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Becoming a Certified SpinPoi Instructor will give you the credibility, confidence, and resources you need to work with poi as a therapeutic tool and to facilitate safe and engaging poi sessions for your community/clients. To become certified you can either take a Certification Course or you can complete the components in your own time through the Self-Directed path. Learn more about the two options below.

Two Ways to Get Certified

Certification Course

Registration is open for our August 2024 Course

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Self-Directed

Complete the certification in your own time using the online course study materials. Click here for details and to purchase your application.

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Click the link below to download the full SpinPoi Certification Course Brochure which includes information on the course objectives, course content, pricing, and more.

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Our Certified Instructors

SpinPoi is run by the community, for the community. Our instructors are improving wellbeing across 5 continents, one orbit at a time.

Eunice Te Rangiuaia
Auckland, New Zealand

Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kāhu ōku Iwi. Kaikokiri Ratonga Māori, passionate about working with tamariki, Kuia & Kaumātua.

Shaina Pietersz
Westland, Netherlands

Primary school teacher, poi dance teacher and macrame artist with a speciality in interpersonal relationships in the teaching environment. [email protected]

Joanne Paton
Auckland, New Zealand

Rehabilitation assistant at Middlemore Hospital primarily working with patients rehabbing from stroke or other neurological conditions. [email protected]

Simon Tennant
Auckland, New Zealand

Registered Psychotherapist and Counselor with a background in Homeopathy, Kinesiology, and nutrition specializing in working with poi as an integrative tool for self regulation. [email protected]

Belegui Didi Beltrán García
Atizapán, México

Physiotherapist, multi-sport athlete and aerialist. I believe that movement brings life and this is something I connect to with SpinPoi. [email protected]

Hakuwai (Brendon) Eriksen-Downs
Taupō, New Zealand

Qualified Social Worker and CEO of Te Hapori Ora. Our kaupapa is to empower individuals and families through cultural and holistic well-being, creating a community where everyone feels heard, valued, and connected. [email protected]

Natalie Humphris
Melbourne, Australia

Parent of neurodiverse children and Founder of Nats Nest. I started poi to help my kids with their therapy goals, and now want to share the benefits and fun of poi with other families. [email protected]

Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Arizona, U.S.

Stroke survivor passionate about sharing the benefits and fun of poi spinning with fellow seniors in Quartzsite, Arizona. [email protected]

Julie Rope
Auckland, New Zealand

Neurological Physiotherapist with a special interest in Parkinson’s & building a creative toolbox for neurostimulation and plasticity for people living with neurological conditions. [email protected]

Varsha Koekemoer
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Mom, Interior Designer & Flow Artist in a circle of Mothers who are in the pursuit of their empowerment through creativity, self-expression and sisterhood. I am inspired to share the art of tapping into meditative states within flow arts, to propagate the healing benefits of ‘Flow State’. [email protected]

Dr George Thien
New Zealand & Malaysia

Combining his corporate, business, academic & community-service experiences, Dr Thien is motivated to help people achieve personal goals and promote wellbeing. Author of Just Do MORE and enjoys practising Taiji and playing erhu. [email protected]

Julia Kennedy
Tennessee, U.S.

Julia is a retired special education teacher with a love of learning. Poi has become an integral part of her daily life, and she always has extra sets of handmade poi on hand. [email protected]

Sarah Poepjes
Tasman, New Zealand

Activity Coordinator for Summerset Richmond Ranges Retirement Village. Bringing the joy of SpinPoi to residents of all ages and abilities, including rest home and memory care. [email protected]

Emily Hughes
Queensland, Australia

As a practising Clinical Psychologist, I’ve experienced firsthand the remarkable benefits that spinning poi offers for my mental well-being. I’m enthusiastic about spreading the joy and therapeutic advantages of this activity to others. [email protected]

Lapo Botteri
Pelago, Italy

Street artist, circus teacher specialized in functional juggling and special needs, kinesiologist and hospital clown. [email protected]

Amelia Rika
Rotorua, New Zealand

Member of Orange Tinana o Ue with a background in Specialist Education – passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of kuia and kaumātua in Te Arawa while having fun.

Sharnie Riley
Katikati, New Zealand

Fitness instructor, mixed media artist and puppy foster carer. I very much enjoy teaching strength & balance classes to older adults of all fitness levels and abilities. [email protected]

Maria Niedermann
Hätzingen, Switzerland

Physiotherapist specializing in rehabilitation for older adults post surgery or with neurological disease.

Maria Umali
Victoria, Australia

Maria is a teacher at heart; as a previous English & Japanese teacher and Volleyball Coach, she loves giving drills, tips and tricks on how you can achieve any difficult task. [email protected]

Dori Maloney
Texas, U.S.

Dedicated flow artist, relentless problem solver, and empathetic advocate for poi as a fun and therapeutic tool in the wellness journey. [email protected]

Kiara Eldred
Washington, U.S.

Kiara has been spinning poi (and a few other tools) since 2009, and loves to share and teach whenever possible. [email protected]

Sadhana Ravichandran
Kaitaia, New Zealand

Physiotherapist based at Kaitaia hospital, passionate about culturally diversifying her rehabilitation tool kit to improve well-being in older adults within rural communities. [email protected]

Savanna Koteka
Taupō, New Zealand

Tēnā tatou, he uri tēnei nō Te Taitokerau, Ngāti Kahungunu, Waikato Tainui nō Rarotonga hoki. We specialise in facilitating Hauora Wānanga, focussing on transformative practices within Whānau and Hapū.

Teresa Winterburn
Feilding, New Zealand

Program Coordinator at Strive Rehabilitation Manawatu. I support people in their recovery after a brain injury. I am passionate about hand crafting junk journals and creating mixed media art. [email protected]

Jocelyn Watkin
Auckland, New Zealand

Qualified instructor for mind/body flow arts of qigong and tai chi with specialist skills in teaching people who are blind/have low vision. [email protected]

David Bulger
Florida, U.S.

Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher with experience in fitness, personal training, and flow arts. [email protected]

Rissi Shantel
Illinois, U.S.

Rissi is a certified Breathe for Change yogi, preschool teacher, mindful movement guide and performing artist. With her SpinPoi Certification, she aspires to be a ripple of kindness and healing for her community through flow meditation. [email protected]

Eucaly Izumi
Tokyo, Japan

Originally a fire & led performer in Kaguzuchi, Japan. Through SpinPoi’s activities, she hopes to help people in Japan feel more energetic, where the birthrate is declining and the population is aging. [email protected]

Jesse Moran
Victoria, Australia

Disability Support Worker specialising in children and adults on the Autism Spectrum with a background in Outdoor Leadership. [email protected]

Chris Wolanski
Alberta, Canada

A creative believer who has picked up various skills, all through life. Poi is my favourite past time of all time, and something I wish to spread so it may be appreciated for its transformative effects.

Juliana Flaxman-Hendriks
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi specialist offering a fun and unique fusion of Tai Chi and SpinPoi that is focused on boosting fitness, strength, balance and well-being. [email protected]

Alex Cefalo
Colorado, U.S.

Flow arts changed my life, I intend to change lives with flow arts. Multi talent prop manipulator and life enthusiast. I aim to inspire in all my pursuits, sharing those gifts leaves a lasting impact and is my purpose. [email protected]

Michelle Stassen
Auckland, New Zealand

Wellness partner at Aria Gardens caring for residents of the Dementia ward and the Rest home in a holistic way. Encouraging independence and assisting with quality of life.

Karanjot Kaur
California, U.S.

Flow artist and research assistant at the Comparative Cognition Lab and Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego. [email protected]

Heidi Madeira de Carvalho Che
Macau, China

Poi & Arts Workshop Facilitator for children and seniors since 2007, Kintsugi Artist. Love nature, hiking, meditation and playing with children from 0-99. [email protected]

Jodi Woolf
Melbourne, Australia

In the process of becoming a social worker, and hoping to integrate the art of play and flow arts into her work. Jodi has a passion and love for people, learning and aims to leave a bit of shimmer everywhere she goes. [email protected]

Janine Warne
NSW, Australia

Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator with 38 years experience working in aged care facilities, 6 of those specializing in disability. [email protected]

Melissa Hemi
Papaioea, New Zealand

Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ko Ngāti Kuia, Ko Rangitāne ki Wairau ōku iwi. Raised by strong Māori wahine has given me a passion for working with kuia and kaumatua in my community. [email protected]

Candis Brunning
Taupo, New Zealand

Ko Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga, Ko Ngai Tuhoe, Ko Te whanau-a-apanui nga iwi. Whānau ora tiwhana or navigator supporting whānau around dreams, goals & aspirations. I am also a youth mentor within Te Korowai Roopu Tautoko, a Tuakana in our rangatahi ropu (Taumata Hiringa), and shareholder within Te Hapori ora. [email protected]

Kay Spinner
Vancouver, Canada

Circus School Object Manipulation Coach, lifelong poi spinner, and poi performer. [email protected]

Sarrisa Curry
Kansas, U.S.

President and Co-Founder of the Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center in Overland Park, KS. My passion is working with the Parkinson’s community to offer beneficial exercise, socialization, and education for self-advocacy. [email protected]

Latasha Emery
Feilding, New Zealand

Mum of two young adults, Latasha has a soft spot for the elderly and is passionate about interacting with them to create magic moments.

Josh Biles
Kansas, U.S.

NCSA-certified Personal Trainer specializing in pre- and post-surgery exercise rehab. Has been serving the Parkinson’s community for ten years and co-founded Rock Steady KC in 2016.

Candace Mok
Hong Kong, China

Veteran educator of different levels. Anything in life can be our learning materials. Stay curious and open. [email protected]

Jamie-Leigh Timoti
Hamilton, New Zealand

Ko Ngai Tai toku iwi. Neurodivergent supporting the disability community in Aotearoa. Founder of Tou Tīrairaka, passionate about Te Ao Māori and the sensory experience it offers. [email protected]

Annemarie Bruin
Southland, New Zealand

Qualified yoga teacher offering Hatha yoga and yoga infused Strength and Balance classes. I am passionate about challenging people and adding fun to my classes

Karma Buckland
NSW, Australia

Flow artist, performer, mental health and disability support worker. Passion for movement, fun and challenges to be found in poi as movement therapy and performance art. [email protected]

Natalie Hull
Kansas, U.S.

Trainer at The Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center in Overland Park, KS. Natalie is a life-long health and fitness advocate who enjoys watching and or playing almost any sport. [email protected]

Kalei Cooper
Oregon, U.S.

Passionate about health and wellness, I specialize in working with Silk Veil Poi for adults and Movement Meditation for all ages. With my polytheistic background, I have dedicated myself to the exploration of Flow Arts as an extension of religious practice. [email protected]

Lien Chang Hsu
Taipei, Taiwan

Circus performer, poi teacher, elders counseling therapist, whole brain development rhythm workshop, and writer & international tour guide. [email protected]

Bronwyn Johnson
Auckland, New Zealand

Wellness partner in charge of outings and special events at Aria Gardens Rest-Home. Life moto “Have a go, you never know you might end up loving it “

Dani Fortune
Belfast, Ireland

Dani is a silver circus & social circus tutor as well as aerial circus performer and tutor based in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. [email protected]

Anja Lohoff
Haag in Oberbayern, Germany

Carer for disabled people, supporting those with Parkinson’s in a geriatric hospital. [email protected]

Tom Slater
Tasmania, Australia

As a fire spinner and Head Circus Trainer at SuperSillyUs Circus, I’ve had the privilege to see the innumerable benefits from this moving meditation and I love taking every opportunity to help anyone and everyone cultivate the skills and attitudes that underpin all of flow arts. [email protected]

Alexa Mamet
Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

As a self proclaimed dopamine distributor, I’ve always taken it upon myself to help others find happiness. When poi entered my life in 1999, I knew instantly that I found a treasure, and now it’s time to share that treasure with my community. [email protected]

Symphany Highsmith
Pennsylvania, U.S.

Ayibobo I’m Symphany, the founder of Spiritus Vitae. Our nonprofit is dedicated to bringing wellness to communities through art, movement, music, and nature. With our hapori we will cultivate joy and vitality through the rhythm of poi and the harmony of movement. [email protected]

Maureen Mong Ying Sim
New Zealand & Malaysia

An experienced social worker and a keen cook who enjoys promoting and helping people to eat healthy food for better well-being, and specialises in co-facilitating of poi sessions with her husband. [email protected]

Lindsay Camerik
Hawaii, U.S.

Elementary educator and flow arts practitioner, instructor, and performer with a background in dance, acrobatics, yoga, and fire spinning.

Nastja Fekonja
Radenci, Slovenia

A geographer, pedagogue, and circus person who prefers spin poi. Nastja’s personal mission is to spread the knowledge of poi in her area in Slovenia. [email protected]

Charleen Hoffmann
Halle (Saale), Germany

I studied educational science and work as a social worker and circus teacher. I am also a member of the inclusive circus association NICA. My passion is aerial artistry, acrobatics and (fire) hula hoop. [email protected]

Daria Pejic
London, UK

Aerobic instructor, flow artist, dancer, performer and fashion designer sharing poi with older adults and those with cognitive disabilities. [email protected]

Caitlin Westney
Victoria, Australia

A not-for-profit worker with a passion for flow, play, the grounding benefits of mindful movement, and sharing SpinPoi & other mindful movement practices with her local community in Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. [email protected]

Kim Eriksen-Downs
Taupō, New Zealand

As a qualified indigenous practitioner with a Master’s in applied indigenous knowledge and over 35 years of experience, I am dedicated to empowering whānau wellbeing and fostering resilience within communities through culturally responsive support and collaborative solutions.

Galia Alexander
Alberta, Canada

I am excited for the future of self expression and healthy lifestyles with teaching the principles and joy of poi. I live in a small northern community where the need is great but also see the need for online classes for those who cannot travel outside of the home.

Lisa O’Farrell
Galway, Ireland

Lead tutor and coordinator for the Early Years and Social Circus Programmes at Galway Community Circus and capoeira teacher, with the purpose to empower. [email protected]

Peter Huhndorf
Halle, Germany

Circus artist, and pedagogue. Uniting and working with inclusive methodology in several circus disciplines. Teaching multipliers to spread the manifold benefits and joys of circus arts. [email protected]

Tamara Binnewitt
NSW, Australia

I am a passionate and flexible spin poi instructor who is able to teach all age groups. [email protected]

Stephanie Goodman
Kansas, U.S.

Occupational therapy assistant and creator of Parkinson’s-Art of Expression, an innovative program which utilizes tools “borrowed from the theatre” to target the non-motor symptoms of PD. Stephanie shares the joys of SpinPoi with 150+ clients at the Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center. [email protected]

Jacqui Esber
Melbourne, Australia

Lover of nature, animals, crystals and now poi! A qualified horticulturalist with a background in management, Jacqui runs her own metaphysical supply shop/event space where she combines her passions and brings people together. [email protected]

Deb Gully
Wellington, New Zealand

Nutrition Coach and Certified Natural Health Practitioner in Energy Kinesiology specializing in chronic health issues. [email protected]

Solenne Vanne
Washington, U.S.

Flow artist, juggler, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about providing individualized creative teaching to all levels of learners. [email protected]

Melike Tutuncuoglu
Auckland, New Zealand

PhD candidate in dance studies, researcher, forest school instructor, specialized in creating authentic content on meditative body practices to approach a state of deep rest and unity.

Pura Whakatihi
Taupo, New Zealand

Part of the Te Hapori Ora team. Passionate if you are curious ask, confidence shall lead the way. Ask and you shall receive. [email protected]

Miriam Clark
Nelson, New Zealand

Ko Pākehā te iwi. Facilitates classes at Age Concern Nelson Tasman focused on mobile older adults to promote wellbeing and social connection. [email protected]

Honora Jenkins
NSW, Australia

Creative Play Specialist, Community Artist and Disability Support Worker, using circus as a tool to engage and educate people of all ages and abilities. [email protected]

Yu Chiu Lun (Ernest)
Hong Kong, China

Occupational therapist in the geriatric field, providing cognitive training and rehabilitation to older people & using SpinPoi to enhance cognition, balance and mental wellbeing. [email protected]

Nura Rosalie
Northern Ireland

With over 20 years experience facilitating circus workshops and tutor training across the globe, Nura (“Nora”) is passionate about the social changes circus is able to instigate and the many ways we can impact on a wide range of communities. [email protected]

Joanie Lawler
Oregon, U.S.

Kapa haka poi student and performer for the past 10 years, with a background in educating others of all ages. [email protected]

Lesley Morrison
Rotorua, New Zealand

Kaiawhina with Dementia Lakes, Rotorua.

Juee Bhide
Auckland, New Zealand

Neurological Physiotherapist working with people with Parkinson’s, passionate about adding fun and challenge to therapy! [email protected]

Kirsten Wolf
NSW, Australia

Director of ifritah, fire and flow dancer & creative spirit. Using circus and poi as a way to engage people in creative play and movement for better health outcomes for humans of all kinds and abilities. [email protected]

Tara Stratton
Saskatchewan, Canada

Inspires and promotes overall wellness through prescribing poi; a coach and educator of life skillz in circus flow art culture with the goal of ‘poi mastery’. [email protected]

Rebecca Frechtling
Taranaki, New Zealand

Diversional therapist working in aged care with a mix of Resthome, Hospital & Dementia level residents. [email protected]

Izabela Nurkowska
Dublin, Ireland

Owner of Flow Studio, fitness instructor, flow artist, and martial artist specializing in Shaolin Kung Fu.

Hilary Williams
Mapua, New Zealand

Fitness instructor at Move Good Now specializing in the physical and neurological benefits of movement and exercise in a group environment. [email protected]

Jamie Moore
London, UK

Social arts facilitator specializing in circus and intellectual disability with additional qualifications in community theatre. [email protected]

Richard Hartnell
Washington, U.S.

International, cross-disciplinary circus artist in the lineage of MacArthur award winner Michael Moschen, a co-founder of the Bellingham Circus Guild in northwest Washington State and a previous resident artist at Flowtoys and Vulcan Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Patricia Tinoco
Panama & Venezuela

Certified yoga teacher FIYI200 and QiGong for yoga teachers. [email protected]

Bruno Rubini
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi instructor specializing in mindful movement with additional qualifications in massage therapy and nutrition. [email protected]

Kate Riegle van West
Auckland, New Zealand

Founder of SpinPoi, with a PhD in the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults. [email protected]

SpinPoi Lead Instructor Team

We have a team of Lead Instructors that are here to help you through the certification process. Once you begin the course (either self directed or through a live class) we will connect you with the team and you can arrange to meet one-on-one to get any extra support you might need.

Kay Spinner

Poi Movement Trainer: Kay assists students in learning the poi movements, ensuring they have the confidence and practical skills in poi proficiency.

Deb Gully

Live Lesson Demonstrator
Deb provides an opportunity for students to sit in on a live SpinPoi class, to see how it all comes together and better prepare for their own teaching.

Jamie-Leigh Timoti

Kaitohutohu Māori: Jamie assists students who have questions about working with poi in a culturally responsive and sensitive way.

Jocelyn Watkin

Coursework Counselor
Jocelyn assists students in putting their coursework together, the kaupapa/guiding principles of teaching, and promoting their classes.

See What Our Instructors Are Up To

Poi for stroke recovery with Rain

Certified Instructor Rain is interviewed on RVerTV about her SpinPoi class at the Quartzsite Senior Center in Arizona.

Poi for seniors with Karanjot

Certified Instructor Karanjot leads poi classes for seniors in the park in her hometown of Chandigarh, India.

Zero waste poi with Jocelyn

Certified Instructor Jocelyn teams up with the Re-Creators to host a zero waste poi making workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You will need to do a bit of practicing, but anyone can learn the poi movements necessary in order to fulfill the certification requirements. The SpinPoi Beginner Pack or our Facilitator Training are great resource for learning everything you’ll need to pass the certification.

Yes! If this is the case, we suggest the live course over the self-directed path, as during the live course you will have an opportunity to practice teaching your peers and get real time feedback. The course also covers different teaching methods to ensure you feel confident leading a class and have a foundation for keeping your students safe and engaged.

The self directed certification costs $185 USD. The virtual course costs $349 USD. If cost is a barrier, you can always apply for the Koha Program.

Your certification is valid for 1 year. Before your certification is due to expire, you will receive an email with instructions on how to renew. This process will include a brief refresher course and questions regarding your work as a poi instructor over the past year. The fee for renewal is $50 USD but a sliding scale is offered for those facing financial hardship.

Yes you are welcome to submit your teaching video, your letter of recommendation, and your lesson plans in your native language. Please note the written exam and the study materials are in English, so a certain level of English comprehension is necessary in order to pass this part of the certification.

Yes, the whole self-directed certification process is completed online. If you would like to book an in-person training course, please email [email protected] to inquire about bookings.

The time it takes heavily depends on your personal learning speed and if you have any previous experience with poi which may help accelerate the process. On average, we suggest allowing for 20 hours of work.

The police check and letter of recommendation are hard requirements, so unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for the certification.

The written exam can be taken as many times as you like with no additional fee. Each time you take the exam you will receive immediate feedback on which questions you got wrong and where the correct answer can be found.

The poi proficiency exam exam can be resubmitted as many times as needed. If you do not pass the poi proficiency exam you will receive feedback on what parts needs improvement.

The review process typically takes 1 week. If you do not hear back within this time frame, please feel free to get in touch with Kate at [email protected] to enquire about the progress of your application review.

As a certified instructor you will gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey such as poi routines, documents to help you run your classes smoothly (consent forms, invoices, etc.) and you will gain access to the SpinPoi certified instructors forum. You will also receive a certificate and be listed on spinpoi.com, and be promoted as a certified instructor across SpinPoi’s social media.

Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Kate Riegle van West at [email protected] with any additional queries.

Schedule a Course for your Group/Community

If you have a group of 6 or more people and would like to schedule a certification course for your group, please email [email protected] to discuss the details and find a time. Alternatively, let us know your preferences for a future certification course and we will email you when a course in your time zone has been scheduled.