The Art of Retreat is an idea-exchange platform supporting education, development, and leadership within Parkour.

We come together twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, to exchange new ideas and information across a wide array of subjects including coaching methods, education theory, best business practices, scientific research, architectural and urban design, global trends, and local community building.

The four-day event includes long and short form presentations, facilitated/exploratory conversation, our quick-fire SparkStorm, alternative skill classes, communal meals, and, of course, lots of movement, play, and night missioning :)

Our Mission

Create a powerful leadership and education network for the discipline of Parkour. To support the growth of the discipline, community, and culture through annual events and experiences that:

  • Support the sharing of research, best practices, and educational resources within the parkour discipline through presentations, skill swaps, facilitated conversation, and more.

  • Promote a culture of positive, constructive critique through discussion-based activities, a peer-reviewed application processes, and network-wide feedback processes.

  • Bring together diverse perspectives, with participants from all dimensions of diversity, gender, age, and areas of talent and expertise

  • Forge a more resilient and connected international leadership community by increasing face-time, providing space for networking, and inviting attendees from as many geographic regions as possible to participate

  • Distribute accessible content to coaches, community builders, educators, researchers, and business professionals not in attendance by recording and releasing interviews with our speakers and facilitating public Q&A sessions.

  • Celebrate and provide recognition to the achievements within our community