- Part one

Your inner shaman in the modern world.

A self-study Online Course
with Ya’Acov Darling Khan

your Inner Shaman

We all have an Inner Shaman inside us and are all capable of accessing shamanic states. 
In this intensive online journey, Ya'Acov will guide you to encounter your Inner Shaman in a safe, embodied way so that they become a genuine ally in your daily life.

For committed seekers.

Encounter is for people who are determined to make the very most of their lives, by embracing their biography, their ancestry and using it all as material to create with.

It is not for space cadets who think of shamanism as a competitive journey to have the most far out experiences as often as possible. It is for people who wish to know who they are, where they come from, what their medicine is and most importantly, wish to make a positive contribution in these changing times.

what is encounter?

the structure

Encounter is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. This journey is designed to activate and bring into your day-to-day life the teachings of SHAMAN, Ya’Acov Darling Khan’s book, published by Hay House in Spring 2020. 

Quality Teachings

Liberating structures to deepen your relationship with the Inner Shaman.

Audio Recordings

An evocative 21 minute audio teaching, focusing on the theme of the module.

The Art of Ritual

Precise guidance creating down-to-earth, relevant, contemporary ritual.

Engaged Shamanism

A wise and well-tested approach to shamanic practice.

ENCOUNTER will Empower you to:

Reliably access the guidance of your Inner Shaman.
Work with the structure and alchemy of ceremony.
Build a resourceful daily practice; a refuge for your being.
Create an embodied sense of resilience.
Invoke power, purpose and presence at the Core of Who YOU are.
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New to the Encounter series? We're offering the whole Encounter Trilogy at a special bundle price. Remember, these courses are designed for you to enjoy in your own time and at your own pace.
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What people have to say

the journey

The Inner Shaman is part of our humanity. To encounter them and discover what they know is not reserved for some special brand of human being. They are as down to earth as you can get whilst remaining connected to the stars. They walk the bridge between how we imagine life to be and how it actually is. And discovering them is a matter of choice, practice, determination and often, humour.

Movement is the Medicine

‘Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.’
Aldous Huxley
This first module will lay the ground for the journey ahead and introduce you to the Movement Medicine practices and key concepts that will keep your practice grounded and embodied. You will be asked to assess where you are in different areas of your life and make your commitment contract for the course. We will lay strong foundations for the journey ahead.

Ritual & The Imaginal Realm

‘A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, your consciousness is being reminded of the wisdom of your own life.’
Joseph Campbell
Module two focuses on the purpose and safe set up for ritual. We will learn about the imaginal realm and how powerful this can be, and we will learn about and practice the 9 steps of ritual. We will cover some of the history of shamanic practice and the effect this has had on the integrity and balance of our connection to the imaginal realm. Our purpose is to learn to trust ourselves alongside using doubt as a positive tool to further our studies.

The Tree of Life & The Three Worlds

‘All theory dear friend, is grey. But the golden Tree of Life springs evergreen.’
In module three, our focus shifts to the Tree of Life and the Universal shamanic principle of the three worlds. How do we relate to this story in the modern world and how can it help us to let our imagine fly with our feet firmly on the ground? We will study how the roots and the branches can only be connected through the trunk (the heart) and we will learn that as Gabrielle Roth said: ‘The only way out is through.’ Warning: if you enjoy a little spiritual bypassing, this is going to challenge you.

The Unbroken and Your Elemental Nature

‘Power can be taken but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment itself.’
Gloria Steinem
Module four brings us into connection with what we call the Unbroken. That part of nature, of universal intelligence, that part of us that doesn’t need fixing – only the grace of listening and learning from it. It appears in our elemental natures and reminds us what we are actually made from. Our focus then will be on resourcing and reciprocity. We don’t go to the elemental powers of nature on our knees but standing up in who we are, in our hearts, giving thanks alongside asking for guidance.

The Hollow Bone

‘I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere and it can do anything.’
Alice Walker
In module five, our focus is on meeting the archetypal force of the Inner Shaman. Built on the carefully constructed foundation of the previous 4 modules, we will deepen our practice, and invoke this powerful archetypal ally and enter into an ever-evolving dialogue with them. This encounter is on the one hand a simple, everyday meeting. On the other hand, it may change your perception of who you are and what is possible in your life. The Inner Shaman is on fire with love for life. They are grounded, fluid and spacious. They recognise that things of value take time to create and they recognise that creation is destruction’s twin (i.e. to plant a garden, you’ve got to clear the weeds). And maybe most poignantly, they are in touch with the great teacher and guide known as ‘benevolent death.’

Integration and Completion

‘The Inner Shaman knows who you are and what that life force that’s beating your heart right now is capable of. And they know that the life of future generations is in all of our hands. They grieve for what we’ve lost, but they remain full of gratitude for the strong-hearted and courageous dreams of what we yet might create.’
Ya’Acov Darling Khan – Shaman
Module six is where we bring all the elements of the course together, assess what we have learned, and turn our focus towards the road ahead. How might the Inner Shaman be an ally in all areas of your life: health, embodiment, ritual and dreaming, relationship and of course, your contribution to the world? What might be your next steps on the path?
In honour of your learning journey, you'll receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
Encounter Part 2
Encounter is part one of a three part series.
In Part Two, we'll work with the Inner Shaman’s relationship to sexual energy, the animal intelligence of the Shaman’s heart, Vicious circles and medicine circles, and the Movement Medicine alchemy of turning lead into gold. 
“Your Inner Shaman recognises your place in the web of life. They are in touch with the indigenous wisdom of your people and your land. They honour your lineage and ancestors and are aware of your responsibility to the generations that will come after you. They recognise the importance of the cycles of life and understand the connection between how you imagine the world to be and how it is.” 
- Excerpt from Shaman.

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.
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from the community

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 of the Ecuadorean Amazon

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,
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