Dancing with Lauren Daigle

I’m in LOVE with the new Lauren Daigle Album “Look Up Child”. Here’s a warm up I choreographed to the first track “Still Rolling Stone”. In Nia technique we have a process of matching moves to the music. Through an 8 stage process called FreeDance, we have a systematic guided approach of dancing freely to the music to allows “clicks” to settle.

These clicks are magical moments where, from a somatic (body centered) place, movements match the music, revealed in way that feels like coming from an unknown place. These clicks don’t come from habit, mental thoughts or logic, instead they feel vibrantly “alive”, new and are habit breaking.

Dancing, and riding this Nia 8 stages process, with music like Lauren Daigle, is a most delicious journey. Her lyrics, the soul of the music, the quality, details and structure of each song all contribute to an effortless, most rewarding and enjoyable ride!

There’s also some great modern/interpretive dances out on the internet. They passionately and creatively share and communicate this soul searching music through the body in a most inspiring way. Here’s one of my favorites:

We have choice

Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous “open house” playing with the latest Nia Routine “GO”. Thank you all who choose to come join us. With participants, who feel more like friends, some coming for 10+, 15+ and 20+ years to attend classes with Helen, it was a great day to be alive!

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Attitude is the most important choice we can make. We made an attitude choice yesterday, and we make another choice today.

Let’s make a choice:

...to participate.

...to be a contributor.

...to be optimistic.

...to be curious.

...to be a learner.

...to be an encourager.

...to bring out the best in others.

...to give people the benefit of the doubt.

...to forgive.

...to be hopeful instead of fearful.

For the most part, you are not able to choose what happens today. All you can choose is what your attitude will be. And the choice you make will determine what kind of day it will be.

Thank you Jim’s Daily Awakenings for this inspiration http://www.jimsdailyawakenings.com/

Weight Gain has little to do with our Metabolism.

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism | The Independent

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You've probably heard that once you hit 40, it's all downhill when it comes to your weight. That inexplicable force we call our metabolism does begin to grind a bit slower every year from age 30 onward.

Here's the good news: The rate at which your metabolism slows down is actually rather minimal. In reality, most weight gain that happens in midlife isn't the result of a slower metabolism at all. Instead, it comes down to a simple but changeable truth: As we get older, we get less and less active.

While this might sound depressing, it's actually great news. There's plenty we can do to counteract the slow, seemingly inevitable onset of poundage.

Simply getting more active can help reduce weight gain as we age. Consider taking a Nia class, attending classes more regularly, registering for a Nia Training or taking a retreat at Soma Ranch.

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Body Shadow Retreat Nov 2 - 4, 2018

Hope you enjoy this little chat JoAnn and I had on Soma porch the day after the last Body as Shadow retreat.

We share how, in a relatively short period of time, we experienced great value from the immersed, nurturing, retreat experience.

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We agreed how, even though folks came in with different personalities, abilities of moving and styles of learning we all enjoyed the process, learned from each other, felt safe and secure and benefitted from a most nurturing, healing environment.

Click here to REGISTER and receive more information about the upcoming Body Shadow retreat.

Celebrating 20 Years


We hosted a very special retreat for 3 very special women; Joy Brown, Laura Gass Weaver and Jan Stringer, who took the Nia White Belt training with Helen 20 years ago!


Joy, Laura and Jan now all live in different cities, and have rarely seen each other since the Nia White Belt training.

We cherished our time spent together, while reminiscing with joy, the many fun times we’ve experienced over the last 2 decades.

Little did any of us know or realize what an adventure would unfold from the Nia training experienced 20 years ago.

Thank you Joy, Laura and Jan for your wonderful friendship and support over the years.

We found some old photos from the training and played with recreating the “pose”. Enjoy the “Then and Now”

Treats for feeling Happy and Healthy with Age

I popped over to the UK for 3 days. My 80 year young dad was going in for a small procedure that required general anesthetic. I’m really glad I went, in fact I’m close to over the moon about it!

I love when choices and decisions feel this great. There’s no where else in the world I’d rather have been this last weekend. I love how I feel I have the best parents imaginable. Dad is recovering spectacularly. Here’s what my parents did minutes before my dad headed for surgery. I’m inspired, and feel extremely blessed, to witness how my parents age so happy and healthy.

My parents attend yoga on a weekly basis, walk daily, eat healthy, book fun activities and travel often. They align with the centurion project: successful 100 year old people, have 2 things in common.

  1. live fully in the present

  2. book things to look forward to

Practicing yoga and meditation and enjoying programs like Ageless Grace and Nia Technique are extremely beneficial for feeling happy and healthy.

This short documentary of Life Lessons from 100 Year Olds, is inspirational. We can benefit from listening to and learn much from folks who show, through example, how to live long, happy and healthy lives.

Tricks on How to Feel Energized and Sleep Fabulously after flying.

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Last weekend I “popped” over to the UK for the weekend. I love to travel, feel energized from the journey and sleep fabulously. Folks ask me “how to you do that?” Here’s how:


  • don’t drink alcohol

  • don’t drink caffeine

  • don’t sleep upon arrival until bedtime

  • don’t look at watch

  • don’t eat the airline food

  • don’t eat gluten or sugar


  • keep hydrated

  • pre-order a fruit plate or at least gluten free meal.

  • get up every hour while flying

  • practice feet on the floor, sensing body and following breath (1 minute an hour)

  • wear noise cancelling head phones

  • drink Apple Cider Vinegar (before, during, after flight)

  • drink Greens (I love Body Ecology Vitality Greens powder)

  • get outside and take a walk ASAP after landing

  • drink coffee ASAP the first morning upon arriving

  • take a soak in water ASAP upon arriving (at least shower, preferably bath and hot tub or ocean is the best!)

Align with the concept “thoughts become things”. I choose to believe Jet Lag doesn’t exist, imagine, with super powers, I’m kept free from Jet Lag and POOF! 95% of the time it works. I land, I walk, I dance, I sleep at bed time and feel fabulous, 100% synced into the new time zone, the next day. Here’s some tricks to help manifest a “jet lag free” experience.

Before the Flight

A couple of days before the flight eat as clean as possible, sometimes go down to fruit, smoothies or veggie pureed soups, only. When possible, fast, it’s the best! I make an extra effort to get up early, practice yoga, get outside for a daily run/walk and take/teach a Nia class. Also call the airline to confirm pre-ordered special meal (fruit plate or gluten free). Drink magnesium before going to bed (Calm) and take a bath.

During the Flight

Avoiding airline food seems to help. Choose to fast or take fruit, snacks and cooked veggies from home.

Taking green powder on to the plane (like Body Ecology Vitality Greens) is a great proactive move. Pack a glass bottle (like a recycled Kombucha bottle) with green powder in the bottom, on to the plane. When the attendants come through, ask them to fill your glass bottle with water. Then simply put on the lid, shake and enjoy a lovely green drink! Green powder drinks are sustaining, alkaline and super healthy. They are fabulous for helping to avoid craving sugar.

Pack an insulated mug with lid on the plane and bring favorite tea bags (my favorites are peppermint, chamomile and bengali). When the attendant comes through, ask for hot water in your tea mug. They usually have to go to the back to fill it up, giving them the lid helps as it’s easier to carry without spilling. The lid also keeps your tea hot for longer!

Noise Cancelling head phones have changed my travel experience AND LIFE!! Watch movies, listen to downloaded relaxation and/or focus music. (one of my favorites is the ultimate Nap CD) or simply enjoy the magical silence these head phones bring.

After the flight

When I travel to a time zone that’s 1-2 hours behind my usual, I love to keep close to my usual time zone. For example when I go to Portland (2 hours behind Texas CST) I get up at 4am, I get some work done, take and early run/walk and find I tired and ready for bed by 9pm.

When I travel to Europe (9 - 15 hours of travel and 5 - 7 hours time difference) I usually arrive in the morning, I get outside for a walk as soon as possible and do everything possible to stay awake until at least 8pm in the new time zone.

Earth and water activities help combat us being air out of balance from flying. For example: being outside, walking, running, getting a massage, taking a hot shower, bathing before bed (even better getting in a pool, hot tub or the ocean) applying lotion or oils on the skin, massaging lavender oil in to the soles of feet before bed.

Not being a daily coffee drinker has benefits. When I travel I LOVE the treat of a coffee on the morning of arrival, it gives me energy and helps my body sustain through the day. Dropping a tablespoon of coconut oil is earthy, grounding, sustaining and delicious!

Helen in Europe

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Helen is facilitating a Nia Blue Belt in Budapest November 13 - 19, would you like to join us? You could take the blue belt, revisit the training or simply enjoy daily classes!

Budapest is a wonderful city, the studio is centrally located opposite the Opera House, surrounded by fabulous restaurants, cafes and my favorite coffee shop on the planet!

You could create a unique vacation exploring the city, balanced with enjoying daily Nia classes, experiencing being part of a great Nia community at the infamous “shift” studio.

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On my way to Budapest I’m dropping in on Geneva and Lausanne to offer a day of special Nia classes and events, Sunday November 11.

The spark of inspiration to visit these lovely Nia communities came from the desire to celebrate Tamara Janser who has opened a new Nia Studio.

Who knew! taking a Nia class can connect us to a web of great movers around the globe!

Beam me up! ~ delights of Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

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I’m a recent Nia 1st Degree Black belt graduate!

In my opinion this amazing Nia training, is “off the charts”. I brought my Nia White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black belt knowledge and experience to the training, however this course really stands alone.

Someone with no Nia experience could have a transformational, amazing healing experience attending the Nia 1st Degree Black belt.

My fun standard statement is

in an ideal world, everyBody would take the Nia White Belt as a pre-requisite to attending a Nia class”.

My new additional statement is

everyBody should go through all the Nia belts (from white to black) simply so they may have entrance to the amazing 1st Degree Nia Black belt experience

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I LOVED being a student and cherished the opportunity to learn, dance and laugh with fellow Nia Black belts. I was touched to realize more than half the participants on the course had taken at least one training with me; to dance with them as peers and friends was a gift.

I only realized on my way home (while noticing how GREAT I felt!) it was the first “new to me” training I had attended in 22 years. That is 22 years ago I took the Nia Black Belt for the first time! Since then I’ve attended many trainings, and lead even more, however I’ve not been blessed with the opportunity to experience a new higher level course. I’ve also never been guided by Debbie Rosas (master teacher trainer and co-creator of Nia Technique) solo before. In her cooperative & collaborative spirit, Debbie usually trains accompanied by other trainers.

The course is beyond words.

We were flooded with amazing music, guest teachers, key concepts and fabulous multi media resources like this inspirational Flamenco clip.

Timing, frequency, vibration, genius, wisdom and brilliance are a few words that begin to capture the experience. Enjoy this clip as a flavor for the potential of 1st Degree Black belt and if you’re a Nia Black belt don’t walk, RUN! to sign up for 1st Degree Black Belt training ;-)

Here’s more information:

First Degree Black Belt

Focus: Art of Self | Intent: To explore your personal potential 

Art of Self is a profound step on the Nia Journey. It is the Belt that celebrates not just you, but your advanced potential. It's about stepping even further, out of your excellence and into your genius. Being in genius, in the zone, means letting go. It is expressed in beauty, power, and wisdom of spirit. It sets you free in Sacred Movement. It moves you further into brilliance. It is a movement dedicated to a single purpose and person: YOU.

The desire for First Degree is "more". More personal knowing and more about how to live in a world of pleasure, purpose, and freedom. Plato wrote that "all knowledge is already within us, no one really teaches anything new." In First Degree Black Belt, we remind each other of the archetypal principles of our nature, our body and how our spirit knows more but we have forgotten. 

The origins of First Degree Black Belt come from over thirty years of body-mind movement exploration. It takes you through Nia's White, Blue, Brown and Black Belts, further into Aikido and Sacred Geometry, all of which impacted Nia. This is the Belt that takes you beyond your wildest dreams. 

How It Works
The dan is a ranking system, a Japanese mark of level used in martial arts that was created by Kanō Jigorō (1860-1938) in 1883. The word dan literally means "step" or "stage", and is commonly equated with a - degree.

This training gives you 13 Tools called "vital factors", influenced by the medical term "vital sign." Each "vital factor" provides an energetic foundation to stretch and expand your relationship with Nia's 52 Principles and Nia TAS's; Triad Affirmation Spells. Each is a lesson to explore you and the expression of Nia in her finest form, which has always been more than physical. Gracing this training is a technique Nia believes contributes to the champion of all personal greatness: the beginner's mind.

What Does Beginner Mean To You?
Beginner implies you know nothing. You are empty. It means you consciously forget what you know from the past. You don't anticipate the future, you have nothing. You are simply here, not preoccupied with yesterday, tomorrow or even today.

Mind refers to the part of you that directs your thinking, actions, and choices. This salient training has been crafted with the concept of Omoto, "the great origin", and with respect to the "inquisitive" body-mind-emotion-spirit, you are.

Debbie's Personal Invitation To Start At The Beginning

I invite you to forget what you know. To trust in your eagerness to learn, and from start-to-finish, enter into your beginner's mind. Let's play. 

Ask yourself the question, "what does origin mean to me?" I arrived at the understanding that to me, "great origin" refers to the beginning, the moment of creation when I am fully present and in the moment of now. Be here with me... now.

Debbie Rosas
Founder + Co-creator of Nia Technique

Congratulations Nia Green Belts


Oh my! what a wonderful Nia Training. These girls were ON FIRE with regards what they brought to the training and their relationship with learning. The progress in teaching Nia, and their personal movement technique, improved dramatically over the 5 day course.


Different to all other belts the Nia Green belt does not bring more principles with regards the Nia curriculum. Instead the Nia Green belt brings development from principles from the White belt (for example exploring how to pair Universal Joy (~ how to sense the pleasure of vitality, life force energy, moving through us) with Universal Dance (~ how we each have a way to move fully alive; an organic, untrained, unique way of moving systemically).

The Nia Green belt also brings practical skills and drills specifically designed to help teachers teach better with increased precision and relaxation all at the same time.


With 8 engaged, keen participants on the course, Helen provided plenty of one-on-one coaching, where the rest of the group participated as the class. This is a most effective way of providing specific personalized coaching, while the entire group benefits. i.e. most often what one person needs to learn is also beneficial for the rest of the group to witness and learn from.

Cindy Miller visited Soma Ranch for the first time. She enjoyed joining us for classes and meals, and took the time to balance self care and work preparation while we were in sessions.

Jo-Ann Pinel took the Nia Green Belt several years ago. She returned wanting to improve her teaching. She shared a precious feedback “I returned with a wish to improve how I teaching, including how I cue in class. Through the training I developed hope that cueing precisely and effectively was possible, by the end of the course I KNOW I have the skills and ability to achieve my goal”

Nia Blue Belt Guests Share Their Soma Experience

We were super honored to have Cambrey Lindsey, one of NiaMoves’ lead teachers, come attend the recent Nia Blue Belt. Thank you Cambrey for sharing how you enjoyed your time at Soma Ranch.

Thank you Maria for traveling all the way from Australia and for sharing from your heart how you received nourishment at Soma Ranch.

Thank you Rachel for choosing Soma Ranch as your place for healing. For identifying your need for both emotional and physical healing and for sharing how you benefitted from your stay at Soma Ranch.

Congratulations Nia Blue Belts


Congratulations Nia Blue Belt graduate, and thank you Maria, Rachel, Cambrey, Jen and Pk for accompanying us. I deeply appreciate how, even when we have only one participant registered for a course, Joe and I choose (and are able) to provide the Nia training experience.


Soma Ranch continues to blossom as a training facility for Nia courses and, beyond this, truly flourishes a healing center. A place where folks come to learn, connect and receive healing on many levels (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and uniquely).

In the Blue belt we build from the foundation of the Nia White Belt, focusing on Communication, Relationship and Intimacy. The course includes in depth reflection on truth telling and the power of clear transmission and pure receiving.


Some quotes received from Jim’s Daily Awakenings are beautifully aligned with the spirit of the Nia Blue Belt communication. We hope they bring a smile to your face and hopefully a little wisdom to digest.

"For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever." John D. Vince

“If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.” Margaret Atwood

"Every time you open your mouth, you let (folks) look into your mind." Bruce Barton

“Never confuse movement with action.” Ernest Hemingway

“Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Andre Gide

Nia in the Park

We’re super inspired by recent “Nia in the Park” experiences. With the weather changing, and Soma Ranch being pretty much like a park!, we’re playing with “Outdoor Nia” opportunities, let us know if you’re interested. email Helen@somaranch.com.

Here’s Ildiko, a Nia Graduate, who took the Nia White Belt with Helen 10 years ago in Budapest. After the training Ildiko chose to quit her job at a bank to follow her dreams. Ildiko now lives in the UK and is thriving, She has designed and produced a fabulous range of dance/leisure clothing, is teaching Nia and building a lovely local community.

Congrats Ildi for bringing Nia to St Neots! and all the wonderful joy you share.

And here’s Helen, co teaching with Anita and Kinga, during her recent trip to Budapest.

Nia Jingles On, 20 years later

We are hosting a very special retreat for 3 very special women; Joy Brown, Laura Gass Weaver and Jan Stringer, who took the Nia White Belt training with Helen 20 years ago! While looking for a photo from the training we came across this most memorable fun run we participated in around that time. Please come meet up with Joy, Laura and Jan at Monday 10am Nia class.

The following photos were taken at a Houston Downtown YMCA Jingle bell fun-run. We were invited to offer a warm up to kick off the “party”. We then played Nia music from a boom box, that was carried in Liliana’s baby jogger stroller, as we ran, danced and laughed along the route.

What is BARE Retreat? 

4 times a year, for the past 3 years, Soma Ranch has hosted an amazing group of Christian women through 1Embrace. Their mission is "to bring people from all walks of life together to serve and embrace one another, to experience true wellness in spirit, soul and body. 1Embrace Inc. programs are designed to embrace, encourage, educate and empower people to discover their identity and purpose."

They are truly making a difference in peoples lives. (Joe and Helen LOVE welcoming them back home to Soma) The retreat they offer at Soma is a two-day, two night gathering of women who believe in sisterhood and desire to gather, worship, have fun, fellowship and be transformed by God. It's life changing. It's personal. It's intimate. It's sacred. 

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BARE Retreat is more than an event.

It's a radical Embrace movement that will take your breath away. The Lover of your soul will Embrace you and meet you here.  

What Does it Mean to be BARE?


We have order but 'No agenda' 

Prayer: "Lord, we're here to Embrace You, meet with You, commune with You, feel Your heart, and to Love you. Do something new in us. Have Your way. Surprise us, Lord!, in Jesus Name. Amen.” 

  • Embracing You,  Sonja R. Lowe
  • Visionary/Executive Director of 1Embrace Inc.
  • sonja.lowe@1embrace.org
  • Office: 832.365.7717 or 1.844.2EMBRACE
  • www.1embrace.org

Read more about 1Embrace

Want to help? "1Embrace exists because people with a servant's heart came together and made an offering of their gifts.  Their coming together created something that wouldn't be here had they kept to themselves". 

Read more about how to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of others and be enriched along the way.

If writing a check please write to 1Embrace. 

Thank you! 

Medicine Woman We've got the formula

We submersed ourselves in a nurturing retreat, guided by the inspirational classic Nia Routine "Medicine Woman", set to the wonderful music of Medwyn Goodall. 

The retreat included a variety of classes:

  • Nia Classic
  • Nia simplified
  • Nia 52 moves
  • Nia Moving to Heal with Meditation
  • Nia Jam

The format works beautifully. We've got the formula DOWN!!!  In a weekend participants have a great time, hone their Nia skills AND walk away with the ability to teach an entire Nia experience (if not a few!)

We will repeat this retreat next year and/or offer a retreat to learn ChakraDancer, SkyDancing or Chains. email helen@somaranch.com if you are interested.

Are Nia Trainings Intensive?

Someone recently asked me "are Nia Trainings as "intense" as the word "Intensive" applies?"

I had fun reflecting on my own Nia "INTENSIVE" training experiences, looking up the definition for intensive, reviewing what we've created as a training facility and celebrating what has been manifested for ultimate trainings at Soma Ranch.


The Nia educational program is based on a series of what are called "Nia Intensive Trainings". 25 years ago when I signed up for my first "Intensive", it was to experience the entry level, White Belt training, course in Portland, OR with co-founders Debbie and Carlos Rosas.

The course was fully inclusive. We stayed at their house. We were provided breakfast, lunch and dinner, mostly eating out around town at fabulous restaurants and cafes! (I was in food heaven!). The course was long hours, included extensive times in two extremely "new skills to me": FreeDance and Meditation.  There were opportunities for self expression through talking and dancing. I remember shedding a lot of tears on the dance floor and also down the phone with my new groom (I got married to stay in the country to take the Nia training!).

Looking back I conclude the course was "intense" for me, and all my following trainings had similar "intensive" impacts on my life.  I entered the blue belt an angry atheist and left with enough curiosity to begin a spiritual path that led me to Christianity, I took my brown belt 8 months pregnant, I seriously considered separating from my husband in Black belt.

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What I loved about those early day Nia trainings was the opportunity to be 100% focused on the "work", the joy and discovery of Nia Technique. Many distracting decisions, like where to eat and how to plan for commuting and navigate traffic, were eliminated. Most of all, these immersion trainings were a unique and marvelous opportunity to get to know my training teachers (Debbie and Carlos) in a most intimate way, both on and off the dance floor.

Fast forward to the present day, Nia trainings have been developed and the technology has come a long way. From the clearly designed curriculum, the beautifully built PowerPoint presentations and the elegant supporting materials, I feel proud to be a member of the training faculty and deeply appreciate the ease with which we can deliver the promise of the Nia trainings. Through a thoroughly well thought out program, with exquisite architecture, we've built a monumental Body Mind program that changes lives and restores relationships.

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So - back to the initial question - How INTENSE are these Nia trainings these days?  I suggest as intense as you'd like them to be. Participants have the luxury of concentrating on a single area within the Nia technology for a whole week. These trainings are an opportunity to learn more about Nia, the body's way, and (like it is impossible to study the body without the mind and visa versa) so it is impossible to study the body's way, without looking into our own way, our soma, our personality and our lives. 

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The good news is trainees have their own volume control, to turn up and turn down the intensity (Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually) as they please. We embody the training experience with the pleasure principle, encouraging each participant to self-monitor and make choices according to their body's way. For example I had one lady take the entire training laying on her back, exploring the movement components with only her fingers!

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By the end of the course her back felt better and she exclaimed she had learnt so much about herself AND Nia by doing it on her back!

If you find a Nia training to intense...

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  • Physically: drop down to level one, or sit down and watch, or lie down and relax, if something hurts, rest and ICE.

  • Mentally: trust in the process, let go of needing to understand it all in the moment, remind yourself you have a learn book, supportive Nia community and a web site with a wealth of information to follow up later.

  • Emotionally: practice self-care, make sure you're getting as much rest and sleep as possible, ask your trainer for help, check in with fellow participants, journal

and with all 3, entertain booking a massage ;-)

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At Soma Ranch I bring my passion for my first "early days" Nia trainings and my experience from amazing locations around the globe, to fuel my desire to build the ultimate training retreat facility.

Learning style is Safe, Pleasure based, Guided Discovery with plenty of breaks!

  1. Safe: I believe the best learning happens in a safe, happy and pleasurable environment and therefore strive for every session to be upbeat, fun, clear, easy to understand and enjoyable.

  2. Guided Discovery: Whenever possible, I teach through guided discovery techniques, as research shows when a learner figures something out for themselves the information is more likely to stick and they become empowered and encouraged. Ideally I help participants arrive at important conclusions on their own.

  3. Plenty of Breaks: Are you challenged to do anything for a long period of time? I support the research that indicates optimum learning is best done broken into easy to digest chunks. By providing plenty of healthy breaks to allow the information to be assimilated, participants come back refreshed, ready to build upon what has already been learned.

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We don't sit for a long period of time and back jacks are available if someone needs support. We don't dance for long periods of time and participants are invited to sit whenever they prefer.

Beyond the "classroom/dance hall" participants at Soma Ranch are submersed into supporting activities and options:

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  • nourishing nutrition: yummy meals support vegans to paleos, with gluten and dairy free options

  • therapeutic options: complimentary Sauna, Hot Tub, Lap Pool and Massage therapy and foot detox by appointment

  • animals and nature: rescued friendly donkeys and horses, 15.5 acres, 1 acre pond, porches, swings, bonfires, fire flies and stars!

Soma Ranch Celebrates 9 Years

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Please join us this Sunday at Soma Ranch as we celebrate 9 years of business, friendships and joy.  Dress extremely casual, bring a suit and towel if you'd like to swim and closed toe shoes/boots if you'd like to brush donkeys or go fishing! 

There's no cost for the class, pool or visiting, come and enjoy the ranch as our guests. 

No gifts needed for this birthday party. If you'd like to contribute a cash donation you'll find a bowl in the kitchen! 50% goes to the B.A.R.E retreat ladies who retreat at Soma several times a year, the other 50% goes to our "build an orchard" fund at Soma.  

Please RSVP if you are coming, reply to this email or text 832-567-4550.  

With love and gratitude, Helen & Joe   


Senior Pictures Photo Shoot at Soma Ranch

We recently had the honor to host a photo shoot for a student wanting something "different" for her Senior Photos. Yes! a beautiful young lady, with a most talented photographer, AND Soma Ranch really shines too! especially Mr. ChaCha (of all our donkeys we love how it is Cha Cha who most often is the super star!)  FYI ChaCha is very "special" he can barely see or hear, he moves and functions a tad slower than the rest of the tribe and he's the best for many roles, like letting little children pet the donkey and now staring in a photo shoot! 

Lisa Shortino, Ayda Avenue Photography https://www.facebook.com/aydaavenuephotography/

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Here's a fun photo showing how our donkeys always want to know what anyone is doing out in the pastures.

Lisa shared "Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to get that perfect shot!!!

 #likefullonsurrounding #jacksinafield"


Lisa Shortino, Ayda Avenue Photography https://www.facebook.com/aydaavenuephotography/

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Thank you Lisa Shortino for visiting Soma Ranch and capturing some wonderful shots.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and hope you'll come back and visit soon.

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Friendships Blossom at Soma Ranch

This weekend we're hosting our annual Medicine Woman Retreat. It's a wonderful retreat for nurturing and nourishing the soul. A glance at the guest list fills my heart with joy. Through Soma Ranch and Nia Technique some amazing friendships have been fostered, and this weekend is no exception.

For example Joy Brown (who took the Nia white belt with Helen 20 years ago!), Kathy McElroy (who came to the rescue when Helen and Joe needed someone they could trust to take care of the ranch while they went on vacation), Darlene Parker (a consistent supporter of Joe and Helen at Soma Ranch), Jan Hoff (a host of sold out retreats at Soma Ranch), Peggy Renfroe (who has brought the most folks to Soma Ranch - probably 200+ over the past 9 years!). They have all become great friends and they're all attending Medicine Woman Retreat this weekend!

We're excited to welcome Julie DeJean Marks to Soma Ranch for the first time. Julie and Helen become friends whilst taking their Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology at University of Houston 1990 - 92. They've kept in touch however not seen each other since the early 90s!

If you're looking for something for self-care this weekend, please consider joining us. We've had a couple of last minute cancellations so you could jump into the whole weekend retreat! or consider Day or class options! Click HERE for the full schedule and details


  • Friday Includes: Dinner, Session, Class.
  • Saturday Includes: Breakfast, Sessions, Classes, Lunch, Dinner
  • Sunday Includes: Breakfast, Sessions, Class, Lunch


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  • Friday 7:30 - 8:30pm "Simple"
  • Saturday 10:00-11:00am "Classic"
  • Saturday 7:30 - 9:00pm "MoveMeditation"
  • Sunday  2:00-3:00pm "Jam" Team Nia


  • $15 when pre-register
  • $20 at the door
  • $45 for all 4!