Caroline, a mother and grandmother has danced since childhood and has worked in the field of alternative medicine since the 70's where she has trained, apprenticed and studied with many teachers and bodies of work, She is the founder and dreamer of Middle Earth Medicine and offers ecstatic dance amidst her offerings of creativity, constellation process and writing, on and off the dance floor. Caroline has an innate connection to spirituality and creativity since early childhood and it is from this place that she brings forward her offerings. She is a workshop facilitator, a speaker and a published writer, she works internationally, sharing her experiences and strengths to many. She is devoted to the work she offers in supporting people to find freedom through dance and creativity. She supports an understanding of the underlying and unconscious patterns that tend to rule and limit our lives, offering an understanding of our challenges, our suffering and our addictions. Her aim is to reclaim a stronger sense of happiness, creative connection, soulfulness, and innate innocence. More Here
Ben has a history with the arts and finding meaningful contributions from his spirituality (Bhuddhism) and connection to shamanism that can be translated into teachings for our modern times. His mission in life has been to create a more positive approach to how we share information to the general public, and offer a more positive approach to living with authenticity and sustainability. He offers rites of passage and men's groups, including supporting young men to find purpose and meaning in sometimes dysfunctional lives. Band of Brothers and Journeyman UK.
I have gained a great deal of knowledge as a film maker making documentaries, observing many cultures around the world from Maories in New Zealand, Fetishers in Ghana, a particular project of two years with orphaned street children in Ethiopia, to the Pygmies of the Congo. I have a growing experience of holding 'rites of passage' ceremony initiating young men into adulthood, with The Band of Brothers and Journeyman UK. I have co-led workshops with my wife Caroline over the last eight years.
Born in 1960, Ben is a Buddhist, an artist and a film maker. He has spent many years as an actor training in a variety of dance techniques from Yat Malgram's Movement Psychology, to mask work and mime with John Wright. He studied the techniques of dance/theater improvisation from Comedia Del Arte to clowning with Jaques Le Coc and Augusto Baul's community theater. He brings a knowledge of the many roles we play in our culture from two decades of acting in European movies and London's West End as a professional actor for twenty-five years. His knowledge of dance/theater rituals come from first hand experience of indigenous ceremonies, from Namibian tribal healing dances, to the egalitarian cultures of the pygmies in the Congo. He has traveled the world visiting all walks of life, gathering information and wisdom from indigenous cultures, spiritual and world leaders, psychologists and teachers. Ben has a history with the arts and finding meaningful contributions from his spirituality (Bhuddhism) and connection to shamanism that can be translated into teachings for our modern times. His mission in life has been to create a more positive approach to how we share information to the general public, and offer a more positive approach to living with authenticity and sustainability. He offers rites of passage and men's groups, including supporting young men to find purpose and meaning in sometimes dysfunctional lives. Band of Brothers and Journeyman UK.
As mother, kindergardner and shepherd she learned very much about life, receiving and letting go, about having fun, healthcare and especially about nature. She lives in a big community at the Lake of Constance in Switzerland and slowly she grows into the state of a wise elder. Through her studies of Group dynamics, Psychotherapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral-Therapy and her Training with the School of Movement Medicine, she developed a medicine repertoir as offering to others and as her soul purpose. The beautiful sense of humor and love for life and all beings is her trademark and as body, heart and mind connected in the dance her dreams came through. Her offerings are one to one sessions, sessions for couples and workshops for small and larger groups. All this wisdom comes together with the 'Middle Earth Medicine Ways’ and allows her to share and offer it for the 'Hollow Bone Wounded Healer’. Most of our diseases begin in the heart. It’s the heart which connects us all. From the heart arises healing.
Elixxchel moved to Cork, Ireland, after ten years of living in intentional communities committed to feminism, ecology, liberatory, non violent and conflict resolution practices in the United States. She has also trained and practiced in meditation, mindfulness and embodied techniques e.g. yoga, reiki, reflexology, shamanic practice, Kahuna sciences, Vedic Thai Yoga massage and therapeutic massage, specialising in Lomi Lomi Nui (an ancient Hawaiian ceremony). Elixxchel practices, facilitates and teaches a variety of healing arts and embodiment crafts in individual and group settings and organises and holds community and women’s circles, ceremonies and gatherings in Ireland for well being, healing and transformation. She also manages sessions for 4-12 yr olds in a pioneering and innovative playschool that incorporates a humanistic and anti-bias approach, meeting each child in their unique expression, interests and needs and assisting them to speak for themselves and resolve and explore any problems or conflicts with greater skill and confidence. Following the conscious dancing path for over ten years, Elixxchel has been working intensively with Caroline since 2013. She experiences embodied dance as a powerful means of reconnecting with nature and finding our own wisdom in our own way. Conscious dance allows for a fuller expression of ourselves in relationship with all of life. As an apprentice and dreamweaver of Middle Earth Medicine, Elixxchel is learning the skills and adapting its resourcesr to create and share beautiful and meaningful spaces. She holds a monthly conscious dance practice in East Cork and is assisting Caroline at workshops and intensives.
Ayla-Willow is a Mother, a Dancer, a Singer/Musician & lover of nature. Her passion and purpose is facilitating a remembrance of our innate wildness though dance & reconnection to Self, Spirit and Nature. She has worked previously in education and later in healthcare as a speech and language therapist. Cat's life course took a redirect when she trained to become a mindbody coach in 2012. She recovered from chronic pain using a range of mindbody approaches and her first deeper soul calling was to retrain as a coach in 2014 so she could support others on their path to better health. In 2015 she was called to shamanism and embarked on a deep journey of rediscovery. Ayla-Willow apprenticed with Jane Hardwicke Collings in Shamanic Womancraft in 2017 and later with Tatanka White Ohitika in 2019 to hold women's circles as part of the Brave White Buffalo Foundation and in recent years her work has focused more on group work and circular forms of leadership and community. She organises events for and is a Middle Earth Medicine apprentice offering dance circles and space and assists with and teaches courses/workshops on the Wheel of Soul's Return. Ayla-Willow holds circles, workshops & retreats and offers 1:1 work to support people to reconnect with themselves & their soul's journey through self reflection & knowledge, dance/movement, ritual and ceremony and embodied cyclical wisdom. Her main current focus is on integrating these ancient ways into modern living, building community and transforming our current culture into a more life, soul and spirit honouring one.
What more is there to living than the richness of perception, creativity and spirit?
My interest in anthropology and identity launched a career into documentary film. Exploring the rich diverse culture within South Africa, I spent decades with San elders and traditional mentors apprenticing our relation to nature. Deeply aware of the transformative power of movement, I embarked upon a three year apprenticeship with Caroline Carey and MEM in self analysis and soul retrieval work.
Through trauma I recognised the power in reclaiming what is mine. Seeking truth and standing up to my responsibility I become my own physician and psychologist. It is through the healing of my core wounds that I am able to encourage others to do the same. “Dance has supported me to express and release emotion, connecting me to a creative intelligence, whilst surrendering to an eternal stillness”.
As a MEM teacher-apprentice, I love to inspire creativity within, let go of limitations and even if for one moment come face to face with eternal truth.
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