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Issue: April Newsletter
Holding and Unfolding

By Hanna
In our northern parts of the earth, spring is weaving its light and its scents, its colours and sounds still softly yet visible into our life, living and experiencing. I AM aware that this is happening each and every year. Yet! every spring anew, I really am touched by all the miracles and wonder right there in front of me: little buds about to burst with life, small flowers protecting their individual secrets still to be revealed, the first greens and colours, or the joyful, chirpy birds - all suggestions of new beginnings, new courage, new daring, new awakenings, and joy of living

These buds, still shy and in their earliest moments of growth and the preparation of unfolding, mirror some of the processes and learnings of my Movement Medicine practice.

Firstly they made me wonder... whether the ever so slight movements of these blossoms are the careful manifestation of their winter dreams. Dreamt through many months of cold, little sunlight and hibernation, covered by a blanket of snow or some “wintersilence”, maybe it is their dreams which are now, slowly slowly, finding their first forms and appearance – in various buds and processes – towards leaves, flowers or plants.

And fairly obviously this also reflects one of my most-loved gifts taken with me from the Journey of Empowerment: the natural and crucial balance between being and becoming. It is so simple, yet for me and my story, an invaluable reminder – again and again… and again...

One of my dear fellow journeying dancers shared a most beautiful metaphor of this being and becoming in one of our one-on-one sharings:

"If I was to witness the entire process of a bud growing into a whole beautiful open flower, and if I was to take a photo of each and every stage of growth and development of this flower opening, I see and understand that every single photo taken, each moment of being, growth and becoming, however early or far, is always perfect in itself. Not once does an opening flower look wrong, not-enough or unfinished. In every moment of this process, it is a perfect bud, or a (becoming) flower – just as it is right then."

Yes: it is ALL already there (in the seed, the bud, and in me and everyone...). It is all in the holding. It is all in the unfolding. Each has its own space and timing, guided by its own wisdom within. A flower-bud does not have to addsomething to become a flower; it is all held inside, and revealed to the outside – in time.

These words have stayed with me as a precious gift, and time and again gently guide me out of yet another 'I am not enough'-movie playing in my head.

These words have stayed with me; this sharing has stayed with me and has become a part of my being, growing and learning.

And so have many valuable moments of sharing, dancing and being together with many Movement Medicine companions through our processes, like seeds planted, witnessed by me in their growth as they pop up in my experiences and integration from time to time.

I am truly amazed, as well as deeply touched, by these profound shifts and healing experiences, kindled through the dynamics of the group – through our relations, through our presence with each other, through our truths, caring, compassion and love.

...So deeply touched that I share some more about my fascination with this healing within the group of a MM workshop in a separate article.

Enjoy this newsletter! And its various expressions and manifestations of our unique opening flowers and the voices of our hearts. Consider it your Movement Medicine Easter surprise, where you may find what you possibly did not search for, but what wants to come your way anyhow.

For your very own personal and communal dreaming, creating, holding and unfolding, you may find some inspiration in the following, numerous and colourful workshops offered by Susannah, Ya'Acov and guest teachers:

The Phoenix Retreat (Devon, UK, 22–28 May) is coming up, and is only offered once a year: an intense MM journey, guiding you to discover and free yourself from stories of the past, uncovering and distilling more of your true intention and purpose.

Or if it is Initiation (Devon, UK, 4–13 September) which is calling you, there is still an early bird discount, running out on the 14th of May!

And following the offering of your very own colours of unfolding and blossoming outward into the world and into all your and our relations, there is theSummer Long Dance (Devon, UK, 3–9 July) – a ceremony of dance, song and prayer, embodying community, responsibility and the deep interconnectedness of all beings and spirit.

I wish us all grounded and happy dancing feet, and pure joy in these spaces of and between holding and unfolding.


Forthcoming Events and Workshops:

April 4–5: Circles of Connections with David Mooney. Antwerp, Belgium. 
With a preceding Open Dance! on Friday, 3 April.
Contact Luc: +32 61 329 920;

April 10–12: Dare to Dream with Ya'Acov. Edinburgh, UK.
Contact Catherine: +44 131 557 4278;

April 17: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Paris, France.
A great introduction to Movement Medicine!
Contact Pierre-Henri: +33 61 532 5816;

April 17: Move! Evening with Susannah. Dublin, Ireland.
Contact Kate: +353 83 370 3601;

April 18–19: Power of the Heart with Susannah. Dublin, Ireland.
Exploring the great beauty and power of the heart. Dancing and moving with and from your own heart, identifying it as your personal guide, and learning about your full emotional landscape.
Contact Kate: +353 83 370 3601;

April 18–19: Arc of Time with Ya'Acov. Paris, France.
Contact Pierre-Henri: +33 61 532 5816;

April 28: Bringing the Dance Back Home  with Susannah and Ya'Acov. Online.
In this webinar you are able to strengthen and experience your practice at home, dance a led Movement Medicine session in your own living room and invite friends to join in. It's £35 for 10 webinars, plus the online access to all the past webinars. 
For further information contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;

April 30: Awaken and Live Your Dreams – a Talk by Ya'Acov. Gunmaken, Japan.
Contact Megumi: +81 802 213 2077;

May 1: Move! Evening with Ya'Acov. Tokyo, Japan.
Contact Megumi: +81 802 213 2077;

May 1: Move! Evening with Susannah. Berlin, Germany.
Contact: Kathrin +49 302 845 8820

May 2–3: Power of the Heart with Susannah. Berlin, Germany.
Contact Kathrin: +49 302 845 8820;

May 2–3: Way of the Dancing Warrior with Ya'Acov. Gunmaken, Japan.
Contact Megumi: +81 802 213 2077;

May 8: Move! Evening with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Contact Matthias: +45 21 261 120;

May 9–10: Arc of Time with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Contact Matthias: +45 21 261 120;

May 12–16: The 'Hollow Bone' Medicine Ways of Movement (Module 1) with Caroline Carey. Western Cape, South Africa.
This Dancing Shamanic Path is the first ongoing residential group in South Africa, which I welcome joyfully. A deep and intense Movement Medicine experience for South Africans and neighbours, without extensive travel efforts, costs, and a healthier footprint.
Module 1: 12–16 May 2015; Module 2: 10–15 November 2015; Module 3: 12–16 April 2016
Contact Jayne: +27 73 748 7743;

May 13–15: Beyond Muscle and Bone: Making Death your Ally in Life with Ya'Acov. Luzern, Switzerland.
A learning from, walking with, and engaging in, the qualities and forces of Death as part of our life, being and unfolding – through dance, ritual and relations. “When we dance deep and long, all that we cling to can start to fall away. Let the spirit dance the body. Experience yourself beyond muscle and bone.”
Contact Katriona: +41 33 676 2708;

May 15–17: Circle and the Sword with Susannah. Vleuten, Holland.
Exploring, embracing and dancing your opposites within.
Contact Frank: +31 71 889 3253;

May 17: Ascension Journey with Ya'Acov. Bern, Switzerland.
This is a shamanic journey, discovering more about the Tree of Life within our being, growing and dreaming. Your dancer is invited to travel through the different worlds and realm of your Tree of Life.
Contact Sylvia: +41 79 462 2009;

May 19: Bringing the Dance back Home. Online webinar.
In this webinar you are able to strengthen and experience your practice at home, dance a led Movement Medicine session in your own living room and invite friends to join in. It’s £35 for 10 webinars, plus the online access to all the past webinars. For further information, contact Roland: +44 1803 762255;

May 22–28: Phoenix Retreat with Ya'Acov. Rill Estate, Devon, UK.
This intense workshop is one of the longer journeys into Movement Medicine, and is also one of the stepping stones towards the Apprenticeship Programme.
Contact Roland Wilkinson: +44 1803 762255;

May 22–24: Circles of Connection with David Mooney. Frankfurt, Germany. 
Dance. Connection. Liberation. With a Move! Evening on May 22.
Contact Katrin: +49 163 315 2714;

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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.