June 7-12, 2022 - Denver, Colorado

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An immersive experience designed to connect you to your primal nature, develop confidence through competence, tap into flow states, and grow alongsde a badass tribe.


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Learn about this innovative approach to human movement that combines the most practical form of self-defense, movement in Nature, and restorative movement flow.

Based on our years of practicing and coaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu, MovNat/Natural Movement, and Animal Flow - we've designed a unique experience to help you connect to your primal nature, develop confidence through competence, tap into flow states, and grow alongsde a badass tribe.



Gracie Combatives & MovNat Combatives will give you the most practical skills and mindsets you need to be able to defend yourself and others. We'll build confidence through competence.


MovNat/Natural Movement will give you real world physical fitness by taking universal, practical human movement skills, and transforming them from effective, to efficient, to adaptable.


Animal Flow will grow your strength, mobility, and creative expression via ground-based movement sequences that encourage flow states, body awareness, and improvisational capacities.


  • The foundations of Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Combatives) and MovNat Combatives to sharpen your self-defense and survival skills and tap into your masculine energy

  • The full range of MovNat/Natural Movement skills practiced in the "dojo" and experienced at its fullest in the lush jungle of Colombia

  • Animal Flow movement sequences to restore your body, align your mind, and express your spirit

  • A deep state of group flow facilitated by this unique combination of transformative practices, the rich environment, and the collective energy


  • The interconnectedness of these unique practices and how they build on and improve each other

  • The most effective (battle-tested) self-defense techniques and the principles and mindsets you need to keep you and others safe

  • Real world physical competence skills so that you can overcome any obstacle (literally)

  • Movement routines to build mobility, strength, and resilience throughout your whole body

You will be challenged. You will grow.


  • Five days and nights stay on beautiful private land in the front range of West Denver (valued at $500)

  • Two 3-hour sessions per day (valued at $2500)

  • All meals: animal based, organic/grass-fed, wild hunted/locally sourced, and home cooked with love (valued at $450)

  • Free time to rest and relax, or explore and enjoy the mountainous scenery (priceless!)

Total Value: $3,300
Only $1993!




  • Six (6) live group sessions to prepare for the event (valued at $300)

  • A group integration call after the retreat (valued at $150)

  • ...

Are you a veteran?
Or are you bringing a friend
/organizing a group?
Contact us for special pricing/discount code.


Johnathon Lang
"Recon John"

Johnathon Lang is a War Veteran, Animal Flow Instructor, and MovNat Team Instructor who helps folks find their true nature.

An American by birth, Johnathon has also lived, coached, and facilitated for 10+ years in East Asia, the Middle East, and Latin-America.

In addition to moving better, his international students credit his Integral Approach with helping them become more physically energized, mentally focused, and emotionally adaptable.

Since becoming a MovNat Certified Trainer, he has led various Natural Movement-oriented wilderness experiences, including Holistic Fitness Camps, Ancestral Medicine Processes, and Organizational Leadership Programs.

He currently inhabits the jungles, rivers, and mountains of San Rafael, Colombia. Although he now rarely wears a suit or tie (or even shoes), he worked for 8+ years in the high-flying business metropolises of NYC and Shanghai. His previous life informs him today as he leads, relates, and facilitates modern folks on their Natural Movement Journey toward more ancestral ways of living.

On a fun day, he runs, climbs, jumps, vaults, and swims his way through the wilderness with friends and family before coming home to celebrate with good food, a warm camp fire, and lots of song and dance.

Johnathon looks forward to sharing his territory with you!

Nate Amado
"Natural Nate"

Hey, humans! I'm Nate. A MovNat Master Trainer & Team Instructor, Primal Health Coach, Wilderness Scout, BJJ Purple Belt, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructor, and much more.

Beyond all the certifications, I'm a student of life with a love for exploration and learning. The spark that ignited this journey was high school wrestling—I won my first match or two, and got my ass handed to me for the rest of the year—it was great.

I became hungry for more, physically and mentally. So I began studying and practicing many different disciplines: Boxing, MMA, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, Capoeira, Art Du Déplacement/Parkour, and La Methode Naturelle to name a few. A path which led me right to MovNat in 2013.

When I found MovNat, I thought, “This is it!” This is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was the most complete system I’d found, and I knew it had the potential to change a lot of lives and the world around us.

And when I discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 2015, I had the same experiencethe fire was stoked. I dove all in, and have been studying/training all day, every day, since. These are my two true passions in lifeboth highly effective, super fun, and life-changing disciplines.

For the past 8 years, I've been taking it one bare foot at a timeintegrating and coaching people with all the best methods that I've discovered or created, in-person and online, and leading workshops & retreats around the world—growing organically with a community of badass humans.

My mission is to help humans explore, empower, and transform themselves, their tribe, and the world around us for the better.

I’m looking forward to meeting and moving with you in the jungles of Colombia, and guiding you to becoming a more strong, resilient, capable, happy, healthy, and free human being.


Aurélie R.

A.D.D. Academy Paris Coach
Paris, France

“I decided to join this retreat to try something different than I’d normally do, and something not so hard. I chose to work with you because I followed you on social networks and l knew that you were movement focused. I was at peace before starting the retreat, especially after receiving the schedule.

I was happy to have small sessions, mixed with Balinese lifestyle, and vacation activities during the retreat. For sure my biggest challenge was the cold immersion, but I overcame it with your support and the support of other participants.

After the retreat, I felt good! I stopped the cold immersion ;) but I kept my own morning routine (same as yours based on meditation, breathing, and movement). My advice to anyone wanting to take this retreat: Do it! It’s not too tough at all. Depending on your level, you can learn new skills and improve the ones you already have with Nate's attention to quality and details.“








  • DAY 0:

    • 16:00-18:00 - Arrive, Orientation, Meet & Greet

    • 18:00-19:00 - Dinner

    • 19:00-20:00 - Retreat Opening

  • DAY 1 - 4:

    • 07:30-08:00 - Morning Medicine/Movement/Meditation (optional)

    • 08:00-9:00 - Breakfast

    • 09:30-12:30 - Session 1

    • 12:30-13:30 - Lunch

    • 14:30-17:30 - Session 2

    • 18:00-19:00 - Dinner

    • 19:30-21:00 - Fire Circle & Music (Day 4)

  • DAY 5:

    • 07:30-08:00 - Morning Medicine/Movement/Meditation (optional)

    • 08:00-9:00 - Breakfast

    • 09:30-12:30 - Final Session, Retreat Closure & Integration

*Accomodation available for those who want to arrive earlier and/or stay longer. DEN aiport is about an hour away. Contact us to book additional days and/or transportation.


Do I have to be fit to participate?

We've created this experience to be adaptable to people of all skill and fitness levels. From beginner to advanced, we will find the appropiate level of challenge for your personal growth.

Do I need to have experience in all 3 disciplines to get something out of this?

No. Having experience in any one discipline that we'll practice in this Retreat will be helpful, but not necessary. All you need is a willingness to learn and have fun.

Is this event suitable for everyone?

Yes, our approach to movement is universal. We realize there are biological differences between everyone, and are happy to adapt to your specific situation. With that being said, one parent/guardian must be present for children 10-17 years old (age maybe flexible depending on maturity).

We are guided by MovNat's "Universal" Principle: "Movement is for everyone. It belongs to every human being regardless of origin, gender, age, social class, or belief system."

What are the risks?

There will always be risk moving in Nature, challenging yourself, and going beyond your comfort zone. However, we will do everything possible to minimize or eliminate that risk, by providing a safe space and progressions for you to grow. The main risk is you have too much fun and won't want to leave.

Do I have to stay for the whole event?

Not necessarily, you will gain a lot even if you miss a day or two. However we do request that you are present for the beginning of the Retreat.

If you need to shorten your stay, or if you wish to arrive earlier and/or stay longer - contact us for pricing and to arrange accomodations.

What's the refund policy?


  • 70% - 90-days out

  • 50% - 60-days out

  • Non-refundable - 30-days out

In the event that the retreat gets postponed due to factors outside of our control, you will have the option to transfer your spot to the new dates or receive a full refund.

Since all the food is included, what if I have a dietary restriction?

We are able to accomodate all dietary restrictions (paleo, primal, vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, animal-based, gluten-free, just not zealots). Contact us for more info.

How do I get to the location?


If you need to shorten your stay, or if you wish to arrive earlier and/or stay longer - contact us for pricing and to arrange accomodations.


This is for you if

  • You want a life full of adventure

  • You enjoy Nature and all of its beauty

  • You live life vicariously through yourself

  • You choose challenges and growth over staying stagnant

  • You believe life is best lived just outside of your comfort zone

This is NOT for you if

  • You don't like to have fun

  • You don't like new experiences

  • You don't like to be challenged


"I’m not quite ready - can I email you my question?"

Yes you can - right here.


Natalia L.

Executive Coach, Life Strategist, Poet, Student of Yoga
Barranquilla, Colombia

There’s a life before and after our MovNat Reconnect Retreat for me. I believe that how we move and how we eat is how we live our lives, and this retreat really made that come alive!

I had been practicing MovNat and other forms of “exercise” (CrossFit, Yoga) for a while but always in very urban environments, and being able to move and use what I knew (and all that I learned at the retreat, which was a lot!) out in nature was truly life-changing! I was so proud of all my cuts and bruises and what my body was able to “unlock” with the right cues and instruction. The whole days were a blast, the people were super supportive and fun, the food was delicious, and the place was stunning. If you’re thinking about signing up - think no more. See you at Zafra in November ;)

Christian Q.

Fashion Designer
Shanghai, China

John is an excellent trainer and teacher. He trains people with his heart and passion. He is very good at taking complicated concepts and making them seem simple.

With his help I've improved my physical fitness, and learned many things, not only about my body, but also about life.

After working with John, I now approach my days with greater confidence than before, and this helps me personally and professionally.

Tiffany H.

Parkour & Gracie Jiu Jitsu Student, Proofreader
Denver, CO

I decided to join this Retreat because, well... Bali, duh! ;) Also, I love learning new skills, and training, and moving with other people, and connecting through movement. That's one of my favorite past times. Before signing up for this retreat, I felt excited! Excited, committed, and ready to do it! During the retreat I felt good, it was challenging, for sure. I had some moments of resistance, and I had moments of bliss and joy. A lot of ups and downs, it was a really good challenge. My biggest challenge was the cold water plunges first thing in the morning, obviously! That's not something I do at home, jumping into freezing cold waterfalls first thing in the morning - that definitely put me outside of my comfort zone. But you know, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity! I overcame the challenge by reminding myself - now's the time, either do it or go home. My advice to anyone who wants to join - bring a friend! The more the merrier. :)

Chee H.

InterContinental Hotel Group
Shanghai, China

I originally met Johnathon through a weekly strength and conditioning class that he conducted at Hanuma Muay Thai in Shanghai.

His classes were fun, rigorous, and progressive. I enjoyed them greatly, and I enjoyed the measurable results that began coming to me.

Later, I decided to work with Johnathon one on one for private coaching.

Because of the diet, mindset, and training methods that he introduced me to, I look better, I feel better, and my sports (Basketball and Muay Thai) performance improved week by week.

I give my recommendation for RECON JOHN (Johnathon) with zero reservations.

Paul F.

Men's Group Leader
Denver, CO

Such a great day of learning and movement! Nate's instruction is fun, professional, and very insightful. I am viscerally reminded how resilient, strong, and agile my body is when it moves how it is designed, and I feel so much more confident and aware in my body's movements. This is especially powerful for me as I am stepping back into being active after a long period of injury recovery. Thank you, Nate!

Jimmy H.

Dad, Marine, BJJ Blue Belt
Dallas, TX

“Attending this movement seminar revealed to me how I complicate my daily movements by adding unnecessary things to it. Me and my daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, attended the seminar and she had a blast.

The instruction was incredible, simple, and easy to follow. I’m limited in my range of motion in my left shoulder and Nate showed some stretching and some hanging that allows for me now to be able to move about without so much restriction. This class ROCKS! I highly recommend this for those who are looking to get back into fitness and those who want to become more familiar with their bodies!

“I have a million and one things to say that are AWESOME! You’ve really helped me build mobility and confidence to use my left shoulder from what I learned in that class.


Are you a veteran?
Or a
re you bringing a friend/organizing a group?
Contact us for special pricing/discount code.