If this goes well, we'll have the online courses as a shared curriculum, and groups all over the world collaborating to follow along, share ideas, and inspire each other! I will be posting lots of videos with group games and exercises, along with other tips on facilitating and teaching!
As a group leader/facilitator, you can choose how much you wish to teach yourself. I.e. you can simply organize the group meetings and be part of the peer process of following the curriculum, or you can use the curriculum as a starting-point to guide the class yourself. (Note: As a facilitator/teacher you can charge beyond the basic fee to cover any expenses for practice space etc.)
Stay tuned as details emerge! Meanwhile, use the links above to register for the courses, and the following links to join the Facebook events:
Flowtoys has just come out with their Composite System for staffs and wands: Super high quality batons, staffs, contact staffs, and double staffs, all using the same super-bright capsules used in Podpoi. Alien Jon and Jonathan Alveraz let me use their composite staffs during Poi Love Camp and they are saaaaaweet! I recommend GOING TO FLOWTOYS TO CHECK IT OUT! :)
Franziska Neuhaus has been doing great work combining the arts of poi and cinematography, and it's high time to showcase more of her work on Playpoi! Below are two videos that catch my eye. The second video is super simple yet somehow I really like it!
Jon and I have another week together in Costa Rica. We're using this time to re-start the LOOPING VIDEO PROJECT! (Ta-daaaaa!)
This project started years ago when Jon, Dan, Tea-Faerie, and I were all here in Costa Rica. We spent the time visioning various useful community resources, including looping videos and a poi community map of the world.
In 2010 a group of us even videotaped a bunch of loops. The project has been passed around and put on the back-burner many times for various reaons, including troubles with the website. We think looping videos will be useful in at least a couple ways:
1) When embedded along with full-length tutorials, a looping video player will help people see and practice the final pattern, steps towards the final pattern, and variations of the final pattern. (Imagine a looping-video playlist player, which can stay looping on any lead-up as long as you want, and any variation!)
2) When used as amimated-looping-thumbnails, the looping videos will provide a simple and effective way to explain any pattern (no more, what the heck is a swooshy-uppy-thing?)
Below I've embeded some loops. My question to you: Do you think this can be useful? In the next couple days I will be adding loops to tutorials wherever possible.