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Courses & Workshops

The following courses, workshops and retreats are available as In-House, Online or weekend away options:

Natural Medicine Courses & Workshops

1. Integrative Natural Medicine Course

Recommended for anyone in healthcare professions: qualified doctors who want education in natural integrative medicine, natural health practitioners, those in health products industry, wellness practitioners, lecturers, physiotherapists, nursing professionals, psychologists, pharmacists, final year students BSc Genetics, Physiology, Psychology, BMedSci


  • The need for an integrative natural medicine and wellness approach to health enhancing behaviour changes
  • The cornerstones, definitions, aspects, personal responsibility and key systems support of a wellness infused lifestyle
  • The difference between disease management and health / wellness promotion
  • A changed perspective in health promotion:
    • Practical stress solutions: tools, techniques, relaxercises and personal experience
    • Ailments and illnesses as teachers and guides: an introduction to mind-body wellness with practical examples
    • Basic nutrition: food and mood, phyto (plant) nutrients, system support eating, antioxidants, introduction: wellknown, well-researched herbal remedies
    • Heart health
    • Endocrine system health
    • Immune system health
    • Nervous system health
    • Workplace enhancement
    • Work-life balance

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2. Health Coaching with Dr Arien

This course is about changing and maintaining healthy behavior. If you simply condemn unwanted behavior without acknowledging what you are getting out of it, you may not be able to give it up no matter how much harm it is causing. Throughout the course, the focus will remain on you and your decision to focus on what you want, not resisting what is, and definitely not focusing on what you don’t want! Your focus will be on finding solutions for your health challenge: e.g. stress, depression, chronic fatigue, heart, menopause and digestive problems.Reading Health & Happiness and Stress Solutions, as well as articles (e.g. Molecules of Emotion and Alchemy of Healing), will provide the background information for the work we’re about to do over the next months.

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3. Stress Solutions Course

The Stress Solutions Course is aimed at groups wanting to learn how to identify and manage their stress triggers. The course is available as different options: 2 hour seminar, 3 hour workshop, 1 and 2 day Stress Course, or 1 hour per week or every 2 weeks over a period of 6 months or a 2 day retreat.

Are you working under pressure, deadlines looming, too much to do? Then now is the right time to learn about and practice stress management! Accumulated stress in your early 20’s to 30’s plays a pivotal role in health problems rearing their ugly heads in your 40’s and 50’s! Start now. Invest in your present and future health. You will notice a difference within a few weeks.

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 4. Mind Solutions Course

This course addresses the emotional reasons for overweight as well as food addictions. It helps you identify and deal with the deeper mental-emotional, subconscious saboteurs that thwart your best efforts at releasing weight permanently.

Do you go on diets, lose weight with extreme willpower and effort, only to pile it on again, after 3-12 months? If you’re like most people, you’re sick and tired of battling with your weight.  You are hoping that THIS TIME you will FINALLY be able to drop the excess weight once and for all. It’s impossible to get rid of, or rather release, the excess weight doing the SAME THINGS you did the LAST TIME AND THE MANY TIMES BEFORE THAT – unless you do something DIFFERENT. You’re not alone!

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5. Youthful Living Workshop

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Did you know that it is perfectly possible to live life well for at least 120 years? Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we retained our wits and mind-body health?

Did you know that you can choose your biological age?

Did you know that behaviour trumps genetics when it comes to influencing how you will age? Learning how to access theta brain wave state at will, is the answer!

If you want to get the most out of a long and healthy life, you need to know how to choose wisely and well!

What to look forward to in this workshop:

  • The old and new paradigms of ageing
  • Emotions, thoughts and your physical reality
  • Epigenetics: you are not a victim of your genes after all!
  • DNA telomerase enzyme activation
  • How to harness the power of your subconscious and super conscious minds to realise the life you desire
  • Tips for heart, brain and body support
  • Timeless DNA™Dancing and PlayFunFitness™
  • An inspiring creative activity: practical and fun!

It is never too early or too late to make positive changes!

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Workplace Wellness Courses & Workshops


Dr Arien offers multiple courWorkplace Wellness Courses & Workshopsses & workshops in the workplace developed according to company specific requirements to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism & sick leave.

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1. Wellness Educator Training Course


  • Knowledge of the subject being trained on. In this instance health and wellness education on various related subjects (refer to content outline further on)
  • Understanding and discussing the concept of roll models: we are not only our physical bodies. Often those who seem, on the surface, to be poor roll models, make the best peer educators/wellness champions! This concept is explored and discussed extensively.
  • Communication skills: listening, interpreting messages, correct and persuasive communication skills, body language
  • Public speaking skills
  • Preparing a Powerpoint presentation from articles, Web-site info and books
  • How to facilitate a learning process
  • How to facilitate a behaviour change process
  • Ability to accept people of different beliefs, values, cultures, races, genders, religions, sexual orientation
  • Encourage analytical skills: questioning why & how you’ve always done things a certain way, also unquestioned beliefs that perpetuates from generation to generation; building new neural networks, reprogramming the brain for health enhancing behaviour
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Simple research skills
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Ability to evolve emotional support
  • Problem solving skills
  • Basic project management skills
  • Basic report writing skills

The primary purpose of Wellness Educators and Practitioners is to facilitate positive, health enhancing behaviours and decrease negative, risky, health harming behaviours.

After completion of this course, candidates should:

  • Be able to define & conceptualise wellness and understand the important effect of the educational approach for sustainable and lasting health and wellness behaviour change.
  • Have a clear understanding of the roles, qualities, limitations of good wellness educators
  • Have a workable knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, wellness, nutrition, stress management, fitness and mental-emotional health, and be able to teach this to others
  • Understand how to integrate the above into a practical wellness solution driven approach to health and wellness.
  • Be able to use chronic diseases of lifestyle(or rather, health challenges) as an integrative model to finding lasting solutions for these.
  • Be able to understand the benefit in regarding HIV/Aids as one of the CDL’s, rather than a loose standing entity
  • Be able to facilitate a series of lectures to wellness educators in various workplace settings.
  • Have good, experiential knowledge of presentation skills, capturing and holding audience attention and facilitation skills

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2. Stress Solutions Course in a Workplace Setting

The Stress Solutions Course in a Workplace Setting is aimed at groups wanting to learn how to identify and manage their stress triggers. Would you prefer a calmer, more peaceful life, managing the daily stress triggers with equanimity, as a human being (vs a human doing!) from the still centre of a quiet mind? Practical stress management techniques and wellness principles for the workplace and the home, will teach you how. Stress management and wellness will be considered from an integrative perspective, where physical body, mind, emotions and soul are equally important. The tone remains light, with emphasis on personal experience and interaction. Life is also about fun and laughter, especially while learning new life enriching tools and techniques! Become all you’re meant to be!

The Stress Management Training is available as an Introductory Talk (45-60 minutes) as an awareness tool, also as a 2 hour seminar, 3 hour workshop, 1 and 2 day Stress Course, or 1 hour per week or every 2 weeks over a period of 6 months, to address each topic on a deeper level, with more participation from the group, and to demonstrate how health and happiness can be unconsciously sabotaged by habitual behaviour patterns, events and activities. The longer periods allow participants to experience a variety of practical exercises and tips, to use on a daily basis when confronted with stressful events and circumstances.

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3. Short Course in Workplace Wellness

Workplace wellness interventions have become essential to successfully address the burden of disease in South Africa. It is time for a paradigm shift: for too long we’ve been focusing our attention on the problem (i.e. managing disease). Wellness interventions focus on the solution: health promotion, optimal health and wellness through awareness, education and new ways of thinking.

The course would be of value to anybody interested in the promotion of wellness, but in particular for those in the following fields: all the medical and health consulting disciplines, wellness practitioners, nursing professions, occupational health, human resource and employee assistance, paramedics, psychology, biokinetics, human movement sciences, spiritual and religious work, community workers, nutrition, medical aid and medical insurance representatives, child care, government, education, complementary health arena, occupational social work and recreational consultancy.

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4. The Soul of Leadership™: Optimal Resilience and Integrative Health Coaching Program

Combining the science and mental training of mindfulness, with an understanding of the challenges, complexities, opportunities  and responsibilities of today’s leaders

The Science of Leadership

  • Approach: Practical, enjoyable, experiential approach with interaction, small group activities, integrative learning and sharing
  • Science and optimal brain function
  • Mind, brain and consciousness
  • The science of meditation with practical experience
  • Heart and brain synchronisation: from high beta to beta, then alpha, theta and delta brain rhythm, touching on the high performance gamma range. Ways to access preferred brain wave ranges using the 3 P’s (practice, patience and perseverance).
  • Brain entrainment and resonant frequencies of brainwaves for whole brain functioning and creative thinking
  • The effect of negative stress on the brain, heart and immune system
  • Neuroscience, new biology and quantum physics
  • Epigenetics, DNA activation and EPS (emotional positioning system) process work, tuning into the right brain (and right mind!); thoughts, emotions and resonant brainwave patterns; unconditional love as key business tool of the new leader: the heart as brain!
  • Enhancing leadership strengths with a salutogenic* approach

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5. Integrative Workplace Wellness Course

The spin offs (such as life skill training, leadership development) from the basic training in health, wellness and an integrative whole being approach to the chronic diseases of lifestyle, are very encouraging. It is also a clear indication of the success of wellness educator training as a workplace wellness intervention, and the only intervention to consistently demonstrate long term, lasting and sustainable, health behaviour change. Developing life skills and leadership qualities, experiencing personal growth, learning to manage emotions, increased self esteem and self confidence, lowering blood pressure, improving the health and wellbeing of colleagues, friends, family and community, all added to the increase in knowledge on health and wellness, show that wellness educator training has to be one of the best return on investment wellness interventions available today. WET is also becoming a powerful EAP tool, as employees learn to trust their Wellness Champions and discuss problems with them rather than a call centre assistant. Wellness Champions then refer to the necessary health professionals for further management.

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6. Workplace Wellness: Longevity. Preparing for Wisdom Years

The wellness needs of mature employees, from age 50 to infinitum, is where the current and future focus of companies is and will be – how to deal with an ageing workforce who, with health and wellness guidance, will be quite able to work well into their 70’s and even 80’s, with the correct preparation for their wisdom years. Companies will be wise to utilise the cumulative years of expertise, knowledge and wisdom that can support a succession planning protocol for any company. Nearly 20% of the work force will be age 50 or older at any given time, with most of these planning and able, to work well into their very senior years. Business leaders are already scrambling to develop strategies for dealing with the impact of an ageing workforce. It’s about time to consider ways to improve longevity and positive ageing, through lifestyle factors and re-activating the DNA telomerase enzyme deep within our cells!

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Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries

Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA

Medical Specialist Health and Wellbeing

Director: Health Stress Management Gauteng (Pty) Ltd


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