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Thesis - Open Access


Nature’s connection to the improvement of human well-being is longstanding and has become of growing interest in various health related fields. While certain therapeutic practices have begun to explore a nature-based approach, there is a lack of information and inquiry into the relationship between nature and the field of dance/movement therapy. This thesis investigates the connection between nature and well-being through the lens of ecopsychology, which can be used to understand people and their bond with nature. This thesis posits that there is a parallel relationship between particular elements of nature and the practice of dance/movement therapy, and that this relationship supports the integration of nature into dance/movement therapy’s pre- existing frameworks. The discussion offers a conceptualization of the body that integrates nature, offering a new approach to the practice of dance/movement therapy.