Medicine and Movement

Christopher Gladwell

Yogasara, Bristol BS6 5QA


5th April | 7.30pm - 11.30pm

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5 medicines and 3 facilitators to enable your path

A DEEP, intimate and healing evening with 5 powerful medicines and 3 exceptional facilitators. We will Engage with Yoga, let Movement be the Medicine, commune with the healing plant spirits of the Amazon – HAPEH and SANANGA – and find our voices with healing mantras and medicine songs.

AWAKENING THE WILD we will share deeply as a temporary tribe
HOSTED by Keef Wesolowski-Miles, Wioletta Wesolowska-Miles and Christopher Gladwell

We are shamanic practitioners having studied deeply with The School of Movement Medicine, Terra Mirim Foundation (Brazil) and lived with the Huni Kuin (Kaxinawa) tribe in Acre, Brazil. We are co-founders of Awakening the Wild. We bring 20 years of deep experience in many forms of Shamanism, Yoga, Tantra and bodywork. Currently we are apprentices of XamAM Alba Maria (Terra Mirim Foundation – BRAZIL

My mission is to inspire you to transform and liberate your life. Simple. We do this through body-wise compassion, the alchemical power of breath, discipline and freedom through meditation and Mind Mastery and the integration of body, mind, heart, ecology and Spirit that is Engaged Yoga. Learn to Be in authentic freedom.

MOVEMENT MEDICINE is “Contemporary Shamanism through Movement to Change the Dream of the Modern World. It is a creative, embodied meditation practice for our times. It is rooted in ancient wisdom and modern understanding of how change happens. Its intention is to help you to access more of the physical and emotional intelligence that’s inside you through bringing awareness to the way you move, feel and think. Movement Medicine is an invitation for personal empowerment in the context of community. Our experience has shown us that genuine contentment comes from knowing who you are and making your contribution to life in a way that is meaningful to you. Our work is devoted to supporting you on that journey. Often, all it takes is a little encouragement to feel the music, get moving and trust the dance that’s inside you.”
Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan
(Founders of Movement Medicine)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT from Movement Medicine Practice?
• Support to find your own free dance.
• Support to find the confidence to be yourself, to communicate, to enjoy relating, giving and receiving.
• A friendly, safe, non-judgmental welcoming atmosphere, no matter what your age, background, dance experience, culture, appearance or experience.
• A healthier body, heart, mind and connection to your soul.
• An inspiring blend of great music and clear teaching to support your journey

– bottle of water
– layers of clothes for dancing
– notebook

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Ha’Peh is a sacred shamanic medicine snuff. It has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history.

Rapé is not sniffed, snorted or inhaled. Instead, it is administered (blown) into the nostrils with a special blowpipe called “Kuripe” (self administration) or “Tepi” (another person administers).

The appearance of a Rapé is a grey- to sand coloured, very fine and dry dust. It is traditionally prepared by ceremonial pounding of Tabaco (N. rustica) with tree ashes, followed by patiently filtering it through a fine mesh, resulting in a dust as fine as 125 micron. The varieties of Tabaco used are not the commonly known N. tabacum, but N. rustica, such as “Corda” or “Moi” and in cases also “Mapacho”. Given the potency of the tobacco, Nicotiana rustica, which is stronger and darker than Nicotiana tabacum, it can elicit mind alerting and grounding effects.
The ashes that are the second important component in a Rapé come from the bark of a variety of medicinal or sacred trees. The production and choice of ashes and the exact composition and ratio of ingredients often remain a secret of the tribe. South American shamans use tobacco as a sacred, wholesome medicine and there exists a very close connection between tobacco use and shamanism that has little in common with our western way of tobacco use. The use of tobacco by indigenous tribes in South America, such as the Kaxinawá, Nu-nu, Yawanawá, and Katukina, is profoundly entrenched in their culture, and has been employed at least since the Mayan civilization for ritual, medicinal and recreational purposes.

Effects and Usage

A typical Rapé ceremony involves a mutual administration by two persons. The Rapé is blown high up into the nostrils with a pipe made from bamboo or bone. The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore, this helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind. Likewise, shamans use Rapé to re-align with their energy channels and with their higher self, and to intensify their connection with the world and the universe. In addition, Rapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby, assisting in fighting colds and snuffles. Moreover, Rapé stimulates the mind with its nicotinic content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition. Interestingly, their are many rumours that Rapé could decalcify the pineal gland(1), which is involved in melatonin secretion, circadian time perception, and drug metabolism. Calcification of the pineal gland has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and fluoride exposure, which further stresses the importance of a healthy pineal gland. Yet, whether Rapé can really help the decalcification of the pineal gland, is highly debated and needs still to be scientifically proven.

Blowing the Tepi involves an intimate connection between the Rapé giver and receiver. Both are closely connected by mouth, nose and by breath, and both need to open and allow the other spirit and intention to enter, permitting the healing to take place. Hence, the essence of this blowing ritual does not depend on the strength of your blowing, but whether you can share yourself while doing it and thereby empowering the receiver. These ‘blowing rituals’ are of great importance in the shamanic tradition, which perceives the healing energy of breath.

SANANGA is an intense and powerful medicine which is applied to the eye in the form of eye drops. It comes from the bark and root of a shrub from the family Apocynaceae in the Amazon rainforests and is used as a sacred eye medicine to relieve the energetic system of ‘Panema’ or the negative energy/cellular laziness, especially around the head area. It is said to improve sight, colour and sense perception for hunting, as well as clearing energetic mucous around the head which can cause colds, flu, headaches and migraines. It can loosen and dissolve energetic mucous all around the body and its use can help with all kinds of energetic stagnation related to a lack of concentration or insight, or neuroses. It is also used by the tribes specifically for all kinds of eye problems

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