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Registration is open for the Wellington SpiPoi Certification Course

Sunday 25 June and Sunday 2 July from 1pm – 5pm. Massey University, Wallace St, Mount Cook.

Course Overview

The SpinPoi Certification Course is an evidence-based qualification stemming from clinical research on the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function. 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. Upon course completion participants will join the global community of Certified SpinPoi Instructors. This is a 2-day course with 8 hours of in-person training and 12 hours of homework outside of class. 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 and the different styles of poi today.

✔︎ Unit 2: Clinical Research and Applications. Outcomes of the research on poi and community dwelling older adults, aged care, hospitals, and Parkinson’s, plus how poi is being used as a therapeutic tool by practioners worldwide.

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

✔︎ Unit 4: Seed moves. Becoming fluent in executing and teaching seed movements for a wide variety of populations

✔︎ Unit 5: Session Facilitation and Pedagogy. Teaching methodology and best practices for structuring your sessions, maximizing student engagement, and leading with cultural sensitivity.

See SpinPoi Training in Action

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

“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 lucky to have found poi through SpinPoi. – Shanana Rain, Certified SpinPoi Instructor

“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

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 $399 NZD per person. This includes the following course resources and training:

✔︎ Poi for Seniors: Complete Facilitator Pack (valued at $65)

✔︎ Poi for Early Childhood Education: Complete Facilitator Pack (valued at $65)

✔︎ Poi for Beginners: Complete Pack (valued at $100)

✔︎ 12 hours of hands-on training (valued at $170)

Cancellation Policy

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

If the course has to be postponed due to COVID-19, then a credit for the course will be issued to be used for the postponement date, or a 90% refund will be issued if the course is not able to be rescheduled.


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