Susannah Darling Khan or, The Movement Medicine Woman as she is often known, is Co-Director of the online "21 Gratitudes Movement Medicine Study Hub" and "The School of Movement Medicine" alongside her husband Ya’Acov Darling Khan. They are co-authors of Movement Medicine (Hay House 2009).
Recently, in response to the needs of the times, Susannah created an online course called "Embodied Listening". In these times when we need to practice physical distancing, we can actually learn and practice warm, social connection through learning the art of deep listening. As Susannah says; "Deep listening is the new hug. She is offering regular "tops tips for emotional resilience and social connection" in her weekly "Strong at Heart" series, which you can find on Ya'acov & Susannah Darling Khan's facebook group.
Susannah has studied in many contexts, including an 18-year apprenticeship with the founder of the 5 Rhythms, Gabrielle Roth, studied Anthropology (University College London BA 1st Class Hons 1986) Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Centre London) and Family Constellations and embodied leadership with her Exmoor pony teachers. Her teaching marries ancient wisdom with neuro-science and intellect to profound effect.
Having taught movement as medicine internationally since 1989, Susannah is celebrated for her visionary weaving of scientific, psychotherapeutic and systemic/ecological paradigms together with the creative, life affirming power of the dance itself. Passionate and committed to being a life-long student, Susannah counts some of her most powerful learning with the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems, as having stemmed from her work with her wild born Exmoor ponies or “mirror masters” as she describes them.
Susannah’s own deeply embodied knowledge of the creativity inherent in us all gives courage to her own participants to dare to liberate themselves from fixed patterns. Students feel encouraged to explore, to learn, experiment and evolve their own embodied awareness and the self-knowledge and mastery that comes from it. She is currently working for the acclaimed King’s Fund to bring Movement Medicine into the leadership awareness of some of the National Health Service’s most senior women leaders.
As well as being Movement Medicine Woman she has made 9 CDs and is a writer, dancer and pony whisperer in training. Susannah’s medicine combines apparent opposites. She brings a steady ground of compassion, gentleness, humour and well boundaried safety together with a fierce call to clarity and deep vision. Her magic is about sensing what is with acute sensitivity and following the trail towards what becomes possible.