Mental Health, Circus Arts and Flow

Filmmaker Fitness Circus Arts and Flow

Filmmaker Fitness is connected to a much larger mission than fitness. In 2012, I befriended Lionel Powell, the Treeman, a man experiencing homelessness who dresses like a tree, on a mission to unite humanity. I began making a documentary about Lionel and his Treeman character’s incredible ability to connect with strangers. This part of his story led me to neuroscience of flow, the circus arts, flow arts and many other body movement practices. Flow is key to optimum human performance, whether you’re a Navy Seal, a yoga practitioner, juggler, musician, writer or a human tree on stilts. There are huge mental health benefits to body movement flow and this is especially beneficial for the developing minds and bodies of children whose are so often glued passively to their digital devices.

To learn more, check out Treeman’s documentary in progress “A DocumenTree” and visit the “Circus Arts Flow” page. To help your kids find flow, consider enrolling them in Circus Arts classes and if you are in the bay area join us every Saturday in Washington Square Park North Beach San Francisco for Circus Saturdays. To learn more join the Facebook group North Beach Circus Arts Flow and follow NBCAF on instagram at @NorthBeachCAF #circusartsheals #flowartsheals


Staying fit in the Digital Age is no easy task. Whether it’s working long days at a computer, spending countless hours hunched over our mobile devices designed to addict us, or simply binge watching an entire series in one sitting on Netflix, the odds are against us. Working in film and television, the hours can be particularly intense. 17+ hour work days with no breaks are not uncommon. Over the years, I’ve explored many tools and practices in an attempt to maintain physical, mental and emotional health.

I can’t claim mastery, but hopefully Filmmaker Fitness can be a resource for us to explore some of these techniques together and exchange ideas. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. Please read at your own risk and review the Health and Fitness Information Disclaimer to learn more about your responsibility when visiting this website.

Follow Filmmaker Fitness on Instagram @filmmakerfitness, Twitter @filmmakerfitnes and Facebook at You can also explore circus arts and other related events, including Circus Saturdays in North Beach San Francisco, by joining the Facebook group North Beach Circus Arts Flow and following NBCAF on instagram at @NorthBeachCAF

— Filmmaker Fitness