Who We Are
At Justice Movement, we are committed to helping leaders, teachers, facilitators, coaches, managers, owners and practitioners in the movement fields to create more aware, inclusive, accountable and woke organisations and communities.
Check out our respective bios below.
Natalie Brewster Nguyen
They/Them or She/Her
has been studying and teaching strategies towards understanding privilege and oppression, intersectionality, diversity inclusion, and institutional and structural racism for 20 years. She began studying and training with Groundworks and The People’s Institute, and has a background in gender studies and sociology. She initially worked as a anti-racism and anti-oppression trainer with the Unitarian Universalist Church, running leadership retreats for youth of color, and training board members and affiliate organizations. She has continued filling this role for multiple organizations, including NGOs, grassroots community campaigns, Yoga, Acroyoga, and other wholistic fitness organizations. She focuses on understanding the history of systemic oppression and its effect on individuals, capacity building, organizational strategy, mutual support, institutionalizing accountability and commitment to continued growth.
Outside of Justice Movement trainings, Natalie is a performance artist, activist, actor, writer, yoga and acro teacher, bodyworker, and educator in various artistic fields. She also has several kids, and lives in a beautiful coparenting community in Tucson, AZ when she isn’t touring and traveling.
Unitarian Universalist Association
The Western States Center
The Desiree Alliance
has been a facilitator in the field of adult education for over a decade.
Danya has always been a lover of movement. While her main focus lately has been in the fields of partner acrobatics and acroyoga she has engaged in many different sports over the years. Previously a full-time yoga instructor, she has also been a competitive boxer - and has been involved in dragon boating, basket ball, volley ball, soccer and gymnastics.
Danya is a full-time traveling partner acrobatics instructor; she has taught in over 100 different cities in 8 different countries. Danya founded the FemPower Acro and the SuperHero Circus Academy home of the Acro SuperHeroes which focuses on ‘Partner Acrobatics with a Social Justice Conscience’. The Academy offers 5 day partner acro and social justice intensives, the Acro and Social Justice Online module and then Acro and Social Justice Teacher Training. She also co-teaches the annual Canadian Acro Intensive. She is certified as both a Partner Acrobatics and Acro Revolution Teacher and attended 10 weeks of Pitch Catch Circus in 2016. Danya has also contributed to Pitch Catch Circus as a diversity consultant, offering diversity, power and privilege lectures;
Before Danya hit the road to teach acro, she had a career in adult education. She has volunteered with refugee settlement and sponsorship programs in Canada, led health and wellness programs in the corporate sector in rural South Africa, and contributed both as a researcher, educational tool developer and academic writer in the areas of diversity, race and social justice in academia in South Africa.
With a deep passion for social justice, Danya has four coaching certificates, four facilitation certificates; including a 5 day course on ‘Race’, Diversity, Social Justice & Transformation through WiCDS (Wits University Centre for Diversity Studies). She also has a Masters degree in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town with a focus on pedagogy (the art and science of teaching).
In the diversity and social justice field Danya has conducted monitoring and evaluation for the Diversity Studies course for the University of Cape Town which included report writing and program recommendations. She has done data capturing and program advising the University of Cape Town’s ‘Adapt’ program, which is the Intercultural Communication & Leadership Programme for the Transformation Services Office.
Danya has presented at multiple academic conferences on topics related to teaching social justice and pedagogical frameworks and has furthermore published academic articles in the field of social justice, race education and white privilege.
University of Cape Town
WiCDS Wits University Diversity
Pitch Catch Circus
Acro Yoga International