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Ya’Acov Darling Khan - Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World

Banyen Talk & Signing

Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Return of the Light - A Movement Medicine Dance Workshop
February 9 - 11, 2017
at: Russian Hall, Vancouver
info & registration here.

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Join Ya’Acov Darling Khan, author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart – The Real-Life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman for a talk on Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World as well as a Movement Medicine Dance Workshop.

We are living in unprecedented times of great possibility for us as human beings to live lives of such deep meaning and purpose. The earth is crying out for empowered human beings connected to their hearts to stand up for the sanctity of life. It takes a huge investment to ‘grow’ a mature human being - someone who is living in the everyday recognition of what they are being given by life; a human being who is overflowing with gratitude and joyfully inhabits the living prayer of reciprocity, giving back to life with everything they’ve got.

Sadly, many people in the spiritual world make a big split between the light and the dark. In shamanism, the dark is the power of the earth and relates to our ability to bring our dreams into manifestation. The light is the power of the sun, the power that illuminates our hearts, who we are and what we are here for.

In the shaman’s world, bringing our dreams to earth is a dance of light and dark, an alchemical blend of power and vulnerability. In order to make any positive impact in this world, there is a necessity to purify our relationship to power and vulnerability so that we can know deep in our hearts who we are and what we are here for. Power without domination and vulnerability without self-pity is the magical blend for soulful living. In this inspiring and challenging talk, Ya’Acov will talk about power and vulnerability as the twin keys for taking our place as empowered, creative and conscious human beings whose intention is to make as much positive impact in the world as we possibly can.

“Ya’Acov Darling Khan has written an exquisite and important book that places the great and deep work of Shamanism in its rightful context in this crucial time for the human species. It is both a personal and archetypal story. He honestly shares his struggles about the challenges of being a shaman in the modern world and he does so refreshingly without self-importance. Many times, I found myself moved by the story of a life devoted to finding a modern expression of shamanism that is appropriate to the times we are living in.”

Lynne Twist, Co-Founder of the Pachamama Alliance and Author of The Soul of Money.

Ya'Acov Darling Khan has been studying and practicing shamanism all his life. When he was 21, he was hit by lightning and resolved to learn to use the shamanic gifts he had experienced as a child. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. He is the Co-Creator of Movement Medicine, a contemporary and dynamic shamanic practice designed to support people from all walks of life to be who they are and give what they’ve got. Ya’Acov’s talks come straight from the heart. He inspires us, often with great humour, to remember who we are. He is the Co-Author of Movement Medicine - How to Dance, Awaken and Live your Dreams, (Hay House 2009) and the author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017). Visit and

“An important shamanic ritual involves “dismembering and remembering” — releasing dysfunctional patterns of thought and behavior in order to embrace beneficial new ones.  Through this beautiful book Ya’Acov offers that ritual for a world of humans who need to rebalance and remember ourselves and our relationship with all else. He sings the shapeshifter’s song; that song awakens a new dream, it manifests a new reality."

John Perkins, NY Times Bestselling Author


"Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart is a magnificent adventure story that travels like an arrow right into the heart of what it means to be a conscious human being. Like all stories told with unflinching honesty and humility, this one has the potential to heal the reader, and help him or her remember who they really truly are."

Dr. Christiane Northrup, New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“As our world rocks with each new onslaught of unresolved human pain, there comes a bright light to remind us that we have resources far beyond our own: that we have help if we ask for it and that help is transformative. Written with integrity, authenticity and the flowing, addictive poetry of a born storyteller, Ya’Acov’s book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to share in the bounty of the greater spirits of this world and beyond... Ya’Acov's journey as a shaman began long before the current fashion for all things shamanic. When it comes to spirituality, many people talk the talk, but few actually embody the teachings in their day to day life.”

Manda Scott, Teacher of Shamanic Dreaming and author of the Boudica series and Into the Fire

“Ya'Acov is a a medicine man of the highest integrity. His shamanic skill and embodiment transcend culture to the universal place of humanity and spirit which he navigates with as much proficiency and comfort as daily life.

One doesn't declare themselves a shaman, the people do. When we are in the rainforest together, the indigenous people line up for healings with Ya'Acov, who works side by side with the elder tribal shaman.

In his book, Ya'Acov demystifies the original vocation, one often shrouded in misperceptions and aggrandizement in modern times. As our current systems and structures breakdown, more and more people are turning to the ancient shamanic worldview of interconnectivity and meaning. Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart provides a blueprint for how to authentically walk the path.”

David Tucker, Pachamama Journeys Director