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Issue: February 2016 Newsletter
Fear, Earth, Moths and Deep Journeys

by Ailsa
Dear Dancers, It is with some surprise that I find myself sitting down to write this to you this morning! To be honest, the idea brings up a little fear: More open creativity and more exposure than Iím used to in this particular aspect of my work in the world of Movement Medicine; the part which happens in the School of Movement Medicine office. So Iím glad again for the medicine of earth that helps me ground that fear and get on and write.

‘Earth’ has been the focus of my Movement Medicine teaching this month, and I have been grateful again and again for the reminder to feel the support of the ground beneath me and the earthy substance of my body, and for the holding and roots that this has given me to face the myriad challenges of life. This month those challenges have included death, family relationships and a whole lot of turbulence brought to my home by a certain invasion of clothes moths. Just don’t get me talking on the subject of moths!

So how do I come to find myself guest editor? Hanna, the regular editor, is busy this month, and today is my first day in the role of Communications Officer now that Lucy has moved on to new things. So here I am!

As I write, Susannah and Ya’Acov are heading off for Ecuador to lead another Amazonian Intensive along with the Pachamama Alliance. Then from the end of the month Ya’Acov will go on to an American tour that takes in Vermont, San Diego, Esalen and Port Townsend. If you have friends in the States do let them know about this rare opportunity to experience Movement Medicine there. Susannah, meanwhile, will be offering ‘Resonance’ at the Waldhaus centre in Switzerland from 4th to 8th March – working with both dance and voice as keys to liberate life force, power and creativity.

There are still places on the ‘Journey of Empowerment’ ongoing group with Caroline Carey which begins on 8th March. Caroline brings a wealth of experience to her work and this will be a powerful and empowering initiation in to the core practices of Movement Medicine. It can also be a very good step on the path towards Apprenticeship in Movement Medicine. Speaking of Apprenticeship, applications for our new format Apprenticeship, beginning in September, are due by the end of March. The Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme is a profoundly deep yet supportive opportunity to bring the medicine of movement to the dance of your whole life, and also provides the foundations for the Professional Training. The Apprenticeship Programme opened me to engage with life in ways that I never believed possible for me. Very thoroughly recommended!

The early bird deadline for one of the prerequisites for the Apprenticeship, the ‘Phoenix Retreat’, ends on the 12th February, and there are just a few places left, so do be in touch very soon if you would like to take part. The ‘Phoenix’, which takes place in Devon, UK, from 5th to 11th May, is a chance to dance with and transform the stories you hold about life and to discover and embody new stories.

If you would like to bring Movement Medicine to the dance of your relationship, Susannah and Ya’Acov’s new two-module workshop for committed couples, ‘The Space Between Us’ begins this August in Switzerland. No previous experience of Movement Medicine is required in order to take part. The early bird deadline for that is 1st May.

Well it turns out it has been rather nice to say hello to you all and to tell you a little about these workshops, many of which have been profound and life changing experiences for me. And that ground is still holding me well when those little flutters of fear are around. I wonder what I will be asked to do next?

Lots of love,

Ailsa

For our full programme of events please go to http://www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com/workshops/calendar-of-events/

 

‘Earth’ has been the focus of my Movement Medicine teaching this month, and I have been grateful again and again for the reminder to feel the support of the ground beneath me and the earthy substance of my body, and for the holding and roots that this has given me to face the myriad challenges of life. This month those challenges have included death, family relationships and a whole lot of turbulence brought to my home by a certain invasion of clothes moths. Just don’t get me talking on the subject of moths!

So how do I come to find myself guest editor? Hanna, the regular editor, is busy this month, and today is my first day in the role of Communications Officer now that Lucy has moved on to new things. So here I am!

As I write, Susannah and Ya’Acov are heading off for Ecuador to lead another Amazonian Intensive along with the Pachamama Alliance. Then from the end of the month Ya’Acov will go on to an American tour that takes in Vermont, San Diego, Esalen and Port Townsend. If you have friends in the States do let them know about this rare opportunity to experience Movement Medicine there. Susannah, meanwhile, will be offering ‘Resonance’ at the Waldhaus centre in Switzerland from 4th to 8th March – working with both dance and voice as keys to liberate life force, power and creativity.

There are still places on the ‘Journey of Empowerment’ ongoing group with Caroline Carey which begins on 8th March. Caroline brings a wealth of experience to her work and this will be a powerful and empowering initiation in to the core practices of Movement Medicine. It can also be a very good step on the path towards Apprenticeship in Movement Medicine. Speaking of Apprenticeship, applications for our new format Apprenticeship, beginning in September, are due by the end of March. The Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Programme is a profoundly deep yet supportive opportunity to bring the medicine of movement to the dance of your whole life, and also provides the foundations for the Professional Training. The Apprenticeship Programme opened me to engage with life in ways that I never believed possible for me. Very thoroughly recommended!

The early bird deadline for one of the prerequisites for the Apprenticeship, the ‘Phoenix Retreat’, ends on the 12th February, and there are just a few places left, so do be in touch very soon if you would like to take part. The ‘Phoenix’, which takes place in Devon, UK, from 5th to 11th May, is a chance to dance with and transform the stories you hold about life and to discover and embody new stories.

If you would like to bring Movement Medicine to the dance of your relationship, Susannah and Ya’Acov’s new two-module workshop for committed couples, ‘The Space Between Us’ begins this August in Switzerland. No previous experience of Movement Medicine is required in order to take part. The early bird deadline for that is 1st May.

Well it turns out it has been rather nice to say hello to you all and to tell you a little about these workshops, many of which have been profound and life changing experiences for me. And that ground is still holding me well when those little flutters of fear are around. I wonder what I will be asked to do next?

Lots of love,

Ailsa

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www. schoolofmovementmedicine.com