Reflection of dancer with arms above the head. Dancer is visible in water ripples.
Reflection of dancer with arms above the head. Dancer is visible in water ripples.
Reflections on Water

Photo courtesy of Emily Mott


Reflections on Water: Connecting to our lake and watershed through somatic movement, dance, imagery, memory, and action with Jess Rubin and Emily Mott

We will begin with a meditative movement class interacting with the land and inviting deep embodiment of the qualities and cycles of water on earth. You will be guided through sensory stories of encounters with local water bodies, and opportunities to help protect water health. There will be prompts for personal observations of waterways near our homes, expanding awareness of our somatic/emotional response to the health of our watershed. Participants will be invited to share danced responses to the material presented. We will conclude with collective intention and action towards healing our waterways: learning a simple group chant/dance and planting a tree on the bank of the lake, a step towards protecting shores, reducing pollutants, and nurturing ecosystem resilience. Accessible to all bodies; no dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. We ask all attendees to wear a mask at all times, and keep a 6 foot distance from those not in your pod.


Facilitator Bios:

Jess Rubin listens to and reads surrounding landscapes. While gardening and wilderness guiding, Jess earned herbalism, nature awareness, outdoor education, & permaculture certificates, a BA from Cornell University in Ecological Literature with Native American Studies minor, & an MS in Environmental Studies with VT middle & high school science teaching licenses from Antioch NE. She has served as a nature mentor, outdoor educator, conservation crew leader, corridor monitor, public school science teacher, environmental studies college adjunct, and university guest lecturer. She facilitates local business, MycoEvolve, which through earthworks, education and research offers ecological resilience services. While she attempts to revitalize degraded and recovering ecosystems, she serves as a researcher in UVM's Plant Soil Science Department aiming for a Masters degree in Ecological Landscape Design. As a Kohenet and lifelong dancer, she is grateful to participate in this event that focuses on watershed health, a cause dear to her heart.

Emily Arwen Mott’s goal for herself and others is to connect to joyful experience and authentic expression. She believes that deep listening— when we are dancing, making music, communicating with animals, or contacting another body—opens the wellspring. Emily has a long-time studio of piano students, a massage practice, an active schedule of movement classes and an ongoing involvement in equine therapy. She comes from a loving family of musicians and is a fourth-generation Noyes Rhythm (nature-based somatic dance) teacher.


This event will be held at Leddy Park, a regional park which houses several athletic fields and a vast expanse of natural land. This class will be held on the Leddy Park grove above the beach: follow the path which goes directly off to the left (south) from the skating rink building if you are facing the lake. Handicap parking and bathrooms are available on site. We will have a few chairs for those in need, but feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs or cushions for maximum comfort.

Leddy Park, 216 Leddy Park Rd, Burlington, VT 05408

United States

Free, donations accepted on site or via