This retreat with MovNat® Founder, Erwan Le Corre, is a rare opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Natural Movement® while moving through beautiful landscapes on the rejuvenating Caribbean coastline – making it a perfect Natural Movement® fitness experience for beginners.
We believe Natural Movement® is more than a fitness practice. It’s a way of life. We also believe it’s the best way to strengthen you mentally and physically, that the best learning and growth happens through experience (i.e. outside of your comfort zone), and that Nature is one of our greatest teachers.
So, if you want to improve your fitness and natural movement abilities, please join us at this special retreat, where you’ll safely explore your potential under the tutelage of one of the world’s greatest movement coaches. Make memories on the beach, doing things you never thought you could, at this one-of-a-kind experience designed to positively impact your life through Natural Movement®.
Note: The first 10 participants to register will receive $200 off and a free MovNat T-shirt (Update: The first 10 spots are filled!). Additional discounts are available (see “Special Note” at the bottom of this page for more info).
Who Is This Retreat For?
We designed the MovNat Foundations retreat with beginners in mind, but we adapt it to whoever participates.
This retreat is open to everyone no matter your age*, fitness level, or current movement abilities. We will be focusing on rebuilding basic movement patterns, using MovNat’s “from the ground up” approach. The level of difficulty will be scaled for each person’s ability. So, this workshop is definitely beginner friendly, and you will never be pushed to do anything too hard, unsafe, or that you’re uncomfortable with. But you will be challenged!
*Children are welcome to attend alongside a participating parent.
What to Expect – 3 days that will change your life
We will be out in nature most of the day, in the lovely natural setting of the Tulum coastline, learning the foundations of Natural Movement®, fully in context in an unstructured outdoor environment. Erwan will emphasize basic yet challenging, mindful movements with amazing benefits for overall fitness, mobility and conditioning.
Techniques Covered To Help You Become a Capable, Confident Mover
You will learn dozens of techniques, such as:
- Ground Movement (lying, rolling, crawling, sitting, kneeling and get-ups)
- Gait Movement (walking and balancing variations, technical stepping, running)
- Airborne Movement (basic jumping and vaulting techniques)
- Climbing Movement (specifically on narrow vertical and horizontal surfaces)
- Manipulative Movement (e.g. lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, etc.)
You will also receive teaching and coaching in Movement Efficiency Principles (e.g. including breathing technique) and General Practice Efficiency principles to help you get the most out of your MovNat practice.
On top of the movement side, Erwan will extend his coaching to the lifestyle and philosophical aspects of Natural Movement®, sharing many insights about the art of a high energy life. Many of our students have noted this was the most significant aspect of their experience training with Erwan.
What Our Students Want You To Know
“I might have been a little nervous about being an over 50 female and if I would be able to handle it…I did not feel that I was pressured to perform above what I could handle, challenged yes, but pressured no. It put a spark in me to challenge myself more and come back stronger next year! Having the opportunity to learn from Erwan in person is the ultimate experience.” -Sherry Johnson, IA
“Learning directly from Erwan was invaluable – there is no replacement for this…It was a real blessing to spend 3 days learning from him and I am very grateful to have experienced this. If you want to REALLY get to know yourself mentally and physically, you have to try this, at least once. If you give your very best, you will feel more confident, strong and capable than at any other time in your life. It is a transformational growth experience. This event was a big highlight in my adult life. THANK YOU for an incredible and unforgettable event.” -George Karaminas, Montreal, Canada
“My first impression of MovNat was that it was primarily for athletic (highly skilled) young men and that it would be awkward or even embarrassing if a 55+ year old woman showed up for a workshop. What I found instead was a place where all are welcome. I found instructors who are knowledgeable, excellent communicators, humble people who genuinely love movement and want to share that love with others. The principles of MovNat are for everyone, and natural movement is freedom and joy as opposed to fear and apprehension. I give credit to the excellent leaders and a model that includes safe and effective progressions which help improve confidence and competence at the same time. Thank you to MovNat for this system and for giving me a new excitement about my current abilities and the possibilities for many wonderful future movement experiences.” – Margot Wing
PREPARE TO Learn, Adapt, and Increase Your Real World Capability
At the MovNat Foundation Retreat, you will:
- Discover fundamental movement efficiency principles that will enhance your understanding of movement and immediately improve your movements skills.
- Master efficient breathing techniques to instantly boost your well-being, energy levels, focus and recovery.
- Learn fundamental Natural Movement® techniques that will transform your real-life movement performance and turn you into a skilled and confident mover.
- Acquire a wide repertoire of movement variations and drills you can practice anywhere, with or without equipment.
- Learn the essential MovNat principles you need to start your own Natural Movement practice and keep making progress after the course.
- Connect with like-minded people from around the world!
A Message From Erwan Le Corre About What Happens When You Immerse Yourself in Movement:
This is not a boot-camp. As I like to put it, “you don’t need to be fit to move, you need to move to become fit.” The goal is to LEARN to move better and get in shape in the process, not to get your ass kicked and learn nothing. My job and approach is to keep you as physically and mentally energetic as possible. I want you to learn but also assimilate what you have learned. And this is impossible if you are physically exhausted. While the majority of the movements are low-intensity, they demand a great deal of attention. The work will be as much mental as physical. Trust me, prolonged mindfulness can be quite a workout for the brain!
If for any reason you are physically unable to do a given movement, I will always suggest a different movement just for you so you can remain active and keep benefiting. There is no “peer pressure” or petty comparisons and competition in my workshops and you are never compelled to do anything you can’t. You are never compared to anybody. You are always commended for your efforts, even though I may gently sass you.
I will teach you not only how we move efficiently but also WHY we move. What is the big picture. I blend a lot of movement and life related philosophical insights in my teaching. And I crack jokes, which makes it very unique. Be prepared to IMMERSE yourself in movement for three full days. Not only will it change how you move & how you think about movement. It will change how you think.
You will learn the essential connection between your basic movement patterns and your overall vitality. As your body reawakens to it’s natural movement abilities, your mind will follow along in expansion. You’ll learn to see opportunities for movement all around you. You’ll go back to your life with a new understanding. You’ll go back different.
Erwan Le Corre is the founder of the world-renowned Natural Movement® system, MovNat, which is a rapidly-growing movement and fitness education method. His work has been extensively covered by prominent media outlets including feature-length articles in Outside Mag, Men’s Health, and many others. Erwan has trained Navy SEALS Special Forces, top-ranking MMA fighter, Carlos Condit, and many other elite performers. He is also one of the main characters in New-York-Times best-seller author Christopher McDougall’s latest book “Natural Born Heroes.”
Here is a mini-documentary of Erwan in his element…
What’s On The Agenda?
We’ll be rebuilding and refining basic movement patterns that most modern humans have lost, using MovNat’s “from the ground up” approach.
You can expect six hours of professional instruction per day (e.g. 5 hours of movement instruction and 1 hour of lecture), split between morning and afternoon sessions. Every session will first cover fundamental movement techniques and variations with a great emphasis on mindfulness, breath, position, stability, and relaxation. Erwan will emphasize practical, mindful movement and progressive, safe skill acquisition.
- Safe, step-by-step progressions for all ages, abilities, and fitness levels
- Learn MovNat’s principles through experience, and how they will change how you think about the way you move
- Understanding MovNat’s approach to developing movement skill and improving fitness
- Special emphasis on ground movement (e.g. sitting, kneeling, crawling, get ups, etc.) for restoring stability and mobility
- Introduction to each of MovNat’s movement domains (e.g. crawling, walking, running, balancing, jumping, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, etc.)
- Instruction on how to incorporate MovNat into your existing fitness routine, at-home practice, or busy lifestyle
We will be practicing out in nature most (if not all) of the day in the lovely natural setting of the Caribbean coastline, learning the foundations of this lost practice through a safe, gently challenging method. This experience will have clear benefits that you will feel immediately for overall physiological health, sustainable fitness, and reconnection to the child-like enjoyment of movement.
What Our Students Want You To Know
“MovNat has completely flipped my movement philosophy on itself. I was limited before to four walls and typical gym equipment. I was boxed in…MovNat has transformed my exercise into a true movement practice where skills are practiced for the sake of becoming more competent and moving through my environment with more mastery. MovNat has rejuvenated the joy of moving.” – Alicia Wang
“I was very apprehensive about my preparation for the course due to my Achilles injuries. I was willing to try and trusted the MovNat approach to safe progressions, but was concerned that I was going to be a rookie among pros. Now, I can say that my fears were unfounded. I am so grateful to all of you for this experience. The location was spectacular, the food was amazing and the coaching, exceptional. I particularly enjoyed meeting Erwan and hearing his philosophy firsthand. I feel very inspired to take my training to the next level.” -David Barclay, Denver, CO
“The course was so delightful… I have never been happier. The people who came – MovNat in general, just really attracts the nicest people. I have found that people were so willing to help, and the camaraderie in being a part of the community. I literally wouldn’t have it any other way. So, thank you guys for hosting such a wonderful adventure. I literally needed something like this… and I would like to encourage women to challenge yourself! I did it! I’m five foot tall…and I’m over 50.” -Julie Beck
What The Press Is Saying – Get “Strong By Nature”
“And with that one word — “practical” — Le Corre exposes a key weakness in modern exercise: Our workouts are domesticated, while the world out there is still plenty wild. In a pinch, can a man put gym-generated biceps and tank-tread abs to any real use? Could it be that our treadmill-running, elliptical-gliding, well-oiled Cybex world has turned us into show dogs who can’t hold our own in the hunt?”
“Le Corre’s program occupies a space all its own. If anything, MovNat falls within the concept of “evolutionary fitness,” an increasingly popular trend embraced by a loosely organized but fast-growing global community of health enthusiasts, medical professionals, and athletes.”
“In a fitness industry driven by competition and aesthetics, Erwan Le Corre is a beacon of light. His school of natural movement celebrates Nature – both within us and around us. As millions of feet pound millions of treadmills in air-conditioned gyms the world over, one man in the wilds of New Mexico is quietly starting a natural fitness revolution.”
Event Destination: A Natural Movement Paradise
Our training will be in various locations around Tulum, Mexico (beach, jungle, etc.), which is just south of Cancun (i.e. the nearest airport).
The exact location will be emailed to participants 4 weeks before the event.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring water, snacks, and clothing you can move comfortably in the outdoors (e.g. shorts, T-shirts, etc.), including minimalist shoes. It is also recommended to bring a small notebook and a pen or pencil.
Please join us!
These special Foundation Retreats don’t come around very often. So, if you want to improve your movement and fitness with other awesome people, don’t miss this special retreat with a world-renowned movement teacher!
Learn the fundamentals of Natural Movement® and the MovNat lifestyle first-hand with Erwan himself! This is a vacation you’ll never forget! Please take the next step in your movement and fitness journey, and sign up TODAY before it sells out!
“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
We’re offering an additional 15% discount for couples, and larger discounts for groups/families.
Also, don’t forget we’re hosting a MovNat Combatives course (Jan 31 – Feb 1) and a MovNat Aquatics course (Feb 2-3) in Tulum right after this Foundation Retreat. Bundle discounts are available for these back-to-back events. So, if you want to bring the whole family down for this Foundations Retreat, but they’d rather relax on the beach while you’re at the Combatives/Aquatics course, or if you’d simply like to attend two or three of these events yourself, we’ll work with you on the price. Tell us what you have in mind, and we’ll crunch the numbers to make it as affordable as possible.
Finally, participants in this retreat will be given a $500 voucher towards the price of a Level 1 Certification. And if you’re a MovNat Certified Trainer, you are eligible for an additional $100 off the listed price of this Foundations Retreat.
Note: Please email email@example.com for details about these special offers, and to get your custom coupon codes. And hurry! The first ten spots are going to go fast!