NEW Upcoming E-Course:
The Art of Movement: Rewilding Our Bodies
10 Week Video Class
About the Class
In this 10-week video-based series, you will go on a deep journey into reconnecting and rewilding your body. Learn to unwind core tension, stress, and holding patterns by remembering your wild and animal self. Drawing on movement traditions from around the world including Animal Forms, Internal Martial Arts, Qigong, Earthgym, and Flow Arts, Karen Joy Fletcher and Nate Summers will teach you to be wild and free in your own body! Rediscover your own primal vitality.
We will learn to use our bodies in new ways and strengthen and tone through the use of sticks, stones, flow, and animal embodiment. Feel comfortable moving through diverse landscapes and deepen your connection to the inner and outer wild
Between the two of them Karen and Nate have over 40 years combined movement teaching experience, and they are excited to lead you in a diversity of training each week.
Each 75+ minute class will include lecture, discussion, philosophy, and 45 minutes or more of physical training.
Ample time for Q&A will be provided during and at the end of class, as needed.
Classes will be taught in such a way that people of any fitness level can participate.
(Consult your doctor if you have any serious health issues)
Tentative schedule posted below subject to change based on the needs of participants.
Recordings of the classes will be made available to all participants.
By the end of the course, you will have a core set of exercises and exercise routines that can be integrated into any lifestyle.
Videos can be viewed at any time, so you can design and creating your own routines based on your schedule and needs!
Zoom conference calls
Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Every week for 10 weeks
(after July 5)
July 9: Effortless Movement-Mobility and Spiral Flow
July 16: Way of the Stick-Earthgym 1
July 23: Way of the Stick 2-Earthgym 2 (Mobility and Flow)
Aug 6 Toning with Stone 1-Earthgym 3 (Fluid Strength Training)
Aug 13: Animal Embodiment 1-Animal Play
Aug 20: Toning with Stone 2-Earthgym 4-Primal Strength (Big Stones!)
Aug 27: Qigong Intro-Energy and Flow
Sept 3: Animal Embodiment 2- Becoming Animal (Ground-training)
Sept 10: Special Class-Guest Instructors
Sept 17: Putting it All Together-Linking Practices and Creating Flow
Nate Summers, author of Primal: Why We Long to be Wild and Free, and Awakening Fire: An Essential Guide has been a survival skills instructor for over 20 years with a background in anthropology, Asian studies, and natural medicine. He taught and directed at the Wilderness Awareness School for over 15 years, and has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate's passions include ethnobotany, natural mentoring, hunter-gatherer childhoods, natural movement, herbal medicine, internal martial arts, mentoring, and leadership.
Karen Joy Fletcher
Karen Joy Fletcher is a Cultural anthropologist, writer and qigong instructor. Karen loves sharing her passions of qigong, dance and wilderness training with people around the world. She is a personal student of ZY Qigong Grandmaster XuMingtang, and has trained and traveled with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and worldwide. In addition, Karen has trained for years with Mick “the Barefoot Sensei” Dodge and offers unique qigong and Earthgym programs in the wilderness, city parks and at retreat centers, including Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon and Omega Institute in New York.
Badger Compton started movement in the woods. They always felt more animal than human; climbing trees, jumping creeks, running on all 4s. These seemed so normal growing up, often playing alone in the forest. This is where he found his first best friend. A stick! That stick would help them find martial arts and qigong. Martial arts became the doorway into fire dance and back into the flow of life.
Ki Compton is a mover, traveler and life enthusiast. Her journey in movement began with Pilates and Yoga. When those modalities began to feel confined and linear she began exploring more fluid forms; like dance and circus arts. Ki’s desire is to continue to share her knowledge of yoga, ayurveda, and circus/flow arts, with children and the unlikely yogi, to cultivate deep connections to nature, ourselves and each other.
Kyle Koch is a former IT software technician turned nature nerd. Kyle has been facilitating transformative experiences in nature for almost a decade: inspiring youth and adults to connect to their gifts through exploration, play and curiosity. Kyle is always expanding his practice through the study and application of: functional neurology concepts, traditional strength training, martial arts (Systema), and meditation and breathing (Wim Hof Method). When not teaching or facilitating, you can find Kyle exploring ways to deepen his connection with himself, others, and the Earth.
Alex is an elementary physical education teacher who found her way to nature connection through movement. After years of studying "exercise", she gravitated towards natural movement practices and found that by moving herself in this way she not only transformed how she feels in her body but also drastically changed the way she connects to nature and how she lives. Hula hooping/dance is also a passion and Alex loves how expressive and open hooping makes her feel.