Workshops – Brain Gym

Up coming workshops

Introduction to Brain Gym -1 day

Next workshop: 3rd April 2018


(includes Foundation Skills Workshop 9-11am for ECE educators)

544 Waimea Road, Stoke, Nelson


In this workshop will appeal to teachers, early childhood educators, parents and special educators.

The focus of this workshop is on learning the 26 Brain Gym® movements and to begin to develop an understanding of its application for learning and behaviour.  Teachers report improved work and happier, more manageable classrooms. Students report getting work done more easily and enjoying learning more. These big outcomes are desirable anywhere, anytime!

Course content

Participants are introduced to the importance of reflex developmental, its affect on brain development and school readiness. We will explore playful activities that naturally develop eyes, balance, gross and fine motor skills, hands for handwriting and coordination.

I will demonstrate combinations of movements known to support Reading, Writing, Focus, Listening, Emotion/ Stress, and brain organisation. This will help you apply the Brain Gym movements to whatever subject you are teaching or learning.

There is a definite focus on using the Brain Gym movements in the classroom however there will be plenty of time to discuss applications to working with small groups, working with kids at home or working one on one, working with adults and working with those with special learning needs.

Early Childhood educators are welcome to join this workshop for the first 2 hours where I will discus early childhood development. Register below for the $50 for 2 hours 9 till 11am.

Location: Nick Smiths Hall, 544 Waimea Road, Stoke, Nelson

Refreshments: refreshments provided, please bring your own lunch.

Cost: $145pp, includes reference book. Posters and other resources will be available to purchase on the day. Payment will be required by the 29th March.

Registrations close: Friday 26th March 2018

To register:  complete this form

Introduction to Brain Gym

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Foundation Skills Workshop

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Previous workshop dates:

17th November 2017

27th April 2017


Feedback from Intro to Brain Gym 27th April 2017

Feedback from Brain Gym workshops- Nelson 2016

“Great balance of theory related to our students and practical activities to get everyone involved. Very well organised and prepared. Lots of ideas to try out.” Natalie Ede, Motueka High School Supported Learning Center, September 2015


What can you expect from this workshop?

Find out how early childhood development affects brain development and its relationship to movement, learning, and behaviour.
Learn the 26 Brain Gym movements and their application to learning, stress and the curriculum.
Identify the physical skills a child needs for learning and learn what to do about it if they are not present.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in attending but specifically useful for those working in classrooms, home schooling, early childhood, and support staff. 

Hear what one teacher said about her experience: Interview 9th March 2016 with Tracy of Nelson.



Workshops by arrangement

These workshops are subject to numbers and suitable dates.

 Brain Gym 101- 4 days

Experience whole brain integration through whole body movement. Gain a better understanding of the 26 Brain Gym exercises, learn the Edu-K Balance process, and Dennison Laterality Repatterning. Discover a permanent tool for reaching personal goals. Applications for students, teachers, parents, artists, athletes, health care practitioners, and business professionals.

Trainer: Barbara Wards

This course can be run by request for groups of 10 or more. Request more information email me at .

Hand-writing – small hands, big tasks- 1 day

This workshop was held in Nelson for the first time in 2013 and was held again in 2014
This workshop addresses the challenges associated with learning and mastering Hand-Writing.

  • Why is it so important?
  • The reasons for teaching the letter forms carefully.
  • Why do so many children find it difficult?
  • What should we expect from small children and why is it harder for some than for others?
  • What development needs to be in place for it to succeed?
  • Mirror neurons and the need for seeing so we can do.
  • What is the role of practice?
  • How do we do it?
  • How long does it take?
  • How does the hand work?
  • How do hand and other dominances influence the process?

Teacher Training no longer addresses these teaching and learning challenges. The day will include lots of hands-on experience of simple activities to do in the classroom to build consciousness of the hand, fine motor control, lots of “do’s” and a few“don’ts”, to achieve the necessary skills for getting things on paper. There will be hand-outs to take back to your classroom.

It is open to anyone interested in attending but specifically for Primary teachers and home educators. Trainer is Barbara Wards.

Double Doodles workshop- 1 day

No date has been set for this workshop. Please email me if you are interested in it.

Come for a day of playful Double Doodle drawing and painting. This course has no prerequisites, and all art materials are provided

  • your own new ways to connect with color, innate ability to draw and paint 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 ambidexterity 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

Facilitator Anne Doig is enthusiastic and passionate about the possibilities within us all. Double Doodle Play allows for learning, fun and creativity to happen.