20th Anniversary Celebration

Not long now until our MISA Scotland 20th anniversary celebration event and courses at the end of September….exciting!!  We so look forward to welcoming the founders of our Massage in Schools Programme, Sylvie Hetu and Mia Elmsater, to these celebrations from the 28th – 30th September in Kilmarnock. We hope you will join us at some or all of the events and if you need an overnight stay, we can recommend the Premier Inn and the Park Hotel (celebration event will be held here on the 30th). Here are the details:


Thursday 28th September 2023 – Touch & Move to Learn Course, 9am-12.30pm, Kilmarnock (venue tbc), £45, delivered by Sylvie Hetu – Open to all MISP instructors, educators and parents.     

Touch & Move to Learn training is a continuing education course that focuses on active learning and how movement/using our bodies can enhance learning and integration, connecting the body and mind and providing all learners with a form of exercise. These activities will focus on the school curriculum and how we can use touch and movement to improve engagement in all areas. Participants receive a certificate of attendance. 

Friday 29th September 2023 – Mini MISP Course, 9am-4pm, Kilmarnock (venue tbc), £95, delivered by Sylvie Hetu – Open to MISP instructors, IAIM instructors and those working in Early Years settings.    

The Mini MISP is designed for 2 & 3 year old children and may be seen as a follow on from Baby Massage and before the MISP (designed for 4-12 year olds). Mini MISP focuses on simple peer massage strokes accompanied with short stories. Training will be tailored appropriately for children of this age and stage across the day. Participants will receive a Mini-MISP instructor certificate. 

Saturday 30th September 2023 – MISA Celebration Event , 10am – 3pm – Free and open to all, includes a buffet lunch!

This celebration event will include a keynote speaker session led by Sylvie Hetu on epigenetics and brain plasticity in relationship with the MISP, talks and activities led by MISA Scotland, the MISP co-founders and others from our MISP community. 

The courses and celebration event are being subsidised by MISA Scotland. Please get in touch soon to book your place! Email Dougie Mirfin, dougie.mirfin@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or Isabel Fraser, isfraser@aol.com