Engaged Shamanism is Ya’Acov and Susannah’s unique approach to bridging the creative and inspiring experiences that shamanism brings with the day-to-day way we live our lives.

Over the last three decades they have been discovering how to live the most fulfilling lives possible on personal, relational and professional levels, by doing this for themselves. During that time, they have brought their work to literally thousands of people from a vast variety of backgrounds around the world.

Now, for the first time, they are making their work available online in this new series of courses. Their intention is to share the down-to-earth and inspiring set of tools and practices that they have developed and found so helpful in their own lives.

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

Thank you for your attention to these important provisos about who this course is suitable for:

This course is for you if:

  • You have the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability, resources and support to engage in unsupervised, challenging, transformative, personal work and stay grounded and safe. If you have any doubt about this, please check with your doctor or health care professional.
  • You are ready to take responsibility for yourself on all the above levels, including being able to look after your physical body and its limits during the movement practice which is part of each module.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You have any history with mental health issues or have been or are on any form of medication for mental health issues unless you have the full consent of your professional healthcare support teams (doctor, psychiatrist, therapist).
  • You are not able to take responsibility for your own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability while engaging in unsupervised challenging, transformative, personal work.
  • You don’t feel confident or are not able to look after your own physical body and its limits during the movement practice which is part of each module.

Enrol on This Course

  • Receive access to all 7 modules of the course including pre-module and post-module notes.
  • Receive access to the private Darling Khan Online Facebook Page
£ 195 *

* £145 for certain countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, South Africa etc. which have significantly lower per capita incomes than the UK.

The Modules

Each module will include learning about aspects of the philosophy and practice of engaged shamanism as well as shamanic tools and taking shamanic journeys related to our subject. Between all modules, there will be simple preparation and integration tasks and practices to support you to make the most of our work together.



At the Centre of Your Circle: Working with the medicine wheel


  • Recap of the whole journey
  • Bringing it all together and being in a your own medicine wheel
  • Celebration and next steps



North: Working with the Element of Air

Flying with your feet on the Ground

  • Working with the ‘breath of life’
  • The gift of overview and recognising your unique soul print
  • Shamanic journey to meet the spirit of the wind



West: Working with the Element of Water

Finding Flow

  • Developing fluidity in body, heart and mind
  • Working with purification, connection, ‘shape-shifting’ and ‘flow’
  • Shamanic journey to meet the spirit of the water



East: Working with the Element of Fire

Spark up your Lust for Life

  • What turns you on, excites and motivates you?
  • Energising the system and moving your energy. Finding and embodying a clear ‘Yes!’ and a clear ‘No!’ and discovering your “second skin”
  • Shamanic journey to meet the spirit of the fire



South: Working with the Element of Earth

Stand In Your Own Ground

  • Working with grounding and connection to the earth
  • Discovering interoception and deep grounding in your body and its instinctual, intuitive resonance with the element of earth
  • Shamanic journey to find the ground of your own being



Center: Yin & Yang & the Dance Between them

In the Centre of Creation

  • Working with acceptance and intention
  • Acknowledging the great mystery and your relationship to it
  • Balancing receptive and active energies within yourself. Joining the power of acceptance together with the power of direction and intent



Orientation and Intention

Introduction & the Tree of Life

  • Meet your teachers, the work and the Tree of Life
  • Understand the course overview and the philosophy and practice behind it
  • Work with the Tree of Life to become more rooted, fluid and connected



Orientation and Intention


  • Meet your teachers, the work and the Tree of Life
  • Understand the course overview and the philosophy and practice behind it

Your Teachers

Ya’Acov and Susannah are two of the foremost teachers of embodied consciousness. They are known for being heart-centred, funny, strong, passionate and compassionate human and humane teachers with more than 30 years of experience teaching worldwide in numerous cultures and situations. (See biography for more information)

“We have a deep commitment to go on learning, self-reflecting, and illuminating our own blind spots. We have created a unique body of work rooted in engaged, everyday shamanism and embodied consciousness. We are well known for bridging the inspiring experiences of shamanism with the down-to-earth realities of life as a human being in the 21st century. We look forward to working with you.”

Course Reviews

Course Reviews

First of all, this is a professional course! My compliments! So good to hear the context of your medicine. And it is very practical and down to earth! Going to explore the earth meditation in daily Life, to be more aware of the medicine of my body! The little girl in myself desires more freedom in daily Life! The woman in me wants to share her medicine with the World! Time to stand up, to be rooted in my body and to spread my wings!

Odett Sleeswijk

Course Participant

What impresses me most about Susannah and Ya’acov is the irresistible sensation that they really live their work. It has a dynamism and an integrity that can only flow from the willingness – and the courage – to use their own lives as a research laboratory for their teaching. What this offers to their students is tremendous freshness and real honesty, together with the feeling that change is always possible. Add their sharp eyes and their quick wit and the result can be electrifying.

Christopher Sheppard


I find this online offering to be such a perfect thing for a busy mama like me! A single parent, who is not able to leave for a workshop. During the first module I felt that something shifted. Having a flat on the 7th floor made me work hard on visioning putting roots down. Somehow, in connection with the sky and the trunk, I could feel joy. Joy from the sun and the winds, joy from the river that flows nearby and the roots were easily penetrating through the soil, making their way through the hard rocks deep deep into the ground. Joy from having this offering in my kitchen. What a relief, I tell you!

Maya Love

Course Participant