Intercultural Roots

Indigenous, traditional and contemporary embodied practices from around the world are diverse and yet have much in common, and bring so many benefits to those who take part in them. Intercultural Roots (IR) is a collaborative partnership that supports the development and continuation of embodied practice and embodied research worldwide. We are already a network of over 120 practitioner-scholars connected to communities and universities in over 26 countries and we believe that promoting embodied practice and applying research to a wide international community will help people develop a personal practice as well as address some of the big issues facing the world right now. Anyone interested or involved in embodied practices, whether a practitioner a researcher or an institution committed to health, intercultural understanding or social change is invited to collaborate with us. We are working to develop and implement a wide range of projects: locally, nationally and internationally.

Opportunities to Get Involved

We are really passionate about Intercultural Roots and its potential to make a real difference in the world through facilitating a collaborative sharing of experiences, expertise and resources. We hope that many people from diverse backgrounds would like to, and are enabled to, get involved. Here are some ways that this could happen:

  • Connecting & Collaboration
  • Information & Insight
  • Funding & Resource

Our Priorities

For the time being we are focusing on the following areas of activity:

Promoting and nurturing collaboration between the different groups who are committed to embodied practices, for example by:

  • Encouraging more individuals and groups to exchange knowledge, support and mutual care through our platform
  • Developing relationships with research communities, who we believe have a key role to play in helping evidence the relevance and contribution of embodied practices and applying embodied research to communities

Raising awareness of embodied practices and their benefits, for example to:

  • Increase public participation in these practices so that more people have the opportunity to develop a personal practice
  • Providing research, insight and evidence into the benefits and contributions these practices have on individuals and societies

Providing and assisting with activities that either support or promote embodied practices, such as:

  • Projects, research, funding and development
  • Festivals, collaborative events and international exchanges
  • Teacher/trainer training and development

How can you Get Involved

Connect and Collaborate

Intercultural Roots is developing as a collaboration between individuals and groups dedicated to embodied practices and embodied research. We would love more people to connect with us:

  • Whether a practitioner, a researcher, or an institution committed to health, intercultural understanding or social change:
  • Practitioners – to bring their knowledge and understanding of the history, traditions and current contribution to health, education and social change, combined with their dedication and commitment to developing intercultural understanding and communication
  • Researchers – to develop collaborative methodologies for embodied practice as research and to bring their expertise and rigour to developing and disseminating the evidence base on the effects and impacts of embodied practices, and why this is so important in society now and into the future
  • Enablers – all those institutions and individuals that can provide support to embodied practices through access to finance, facilities, political will to contribute to this vision

As we develop this collaborative network, we are looking to:

  • Find out about our existing and new collaborators, partners and supporters – what they do, what they need, what they could potentially add to our collective efforts
  • Find ways of encouraging more conversations, connections and collaborations

Information and Insight

  • Please tell us about things that are happening:
  • projects
  • festivals, events and exchanges
  • training and development activities
  • What existing research is there, or new research that could be developed:
  • that helps support our work
  • enriches knowledge and understanding of embodied practices to share across the different communities of interest