Advancing the science of Fascia in South Africa

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Announcing an historical human anatomy dissection educational event taking place in April 2023 in the world famous The University of Witwatersrand School of Anatomical Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa

John Sharkey MSc.

John Sharkey, MSc.

Joanne Avison

Joanne Avison

Mark Flannigan

Mark Flannigan

Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness

Three days of Fascia Dissection

12th to 14th April 2023

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Announcing an historical human anatomy dissection educational event taking place in April 2023 in the world famous University of Witwatersrand School of Anatomical Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa .

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” If you understand the principles you can apply them in any situation “

Wilbour Kelsick

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” The amount of information I learned is greater than what I have learned in the past 10 years “

Steve Ganjemi

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” I feel a personal debt of gratitude to you all “

Patty Pinto

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” Pilates educator and event organiser from Sacramento California “

Nora St. John

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” I love this, I’ve been in my element and feel so comfortable “

Nikki Chrysostomou

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” I’m blown away – the level of dedication and passion is amazing “

May Kesler

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” I found this very, very educational. Thank you. “

Mark Flannigan

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” As the science advances I have to learn more “

Madeline Black

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” This is priceless in terms of the gift that the cadavers give us “

Linda Currie

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” Converts high level and conceptual thinking to something very practical “

Leonid Blyum

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” I really enjoyed working with the Thiel cadavers compared to the fresh frozen “

Kerstin Bredehorn

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” This brought all these seemingly disparate threads in to one cosmic web “

Karen Kirkness

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” I go to fascia events all around the world … I’m really so happy with all the presentations “

Jo Phee

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” A very special occasion to be here with such passionate people and amazing teachers “

Jessie Lee

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” Meeting all these fascia gurus is incredible – it’s like being in another level for me “

Javier Hevia

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” My word for this experience is inspiration “

Flora Gröning

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” I’m so grateful to be here in an interdisciplinary community with teachers who are generous pioneers “

Elizabeth Larkham

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” This allows you to understand very elaborate techniques and reconfirm your ideas by seeing… “

Diane Vincent

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” As a university professor I know how difficult it is to pull a course together but this has been superb “

Carol M. Davis

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” I find this very fascinating and interesting “

Carine Gutjahr

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” This dissection course is much smoother than what I have experienced before “

Britta Brechtefeld

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” Our understanding is evolving “

Benjamin Sanchez

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” It’s a great privilege to be here and watch how things are evolving “

Bea Eggiman

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” It’s a great privilege to be here “

Babet Rothman

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” It’s always great to learn directly from the body “

Andreas Haas

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Highly Respected

The Fascia Dissection Course  is delivered by a team of world renowned authorities.

Join Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey and his team for three days of exploration of tensegrity science and fascia in human form and function.

This fascia focused dissection course represents a pioneering opportunity to raise awareness concerning the importance of fascia in human anatomy, movement, and medicine. Participation in this course will change the way you view and work with the human body forever. The team will present details of the most up-to-date fascia research they are involved with. John Sharkey and his team will dissect in a most unique manner highlighting the tensegrity-based architecture of fascia. Our team have compiled a three-day programme of anatomical activities to provide an unforgettable educational experience for all participants.

This course is ideally suited to Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Doctors, Osteopaths, Yoga teachers, Pilates Instructors, Neuromuscular Therapists, Personal Trainers, and experts involved in activities related to medicine, movement and research, including individuals who wish to deepen their knowledge of fascial anatomy and understand its properties supported by the latest research studies and bespoke dissections.

Why not make this trip a total anatomy vacation and consider a visit to The Raymond Dart Collection of Human Skeletons in The Hunterian Museum, which was initiated in the early 1920’s and now houses one of the largest human skeletal collections in the world, and the Comparative Collection contains an extensive collection of non-human anatomical and skeletal specimens.

The fee for the Fascia Dissection Course  is as follows.


INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS
This is the pricing structure for individual bookings.

  • Standard Registration – €2,790.00
  • Earlybird Registration – €2,590.00

Individuals can register by paying a deposit of €500.00 with the balance of €2,090.00 due by 5pm on Friday November 25th 2022.

Bookings after November 25th 2022 can only be made by paying the full fee of €2,790.00.


GROUP REGISTRATIONS
This is the pricing structure when booking for groups of five or more. To qualify for this pricing all bookings and payments must be made together.

  • Places booked before November 25th 2022 – €2,500.00 per person
  • Places booked after November 25th 2022 – €2,700.00 per person

Groups registering before November 25th 2022 can do so by paying a deposit of €500.00 per person with the balance of €2,000.00 per person due by 5pm on Friday, November 25th 2022

Bookings after November 25th 2022 can only be made by paying the full group seminar fee of €2,700.00 per person.


Online booking is carried out via Stripe with payment processed in EURO.

Please contact our office of administration on +353 (1) 8827777 if you require further information or wish to speak to John Sharkey before making your booking.

  • CONTENT
  • This fascia focused dissection course represents a pioneering opportunity to raise awareness concerning the importance of fascia in human anatomy, movement, and medicine.

    Participation in this course will change the way you view and work with the human body forever.

    The team will present details of the most up-to-date fascia research they are involved with. Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey and his team will dissect in a most unique manner highlighting the tensegrity-based architecture of fascia.

    Our team have compiled a three-day programme of anatomical activities to provide an unforgettable educational experience for all participants.

  • Objectives
    1. Dissection, observation and exploration of the cadaver form.
    2. Comprehensive appreciation of anatomical relationships.
    3. Identifying anatomical compartments, virtual spaces, their contents and the inter-connected nature of form.
    4. Identifying specialisation of fascial and osseofascial structures with consideration of mechanotransduction, embryology and tensegrity.
    5. Practically discussing fascial concepts on the cadaver.
    6. Participate in producing bespoke anatomical fascial specimens for educational purposes (based on teamwork).
  • FEES
  • The fee for the Fascia Focused Dissection Retreat is as follows.


    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS This is the pricing structure for individual bookings.

    • Standard Registration – €2,790.00
    • Earlybird Registration – €2,590.00

    Individuals can register by paying a deposit of €500.00 with the balance of €2,090.00 due by 5pm on Friday January 27th 2023.

    Bookings after January 27th 2023 can only be made by paying the full fee of €2,790.00.


    GROUP REGISTRATIONS This is the pricing structure when booking for groups of five or more. To qualify for this pricing all bookings and payments must be made together.

    • Places booked before January 27th 2023 – €2,500.00 per person
    • Places booked after January 27th 2023 – €2,700.00 per person

    Groups registering before January 27th 2023 can do so by paying a deposit of €500.00 per person with the balance of €2,000.00 per person due by 5pm on Friday, January 27th 2023

    Bookings after January 27th 2023 can only be made by paying the full group seminar fee of €2,700.00 per person.


    Online booking is carried out via Stripe with payment processed in EURO.

    Please contact our office of administration on +353 (1) 8827777 if you require further information or wish to speak to John Sharkey before making your booking.

  • eligibility
  • This Fascia Focused Dissection Retreat is open to all individuals with a keen interest in fascia and human anatomy.

  • syllabus
  • This rare and unique three day dissection course will involve the use of human cadavers and is very practical.

    Each day will involve a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of clinical anatomists and a team of experienced dissectors you will dissect a specific area.
    There will be plenty of time for questions and personal enquiry.

    This is a rare opportunity to explore the human form and our team of experienced tutors will do all they can to support you and make this a unique educational experience. We also hope to have an opportunity to investigate areas of participant’s own interest. Following the short presentations learners will immediately begin the dissection having familiarised themselves with the local anatomy and topography.

    Fascia will be our main theme in the course providing the foundation for our understanding of the continuity of the human form.

    A special focus will be around the subject of Embryological Origins; on a scale of softness to stiffness (of soft tissue) throughout our lives. Considering that we live and develop between conception and adulthood, as a tensioned network that relies on tensegrity organisation to grow and change and emerge differently, at any point in time; over time…. in a continuum.

    Explore how movement and form, in BioTensegrity architecture, are exquisitely interrelated from conception and throughout life.

    Expand your perception of our self-assembly and how humans as the architects respond to our loading history.

  • Schedule
  • Day one starts with registration at 8.30am and end at 5pm.

    Other days will start at 9am each day and finish at 5pm.

This fascia focused dissection course represents a pioneering opportunity to raise awareness concerning the importance of fascia in human anatomy, movement, and medicine.

Participation in this course will change the way you view and work with the human body forever.

The team will present details of the most up-to-date fascia research they are involved with. Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey and his team will dissect in a most unique manner highlighting the tensegrity-based architecture of fascia.

Our team have compiled a three-day programme of anatomical activities to provide an unforgettable educational experience for all participants.

  1. Dissection, observation and exploration of the cadaver form.
  2. Comprehensive appreciation of anatomical relationships.
  3. Identifying anatomical compartments, virtual spaces, their contents and the inter-connected nature of form.
  4. Identifying specialisation of fascial and osseofascial structures with consideration of mechanotransduction, embryology and tensegrity.
  5. Practically discussing fascial concepts on the cadaver.
  6. Participate in producing bespoke anatomical fascial specimens for educational purposes (based on teamwork).

The fee for the Fascia Focused Dissection Retreat is as follows.


INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS This is the pricing structure for individual bookings.

  • Standard Registration – €2,790.00
  • Earlybird Registration – €2,590.00

Individuals can register by paying a deposit of €500.00 with the balance of €2,090.00 due by 5pm on Friday January 27th 2023.

Bookings after January 27th 2023 can only be made by paying the full fee of €2,790.00.


GROUP REGISTRATIONS This is the pricing structure when booking for groups of five or more. To qualify for this pricing all bookings and payments must be made together.

  • Places booked before January 27th 2023 – €2,500.00 per person
  • Places booked after January 27th 2023 – €2,700.00 per person

Groups registering before January 27th 2023 can do so by paying a deposit of €500.00 per person with the balance of €2,000.00 per person due by 5pm on Friday, January 27th 2023

Bookings after January 27th 2023 can only be made by paying the full group seminar fee of €2,700.00 per person.


Online booking is carried out via Stripe with payment processed in EURO.

Please contact our office of administration on +353 (1) 8827777 if you require further information or wish to speak to John Sharkey before making your booking.

This Fascia Focused Dissection Retreat is open to all individuals with a keen interest in fascia and human anatomy.

This rare and unique three day dissection course will involve the use of human cadavers and is very practical.

Each day will involve a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of clinical anatomists and a team of experienced dissectors you will dissect a specific area.
There will be plenty of time for questions and personal enquiry.

This is a rare opportunity to explore the human form and our team of experienced tutors will do all they can to support you and make this a unique educational experience. We also hope to have an opportunity to investigate areas of participant’s own interest. Following the short presentations learners will immediately begin the dissection having familiarised themselves with the local anatomy and topography.

Fascia will be our main theme in the course providing the foundation for our understanding of the continuity of the human form.

A special focus will be around the subject of Embryological Origins; on a scale of softness to stiffness (of soft tissue) throughout our lives. Considering that we live and develop between conception and adulthood, as a tensioned network that relies on tensegrity organisation to grow and change and emerge differently, at any point in time; over time…. in a continuum.

Explore how movement and form, in BioTensegrity architecture, are exquisitely interrelated from conception and throughout life.

Expand your perception of our self-assembly and how humans as the architects respond to our loading history.

Day one starts with registration at 8.30am and end at 5pm.

Other days will start at 9am each day and finish at 5pm.

Schedules and Location

This course is available in Johannesburg, South Africa at the the world renowned University of the Witwatersrand.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Day Course
3 Days
Face To Face Learning
April 12, 2023
University of the Witwatersrand

Good Availability

Our Dissection team

John Sharkey MSc, who leads the course, is a Clinical Anatomist, Exercise Physiologist, and a recognised authority in Living tensegrity and fascia science (Fasciategrity). 

John is joined on each Dissection course by a host of experts from around the world.


John Sharkey MSc.
Joanne Avison
Karen Kirkness, MSc.
Mark Flannigan, BSc

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