Ya’Acov Darling Khan

Movement Medicine® Founder, Shaman and Author

Meet Ya'Acov

In this video, meet Ya'Acov as he gives a talk at the Consciousness Cafe (Totnes) in November 2023 entitled 'The Broken & The Unbroken: Why Ritual Matters in the Modern World.' The talk includes a powerful guided journey with the drum (not to be listened to whilst driving or operating heavy machinery 😉) and is followed by a moving and personal Q & A with the audience.

Co-Founder of Movement Medicine

Ya’Acov Darling Khan, is the author of ‘Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart – the Real-Life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman (Hay House 2017),’ and 'Shaman – Invoking Power, Purpose and Presence in the Core of Who YOU Are' (Hay House 2020), He also co-authored Movement Medicine (Hay House 2010). He is known for his blend of down-to-earth strength, humility and uplifting humour. The respect in which he is held as a practicing shaman by indigenous shamans and communities from the Arctic to the Amazon is testament to his authenticity.

Engaged Shamanism

Travelling the world since 1989 to work with groups delivering Movement Medicine in very diverse settings, Ya’Acov has worked with audiences across the globe. He continues to offer his work through the School of Movement Medicine which he Co-Founded with his wife of nearly four decades, Susannah Darling Khan. His work is inspiring, contemporary and practical, and his audience includes people from all walks of life.

Making a Difference

Ya’Acov advocates developing embodied self-awareness in the service of giving what's inside us back to life. He encourages those he works with to dance with what life has given them as the raw material for living the most creative, useful and fulfilling lives possible. He believes that to make a difference in the world, we must develop our personal power alongside the wisdom to use it responsibly. He encourages those he works with to live with an awareness of mortality and the miracle of life in order to keep things grounded and real. He is a lifelong student of the healing and creative arts.

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With Ya’Acov Darling Khan
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A Shaman in the Modern World

In this short extract taken from his book 'Shaman - Invoking Power, Presence and Purpose at the Core of Who You Are,' Ya'Acov talks about how he came to take on the role of Shaman - not as a title of achievement but as a role like any other vocational role such as teacher.
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A Shaman in the Modern World
Jaguar in the body, butterfly in the heart

Jaguar in the body, butterfly in the heart

Listen to leader and shaman of the Sapara people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Manari Ushigua's words, as Ya'Acov reads the foreword to his first book, Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart
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Invoking power, presence and purpose at the core of who you are
Ya’Acov Darling Khan
March 2020 (Hay House)

Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart

The Real-Life Initiation Of An Everyday Shaman
Ya'Acov Darling Khan
June 2017 (Hay House)

personal experiences

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. I have come to know him both as a friend and as a 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 has helped me in my shamanic spiritual growth. - Manari Ushigua - Leader and Shaman of the Sápara people of the Ecuadorean Amazon
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 to us all to step up and into our true power and to see our lives as canvasses ready to be made into art. “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 - Publicist, Speaker, Author
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 - Sunday Times Best-Selling Author