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Year Review and our Exciting New Plans for 2019 – Dec 2018

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By Ya’Acov Darling Khan

I thought 2017 went fast. And it’s hard to believe that time could go faster but for me, this year has been a miraculous blur of learning, expansion, deep inner work and discovery in every area of my life. I have been challenged to my core. I’ve cried more tears and felt more fears. And I’ve been grateful on many an occasion for the boxing gloves and pads that Susannah and I keep in our living room to support each other to release some of the day to day frustrations of human life in a body on earth.

At the same time, my heart has stretched so far beyond its known limits that I’ve had to re-draw my inner map. Many times, as I was writing my new book, Shaman (due for release in October 2019), I crossed the bridge into the unknown and became a channel for what wanted to come through. I learned so much about myself and about the kind of shamanism I am wanting to bring into our world from writing. Without Susannah’s unflinching support behind me, I would have fallen. It’s been a year in which I went from kindergarten to junior school in terms of learning how to ask clearly for what I need. I’m still amazed by how much easier life is when I find the courage to reveal myself! What courage we need to go beyond fear. What discipline, self-love and purpose we need to help us to creatively navigate the lives we live! What creativity life asks from us as we learn to recognise how we are dreaming the dream we are dreaming.

My experience of teaching has deepened as the Movement Medicine maps continue to unveil their mysteries. There are many times when I find myself in awe as another facet of our work becomes visible. Next year, 2019, Susannah and I will offer our last Movement Medicine Apprenticeship – this will be our seventh generation of apprentices and if those who have already stepped are a sign of the strength and quality that seventh generation will hold, it’s going to be a very strong circle indeed. We have begun the process of teaching other trained Movement Medicine Professionals to hold their own apprenticeships. This is a deep process for us. We are in our mid 50’s now and we’ve been on the road teaching for thirty years. Since we began Movement Medicine, we have always held the dream that we would pass on the totality of our work to those who feel it is their life path to hold this journey. This is not without its challenges but the idea of placing a glass ceiling on people’s development within Movement Medicine made both of us feel nauseous – and it’s such a fine balance to own the knowledge and wisdom we have gathered in our teaching journeys and to trust people to find their own ways. So far so good. The dream of Movement Medicine apprenticeships happening in different cultures and situations tickles that spot deep inside which can only be described as soul purpose.

To be clear (we find that we keep having to repeat this), we are not leaving Movement Medicine behind. We are growing, faster at this point of our lives than at any other. We are stepping into our place as elders within the community that has grown up around our work. And we have so much we want to offer.

Which brings me to the news I want to share with you about a new project that we will begin in 2019. To coincide with the release of my new book in the Autumn of 2019, we will be launching our new baby into the world. It’s likely to be called Movement (is Medicine)-Tribe. It will be a membership site that will be an evolution of our online work and take over from our monthly webinars. We have been running online Movement Medicine classes for the past few years, with the wonderful support of Jens in Hamburg and of our Faculty in more recent times. The name of the webinars has been Bringing the Dance Back Home, which was the precise intention of offering our work in that format. We have kept on receiving requests for more support with how to integrate the experience of the workshop into everyday life. Movement-Tribe will attend to that. Every month, there will be a live online class with Susannah or myself. At times, we will bring in guest teachers from other movement-based disciplines to compliment our practice. Each month, there will also be a zoom meeting for participants where you can ask questions about your practice, meet other members of Movement-Tribe, and share your experiences of practice. Alongside this, there will be monthly teachings on different aspects of Movement Medicine practice. Our curriculum will be interactive in nature as we will have the chance to respond to your questions about bringing the medicine of movement into every area of your life. We’re planning to launch the whole event with an online Conscious Dance Conference featuring teachers from many different traditions that will take place at the end of August.

We are super excited to be bringing this new dream to life. And just to let you into a little secret………we’re going to be offering a very special deal for all those who are subscribed to our webinar series (only £28-00 for the remaining 8 webinars in the old format). If you’re at all interested in this, signing up for the webinars (and the huge library of previous webinars that become available to all those signed up), might just be a good idea. As Movement-Tribe takes more shape, we will keep you in the loop with all the latest developments.

One more piece of news for you. On 10th December at 5pm UK time, I will be a guest speaker for the Masters of Flow conference, a free online conference, a free online event hosted by Dustin Urban, a very interesting man who was a member of the US Kayak team. There’s a host of interesting speakers, all offering their experience for free on the topic of Flow.

Finally, with the help of a very generous man, Alan Sanday, we set up the Movement Medicine sponsorship fund ten years ago. We handed it over to new trustees and it is now doing a wonderful job really finding its feet with sterling work from Margaret Davies as its chair, and many others who donate their time for free. We are so happy that the fund is now enabling people to experience our work who would not be able to otherwise. This has the massive benefit of slowly but surely increasing the diversity in our community. One step at a time on the long road.

In the season of giving, may I be so bold as to suggest a donation? You can also buy beautiful flasks, note books and bags from the shop with the #loveinaction logo shining out beautifully advertising the work of the fund far and wide.

As we approach the end of 2018, with all the challenges we face as a species with climate change, extinction rebellions (bravo to all the MM dancers who have been protesting, drumming and dancing to highlight the extinction crisis), and so much upheaval and change in the world, I wish you all moments of deep peace and nourishment over the Solstice, Chanukah, Diwali and Christmas season. We could all do with a little more peace and the time to remember just what a miracle it is to be here at all.

Drumming out my love and respect through the roots, trunk and branches of the tree of life in all directions. Be well. Be yourself. Give everything whilst you can. There’s no greater joy in life.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan

December 2018


Upcoming events and workshops with Ya’Acov:

10 December: Masters of Flow Conference with Ya’Acov. Online.
For more information on the talk, click here.

14–16 December: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. Trevisio, Italy.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Tamara and Silvana: +39 3396571488;

18–22 December: Returning Home with Ya’Acov and Susannah. Waldhaus, Switzerland.
This annual workshop of story telling, art, dance and ritual, invites participants to reflect on the 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 community and to all life.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 (0)1803 762255;

8–12 January: Dancing with the Heart of the World with Susannah and Ya’Acov, Costa Rica.
This powerful intensive weaves together the strong practices and tools of Movement Medicine of embodied healing with the message and intention of the Pachamama Alliance Awakening the Dreamer Symposium . We are going through strong and challenging times together, personally and collectively. Big shifts are on the horizon if we want to protect the magic of life on earth. This workshop is a space to dance with and realign our dreams and give energy to the seeds we wish to plant in our lives. We will explore the personal connection to and love for all life and how that manifests in our being and doing, and we will learn how to step more and more into our power so that we are resourceful and fulfilled humans that can make a positive contribution to earth and humanity.
Contact: Gaya:

25–27 January: Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart with Ya’Acov. San Rafael, CA, USA.
Based on Ya’Acov’s recent book and on his own 30-year long initiation into being a shaman, this workshop is an invitation to review your life, to further discover who you are and what is yours to give. You will skilfully be guided to meeting that ‘Jaguar’ inside you that protects fiercely what it loves, and the ‘Butterfly’, that part which is vulnerable, magically beautiful, only coming out when it really is safe to be seen. The workshop will explore the blend of these two parts and challenge our paradigm of separation.
Contact Jennifer Coffey:

30 Jan–3 Feb.: The Alchemy of Infinity with Ya’Acov. Port Townsend, WA, USA.
This workshop is about healing the sacred cycle of giving and receiving. It playfully and lovingly challenges our perception of our capacity to give and to receive, challenging the idea that happiness comes through accumulation of wealth or ‘things’. It offers powerful and embodied tools and guidance to heal our personal wounds around the naturally harmonious and balanced cycle of giving and receiving. This is a very potent and important workshop in our current times, offering a chance to discover through dance and community where our true happiness lies.
Contact: Jen Coffey:

30 January: CPD Webinar with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Online.
This is a webinar for everyone who ha
s taken or is participating in Movement Medicine Professional Training. It provides the space to hear about and explore subjects or themes, suggested by you or Ya’Acov and Susannah, which are related to your professional work with Movement Medicine. All sessions are recorded and accessible to the subscribers of the CPD webinars.
Contact Roland:

8–17 February: Professional Training Module 2 with Susannah and Ya’Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This module of the Professional Training covers mostly the hands-on practice and learning of holding space on the dance floor and how to guide and support people through personal processes and transformation. It will offer a new perspective on all the many tools of Movement Medicine, as the focus shifts from experiencing them for oneself to utilizing them to guide others.
Contact Roland: