Phoenix Rising

Online workshop with Ya’Acov Darling Khan
10 Oct - 3 Nov 2024

Hidden in the Wings

During this four week intensive, you will work with what we call the ‘creation story’ you have inherited and lived from. Our creation story has a powerful effect on how we experience life. We call the characters in your story ‘understudies’. In the theatre, an understudy is the one who steps in as a replacement when the main actor is unwell or unavailable. On the stage of life, these understudies have often forgotten that they stepped in to ‘hold space’ while the real star waits hidden in the wings.

Rise from the Ashes

Learn the powerful DIY shamanic healing tool, ‘The Phoenix Process’, developed by the Founders of Movement Medicine, Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan.
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the structure

10 Oct - 3 Nov 2024
Phoenix Rising is a 4 week intensive online workshop, designed to catalyse you into a new level of embodied awareness and shift the balance of power inside yourself.
Live Sessions
Embodied, immersive and direct experience of the week’s theme. Held every Thursday evening (UK).
Phoenix Ceremony
A powerful ceremony diving deep into 'The Phoenix Process'. 
Listening Circles
A supportive group sharing circle, held by your workshop assistant every Friday (am or pm).
Audio Lessons
Evocative 21 minute audio teachings which focus on the theme and practices of the week.

Phoenix Rising will support you to:

Work creatively with the stories that provoke havoc and pain in our lives. We call the characters that hold these stories our ‘understudies’.
Increase your lived understanding of the dynamic balance of ego and soul within the psyche.
Learn to work with the embodied, DIY shamanic soul retrieval process known as the ‘Phoenix Process’.
Discover tools for healing personal and transgenerational trauma in a safe, strongly held space.
Embody the transformational medicine of the Phoenix that sits at the centre of the Movement Medicine Mandala.
Develop your daily embodiment practice and discover the power of repetition and liberating structure.
To participate in this workshop, you need to have completed 25hrs of Movement Medicine or other related practice (5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, etc). It is imperative that you have the inner and outer resources to engage with this intense personal work in a responsible way.

The Journey

10 Oct - 3 Nov 2024
The Phoenix Rising intensive is a requirement for all Movement Medicine Apprentices and Professionals. You do not need to be an Apprentice to register, however, attending this workshop will count towards that path if you choose to train further with Movement Medicine in the future.

Acceptance & Intention

Thurs Oct 10 4.00 to 7.00PM (UK)
+ Listening Circle 1 Fri Oct 11 11.00-12.30 PM or 6.00-7.30 PM
Our opening session will guide you to a deeper and more precise understanding of where and how you are as we begin. This will support you to set the inner compass of your intention for the journey ahead.

The Unbroken and The Chambers of the Heart

Sun Oct 13 4.00 to 7.00PM (UK)
In order to be able to go as deep as 'The Phoenix Process' will take you, an embodied understanding of your own emotional intelligence is necessary. This essential aspect of Movement Medicine will expand your movement vocabulary and your capacity to stay present.

Your Creation Story & The Dance of the Understudy

Thurs Oct 17 3.00 to 7.30PM (UK)
+ Listening Circle 2 Fri Oct 18 11.00-12.30 PM or 6.00-7.30 PM
Now that we have more resources in place, we can open the doors to the unconscious stories that maintain the status quo within us. Experiencing that what you perceive is not necessarily the whole truth is a gateway to liberation.

Phoenix Solo + Q & A

Thurs Oct 24 3.00 to 7.30PM (UK
This is where we experience the Phoenix Process in its full form for the first time. Learning the practice is the goal so that you can go deeper as you gain confidence and experience with it.

Phoenix Ceremony

Thurs Oct 31 3.00 to 7.30PM (UK)
We will bring all that we have gathered into the amplified cauldron and alchemy of Movement Medicine ceremony. The intention is to bring the medicine of the Phoenix and the Phoenix Process into our bones.

Integration & Completion

Sun Nov 3 2.00 to 5.00PM (UK)
+ Listening Circle 3 Sun Nov 3 11.00-12.30 PM or 6.00-7.30 PM
Perhaps the most important aspect of any work like this is the time, space and attention we give to integrating what we have learned into the fabric of our day-to-day lives. This last module will break that process down into small steps (with the occasional quantum leap!) that will enable you to develop what you have learned in your ongoing journey.
Spread your wings!
Time to exhale and celebrate the profound journey you’ve been on. Phoenix Rising is a requirement for our Apprenticeship and Professional programmes, upon completion of this workshop you'll be awarded an official Movement Medicine certificate. Learn more about the School of Movement Medicine.
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All times are GMT (UK Time). Live sessions are recorded and available for 6 weeks after the workshop. Limited sponsorships are available for this workshop.

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Limited spaces available
The price of tuition includes free access to the Movement Medicine Study Hub during the workshop, as well as a certificate of completion to honour your learning journey.


Early Bird Price


ends 13 sept  2024
To participate in this workshop, you need to have completed 25hrs of Movement Medicine or other related practice (5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, etc). It is imperative that you have the inner and outer resources to engage with this intense personal work in a responsible way.
The Phoenix Rising intensive is a requirement for all Movement Medicine Apprentices and Professionals. You do not need to be an Apprentice to register, however, attending this workshop will count towards that path if you choose to train further with Movement Medicine in the future.

Resourced & Resilient

What Ya'Acov's international team have to say about their experience of 'The Phoenix Process' and how it has transformed their lives
Hear the Call
Life is on the line and we are all on the front line in these changing times.
~ Ya'Acov Darling Khan

Ya'acov Darling Khan

Shaman & Movement Medicine Co-Founder
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 Bio

Word 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

Working with Ya'Acov is a gift. So grounded and committed to truth with a humility which belies the depth and gravitas of his life and professional experience, to have the privilege of working with him is to say a resounding yes to your own healing and expansion. Unquestionably one of the most powerful and authentic teachers I have experienced, I cannot recommend him more highly.

Jessica Huie MBE, Author of Purpose

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

The Phoenix work with Ya’Acov and Susannah is one of the most important tools I have worked with on my personal journey in Life. I have used it often  during my journey with Movement Medicine and it has really supported me in transforming a lot of shame – not being good enough! – being wrong! – do I have the right to be here on Earth? etc. Without the Phoenix I would not have been where I am right now – it has simply guided me to come back home to my essence, to be able to live much more fully in contact with my True Self and my Soul.

Matthias Axelsen, Psychotherapist, Mentor and Healer

The Phoenix Retreat is the most transformative thing I have ever done. I feel very empowered by the tools we were given to become conscious and dissolve patterns we don’t need any more. And how beautiful and encouraging is this way of creating a new story, a new future for our lives!

Julia Eisenhut, Movement Medicine Professional

Phoenix Rising is a fantastic, strong and deeply magic tool… I feel like I finally arrive somewhere with all my potential and talents that I carry as well as with my fears and limitations.

Kristin Glenewinkel, Movement Medicine Teacher

Our International Team

Our powerhouse team of Movement Medicine Professionals will be assisting Ya’Acov for each of the Thursday live sessions and holding the small group 90 min listening circles every Friday. They each bring their own unique spark, strengthening the potency and potential of the shared container. 

Kaya Sertic

Workshop Producer & Assistant

Kaya has been working as a body-oriented psychotherapist, Movement Medicine dance teacher and ceremony leader, mentor and lecturer, holding workshops, ceremonies, trainings, intensive programs and retreats in Croatia and around the world. Through a variety of different therapeutic, shamanic and dance practices, initiations, explorations and personal experience, the essence of her work is to bring possibilities of empowerment, healing and resourcing, as well as a sense of purpose, dignity and love to the challenges of today's world.

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Yuki Lakshminarayani

Worshop Assistant

She is a Movement medicine certified Teacher, a Spiritual Healer, an International Yoga Teacher and a Shamanic Worker. More than 25 years experience of leading group work. Her work supports you for the unity of Body, Mind and Spirit, and assists you to connect to “Who you are.” For more information about Yuki, please visit her website:

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Anna Sierpowska

Workshop Assistant

Anna's a dancer and feels connected with medicine of the dance though Movement Medicine (AP & TT 3) psychoterapy (body oriented therapy) and art. The medicine she brings is connected with core authenticy of self manifesting in ordinary life. 

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Marold Emmelkamp

Workshop Assistant

Marold has been a Movement Medicine teacher since 2012, teaching in the Netherlands and Belgium. He also taught in Czech Rebublic and Portugal. He is known for holding very safe & kind, yet deep and strong spaces for transformation, growth and healing. His offerings vary from classes to retreats and from intensives to 21-hour ceremonies.

Recognized by african elder Malidoma Somé as the-one-who-plays-with-Nature, he weaves more and more nature-based ritual into his offerings.

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Keef Miles

Workshop Assistant

I am a first generation Movement Medicine Teacher. I am a poet, shamanic dancer, and shamanic soul guide. I am an apprentice of XamAM Alba Maria - Terra Mirim, Bahia, Brazil. Offerings include shamanic workshops, ceremonies, immersions and 1-1 soul mentoring. I am co-founder of Awakening the Wild and Awakening The Wild MAN.

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Is this course suitable for me?

This course is for you if:

  • You are a spirited human being who wants to take a journey of embodied learning to discover more about who you are and the medicine that is inside you.
  • You hear the calling to retrieve and develop the unique essence and soulprint of who you are.
  • Create the internal empowerment, space and resources to be able to witness your history and that of your ancestors as an invitation to create.
  • You wish to invoke the power of responsibility for your own life and escape the vicious circle of blame, shame and guilt.
  • You wish to play your role more fully in life and enjoy the deep satisfaction of giving what’s yours to give.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You don’t have the internal and external resources to allow your sense of self to be challenged.
  • You suffer from any form of mental challenge that makes it hard or impossible for you to operate in consensual reality.
  • You are not able to dedicate the time and attention necessary to the workshop journey including Listening Circles, weekly sessions with your Study Buddy and the Live sessions with Ya’Acov.

Please note:
* If you are on medication, we need to know. And you will need the full support of your health care professional to participate in this workshop.
* This workshop does not constitute a training to offer any of the material shared.

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