Organisation

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Intercultural Roots:

  • Facilitates the organisation and promotion of collaborative workshopsperformances and teacher training internationally;
  • Provides access to research through conducting embodied research projects and sharing results from relevant research;
  • Attracts funding so that we can give grants to embodied practitioners, researchers and indigenous communities to support them to do what they do best and to preserve and sustain cultural heritage.
  • Provides ways in which members can exchange and host one another and thereby access venues, spaces or studio laboratories in which to teachperform, collaborate, and research , at much reduced costs.
We support people who participate, practise, perform, teach or research contemporary embodied practices or traditional embodied arts. We also support people who represent associations that organises such practices and those who could help fund our work i.e. benefactors, companies or funders. 

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What is Embodied Practice?

‘raising consciousness through embodied practice worldwide’

Embodiment is a learned process of consciousness and requires training and being attentive to ones environment. Sometimes referred to as embodied philosophy or wisdom culture – a depth, meaning and essence may be transmitted through the practice. There are many embodied practices that we promote including:

  • arts practices such as arts therapy, dance, singing, instrument playing;
  • physical activity and movement practices with proven health benefits including mindful walking and group exercise such as yoga, pilates, dance and tai chi;
  • practices that include postural alignment and somatic body work, breath and energy development exercises, cognitive-behavioural therapy;
  • healthy living practices including the growing, storing, cooking, serving and preserving of food; massage and complimentary and preventative health care;
  • spiritual practices that enable people to develop their personal energy, consciousness and connection to the earth, nature / humanity and the heavens and develop universal human virtues.

As well as supporting more contemporary embodied practices we are keen to include those ancient or traditional embodied arts that have an indigenous cultural heritage. In regard to reciprocity we aim to support indigenous communities worldwide through the provision of grants, goods or services.

Legal Structure

Intercultural Roots for Traditional Embodied Arts

UK Registered Charity Number: 1146653
Current Trustees: Martin Sax, Dr Andrea Maciel, Alvaro Rodriguez, Dr Alex Boyd.
Charitable Objectives (for full objectives see Charity Commission website):
1. To advance the education of the public on the subject of traditional and indigenous embodied arts and to promote research for the public benefit in all aspects of that subject and to publish the useful results;
2. To advance the cultural heritage of traditional and indigenous embodied arts to benefit peoples throughout the world through research, preservation, sustainment and dissemination;
3. To relieve hardship in indigenous communities worldwide, either generally or individually, including through the provision of grants, goods or services.

Intercultural Roots for Public Health

Current Trustees: Prof. Lynette Hunter, Dr Ian Kenvyn, Regina Gutiérrez, Dr Alex Boyd.
UK Registered Charity Number: 1179885
Charitable Objective:
“For the public benefit, to promote community participation in healthy recreation by:
·         Promoting participation in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Dance
·         Advancing education in the benefits of healthy recreation
·         Promoting best practice in the delivery of Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Dance.”

Voluntary Advisory Group:

Please Contact us if you would like to join our Advisory Group which is currently an online Basecamp project hosted courtesy of the IFTR Embodied Research Working Group. There are currently 80 members from more than 24 countries on our Advisory Group.

Management and Evaluation:

The trustees of each charity will ensure that an impact report is published each year that provides evidence of how the resources of each organisation are being used to further its purposes. A quality system will be implemented that consists of a cycle of monitoring meetings and annual review and evaluation meetings that take data from all aspects of the organisation’s work including beneficiaries and key stakeholders and report on success against pre-set performance indicators, milestones and targets. Continual controls, risk assessment, decision making and action planning will enable the trustees to continue on course or immediately change direction as necessary in order to achieve continual improvement in the interests of each charity and their purposes.

Contact details: 

Intercultural Roots. Registered address: c/o GK Strategy Ground Floor, 32-34 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2DB. Email: hello @ interculturalroots.org