I first began dancing with Ya'acov and Susannah in 1991, working extensively with both them and Gabrielle Roth for 23 years before training as a teacher with The School of Movement Medicine
I began my adult working life as a performer before running a business working with healing and creativity for several years. I then trained as a social worker and immediately afterwards as a family therapist, working in the NHS with children, young people and families with mental health issues for over a decade. I left a couple of years after the birth of my now 18 year old son to follow my calling ever deeper into the wilds, training as a shamanic practitioner with The Sacred Trust.
From childhood onwards, the dancing path has always woven it's way in and out of the fabric of my life. In 2009 it led me to funding from Exeter University Business School to research The School of Movement Medicine in the process of writing a PhD thesis entitled Re-embodying Leadership through a Re-Examination of the Sacred. I was awarded my doctorate at the start of 2015, having conducted an anthropological study of the Movement Medicine community over a five year period. I was the co-chair of the Movement Medicine Association with Rob Porteous for a year and am now employed by the School as a mentor for professionals in training. I have been teaching and mentoring others in MM for over eight years now. I currently work with the suicidal and people in mental health crisis, as well as offering shamanic healing and mentoring at my home in Devon.
Levels of training:
Ali has completed Levels 1 and 2 of MM CPD Training - Heart and Seer and working with Ritual