WHM Weekend: breath, move and play

Douwe van den Berg

What you get

An entire weekend playing with Breath, movement and the cold

 

This weekend you will deepen your WHM experience in a playful way. We will combine the 3 components of the WHM  (breathing, mindset and cold) with the movement method "kinesica" and FightPlay. By combining these methods, it becomes easier to apply the learned principles in daily life, work and sport.

What will you do?

Breath: You will learn to optimize your breath to relax, energize yourself and get better control over body and mind. From mastering your breath and learning to relax in rest, we will take these skills to more complex and challenging situations (movement challenges, fightplay and cold exposure).

Movement: Kinesica is a method of physical training to help you move with the ease of a child and the power and precision of an adult. You will learn this through movement games and play.   

Fightplay: We learn how to deal with physical interaction naturally through play. All animals know a form of ‘fightplay’, or so-called roughhousing. For adult humans there is often a lot to gain by learning how to play again - through cooperative, competitive and combative games. By explicitly involving an element of play learning is not only fun, but you will also learn faster. 

The cold: Of course there will be plenty of cold training. We will have a daily ice bath and other exercises and play in nature.

The instructors

Douwe van den Berg is WHM instructor, breath coach and Kinesica trainer. He is fascinated by the body/mind interaction and has researched this in many different ways (meditation, acrobatics, anthropology, etc.). He started the WHM in 2012 and is one of the first instructors of the method. Currently, he is actively involved in the WHM academy (teaching the teachers).

Paul Plasman is WHM instructor in training and Systema teacher. Curious Quantified Self-er, discovering the world inside and outside himself in a playful way. He is fascinated by the role that breathing plays in mental and physical performance.

Xander Barel is a behavioral scientist, Combat Sambo Systema Instructor IV, one of the founders of Kinesica and a certified resilience trainer. His work focuses on analysing and facilitating education and personal growth. He uses psychomotor work and martial arts as strong tools to spot and remove obstacles in the path of development.

Themes:

  • “3 levels of Mindfulness/interaction” - in interaction with yourself, your surroundings and the people around you.
  • “Extreme Mindfulness” - staying calm & relaxed during mental and physical challenges
  • Breathing as a tool to regulate your state: activating, calming, healing.
  • Optimalizing your system - for a healthy, flexible body that can move freely and effortessly
  • Focus and eu-stress (positive stress)
  • Play as a tool to increase your physical and mental resilience

What to expect:

  • An amazing weekend in a beautiful place in the netherlands
  • Breathing exercises and meditation
  • Daily cold exposure and ice baths
  • Swimming in freezing cold (natural) water
  • Relaxing in the sauna and around a campfire
  • delicious food
  • Increase your strength and flexibility by moving in a way that is suitable for your body
  • Kinesica: learn to move with the ease of a child and the strength and precision of an adult
  • FightPlay
  • Meeting like-minded people to deepen your practice

For whom?

This weekend is suitable for both beginners and advanced WHM practitioners. The most important requirement is a curious mindset. Since there will be physical exercises involved, you should be fit enough to work out a bit (don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional athlete). All exercises can be done on different levels, so regardless of your experience, you will get a lot out of this weekend.

Practical info

Location: “Smalhoorn”, situatied just outside the scenic village of Orvelte, Drenthe (the Netherlands). 

Food and lodging: The weekend includes lunch and diner on the saturday and breakfast and lunch on the sunday.

On the saturday night, you will share a room with other participants.

Dates and time: The weekend will start at 10:00 on saturday the 17th of february and finish around 17:00 on sunday the 18th

Preparation: Finish your daily showers with cold water. Additional information will be given after you register.

What to bring: comfortable clothes, swimming gear and a sleeping bag. 

Language: English (or dutch if all participants are dutch), translations to dutch can be provided if necessary