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6-7 June 2017: Dr Arien’s Neuroplasticity Workshop

Retrain your brain – enhance your right mind for whole brain functioning. Learn about the amazing malleability of your brain. Experience a day with some cutting-edge science explained, while exploring ways to improve brain function, with some time to reflect and relax in the beautiful gardens of Temenos.

Your brain is remarkably 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 constantly optimises itself, reorganizing and adjusting, 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.

Human beings can change their lives by changing their perceptions, attitudes, thoughts and limiting beliefs. This is key for neuroplasticity.

Date: 6-7 June 2017

Venue: Temenos, McGregor, Cape

Price: R2950 per person

The fee includes 1 night’s accommodation, workshop venue, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, facilitation fee and creative material. There’s very limited space, so please book and confirm as soon as possible. Full payment serves as confirmation of booking. You’re most welcome to extend your stay at this awesome venue, at your own cost, either before, or after the workshop. Registration: Please contact us to register – call 0123622422 or email:

The objective of this 1 day retreat is to establish harmony and balance between science and nature. We address the needs of the left brain, but then explore practical right brain and whole brain exercises and experiences. We also do fun activities to enhance and encourage the neuroplasticity (malleability) of your brain.

Once you grasp this, it’s a short skip and a jump to positively influencing the health of all your cells. We can influence the messages we send to every one of the 50 trillion cells within our bodies, through epigenetics.

We’ll explore aspects of our 3 minds: the conscious, subconscious and superconscious mind, as well as the many ways of enhancing our inner physical, emotional and spiritual world for a happier, healthier, wholesome way of being.

Some 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.

Testimonials from the previous Temenos Retreat

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’.

A short summary of feedback from participants from Dr Arien’s Pretoria Neuroplasticity Workshop

  • Really enjoyed the workshop, would love more information on the subconscious mind

  • Very interesting, keep new information coming!

  • Thank you very much for a soul nourishing day

More about the facilitator:

Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) NHA (SA) RSPH (London) MISMA (UK branch) is a medical doctor, and internationally renowned holistic health expert, radio and TV personality, health coach and bestselling author of 22 books and training manuals on health and wellness. Her latest book is ‘Managing Diabetes and Related Health Challenges’, published by Human & Rousseau and available at bookshops and from her online health shop.

She is registered by the Natural Healers Association (NHA) as Trainer and Ethno-Medicine Practitioner in the field of Traditional Health Care, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH – London) and Member of the International Stress Management Association (MISMA), UK branch.

Arien is the Director of Health Stress Management Gauteng (Pty) (Ltd) and Co-owner (with Anri van Rooyen) of Ariani Health Solutions, based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria and online (

In her own words:

My life purpose: to write, teach and support you while I’m forever learning, growing & applying what I learn, to myself! My motto: ‘We teach best what we most need to learn!’ – Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingstone Seagull)

We often forget that our natural state as human beings, is to be healthy! However, we need some basic knowledge, and have to learn how to support our minds and bodies to be optimally well, to change unhealthy and maintain healthy, behaviour. This is precisely what my talks, workshops, courses and retreat are about! I believe in an integrative, holistic approach to manage health, and therefore develop and implement comprehensive and integrated sustainable health and wellness solutions. I am passionate about helping others find their way to wellness through learning and understanding about health matters for mind, heart, body and soul, then implementing what has been learnt into an integrative wellness lifestyle.

For more information, please contact us on 0123622422 or

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