It's bribe time again. I've had a new idea for our place brewing over the last month or so and I wanted to get some feedback from you guys. I certainly don't expect free advice so as is (becoming) the custom, I plan to draw for a fifty dollar gift card to Amazon for filling out the survey at the end of this entry. It'll be too late to get yourself a costume, but you may be able to get some exercise gear to work off all the Halloween candy you ate because they sell them sumbitches in boxes of a hundred and apparently kids don't trick-or-treat anymore, amirite?
The idea is called Primal Alchemy. The goal is a three day retreat at our place where we will attempt to re-connect people with their bodies as strong, useful tools rather than just Segways that haul around our magnificent brains. Folks would arrive in groups no larger than five on Friday night and would stay until Sunday evening.
In that time, we would prepare all meals and snacks using only ingredients that originated within about five miles of our cabin. That actually leaves us pretty wide open for food since, in addition to our own expanded vegetable gardens and fresh eggs, we would have access to grassfed beef and likely some organic pork as well.
The underlying message throughout the retreat would be that although our minds have evolved exponentially over the past 500 generations, our bodies have been largely unchanged in that time and by tapping into some of those primal activities and nutrition, you can discover results that benefit all aspects of modern life. Participants would sleep in the yurt to simulate the sense of tribe bonding that would have been historically essential to survival and in the evenings, we would gather around the fire to discuss the day's activities as well as anything else the group found interesting.
Activities could include:
Yoga- As a five thousand year old tradition, there's no doubt about the benefits of yoga. I picture a beginner level morning session in the yurt guided by a competent teacher (read; not me) as well as a possible evening meditation practice before bedding down at night.
Primal Movement- I have been digging through some online resources to learn what I can about building an obstacle course to improve, balance, strength and concentration. Think American Ninja Warrior but on a smaller, farmier scale.
Primal Combat- Sounds more extreme than it is. I picture a no-sparring introductory boxing lesson. There is a lot to be said for the health benefits and camaraderie that comes from this type of exercise and the "thuk" you get out of a mitt when you hit it just right is something that speaks to everyone. I might include a beginner jiu-jitsu or wrestling class as well if I can find someone to instruct.
Primal Weaponry- Similar to the feeling you get when you hit a punch mitt just right, the sound of an axe landing in a wooden target cannot help but make a person feel like a badass. If this idea is popular with throwing axes, it could be expanded as well to include spears, knives, etc.
Hiking- Our close proximity to the porcupine hills lends itself well to hikes and nature walks. Ideally, we could convince one of the neighbours to allow us on their private land to spend some time reconnecting with nature.
In summary, the purpose of this retreat would not be to demonize modern culture or to posit the idea that we were somehow better off as cavemen. We weren't. Shit was trying to eat us literally daily. My hope for these retreats would be to remind people that our bodies still need to move like they did in those days because they haven't evolved a whole ton since then and although most people won't incorporate all aspects of the program into their daily lives, they may pick up yoga or boxing, or join an axe throwing league and those small changes can play a major part in improving our lives.
And now the survey!
Alright, that's all for this week. Get your surveys in quick, we'll be doing a draw for the gift card Sunday night (November 6th). Thanks as always for visiting and have a great week!