Camille Barton is an artist, writer and somatic educator, working on the intersections of wellness, drug policy and healing justice. Camille is the director of the Collective Liberation Project, and the creator of a trauma informed approach to diversity and decolonisation work that centres the body and lived experience.
Camille is currently researching grief on behalf of the Global Environments Network, creating a tool kit of grief practices aimed at supporting intersectional approaches to ecological activism. They also work as a consultant for the EDGE Funders Alliance and MAPS, ensuring that MDMA psychotherapy will be accessible to people of colour.
.:: VISION ::.
Camille visions a world in which care, empathy and intersectional embodiment practices are woven into activist and policy efforts towards systems change. This will create a holistic understanding of the issues we are working to shift and increase solidarity between different communities, in order to collectively address the global challenges we face, including the ecological crisis and systemic racism.
Camille’s unique vision is grounded in interdisciplinary knowledge. Having studied BA International Relations, they are well informed about global power relations, systems of oppression and the need for systems change to create ecological and social equity. Camille’s background in somatic social justice, dance and therapeutic modalities, including embodied peer counselling and restorative justice, has taught them the importance of acknowledging the way our bodies reproduce systems of oppression in daily life.
Non verbal communication is the main way we transmit information as humans, so it is our body language that conveys dominance or submission, depending on the social position of the people we are interacting with. These often unconscious processes are intricately tied to the systems of power and inequality embedded in our societies. We could spend a lifetime intellectually learning about racism, for example, but if we do not work with the body to re-pattern it’s influence on our non verbal communication, we may still demonstrate dominance, or submission, in ways that are shaped by legacies of racism. Therefore, embodiment work is essential in order to create holistic and sustainable systems change for a variety of issues.