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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Autumn Retreat 2018

Evolve Move Play and Ancestral Movement are teaming up once more for a week long camp, exploring the human organism and our unique and incredible adaptation to the living world through movement training, sensory awareness, breathing and meditation, bushcraft, story telling, neuroscience, rehabilitation science and much more.

With Rafe Kelley coming all the way from Seattle to join us again as our guest teacher, we will practice our extraordinary mix of movement, body awareness, training in the trees and rocks by the river, on the huge natural jungle gym and all through the forest, learning natural movement, dance and wrestling, martial arts, meditation and qigong, and also get Rafe’s insights on all of the same plus his own vast expertise in natural parkour and embodiment practices all grounded in evolutionary biology and anthropology. We will go deep into the evolutionary anatomy of the human body, the ancestral movement patterns that we share with all other living creatures on the earth, and discover the range of movements and behaviours completely unique to human beings.

We’ll also be deepening our explorations of nature connection through foraging for edible and medicinal plants, fire making, working with wood leather and stone, basketry and rope making, primitive pottery, archery and spear throwing, animal tracking, stalking, bird language and other sensory awareness practices.

We’ll delve deeper into psychoneuroimmunology, practical neuroscience, and various ancient and modern methods of mind-body practice to not only rehabilitate any injuries and massively improve our movement abilities but simultaneously influence every system of the body to improve health and fundamentally transform the sense of self and our experience of the living world.

Most importantly, we will be camping together for 7 days in the beautiful bush (in the Araluen Valley NSW), by a beautiful river, next to a beautiful national park, with no clocks, no phones, no internet, and nothing to do but hang out and enjoy ourselves, train hard, learn amazing and important skills for living good wholesome lives, and get some serious rest in the lush peaceful forest.

This is a fairly minimalist camping experience but is not “hardcore” – we will all be bringing our own food and cooking together in the basic camp kitchen, and we will be doing 6+ hours of practice of different sorts every day, but the practices will be tailored to the group and accessible to absolutely anyone of any level of physical ability.

The material covered will be life-changing for any human being, and will be invaluable for any movement practitioner, teacher, performer, therapist, meditator, rehabilitation or health practitioner of any sort, environmental educator or wilderness skills enthusiast, or anyone wanting to engage more deeply with their own bodies and the rest of the natural world.


$1950 for the week
$1750 for registrations before March 15
$1200 special offer for regular retreat attendees, contact Simon to confirm.

For ticket information please contact

Ancestral Movement discussion group on facebook:
Rafe’s page:

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Summer Retreat 2017

December 8-18th 2017 in our beautiful spot by the river in Araluen Valley, NSW.

Camping in the bush by the beautiful river and national park, trees and rocks, goannas, kangaroos and wombats, learning, exploring and training with great people. Come for the whole time or a few days, just an absolute minimum of two nights so there is time to drop in, relax and connect.

Several hours (as much as you can handle) of movement practice every day:

Practices to wake up, strengthen, mobilise and express with each and every little bit of the body, to rehabilitate all of our old injuries and protect against new ones;

Moving the body through space, up and down off the ground with ease and grace, tumbling climbing running crawling rolling jumping and balancing, moving around obstacles, through different terrain, on trees and the jungle gym.

Games and partner work exploring contact, proximity, creativity, cooperation and challenge, wrestling, capoeira, martial arts from around the world, games, acrobatics and massage;

“Yogic” aspects: profound explorations of the central axis of the body, spinal undulations and the ancestral animal movements which come out of them, segmental abdominal and thoracic control, spinal breathing and centreline breathing, the foundations of breath control for health and meditation, pranayama, Wim Hof, qigong, internal practices and the science of body, breath and mind, of empathy, emotion, and the sense of self.

Throughout the retreat everyone who wants to will also get the chance to learn and work on a wide range of “ancestral skills” and crafts: making fire by friction, making cordage from natural fibers, basket weaving, plant identification and bush tucker foraging, wood carving, hide tanning and leather work, traditional food preparation, making and throwing spears, archery, tracking, stalking, bird language and sensory awareness, primitive fishing, and maybe even some primitive metallurgy on Harry’s primitive bush forge.

All that, as well as the camp library, communal kitchen, hammocks, fire baths by the river, chats around the central campfire, the combined knowledge and skills of an amazing community of people, spontaneous workshops and skill swaps, loads of time to chill.

A NOTE ON CONCESSIONS: The full cost is $150 per day, up to a maximum of $1200. To keep this event accessible to people of all backgrounds, those on low incomes, students, families or people with health issues etc are welcome to concessions of essentially any amount, according to their needs. Payment plans are also accepted.

DEPOSITS ($300 standard) ARE ESSENTIAL TO SECURE A SPOT. In case of cancellations, deposits will be held towards any future retreats or workshops for up to one year.

For more information or to book a spot, contact

The facebook event:
Ancestral Movement facebook group:

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