Jaimen has dedicated his life to studying the effects and possibilities of human movement. He has been working in the fields of movement education, movement therapy, and coaching for over 45 years.
In studying ability he became aware that in states of enhanced performance there are moments when a person and his/her surrounding space become a fluid continuum. By experimenting with this body/space continuum Jaimen developed a system of movement education, movement therapy, and coaching that incorporated the body and the contiguous space as a functional whole. This growing body of work gelled in 1985 into the discipline he called Spacial Dynamics®.
His passion to use movement to support positive change has only intensified. He travels extensively lecturing on education, giving leadership workshops, and trainings in movement therapy around the world. He is a co-author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing (with Dr. Tom Cowan and Sally Fallon), author of the book Still Moving, produced with photographer, Karen Alexandre, and is a regular contributor to books and magazines about education and health. Jaimen lives with his wife in up-state New York, is a dedicated father of six and an enthusiastic grandfather of a growing clan of grandchildren who keep him on the move!
A movement and dance teacher for almost 20 years, Katie is a stellar athlete, and has played a key role in Spacial Dynamics international peace festivals, “Hands in Peace.” She is a senior instructor of the Spacial Dynamics Institute, a Movement Educator at the Austin Waldorf School, and mentors nationally and internationally.
Dennis is currently a Dean at Vancouver Community College (VCC) in BC. As well, he is completing a Master’s Degree in Adult Education with a focus on transformational leadership and is a Spacial Dynamics Level III candidate. He started studying Spacial Dynamics in 2009 when he was a faculty member at VCC and began using Spacial Dynamics principles in adult education as an instructor. Now in an administrative role, he is engaged in using Spacial Dynamics principles in leadership.
Dennis has studied theatre and clowning and has written and performed in numerous shows across Metro Vancouver.
Dennis is an avid lifelong learner and has a passion for movement, education and transformation.
Jane Swain is the associate director of the teacher education program at Sophia’s Hearth in Keene NH, bringing her life long experience, training, and research into children’s sensory motor development.
Jane is a registered movement therapist, pediatric physical therapist, a graduate of the Level III training in Spacial Dynamics®, certified in Bothmer Gymnastics®, in Sensory Integration Praxis testing and in Bobath/Neuro-developmental Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy. Jane has studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest. She has a special interest in the child’s integration of the primitive reflexes.
Jane previously taught movement education in the early grades at the Monadnock Waldorf School and has provided classroom consultation and worked privately with children for many years.
Jane has also worked in adult rehabilitation, especially with those who have had strokes.
John Saccone is a world-class mime and master clown who brings out the child in everyone.
He performs widely, his work embracing a wide spectrum of audiences, clients, and students. These range from the Portland Ballet Company, to working with first-time offenders, to teacher training , to being a Movement Educator at the Maine Coast Waldorf School.
Jane has been working as a registered physiotherapist in Canada since 1986, and is the director of the 19 th Street Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver. Jane is an international Level III Trainer in Spacial Dynamics®and a certified Spacial Dynamics® Movement Therapist.
Jane’s professional studies and interests in complementary health form the basis for her own self-development and the integrative approach in her work. Her work incorporates over 30 years of experience in working with women with trauma, stress, poor sleeping patterns, osteoporosis, childbearing, and menopause. Besides her private practice, she also leads Women’s Wellness Retreats with her colleagues in Canada and New Zealand.
Dr John Takacs attended the New York Rudolf Steiner School k-12, and then Cornell University for Mechanical Aerospace engineering. While in high school he began his lifelong commitment to the study and embodiment of Rudolf Steiner's work, and was fortunate to meet many great personalities involved with the Anthroposophical movement there and at the Threefold Farm & Fellowship Community in Spring Valley NY. He followed his wife through the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, followed by internship and additional training in Portland Oregon, attending Anthroposophic medicine conferences and educational programs while developing the clinic associated with a team of Anthroposophic and Spacial Dynamic therapists over the last thirty plus years. Board certified in Family Practice, Osteopathic Neuromuscular Medicine and Anthroposophic Medicine, he is the Vice President of the Association for Bothmer Gymnastics in the Americas (bothmeramericas.com), and chairman of Hands in Peace, promoting the SDI model of intercultural athletic and arts festivals for children. Dr John is chairman of the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine, tasked with board certifying Anthroposophic physician applicants, and is listed on the Spacial Dynamics Institute website (spacialdynamics.com) as a Certified Practitioner and Trainer, who frequently assists Jaimen McMillan, the founder of Spacial Dynamics, in trainings and public workshops.
Marita has a master’s degree in education. She studied at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany and worked for nearly 30 years as a teacher, at first as a subject teacher for biology and physical education in the former German Democratic Republic school system. Later, after the wall came down, she co-founded the Freie Waldorfschule Jena. Here she worked as a class, handwork, and movement teacher for 20 years. During that time, she started her training in Spacial Dynamics and Bothmer Gymnastics® in Stuttgart, Germany with Jaimen MacMillan and Alheidis von Bothmer. Marita is a Spacial Dynamics® Trainer and Movement Therapist and is also certified as a Bothmer Gymnastics Trainer.
She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Marita is involved in the German Spacial Dynamics® Level I – Training as an instructor since 2010. She taught several therapy courses in Germany and Hungary, workshops in Mexico, Canada, China and Germany. She was also an instructor in the first Spacial Dynamics® Level I – Training in China.
Originally from England, a career in IT allowed Mark to create a family life focused on Waldorf education for his children. He and his wife Kate started a Waldorf kindergarten and charter school in Arizona. An empty nest allowed them to follow their next passion to Saratoga Springs where they support the development of Spacial Dynamics and celebrate the vibrant nature of upstate New York.
Mark is currently studying as a Spacial Dynamics Level III candidate. His passion is exploring ways to add dynamic movement to life - both his own and others.
Michael is a Spacial Dynamics Level III Instructor, teaching Spacial Dynamics techniques, exercises, and activities in organizational leadership, personal development, and children’s athletics.
As founder and CEO of Terra Breads in Vancouver, Canada, an artisan bread and pastry bakery with a team of 200 people, Michael is active in the food and business communities. He employs healthy movement dynamics within his leadership team, in the baking process itself, and in the daily interactions with the serving staff and the customers in Terra Bread’s cafes as well!
Michael is a board member of Hands in Peace, using the Spacial Dynamics P.A.C.T. model of Pentathlon, Arts, Cooperation and Truce for children’s festivals. This model fosters conflict resolution and harmonious inter-action among children from diverse and sometimes conflicting communities, and bridges cultural divides.
Michèle travaille avec les disciplines de Spacial Dynamics® et Bothmer Gymnastics® depuis plus de 30 ans. Elle détient un diplôme de niveau 111 en Spacial Dynamics et est candidate pour le diplôme de Bothmer Gymnastics donnée par l’Association for Bothmer Gymnastics in the Americas (ABGA). Elle est une pionnière de ces arts du mouvement pour le Québec. Elle a enseigné pendant plus de 30 ans à l’École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal comme professeur d’éducation physique et y a occupé différents postes. Depuis 1994, elle administre l’Institut Rudolf Steiner au Québec et y enseigne ces deux disciplines.
Michèle has worked with the disciplines of Bothmer Gymnastics® and Spacial Dynamics® for over thirty years. She has a Level 111 diploma in Spacial Dynamics and is a candidate for the Bothmer Gymnastics diploma from the Association for Bothmer Gymnastics in the Americas (ABGA). She is a pioneer of these two arts of movement in Quebec. She taught for 30 years at École Rudolf Steiner School de Montréal as a physical education teacher as well as other tasks. Administrator of the Waldorf teacher training at the Institut Rudolf Steiner au Québec (IRSQ) she teaches those 2 disciplines to the trainees.
Patrick Stolfo, M.A., is an artist and educator. He studied fine arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, sculpture at Emerson College, East Sussex, England, and education at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College in Detroit. Besides working and teaching privately at his Calyx Studio in Ghent, NY, he also mentors art educators and teaches guest blocks at numerous Waldorf schools. Working mainly in terra-cotta, wood and stone carving, cast stone, direct concrete, and drawing, his sculptures and graphics have been exhibited and/or commissioned in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, California, Sweden, and England. He has taught students at the middle and high school levels since 1981 in clay modeling, ceramics, wood and stone carving, drawing, history of art and architecture, and humanities. He has also filled various school leadership and governance positions, including 12 years as high school chairperson at Hawthorne Valley School. Patrick has taught courses in art, art history, anthroposophy, and Waldorf pedagogy in numerous adult education programs across North America, is a founding and core faculty member of the Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley, and has been an adjunct instructor at Antioch University, New England and the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire for many years.
To see his online gallery go to: www.patrickstolfo.smugmug.com
Les is a Marine Biologist, Commercial Diver, and President of Sea Nymph Sea Farms Ltd since 1985.He has been involved in Waldorf education since 1982 and has a certificate in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College, NY.
Les is a Spacial Dynamics® Therapist and Trainer and has taught Spacial Dynamics® Level 1 and Level 2 courses and workshops in Canada, Germany, China, Mexico, Hungary, and the United States of America. He is also certified in Bothmer Gymnastics®.
He lives in North Vancouver, Canada.
Heather is an international Spacial Dynamic Level III Trainer and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She leads workshops and provides private consultations and coaching, utilizing the movement discipline of Spacial Dynamics®.
She employs the awareness-augmenting approach of Spacial Dynamics, featured in the landmark books The Fourfold Path to Healing, and Still Moving, to help individuals enhance their personal and professional lives and relationships. Heather is the developer of the Women’s Wellness Retreat concept, and has been offering these renewal opportunities from her home on Hill of the Hawk Farm for nearly two decades.
A lifelong interest in the language of movement and its potential drew Sasha to Bother Gymnastics and the Spacial Dynamics Institute. A class, subject and high school teacher at the Montreal Waldorf School for 20 years, he is a Level 111 candidate and is presently the Community Coordinator at Maison Emmanuel, a Camphill inspired community for people with special needs. He works with colleagues, weaving elements of movement into seminars, as well as co-worker retreats, both here in Quebec and in the U.S.
Thomas is currently a Waldorf school class teacher living in Bend, Oregon and has guided students from 1st to 12th grade, as a movement teacher, over the past 15 years. Thomas is a Spacial Dynamics® Level III candidate and is also currently working towards his Spacial Dynamics Movement Therapy certification. He is certified as a Bothmer gymnast through the Association of Bothmer Gymnastics in the Americas®, and a Level I Archery Instructor through USA Archery.
Thomas is a lover of movement and enjoys experiencing new ways to move and interact with others and the natural world.
In the early 1980s, Thom Schaefer and Jaimen McMillan co-developed PACT, a pentathlon model for 5th-grade school children, that has been incorporated into the curricula of Waldorf, public, and private school settings. Thom and Jaimen have teamed up, together with Spacial Dynamics instructors from around the world, and have applied this model in international peace projects in Greece, the Middle East, Ecuador, China and the US. This PACT model (Pentathlon, Arts, Communication, and Truce) uses movement, art, and non-violent communication to go beyond flags, break down stereotypes, and build up connections based upon movements that are true.
Thom Schaefer, a Spacial Dynamics graduate has been a lifelong educator. Thom has taught at elementary and high school levels in public school as well as in Waldorf settings as public-school principal, a Waldorf class teacher in California and New York consultant to Waldorf schools. Thom has taught history, English, movement and drama in the high school at Shining Mountain WS, been a Waldorf teacher trainer, an anthroposophic adult educator at Rudolf Steiner College in California, Sunbridge College in New York, the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto, and Gradalis.
Thom is currently the Education Director at Credo High School, a Waldorf-Inspired Public Charter School