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Art of Retreat - SPARKs

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The Art of Retreat is an idea-exchange platform supporting education, development, and leadership within Parkour. We come together to exchange new ideas and information across a wide array of subjects including coaching methods, education theory, best business practices, scientific research, architectural and urban design, global trends, and local community building.
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Sam Mcfarlane is a parkour athlete turned circus professional from Glasgow. Like many others he found Parkour back in the days of 'Jump London' and 'Jump Britain'. Since then Sam has made himself a career out of movement and has been a full time performer and coach for the last 6 years.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Sebastien Foucan was among the pioneers of parkour in Paris in the 1980s. As a teenager who struggled at school and had difficulties at home, climbing, jumping, running, playing and interacting with the landscape became an escape for him and his friends. The passion and the dedication for his craft led him to be invited to participate in several high profile performance roles with James Bond in Casino Royale, Madonna, Nike and K-swiss amongst others as well as the world famous Jump London and Jump Britain which ignited the Parkour movement worldwide...Sebastien always put all his energy into his passion, which led him to achieve things he never expected. Through these opportunities came belief in himself and the inner potential that lies in all of us.It always has been his desire to be able to share what he has learned over the years with the children, to see them flourish via his academy. Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Damien started training in 2008 after making friends with Barnz (arguably NZ's first practitioner) who was in the same Sport and Exercise Science degree. Damien turned his excitement for parkour towards his studies to make it more practical and hopefully helpful to the parkour community. He helped to found Parkour NZ in 2011 and has been its CEO since 2013. Although still an active practitioner and coach, his research interests shifted from biomechanics to sociology. In 2019 he completed his thesis 'Making the Jump: Examining the Glocalisation of Parkour in Aotearoa New Zealand' at the University of Waikato - an exploration into the implications of parkour's 'glocalisation'. During his thesis studies, he also became involved in the development of Parkour Earth and took over the CEO role in February 2020. He now works full time for Sport Waikato, a Regional Sports Trust. When he's not working he tries to be a good husband to Nicole, a doting dad to their two daughters, and continues to muddle his way through his Christian faith."Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Kelley Glaister has been coaching parkour since 2014, mostly in Scotland (her favourite place in the universe) and has been arguing with Hedge about incivility and diversity in some form or the other for even longer than that. She moved back to Melbourne in 2016 and now works with Melbourne in Motion. Outside of parkour, Kel is a visual artist with a MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. She doesn’t like shoes that much and recently developed an interest in throwing heavy things around.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Charlotte Boenigk is a yoga-loving, aerial-silks-dabbling, triathlon-trying, freerunning, weight-training girly-girl and the director of Free Your Instinct. FYI is a charity that helps those with mental health support needs by delivering parkour classes.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Nina Ballantyne is Scotland's favourite Parkour Gran. She sometimes teaches Parkour for fun but mostly lobbies government(s) to make changes to social security, housing and employment, where they’re needed most. Nina’s a director at Parkour Outreach, helping to deliver the first ever Coach Europe event last year, and recently launched a community directory of online training and classes available for parkour practitioners during lockdown. She used to work as a postie.Caitlin Pontrella is a founding member and a current director of the United States Parkour Association, executive director of Parkour Visions and the director of the Art of Retreat. Over the past 10+ years she has worked in both private and public sector, founding parkour companies, leadership events, working with city governments to incorporate play initiatives, and building over 40 pop-up playgrounds along the way. She has a degree in architecture, is a play researcher, a burner and a prolific writer.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Craig Constantine is a student of Art du Déplacement, podcaster, blogger, avid reader, casual mountain-bike cyclis, programmer, system administrator, and problem solver. It's clear that he lives a busy life. Craig is most famous in the parkour community for his Movers Mindset podcast.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Christopher Keighley is a senior coach at Parkour Generations and serves as board member of both ParkourUK and Parkour Earth. With his extensive travels across the world, Chris is heavily involved in parkour internationally. He's probably best known in his role delivering the ADAPT qualification worldwide.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Mark Toorock is the founder and CEO of American Parkour and a director of the United States Parkour Association. With an early career in finance and technology - Mark discovered Parkour while living in London in 2003 helping define the discipline with many of the movement’s founders. Mark has brought Parkour to the mainstream media through television, high profile performances, and advertising for major brands. Mark’s latest venture involves bringing parkour to schools and designing equipment that supports the joy of movement that early parkour training can bring to kids. Mark’s curriculum and equipment can now be found in 45 schools throughout Washington DC and Maryland. American Parkour is also beginning to implement parkour programs and facilities in summer camps. Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Brandee is a humanimal who has been practicing parkour since 2006. She has over ten years of teaching experience with the non-profit organization Parkour Visions and has led classes, seminars, and collaborated with parkour communities and organizations worldwide. As an instructor, she’s known for her attention to detail, creative approaches to training, and for bringing boundless playful energy into her sessions. A curious human and avid doer-of-things, Brandee is also a juggler and poet, deeply values the mindset of living through utility, and can often be found hanging about at twilight in the trees.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Alan Tran is a parkour coach and collaborator from Raleigh, NC in the US. At the start of practicing parkour in 2006, Alan knew he wanted to dedicate his efforts towards sharing the practice and its values. He immediately started an online forum and organized a university-sanctioned parkour club. Alan later co-founded Enso Movement in 2011 to extend his work. He continues with devotion coaching passionately, running the Art of Retreat conference, and managing operations for the United States Parkour Association.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Barbora Red is the operations manager for a large company in London as well as the operations manager for Parkour Generations London. With a decade of experience working in the world of business, she brings all sorts of lessons from the ‘real’ world into the parkour industry.Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Janne Laurila has been involved in various boards since the age of 16. With eighteen years of experience in every possible boardroom role, he remains an active board member in a local parkour club, the Finnish national governing body, and Parkour Earth. Additionally he has sat on the board of an internationally operating listed company and has served on a multi million euro construction company board for twelve years.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Ševo Saša is the founder of the world famous Skochypstiks brand. A handmade brand from Serbia. He has been a driving force of parkour / Art Du Deplacement development in the Balkan peninsula since 2005 and has dedicated his life to inspire, teach and share the true spirit of training and movement, encouraging the sense of togetherness in the wider parkour community.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
How do we create strong and resilient individuals with parkour? Chris is from the first wave of UK parkour practitioners inspired by Jump London in 2004. He has been fundamental in the growth of parkour in Scotland and a champion of using parkour as a tool for social change and community improvement. Chris works as the education and young people's officer for a mental health charity in Glasgow, Scotland.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Isabel Andrews and Caitlin Pontrella explore public attitudes towards parkour and its practitioners using public spaces and how both art and play may relate. Tune into this episode for a conversation on art, parkour, and public perception.Isabel hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts where she works as a coach with Parkour Generations Boston, jumps on things, and makes art. Her artwork is deeply influenced by her movement practice, and in return the way she thinks about movement has been greatly informed by her study and practice as an artist. She is very interested in the ways people connect to their various environmentsCaitlin is a founding member and a current director of the United States Parkour Association, executive director of Parkour Visions and the director of the Art of Retreat. Over the past 10+ years she has worked in both private and public sector, founding parkour companies, leadership events, working with city governments to incorporate play initiatives, and building over 40 pop-up playgrounds along the way. She is also an architect and a play researcher, a burner and a prolific writer.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Join health experts Naomi Honey and Billy Morgan on exploring the new world under the impact of COVID-19. They'll answer live audience questions about health, well-being, and fitnes in a world of social distancing and isolation.Naomi Honey is a parkour instructor, life coach, and behavioral change expert. She helps people to reset, re-energize, and take action so they reach the goals and fulfillment they really want in life and at work.Billy Morgan is a director of Movementum where he coaches lifestyle and natural movement. He joins us from Manchester, UK where he helps businesses integrate more movement for their employees' productivity and long-term health.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
"Opportunities are often interpreted as magic. But I think opportunities are the result of the previous actions that you have consciously or subconsciously put into." Natalia Boltukhova is a personal trainer, medical interpreter, and photographer that's traveled all over the globe. She reflects on her career volunteering at large international movement events and in local disaster zones. Join her in defining "usefulness" in this episode.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Join Andy Day and Viktor Andersson on a conversation about the context of photography to parkour. We dive into how technology can frame our practices and help us navigate the past.Art of Retreat LIVES are off-the-cuff conversations recorded live with an online audience. Lead by John 'Hedge' Hall of Access Parkour.
Join the Art of Retreat Directors and Craig Constantine as they reflect back on the 2019 Art of Retreat North America event. We dive a bit deeper on night missions, organizing a parkour group conference, and event intentions. A great SPARK on what happened and where the team will go next! Adam McClellan is a director of Parkour Generations Americas. Caitlin Pontrella is Executive Director of Parkour Visions. Alan Tran is the founder of Enso Movement. The 2019 Art of Retreat North America is brought to you by our supporting sponsors: Parkour Visions, Enso Movement, Parkour Generations Americas, Zen Planner, Dynasty Fitness, and Movers Mindset. A special thanks to Craig Constantine and Miguel Chero of Movers Mindset for the production of this episode.
A teacher sometimes coaches, and a coach sometimes teaches, but their intention and approach typically vary. The SPARK, "Intention-based Coaching" explores the terms we used to define ourselves, and the ways we engage with our students. Join the discussion as Niko seeks what it means to foster movement with intention. We’ll look into the tools different educators use, and the types of outcomes for which they are good. He will begin to dive into helping us explore our own identities with the intention to grow us as educators and mentors. Niko Pal is the Head Coach at Forge Parkour in Portland, OR, USA. He started Parkour in 2010, began teaching in 2012 and has made it his career ever since. Niko earned his B.S. from Portland State University in 2015, where he dual majored in Public Health and Exercise Science. Niko continued his education at Transformation Studio, a Specialty Holistic Biomechanics studio. There he learned about how the many systems of the human body work together to create function. In his down time he can be found adventuring with friends, playing Rocket League, or tapping around on a piano. The 2019 Art of Retreat North America is brought to you by our supporting sponsors: Parkour Visions, Enso Movement, Parkour Generations Americas, Zen Planner, Dynasty Fitness, and Movers Mindset. A special thanks to Craig Constantine and Miguel Chero of Movers Mindset for the production of this episode.
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Laurence Mitchell

I find interest in what Dan Edwardes says about over training and Dan says one has a tendency to over train in Parkour. Im not qualified in parkour by any means of the imagination but I involve myself where overtraining is almost necessary to gain the training I wish to achieve. But at the same time being aware my immune system can get depleted. Even before I knew about Parkour but when I had just changed my fitness routine a, year into indoor bouldering at the age of 63 and then I found out about gymnastics. I would attend stretching classes and do moves where I believed I was pushing my body beyond its limits. There was a downside that was quite uncomfortable. This discomfort was especially worse at night while I tried to sleep and would have to be on permanent pain killers. However on the plus side, my body eventually learned how to move around the pain and I stopped taking pain killers. I am often aware of injuries that plague my everyday life. However, I find alternatives, I have learned to adapt. As some know I love climbing trees. I put my life in danger every time I climb but it won’t stop me. Natural movement has taught me how to be in the present. So far none of my dangerous stunts have I come unstuck albeit I am not attempting to be complacent. Its all about being super aware and not to panic when adversity hits me unexpectedly. I also liked about learning how entrepreneurs are likely to be less fit than people like me who have adapted fitness to be amongst their main goals. I know from experience because I have mixed with Olympic Gold medalists at Lee Valley Athletic Centre in Enfield Middx UK. Some of them are in their 50’s and they look like they are metabolically 20 years younger but there are those who have for whatever reason been champions and are burned out and seriously unhealthy. Loved hearing about the tube in London. Its also another place I exercise. However just as Dan says it is so easy to judge the other people travelling in close confines. Like dan has admitted he hasn’t cracked all of his challenges. I wish I wasn’t autistic and could somehow avoid staring at most people who pass by closely or have quirks I don’t understand but that’s just me. I possibly will never complete the challenge and I still upset people because they expect me to change unaware I don’t have this ability with everything I do be it right or wrong.

Mar 20th
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