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Rediscover Movement, Reignite Passion: Your Weekend Escape from the Mundane

Experience the Transformation with Evolve Move Play's Weekend WorkshopS

2024 Weekend Workshop Calendar

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         Weekend Workshops

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Feel it surge within you…

An untamed force courses through your body, every muscle primed for action. You’re standing at the edge of the wild, ready to dive headfirst into the exhilarating world of Evolve Move Play. 

Do you want to recapture the joy in movement you had as a child? When you were agile, fearless, and in tune with your surroundings? When you could run, jump, and climb without boundaries or hesitation?

Now you can unleash that primal, unstoppable energy once more and rediscover your innate connection to nature at our transformative Weekend Workshops. Embark on a thrilling journey with Evolve Move Play, and prepare to awaken your inner warrior, ready to conquer the great outdoors.

Reignite your passion for movement, and experience the thrill of pushing your physical and mental limits as you explore the world like never before. Join our tribe at the Evolve Move Play Weekend Workshop, and get ready to unleash the full power of your natural movement potential.


Are you tired of the monotonous gym routine and craving an exciting, transformative movement experience? 

Get ready to unleash your inner athlete, reconnect with nature, and rediscover the joy of play with Evolve Move Play’s Weekend Workshops!

Evolve move Play: Where Nature meets Adventure

Our weekend workshops are designed to help you:

Embark on an unforgettable journey and unleash your true potential in the great outdoors. Say goodbye to the gym and hello to the wild!


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


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


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


Running, jumping, and swinging with ease and flow in the natural environment while reconnecting with nature. Unlock your ability to climb and vault on different terrain and obstacles.

Training The Mind

Discover how to understand and overcome your fears and how to use your natural movement to make you mentally stronger your whole life.


You will learn to grow full-body strong, become adaptable and resilient, and learn important principles of communication and negotiation through roughhousing.


Physically build a vibrant, supple body and increase your agility with our joint integrity & mobility practices targeted to support long-term wellbeing.

Breath Work

Calm, center, and energize yourself with practical breath work and mindfulness techniques that can aid you in your natural movement practice and life in general.

Movement Lifestyle

Explore how you can incorporate natural movement into your whole life for a more fulfilled, more heroic you.

2024 EMP Weekend Workshops

Portland, Or


Our regular workshops are two day events that begin on Saturdays and end on the following Sunday. You’ll be meeting the group each day at the established training spot, then heading to your own lodgings after each day is done. 

Our Embedded Experiences are 2.5 day events that will be starting with dinner and an opening ceremony Friday night, training all day Saturday with dinner and evening program Saturday night, then training Sunday till 4pm.

Having this closed container together will allow us to dive deeper into the community building practices, the dialogical practices, mindfulness practices, and the nature connection practices. It will really allow us to drop into the experience to really embody these practices in a more wild environment.

Participants will be responsible for their own breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Certain locations may have optional room or camping gear rentals available which will be presented upon purchase.

If you can walk or run, you’re ready for us! We’ve had students of all ages and levels from 12 to 70’s come join us and have a blast!

Some of the students you see in our videos learned these amazing movements while training with us. This seminar is for all movement backgrounds whether you’re an elite athlete, coach, or just getting started.

We evolved to run, jump, and climb, and have natural instincts for what is safe. Any athletic activity carries some risk, but these movement practices are far less dangerous than they are usually believed to be.

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 more mainstream sports 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. We want to teach you to listen to your body; this is the most powerful safety protocol.

All participants must be 12 years or older. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Each ticket purchased comes with:

Expert in-person coaching: Two 8-hour training sessions covering movement, mindfulness, nature and community connection practices. 
Return to Movement: Our 5-day online workshop that shares the core concepts of EMP and simple movement practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine right away. 
EMP Members Area: Lifetime access to our online community where you can access our online courses and discussion forums, stay in touch with the members of your weekend workshop, and get to know other EMP members from around the world. 

Weekend Workshops:

While the specific curriculum that is covered will vary, each day’s training begins at 9am and ends at 5pm with a lunch break around noon.

Most of the day will be spent engaging in body to environment and body to body practices such as natural parkour and roughhousing, with body to object and body integrity practices being layered in as needed.

Between physical practices, there will be plenty of time set aside for brief lectures, dialogues and group discussions to help process insights gained through training. 

Embedded Experiences:

The group will meet at our provided lodgings on Friday at 5pm, some light training and dinner will happen that evening before retiring for the night. 

Saturday there will be a full day of practice between 9am-5pm with food and rest breaks, then dinner and evening activities. 

The final day will have a similar training schedule, but we will not be having dinner or staying the night. 

If you are attending an Embedded Experience, there will be lodging and dinners provided. Participants will be responsible for providing/obtaining their own breakfast and lunch. 

For all other events, since we’re training in a public space and do not have access to a kitchen or dorms, it is each participants responsibility to secure their own food and lodging. 

Everyone’s needs differ, so our general policy is that each person brings what they need to be comfortable. 

You’ll most likely want to have a backpack, plenty of water, a lunch, and any snacks that you’ll want to have with you throughout the day. 

We will be moving in nature, with other people, for close to 8 hours each day, so consider wearing clothing that is breathable and non restrictive, that you don’t mind getting dirty. You may also consider bringing  a towel and a change of clothes. 

While we encourage moving barefoot as much as possible, we will be training in a public space, so it’s great to have some athletic or minimalist shoes handy just in case.

We will likely spend a decent portion of each day in direct sunlight, so bring any UV protection that you might deem necessary.

You may also like to have a pen and paper to take notes with.

Of course! We encourage you to implement the skills you learn at our events into your own routine. If you need help in continuing that process, drop us a line in the EMP Members Area, or consider purchasing one of our online courses. 

If you are a coach yourself, we are happy to have you use the material you learn in your own classes, so long as you cite our work and do not try to promote yourself using our name without an EMP certification. 

Full refunds are available up until 30 days before the event.

Less than 30 days before the event, tickets are transferable if non-attendance is due to injury, illness, or family emergency.  

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