Skills, Play, Community, Movement!!
Annie Brook RME, Ph.D, & Ape Co Teachers
The Brook Institute, and Boulder Apecomovement.com
You will be in Good Hands! Ape Co is a wonderful movement collective that helps you find integrated movement using games, coordination skills, and strength building. Annie Brook has over 40 years teaching movement/relational skills based on Body-Mind Centeringsm and Contact Improv, and founded The Brook Institute for Somatic Therapy/Coaching education.
ABOUT THE EVENT
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4 days of Movement/Social Play
4 daily classes, open jams, evening events, educational touch/movement and somatic education.
Boulder Elks Lodge has tent camping plus a few RV spots. We will have access to showers, a pool, huge indoor movement space, a lounge/social area, and a nearby park.
Evening floor time for contact skills and jamming. Shared meals. Optional water contact class/experience. Social connections and new movement buddies.
Boulder ELKS Lodge #566
Thursday to Sunday First Class is Thursday 7:30 am. and ends Sunday 4 pm.
If you are camping, come Wed night or early Thursday to set up.
This retreat is a chance for a deep immersion into movement skills using Contact Improvisation and Body-Mind Centeringsm. Ape Co movements bring you into integration and group play. Practice time is playful, socially engaging, and has restoration time built in. You will have great support. Ideally you can stay on site for the full immersion experience of 4 days.
The 4 day immersion learning gives you the most benefit. However, it you can't make the 4 days, there are day passes available. This is a "pay per day" so you have to register for each day, or for a weekend pass. There are evening passes (no dinner, starts at 7:30). We would love you to come and play with us!
The full time schedule is below the FAQ's
Classes: A daily warm up and 2 two-hour classes /day except for Sunday.
Ape Co teachers will share a daily 2-hour movement exploration using partner games and skill practices that awaken your spine and body intelligence. Annie Brook will guide daily movement and touch classes based on Body-Mind Centering, and living anatomy/contact improvisation.
Evenings are open contact jam integration time (with a guided warmup if you choose).
Pool: Sign-up soon for one aquatic movement class. Space is limited.
Meals: Meals are provided. See below about meals and food.
Boulder Elks Lodge is located behind the Sunrise Senior Center, on north 28th St, south of Jay Road. It is a huge building, over 4,000 square feet, and a wonderful playground. It has a beautiful large wood dance floor, a smaller round wood dance floor, a dinning room, bathrooms, showers, a lounge, a commercial kitchen, a club/game room, meeting rooms, an outdoor heated pool, and a bar :)
Come enjoy the deco of the 60's and the social movement community of 2023 at our Ape Co meets CI retreat!
Address is 3975 28th St. Boulder CO, 80301
We have done our best to make this an affordable retreat so we offer buffet style nutritious, simple food. We have both meat and vegetarian non-dairy options. Each meal will have a gluten free grain, a salad, and a vegetable dish. Non vegie meals will alternate between a meat or fish protein. Snacks are provided.
The 4-days pass includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day except Sunday, which includes breakfast and lunch.
Daily passes include lunch and dinner but not breakfast. Evening pass: no meal included
Note: There is no place onsite to make or store food.
Attention Campers: Please, no food in your tents when camping. We have a nearby racoon population that will not be afraid to raid your tent. Please NO FOOD in tents!
You will be in a large semi-private grass field right behind Boulder Elks Lodge. You will have hot shower access at the pool, plus full use of the Boulder Elks Lodge during open hours. (there are additional portopotties in the camp site). If you have an RV, book soon because those limited spots fill up. Contact Boulder Elks Lodge #566 for RV camping.
Your camping fee includes daily use of the pool showers, and bathrooms.
We have an onsite outdoor heated pool at Boulder Elks. We will have some limited pool access to enjoy a guided exploration of contact in the water. This class will happen 1x/day (Thurs-Fri), and be limited to 20 people/class. This means you have to sign up to participate, and may only get to do so 1x. Finding your way in water is a great additional movement skill and option for play, fun, and integration.
Also, Friday Evenings are Elks pool generosity nights to the community. The pool is open to the public for Free starting at 5 pm. If you need a break, you can go poolside and enjoy your evening. They also have an outdoor barbecue for purchase. (not included with your pass).
You can still join. Ideally you have some movement experience in a group setting. And, the classes will be varied with plenty of instructors to meet your needs. The touch classes will be informative, and provide gentle movement awareness as well. Sometimes, doing new things can bring up emotions. Our Brook Institute staff is well trained to support you through this journey of re-informing and exploring new patterns in the body-mind.
Great question! The Elks is an international charity organization founded by performing artists who migrated from Europe to New York City in the late 1800's. One of their members became ill and died, and his family wished to return to England. The Performing company started a charity drive to fund the family's passage back to England. Charity became such a recognized ethic, that this company formed the Elks organization. Elks has grown to become a national social community charity organization,. The Elks provide more scholarships than the US government and donate much to their local community.
Elks focus is community, charity, and public service. The founders, with their theater background, created a membership initiaion ritual still in use today to share their vision and mission: Love of others, Justice, Charity, and Fidelity (having internal ethics).
Boulder Elks Lodge #566 was established in 1920, and donated their original building on 13th and Spruce to the city of Boulder (now the planning department). The Elks built its current location in the late 1960's to accommodate it's large membership and have adequate parking.
Location: 3975 28th St, entrance at Sunrise Senior Center on 28th, and head west to the large building in back.
See your buddies and some of what we will be exploring!
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Learn Partner Skills You Can Take Back Home
Learn Contact Improvisation
and Ensemble Skills
Enjoy Boulder Colorado this Summer
Enjoy integrated movement touch anatomy
Open to new bodymind joy, challenge, and capability
Enjoy our rich somatic resources!
Contact Improvisation is an International Movement Form
Available in Countries all over the World!
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Camping Passes available. Register soon!
Day Passes available
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Classes will be interactive and well guided.
You will have time off to play, explore, partner share, jam, socialize, and enjoy
You will be in good hands.
Qualified, compassionate, clear instructors from The Brook Institute and Ape Co Movement school will guide and support your movement evolution!
Group classes focused on increasing strength, flexibility, coordination, and developing athleticism - quickness, lightness, agility, and dexterity.
"We pride ourselves on helping our students overcome challenges and develop new skills on a daily basis. We teach our students how to learn new things - a useful tool that goes well beyond the walls of the gym."
Group classes and advanced trainings focused on integrating body-mind-emotions and behavior. Make significant realignment changes in how you handle stress, reducing emotional reactivity or numbness. Annie's method, ANP (Applied Neuroplasticity™), blends neuroscience, behavioral science, and kinesthetic movements with living anatomy. Reinform the brain, work with brain states and arousal/collapse, and learn to thrive. Topic specific courses found here: anniebrook.com
Somatic Educator & Therapist
Annie Brook has practiced and taught Contact Improvisation for over 40 years. She is a playful and skilled guide who is passionate about sharing the tools that help people heal and thrive.
Annie will share Living Anatomy using developmental movement, educative touch, play, and Contact improvisation. Annie is a certified Body-Mind Centering teacher, somatic psychotherapist (4 decades of experience), and founder of The Brook Institute, where she trains therapists and offers online classes. Her training program is certified through ISMETA (International Movement Education Therapy Association), and is now available in Russian and Spanish translation. Annie has presented at conferences and retreats all over the world.
Apeco Teacher and PT
Robert is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus) and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Robert follows the latest research advances first-hand, and has published his own case studies and integrative summaries of the benefits of physical activity in a wide variety of contexts. Robert completed his Residency in Orthopedics (Regis University) and has over ten years of teaching experience teaching yoga and movement at Ape Co Movement School. He is interested in working with active populations and his workshops transform traditional human-anatomy lectures into a fun, hands-on way to discover how the human body works. In his free time, Robert likes to cook, bake, and spend time with family and friends. He also loves to engage in all kinds of physical activity, especially hand balancing, acrobatics, and hiking.
Apeco Creative Movement Challenge Games
For the past five years, Amitai has dedicated himself lovingly to maintaining a movement practice that spans many themes and areas of practice. This is informed by technique and an appreciation for the complexity, depth, and interconnectivity to be found in all matters of life.
Amitai believes that movement can reflect back to us many aspects of who we are and serve as a vehicle that facilitates growth, healing, and nourishment, among many other amazing things.
Amitai has studied from dedicated teachers of movement in many different countries, each providing him with guidance and inspiration. As a student of movement, Amitai finds nourishment, playfulness, and connection with those he moves with, all while inviting more awareness and freedom to express through the body. As a teacher, Amitai aims to facilitate the very same things by holding a warm, playful, and non-judgmental space for students to explore their own movement.
David has been teaching for 10+ years, and is committed to improving people’s quality of life through the practice of movement, mobility, dance/play therapy, and functional neurology in a trauma-informed way that is inclusive and accessible to all bodies.
David has studied extensively with Movement Culture and numerous movement/dance modalities-loves contact improvisation, freeform dance/authentic movement, qi gong, circus arts, Gaga, shadow yoga, Continuum, and weaving somatics, nervous system education, and wisdom traditions into movement practice.
For more info on David's approach, you can visit MixedMovementArts.com
Jacob is a generalist movement practitioner with a deep fascination in the creative bounds of the present moment. His current mission is to create a singular practice that combines the efforts of personal training and somatic psychotherapy in the direction of healing. Spending the last 4 years studying movement in the realm of Movement Culture, he has expanded his practice with the model of "isolate, integrate, improvise," popularized by Ido Portal, and recently has felt the most freedom in the expression of improvisation. Jacob has a background in team athletics and extreme sports such as BMX biking, skateboarding, and high level, competitive snowboarding. This experience allowed him to develop a deep connection between proprioception, vestibular awareness, and community resourcing. Jacob knows how to improvise between strength, flexibility, speed, and fear when trying new things. You will be playfully challenged to grow and try new things at a pace that works for you.
Brook Institute Movement Educator
and Somatic Therapist
Damian has transformed his own life using body-mind Brook Institute tools, visceral manipulation, and contact improv. Damian blends his love of movement and nature, and guides nature movement retreats. He overcame social anxiety and the awkwardness that is sometimes attributed to Aspergers syndrome. A stutterer as a child, Damian knows what it takes to grow beyond personal challenges and has dedicated his life to community ideals and philosophy. Damian is a movement educator and personal counselor and works with the Brook Institute.
Brook Institute Movement Educator
and Somatic Therapist
Andrea is an MA level somatic movement therapist trained from Naropa, and has specialized in helping children with disabilities to move and enjoy their bodies. A busy momma, Andrea has balanced her career, a family-owned business in Longmont, and her own passion for integrated learning. She is committed to the deep healing work and helping others to find new pathways towards integrated emotions, body, and mind. She works as a counselor within the Brook Institute and her own private therapy practice. Andrea understands the importance of integrated body and emotions and brings this support to others.
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Boulder Elks Lodge #566 Boulder Colorado
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Thur-Sat Daily Schedule
Pool is open to the public starting at 5 pm Friday. You are welcome to join in and swim. We will still provide the Friday meal or you can purchase the Elks Friday night Barbecue at the pool.
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