Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Earth as Gym film with Mick Dodge Feb 11 in Incline Village

Posted on February 5, 2016
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Mick DodgeMeet Mick Dodge from National Geographic’s TV show,“The Legend of Mick Dodge,” on Feb 11 at 6pm at the IVCBHS Bonanza Museum Conference Rm 899 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 (Starbucks Bldg) and share your experiences of connecting with the wild. See the video highlighting the value Mick’s Earthgym practice has in developing character, collaboration and community, followed by an open discussion on ways to develop, launch and pilot this program in educational systems.

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Mick Dodge stepped out of his shoes and into the last remaining rain forest in the lower 48. An adventure that evolved from years of observation, tracking, playing. Meeting up with Incline Village resident Jacquie Chandler, a movement practice emerged called “The Earthgym”. Movements designed by Mick and Jacquie inspired many other people to step outside into the EARTHgym and share a quest for fitness, freedom and a personal, respectful relationship with the Earth.

Jacquie Chandler at Lake TahoeJacquie met Mick when a strong wind blew her into the “Two Fools Cafe” in Half Moon Bay. He inspired her with his playful approach to using everything in sight as a fitness training opportunity and she inspired him with dance moves and leather crafting. Micks solo journeys in the wild would return insights that further evolved an earth-based training practice. Not only was the Earth a more diverse and exciting 24-hour fitness center, what was redefining their body was reshaping their minds.

Soon Mick left the “luxury” of his house and job for the “abundance” found in nature and Jacquie relocated to Lake Tahoe, but they continued to evolve, expand and share the practice forward. At one point they set up an Earthgym base camp in Incline Village and hosted various trainings and events.

Jacquie has taught Earthgym and Primal Design classes at Sierra Nevada College, and designed and crafted most of the garments Mick wears in the National Geographic TV show. She also is the co-founder of Sustainable Tahoe, a local non-profit actively facilitating geotourism, which like the Earthgym, inspires fun, personal, respectful connection with our habitat.

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