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Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart


Engaged Shamanism through Movement Medicine – A weekend workshop with Ya’Acov Darling Khan

“The purpose of shamanism is to become who you are – engaged with, connected to and in a dynamic balance of ever-deepening reciprocal relationship with the powers that give you life.”
Ya’Acov Darling Khan

In this transformative weekend workshop, Ya’Acov invites you to revision your life as a shamanic journey of initiation through which you discover who you are and what is yours to give.

The workshop is inspired by Ya’Acov’s 30-year initiation into the shaman’s world and will guide you through the four stages of contemporary shamanic initiation that he describes in his latest book:

1. Coming Down to Earth: Discovering the path
2. Fire in the Belly: Commitment to the path
3. Waters of Life: Becoming teachable
4. Winds of Change: Initiation

Jaguar in the Body invokes the raw, embodied power of our true and wild natures and of nature itself. The jaguar is a fierce protector of what it loves. Butterfly in the Heart invokes the shining and fleeting beauty that we catch glimpses of in one another when we feel safe enough to see and be seen. The butterfly is the miracle of transformation that touches us with its soft and silent wings.Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart by Ya’Acov Darling Khan

Out of the experience of meeting the jaguar and the butterfly in you, you will emerge with a growing capacity to harness the fascinating and alchemically potent blend of vulnerability and power that is so central to our human journey. Movement Medicine weaves together the exhilaration of free dance with the depth of movement meditation, story-telling and the spirit of shamanic practice. It challenges the paradigm of separation and reminds us of the interconnected nature of the web of life and our unique place in it.


From the deepest part of my heart I have to thank you. The workshop gave me a very important key. I have always struggled with my energy from far out of one side to far out to the other side. So I have thought that to keep me in balance I shall always stay in the middle. And then I have asked myself why I am never happy and feel bored. And when you gave me the answer Jaguar and Butterfly, at last I got a tool to allow me to embrace all these energies and how to use it in all differnt stages,shapes and to let them out instead of telling myself that they are not allowed. What a difference! Now I begin to understand what balance is. It is not about – or + it is to embrace all of my energies and give it shapes.Micaela Axelson Helsingborg Sverige - Sweden

Forthcoming dates:
May 2019 – Hamburg, Germany
Dec 2019 – London,UK
May 2020 – South Africa