Summer Retreat – January 2019

JANUARY 19-27th. Eight days of camping in the beautiful forest in the Araluen valley, southeast NSW, next to the Deua river and Deua national park. A bit of time out to come back home to our bodies, to sink back into the landscape, learn all sorts of amazing physical and practical skills, meditate and maybe think a little bit about how we all got here and what we want to do with our lives.

As always we will have a basic schedule two or three full movement sessions together every day, as well as a 2-3 hour wilderness skills, arts and crafts session every afternoon, and some night time activities as well. Evolutionary movements, breathing and pranayama, jungle gym practice, capoeira parkour contact improv tai chi wrestling climbing tumbling balancing rock lifting juggling strength training injury rehabilitation acrobatics massage internal organ work martial arts meditation qigong and so forth will all be happening, and in the craft space and bushcraft times there’ll be wood carving, weaving, ceramics, tracking, making and throwing spears, archery, learning and finding edible and medicinal plants, fire-by-friction, making paints and dyes with plants clay rocks and ash, maybe some hide tanning or leather working, knife sharpening and safe effective knife usage workshops, wood chopping (lots of wood chopping) and all sorts of nature awareness activities.

Yes we really do do a lot of activities! but also everything is optional, there is plenty of time for rest, a little retreat library with lots of amazing books, hammocks, beautiful nature to explore and walk in, various activities of different intensities happening daily, and a general vibe of encouragement for doing things at your own pace. There’s also a beautiful river to swim in and a couple of bathtubs next to the river which we can light fires under, which is nice.

Other exciting news is that Craig Mallett (AKA “Craig”) is finally returning from overseas and Sydney adventures to be our guest teacher! So he’ll presumably be sharing awesome Daoist internal and external practices as well as natural parkour and various other made up stuff. Plus Janet Ranken and Harry Townsend will be doing things in the craft lands, one or two other guest teachers of movement and crafty stuff are still to be confirmed, and of course lots of the regular amazing crew will be there with all of their wealth of knowledge, skill, and good vibes.

Cost is $1200 (this does not include food). $900 for regulars or concessions, and again there will be several half-price ($600) spaces available for volunteers. Further concessions are available by negotiation for people who really need them, and also payment plans are totally fine for people who need to pay in instalments over time.

$400 deposits are required to save a spot. Numbers are strictly limited, and the last few have all booked out quite quickly and I had to turn a bunch of people away which was a bit sad, so don’t leave it to the last minute if you really want to come.

Great. For further enquiries or to book a spot please email me (Simon) at

and of course you can check out some other stuff here on my website:

and the facebook event page, and ancestral movement facebook group if you’re not already there:

Sweet as.

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Ancestral Movement Spring Retreat 2018

Spring Retreat 2018!

Yep, it’s that time again! Eight days of immersive practice and connection in the lush bush of southern NSW, by the river next to the national park full of wombats, kangaroos, birds and goannas, no phones, no clocks, all of the activities and lots of time to sink in, train hard, and deeply relax.

Movement practice, everything we can pack in, for every body type and every fitness level. From subtle body awareness to natural parkour, dance, games, wrestling, exploring evolutionary anatomy and movement to discover our inner monkeys lizards cats worms and fish, whole body mobility and strength to become just a little bit more like an octopus-gorilla, wrestling, contact improvisation, acrobalance, capoeira, acrobatics, martial arts from around the world, exercise rehabilitation for every part of the body, massage, rock lifting, climbing and balancing.

Internal awareness and meditation, traditional practices from various cultures, in-depth breathing practices, qigong, sensory awareness exercises, visualisation and contemplation methods to awaken and heal the body, supercharge our physical practices, transform the sense of self, embody four billion years of ancestry and reconnect with the natural world.

Anyone who is interested will have the opportunity to learn and participate in a range of “rewilding” nature connection practices and ancestral skills: making fire with friction, foraging for bush tucker, making tools or special objects with stone bone and wood, working hides, rope making and basket weaving using natural fibres, primitive pottery, primitive metallurgy on Harry’s bush forge, spear making and throwing, archery, tracking and stalking, natural camouflage, bird language, exploring the bush, and whatever else we can come up with.

Cost: $1200, $900 for concessions/regulars. There will also be a few $600 spots available for volunteer-participants, involving a small amount of extra responsibility for work and organising around the camp.

CONCESSIONS: Payment plans and further concessions are always available to people who genuinely need them, so that this beautiful event can remain accessible to people from all backgrounds at any level of income. Please note, this concession policy is not here so that people can simply “pay as they feel”, it is specifically for people on low incomes: students, artists, young families, people with disabilities or health issues, or others who need it. Please respect this policy, but also if you would love to come and need a concession please ask!

This is a minimal camping event with very little infrastructure (ie no electricity, no buildings, showers etc), and it is a drug and alcohol free event.

This retreat will fill up quickly! Bookings are essential, and a $400 deposit is required to reserve a spot.

For bookings and inquiries please contact

Here is the facebook event:

Also check the facebook group here:
and for more about the training methods and philosophy check out the ancestral movement website:

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Ancestral Movement – Melbourne, June 9/10

A two day workshop exploring principles of natural movement and their applications for rehabilitation, injury prevention, athletic strength and skill development, dance, nonverbal communication, expression, self awareness, breathing and meditation.

The material will be presented within a context of basic evolutionary biology and ecology, comparative anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, pain science, anthropology and the biopsychosocial model of rehabilitation, and traditional practices from cultures around the world.

This is very much an active, practice-based workshop, discussions of relevant theory will never last more than 30 minutes.


The first day will focus on awakening the entire body and discovering inherent principles of alignment and whole-body organisation, using a range of solo exercises, partner practice, and games. The practices are all designed to increase three dimensional strength and elasticity, ease and freedom of movement, body control and relaxation, and to re-awaken the innate ability to sense and communicate with the entire body.


On the second day we will go deep into the central axis of the body, unlocking and engaging every segment of the spine, abdomen and ribcage, from the outside through to the deepest hidden internal structures, again revealing deep and ancient motor patterns inherent in the central axis of the body that we share with all other living vertebrates and which are still the foundation of spinal health and of all human movement.

We will also learn to consciously direct the mechanical effects of inhalation and exhalation specifically into every segment of the spine and every part of the torso, massaging them from the inside, opening them up to our awareness and freeing up tension from all of the muscles and joints of the body walls, and then how to use the breath as a direct access point to the autonomic nervous system, and how to then use the movement of the breath along with the attention, emotion and imagination to improve health and transform our sense of the very centre of our being.


Anyone with a deep interest in the body and human movement, including therapists, yoga practitioners and meditators, athletes, trainers, dancers, singers, martial artists, theatre and circus performers, psychologists, rewilding enthusiasts and environmental educators.

People of all levels of physical ability are welcome, everyone including teachers and advanced practitioners should expect to be challenged and to discover whole new realms of movement potential.

All of these practices are extremely effective forms of rehabilitation and will be invaluable for participants who wish to become their own therapists, and to develop and maintain powerful and graceful movement for the rest of their lives.


$250 for one day or $400 for the whole weekend. Half price for people who attended last year’s workshops or who have participated in one of our retreats.


It is important to me that this work is accessible to people from all backgrounds and all walks of life, so at all of my events a number of concession places will be available for people who need them, by negotiation. Payment plans are recommended for professionals or people who will be using the concepts and material in their own practices.

For more information check out or join the Facebook group at The Facebook event is here:


To book a spot or ask any further questions contact me at

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