The Art of Retreat is an idea-exchange platform and weekend getaway celebrating education, community, 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 :)
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