Natalia Je has Master's Degrees in Social work and Psychology, as well as training in dance, alternative medicine and bodywork. She is one of the founders of OFF THE WALL INC. and co-facilitates the monthly Sydney reading group on Critical Perspectives in Madness. In her childhood years Natalia received rigorous training in ballet dance and rhythmic gymnastics which informs her body practices (yoga and pilates) and body awareness to this day. Natalia's advocacy and activism centre around fostering non-medical, emancipatory and Mad-positive practices and discourses in and outside the mental health sector. Research-wise, she is interested in sexuality and madness and sanism in mainstream social work practices. She draws also from her own experiences of emotional distress and involvement with psychiatric services.
Her favourite pastimes are reading, travel and bushwalking. She practices yoga and not taking herself too seriously. Both being damn hard.