Post Conference Courses

From Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 the post conference courses will take place at the hostel in Damme. Here is an overview of all courses with details and the link to the booking.


Monday, July 16th 2018 and Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Dr. Paul Dennison – The Dennison Approach to Whole Brain Learning – for beginners and Instructors

Foto Paul Dennison

Dr. Paul Dennison is an educator, a pioneer of functional brain research and global capacity in terms of cognitive performance and reading skills. His clinical studies in the US on the causes of learning problems led to the development of Educational Kinesiology. Together with his wife Gail Dennison he developed the Brain Gym® exercises. These are used in more than 80 countries worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages. For his exceptional work with children, teachers, and written language acquisition, the Dennisons received in 1999 the “Reading Excellence through the Arts” Award from the International Reading Association. Reading is one of the most complex skills that our brain learns. Mostly it works well. But how is that possible? With Dr. Dennison, we will discover valuable techniques to encourage reading comprehension and rediscover the joy of learning and reading.

It’s about:

• Understanding the challenge we all have in learning and reading

• The importance of dominance patterns and learning styles for success in reading

• The love of reading and learning

• The fluid reading

• Teaching strategies especially for the first reading process

• Methods to support reading and learning in the family

• The discovery of how we can respect the learner’s needs and his learning PACE and how the difficulties eventually turn into success

It is a pleasure to provide from Dr. Dennison’s 35 years of experience in this field.

COURSE FEE: 330,00 €




Monday, July 16th 2018 and Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Carla Hannaford – Playing in the Unified Field


We are all unique beings with special gifts on the planet at this time. Living deeply our full potential requires us to embrace, that we are the masters of our reality and powerful manifesters. To live passionately this curious existence we have manifested, not missing a moment is perhaps our greatest challenge. This course will address your mastery and leave you empowered, through understanding and powerful tools, to fully step into your authenticity and live the wonder of your life each moment.

Carla’s course, which is also based on her book “Playing in the Unified Field,” gives us the latest scientific insights in brain science and quantum physics that validate kinesiology while giving participants a deep background on the value of kinesiology balancing.

Course founder: Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.

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COURSE FEE: 280,00 €




Wednesday, July 18th 2018 til Friday, July 20th 2018

Token Plaskett and Kari Coady – On Your Mark … Get Set Go!!

Token Plaskett Foto       Kari Coady

A playful and easy to understand presentation of Edu-Kinestetic especially the brain dimensions.

Presenting the functioning of the brain from our kinesiology view point is one of the key successes for our Brain-Gym ® and Edu-K workshops as well as balances.

The more vivid you present the brain, the more you fascinate participants and make them understand, what Brain Gym® is all about. Token teaches us, how to grasp and how to present the complex and beautiful knowledge of the brain in a way that ‘your neighbour’ will understand it and will feel empowered.

Sharon’s goal in developing the course was to convey the knowledge of the brain areas to the man and the woman “on the road.” The course is a good refresher for all those who work with Edu Kinestetik and a practical supplement to the knowledge of our brain dimensions. The title of the course “On your marks, set, go!” Refers to 3 brain areas and their relationship to learning and movement. A course for those who want to understand the brain and how it works. Sharon’s comments on how the brain works under stress are particularly interesting. For example: How the language disappears and how to find your way back to yourself.

From the content:

  • 3 areas of the brain and the names, parts and general functions of each area,
  • practical application of knowledge in partner work,
  • Discussion about the transfer of knowledge to different target groups, possibility of presenting a part of the course

Token Plaskett is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She learned kinesiology from her parents. She actively uses kinesiology for about 25 years, and mainly works with trauma survivors. Her main tools are Amstar, Interface, TFH, and the 5 elements. She continues  the work of her mother Sharon.

Info for Instructors of:

  • Brain-Gym®, Edu-Kinestetic and Optimal Brain Organization.

This course is an enrichment for your work and the best “advertisement” for Brain-Gym ® & Co, which of course you as an Instructor can pass on to the (potential) participants. This training qualifies Brain-Gym ® instructors to teach the course.

Course founder: Sharon Plaskett

COURSE FEE: 390,00 €




Wednesday,  July 18th 2018 til Friday, July 20th 2018

Konrad Ho – Ying Yang Balances

Conrad Ho

Put simply, the yin-yang dichotomy can be interpreted as the polarity spectrum that is normally represented by positive and negative, left and right, up and down, etc. Polarity makes it easy to understand the concept of equilibrium to a certain extent, such as weight, temperature or height, are equivalent. Some people think or feel one side of polarity as good or desirable, while the other side thinks it is bad or unwanted. However, the two sides of polarity actually refer to the same spectrum as electricity is always, no matter whether it is a positive or negative charge.
With the same logic, any bodily function can also be interpreted as existing as a spectrum between two extremes, e.g. Proximal-distal movements, hot and cold body temperatures, slow and rapid digestion, etc. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the two extremes must be in a special, balanced relationship with each other, so that the body functions reach their full potential. How this can be supported is detailed in the 6 balances in this workshop:

1. Yin Activation
2. Yang Activation
3. Yin Yang Communication
4. Yin Yang Equilibrium
5. Yin Yang Normalization
6. Yin Yang Communion

Conrad Ho is an explorer, adventurer, facilitator and coach in the field of personal growth. His mission is to help himself and others to restore, consolidate and improve one’s personal state of balance in order to live his true self. Conrad is human by his amiable, open and easygoing manner. He loves to play, likes traveling, loves new experiences and longs for challenges. The execution of his courses is characterized by a great relation to everyday life. The courses he has designed use everyday experiences to get the participants to reflect on their lives. The explorative, experimental and playful activities help participants transform their thoughts into insights and make new decisions for their own lives.

COURSE FEE: 390,00 €





Monday, July 16th 2018

Cecilia Koester – The Building Block Activities

Cecilia Köster

This one-day workshop provides methods and techniques for parents, teachers and therapists. Participants will walk away with the ability to immediately use the Building Block Activities at home, in classrooms, and during one-to-one therapy sessions.

  • The concept of movement-based learning is a way for us to begin to understand and apply the methods and techniques taught in this workshop.
  • The methods and techniques practiced in this workshop are known as “The Building Block Activities.”
  • The Building Block Activities, developed by Cecilia Koester, MEd, create a foundation for us to return to our natural, normal curious state of learning.
  • These Building Block Activities are designed to enhance brain development and improve everyday life skills, behavior and functioning.

COURSE FEE: 130,00 €



Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Amy Choi – Double Doodle Play


In this introductory course we will use the Double Doodle and other movements from Brain Gym and Vision Gym to explore and enhance visual perception and artistic expression. Participants will, through experience and discussion, gain a finer understanding of the relationship among visual skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative expression. Applications for parents, teachers and various age groups will be addressed. Open to all.

* your own innate ability to draw and paint new ways to connect with color, shape, and movement
* the informative nature of the design process
* the mystery of co creative drawing
* a new way to journal your experiences
* joy, ease, and serendipity in creative expression

We’ll explore several Double Doodle variations, as well as a few other Brain Gym and Vision Gym movements as they relate to:

* the midfield and centralized vision
* homologous movements that prepare the way for heartful drawing
* using the eyes in a more relaxed, whole-brain way
* simple things to do at home or in the classroom to encourage healthy visual skills
* reclaiming our ambi-dexterity as we engage in daily-life activities

Learn how the following abilities affect reading and fine-motor skills:

* crossing the visual/kinesthetic midline
* binocularity for working in the midfield
* the internalization of early developmental movement
* spatial awareness and depth perception
* self-perception as it regards movement and tactility


Amy Choi is one of the few Double Doodle Play Teacher Trainers authorized by Gail and Paul Dennison to train Double Doodle Play Instructors around the world.  She finds Double Doodle Play fun, integrating and magical.  Over the years, it opens up a window for her to see and discover many beautiful things that she couldn’t see before.  She likes teaching the course very much and loves teaching it to parents and children.  Double Doodle Play has become her most popular class in terms of student numbers in her kinesiology career.  She has taught nearly 1000 Double Doodle Play students since she became a Double Doodle Play Instructor in 2007.

COURSE FEE: 130,00 €




Wednesday, July 18th 2018

Mariah-Jane Thies – Brain Dance and Laban Effort Qualities

Mariah-JaneThies foto

Digging into our movement patterns and affinities to understand ourselves and deepen a Brain Gym Balance.

In this fun all day workshop, we will be exploring the 6 Developmental Movement Patterns, including tactile and vestibular. The “Brain Dance” is a great way of having fun “dancing” through the developmental stages in as little as 5 minutes, preparing the brain-body to relax and focus for learning and/or to assist in filling in any gaps in the initial brain wiring laid down while performing  our own “Brain Dance” as a baby. This material is the build up to the more complex, and not always available, Cross Lateral/Cross Crawl of both PACE and as a mid-line movement choice in the Learning Menu.

We will then build on our awareness of movement by exploring the system of movement analysis created by Rudolf van Laban, in particular the element of Effort including Weight, Space, Time & Flow.

Effort, in the Laban System, can be described as the dynamics, qualitative use of energy, texture, colour, emotions and inner attitude, etc. in movement. There is an ongoing (Flow) sense of self (Weight) in relation to our environment (Space) over time (Time).

By observing and experiencing movement in all its polarities, we will discover our affinities and dis-affinities.  There is benefit of moving through both, not just to enhance our options for response to life, but also to change our state when we feel stuck.

Each of the 8 Laban Effort Qualities (glide, float, press, wring, punch, slash, dab and flick) are combinations of the 4 effort factors (flow, weight, space, time).   By experiencing a neighbouring effort we can shift our state delicately, but profoundly.   By experiencing a polar opposite, we would dramatically shift our state and our options of response to a situation will be expanded.

To end the workshop we will tie Laban and Brain Dance together, giving tools for yourself and clients to address areas of self expression as reflected and experienced by our movement signatures.   The idea of paying attention to not just the what of the movement, ie. a Lazy 8, but the how it is performed through the lens of the movement quality, will inform all your future balance processes, not just in the movement section of an In-Depth balance, but as an additional, yet easy to manage, pre and post check, and a truly profound tool for deepening the Learning Menu choices.

Come dance your way to a deeper knowledge of self.

Brain Dance, created by Anne Green Gilbert

Mariah-Jane Thies has a long and varied background in both musis and dance, spanning over 35 years, with additional specialization in Brain Dance,
Laban, Brain Gym and Rhythmic Movement Training. She pulls threads from all areas of her training to create the material of the Grow Up SmART children’s and
teens programme, as well as incorporating these concepts into her unique teaching methodologies in ballet and modern.
Mariah-Jane is a registered Royal Academy of Dance ballet teacher. She holds a dance teacher degree from Grant MacEwan and is a certified Evans Laban based Modern teacher. She is also a licensed Brain Gym consultant and a certified Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT) consultant. She is a regular presenter at such events as the International Somatics-Based Dance Training Conference in NY and Healthy Dancer Canada Conference.


COURSE FEE: 130,00 €




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