Join our world-wide Intercultural Roots community. Together we are
‘raising consciousness through embodied practice worldwide’
For individual participants, practitioners, performers, and freelance teachers.
You will have access to:
- Post news articles, events and links
- Receive our weekly news digest
- Forum collaboration
- Practice & performance development workshops (discounted)
- Contribute to and access our digital repository of resources
- Teacher training workshops and courses (discounted)
- CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops (discounted)
- Corporate partner services i.e. travel, marketing, IT.. (discounted)
For people from Associations, Clubs, Universities and Research Institutes.
You will have access to:
- ‘Individual’ member benefits (see list)
- Promote your organisational profile
- Promote activities, events, workshops, courses, conferences, products etc
- Dedicated liaison officer (key point of contact)
- Organisational development services (discounted)
For private companies who provide appropriate health and wellbeing services and products including venues and spaces, travel, marketing, IT, insurance, banking, clothing, health products etc. We would love you to become one of our corporate partners.
You will have access to:
- Individual and Organisational members via our monthly partners newsletter
- Advertising opportunities via our online platform
- ‘Preferred Partner‘ status and promotion (for corporate partners offering substantive discounts and offers to our members)
Collaborating is very different to teaching, jamming or performing. When practitioners from diverse embodied practices collaborate there is the potential for endless possibilities to emerge – if those involved are open and available to the process involved. Intercultural Roots believes that much development work, research and training is required to enable effective collaboration. It is seldom that open and inclusive collaboration happens between different embodied practices. All too often the communication skills between practitioners who do attempt to collaborate is inadequate. Intercultural Roots will work with embodied researchers to describe systematic elements of embodied practice and develop structured methodologies for enabling and documenting collaboration that will provide proven mechanisms for practitioners to follow. Our Forum is a place where members can facilitate and develop collaborative activities. We will conduct ethnographical research ourselves to explore the commonalities between embodied practices while at the same time attempting to enable learning from those local differences that exist and disseminate what we learn together.
Having a practice is very different from practising something! It takes many years to embody a particular methodology and philosophy so that it becomes a lived practice or way of life. Embodied technique is not only about physical skill but also involves ‘know how’.
Membership of Intercultural Roots enables you to participate in ‘jams’, attend classes and workshops, organise collaborative events yourself, facilitate in hosting and promotion so you and other practitioners can travel, present and perform easier and more cheaply. We would like to providing members with access to best practice through masterclasses with world class practitioners and teachers.
Often you can learn much about your own practice through the lens of working with other master practitioners. Some people advocate becoming rooted in one embodied tradition or practice before researching others. Others move between practices absorbing and embodying what is useful to them at that time and thereby developing their own way. It may be that master practitioners are wonderful guides for transmitting practice but ultimately, after many years of training, you may progress towards becoming your own teacher and learning how to make your practice work in your own life.
Training in methodologies for improvisation, rehearsal and performance, choreography and direction, audience engagement, production, touring, collaboration and hosting, accessing grants and funding, freelance employment and forming a company or organisation.
Some performances may be participative where the choreographer enables audiences to move together. Public performance raises awareness and promotes embodied practice and can, through ‘performance art’ for example, be a catalyst for educating audiences and affecting positive social change. As well as enabling members to promote their own performances, Intercultural Roots will begin to organise an international series of performances and festivals for public benefit. Trustees and Advisors who support Intercultural Roots have many years experience in organising multi-scale performances and will provide support to up and coming performers and producers to ensure their performance is a success in every way and that high standards of artistic merit are achieved. Embodied practice research will attempt to advance the arts through facilitating research projects between scholars, practitioners and audiences.
Train-the-trainer modularised courses and continuing professional development (CPD) activities including design, planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation of teaching/learning, microteaching, distance learning, health and safety training including risk assessment, access to first aid training, accreditation and certification, insurance, freelance employment.
With a particular emphasis on train-the-trainer activities Intercultural Roots will provide support to individuals and associations wishing to learn about or develop how embodied practice is transmitted, received, and put into personal and social effect. The platform has developed a modularised programme that has three thematic strands each containing taught modules covering Practice, Teaching, and Professional Skills. This programme was tried and tested over four years as a research project (degree) at a UK University, and is now an asset for Intercultural Roots. It is delivered through a ‘blended learning’ methodology that includes tutor contact time plus online teaching and assessment. Over time, learners will be able to access the programme as a University validated degree, part time accredited, or modular as CPD. Experienced, competent and qualified tutors and support staff will deliver this training. Research will be conducted to evaluate theories for developing effective pedagogy and disseminating it for the advancement of embodied practices.
Establishment and development, governance and reporting, due diligence (policies and procedures), managing risks and assurance, human resource management & training (trustees, volunteers, staff), strategic and operational planning, partnership development, fundraising (donations, fee, grants, funds, sponsorship, corporate social responsibility), project management and administration, book-keeping and accounting, marketing and promotion, IT systems and communications, monitoring and evaluation.
Intercultural Roots will provide expertise and development support to members who are practitioners, performers, teachers and associations.
This support will include, for example:
- Practitioners: advice on different embodied practices from around the world; finding a teacher; getting the most from learning experiences; collaborating with other practitioners; developing a career in embodied practice; participation in embodied practice research.
- Performers: giving advice on best practice for organising a public performance; accessing funding opportunities for performance work; becoming self-employed as a performer or establishing an artistic company; access to research on best practice in embodied performance training.
- Teachers: accessing teacher training or continuing professional development (CPD) in funding, finance or marketing; accessing resources and research for best practice in pedagogy; becoming self-employed as a freelance teacher or establishing a community group and accessing funding.
- Associations: developing as an organisation in terms of developing vision, purpose, strategy, planning and resourcing; developing leadership and a culture of learning; attracting donations; accessing funding and financial support; how to join and develop partnerships; developing systems and procedures that carry policy into effect; planning and administering projects; and measuring and reporting on impact to stakeholders.