Free Women's Workshop - An Invitation

Sunday March 3, 10-4pm

Hampstead, London

I run a successful Saturday class that has evolved to where it is now around the benefits of outdoor natural movement, partner interaction, roughhousing and play, and most importantly a positive and supportive tribe of people, providing a safe space to re-explore these very human but forgotten things. The gender split used to be pretty even, around 50/50 on average but very often I would have more women than men. A few of my female students had children and/or moved away andmore recently I have noticedmy group is very biased towards men, which makes me think if the previous split was an anomaly.  I've always had positive experiences and reports from women who actually partake in roughhousing and partner interaction. Those that come and try it really enjoy it.

But those are the "adventurous" ones willing to give it a try. The women that already have an affinity with nature and being outside, those that have done martial arts or other practices that present challenge, self discovery and might be considered outside the ‘norm’ especially when compared to the average women’s perception of health fitness and what options are available.  The “scrappy girls”. We're all aware of the many deep cultural layers that lead to this perception and being a parent of girls, we know they do roll, crawl, climb, run and jump. They do wrestle and take part in rough and tumble play / roughhouse - with the roughhousing - perhaps sometimes differently to boys, but they do roughhouse and when they do, they love it and they need it. I really want to try and even up the balance of men and women in my class because I so fervently believe in the power of these games, and believe women would really benefit.

So I can determine two things:

●     Girls and women need to roughhouse just as much as boys and men

●     When they do it, they enjoy it – and when women give my class a try, they do enjoy it

My conundrum is to understand how to get women to give it a try in the first place, and I’ve begun wondering if it’s the wording, the terminology of how I market the class. There are lots of deep cultural connections as to why women may not see that certain forms of movement are “not for them” and are for “boys”.

So this is an invitation to help us with this research – a free workshop and by taking part, help us understand better the many layers and complex dynamics that are at play with the perceived lack of women taking part in natural movement and more specifically, the outdoor element and the rough and tumble / roughhousing play that we do truly believe is universal. All we ask in return for your attendance, is an empty cup / open mind, to give it a try and to give me honest feedback on how I can perhaps change the way I talk about what I do to include women by making it appealing to them – to contribute to changing the way theylook at how they do move / how they “should” move and how they could move - not to judge but to explore and discover that there are other ways to feel fit, strong, healthy and empowered by moving one’s body.

Move with the Seasons

October Workshop


Join a community of movers and participate in seasonal training to rekindle the promise that autumn brings at Move with the Seasons October workshop on the beautiful Hampstead Heath

Sunday, 16th October 10am-5pm

Autumn has arrived and with it, a rich diversity of colours, smells, the ground covered in flame-coloured leaves - slippery from October showers or crisp from the sunshine still warm on our skin. We can smell the change in the air and know the inner joy from the chill in the air brings cosy winter days. We know we once enjoyed kicking through leaves and conker picking. We remember it from our childhood, and it's never really left us: we all sense the change and the promises it brings. This connection to our seasonal environment is what makes us human.

Being outside is the best expression of our humanness, with contextual and playful movement giving us the best foundation of movement we can. What better way to explore natural movement than in context of habitat and actually being outside. Our skin grows strong only when exposed to diversity of surfaces, and that diversity of nature is nourishing. We cannot appreciate wrapping up in the warm without experiencing the contrast of nature's powerful change in season from summer.

Remember your ability to be joyful in nature, to run, jump, climb, swing, flow and roughhouse, to be swept along with the innate excitement of being outside. Feel the thrill of grasping a wet branch with the chance of slipping, inhaling lungfuls of crisp autumn air as you propel yourself forward, deep in the present with a full mind and body focus that a nutritious environment provides. Enjoy a full day of immersion with my natural movement, play and Treehab approach, at the amazing Hampstead Heath, home of some of the best beach and oak trees you'll ever play in. 

Time: Sunday October 16 10am - 5pm

Cost: £120

Book your place

You will experience:

  • Arboreal Movement - learn how to flow in trees via the different forms of arboreal locomotion and tree climbing

  • Flow - learn to flow in context on the ground and over various obstacles, whether grass, bark or leafy terrain,

  • Ground interaction - ground flow and break falling, rebuild your relationship, confidence and vocabulary moving on and getting to and from the ground.

  • Partner interaction - rapport/connection building games, with roughhousing /  rough & tumble play and contact improvisation

  • Manipulative skills - lifting, carrying, throwing and catching odd objects and people

  • Mobility development tools - joint health and longevity, building flexibility with strength and control

  • Strength training with gymnastic strength tools and application to natural movement.