Calm at the Centre of the Storm

The Calm at the Centre of the Storm is a potent place. I like to call it the power of peace because to genuinely embody peace is to sit firmly in the seat of your own personal power. We could all be more powerful than we are. And to have impact in the world, we need to develop personal power. And in order to do that, we need to create a healthy relationship with power itself. That possibility is the creative and healing focus of this 3-day Movement Medicine shamanic journey. 

Workshop Schedule & Structure

(all times expressed are BST (British Summer Time) 

6pm-8pm Introduction      

3pm-5pm Gathering Resources
6pm-8pm Researching the Theme 
8:15-9:15pm  Q & A with YDK (This session is optional)                  

3pm-5pm Ceremony
6:30-7:30pm Integration & Completion


Whatever your level of experience, Embodied Listening will teach you:

  • A tool kit of specific listening skills to support your personal & professional communication.
  • That your attention is a Super-Power!
  • To become more present through reclaiming the territory of your body
  • How to cultivate your compassionate inner witness, the “Wise Elder”
  • How to bring your body, heart and mind to your listening and communication
  • What deep listening is and what it isn’t

Modules & Flow
The course will take you round a Wheel of Embodied Listening skills.

M2 - PRESENCE: In the Centre
M4 - REFLECTION: In the West (Water)
M5 - RESONANCE: In the South (Earth)
M6 - OVERVIEW: In the North (Air)

Each module will take you a step further, teaching you new skills that build on what you have already learned. By the completion of the course, you will have a complete Wheel of Embodied Listening skills that will take you further and remain with you for your whole life.

Practising with a buddy or not?
As preparation for your journey with this course, it’s important to clarify whether you are doing the course with a practice buddy or practice buddies, in which case each of you needs to go through the course in sync with each other, as you build this skill set together, step by step. I suggest you make a clear contract about your commitment to each other and the course, including how often you will meet to practice together. If we don’t explicitly negotiate there, we can set ourselves (or each other) up for disappointment. Please note that if you are doing the journey with a buddy, then it is important to do the solo practices with yourself and your Wise Elder too.

Practising Solo
And if you are doing this Course solo, then may I extend a very warm welcome to you and to the solo journey which can be so profound. I suggest you make a clear and explicit contract with yourself (which is equally important) about how often you will meet with yourself to practise with your Wise Elder and take your next step with the course.

A Couple of Things you'll Need:

Whether you are working solo or with a practice buddy, there are a couple of simple things you will need:

  • It’s important that when you tune into the next step of the course content, you have un-interrupted time, even if that is brief. Turn off other devices, close the door, let people know that you are not available for the next half an hour. Then tune into the content and your own response to it.
  • Have a journal or course diary with which to keep notes of your journey, and, after each lesson, take a moment to feel your response to this material, and write it down.

After you finish this course, you'll receive a certificate of completion from Ya'Acov and Susannah to honour your learning journey.

I trust and hope that learning, practising and applying this skill set will touch your life and the other lives your life touches in a good way. I wish you very well with continuing your human journey with this tool kit of embodied listening skills.

All the very best with your journey,

Susannah Darling Khan

Ya’Acov has been working with the shaman’s drum for more than 25 years. In this course, he shares some of the fundamentals of working with the drum as well as guiding you on a shamanic journey to meet the apparently opposite powers of the jaguar and the butterfly.

Course Overview

In the three short modules, you will learn:

  • The basics about the power of the drum from master shamanic drummer Ya’Acov Darling Khan
  • Learn about the mother beat and the father beat and bring them together, a powerfully grounding and healing meditation
  • Gain confidence to use the drum as a tool for meditation, prayer and increasing your sense of presence

Benefits of working with the shaman’s drum:

  • A more focused mind
  • Deep relaxation that grows from that focus
  • More of a sense of rhythm in your body
  • A good way to check in with yourself
  • An ancient way to speak to the nature around you
  • An excellent way to feel more connected inside to outside with the imaginal world

Thanks again for joining us on this journey.


Ya’Acov Darling Khan

Course Overview

In this course, through embodied learning, shamanic journeying, self-directed study and integration practices, you will:

  • Learn the elementals of engaged shamanism
  • Work with the elements to create more connectedness, resourcefulness, strength and creativity for your day-to-day life
  • Remember and focus on what really matters to you
  • Discover, deepen and potentise the power of your imagination and how you can put it to work for the best interests of all that you care about
  • Work with and through the roots, trunk and branches of the Tree of Life and the 5 Elements in order to:
    • Stand in your own ground (Earth)
    • Strengthen your passion for life (Fire)
    • Deepen your flow (Water)
    • Illuminate the Soul’s journey (Wind)
    • Stand at the centre of your own circle
  • After you finish this course, you'll receive a certificate of completion from Ya'Acov and Susannah to honour your learning journey.

Some notes before you begin:

Before you start module one, there are a few preparations that will make the work we do together smooth. The modules are set up in sections and they will be titled as such. Although this allows you to do each module in smaller chunks, we suggest that you do each module in its entirety if you can.

Thanks again for joining us on this journey.


Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan

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