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Issue: September 2009
September – Bring it On!

By Roland

August is a quiet month in the
School of Movement Medicine
office and I tell myself that I should like the relaxed regime which allows time for gardening and reading.

But each year I find myself looking forward to subtle change of season halfway through the month when the sap in the trees stops rising, the days become noticeably shorter, the evenings cooler, the colour of berries start burning brighter and the first eating apples are in abundance.  But it is at the end of the August when the tourists leave Devon and the phone starts ringing and emails pour in and the business of this office resumes in earnest, that I actually relax. 


This September seems to have got off to a flying start.  First there has been the publication of Susannah and Ya’Acov’s book  "Movement Medicine: How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams".  I would write my own glowing praise of this book but Tony Rickerby a dancer from Hebden Bridge has already reviewed the book for the Amazon.  He writes:


“This is a wonderful book, full of the author's lives and learning and a guide to their work.  It explains simply what they do and what you can do to search for sanity in this crazy world. I'm very happy to have this wisdom concentrated into an easy read.  MANY THANKS to Ya'Acov and Susannah.”


Then there was the publication of the Movement Medicine CD.  Again I would write fulsomely with my praise but David Kellett has done a better job than I can do


“This is a fantastic CD! In fact it is a double fantastic CD. CD One has 4 Movement Medicine Meditations on it (one of which spreads over 4 tracks) while CD Two has the music from CD One but without the voice over guidance plus a great bonus track which is itself over 16 minutes long. There is a Tree of Life Meditation, An Awakening the Dancer Meditation, An Elemental Journey (in Four Parts - for Earth, Fire, Water and Air) and A Journey to Meet a Wise Elder. The music is subtle and flowing played on a variety of mostly acoustic instruments. Unlike a lot of "New Agey" releases the music here is not pretending to be anything other than itself - it is not fake world music - though there are many influences and instruments from around the globe here - but like the Darling Khan's Movement Medicine work it is a thoroughly contemporary synthesis of many strands which ultimately stands on its own feet as a modern western system of shamanic, transformational, self-development.


I've attended workshops led by Susannah and Ya'Acov over the years and this CD release manages to both give a taste of their work and to give a flavor of how they teach in their workshops. These Movement Meditations help you to ground yourself in your body, to really feel and live your body so that your spirit can begin to go free. Even in a recording you really feel that Susannah and Ya'Acov's guidance if so deft, sure and above all safe. They really know how to hold the space - directing just enough to get you where you need to go - but always leaving room for the individual's own pace and for the different journey that each of us is on.


This release is a companion to Susannah and Ya'Acov's book "Movement Medicine: How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams". You could buy one and not the other but together they really give you some keys to changing your life.”


Both the Book and the CD are available from Amazon at  Please do rank and review it if you buy either the book or the CD from Amazon.


In connection with the book Susannah and Ya’Acov are doing a few promotion events and talks some of which are not on our printed programme of events. 


First of all they are being interviewed in a 40 minute programme on  Radio Ceredigion and the FM frequency is 96.6 97.4 and 103.3 on Sunday 13th September 8pm - 9pm UK time. You can listen wherever you are in the world by following the URL. There is no listen again facility on Radio Ceredigion but we hope to get a copy of this interview so we can make it available.


On Monday 28th Susannah and Ya'Acov will be giving a talk at Alternatives in London on the evening of Monday 28th Sept. For more details and to book go to


They are also giving a talk in Exeter on 17th Nov.  Details are at


They have been invited to teach at the Mind Boy Spirit festival in Dublin on 25th October.  For more details contact Heidi at or go to


The book publishers Hay House are also arranging a one day workshop in London on 31st October.  You can book directly for this at   The workshop is designed as an introduction to Movement Medicine and will also be a celebration day to mark the launch of the book. So please feel free to come and join us and bring your friends and let's 'Dance our Dreams awake' for ourselves and for all life on earth.  This event will also be special as it is a rare occasion that you can experience the magic of Susannah and Ya'Acov teaching together.


We also have some ‘normal’ workshops available in the forthcoming weeks.


Ya’Acov is teaching E-motion: Dancing with the Heart of the World in Sheffield from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th .  Contact Kerry for enquiries and bookings at +44 114 258 7861


On the same weekend Susannah will be going to Germany where she will be running Pachamama Symposium and Move! Evening in Zegg on October 1st.  Contact Janos +49 176 205 19209  and then a Trance-Formations weekend in Berlin 2 -4th October Contact Kathrin +49 30 28458820 to book and for further details.


Many of you will have heard that Gabrielle Roth is unwell. All of us at the School of Movement Medicine wish to take this opportunity to wish her a speedy recovery. May all the blessing she has put into the world return to her in a good way.

Wish you all well on and off the dancefloor




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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.