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10-Week Poi Beyond-The-Basics Series, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Sept 24th - Nov 26th

Poi Beyond the Basics Workshop Series with Nick Woolsey

Nick Woolsey is returning to Vancouver to host a 10-week Beyond-the-Basics poi series! This course is for those already flowing with the basics of poi, and wishing to explore DEEPLY into more advanced spinning! 

We will look at all the types of moves of advanced poi, including:

  • Transitions
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Footwork
  • Expressive movement
  • Flowers
  • Isolations
  • Pendulums
  • Hyperloops
  • Whirling and spotting

Please see our definition of the basics to make sure you are ready for this class. Remember that you can use our beginner video series to fill in any gaps. We need you to actually check! I.e. make sure you can do the windmill in both directions!

Time and Locations:

Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at 15 West 2nd Street, Vancouver, BC. The corner of W 2nd and Ontario. Classes run from Sept 24th to Nov 26th. 

Cost: $155

To Register:

#1: Fill out the online Registration Form

#2: Send us your non-refundable deposit of $55CAD!

#3: Please contact us if you have any questions.

10-Week Poi Beginner Course in Vancouver BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Sept 22 - Nov 24th

Poi Beginner Series with Nick Woolsey

Nick Woolsey is returning to Vancouver to offer another Poi Beginner Series. This 10-class course will take you through all the fundamental moves and concepts of poi spinning. This is the best possible way to give yourself a solid foundation in poi! Although you will learn all the basic moves and transitions of poi, the true objective is to ensure that you grasp the fundamental principles of poi, preparing yourself for years of learning!

Times and Locations:

  • Mondays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Sideshow Studios! 15 West 2nd Street, Vancouver, BC. The corner of W 2nd and Ontario. Course runs from Sept 22 to Nov 24th

Cost: $155


  • Patience
  • An enthusiasm to learn
  • A schedule that allows you to show up on time
  • A fitness level that allows for 1.5 hours of swinging poi around :)
  • Learn to cross one poi backwards! You can easily do this at home by making a pair of poi (just put a ball in a sock) and watch this video. If we all know how to cross one poi backwards the first day, we can for sure learn a lot during the series. 

To Register:

Fall Lineup of LIVE and ONLINE poi courses!

A'ight! A brilliant plan for Fall 2014 poi adventuring is emerging! 

Starting September 21st I will be offering a 10-week ONLINE beginner poi course and a 13-week ONLINE Beyond-The-Basics poi course. I am hoping some people will take the initiative to form LIVE GROUPS to follow along with the online courses. If you want to help form such a group, please send me a message

Meanwhile, in Vancouver I am offering LIVE poi courses! Both a 10-week beginner series and a 10-week Beyond-the-Basisc Series

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: 

Costa Rica Poi Camp 2015 | Finca Mia | Jan 17-27, 2015

Jan 17 - 27, 2015 | Finca Mia, Costa Rica

I'm happy to announce the next Poi Camp in at Finca Mia, which is perfect place for a very special poi and yoga retreat! Let's make Poi Camp 2015 even better!:D

This retreat is open to those over the age of 18 who are comfortable with all the basics of poi, but really the prerequisites are about having a spirit of contributing, collaborating, and sharing, and a strong desire to PLAY! 

Each morning Nick will lead classes in poi mastery, choreography, rhythm, and performance, along with some favorite moves. The afternoons will divided between classes led by Nick and time slots left open for participants to share their own special workshops, related to poi or anything else. At previous poi camps, participant-led workshops included drumming, clowning, personal-growth, and various poi moves! 

It will all take place at Finca Mia, a special ecological retreat centre in the mountains of Costa Rica, complete with a mirrored dance studio, a river running through the property, and fresh water springs gushing out of the earth, close to Chirripo National Park and the cloud forests. Finca Mia is quite "rustic" so it's definitely for those who like to run around barefoot!


Leviathan Studio Poi Retreat, Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada

Lasqueti Island, BC | June 6-13 and 14-21

Join Nick Woolsey, and special guest teachers for one or two weeks on a beautiful rainforest island to enjoy the following activities:

  • Before breakfast: Yoga and/or other morning exercises 
  • 10-12 and 4-6pm: Diving into advanced concepts of dance, rhythm, choreography, and moves
  • In the evenings: Spinning poi, enjoying THE BIG SAUNA, and having an awesome time
  • In between the rest: Being blown away by the beauty of the gulf islands, eating good food, and running around in the rain forest a lot. 

Photo by Peter Paul RubensWhere? At possibly the most beautiful dance studio ever: Leviathan Studios on Lasqueti Island!

Dates? This is a two week retreat! You can come the first week, June 6-13, or both weeks, June 6-21, or if you've been to a Playpoi retreat before, you can come to only the second week, June 14-21. You can also choose to stay an extra day for a summer solstice celebration! :).

The first week will begin with dinner on June 6th. The second week will begin with dinner on June 14th.

Cost: $700CAD for one week or $1350 for both weeks, including amazing organic food! 

Prerequisites: For this retreat it will be best if you're comfortable with all the poi basics

Workshops in Toronto: A Weekend of Poi with Alien Jon!

Join us in Toronto for a weekend of poi with Alien-Jon! 

http://www.playpoi.com/sites/playpoi.com/files/images/alien-jon-faceshot-closeup-north-boulder-park.jpgFinally, after several years and a few tries: Alien Jon will be in Toronto as guest teacher on May 23 & 24! The event is being organized by KW Flow. Don't miss it!
(check out the Facebook Event)

All sessions will incorporate body & spatial awareness exercises, partner / group exercises, concepts, applied techniques, plus fun & shenanigans!

Workshops will take place at Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor.
Go to the EventBrite page for ticketing reservations.


Session 1: Poi Foundations

May 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Suitable for experienced beginners and up. 

(See Nick's prerequisit video to find out if the 1st session is right for you.)


Some of what we'll cover:

Improving extended poi circles

Extended circles are one of those things that look beautiful and easy, and yet they're not so easy to make beautiful! Here are some tips :)

Smoothing out the 5-beat weave

Here are some tips on smoothing out and beautifying the 5-beat weave. A big thank to Ted Holland for sending me the video question and for supporting the Great Future of Playpoi Campaign! 

Turning with Straight Planes: Summary of Variations

Summarizing a bunch of ideas during a Poi Love Camp session

Turning with Antispin Opposites: The Rhythm Approach

There are many ways to approach learning antispin flowers. In this video we look at the rhythm approach to antispin opposites. 

The rhythm of flowing with weave-turns and 4x4 fountains

Here we continue our look at moving with the rhythm, focussing on flowing between turning with weaves and the 4x4 fountain...

How to Learn a 3-Beat Weave with your Feet

Yup, it's been done by many and you can do it too! 


How to learn handstands: Intro

Introducing a series on holding a steady handstand! :)

Unlocking motor-skills: The Finger/Foot game!

It really helps to work out an approach to unlocking motor skills. Here we look a finger/foot coordination game to talk about focus points and mode-switching.

Using a wall to master mills and reels

Often people do even the simplest moves a bit sloppy. Here we look at using our good friend the wall to master and beautify windmills, watermills, and reels.