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transformational outdoor experience for
health professionals, trainers, coaches and enthusiasts

may 2019, cascadia bioregion


Ever have a longing to get out in nature and move your body in celebration of habitat and tribe? Are you looking for an alternative to the stifling hotel-based model of continuing education? Would you like to share ideas and learn from some incredibly interesting people in the health and training community?

if so, join us for a gathering for health and humanity, ancestry and activism, movement and meaning, all set in the wild habitat of the pacific northwest.

Exuberant Animal will set up a primitive camp with all the primitive luxuries. We’ll have movement classes, presentations, campfires, martial art, massage, stargazing, drumming and dancing. We’ll explore all the pressing challenges of our day: everything from climate change, activism, health and ways to make a difference in the world.

who this is for

Ideal for health professionals and curious amateurs, this is about actually living the experience of health, engagement and rapport. You’ll hear powerful, diverse voices on health and the human experience and move your body in exciting new ways. This event will richen your understanding and deepen your practice.

Our exact location has not yet been chosen, but we’re looking for something like this…

Our exact location has not yet been chosen, but we’re looking for something like this…


why this is great

Experience is the language of the body. If you want to impress your nervous system, you’ve got to engage in authentic, physical challenge and participation. This is why Outback is so powerful. Instead of speaking exclusively to the head and intellect as in conventional conferences, this experience will penetrate to every cell in your body. The learning will sink in.

The logistics will be simple: We’ll scout the site ahead of time and get the lay of the land. Exuberant Animal will organize a camp kitchen, and beyond that, things will pretty much take care of themselves. The primitive camping scene will give us plenty of room to explore, move and share.

This is the kick-off event for a twice-yearly series that will return every spring and fall. This will give you a chance to develop friendships and professional partnerships that will endure for the rest of your life and beyond.

daily schedule

Each day at Outback will have a similar flow of experience and content:

7 am: Coffee

8 am: Morning movement class and meditation (led by sensei Frank)

10 am: Morning presentation (Frank)

1 pm: Afternoon movement class (participant teacher)

3 pm Afternoon presentation (participant teacher)

6 pm: Evening meal

8 pm: Campfire/evening presentation and conversaation/drum and dance

lead coach and sensei

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Martial art classes and presentations will be facilitated by Frank Forencich, author of New Old Way and other books about health and the human predicament. Frank has been teaching movement arts for some 40 years and is the creator of Exuberant Animal.

food and water

You’ll be responsible for providing most of your own food, especially breakfasts, lunches and snacks. You’ll also be responsible for preparing at least one meal for the entire group. (We’ll have camp kitchen and a good collection of pots and pans. There will probably be limited water on site, so plan on bringing plenty.)

As for food, we’re omnivorous. We emphasize “earth food” over “space food.” (That is, we focus on the meaning that surrounds our food; context is just as important as content.)


This will be a mostly electronics-free experience. That is, we’ll focus the lion’s share of our attention on habitat, ideas and one another. You can bring your laptops and phones, but don’t expect to be spending much time on them. Cell phone service will probably be sketchy and power will be minimal.

family and friends, bikes and dogs

This will be a fun event with periods of serious engagement. We’ll relax, but we’ll also step up with powerful physicality and focus. Bring your bikes, especially mountain bikes, gravel bikes and cross bikes. Dogs are welcome, especially those who play well with others.

cost, application and deposits

Your cost will include getting yourself to the site, along with all the required camping gear and food you’ll need for the duration. For the event itself, cost will vary depending on your level of participation and the duration of your stay. See this page for pricing information.

All participants must apply for admission and sign the waiver here.

To secure your spot and make your payment, visit this page.


All participants get an Outback T-shirt and a free copy of Frank’s new book, The Exuberant Animal Experience: Teacher’s Guide to Physicality, Philosophy and Rapport.

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