to Mar 10

Fascia Considerations for Surgeons-Dissection course 2018

This 5-day course, which is exclusive to surgeons, involves the use of fresh frozen cadaveric specimens. Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey (BACA) will lead dissections identifying anatomy relevant to a wide array of surgical procedures on fresh frozen cadavers ensuring we preserve tissue planes while simulating the surgical experience. Surgeon's will appreciate that fascia is a vital structure and knowledge is required to reduce surgical insults and prevent nerve damage. Anatomical knowledge of fascia is necessary to protect, and, if damaged, reconstruct. Full details are available on application. 




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to Mar 31

Global Integration of Movement, Assessment and Clinical Applications

Join us for the 1st Canadian Biotensegrity Informed Seminar! 

Sign up to listen to, meet and chat with three world-leading authorities: Joanne AvisonJohn Sharkey, and Wilbour Kelsick as they host a three-day workshop on Biotensegrity Informed Movement Science and Bodywork Therapy. 

This three-day conference marks a historical development in bodywork and movement science in Canada. Therapists and practitioners alike have long been searching for explanations and answers that make sense of the bodies they work with every day. Conventional anatomy books and explanations provided by classical biomechanics texts fall short of the reality that is biotensegrity. This unique event will provide answers to the burning questions you want to ask.

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to Jun 29

BioTensegrity Focused Dissection Seminar, Dundee University, Scotland

These dissections represent the Worlds first Thiel Soft Fix Dissection courses with a BioTensegrity focus, The dates for my next course in 2019 which will run over three days include: Thursday June 28th, Friday 29th, and Saturday 30th. In 2019 John will be joined by Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy, PhD, Director of Anatomy & Plastination von Hagens Plastination. 
Dr. Chereminskiy is also Assistant Professor Department of Pathology and Anatomy Eastern Virginia Medical School. John will also be joined by Joanne Avison and other biotensegrity colleagues. To book your place and to find the full details go to:

This rare and unique three-day dissection course involve's the use of soft fixed cadavers using the Thiel soft fix embalming method. The cadavers exhibit a greater degree of flexibility and true color retention compared to that of traditional formalin-fixed cadavers. Each day will involve a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of clinical anatomist John Sharkey you will participate in a life-changing educational and transformational  experience. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal inquiry. This is a rare opportunity to explore the human form and John's team of experienced tutors will do all they can to support you. We also hope to have an opportunity to investigate areas of participant's own interest.

Sample topics: BioTensegrity- Genetics, Kinetics and Synergetics.
This three-day course involves short presentations from John Sharkey, Joanne Avison and guests. Following short presentations learners will be brought through a short health and safety presentation and then immediately begin dissection having familiarized themselves with the local anatomy and topography.
Biotensegrity 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 elder hood, as a tensioned network that relies on BioTensegrity 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 become or respond to our loading history?

Question how does appropriate stiffness relate to tensional integrity and elasticity in motion; from the cradle to the grave?

Witness the tensional nature of the body while we discuss how we grow what we are looking at in the dissection; such as the heart, the limb's and viscera.

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to Jun 29

3 Day Human (Full Body) Dissection Course, University of Dundee, 2019

Are you a manual therapist or movement practitioner who places an educational value on human dissection studies? Whatever your stripe this course will provide you with a unique lifetime experience that has the power to change your clinical practice forever. Having the guidance of clinical anatomists who understand and appreciate human movement in a comprehensive manner will shape and inform the way you treat patients and provide motion prescriptions. Therapists including osteopaths, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine doctors and surgeons (to name only some) all benefit from participating in this course.

Join myself, Joanne Avison, Graham Scarr, Leonid Blyum and Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy, PhD
Director of Anatomy & Plastination von Hagens Plastination, Guben, Germany. 
My friendly experienced instructional team will guide you through the dissection. You will be a member of a team that will investigate superficial to deep structures, identifying fascia tracing the path of the nerves and blood vessels to their termination. Your exploration will include the spinal cord, heart, lungs, organs, joints and the cranium. Students compare and examine the same structure on multiple specimens. Learners touch the mobility, density and position of the various connective tissues (Fascia) of the Mesokinetic Organ (Levin, Scarr. 2012) throughout the human body.

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to Jul 14

FASCIA RETREAT 2019 Chianciano Terme 11-14 July 2019

Join John in Italy with a host of International experts including Dr. Antonio Stecco, Anna Maria Vitali and many others, for a special retreat with a special focus on fascia and movement. Full details of this event and how you can secure your participation will appear here shortly as they are currently being confirmed but in the meantime put the date in your calendar.

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to Jul 14

Italian event Summer 2019-details to be announced shortly

A body in peace from a body in pieces

Presented by Clinical Anatomist

John Sharkey MSc

Workshops exploring biotensegrity informed movement and manual applications.

Join Clinical Anatomist, manual therapist, exercise physiologist John Sharkey for XXXX (TIME/HOURS?DAYS) of somatic exploration infused with the science of biotensegrity. John’s presentations revolve around his unique interpretation of biotensegrity- “anatomy for the 21st Century”,infused with a wholistic view of embryology.

Classical Anatomy is the ideal platform to demonstrate the flaws of current embryological thinking and yet point us in the direction of a new paradigm that does not require us to throw the baby out with the bathwater but does require us to retune our vision, our understanding and our appreciation of the connected oneness of all of us. Embryological considerations will inform our manual approaches and movement strategies as we explore the hierarchy, autonomy and connectiveness of our form. “From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” (Darwin. 1859 1st Edition: On the Origin of Species). To support his manual therapy approach this bespoke workshop will utilize cadaveric images and video content from John’s highly acclaimed dissection courses held in Dundee University in Scotland.

In these workshops John will mix the art and science of bodywork with open discussion and practical applications providing explanations concerning therapeutic outcomes. Following an overview of the biotensegrity model, and its impact on manual and movement therapies, John will move to the treatment tables/floor for a dynamic practicum putting science into practice. The workshop will intersperse science, theories, evidence (some laughs along the way) and lots of “real time kinesthetic experiences” to support a visual feast with tactile knowledge of the true nature of our human architecture.

• Three days of dynamic thought provoking education

• Vital new concepts and new vision in bodywork science

• Applications to help practitioners to translate their knowledge into 21st century anatomy and physiology specific to human movement and bodywork therapy


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8:00 AM08:00

Surgical procedures-Anatomy-New Course

This course is suitable for clinical anatomists from both academic and clinical backgrounds who are involved in teaching clinically applied anatomy relevant to clinical procedures at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. Contact me directly:


24 (4:1 ratio of delegates to cadaver)

Stations include:

Regional anaesthesia: Paravertebral & brachial plexus block, epidural spinal block/lumbar puncture

Airway procedures: Intubation, video laryngoscopy, surgical cricothyrotomy, difficult airway access

Thoracic access: Thoracostomy & thoracotomy

Cranial access: Burr hole & Craniotomy

Orthopaedic procedures (upper limb): Fasciotomy & carpal tunnel release

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9:00 AM09:00

The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy- Founders Day with John Sharkey

The CAO has become Canada's premiere osteopathic school, leading the charge in osteopathic education in this country. Our program is 4 years long, with extensive classroom instruction including 1000 hours in practical training, the most comprehensive in Canada and aims to meet or exceed the WHO educational guidelines for osteopathy.

The CAO curriculum stays true to the origins of the profession in terms of principles, theory and application and offers an education vastly different from other Canadian programs for this reason. CAO teach Principles-Based osteopathy primarily, continually referring back to the original teachings of Still and his first graduates from the ASO.-Founders Day

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