The Founder

Brittany Jane is a Somatic Ecologist, Dancer and Accredited Wayapa Practitioner whose work aims to reunite the embodied arts and ecology. She is the Founder of The Earthbody Movement and has helped hundreds of people around the world reconnect with nature through movement and earth-centered education.

 

Brittany has over 15 years of experience in dance and embodiment complemented by 7 years as a sustainability educator where she delivered bachelor and post-graduate tertiary courses for hundreds of students in over 8 countries. She holds a Master of Environment in Somatic Ecology where her thesis explored the use of somatic dance in connecting and communicating with the natural world. Her research aimed to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges, that being human’s disconnection and disembodiment from nature. She found that all cultures who consciously live in a way that respects the Earth as kin, have dance as a core practice. This thesis received acclaimed reviews; winning the Office of Environment Research Award at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s highest ranked university. Her research has also been published in academic journals that receive worldwide readership.

 

Brittany has received numerous awards for her innovative research, including the inaugural Westpac Future Leaders Award and the Australian Prime Minister’s Endeavour Award, and was named one of Griffith University's ‘Remarkable Alumni’ for her continuing leadership in this unique field of socio-ecological restoration. She is also an Accredited Practitioner of Wayapa®, an earth connection modality based on the wisdom of Australia's First Peoples. She is one of 50 practitioners in the world with permission to teach this modality that is gaining significant recognition as Australia’s version of yoga.

Brittany has over 15 years of experience in dance and embodiment, complimented by 7 years as a sustainability educator where she delivered tertiary-level courses for hundreds of students in over 8 countries. She holds a Master of Environment in Somatic Ecology where her thesis explored the use of somatic dance in connecting and communicating with the natural world. Her research aimed to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges, that being human’s disconnection and disembodiment from nature. She found that all cultures who consciously live in a way that respects the Earth as kin, have dance as a core practice. This thesis received acclaimed reviews, winning the Office of Environment Research Award at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s highest ranked university. Her research has also been published in academic journals such as Choreographic Practices that receive worldwide readership. 

"My vision is that dance and movement may rise again as a central way of knowing, expressing and healing our relationship with the natural world."

 

Brittany Jane

Founder  of   The  Earthbody Movement

 

  • Master of Environment with Distiction (Somatic Ecology), University of Melbourne

  •  Bachelor of Business (Sustainable Enterprise), Griffith University

  • Accredited Wayapa® Practitioner Diploma, Wayapa Wuurrk

  • Cert IV Contemporary Dance, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

  •  Performance artists with STEPS Youth Dance Company

  • Outreach Training in Dance Movement Therapy with Sylvie Minot, Syzygy Dance Project

  • Four Seasons Journey (year-long) with Jane Hardwicke Collings, School of Shamanic Womancraft

  • Tracking and Sensory Awarenss Intensive with Tom Brown Jr, Tracker School

  • Advanced Permaculture Principles with David Holmgren

  • Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow, Milkwood Permaculture

  • Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning: Creative Facilitation with Robin Clayfield

Education & Training

  • Office of Environment Research Award, University of Melbourne 2017

  • Westpac Future Leaders Award, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation 2016

  • Australia Award (previous Prime Minister's Endeavour Award), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2012

  • Australian Youth Delegate, United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development 2012

Awards

Publications

Listen to Brittany's personal story with dance,

earth connection and somatic healing

 

Dance as a Vital Art for HumanityBrittany Jane
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* This story was shared at the

Weekly Service in Melbourne, Australia, April 2018

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