Exuberant Animal East Coast Jam

September 21, 2009 at 7:06 pm 5 comments

I recently learned of Exuberant Animal, which bills itself as (1) a philosophy of holistic body development and (2) an organization that advances a “virtuous cycle of positive physicality, improved performance, and creative responses to the challenges of the day.”

EA is hosting an event in Baltimore on November 7-8 that looks to offer a fantastic introduction to mindful play. One of my areas of research is concerned with the relationship between physical activity and cognitive development — coupled with my interest in the philosophy of play, I very much look forward to attending the Exuberant Animal East Coast Jam.

To all physical educators, body workers, kinesthetic learners, barefoot runners, and those simply interested in remembering how to play (especially if you live in the mid-Atlantic region), I encourage you to check-out this event. Here are the details:

Exuberant Animal East Coast Jam

In partnership with Gerstung Sport Education

November 7-8, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland

Join Frank Forencich, creator of Exuberant Animal and author of Play as if Your Life Depends on It, for this exciting and inspirational event. This innovative two-day workshop will offer a powerful new perspective on human performance, health and physical happiness. Ideal for all fitness, movement and body professionals, the seminar offers an approach that is invigorating, liberating and life-changing.

Content includes:

  • Vigorous movement sessions and functional fitness games
  • An overview of the human predicament and the state of the body
  • Functional movement concepts including the importance of barefooting
  • Robust athletic core training by the partner-resist method

Special guest presenters including Dr. Kwame Brown on “The Power of Play and child development.”

This workshop is primarily intended for adults and young adults. Suitable for all fitness levels.

We will also feature a Sunday morning kids class. This class (9:00-10:00am) is open to children ages 7 and up.

To register and learn more, click here.

Below is a video Lauren Mooney of Physical Mind produced for Dr. Stuart Brown, Founder and President of the National Institute for Play — the footage is from a physical play workshop organized by Exuberant Animal.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jleeger  |  September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    can’t wait! Hopefully see you there JR!

  • 2. Lauren  |  September 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    JR, I also asked Dr. John Ratey of Harvard if he was interesting in attending the EA seminar, but he is booked elsewhere. He said he’s a great fan of Exuberant Animal books (there are 3), and would be there if he could! — This is a lead-in to my recommending Dr. Ratey’s book “Spark”, on the relationship between the brain and exercise. I haven’t read it yet because it just arrived this morning! I’m looking forward to it.

  • 3. J.R. Atwood  |  September 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Lauren — great minds think alike. My very first blog post on this site was about Dr. Ratey’s book “Spark” and inspired much of my research.


    Here’s a “pocket guide” to “Spark” for those interested: https://playthink.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/pocket-guide-to-spark/

  • 4. Lauren  |  September 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I knew that in my heart, really I did. (LOL!) I had a great email convo with Dr. Ratey (ok, he asked me to call him John!) discussing the brain’s involvement with coaching, and I mentioned Exuberant Animal (and Dr. Stuart Brown’s play work) and he got all excited. He’s a colleague of Stuart Brown’s (of course!) and that’s when we discussed Exuberant Animal’s concepts a bit. I bought 3 of his books online due to our brief discussion…. will read your Cliff Notes on ‘Spark’ after I read the book!

  • 5. Mariah Burton Nelson  |  September 22, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Hi JR, I’m interested in your field of study and looking forward to the Jam too! I hired Frank to keynote for my association and he rocked the house. I’m a lifelong athlete, and he has opened my eyes to new ways of relating to my body and others. I’ll see you there!
    Mariah Burton Nelson, Executive Director, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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