Become a Barefoot Bunion Coach!

Walking barefoot is the most direct and easiest way to guide people back to natural movement and uprightness. As a barefoot bunion coach, you guide people to realign their body statics and become more deeply aware of the body.

Pain in the musculoskeletal system and in the feet is thus reduced and prevented.

In the age of shoes with rigid and fixed soles, people have lost the naturally created “way of walking”. This leads to 98% of people rolling over the heel instead of relaxed – as seen in children – touching down with the forefoot first. The ball of the foot is the natural “cushioning” of the foot and protects the joints from violent and constant shocks. The goal is to change one’s own way of walking to the ball gait (forefoot walking), and to pass this knowledge on to people in theory and practice.

After this week you will receive a certificate of participation: ” Barefoot Bunion Coach”.

What is bale gait?

When walking over the heel, approximately 50 kilograms are transferred to the entire joint and bone chain with each step. The heel strike shakes not only the spine and joints, but also all organs. This leads to physical problems for many people after a few kilometers. The heel is not naturally designed to absorb the shock of our steps, as the bony calcaneus is the beginning of the bone chain when we walk. However, natural movement only takes place when the “muscle chain” is activated and performs the movement. The joints merely provide the direction, the muscle powerfully executes the movement. The bale gait leads to a complete straightening of the body and releases the spine from the hollow back. The head remains straight and upright, which leads to relaxation of the shoulder and neck muscles. The ball walk is a “three-phase step”: first the outside and then the inside of the ball touches the ground, last of all the heel. This allows the Achilles tendon to stretch optimally and also strengthens the arch of the foot. During this phase, the venous pump in the calves kicks in and activates the flow of blood back to the heart. In the heel gait, the venous valves are closed for a short time by tightening the instep of the foot. This can lead to varicose veins and circulatory problems later on. The ball gait is not limited to the feet. Only upright body statics with a relaxed abdomen is the key to forefoot walking. The impulse to move forward comes from the loose hip movement.

What is Tara Walking?

The word “Tara” is the short form of “Tarahumara”.

The Tarahumara, also known as the Raramuri – “those who run fast” – are an indigenous ethnic group living in the Copper Canyons of northern Mexico (known from the book “Born to Run”). Running occupies a high place in their culture. Whether hunting or relaxed walking, they often travel up to 170 kilometers on foot through gorges and valleys in a single day. In many primitive peoples, forefoot walking is still widespread today because it allows gentle and flexible locomotion. More and more long-distance runners are relearning “forefoot running.” Firm and cushioned soles cause many runners to lose intuitive access to this natural running form, which can result in injury and pain. Back pain and tension are prevented by forefoot walking.

“Tara-Walking” can be practiced completely barefoot, as well as with minimalist barefoot shoes. It is a healthy and joyful alternative to conventional walking and jogging. In tare walking or running, the focus is less on performance improvement and competition. A contemplative basic attitude with mindfulness are the basis to train endurance, flexibility, physical and mental strength.

Who can become a Barefoot Bunion Coach?

In principle, everyone can participate. It is important for us to be close to nature and open to new approaches beyond medical dogmas. Naturopaths, doctors, physiotherapists, health and fitness trainers as well as actors and educators can optimally integrate this knowledge about natural movement into their professional field and apply it successfully.

You should enjoy working with people and be interested in holistic health. Prior medical knowledge is not necessary. The number of participants is limited to 18 in order to be able to work intensively with each and everyone.

Fields of activity for barefoot bunion coaches

As a barefoot coach you have many different fields of activity. Wherever people are in motion or want to come, you are in demand as a barefoot coach with your innovative and holistic knowledge. For example, you can work in the field of pedagogy, in your own practice or as an adventure barefoot coach in the great outdoors with adults and children. The demand for coaching for natural and joint-friendly movement has risen sharply in recent years, because medicine cannot satisfactorily explain to us the drastic increase in pain in the musculoskeletal system.

Bunion Yoga

This yoga form was developed by Sabine Schumacher. The simple “asanas” (postures) are practiced both standing and walking. With the help of “bale gait yoga” the body can more easily remember the natural way of walking. This can reduce and prevent pain and tension in the musculoskeletal system. Stability and inner well-being are also promoted.

“Bunion Yoga” can be practiced barefoot or with minimalist barefoot shoes.

Today, people of all ages – preferably in the great outdoors – practice “bunion yoga.”

The following knowledge is provided:

  • Basics of forefoot walking and running (Tara-Walking/ Running)
  • Anatomy and pathology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Function and anatomy of our feet
  • What we can learn from young children about natural movement
  • Holistic gait analysis and how the soul speaks through the body
  • Heart centered communication
  • Living coaching in free nature
  • Body awareness, feeling and mindfulness
  • Convey joy and ease in movement
  • Bale gait yoga for re-membering the genetically designed gait
  • Proven indications of naturopathy for foot, joint and back problems
  • Healing Grounding – “Earthing

We offer you a balanced mixture of theory and practice. The week starts with an extensive personal get-to-know-you session to give us the opportunity to specifically address your questions and interests. Our concept is free from medical dogmas and entrenched world views. The center of our joint work is always our own exploration and perception.

Day 1:


18.30 Dinner together

19.30 Getting to know each other

Day 2:

8.30 Breakfast

10.00 Introduction with personal attunement

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Outdoor exercises

18.30 Dinner

Day 3:

8.30 Breakfast

10.00 Anatomy and basic knowledge

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Ball walk yoga

18.30 Dinner

Day 4:

8.30 Breakfast

10.00 Pathologies of the musculoskeletal system & feet

Proven naturopathic indications

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Excursion to the bird island (example of nature coaching)

18.30 Dinner

Day 5:

8.30 Breakfast

10.00 Exchange and deepening of knowledge

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Tara Walking &Tara Running

18.30 Dinner

Day 6:

8.30 Breakfast

10.00 Clarification of last questions

13.00 Lunch


Gesunde Lebensformen e.V.

Lecturer: Sabine Schumacher, alternative practitioner for holistic foot, joint and back health

Date: Fall 2021

Place: to be announced

Cost :

997,00 €

This further education can be financed by an education premium – receive up to 500€ promotion!

Learn more about the education premium here.

Accommodation and meals:

The cost of accommodation and meals is not included in the price, but very reasonable. After registering with us, you will receive an email where you can rent a room at a reasonable price with full board. There is also the possibility of camping. The cost with accommodation and meals is about 200-350€.

Please register here via email to Please write us your name and phone number and that you would like to participate in the training “Become a barefoot coach”. We will then contact you personally by phone.