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The World Arts and Embodiment Forum (WAEF 2023)

March 10, 2023 @ 08:00 - April 23, 2023 @ 17:00

Call for Participation

The World Arts and Embodiment Forum (WAEF)

Stabilization, Innovation & Breakthrough – Cultivating Resilience through the Embodied Arts

March – April, 2023


WAEF is a global event platform to support the development of the creative arts and somatics in a wide range of fields within education and therapy, including healthcare and wellness, performing arts and other allied professions.  With multiple layers of challenges each of us and the whole world is facing, we are eagerly searching for stabilization and breakthrough paradoxically in our life and profession. WAEF 2023 strives to support our global community and will focus on the use of the embodied arts in imagining and re-creating new possibilities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. They provide innovative pathways towards building resilience and healing, and for integrating cultural and spiritual practices that include and invoke multiple histories, ways of understanding and perceiving as well as other indigenous knowledge systems to theorize and imagine anew.  Participants will be offered the opportunity to reflect upon their own artistic and embodied practices, learn from others in the field and gather virtually online and in person regionally to dream, create and utilize their art-forms in responding to psychosocial challenges in a globalized environment through the use of artistic expressions as embodied practices.


WAEF 2023 consists of four Summits: Dance Therapy (DT), Creative Movement (CM), Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) and Authentic Movement (AM) which are ineluctably entwined disciplines addressing the fundamental law of human movement, its application and evolution to mystical and spiritual practice.  Professional colleagues and practitioners in these fields will present and share their best practice and cutting-edge development in the professional training, practice, and research. With the combination of the four fields, we aim to advance collaboration and cross-disciplinary practices and conversations.

WAEF also intends to make a breakthrough in the way of organizing and structuring the conference by finding innovative pathways and integrating diverse cultural and spiritual approaches to practice. Rather than focusing on a few ‘expert’ individuals and authority in hierarchical approach, we develop a series of ‘Key Conversations’ as groups with each of them corresponding to the focus of the summit. As a result, we dismantle the power structures of ‘mastery’ and ‘ownership’ of the work, to truly hear a diversity of underrepresented voices in our fields and further advance the engagement of all who make up the rich tapestry of our communities and networks.

Some of the key themes and areas of WAEF 2023 include indigenous healing, education, ecology, performance, social justice, wellbeing, spirituality, art practice, neurosciences etc.

WAEF will mainly take place online with option of in-person session with local partner institutions in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Each summit lasts two full days allowing time and space of unfolding and sharing. Dozens of sessions of Key Conversations, Presentations, Workshops, Book launch and Roundtable discussions will form the summit events. All participants are offered the option of on-line engagement and in-person attendance where local partners can offer that format. They will have access to the recordings of all sessions. All groups and speakers are encouraged to submit their work for publication in the WAEF conference proceedings to be distributed worldwide.

The main language of WAEF will be English. Translation of other languages will be provided to allow participants from different regions to contribute and to encourage international collaboration and networks to unfold.


Confirmed speakers (in alphabet order, click the names for details) 

Janet Adler (Canada)       Adel Andalibi (Iran/China)     Mimma Cagnoletta (Italy)      Juliet Chambers-Coe (UK)        Diana Fischman (Argentina)       Rosa Maria Govoni (Italy)        Rainbow Ho (China)     Alison Curtis-Jones (UK)      Sabine Koch (Germany)        Elikem Kunutsor (Ghana)      Sudesh Mantillake (Sri Lanka)      Wolfgang Mastnak (Germany)    Devika Mehta (India)     Regina Miranda (Brazil)    Nsamu Moonga (South Africa)     Bonnie Morrissey (US)     Carol-Lynne Moore (US)     Helen Payne (UK)     Marcia Plevin (Italy)  Rosa Maria Rodriguez (Spain)     Paula Sager (US)      Rosemarie Samaritter (Netherlands)    Susan Scarth (UK)   France Schott-Billmann (France)   Vivien Marcow Speiser (US)    Susan Wiesner (US)    Joan Wittig (US)    Tony Yu Zhou (China)     Brigitte Züger (Switzerland)    More to come…


Proceedings co-editors

Juliet Chambers-Coe (UK), Alison Curtis-Jones (UK), Sisi Peng (China)


Forum/Summit Dates

Dance Therapy Summit: March 10-12, 2023  (See details)
Creative Movement Summit: March 24-26, 2023  (See details)
LBMS Summit: April 11-13, 2023 (hybrid)
Authentic Movement Summit: April 21-23, 2023  (See details)

Contributors please fill in your schedule online so we know your availability in order to schedule the programs.

Other important dates

Oct 23, 2022: Deadline of proposal submission
Nov 13, 2022: Final date of rolling acceptance of proposals
Dec 4, 2022: Forum program available
Dec 12, 2022: Registration open
Jan 15, 2023: Early bird registration close

Hereby we are calling for participation from individuals, groups, organizations. Please follow the relevant links below and fill the online form of participation.

  • If you would like to curate or/and present at the Forum, click here
  • If you would like to be involved in the editorial work of the proceedings, click here
  • If your organization would like to be a partner of the Forum, click here
  • If you would like to sponsor the Forum, click here
  • If you would like to be a volunteer, click here

About organizer

WAEF 2023 is presented and organized by Inspirees Institute, part of Inspirees Education Group (www.inspirees.com), in partnership with universities, institutes and various organizations around the world. Inspirees has successfully organized several international conferences and events in the past, including International Symposium LBMS (2022), Authentic Movement Global Webinar (2020), Dance Movement Therapy Book launch (2021), each of them attracted nearly 300 participants.



If your organization likes to be the co-organizer or event partner of WAEF 2023, please contact us click here


March 10, 2023 @ 08:00
April 23, 2023 @ 17:00


Zoom (online) + Different places (with local partners)