Ongoing SpinPoi Classes

SpinPoi for Seniors Online

Wednesdays via Zoom, 2pm NZST

Join Deb in this fun Zoom class for seniors every Wednesday. Groove to the beat with a range of poi movements set to music, which can be done from a seated or standing position. Deb Gully is a Certified SpinPoi Instructor and a natural health practitioner with training in kinesiology.

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SpinPoi for Seniors Nelson Tasman, NZ

Wednesdays 2-3pm NZST, Richmond.

Age Concern Nelson Tasman is running a series of SpinPoi classes geared toward older adults. The classes are run by Miriam Clark of Age Concern New Zealand in the Age Concern Hall. Click here for more information or get in touch with Miriam on 5447624 ext 6 or email:

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SpinPoi Auckland

Thursdays 11-12:30pm NZST, Epsom.

This Auckland class has been specifically developed using a unique combination of circus arts and meditation techniques to help you relax, centre and revitalise. The class involves a mix of poi and Tai Chi, and is co-led by SpinPoi Founder Dr. Kate Riegle van West and Tai Chi instructor Bruno Rubini. All ages and abilities welcome.

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Get in Touch with a Certified SpinPoi Instructor in Your Area

We have Certified Instructors across the globe. Feel free to get in touch with them directly to find out more about what they are offering in their community.

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Shaina Pietersz
Westland Netherlands, Europe

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

Eunice Te Rangiuaia
Auckland, New Zealand

Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kāhu ōku Iwi. Kaikokiri Ratonga Māori, passionate about working with tamariki, Kuia & Kaumātua. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults, Early Childhood

David Bulger
Florida, USA

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Arizona, USA

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

Lesley Morrison
Rotorua, New Zealand

Kaiawhina with Dementia Lakes, Rotorua.
Certification: Older Adults

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.
Certification: Older Adults

Patricia Tinoco
Panama & Venezuela, Central America

Certified yoga teacher FIYI200 and QiGong for yoga teachers. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Tara Stratton
Saskatchewan, Canada

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Jesse Moran
Victoria, Australia

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

Juliana Flaxman-Hendriks
Auckland, New Zealand

Juliana offers a fun and unique fusion of Tai Chi and SpinPoi that is focused on boosting fitness, strength, balance and well-being. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Joanne Paton
Auckland, New Zealand

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

Karanjot Kaur
California, USA

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Maria Niedermann
Uster Switzerland, Europe

Physiotherapist specializing in rehabilitation for older adults post surgery or with neurological disease.
Certification: Older Adults

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
Certification: Older Adults

Juee Bhide
Auckland, New Zealand

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Rebecca Frechtling
Taranaki, New Zealand

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

Izabela Nurkowska
Dublin Ireland, Europe

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

Anja Lohoff
Haag in Oberbayern Germany, Europe

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults

Deb Gully
Wellington, New Zealand

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

Bruno Rubini
Auckland, New Zealand

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

Jamie Moore
London, UK

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

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]
Certification: Older Adults, Early Childhood

Request a SpinPoi Seminar

All of our seminars are offered online or in-person within New Zealand, and are facilitated by leading poi exponent and SpinPoi Founder Dr. Kate Riegle van West.

1-Hour Intro to Poi Seminar

Our Introductory Seminar is a unique and inspiring workshop packed with research, videos, and a hands-on poi experience. Learn about the history of poi, hear the results of the scientific research on poi and health, and attempt fun and challenging poi moves your brain and body will love. 

✔︎ Suitable for all ages and abilities, perfect for community events, corporate wellness, conferences, and beyond.

Poi as a Therapeutic Tool for Healthcare Professionals

Learn how to incorporate poi as a therapeutic tool into your practice. This course will cover the history and health benefits of poi, the poi movement theory framework, and accessible and adaptable poi movements suitable for a range of physical and cognitive limitations.

✔︎ Suitable for physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and other health care professionals

Working with Poi and Seniors

Learn how to lead fun, safe, and engaging poi sessions for older adults. This course will cover the fundamentals of playing poi, how to create fun and challenging poi exercises to teach, and best practices around preparing for, structuring, and facilitating poi sessions to target physical, cognitive, and social engagement.

✔︎ Suitable for care aides, home health aides, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and others involved in elderly care

Working with Poi and Pre-Schoolers

Learn how to work with poi to develop key physical and cognitive skills for children aged 3-7. This course will cover the fundamentals of playing poi, how to make poi as a craft activity, and how to utilise poi to achieve key learning outcomes.

✔︎ Suitable for educators, parents, recreation coordinators, occupational therapists, play specialists, social workers, and others involved in childcare

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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

"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

"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 Junior children at LimeHills School love SpinPoi. It gets us going every morning and is so much fun. We can’t wait for more! - Kathy, LimeHills School

"Poi went from an additional therapeutic activity on our ward to one of the most popular, and something prioritized on patients’ schedules. Now, other therapies are typically arranged around it." - Jo, Middlemore Hospital

"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

See SpinPoi in Action

We have worked with and trained countless health care professionals, educators, and community members across the globe in working with poi to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Get in touch to request more information about our inspiring poi seminars today.

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Poi and Hauora

Hauora is the Māori philosophy of health. Like a house, hauora has four sides or components: taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental/emotional), taha whanau (social) and taha wairua (spiritual). Each of these components influences and supports the others, and like a house, each component needs to be strong and stable in order to stand. As a precious Māori taonga (treasure), poi equally encompasses all sides of hauora and can be used as a tool to holistically improve wellbeing.

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