Kate Riegle van West (Spin Poi) is creating poi and health research
25

patrons

$262
per month

Hi. I'm Dr. Kate Riegle van West. I have been studying a ball on the end of a cord for about ten years now. Yeah, a ball on a cord. Why? Because I think it can change the world. In a really big way.


A ball on a cord? What are you talking about?
I'm talking about something called poi. It's a ball, on a flexible cord, that you spin in circles around your body. People have been doing it for a long time, beginning with the Māori in New Zealand. Today there are lots of different types of poi, and it is practiced all over the world as a form of play, meditation, and performance. 

Okay, so why do you think poi can change the world?
Poi happens to combine a lot of special elements: it engages both the body and mind, it is rhythmic, customizable, and most importantly, fun! I was hooked from the moment I felt that thing orbiting around me...just spinning it in a circle was engaging but relaxing. And I'm not alone...people are falling in love with poi all over the world! I've actually been collecting stories about it. 

Sure, that all sounds fine and dandy, but is there any proof that poi can improve health?
There is now! I recently completed the first scientific research on poi, working between the Centre for Brain Research and the Dance Department at the University of Auckland. I measured the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function in healthy older adults, and found significant improvements in grip strength, balance, and attention after just one month of poi practice. Check out the results for yourself:


And here's a more in depth documentary about the study.


So what will my money help support?
I want to make a lifelong career out of poi and health. I want nursing homes to turn to poi like they turn to Tai Chi. I want schools to turn to poi like they turn to spelling bees and jumping jacks. I want scholars to turn to poi like they turn to the Rosetta Stone. I want to change the world with poi, and seeing as my research was the first scientific study ever conducted on poi and health, the field is wide open for a lifetimes worth of work. With the completion of my PhD, I am now in the early stages of starting my own poi/health business, helping organizations and communities begin and grow their own poi programs. While I am keeping spending to a minimum, getting off the ground inevitably requires funding. I also have another poi project which I would love to continue work on, and even incorporate into my poi and health research: a digital musical instrument called the Orbitar. If poi alone can improve health, imagine poi which can be used to make sound and light compositions! The possibilities are endless, and so is my passion for this field.

What happens if I become your patron, and I want to change my donation amount or stop giving?
No problem! You can change the amount or stop giving any time you want, with no penalty.

I'm almost convinced that I want to help you, but I need a little more reassurance that you're awesome (and qualified, capable, blah blah blah).
Can do!
And I want to do a lot more! I have an unquenchable thirst to create and innovate. From studying a ball on a cord to playing crazy brass music, I am always striving to push the boundaries and my own capabilities. A little financial support will go a long way, as money has always been the biggest limiting factor in my endeavors.

And just in case I haven't won you over yet, here is a picture of my cat Spider peacefully dreaming of world poi domination.



thank you
thank you
THANK YOU
for reading, for considering, and for
possibly (hopefully) (you know you want to) supporting.

xoxo Kate
www.spinpoi.com
Tiers
$1 or more
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
You get to see all the things on my Patreon feed! Like behind the scenes info and updates on my latest poi endeavors! And adorable pictures of my cat!


$5 or more
$5 or more per month 12 patrons
Access to all the Patreon thingz plus a shout out on the supporters page of my website - www.spinpoi.com/help
$15 or more
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
All of the above plus a high res digital download of the poi guide used in my research, with original artwork by Hikari Masunaga.  (If you want the guide but do not want to continue donating monthly, you can donate for one month and then delete your pledge! It's fine!)
$30 or more
$30 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above plus access to 10 digital downloads of the Poi in Aged Care: Introductory Guide.
$50 or more
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above plus access to 10 digital downloads of the Poi in Aged care: Rest Home and Hospital Guide.
$100 or more
$100 or more per month 1 patron
You are my hero. Seriously. You will get all of the above plus a set of handmade Maori style poi which I learned to make in New Zealand, and an hour video chat with me about poi/health/whatever else you please!
Goals
$262 of $550 per month
Kate can focus more on poi, and less on making ends meet! 
Secretly sleeping under my desk and showering at school will no longer be an actual thought in my mind! With this amount of support I will be able to cover lots of life expenses, meaning more mental space and energy for poi research things, including but not limited to: defending my dissertation, publishing articles in peer reviewed academic journals, applying for grants and finding opportunities to conduct further research post graduation, getting my own poi/health business off the ground, and continuing to produce high quality media things (videos about the research, professional photographs, etc).  *HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF AND GRATITUDE*
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Hi. I'm Dr. Kate Riegle van West. I have been studying a ball on the end of a cord for about ten years now. Yeah, a ball on a cord. Why? Because I think it can change the world. In a really big way.


A ball on a cord? What are you talking about?
I'm talking about something called poi. It's a ball, on a flexible cord, that you spin in circles around your body. People have been doing it for a long time, beginning with the Māori in New Zealand. Today there are lots of different types of poi, and it is practiced all over the world as a form of play, meditation, and performance. 

Okay, so why do you think poi can change the world?
Poi happens to combine a lot of special elements: it engages both the body and mind, it is rhythmic, customizable, and most importantly, fun! I was hooked from the moment I felt that thing orbiting around me...just spinning it in a circle was engaging but relaxing. And I'm not alone...people are falling in love with poi all over the world! I've actually been collecting stories about it. 

Sure, that all sounds fine and dandy, but is there any proof that poi can improve health?
There is now! I recently completed the first scientific research on poi, working between the Centre for Brain Research and the Dance Department at the University of Auckland. I measured the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function in healthy older adults, and found significant improvements in grip strength, balance, and attention after just one month of poi practice. Check out the results for yourself:


And here's a more in depth documentary about the study.


So what will my money help support?
I want to make a lifelong career out of poi and health. I want nursing homes to turn to poi like they turn to Tai Chi. I want schools to turn to poi like they turn to spelling bees and jumping jacks. I want scholars to turn to poi like they turn to the Rosetta Stone. I want to change the world with poi, and seeing as my research was the first scientific study ever conducted on poi and health, the field is wide open for a lifetimes worth of work. With the completion of my PhD, I am now in the early stages of starting my own poi/health business, helping organizations and communities begin and grow their own poi programs. While I am keeping spending to a minimum, getting off the ground inevitably requires funding. I also have another poi project which I would love to continue work on, and even incorporate into my poi and health research: a digital musical instrument called the Orbitar. If poi alone can improve health, imagine poi which can be used to make sound and light compositions! The possibilities are endless, and so is my passion for this field.

What happens if I become your patron, and I want to change my donation amount or stop giving?
No problem! You can change the amount or stop giving any time you want, with no penalty.

I'm almost convinced that I want to help you, but I need a little more reassurance that you're awesome (and qualified, capable, blah blah blah).
Can do!
And I want to do a lot more! I have an unquenchable thirst to create and innovate. From studying a ball on a cord to playing crazy brass music, I am always striving to push the boundaries and my own capabilities. A little financial support will go a long way, as money has always been the biggest limiting factor in my endeavors.

And just in case I haven't won you over yet, here is a picture of my cat Spider peacefully dreaming of world poi domination.



thank you
thank you
THANK YOU
for reading, for considering, and for
possibly (hopefully) (you know you want to) supporting.

xoxo Kate
www.spinpoi.com

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Tiers
$1 or more
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
You get to see all the things on my Patreon feed! Like behind the scenes info and updates on my latest poi endeavors! And adorable pictures of my cat!


$5 or more
$5 or more per month 12 patrons
Access to all the Patreon thingz plus a shout out on the supporters page of my website - www.spinpoi.com/help
$15 or more
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
All of the above plus a high res digital download of the poi guide used in my research, with original artwork by Hikari Masunaga.  (If you want the guide but do not want to continue donating monthly, you can donate for one month and then delete your pledge! It's fine!)
$30 or more
$30 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above plus access to 10 digital downloads of the Poi in Aged Care: Introductory Guide.
$50 or more
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above plus access to 10 digital downloads of the Poi in Aged care: Rest Home and Hospital Guide.
$100 or more
$100 or more per month 1 patron
You are my hero. Seriously. You will get all of the above plus a set of handmade Maori style poi which I learned to make in New Zealand, and an hour video chat with me about poi/health/whatever else you please!