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MovNat Survival Retreat: Conifer, CO

An Immersive Natural Movement® Lifestyle Retreat

August 26, 2022 August 28, 2022


Come learn survival skills and then put them to the test in a safe and inspirational setting under the guidance of a highly experienced teacher and MovNat practitioner!


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This event will be an immersive, hands-on experience. You’ll learn the skills necessary to survive from the perspectives of an ancient hunter gatherer scout and a modern minimalist backpacker caught in a 48+ hour survival situation.

The skills that will be taught are situational, but can include:

  • Primitive shelter building
  • Modern and primitive fire making techniques
  • Water collection and treatment
  • Species identification and use
  • Natural navigation and land mapping
  • Efficient movement and teamwork as well as discussions about environmental adaptations as a method of healing and a strength inducing practice

You’ll walk away with the confidence and understanding of what it takes to be a part of the natural world in a simple, yet tough experience you will never forget!

You will also walk away with the minimalist kit that will be supplied at the start of the course, which will include:

  • Wool blanket
  • Rain poncho
  • Boil cup
  • Bushcraft knife
  • Ferro rod (metal match)
  • 550 cord (about 30 feet)


Day 1 – 8:30 am start time
– Meet and greet. Plus, discussion about the priorities of survival during a short term scenario
– Minimal pack set up
– Natural Movement with mixed in species identification and use of medicinal plants
– Lunch break around noon
– Shelter building: shelters will be constructed according to the environmental demands and will be used that night

Day 2
– Morning wander and discussion
– Breakfast
– Address water needs in the wild and modify shelter according to the overnight experience
– Lunch
– Fire craft, including: Friction fire from hand drill and bow drill… rock and steel… ferro rod
– Coal burn container
– Dinner, discussion, tea, and sleep in modified shelters

Day 3
-Morning jog
-Final discussion and analysis
-Finished by 12pm

Meet Your Instructor

Roary Kiah, Level 3 MCT & Survival Expert

Roary Kiah is a Level 3 MovNat Certified Trainer, survival expert, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, professional guide at Evergreen Wilderness Guides, and teacher of outdoor adventure camps for youth. Roary began practicing primitive skills at a young age and went on to study at Aboriginal Living Skills School to acquire a primitive and modern fire making techniques certification.

A self-professed “wannabe Neanderthal,” Roary is passionate about living a nature-immersed lifestyle and helping people reconnect to themselves through survival skills, Natural Movement, breathwork, and deep nature.

From Danny Clark, MovNat Master Instructor:

“Roary is a tidal force of nature and, truth be told, just to be in his presence is an epic experience in itself! His exuberance for Nature and practicing/applying survival skills is absolutely contagious. His teachings make becoming connected and comfortable in Nature a practice where toughness, rapture, and confidence merge effortlessly. I really look forward to attending this event as a participant and being a student of Roary’s!”

Event Location

10660 Oehlmann Ave
Conifer, CO 80433 United States
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What To Bring

  • Appropriate clothing for being out in nature all day
  • Notebook and pen

Additional Information

Participants will be tent camping and/or staying overnight in a debris hut.

Note: Breakfast and lunch will be brought in by the participants. Dinner is not included in the cost of this event, but will be made available on-site at additional expense. Your instructors will be in touch to collect fees, and rest assured that expenses will be kept to a minimum considering we will choose healthy organic options. More details will be emailed to participants in advance of the event’s start date.