Get outside when most stay in
As the days shorten and the leaves are turning, most turn away from the parks and forests for the comforts of the great indoors. This provides anyone who cares to notice with an even better experience of the all the spoils that moving outdoors can offer. Sure, there is less sun bathing, but the forest bathing gets even better. The magnificent fall colors offer a dramatic scenery for seasonal movement opportunities like mushroom hunting and chestnut gathering. Then, when the trees have shed their leaves, the forest opens up and reveals the branch structure of tree canopies from afar, making it much easier to find interesting climbing trees.
What you will learn
This all day workshop will cover help you to transform your approach to movement and training by letting natural textures, structures, surfaces and situations be your teacher. We will explore natural movement beyond straight walls and flat floors.
Over the course of eight hours we will cover a broad range of topics, including:
- moving in complex natural environments (like trees!)
- using engaging games and partner drills to grow stronger and smarter
- do you train like a hunter or a gatherer and should you do both?
- mindful movement and meditation
- the natural methods of injury prevention
How it started
Enjoying a hike on a Tyrolean alpine trial in 2010 turned out to be the start of a journey to recover the relationship with my body and its natural environment. Starting with barefoot running and hiking, exploring CrossFit, discovering the Methode Naturelle through MovNat and studying the Ido Portal Method, I slowly discovered my own path with the help of Rafe Kelley along the way. Now after many years I have arrived at an understanding of what it means to move in nature and not just through it. These workshops aim to provide a start or check point on your own journey to incorporating more nature into your movement.FAQ
Who can attend this event?
The short answer is: Every body. It really doesn't matter how much experience you have, how strong or 'fit' you are. What matters more is that your are ready to experience and enjoy learning new things.
What do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing that allows you to move freely. Bring enough food and drink for the day, as we will enjoy our lunch in nature.
Isn't this time of the year too dark and rainy?
Weather always looks worse through a window. You will be surprised how little variation there is in rainfall throughout the year. This being The Netherlands however, you should always be prepared for water in one form or another. This workshop aims to inspire new ways of moving in nature, no matter the weather.
Will it be worth leaving the city for this workshop?
Absolutely. Of course you can find a tree to climb in the city and I encourage city dwellers to find as much natural movement in their daily lives as possible. However, just as developing mindfulness in general living is made easier by starting sitting down with your eyes closed, it's much easier to develop a strong connection to your body and the environment if you don't have to negotiate litter, picnicking tourists and bootcamp classes.
Where can I find the meeting point?
Your best bet is using the directions of Google Maps.
The exact location of the workshop will be announced well in advance of the event.