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Issue: April 2011
Is your Movement Medicine Teacher A Robot?

By Roland

Now why you may wonder would we even ask such a question as it is abundantly clear that neither Susannah and Ya’Acov nor any of the new apprentice teachers Caroline Carey, Christian de Sousa or Mark Boylan are robots.

The question is asked because during the last few weeks we have been planning Susannah and Ya’Acovs’ schedule for next year and it has become apparent that it will not be possible for them to visit as many venues as in previous years. Hence we have been looking at what technology can provide for us to help with this.

One technological development we are going to embrace is webinars. Susannah and Ya’Acov will start giving monthly webinars in the Autumn. These webinars will allow participants to log on their computer at a pre-set time and receive teaching, do some dancing and maybe some chanting and meditation together with other members of the Movement Medicine community. There will also be a chance for a live question and answer session with Susannah and Ya’Acov.

The ‘telepresence robot’ idea is an aspect of modern technology that caught our attention. Essentially these robots are a video camera, speaker and screen on the wheels which can be controlled remotely from another place in the world. Theoretically such a set-up would allow a teacher to run a class while not actually being present there in person. While this would not be a substitute for proper in person teaching we see that it might well be a useful way to serve remote Movement Medicine communities who will have no access to regular teachers.  But in a few year's time - who know - this technology may provide the needs for some of our teaching.
The big Movement Medicine community event of the year is happening in a few months’ time. This is the Summer Long Dancewhich again is scheduled to take place at the Earth Spirit Centre in Somerset. The dates this year are 8th – 12th July. The dance itself takes place over a 48 hour period. This experience of dancing with other members of the community from countries all over the world is a unique opportunity to experience the depths that ecstatic dance can take you to. It is a not for profit event and no charge is made for any tuition. The costs charged for participating just covers the costs for putting the event on. All participants are also asked to raise at least £200 for charity. Most people do this by getting sponsorship money. Others donate the money themselves. This year the chosen charity is again Survival International but participants are free to raise money for another charity if they wish to. For more details about this event please go to Please contact me at you would like an application form or have any questions.

I am looking for people who would like to be part of the Long Dance support team. As part of the team you will be responsible for the smooth running of the event in a number of ways including the cleaning of the toilets. Members of this team will be take part in the Long Dance for some but not all the time of the ceremony. They will also be expected to arrive at EarthSpirit by 12 noon on Friday 8th July and to stay till 2.0 pm on the 12th. There will be a charge of £90 for those on the team to cover their costs. In recognition of the important service they provide we will also offer these people either a free weekend workshop or a reduction of £120 on one of our intensive workshops. If you would like to be part of this team please contact me either by email phone on 00 44 (0)1803 762255.

A reminder for those of you who may be considering applying for the Initiationworkshop scheduled for 23 Sept – 2nd October at Dartington Hall, Devon: the early payment discount of £80 is valid for applications booked and deposit paid by May 1st. For application forms please contact phone on 00 44 (0)1803 762255.

Also we are taking bookings for the Movement Medicine Vision Quest19th – 26th June. The Vision Quest itself is 48 hours long and takes place in an isolated area of Dartmoor National park. The rest of the time is spent in preparation and integration at the Rill Centre. This will be led by Ya’Acov. There will be plenty of dance work as well as the chance to ‘cry for a vision’ to find the next step in your life journey. This work is highly recommended and open to anyone who has done 25 hours of Movement Medicine or similar work. For application forms please contact me phone on 00 44 (0)1803 762255.

We have no workshops scheduled for the rest of April as Susannah and Ya’Acov will be taking a very well earned break when they finish teaching the Phoenix Retreat. However in May we return to a very full programme:

Ya’Acov will be teaching Way of the Dancing Warriorin Norway 4th – 8th May. This is a residential workshop and for more information and to book please contact Marit +47 45604535 

The Move!Evening scheduled May 9th in London has been cancelled due a problem with the venue. We do apologise for this and hope that those of you who were hoping to attend this event will be able to get to Brighton on 13- 15th May or to Susannah’s The Circle and the Swordon weekend of 3 – 5th June in London .

Susannah will go to Copenhagen on 13 -15 May and will be teaching The Circle and the Swordworkshop. Please contact Bina on +45 22 84 88 22 burningbina@gmail.comfor more information and to book.

Ya’Acov will again be teaching Way of the Dancing Warriorbut as a weekend workshop on the weekend of 13th – 15th May in Brighton. Contact: Caroline +44 (0) 1273 245 416

Following that weekend Ya’Acov will return to Birmingham where he will give a talk on Monday 16th May followed by a Move!Evening on Tuesday 17th. These events are arranged by TheTreeofLifeorganisation. + 44 121 449 4086

19 – 21 May. Susannah will teach E-Motion: Wild Life workshop in Israel. Contact Aviya +972 9 7418203

26 –29th May Ya’Acov will be in Luzern, Switzerland running For All Relationsworkshop. Contact Katriona: + 41 33 676 2708

At the end of the month both Susannah and Ya’Acov will be at the Mind Body Spirit Festivalin London 30 – 31st May. Contact:

Also in London. Susannah will be teaching The Circle and the Swordon weekend of 3 – 5th June. Contact Alex: + 44 7868 842219

For the rest of our workshops in June please see the full programme at

A special mention goes to Alchemy of Stillnesswhich is a residential workshop led by Ya’Acov. This is taking place in Sweden 10th – 15th June at the Angsbaka Centre. Contact John + 46 8 663 41 50.

Wherever you are I wish you a wonderful Spring and hope we see you on the dance floor soon.





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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.