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How much time do you spend in a state of wonder
What is getting in the way of you being curious
How can you relax into being simply you?
Movement Medicine practice works with three central archetypal characters.
The Dancing Warrior, The Wise Elder and the Dancing Fool. These serve as
medicine to the drama triangle of the Rescuer (Wise Elder), Persecutor (Dancing
Warrior) and the Victim (The Dancing Fool).
In this one-day workshop, you will be invited to take a step into the shoes of
the Dancing Fool, exploring ways back to your curiosity, humility, lightness and
spaciousness. Remembering how it is to be connected and at peace with
yourself and the world around you.
When we attach ourselves to polarising opinions, fixed positions and taking
ourselves too seriously we can loose sight of the simple things in life. The
dancing fool can help us untangle this tendency. Exploring this archetype can
help us practice non attachment to absolute rights and wrongs, to see the good
in life and find a sense of infinite possibility and expansiveness.
We will draw on Movement medicine, clowning and Drama Therapy to explore
this rich and playful terrain. The day promises to be surprisingly revealing and
have shades of shamanic foolery. Laughter might occur and having a good
time will be permitted.
Ben is a Drama Therapist and highly experienced group facilitator. He is a
Qualified Movement Medicine Facilitator and Teacher, and
has been studying with Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling
Khan since 2000 and is a faculty member for the School
of Movement Medicine. Ben is the Director of Moving
Conflicts, movingconflicts.org and the UK representative
of Combatants for Peace, cfpeace.com. Ben works
creatively in many settings to transform conflict, see his
TEDx talk – Humanisng the Enemy tedxwarwick.com/talks (2013).
“Ben has a courageous commitment to inner and outer change and healing.
We are delighted to include him as a faculty member.” Ya’Acov & Susannah
Movement Medicine weaves together the exhilaration
of free dance with the depth of movement meditation
and the spirit of shamanic practice. Participation in this
workshop counts as faculty hours towards School of
Movement Medicine apprenticeship and training.
No prior dance or movement experience is required – simply your attention and willingness to turn up and be present in the moment.
Movement Medicine is a synthesis of shamanic, therapeutic and devotional pathways creating gateways for meaningful, lasting healing and deep dreaming. The Mandala is a contemporary map to support, deepen and enrich your dance through life and provides a tool-kit of practical and subtle exercises relevant for meeting the challenges of the times we live in.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to bring attention, creativity and the medicine of movement to the connections in your life. The subtle, strong and clear practices of Movement Medicine can deepen and enliven existing connections and create the conditions to explore new ways to be in relationship with life on all levels. What are you connected to? What matters to you in this life? What conditions support you to relax into who you are, be fully present and awake in yourself and be in conscious, clear and alive connection with others? We will explore these questions through the strong practices and subtle maps of Movement Medicine. Together we will co-create and dance into ceremony to explore and deepen these connections with ourselves, others, our communities, the living earth, unseen support and the Great Mystery. When we recognise, open to and receive the support and inspiration available to us within these circles of life, we create ground for acceptance of ourselves and each other and we can give what we are here to give in this lifetime. You will have the chance to dance with and map the circles of connection in your life to strengthen your own circle and bring a fresh perspective to your relationship with life on all levels. You will come away with a tool-kit of simple, practical, useful exercises to cultivate the garden of your life. All welcome.
David is a gifted multi-faceted teacher of Movement Medicine. His commitment to every member of his workshops is outstanding!Pat Burnicardi, Grandmother, dancer and psychotherapist
You find our booking conditions here.
The Alchemist’s Garden is Movement Medicine for the heart. The dancer inside you knows how to shape, energise, communicate and let go of whatever arises in the dance. For the dancer, all experience, be it physical, emotional or rooted in the mind, is another invitation to create with life.
The Alchemist’s Garden retreat reminds us of what e-motion (energy in motion) is for. When we bring together the kinaesthetic intelligence of the body, the consciousness of the embodied mind, and the instincts of our animal hearts, we become much more aware of the choices we are making either consciously or unconsciously. These choices affect our perception and therefore our experience of life.
The body was made to dance. And when we truly set the dancer inside us free, we will inevitably meet the places inside us that remain colonised by past pain or trauma. Our intention will be the transformation of the lead of our personal and ancestral histories into the gold of present moment awareness. We will work with the five chambers of the heart (awakening, integrity, surrender, gratitude and grace) as a medicine wheel. This alchemical process works directly with the physical structure of the body to strengthen our core and create energetic support for the heart. Through this process, we will dispel ancient shadows and recover the instinctive and intuitive power of the embodied heart.
Part of our work is the creation of a temple of installations. These installations will form the bedrock of the landscape we call The Alchemist’s Garden, in which we will spend the last night of the workshop in ceremony. In this garden of possibility, the dancer is able to create the appropriate alchemical mixture for purification, healing and dancing prayer for themselves and for all our relations.