Maya Ward

Maya Ward is passionate about deepening the connections between body, ecology and culture through writing, dancing and tending the earth. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and teaches what she’s learned about the role of embodiment in facilitating ecological awareness and personal and social transformation. Her book The Comfort of Water book has been used in universities around Australia, and was shortlisted by the State Library for the 2012 Year of Reading Award. She has worked as an urban designer, community artist, permaculture teacher, bushland revegetator, and was events co-ordinator at CERES for many years, where she initiated the annual Harvest Festival.
Currently she lives on the banks of the Yarra and co-creates pilgrimage-based ritual, teaches dance, shares her knowledge through public speaking, and grows food with her home community in the mountain village of Warburton.