movement medicine

Movement Medicine is a contemporary practice rooted in ecstatic dance, which integrates shamanic, therapeutic and devotional pathways.

Developed by Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan, and influenced by their many years teaching 5Rhythms, it offers body-based ways of knowing who and what we are. Its purpose is to facilitate healing, growth and connection to the sacred. The Movement Medicine maps are structured around the mandala and their essential vessel is the Dance. The core movement practices are the Tree of Life meditation, dancing the Elements and the M.E.S.A. work. Everything is underlaid by an awareness of the ultimate Oneness of all things and the sacred polarities of Yin & Yang. Alongside and around the dance, Movement Medicine also includes ceremony, poetry, singing and a number of other pathways. To get more of a sense of Movement Medicine, David, who is a School of Movement Medicine Faculty teacher,  teaches Movement Medicine workshops throughout Ireland and Europe. See here for details of workshops. Also you can visit the School of Movement Medicine’s website

How does movement become your medicine?  By awakening the dancer that lives inside you, by giving the reins to the part of you that rests in the beat, and by connecting your mind with your body and your body with your heart, movement becomes your medicine. In the embrace of the dance, we shatter the binds of shoulds and shouldn’ts that squeeze the juice from life. Along the way, you will make friends with yourself and find many companions to travel alongside. You will come into contact with the unique essence of who you are and into vibrant interconnection with all of life. Through this process, you will transform your relationship with the past, become more deeply engaged with the challenges and riches of the present, and unearth fresh inspiration to play your part in shaping the future.