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3 June 2017: Dr Arien’s Neuroplasticity Workshop

hosted by Johann van Greunen

Date: 3 June 2017

Venue: 8 De Bron Ave, Kenridge, Durbanville

Topic: Neuroplasticity (Retrain and Remodel your Brain – it is possible!)

Time: 9h00 to 16h00 

Price: R950 per person (incl. refreshments & light lunch) 

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Retrain your brain – enhance your right mind for whole brain functioning! Fun filled day with some info, lots of fun, creative activities for everyone, fun fitness.

A selection of feedback from participants from our Pretoria Neuroplasticity Workshop:

  • Really enjoyed the workshop, would love more information on the subconscious mind
  • Very interesting, keep new information coming!
  • Should really be longer J – felt we could have got into more detail, looking forward to the longer retreat.
  • Thank you very much for a soul nourishing day

Testimonials from Dr Arien’s Mind-Body Retreat at Temenos

As participant in Dr Arien’s recent Temenos Retreat, Johann Van Greunen (pastoral psychologist & Reiki master) said: ‘It was very inspirational, energising and informative. We must get your work known to a wider community! I loved the relaxed and informal way in which you explained complex concepts and made it practical and experiential. Being a medical doctor who specialises in holistic, integrative medicine and having done extensive research on natural remedies and optimal nutrition, you also gave us valuable information on nutrients that support body, heart and brain functions’.

Nicky Lamprecht described the retreat as ‘most informative, beneficial, well-structured and well- presented and Dr Arien as an extremely competent, warm, engaging and passionate person. The weekend surpassed all expectations!’

Frances Hills, counsellor & Enneagram trainer had the following to say: ‘I would eagerly recommend this work to others as I found it extremely helpful in understanding my own mental blocks and how easily I can dismount this. The retreat was clear, concise and well delivered’.

More info:

Your brain is amazingly adaptable.  It never ever stops learning, depending on how your mind set (rigid, stagnant or flexible, adaptable, keen to learn) supports this natural ability, of course.  It changes because it is constantly optimises itself, reorganizing itself by transferring cognitive abilities from one lobe to the other, particularly as you age. After a stroke, for instance, your brain can reorganize itself to move functions to undamaged areas.

 A little background information:

Old thought: ‘In adult centres the nerve paths are something fixed, ended, immutable. Everything may die, nothing may be regenerated’, written by Prof Santiago Cajal in his 1928 publication ‘Degeneration and Regeneration in the Nervous System’.

He believed that brain neurons were unique because they, of all cells in the human body, lacked the ability to regenerate.

New thought: published by the journal Nature Medicine already in 1998, a report indicating that neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells), does indeed occur in humans.

As Sharon Begley wrote in her book ‘Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain’, ‘….the discovery overturned generations of conventional wisdom in neuroscience.

The human brain is not limited to the neurons it is born with, or even the neurons that fill in after the explosion of brain development in early childhood’. Within each of our brains there is a population of neural stem cells which are continually replenished and can differentiate into different brain neurons. We can all do our own brain stem cell renewal and regrowth therapy every moment of our lives, by opening up to new learning, new experiences, exploring new horisons, possibilities, or elsewhere of thought! The ‘how’ is what my regular workshops on this topic, is all about.

We lead busy lives, often on autopilot, therefore we almost never pay any attention to the fact that we can retrain our brains at any given stage.  In medical terms, this ability of our brains to send the troops where help is needed so to speak, is called neuroplasticity.  Plasticity means ‘mouldable’ with the ability to form new patterns and shapes, like clay or play dough. This is the potential that the brain has to reorganise by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as needed.