The Roots of This Practice
“Movement Medicine connects us to the unbroken that lives within us all”. - Bonnie McAteer
"We are needed…each and every one of us...
We are needed by the future generations who come to me in my dreams. We are needed by the people of the forest and by the trees and unbroken nature they protect. And if we are to have the chance to evolve our human presence here on this earth into one that is just, sustainable and fulfilled, we are needed by the great mama under our feet to wake up and heal the wounds of the past so that we can live into a new dream here on this earth. And that is my prayer. And that is the prayer that is called Movement Medicine. And that is the prayer that is Engaged Shamanism. And through these prayers, we dedicate our action in this world.” Ya’Acov Darling Khan
"MOVEMENT MEDICINE is a body based movement meditation practice that will reconnect you to the wisdom of living from the heart, the joy of knowing who you are and the satisfaction of making your unique contribution to life. It will deepen your connection to yourself, your creativity and the integrity and guidance of your own soul.
It is for everyone who wants to wake up, discover more of their creative potential, study shamanism in a down-to-earth way, discover ecstasy without drugs, find community in a way that doesn’t require giving up individuality and find the courage to make your own unique contribution. In short, it’s for anyone who wants to include conscious dance as a way to freedom, mindfulness, awareness and fulfilment. "
I am a fully qualified Movement Medicine Teacher and have been working within this body of work since 2009. All of my training has been with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, the founders of Movement Medicine. I have undergone a full Apprenticeship, full professional teacher training and have also completed the CPD Level 1 Advanced Training in working with the Heart and the SEER Process (systemic essential energy retrieval) and Level 2 Advanced Training in working with Movement Medicine ritual and ceremony.
I draw on over 15 years experience of using movement work to support and transform my own journey through life; firstly through Shamanic trance dance, ritual and embodied sacred dance in the natural world, and later Five Rhythms, silent movement, conscious dance, Tantra work, vipassana meditation, and Joanna Macys “The work that reconnects”.
I have completed a Pacha Mamma Alliance facilitator training; with its roots deep in the Amazon Rainforest, this work helps to integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
I have recently been away teaching Movement Medicine in Thailand Koh Phangan at The Sanctuary and Orion Healing Centre and will be holding a ceremonial workshop “Sacred Space“ at Boom Festival in Portugal this summer (2018).
I also hold a love for dance performance, ritual art and fire dance. I am a dance performer and have been involved in performances in Goa India, Boom Festival Portugal, Ozora Festival Hungary and at Wembley Stadium London.
" Huge gratitude for the dance medicine space you hold with such tender mastery. Your voice, poetry Your presence a gift"
- Daisy Kaye Teacher at The Sanctuary Thailand
For me this body of work has been my integration. My grounding and roots, finding a language to express through that my soul understands and can translate. I have found an inner oasis within this practice that has been the bridge between my journeys away in South America and years spent around the world to my life here in the western world and my day to day life. For many years this split “ between the worlds” caused me much pain and suffering, always longing to run back to some distant land where I felt a deep nourishing connection with nature and life, with the sacred wild landscapes within and all around us. Now I have found this sacred landscapes of the forest within my being, within the inner body sensations deep in my inner dance. From this place I feel a wider sense of ground, connected to the elemental forces within and outside of myself , giving a wider sense of ground of self to express from connected to my heart and aware of the interconnectedness of all of life.
I see Movement Medicine as a tool, the practice of a way of moving with and through life and dancing with it all. DANCE is a fundamental part of our human story; for thousands of years we have used dance as a form of connection. Expression, Prayer, Art , Celebration. Honouring the Sacredness of Life, bringing us home to the awareness of our Interconnection on all levels with the world around us. Navigating the nature of this kind of dance enquiry teaches us how to begin to allow the frozen landscapes from within our being to begin to melt. Bringing all that was held down into the light of expression and healing.
I see dance as a bridge, a way to bring our true selves, dreams and purpose into manifested reality. Movement Medicine is a contemporary practice. Weaving together the teachings from many old Shamanic traditions to more recent forms of creative dance. Bringing these teachings into a format we can work with to aid us in our present times.
Focusing to re- connect HEART, BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.
Working with our core enquires of;
Who am I?
What am I here to do?
What is my unique gift to the world?
We discover that by releasing our body into movement, by giving ourselves back to the dancer inside. We connect with the self on a deep emotional level, bringing awareness to what is present for us in this moment ,what is truly going on inside under the surface of our outer worlds? This practice teaches embodiment. It shows us a pathway deep into our own physicality into the dance of Life. It encourages us to enquire and bring all that is present, the doubt , the joy ,the fear , pain, shyness, whatever it is we are feeling bring it into the here and now. See it and feel how it wants to move and move with it. It will begin to shift and transform as we move with and through.
With practice we give ourselves a wider sense of ground and centre. TRANSFORMATION. I see dance as a bridge; a way to begin to bring our true sense of self, dreams and purpose into manifest reality.
I am based in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, and travel Internationally to offer my work to you all.
All are welcome, whether you have been dancing this path for years or if this is new territory for you.
"Movement Medicine is an invitation to rise from the ashes of your suffering and evolve a new story that dignifies who you are and strengthens your love for and therefore, action on behalf of, the web of life." Ya’Acov Darling Khan
The phoenix is the central icon of Movement Medicine practice. It invites us to participate in the healing that is necessary for us to make the impossible possible, one step at a time. Whatever our individual and tribal wounds, we all have within us the power to overcome them and become part of a growing new story in which we recognise ourselves and each other as part of one global human family, all of us part of the web of life on which we all depend.