Musician & Community/ Environmental/ Social/ Justice/ Youth Worker
With a diverse background in environmental/ social/ justice/ youth work and the arts, Ruth Langford divides her time into projects that reflect her passion for people, culture, nature and justice. Ruth draws upon the cultural knowledge of her Yorta Yorta mother and the Aboriginal community of Tasmania where she was born. She has recently returned to her father's peoples country Lunuwunna Alonnah, Bruny Island where she is currently establishing, Nayri Niara a Centre for the Arts of Healing.
Ruth has gained a reputation as not only a talented musician, but a capable facilitator, with recent projects include performing in the Origins musical, a theatrical piece designed to bring connection to alienated parts of communities. In 2009 she co-directed the Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival which included a Sustaining the Journey forum. Ruth has also been the inspiration behind and the co-producer of the Strong Song Project which over 5 years focused on community healing and capacity building through re-engaging traditional practices of healing and sharing knowledge through song and story telling.
As Coordinator of the Indigenous Women's Legal Centre, Ruth established Healing on Country retreats for community women experiencing violence within the family. She has also worked as a youth worker and as a coordinator for the Justice Mentoring Program assisting Aboriginal people reintegrating to family and community after long term incarceration.