Return to the Source

Start your epic movement journey

AUGUST 2ND-8TH, 2019

Why you need to Return to the Source?

In an increasingly disembodied world, where we live in increasingly digital spaces and where atomized individuals are struggling for connection and meaning, nothing is more valuable than a deep connection to body, to nature, and to the tribe.

No event we teach or have ever seen answers these needs as well as Return to the Source.

Return to the Source is a seven-day event in which a small tribe of participants overcome challenges, conquer fears, and immerse ourselves in the most beautiful nature the northwest has to offer.  Each day our training is followed by food, story, and song shared around a campfire, or maybe a wood fired sauna and cold plunge. Learning, playing, and relaxing together creates a connection unlike anything else we have ever done.

You will leave with renewed sense of aliveness and embodiment, a deepened connection to nature and lifelong friendships.

Join us for Return to the Source!

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About Return to the Source

If you are passionate above movement and nature, and want to develop a movement practice that will bring the most meaning to your life, then this seminar is for YOU.

The EMP movement experience is designed to be accessible and beneficial to all levels and ages 14 and above, or possibly younger depending on the maturity of the child.

Seeing what our students and coaches are capable of is sometimes intimidating to beginners, but the whole point of our EMP system is that it is adaptable to all levels! We have had students as young as 11 and as old as 73 join us with no difficulty. Our students have spanned the gamut from untrained novices to elite parkour and MMA athletes.

  • Arboreal Movement
    Learn to swing, jump, and vault through trees like Tarzan, and reconnect with 90 million years of primate evolution, the source of most of our movement capacities.
  • Flow
    Learn the principles of flow and ways to move over flat ground, rocky terrain, or city walls and rails.
  • Ground Engagement
    Ground flow and break falling, rebuild your relationship, confidence, and vocabulary moving on and getting to and from the ground.
  • Roughhousing/Rough and Tumble
    Games, drills, and concepts to help you reclaim the fun of roughhousing like a kid, while developing the full body athleticism, movement sensitivity, and capacity for communication and emotional regulation that roughhousing is unmatched in developing. We also touch on roughhousing’s connections to advanced martial arts, self defense, and contact improvisation.
  • Joint Integrity and Body Preparation
    Mobility health and longevity practices to reclaim your natural supple connected body.
  • Mental game development
    Techniques and concepts to improve your ability to focus, overcome fears, and create the optimal mental states for performance.
  • Fire Making
    Learn how to use a bow-drill to create a friction fire; learn how to collect and prepare tinder and build a fire from natural materials.
  • Tracking
    Learn to recognize signs of wild animals, and what they are telling you from tracks, scat, kill sites and more.
  • Bush Food
    Learn to find delicious wild foods in your environment.
  • And more, depending on who we are collaborating with each year.
  • A more meaningful movement practice
  • Greater resilience and adaptability
  • An increased connection to nature
  • New ways to play and communicate to improve your tribal connections
  • An understanding of how to train using the movements we evolved for
  • Practical ways to adopt a more movement oriented lifestyle
  • A new tribe!

The beautiful sprawling cedars and surroundings of Volunteer Park in Seattle. Featured in my Tree Runner video


The incredible sandstone boulders, woods and beaches of Larrabee state park. Site of my rock runner video.


The incredible sandstone boulders, woods, and beaches of Larrabee State Park, site of my Rock Runner video, as well as adventures for any students not interested in cold immersion or meditation. More description below in “Where we will stay.”


The amazing woods, creek, and cliffs of Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, WA. The park is filled with many beautiful spots for creek running and beautiful swimming holes. For those who are interested, this area features the cliff diving spots and waterfall climb featured in my Move Like a Human video.


Back to Seattle for the beautiful laurel and maple trees, sand slopes, and driftwood beach of Discovery Park, featured in the Move Like a Human video.


Join us at this retreat and you will be welcomed on the beautiful Kelley Family homestead, settled 98 years ago by my great grandfather Stanislaus Janicki. My father Sun Ray Kelley has created a wonderland of natural buildings, gardens, and orchards. The retreat site features wood-fired saunas, multiple cold plunge pools, and outdoor kitchens that have been featured in everything from the New York Times to the National Geographic channel.

Local organic food will be served around a broadly paleo theme. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

There are 12 spots available in the main house and these are first come first serve, so grab your tickets early. For late sign-ups, there is ample camping space in our apple orchard.


Come join us for an event that goes into unprecedented depth on how to move and live like a human — from natural parkour to contact improv, martial arts, and wilderness skills to the importance of tribe and our connection to nature, and so much more!

The Early Bird price this year is $2300 (full price $2700). Early Bird ends June 1st.

Grab your ticket now; spots will disappear fast!

  • Athletic clothes
  • Swim gear
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • A water bottle
  • Sun protection if desired
  • Camping gear if you choose to camp
  • Musical equipment, movement toys, bushcraft projects, and anything else you would like to share during down times
  • A notebook & writing implements
  • Most importantly, your taste for adventure and spirit of play

Location tour video

This was quite honestly one of the best experiences of my life...

“Ultimately, this is so much more than a physical experience of returning to the physical aspects of what makes us human. It is about returning to community, returning to human connection and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable with others, and just having fun. This was quite honestly one of the best experiences of my life and I would love to be able to attend again.”

Jamie R. (Seminar Participant)

Guidance to explore our physical capabilities...

“Rafe gave us permission and guidance to explore our physical capabilities as well as push our personal boundaries.”

Robert L. (Seminar Participant and now EMP Coach)

So holistically rich that I struggle to put a monetary value on it...

“People come into one’s life by chance. Very few of these random interactions leave such a profound positive impact that one shudders to think the path life would have taken otherwise. I consider having met and worked with Rafe one of the interactions in my life; one so holistically rich that I struggle to put a monetary value on it.”

Kam L. (Seminar Participant)

It’s odd to think about how powerful that one jump has been in my life...

“It’s odd to think about how powerful that one jump has been in my life. I mean, speaking literally, it’s just a jump between two rocks, but I draw on that experience all the time. Not JUST when I’m faced with physical challenges, but when I need to find the courage to speak up, to be more authentic, to be vulnerable, to try something new, to stop the internal dialogue that says “who are you to think you can do this.”

Maura R. (Seminar Participant)


If you can walk and run, you are ready to join us. We have had students as old as their 70’s join us and have a blast! This seminar is for all ages and levels.

Nope. Some of the students you see in our videos doing amazing movements learned them the week they trained with us. This is a seminar for all movement backgrounds.

Yes, absolutely. We realize this is a big commitment and we’re happy to work with you to make sure you can join us.

Our cancellation policy is a full refund until may 1st, but no refund thereafter (unless due to serious illness or injury). Our seminars are often in high demand and take time to plan so we need to know far in advance who can come.

Yes, we will be covering ways to use the materials with your clients when you return home.

Any athletic activity carries some risk, but these movement practices are far less dangerous than they are usually believed to be. We evolved to run, jump, and climb, and have natural instincts for what is safe when doing so. Our approach focuses on helping you progressively learn your own limits. Over the history of our teaching, our injury rate is less than half that of something like playing soccer. With our roughhousing we introduce elements like lifts, striking, and grappling only after teaching breakfalls and developing good partnering techniques. We start with games that have strong safety limitations before progressing as students’ competency grows. While we ask students to gently push their personal limits, we never ask or expect students to “keep up” or perform beyond their capabilities.

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