The Calm at the Centre of the Storm

the power of peace in times of change


A three day online shamanic workshop

With Ya'Acov Darling Khan and special guests Manari Ushigua & Estas Tonne

A three day long Workshop with Shaman & Movement Medicine Founder, Ya’Acov Darling Khan and special guests Manari Ushigua & Estas Tonne.

The Calm at the Centre of the Storm is a potent place of transformation. Join Ya'Acov and his international team on this intensive weekend long enquiry. Discover what it means to genuinely embody peace and learn to sit firmly in the seat of your own personal power.

Limited Spaces available.

We could all be more powerful.

To have impact in the world, we need to develop our personal power. We must learn to build a healthy relationship with power itself.

The Focus

The focus of our work will be to discover the calm at the centre of the storm and to come into relationship with the power of peace. On the way we will draw from the well developed resources of Movement Medicine and connect to what we call in shamanism - the Unbroken. From there, we can bring the reality of where we are into focus. Moving through whatever is true, seeking guidance and engaging with the alchemical work that is ours to do.
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Workshop Structure

Friday 4th June - Sunday 6th June 2021

12.5 hours of study credits* 


Introduction & First teaching session
18:00 - 20:00 UK Time


Movement Medicine teaching sessions 
15:00 - 17:00 UK Time
18:00 - 20:00 UK Time
20:15 - 21:15 UK Time
(optional Q&A)


Ceremony & First teaching session
15:00 - 18:00 UK Time
18:30 - 19:30 UK Time
*Toward pre-requisites if you decide to dive deeper in Movement Medicine

What's Included?

An intimate three day embodied shamanic journey into the Calm at the Centre of the Storm with Ya'Acov Darling Khan. 
Teachings from Amazonian Chief and Shaman, Manari Ushigua.
Invocational music from extraordinary medicine man Estas Tonne.
A safe space to be, to move, and to let go with the Spirit of the dance.
A meeting with Benevolent Death as a teacher and guide.
Your place in this held and limited place workshop.
12.5 hours of prerequisite study credits for further Movement Medicine study.
Receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.
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Over the years, we have worked together in my village and in the UK, where every year I join Ya’Acov and Susannah’s Long Dance ceremony. So I have come to know him both as a friend and as a very genuine and compassionate shaman. He has put his knowledge in the service of healing through music, sound and movement, and leads very powerful ceremonies that transform thousands of people, helping them to deal with their suffering and answer their most important questions. He is a great healer who has helped me in my shamanic spiritual growth.

Manari Ushigua, Shaman Of the Sapara People

Ya’Acov is a gifted healer of the highest integrity. His work will help you understand, embrace and harness the power of your Inner Shaman. His words and guidance serve as a path to live with greater purpose and create a world where we can turn suffering into healing. Thank you, Ya’Acov, for being such a blessing, in and for our world.

Vex King, Mind Coach and Bestselling Author

Only a truly authentic leader could bring a book titled Shaman into existence, and there is no question that Ya’Acov Darling Khan deserves the honour. Shaman is an invitation not just to the younger generation, but to us all. To see our lives as canvasses ready to be made into art. To step up and into our true power and transform some of its most pressing issues. “We are made of star dust” Ya’Acov reminds us, and if we engage with Shaman like the blessed text it is, the possibility of transformation for ourselves and the world we occupy stands before us. May its message travel far and wide.

Jessica Huie, MBE Author of Purpose

As a teacher, Ya’Acov is a “high voltage catalyser”, and working with him has changed my life and the way that I show up in the world. Welcoming shamanism is a subtle and organic process—one of deep alchemy and importance for these times—allowing the density of life to be transmuted into healing.

Jen Levin,

Working with Ya’Acov saved my life, and restored my mental health. I reclaimed my soul which had been lost in the complex conditioning of society and my unguided adventures with drugs and alcohol. The essence is this: healthy shamanism is deeply rooted in the practical day to day of life and may include but is certainly not all about ‘far out’ experiences.

Keef Wesolowski-Miles,

It doesn't matter what cultural background you are from, Shamanism is nature's medicine. As we truly are, in connection with the nature around us and in us. We have lost this connection. Now is the time to turn this tide. We are ready to activate the medicine within us, now. From within us. Not from outside of us. Shamanism is a door to healing. To shake off your blinders, of all unnatural behaviors and beliefs and imposed dogmas. It is time to regain the trust again in who we are. For real.

Maria Do Sameiro Joia,

From the Community

Hear from participants about their experience of studying shamanism and Movement Medicine with Ya'Acov.

Ya'Acov Darling Khan


Ya'Acov has been studying and practicing shamanism all his life. When he was 21, he was hit by lightning and through this, began a three-decade-long journey of initiation. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. Together with his wife Susannah, he is the Co-Creator of Movement Medicine, a contemporary and dynamic shamanic practice designed to support people from all walks of life to be who they are and give what they’ve got.

Ya’Acov’s work comes straight from the heart. He inspires people, often with great humour, to remember who they are. He is the best-selling author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017), the creator of Shaman’s Song - Shamanic Journeys to Empower, Inspire and Re-Connect (Hay House 2018), and the Co-Author of Movement Medicine - How to Dance, Awaken and Live your Dreams, (Hay House 2009). His latest book, Shaman – Invoking Power, Purpose and Presence at the Core of Who You Are was published by Hay House in Spring 2020.

Manari Ushigua


Son of the powerful Shimanu Imatini, Manari was appointed by his father as leader of the Sápara people to prevent their extinction. Manari is a ceremonial leader and spiritual healer. His specialty is the use and connection with medicinal plants for curing diseases of the modern world and the interpretation of dreams and different spiritual connections to care for and heal people.

Estas Tonne


A musician with a strong, bright expressive power who breaks the rules of contemporary show-business. A musician whose music is not a goal, but a tool that can liberate the human capacity for cognition of ourselves, as well as the surrounding reality. We will have the pleasure of Estas' music to help us soar into the wide-open space of embodied, heartfelt connection.

Photo credit: Geri Dagys.

"Everything I was fighting against was a reflection of some part of me that I didn’t accept. I was fighting my own projections. Doing this work didn’t put me on the spiritual bypass superhighway. It brought me down to earth and helped to clarify who I am and who I am not." 
Ya'Acov Darling Khan

Our International Team

Carrie Branovan

Workshop Producer

Grandmother to Gaia, mother, daughter, partner and dancer; in the past I’ve worked all over the world in the organic food and other conscious business organizations as a marketing and creative director; prior to that I was a fashion and beauty photographer based in London. Today I am delighted to be a Movement Medicine teacher-in-training and absolutely over the moon to be part of the 21 Gratitudes team supporting Ya’Acov. I am looking forward to dancing with you soon.

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Camille Barrios

Workshop Assistant

Camille is a Venezuelan qualified Movement Medicine teacher and facilitator.  She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy with her husband and daughter. She has been studying with Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan since 2016. Her passion is to create a safe and nurturing space to explore our exquisite human-ness through movement, creativity, embodied coaching and deep connection with nature. Offering a unique blend of deep listening, focus and loving joyful celebration.

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Duduzile Voigts

Workshop Assistant

Duduzile's artistic means of expression is dance. Her favorite scent is the scent of the desert. She studied various styles of dance and graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a degree in contemporary African dance and psychology. With her work and research in the field of dance therapy and for her master's degree in cultural and religious studies, Duduzile examines the physical resources for healing and transformation in the human body.

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Giorgio Lorenzo

Workshop Assistant

I was born in the "cruelest month” April - in northern Italy in the mid 70’s. I am a Movement Medicine teacher in training, LGBTQI activist and vegan. At the moment I'm working as a tutor and an educator in school.  I worked for many years in the theatre covering different roles. I love poetry, philosophy, jogging and my nephews and nieces.
When I feel sad, I go for a run, I dance, I sing and write. When I am happy, I go for a run, I dance, I sing and write. So, I usually dance, run, sing and write. Harlequin is the mask of the "commedia dell'arte” of my city.  I love him because he reminds me of the dancing fool and somebody would say that he is a Shaman

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Carolyn Cooke

Workshop Assistant

I am an entrepreneur, business mentor, Gestalt coach and a life-long student of embodied learning. In 2000, I stepped onto a 5Rhythms floor and fell in love. My love for the dance led me to Movement Medicine in 2008 and to an Apprenticeship in 2019. Movement is my medicine - helping me heal old stories and activating the wisdom of my inner dancer. I hold space with a fierce heart, a joyful soul and a sensitive spirit. I am honored to be assisting Ya’Acov and supporting you.

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Olivia Gardy

Workshop Assistant

I am a dreamer, a dancer, a healer. A global nomad and an inner voyager. A seeker of truth, my truth. I am a Movement Medicine Apprentice and soon to be Apprentice Teacher. I walk through this life, guided by the pulse of the lands, my bare feet on the soils, my heart beating in harmonised rhythm to my guiding stars, and the intelligence of the mystery woven into my cells by the wisdom keepers of this earth.

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Bryn Davies

Workshop Assistant

Bryn has been dancing for 10 years and started his journey with Movement Medicine in 2018 when he attended a three-day workshop with Susannah Darling Khan. He completed his Apprenticeship in 2019 and will be starting his Professional Training in 2021. He has trained in massage and Shiatsu and is particularly interested in how trauma manifests in the body. Bryn’s other professional work is as a senior structural technician for a multidisciplinary design company.

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Is this course suitable for me?

This course is for you if:

  • You want to discover more about your personal power and specifically, the power of peace
  • You want to work in a focused way with an international group of committed seekers
  • You have the mental and emotional stability and resources to engage in potentially challenging unsupervised personal work and stay safe. If you have any doubt about this, please check with your doctor or health care professional
  • You want to work with a grounded, inspiring, step-by-step approach to contemporary shamanic practice through Movement Medicine
  • You are curious about Movement Medicine and how it can support you to Stand up, Grow Up and Play Your Role more in these times of change

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You are not able to take responsibility for your own emotional and mental stability while engaging in unsupervised and at times challenging personal work.
  • You have any history with mental health issues or have been or are on any form of medication for mental health issues, unless you have the full support of your professional healthcare teams (doctor, psychiatrist, therapist).
  • You don’t want to work with the triple-woven intelligence of the body-heart-mind to deepen your personal power and your access to peace
  • You’re on the spiritual bypass superhighway to nowhere