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retreat overview

Exuberant Animal Long Body Training retreats are transformative 3-day experiences incorporating functional movement, educational presentations, meditation and positive social engagement.

Retreats are perfect for teachers, trainers, physicians, coaches or health enthusiasts who are curious about health and the human body.

Earn up to 24 CECs for participating in Exuberant Animal Long Body Training.

Earn up to 24 CECs for participating in Exuberant Animal Long Body Training.


What You'll Experience

Long Body Training retreats are unique explorations of health and human performance that address the fundamental problem of biological mismatch and the challenge of effective living in the modern world. The experience is physically challenging, intellectually stimulating and socially engaging.

Practical

Move Differently

Explore functional movements that are actually fun and more beneficial than any fitness fads.

Playful

Learn DIfferently

Discover powerful new ideas about health and the body through provocative TED-style talks.

Primal

Live Differently

Rediscover your tribe through engaging social movement and cooperative group activities.


The Exuberant Animal training was an incredibly powerful experience. I didn’t come away mesmerized by some small batch of insights, or with a pocketful of magic bullets. I left, instead, with a deep sense of calm and connectedness. Our newly formed tribe had spent three intense days living, eating, training, learning, meditating and playing together—acknowledging and forging that connectedness.
— Ray Sylvester, Paleo Magazine

retreat Schedule

Long Body Training retreats are highly concentrated and rhythmic, composed of cycles that alternate between functional movement, meditation, presentations and social breaks. These oscillations of effort and relaxation have a powerful effect on learning and experience.

movement Sessions

 

    Enjoy group activities inspired by the martial arts and based on improvisation and teamwork. These challenges include:

    • Balance challenges for fun and proprioception
    • Locomotion to refine your gait
    • Partner rapport-building and martial art
    • Functional games
    • Medicine ball mania
    • Partner-Resist training to build strength with others

    educational presentations

    Get a front-row seat to learn from Frank Forencich:

    • Primate's Predicament: overview of our modern public health
    • Big-picture Paleo: setting a biological context
    • Practical Neuroscience: The foundation of learning and skill
    • The Long Body: Understanding the body + habitat + tribe
    • The Power of Story

    Food & Accommodations

    Wake up every morning with your tribe to the smell of freshly-brewed coffee and the revitalizing country air. In between training cycles, you'll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared daily with fresh ingredients from our paleo-style vendors:


    Date & Times

    The action begins at noon on Friday and runs through 5 pm on Sunday. Due to the comprehensive and holistic nature of this training, no late arrivals or early departures are permitted.

    You may want to arrive early or stay over an additional night. You are welcome to do so. If this is the case, please let us know.

    Location

    The Long Body Training retreat will be held in Leavenworth, WA. Location details and travel information will be emailed to you before the event.


    Your Training team

    Long Body Training workshops are led by Frank Forencich, the creator of Exuberant Animal. Frank is an internationally-recognized expert on health and human performance and author of Exuberant Animal, Change Your Body, Change the World and Beautiful Practice.

    Long Body Training workshops are led by Frank Forencich, the creator of Exuberant Animal. Frank is an internationally-recognized expert on health and human performance and author of Exuberant Animal, Change Your Body, Change the World and Beautiful Practice.

    Brown-Belt Level Trainers

    Dawni Rae Shaw

    Dawnie Rae has been a fitness coach for over 25 years with one only mission: impact others so they can also impact others.

    Ray Sylvester

    Ray is a Feldenkrais practitioner and movement aficionado, as well as a writer, editor, and explorer of the deep, promising well of ancestral health.

    Panayiotis Karabetis

    Panayiotis is a movement fanatic with 8 years experience teaching dance and martial arts and a passion for somatic education and Ux Design.


    retreat registration

    The registration fee of $800 for this retreat includes home-cooked food, lodging and safari-style house camping. Travel expenses not included.

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