About Salma

Salma Darling MA, PgDip, BA(Hons) DMP ADMP

I’m a conscious dance facilitator with a practice informed by 18 years facilitating and teaching in a variety of contexts as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and as a dharma practitioner.  My facilitation encompasses eastern spiritual wisdom with western psychotherapeutic models.

During an MA in 2005-2006 I developed Being Nature mindful movement as an embodied awakening practice incorporating stillness and movement indoors and in the wild. Much of the practice was developed on beaches in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, and on Dartmoor.

My practice is informed by a number of substantial dance movement awareness trainings since 1997 (see below), my work with clients and students over 18 years, Buddhist meditation practice, embodied engagement and directing performance in nature, and my personal experience and ongoing journey in healing trauma and living fully and heartfully.

I offer one to one dance movement / somatic enquiry sessions, mentoring and clinical supervision, consultation, mindfulness classes, and a workshop programme that dances between silent meditation and free expression in the wild.  

As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist between 1998-2009 I held Dance Movement Psychotherapy for groups and individuals in mental health services for adults with eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, chronic severe depression, anxiety disorders, diagnosis of schizophrenia, bi-polar, borderline personalty disorder; in forensics, with care-givers, refugees, unemployed and with adults and teenagers with physical and learning disabilities.

My study of meditation practices has led me to spend extended periods in monasteries and retreat centres in India, Europe and the USA since 1989, primarily in the Buddhist Theravada ‘vipassana’ or Insight tradition.  My dharma teaching is informed by numerous regular silent retreats since 2001.  The longer ones have been 1 month in 2003, 6 months in 2011 and 1 month in 2012.  I have a particular interest in the meditation practice of deep absorptions (jhanas).  My trainings in teaching the dharma have included the Dharma Facilitators Program with Gaia House UK co-founder Christopher Titmus 2003-2006, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr Bob Stahl at the University of Massachusettes, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy training at Bangor University.

I have taught mindfulness and meditation since 2001 in the community, in non-profits, in UK National Health Services mental health clinics alongside clinical psychotherapy practice, and to NHS staff. I now teach the general public as Director of The Mindfulness Consultancy and a mindfulness trainer and retreat leader at University College London and London Mindful.

I’m registered for private practice and supervision with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP), an elected member of the ADMP Council and a member of the organising committee of the UK Ecopsychology Gathering.

Salma Darling’s dance, movement and body based training has included:

Since 1997  5 Rhythms dance training with Gabrielle Roth, Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan,  & other teachers
2001-2003  Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA level training (group and individual psychotherapy) 
2013 Diploma in psychotherapy supervision, Roehampton University, UK
2014 -present  The Open Floor with Kathy Altman, Lori Salzman, Andrea Juhan and Vic Cooper
2005 MA Art and Ecology (mindful movement in nature) Falmouth University, UK
2001-2009 Walk of Life Environmental Movement with Helen Poynor
2001 – 2009 Jungian Authentic Movement with Leah Bartal and Linda Hartley, UK and Tina Stromsted, USA
Since 2001  Anna Halprin’s RSVP cycles, 2011-2013 member of Anna Halprin’s Performance Lab, California, USA
2002 Amerta movement with Suprapto Suryodarmo (Prapto), Java
2001-3 Eco somatics with Sandra Reeve, UK
Body mind centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen USA
Butoh with Marie Gabrielle Roti, UK
Continuum with Emilie Conrad, USA
Contact improvisation
Since 1997  Scaravelli yoga with Gary Carter, Peter Blackaby, Diane Long, John Stirk, UK, Esther Myers Canada. Registered Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network.
1999 UK Certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and reflexologist

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