Autumn Retreat 2018

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:

No Comments

Post A Comment