Join SpinPoi in February 2023 for a unique certification course in the middle of paradise.

SpinPoi is teaming up with the Bali Flow Temple to provide a special SpinPoi Certification Course retreat. During this comprehensive hands-on training you will learn the necessary skills to work with poi as a therapeutic tool for all ages and abilities from world renown poi/health exponent Dr. Kate Riegle van West. The course will be held from February 1st – February 8th, 2023.

Course Overview

The SpinPoi Certification is an evidence-based qualification stemming from clinical research on the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function. The course involves 12 hours of hands-on training at the Bali Flow Temple, which will be spread across 4 days: February 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th. The break between the 2nd and the 7th will be used to complete homework, and of course to explore Bali! Homework is expected to total around 6-8 hours.

Participants will learn about working with poi as a therapeutic tool for wide variety of clients including older adults, children, those with dementia, Parkinson’s, and more. Participants will then have a chance to focus their homework and various course components on the population(s) they plan to work with in their community. Please read the full course description for details on what is covered during the course.

Course Content

The following units will be covered through presentation, discussion, and hands-on learning.

✔︎ Unit 1: Poi in New Zealand and Beyond. The history of poi as a precious taonga (treasure) in New Zealand, the different styles of poi today, and the clinical research on the health benefits of poi.

✔︎ Unit 2: Poi Movement Theory. The modes of movement and 3 building blocks which create the foundation for all poi movement.

✔︎ Unit 3: Beginner Poi Skills. Becoming fluent in beginner poi skills such as figure 8, flowers, chasing the sun, and partner work.

✔︎ Unit 4: Session Facilitation and Pedagogy. Teaching methodology and best practices for structuring your sessions, maximizing student engagement, and measuring session success.

Register Here! Space is limited to 10 participants.

About the Space

The Bali Flow Temple is situated 8 km from Ubud, the capital of yoga and spirituality in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. The center is surrounded by beautiful nature, tropical ferns, and a cocoa tree forest and carries the spirit of the traditional Balinese temples that are abundantly located throughout the region. The temple has fully furnished bedrooms, western bathrooms, and a full kitchen with organic locally sourced meals provided for breakfast and lunch. In addition, you will be able to participate in all of the classes offered at the temple including circus arts, aerial trapeze, meditation, yoga, massage, and more.

Please note, you must book your accommodation at the Bali Flow Temple separately. Click here to view booking options.

What People Are Saying

“I have been able to learn and implement SpinPoi programs in the aged and disability sectors and have seen firsthand the joy and improvement for consumers in my classes. I totally recommend SpinPoi to anyone.” –Janine, Aged Care Lifestyle Consulting

“I just began my SpinPoi classes at the local Senior Center, and driving home I cried tears of gratitude, realizing how much the people are benefitting from this experience. And I had a blast too! I feel so blessed to have found poi through SpinPoi. – Shanana Rain, Certified SpinPoi Instructor

“SpinPoi inspired me to incorporate poi into my dance classes for the 50yrs+, and made the process of adding poi to an existing group fitness class very straight forward. The humour, creativity and sheer joy from participants has been fantastic.” – Hilary, Move Good Now

“Our residents are loving our SpinPoi sessions. We do get a good laugh along the way and I have noticed how well they follow instructions (something that they usually have difficulties with – and the concentration!)” – Elaine, Southlands Residential Home

“As a play-based specialist teacher, often working with youth with diverse and complex needs, I’ve found SpinPoi to be a great activity not only for the engagement and physical benefits but for the amount everyone enjoys it.” – Jesse, The Forest School

“During SpinPoi sessions we have seen our older residents smile or laugh out loud, socialize and develop new friendships, and engage both their minds and their bodies despite their age and physical or cognitive abilities.” – Orquidea, Summerset

SpinPoi Certification is perfect for…

anyone who would like to incorporate poi into their work as a tool for improving wellbeing and quality of life. Certified instructors will gain the knowledge, tools, and credibility to confidently lead safe and engaging poi sessions for their clients, plus join the community of Certified SpinPoi Instructors across the globe.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Kate Riegle van West is the leading global exponent in working
with poi as a therapeutic tool and the Founder and CEO of SpinPoi Ltd. Kate completed her PhD in the health benefits of poi at the University of Auckland, where she conducted the first study in the world to scientifically investigate the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function. She was awarded the Future Leader Award from the Royal Society of New Zealand for her work in the poi/health field, and has been featured across international media including BBC World News, ABC News, TVNZ, Radio New Zealand, and Maori Television. In 2021 she was named as one of the University of Auckland’s Top 40 Under 40 inspiring alumni.

Course Fee

The SpinPoi Certification course is $349 USD per person. This includes the following course resources and training:

✔︎ Poi for Seniors: Complete Facilitator Resources (valued at $40 USD)

✔︎ Poi for Early Childhood Education: Complete Facilitator Resources (valued at $40 USD)

✔︎ Poi for Beginners: Complete Pack (valued at $60 USD)

✔︎ 12 hours of hands-on training at the Bali Flow Temple (valued at $209 USD)

Explore All the Bali Flow Temple has to Offer

If you choose to stay at the Bali Flow Temple during the course, a world of classes and events will be at your fingertips. Circus arts, aerial trapeze, meditation, yoga, acro-yoga, fire dancing, contact dance, tantra, healing arts, massage, sound healing, music jams, music recording, cacao ceremonies, cleansing, water purification ceremonies, excursions to temples and beaches and so much more! You are free to choose what you’d like to participate in.

Click here to book your stay at the Bali Flow Temple.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation can be requested at any time by emailing [email protected] Cancellation requests submitted prior to 30 days from the retreat date will receive a 90% refund. Cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of the retreat date will receive a 50% refund.

If the retreat has to be postponed due to border closures related to COVID-19, then a credit for the course will be issued to be used for the postponement date. If the retreat happens as scheduled, but a guest decides not to attend based on any other reason than a country’s border closure, then the regular cancellation policy (stated above) will be maintained.


Please get in touch with Kate directly at [email protected]