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Apprenticeship Programme

with Ya’Acov Darling Khan & Susannah Darling Khan

Staff:  The Apprenticeship will be supported by a strong team of mentors as well as visiting guests


The 2019/20 Apprenticeship Programme is now fully booked. You can join the next Apprenticeship Programme starting by September 2021 and led by David Mooney and Yasia Leiserach.

For more detail please click HERE.


Just as the acorn contains within it the blueprint of the fully-grown oak tree, each of us holds within us a unique pattern for what we can become. Given the right conditions, we will grow in time and in harmony with the seasons. An environment that is both supportive and demanding establishes the inner resources we need to give ourselves the best opportunity to awaken, embody the dreams we hold deep within us, and develop our potential as creative and empowered human beings.

In the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme, our intention is to provide such an environment to enable you to reach your full potential. In the context of this, you will be supported to find a healthy balance between accepting and being who you are, and continuing your evolution towards becoming all that you can be, making your contribution to the world and realising your dreams. This happens through a deep immersion in Movement Medicine practice and the support of a strong staff team and circle of peers. Ultimately, the Apprenticeship Programme is a journey towards deepening your own medicine, creativity and offering in the world. Your expanding self-knowledge and healing are part of this.

During the programme, our work will take us on a journey of embodiment through Movement Medicine practice using the teachings of the Movement Medicine Mandala as our guide. Individual feedback is essential to help each of us make conscious, and then work with, our own blind spots. Therefore, we and our small team of experienced staff and Faculty will work with you individually to get a clear sense of where you are in your life, help you to establish focus, direction and intention, and, together, generate a dynamic, practical and tailor-made programme for your apprenticeship.


  • want to integrate the practice, philosophy and application of Movement Medicine as ‘medicine for our times’
  • want to make a difference in the world and walk their talk in all areas of life
  • have the intention to embody who they are in all aspects of their lives
  • want to work in an atmosphere of support, challenge and kindness to self and others
  • have a sense of humour about themselves and yet are serious about what they want to create in this life
  • want to train to use the principles and practices of Movement Medicine in their work
  • want to join the community of Movement Medicine Practitioners.

after completing the Apprenticeship, you will be free to:

  • continue onto the two-module Professional Training (next one beginning in 2018)
  • continue as a practitioner within the Apprenticeship community by repeating any module or attending any further electives (with a 50 per cent reduction in tuition) whenever you wish to, as well as attending the annual Winter Dream Dance gathering
  • go on your merry way wherever life leads you.

The programme consists of three core modules with Susannah and Ya’Acov, plus two five-day electives with either one of us or our Faculty. The electives will cover a variety of specialties, including voice work and video feedback (Susannah), vision quest and burial ceremonies (Ya’Acov), and work offered by the School of Movement Faculty. Nine mentoring sessions are also included in the programme.

The main intention of the new structure is to give you more flexibility in how you design the timing, content and length of your apprenticeship. The three core modules with us will be offered every year so that you can spread the time of your apprenticeship over a longer period of up to two years, and also choose to take any of the modules again as part of a deep-diving community of Apprentices. After your initial programme, the tuition fees for any further modules or electives you choose to take will be reduced by 50 per cent. These modules and electives will also be open to any Apprentices from previous programmes who wish to resource themselves in this way.

The Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2019 is the last to be offered by Susannah and Ya’Acov and so it will be necessary for those joining the programme at that time to complete all three core modules by the end of July 2020.

There is though a new Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme starting in 2021 in the Czech Republic which will be run by David Mooney and Yasia Leiserach.  For more details go HERE.

Programme Structure


  1. Intention – Dreaming into action
  2. Immersion – Deepening your practice
  3. Expansion Community Gathering and Summer Long Dance

These modules will be repeated each year as well as a choice of three or four electives from which you can choose. Your first core module must be the Intention module and you must complete all modules and electives within two years.

ELECTIVES: Two five-day electives are included in the price of your apprenticeship. Each year, the School will offer a variety of electives from which you can choose. Once you have been accepted on to the Apprenticeship Programme it may be possible to include electives before, as well as after, you take the Intention core module. Please be in touch if you are interested in doing this. If you wish to take more than two electives, you will receive a 50% reduction on the tuition fees for any additional electives you choose to take.

MENTORING: The Apprenticeship also includes nine individual Skype coaching/mentoring sessions with staff members, including one session with Susannah and one with Ya’Acov.

Preparing for the Apprenticeship

To get the most out of your apprenticeship, it is important to feel adequately prepared. Below we outline the minimum prerequisites for the Apprenticeship Programme, as well as recommendations for further preparation. Please feel free to apply if you are still missing a few courses but plan to complete them before the course begins.


  1. 175 hours of conscious dance practice* (or Journey of Empowerment ongoing group if you have done it in the past. This workshop is no longer available)
  2. Phoenix Retreat OR Phoenix Rising (1 Phoenix Retreat or 2 * Phoenix Rising)
  3. Initiation – An odyssey through the nine life cycles.

*Of this, a maximum of 75 hours can include related conscious dance practice, such as Open Floor, Tamalpa Institute, the Amerta work of Suprapto Suryadarmo, 5Rhythms and Soul Motion. The remaining 100 hours must be Movement Medicine practice, of which at least 75 hours must be with a qualified Movement Medicine Teacher (or Ya’Acov or Susannah). Of these 75 hours, at least 25 hours must be in School of Movement Medicine workshops (with Ya’Acov, Susannah or Faculty).

Further preparation

The prerequisites listed above are a minimum. We encourage those wishing to apply for the Apprenticeship to dance deeply with Movement Medicine as much and as frequently as possible. As well as attending classes and weekend workshops, we particularly recommend that you attend Re-Creation and any other intensives you feel drawn to.

Practical information


CORE MODULES 2019/2020:
Module 1: Intention – Dreaming into action, 25 October – 3 November 2019
Module 2: Immersion – Deepening your practice, Feb 2020
Module 3: Expansion & Summer Long Dance, 12-22 July 2021

Extra event open to all MM apprentice: Apprenticeship Gathering and Winter Dream Dance, 8-14 March 2021


Kindness in the Mirror with Susannah Darling Khan & David Mooney, 29th March – 3rd April 2022
Finding Freedom from Addictive Patterns with Catherine Wright, 29th March -3rd April 2022
Your Voice Matters with Susannah Darling Khan, 31 May – 5th June 2022
In the Mirror of Thee: A Movement Medicine Vision Quest with Ya’Acov, 7-13 June 2022
Power Stories and Burial Ceremony with Ya’Acov Darling Khan, 3 – 8 May 2022

Further details about these electives to follow. Once you have been accepted on to the Apprenticeship Programme it may be possible to include electives before, as well as after, you take the Intention core module. Please be in touch if you are interested in doing this.

Location: Rill Estate and additional locations in Devon and Somerset, UK, and Orval, Belgium.


£4,895: tuition for all modules and intra-module coaching
£95: non-returnable application fee
£2,700 approx.: food and accommodation, upgrade options are available.

There are also discounts worth up to £450. Details of the payment structure, including details of discounts, are included in the application form, which is available below.

Application procedure: Applications should be sent to You need to transfer the £95 non-returnable application fee at the time of your application.
The 2019/20 Apprenticeship Programme is now full with a waiting list.  You are still welcome to submit an application and to join the waiting list if your application is successful.

Download the Apprenticeship-Application-form-2019-2020

My experiences on the dance floor re-wire my brain, and shape my wider life, helping me to be a better mother, partner, social worker, manager, friend, gardener – everything!Margaret Davies
The gift of my journey so far is the returning feeling of embodiment: of body, heart and mind connected, which finds expression in presence and happiness.Andrea Rainer

Susannah talks about the new format:

Newsletter articles

This Poignant Moment by Susannah DK, Oct-2019

Earthed in the Winds of Change – April 2019
The Future of the Apprenticeship Programme – Sept 2018
Awakenings – Sept 2018
The Dance of Continuity and Change – May 2018
Colouring in – October 2016
New Year, New Apprenticeship – January, 2016
Autumn Blaze – November 2015
Why Apprenticeship Programme? – November 2015
Launching our new rolling Apprenticeship Programme – July 2015
One pointed arrow of body, heart, and mind – Dec 14

MM Environmental and Social Justice Group – Spring extra 2014
An invitation – Oct 2013
Contributing through our quality of being – Oct 2013
Inter-being and the Winter Dream Dance – Feb 13
Living the Dream I Didn’t Know I Had! – Jan 13
Apprenticeship I – Nov 12
Empowerment, Responsibility & Living The Dream – Nov 12
Gremlin Heaven – Nov 12
Drawings – Sept 12
A Long Apprenticeship – Sept 12
Chasing Monks & Dancing Trees – July 12
Movement Medicine: becoming an ‘All day artist’ – Jan 11
Apprenticeship 2012 – April 10
Apprenticeship: Suicidal wisdom, repetition and seagull dreaming Oct 09