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
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.