This momentous year has turned out to be an exciting and creative time! Among many other new projects, we’re pleased to be preparing this Hearts at Play website where you’ve now landed. You’ll find it to be a valuable resource for parents, students, educators, and all others exploring the flourishing field of learning through movement.
As always, we’re meeting with friends old and new who come to us for private balancing sessions. We’re also developing yet another book, and have recently contributed a chapter to learning expert Pat Wyman’s multi-modality Amazing Grades: 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster.
Besides all this, we’re enjoying teaching close to home. Our professional courses this year, taught at our offices in Ventura, California, have included three 10-day retreats that brought together students from 14 countries—some as far away as Europe and the Asian Pacific—to learn cooperatively and experientially. Joni Wirsing, our office manager, takes great pride in helping students feel at home, making sure they have the materials they need, and providing course refreshments. Students of the retreats are calling these opportunities a great, community-building way to learn.
This year’s roster of courses included in our retreats:
- Brain Gym® 101: Balance for Daily Life
- Educational Kinesiology in Depth: The Seven Dimensions of Intelligence
- Total Core Repatterning; Movement Reeducation
- The Brain Gym® Teacher Practicum
- Creative Vision
- The annual Optimal Brain Organization Teacher Training
We also got to enjoy the coziness of teaching for three days at our Ventura home, where we offered Double Doodle Play: A Window to Whole-Brain Vision, along with its two-day Teacher Training—made festive by a potluck featuring Paul’s Pumpkin Soup. Our students are always delightful people who bring out the best in us.
As holiday festivities begin, we feel a deep gratitude for this work that we so love, and for our colleagues around the world who join with us in carrying it on. And, on this Hearts at Play site, we thank our editor, Sonia Nordenson; web designer, John Hargrove; and assistant blog writer, Brynna Hargrove, along with our own lively muses, for the vision, color, and playfulness that provide fun new ways to share our work, studies, and discoveries with you!
Happy family celebrations to all, and we hope to see you in a workshop in the New Year!
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