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The Moving Beings Jamboree will take place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September. This weekend of workshops is intended for ‘movement-curious’ Pilates teachers, and teachers of other movement disciplines – to enhance your teaching by broadening your horizons and developing your own movement practice.

Themes that will be explored include:

  • Traversing and weight bearing through all four limbs
  • Responding to external cues (vs. internal sensation)
  • Stability in motion
  • Play as a tool for enhanced mind-body connection
  • Flow

While it will be possible to sign up for specific days, the jamboree is intended to be a single event.

We will begin, on Friday, with movement in a natural environment and all the positive benefits to overall health that can bring (including some ‘vitamin uneven surface’ for the Katy Bowman fans amongst you). Expect to spend more time as a quadruped on Saturday, when we move indoors for more interaction with the ground, through feet, hands and whole bodies; and playful interaction with our fellow moving beings. On Sunday we’ll begin on our feet, with nature’s (spiral) movement; then playing with our orientation in space; concluding with movement in a more narrative social, or tribal context.

The emphasis of the weekend will be on playful, inquisitive self-exploration. The diverse offering of exercises, movement patterns, games and challenges will reveal many gems of insight pertaining to both your own relationship with your body, and in your teaching. I have found that learning from these teachers has had a significant influence on how I teach, and on the results that I’ve seen. I expect you to leave the weekend inspired, invigorated, enriched and elated.


8th September 1-4pm Ben Medder Hampstead Heath
9th September 10am-2pm Joseph Bartz Price Studios
3-6pm Mike Perry Price Studios
10th September 10am-12pm Adam Rae Price Studios
 12.45-14.45  Antoine Marc Price Studios
 15.15-17.15  Afonso Guerreiro Price Studios

Friday, 1-4pm, Ben Medder

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.

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. Thrill to the feel and smell of grass, leaves, trees, and the earth as you propel yourself forward, deep in the present with a full mind and body focus that a nutritious environment provides. Enjoy an afternoon of  natural movement, play and the Treehab approach, at the amazing Hampstead Heath, home of some of the best beach and oak trees you’ll ever play in. (Come rain or shine).

Ben has a mixed bag of movement experience, from dabbling in various martial arts, and team and individual sports. He has spent the last 7 years learning as much as he can from a wide variety of movement teachers and practitioners ranging from Parkour, dance partner interaction/games and natural movement, to gymnastic strength and mobility development. He has taught across the UK and Europe and is widely known as a natural movement influencer. He is a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and is Evolve Move Play’s first international coach. Ben’s love of natural movement, reconnection with nature, human connection and play drives everything he does, and he is constantly learning as much as he can from a wide variety of sources.

Saturday, 10am-2pm, Joseph Bartz

In this workshop we will explore how to move close to the floor in different scenarios. We will work with softness and hardness, with strictness and with playfulness. The three scenarios we will play with are sitting/squatting, crawling, and lying. This work can be used to improve health, mobility and strength and to release tension in the body, but also as a means in and of itself to enjoy movement and gain more freedom and intelligence in working close to the ground. The goal of this workshop is to provide tools and inspiration for your further exploration.

Joseph has studied under Ido Portal for several years, and has further been influenced by Martin Kilvady, Shai Faran and Jozef Frucek. His movement teaching is a melting pot of the work of his teachers, as well as his own research and thoughts about training and learning. Joseph teaches a diverse repertoire of exercises, skills, ideas and principles to help evolve people’s understanding of movement and to encourage and assist them in the further evolution of their training. The fundamental pillars of Josephs work are curiosity and a generalist approach to movement training.

Saturday, 3-6pm, Mike Perry

This portion of the day will be devoted to playing games – partner games that will be closely related to themes that Ben and Joseph will have introduced. There will be challenges to mobility, strength, co-ordination, sensitivity and ‘movement intelligence’ – the degree of challenge being self-regulated by each participant. There may be weeping with joy – it has happened before.

Mike qualified as a Pilates teacher in 2003 and after 8 or 9 years of teaching and attending ‘Pilates’ workshops, started to investigate a broader spectrum of movement, alongside wife and business partner Anoushka Boone. The last few years have seen them attending workshops, seminars and lectures with amongst others, Ido Portal, Tom Weksler, Adam Rae, Tomislav English, Rafe Kelly, Andreo Spina and Jaap van der Waal. All of this input has reinforced Mike’s belief in Pilates as a movement practice, such that he created Moving Beings as a means to share some of this input with the Pilates and movement teaching communities.

Sunday, 10am-12pm, Adam Rae

This session will draw primarily on Wushu/Kung Fu practice to deliver a series of enjoyable and, equally,  highly demanding co-ordination drills and protocols in standing and travelling fashion. Participants will learn short patterns that will embrace the body’s natural capacity to coil, twist, swing, wrap, collapse and wave in spirals and circles, and move in a fluid, connected way.

Adam has been working with movement, meditation and healing practices for 15 years, having spent several years studying Wushu/Kung Fu (for 2 of those years in China), Gymnastics, Tricking, Kickboxing, as well as learning Hip-Hop, Breakdance, Ballet, Street and Contemporary Dance styles. Parallel to this he has explored and trained in a wide range of so-called ‘internal’ or healing practices such as Qigong, Shamanic ritual, Systemic & Family Constellation work, Trauma therapy and various meditation techniques.

He formed a first-of-it’s-kind movement collective based in London called I.C.Movement, which brought together experts from different backgrounds to train, research, exchange, discuss and debate movement in the wider context for the purpose of deepening understanding, skill and awareness. Following a serious knee and spine injury, Adam’s primary focus has been on distilling his experiences into education, using the contexts of movement and stillness to facilitate personal expression, wellbeing and an enhanced connection of one’s body and sense of Self.

Sunday, 12.45-2.45pm, Antoine Marc

This workshop can be described as ‘progressive loaded mobility work’. The ability to move in a fluid, continuous fashion under load requires extraordinary stability. The test of good stability is whether it’s present in motion. Creative and challenging exercises will work to redistribute tone to its proper places to create strong, relaxed bodies that can revel in freely moving.

Antoine began studying ballet at 4 years old in Martinique. Growing up with capoeira and ballet, he eventually moved to Europe, travelling widely to discover different dance and acrobatic styles, while studying film-making. After graduating Lyon Lumiere University he moved to London to experiment further with movement and film.

He has directed, choreographed and performed award-winning material, and has appeared as a lead movement artist in Royal Opera House productions, and has an endless list of credits as a dancer, arial artist, choreographer, acrobat and motion capture artist. He performed with Dance Troupe ‘Diversity’, as the lead villain in their recent tour.

Sunday, 3.15-5.15pm, Afonso Guerreiro

This workshop will be delivered with the purpose of introducing you to the different aspects of Capoeira. It will be a 2-hour journey with the aim of preparing you for the Roda! (The Capoeira Circle). You will learn about the musical instruments used, and a series of basic movements that will not only challenge your coordination, flexibility and upper body strength, but will also enable you to play Capoeira and be able to interact with others through movement.

Afonso found his love for Capoeira 14 years ago and has been teaching it for 8 years. It was an easy connection due to his love of dancing and martial arts. During the past decade, he has travelled the world performing, learning and sharing knowledge in this discipline.

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Art that is rich in culture. It incorporates music, dance and acrobatic movements. It is a discipline that is great for the body, mind and soul and improves one’s overall fitness, strength, agility, spatial awareness, rhythm and mobility.

There will also be time at the end of the day for questions, sharing of insights and discussion.


Full price for the whole Jamboree is £280 

Early bird price for the whole Jamboree is £230, available to the first 20 people to sign up.

Prices for individual days will be made available at a later date, space permitting.

How to book

Payment by bank transfer to:

  • M R Perry
  • 20-74-63
  • 60659282

Payment reference to include ‘MBJ’, and your name.

Email to confirm the transfer, and to make sure that I know your full name, and once your payment has been received I will email a confirmation receipt.


Hampstead Heath (an exact location will be specified nearer the day)

Price Studios, Battersea (address and directions)

I hope to see you there!

I’ve hardly slept at all and my alarm goes off. It’s 3.45am. Bleary eyed I pull back the curtains and the Baltic Sea looks glassily calm and beautiful in the dawn light. I make my way into the bathroom and have a fraction of a second of feeling superheroic when I appear unusually ‘chiseled’ in my reflection. Bleary eyed, like I said. Quick shower and I find blood on the towel. Not superheroic after all – the skin on my wrists has been flayed.
I’m in Turku, Finland and it’s the morning after 2 days of “Upper Body Strength” (Level 1), according to the Ido Portal method. I feel elated, and all of my senses seem heightened, despite the sleep deprivation. I don’t know how much this is influenced by the stunning, sunrise scenery as I drive to Helsinki but for sure a lot of the emotion is a result of the intensity of the seminar, and while I’m driving I know that later I will need to write about the experience, for my own sake but also to attempt to help others understand why they should stop finding excuses, or putting it off, and sign up for one of Ido’s seminars.

The best way that I can describe the feeling is of being ‘charged’.

Physically charged because I’ve put my body through about 16 hours of training in two days and feel strong, as well as sore. That sort of training load is a daily occurrence for the teachers leading and assisting on the seminar, but I haven’t worked that hard since, er, June last year, when I was last in Turku attending the Movement X and Handbalancing seminars.

Mentally charged because I have had so much stimulus in terms of thinking about how I move, and how I teach, and what’s possible with the right application and mindset.

Emotionally charged because of the above, and because the camaraderie of working as part of the group, and with other individuals in the group is a powerful thing. We won’t all be friends for ever, of course. Being me, I’m bound to feel slightly impatient with the attitude or questions of some of the group, but in general it’s impossible not to admire many of my fellow participants. There were a lot of strong people there, and plenty of people who are not yet so strong but embrace and fully immerse themselves in the work. I wish I was surrounded by people like this all the time. Special mention goes to my workout partner for the weekend, helping me maintain a tradition of always being partnered with a Belgian, in spite of my wife’s absence – you were an inspiration, dank u wel.

I’ve talked to a lot of people I’ve met about Ido’s seminars, and a number of them have said “I’d love to do that but I’m not ready”, or “I’ll never reach that level”. I guess that this is an impression that is created by YouTube videos of very strong people doing astonishing things, yet at the seminars I’ve attended every movement or exercise has been scaled so that everyone can participate fully, whatever level they’re at. In fact, having watched some of the videos since the seminar I’m not just thinking “Wow, that’s incredible.”, I’m also thinking “I know the steps to take to achieve that.” I may never achieve a full planche, or a full front lever but that will only be through lack of training time on my part, and with some training, following the steps that I’ve learned, I’ll get to where I deserve to be.

I’ve written before now about the quality of the seminars’ structure so won’t say more about that here. Suffice it to say that I’ve now experienced 3 different teachers, and 3 different assistants, and they have all bought something special to the experience. I’m happy I met Ido at my first seminar and, with all respect, at subsequent seminars I haven’t had a moment of feeling that his presence was missing.

I would recommend starting with Movement X (my new Belgian friend described discovering that it’s possible to cry with happiness at Movement X, and if you’ve been I bet you know when that was…). I’d also say that the Corset is a MUST, and highly recommend
Handbalancing, and Upper Body Strength. I’ll let you know about Locomotion after September – but let’s just say that we’ve been looking forward to it for the last 2 years.

And hey, if you get up early enough the next day, the lighting’s right (and maybe you’re a bit dehydrated) you might look like a superhero, too.