey has taken us to meet and work with some extraordinary people. We have studied with healers and shamans from the Amazon to the Arctic Circle, including an 18-year apprenticeship with Gabrielle Roth.

We know for ourselves how important it is to be part of a supportive community in order to grow, and we are happy that Movement Medicine is becoming such a space. We feel that every one of us has something unique to offer the world that we are part of, and that in offering it, both the self and the world are enriched.
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Susannah and Ya’Acov are the authors of Movement Medicine – How To Awaken, Dance and Live your Dreams (Hay House). All books and CDs are available from The Movement Medicine Shop

Susannah Darling Khan

Susannah has been in love with life on earth since she was a small girl. She is a clear and compassionate teacher and human being. Her passion, love and commitment for life is infectious and is reflected in her care for each dancer and for the planet we call home. She is a dancer, singer, writer and teacher whose integration of physical, emotional and conceptual awareness creates a fertile field of possibility. Her background is in Anthropology, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and Family Constellations. Her seven albums are available from the Movement Medicine Shop.

Susannah creates a hallowed space. Her teaching has enormous lucidity; it’s both subtle and simple. I feel in safe, respectful hands. She brings a lovely balance between cool, clear muscular thought, quick humour, joy and a wild daring: a graceful marriage between mind and body, masculine and feminine, sensitivity and innate authority.Susan Law, Psychotherapist and Trainer
It is my joy and privilege to offer movement as medicine for individual and collective healing, empowerment, co-creation and conscious evolution. I love the way dance and song plug us into the ‘joy stream’ of life energy, as we align with the truth of who we are. I love supporting people to blossom, to release the masks, and to discover their place in the circle. For me, this work is sacred, transformative and dedicated to the well being of all our relations.Susannah Darling Khan

Susannah’s creations include the CDs (in order of most recent) All the Earth is Sacred (accompanied by a song book of the same name), Elemental, Movement Medicine CD 1 (with Ya’Acov), Still Waves, Wild Prayer, Party for God and The Walrog. You can also hear her on the Long dance CDs 21 Gratitudes and Another 21 Gratitudes. She wrote the book The Walrog, a magical fairy tale for adults and children.

To read Susannah’s recent blog posts, click here.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan

From a young age, Ya’Acov has been drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites. He has pursued this yearning throughout his adult life, studying and practicing with many gifted teachers around the world. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman (*) by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. His Movement Medicine workshops are inspiring, empowering, contemporary and practical and are attended by people from all walks of life.

Ya’Acov teaches with mastery, one ear listening for guidance from beyond. He creates a field of trance in which the psyche can build and mend. His workshops are vast landscapes where the soul can dream wholeness.Andrew Holmes, 5Rhythms Teacher
Life really does have a sense of humour. How does a guy, raised near Liverpool, who as a teenager, only ever danced when he was drunk, get to become a movement teacher? At the age of 21, I got a wake up call when I was hit by lightening on a golf course. After this and until recently, I struggled for years to come to terms with a perception of life that only traditional Shamanism could explain. Along the way, I had to carve out a sense of normality and accept that this being’s soul speaks the language of dance, ritual and prayer. I have come to recognise that re-awakening and forever deepening a sense of the magic, potential and splendour of creation in as many people as possible, is the blessing I am lucky enough to call my job!” Ya'Acov Darling Khan

Ya’Acov’s is the best-selling author of  Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart – the Real-Life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman (Hay House 2017) .His new book, Shaman – Opening the Door Between the Worlds (Hay House),will come out in the spring of 2019. His creations include the CDs: Shaman’s SongMovement Medicine CD 1 (with Susannah). You can hear him on the Long Dance CDs 21 Gratitudes and Another 21 Gratitudes.

(*) Ya’Acov writes: ‘Shaman’ means traditional healer. It is a much over-used and maligned word and I use it with caution. It is not something that one can call oneself. It is a vocation and a student is traditionally given this ‘job title’ by their elders and teachers at a certain point in their journey. As with any vocation, one initiation is just the preparation for the next.

To read Ya’Acov’s recent blog posts, click here.

As we have grown older, we have become more and more committed to finding a more sustainable way of life. We recognise that there is a struggle going on between a way of life that puts ‘me’ first and a way of life that recognises the reality of our interconnectivity. We are engaged in this struggle in many ways both internally and in the choices we make about how we live. We invite everyone who studies with us to go beyond a wish for personal freedom and happiness and to find their own way to creatively engage with the challenges of our times. We have found that there is no greater satisfaction than putting our love for life into action.

When we met in 1986, we had a vision. This vision was to find or create a body of work to help people (including ourselves) heal our relationships with ourselves, each other, between cultures, and between humans and the wider community of life on earth. We were also aware of the huge shadows and suffering caused by the dogma in mainstream religions telling people what to believe. We feel strongly that everyone should have the freedom to find out for themselves how to be in relationship with life and with the Creator if that’s their gig. For us, the Great Mystery has always been present and always will be.

The landscape of our studies included Shamanism, conscious movement work including 22 years of studying with Helen Poynor (Walk of Life) and 18 years of teaching 5 Rhythms (we trained with Gabrielle Roth in 1989), Gestalt Psychotherapy and more recently, Constellations work, Systems Theory and the work of the Pachamama Alliance.

Our vision began life as the MikkOpi Project. It later evolved into the 5 To Midnight Gaia Dance Project. We then became Gabrielle Roth’s Moving Center School for Europe, and finally in 2007, that original vision found its full expression as Movement Medicine through The School of Movement Medicine.

We live on the edge of Dartmoor in the UK, and in 2014 we are, for a few short months, both 50. We’ve been married for half our lives and keep discovering how much more there is to love and know about the mystery that is each other.

Our Teachers and Thanks

We honour the many inspiring teachers who we have been blessed to study and learn with over the years:

Heather Moon Owl, Sue Moon Dragon, Batty Thunder Bear Gold, Gabrielle Roth, Helen Poynor, Anna Halprin, Arwyn Dreamwalker, Chloe Goodchild, Sandra Smith, Roz Walker, Julian Marshall, Ursula Fawcett, Peggy Sherno, John Leary-Joyce, Jane Puddy-Kahn, Victor Sanchez, Merrilyn Tunneshende, Suprapto Suryadarmo, Bikko Matthe Pentha, Hamilton Souther, Alberto Torres Davila, Albrecht Mahr, Don Rafael Taisch, Jimpikit, and Tsumpa.

To all our students past, present and future, we say a big thank you for teaching us how to teach and for keeping our feet firmly on the ground! You are all a deep inspiration for our work.

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