Nature Connectedness and The Discipline of Authentic Movement

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This article follows a path linking the discipline of authentic movement with Nature connectedness. This deep empathic practice seeks to change empathy from the interpersonal solely to an interspecies dialogue, cultivating a shift from human-focussed to an earthly perspective of the world. It offers the author's reflections and examples from practice of an adapted model of the discipline of authentic movement which employs the roles of witness and mover outdoors to cultivate opportunities to experience participatory knowing from, and with, the more-than human world. There are enormous challenges to be met by the human species in the face of the climate catastrophe. This proposed creative, enactive, embodied, embedded model is another way to promote Nature connectedness to develop an ecological self which recognizes an ethical responsibility for the planet and its interdependence with humans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-289
Number of pages15
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number4
Early online date16 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 May 2023


  • nature connection
  • Authentic Movement
  • climate catastrophe
  • Nature connectedness
  • ecological self
  • Authentic movement


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