Movements and Habits are Formed in Habitat
The Earthgym map shows the flow that weaves through our 3 terrains:
• Urban/city (the “sitty”)
• Open Fenced
• The Gated Wild
Our cultural story is based on domination over these terrains. The Earthgym invites integration, through your walk that connects the 3 terrains. The practices start to weave a path between the tame and the wild. The Open Fenced lands can provide a bridge for sacred circles, retreat centers and other places where you gather to share what the land has mused through you.
Mick Dodge has lived 62 years in these 3 terrains: • City (Wastelands) • Open Fenced Lands • Gated Wild Lands
He walked deep into the forest to heal his feet and his heart, weaving a middle path between the tame and the wild. Each of us moves through the 3 terrains in our own way. The deeper we go into the wild, the more we are shaped by nature’s ways and supported as we move through the city.
Your habits form to your Habitat
The Earthgym practice helps you discover how to thrive, as your form begins to shift to fit the natural habitat, starting with your feet…you feel your way.
Once your form becomes grounded in diversity, new awareness emerges. You walk that back into the ‘wasteland – sitty’ culture and things begin to shift. You become the change you want to see. The journey is 2 feet.
Origins of the Earthgym
“Stretch and tone with a stick or a stone, so when you go outside, you know you’re home.”The Earth offers a simple training and attunement practice called by many names, including the Earthgym. The Earth is the teacher. The wind, water, fire and land — all are the teacher.
Specific physical fitness practices have emerged and evolved over the last 25 years through Mick Dodge (the Barefoot Sensei), Jacquie Chandler, (Moonhair) and other kindred spirts. Mick’s lifetime of scouting and deep excursions into the wilderness have inspired and informed an ever-evolving series of playful ways to stretch and tone with trees, wind, water and stone. These have become known as the Earthgym, Walking Mountain Yoga and other names that invite people to step away from the machine world and venture outside to cultivate a personal practice with the land — so they too can listen and understand what the Earth can teach.
Mick is the core guide, scout and channel for the earths deep teaching and trainer for the practice where he lives: along the rivers of the Olympic Mountain Range in northwestern Washington.
Jacquie (Moonhair) is an Earthgym Guide living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Her contribution, is dance and flexibility to the movements plus her expertise in crafting leather garments and footwear. She created an Earthgym / Primal Design college class at Sierra Nevada College to guide students in designing their own Earthgym practice along with footwear and clothing to enhance personal empowerment and sustainability. Jacquie also heads Sustainable Tahoe, a non-profit organization facilitating Lake Tahoe’s emergence as a world stage for watershed stewardship.