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Wildfitness: Norfolk Escape
Thu, 4 May 2017, 16:00 – Sun, 7 May 2017, 14:00 BST
We are inviting you to spend 3 nights with Wildfitness in West Lexham, Norfolk. For those of you who have not paid a visit to this part of the world before, it is one of a few places in England that has retained its original heritage and resisted development. It is a seldom travelled part of the UK and offers us great opportunities to get close to nature. During the course of 3 days we will be exploring our movement capacity as humans through the beautiful ancient forests and immense stretches of coastline that this part of England provides.
We are pleased to be hosting this retreat from the West Lexham Manor. The accommodation available to you here are the unique luxury glamping bell tents and in the heart of the woodland is hand built treehouses, these are raised on stilts and have stunning views of the valley. The accommodation is bespoke and each bell tent and treehouse are stylishly decorated. The treehouses are all fitted with a log burning stove for warmth and give a very cosy feeling!
Bell Tents: £988 sharing / £1,235 single
Treehouses: £1,123 sharing / £ 1,404 single
- Two meals a day specially created by our chef to fit the Wild Eating guidelines
- All local transport during the course
- Two to three group training or skills sessions per day based on natural movement. These might include running, boxing, swimming, circuits, climbing
- Group sessions to enhance joint mobility and flexibility
- Workshops covering wild movement, mindset and nutrition & how to continue what you learn at home
- Prices exclude transport to location
Wildfitness Head coach, Paul Ranson. After achieving a BSc combined Honours in sports science and geography and minus a few long-haul adventures, Paul has been coaching since 2006. He has a passion for his practice in helping people enjoy their physicality whilst changing mindsets to what he believes it is to be truly healthy and fit.
Nutritionist, Kiira Cabrera. Kiira is based in Barcelona and has studied nutrition, circus arts and dance. This duality has encouraged her to investigate what we eat, when we eat and how it can strongly influence our physical development and our overall health.
Itinerary - What to expect
Arrivals, 4pm onwards.
You will be greeted by one of the team and be given a brief tour of West Lexham manor, which will be your new gym for the next few days. You will then be escorted to your decadent tipi or treehouse.
Playful Movement Intro, 5:00pm.
Here we will introduce ourselves to one another and build trust through physicality, play and without a doubt some laughter too. This is where the metaphoric play contract for the long weekend will begin and be signed!
Introduction to Wildfitness, 6:30pm.
A more formal introduction to one another, the Wildfitness team, the retreat as a whole and the Wildfitness history and philosophy behind our approach.
Morning Movement Articulation and Preparation, followed by Wild Locomotion 8am-9:30am.
This regular morning session is a gentle wake up for the body and incorporates movements that help ease the common tightness and weakness in our bodies caused as a result of sedentary work and modern day lifestyles in general. The aim is to explore each joint, mobilising through sticky areas and giving your mind a new body map and freedom for movement.
Wild locomotion; This is a follow on from the above session but the intensity is ramped up and your coordination, mobility, strength and awareness will all be stimulated and challenged simultaneously.
Re-connection and Morning Dip, 9:30-10am.
We will take some time here to focus on ourselves in nature and the symbiosis between the two. By consciously focusing on nature and all its sounds, textures, smells we can awaken our senses that are often dulled by hyperstimulation. As part of this re-connection, we will focus on the breath and its power to control our physiology and ability to cope with exposure to the elements. This involves taking a morning wild dip in the beautiful lake and hopefully, you will reap the benefits that this type of controlled exposure has on you throughout the day.
These sessions become part of our daily routine with some layers of complexity added accordingly each day. Incorporating them into a regular practice will help reset and energise the body.
The Art of Wild Running, 12:30pm
This workshop will focus on the biomechanics needed for efficient running. We show you how to utilise certain features that make us amongst the best runners in the animal kingdom. We will also delve into the psychology of running and leave the obsession with calories, time and speedway behind us and instead focus on the moment and freedom of cruising through nature’s beauty. We will then put our new found efficient techniques into practice and meander our way along the river to Castle Acre Fort for the next session.
Castle Acre Combo, 2:30pm.
The remains of a medieval motte-and-bailey castle provide an appropriate atmospheric setting and fantastic features for this session which will incorporate some natural movement skill development along with a nice pinch of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) fuelling intensity. This hormone helps with bodily functioning, including gaining and losing muscle mass, fat reduction, ageing, growth and concentration.
Wild Living Talk, 4pm.
This talk will cover the triage approach of living, moving and eating to creating a life in natural balance. We want to help you balance the appropriate amount time challenging and stimulating yourself, making sure you leave time for rest and relaxation and also the time to enjoy species specific nutrition. In most societies, humans are often over stimulated and hyper nourished, by using nature and our ancient wisdom we go back at 200,000 years to help us recognise what it means to be healthy.
Fire Pit Dinner under the stars, 6pm
Morning Movements, Breath and Exposure, 8-10am
Holkham Beach Exploration, 12-4pm
We will be making the most of this magical landscape with the huge expanses of space on the sand, amazing dunes and the gnarly forest. During our time here we will play a lot but also take you through a combat fundamentals session in which we will cover striking, grappling and defending basics. We will also make good use of the fantastic pine and holm oak trees and unleash our ape heritage through arboreal movement which will incorporate the natural movement skills of balancing, climbing, crawling, hanging and brachiating.
5-7pm, Optional massage/Free time
Morning Movements, Breath and Exposure, 8am - 10am
Picnic brunch and Wild at Home talk, 10:30am
An informal chat where we will share with the tribe our thoughts about the experience. We will also share ideas on how you can best incorporate the Wild living approach in a slightly less ideal setting than West Lexham.
Ultimate Combo, 12pm
This session will bring together of all the skilful movements you have learnt over the course of the weekend into one awesome obstacle course. Think dodecathlon (12 movements) which will incorporate running, swimming, balancing, carrying, throwing, lifting, crawling patterns, brachiating, jumping, vaulting, climbing and a little bit of walking albeit on a slackline! 30 minutes of natural movement bliss where newly acquired skills will be brought together and put into context; beats 30 minutes on a treadmill any day.
West Lexham Manor
Nr Kings Lynn
West Lexham is in Norfolk, near Kings Lynn. The nearest town is Swaffham, to the South. It is close to rail and coach stops, and we recommend coming here by public transport rather than driving, as there are plenty of easy links.
Our nearest train station is Downham Market. Trains run from London Kings Cross to Downham Market every hour and every half hour at certain peak times. Journey times are approximately 1h 25m.
From Downham Market: PJ Taxis- 01366 385904 (£30 fixed fair from Downham Market to West Lexham)
Barry's Cars - 01366 385 888
From Swaffham: Viking Rose - 01760 339 499
Al's Cabs - 01760 720002
To get from Stansted Airport you take a train to Ely then change for a train to Downham Market. For a car book in advance with Dick Coleman 07973393619, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From London - Take M11. At junction 9, take the A11 exit to Newmarket/Norwich. Leave A11 at Thetford, and take A134 to Mundford. At the roundabout take A1065 signposted Swaffham. At Swaffham continue on A1065 signposted Cromer. Pass by turns for Castle Acre on your left and the George and Dragon pub on your right. Take next right after the right turn signposted West Lexham (approximately 5 miles out of Swaffham). Go to the end of the lane and turn left. You will see a brick archway. Continue around the corner and take the next right at the gate marked West Lexham.
From West Country - Take M5 then M4 towards London. Then M25 towards Watford and continue on M25 to M11 junction. take M11 then A11 etc (as London)
From Preston - Head for the M62 eastbound towards Leeds, then take the A1(M) South. Continue as instructions from York.
From York and North East - Head for A1(M) South. Continue on A1(M)/A1 to Sleaford junction. Take A17 towards Sleaford and continue on A17 towards Kings Lynn, then A47 east. Continue along A47 towards Norwich until turnoff signposted A1065 Cromer. Follow A1065 for approx 5 miles. Pass by turns for Castle Acre on your left and the George and Dragon pub on your right. Take next right after the right turn signposted West Lexham. Go to the end of the lane and turn left. You will see a brick archway. Continue around the corner and take the next right at the gate marked West Lexham.
The X1 bus goes from Norwich and Kings Lynn to Swaffham which is the nearest town. Timetables can be found here and change seasonally so check before you set off.
London Victoria Coach Station to Swaffham is a distance of 87 miles (140 kilometres). The journey either way takes 3hrs 50mins. National Express operate 1 direct buses per day between London Victoria Coach Station and Swaffham and back. In addition, there are services via other cities, or example via Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge, Norwich, Coventry, Birmingham or Chester. Use Coachfairer to find the fastest journeys by all operators and the cheapest prices.
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