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Nia White Belt magic in the UK

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When Helen isn't at SomaRanch she shares the joy of Nia, most often the Nia White Belt training, around the world.

The latest Nia White Belt training was at the Prema Arts Centre in the heart of the English Cotswolds. 

The space is extremely conducive to a magical experience for both the training and classes.

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The acoustics in this beautiful old building are amazing. We even had Jez, from Kings Langley (Husband of Nia Black Belt, Michele Kaye) accompany us with live drums for the last class.

Being up on the 2nd floor, the octagonal studio, provides a scenic look out on the quiet village of Uley, through beautiful windows. 

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Folks would gather downstairs in the lounge area, enjoying getting together over coffee and tea after class!

The training was produced and hosted by Geri Timmins, who took the Nia training with Helen 11 years ago, who has since been a wonderful community developer and leader. 

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In 2017 we offered the first training at Prema Arts with 4 participants. The classes were very well attended and, by the end of the week, there was quite a buzz about a return.

This year the training doubled with 8 participants, with one attendee being Sadie, Geri's daughter!

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As well as great attendance with Nia trainees and participants, it's a joy to reconnect and meet many Nia belts who return to take a class or revisit part or even the entire Nia training. Nia Black Belt, Christine Davis, a "pioneer" of the Wotten-Under-Edge Nia area, attended several classes with many of her students. 

Bex, Nia blue belt from New Zealand, dropped in for classes, while on her UK vacation.

Participants flew in from Belgium, Ireland and the USA for the training. We had 7 Nia black belts, 2 Nia Brown Belts, 3 Nia Blue belts and countless Nia White belts attending classes.

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Helen taught the first ever UK class back in 1994. Now 24 years later, she loves returning to her "birth" country to witness Nia UK blossoming, reconnect with trainees who feel more like friends and spend time with Mum and Dad (who attend every class!).

Congratulations to Nia White Belt graduates Kate, Liz, Sadie, Antonia, Emma, Edina, Jackie, Sandy.

Thank you Geri, Beverly, Maris, Yael, Lesley, Petro, Mary Claire and Claire for revisiting the Nia training.

And deep gratitude to 100+ folks who attended classes to contribute to a most magical experience. See you next year! 



The Joys of Budapest & Finland ~ Part 4 Nia 5 Stages

Helen Teaching Nia 5 Stages Hermann Nia 5 Stages The group was small yet the rewards were huge. I love how sometimes, when I almost cancel an event due to low enrollment, I feel great I chose to do it anyway. In Nia a phrase called “Cosmic Salary” is something I resonate with. Teaching Nia, and providing courses like the Nia 5 stages, is rewarding, the benefits as a trainer go way beyond the monetary value.

Fortunately participants indicate they feel the same way with comments like “this work is amazing, I’m stunned by how different my body feels in only 2 days” and “I’m so glad I did this” Thank you and congratulations to participants: Hermann, Elvira, Elekra and Edina. Fabulous to connect with such a lovely and international group! (Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Belgium). Wow! I feel blessed and hope y’all stay in touch.

Special thanks to Mossy for taking some fabulous photos - you captured the moment wonderfully.

Congratulations Brown Belts!

Brown Belt Grads I facilitated my first solo brown belt. It’s something I’ve been in training for over 5 years and I was delighted to finally reach this long term goal. We had great week at Soma Ranch with fabulous participants and superb weather. Dreams coming true! with Soma Ranch being a most conducive environment for learning, healing and having fun in the process.

Congratulations to Skye, Trish, Holly, Louise, Sarit, Kathryn, Anita, Tamara, David, Karen and Peggy.

Brown Belt Grads As a facilitator I think this could be the most pleasurable training I have ever experienced (took me rather by surprise considering how I often feel rather nervous, especially going into lead something for the first time!) Part of the ease came from the ability to relax my thinking mind and memory, and glide along with an amazing and beautiful power point presentation, created by Nia.

Brown Belt Grads I also was wonderfully accompanied by Nia Black Belt, Mary Linn Bergstrom, from carrying my materials and bringing me water, to sitting up late at night helping me write up my notes (and helping me LAUGH!), she was a wonderful asset to the experience.

And of course Joe, my husband, chef, support staff, encourager, rancher, Mr Fix it and so much more. Was available, present and helping throughout the entire experience. Little surprises like finding Junior Mints by my bed side table at night, helped me feel loved and cherished.

I feel super fortunate to be a Nia trainer, at what I feel is the best facility on the planet, with a most incredible exceptional man by my side. = feeling lucky :-)

Skye ONeil Littleton, CA
Trish Humenansky-Laub Highland Ranch, CO
Holly Kania Lincoln, MA
Louise Massey Carrboro, NC
Sarit Sela Gainesville, FL
Kathryn Thomas Ashland, OR
Anita Csoma Houston, TX
Tamara Sanderson Pewee Valley, KY
David Samson Nevada City, CA
Karen Firebaugh Greensboro, NC
Peggy Renfroe The Woodlands, TX
Mary Linn Bergstrom Gordonsville, VA

Dancing Through Life - This stuff really works...

I’ve been snowed in at Toronto airport since 6am this morning (it’s now 5:00pm!). I’m super thankful of my Nia training, the tools I’ve gained to help me when thrown life challenging situations. All day I’ve been in incredibly relaxed Joy despite my circumstances, using awareness techniques learned through the Nia White Belt.

For example I’ve been practicing Dancing through Life. Where every day movements are conscious and pleasing to me (= I feel like I’m dancing). In the Joy of practicing Living Meditation, choosing to sense moments of stillness with pleasure and reap meditative benefits from the most ordinary and potentially frustrating situations for hours (= I feel like I’m meditating). And practicing Life as Art, where I shift my perception to allow beauty in to my sensory experience = this airport is like an amazing art gallery! :-) This stuff really works!

Have you considered the Nia White Belt? wondered what it’s about? worth the time and finances? check out this information and send me an email. We can set up a time to chat and I’m super happy to see how I may help you best.

Have you taken the Nia White Belt? a while back? would like to go deeper? be reminded of the principles? looking for a vacation with value? Consider returning to the ranch for a review. Only $400 for all your course, classes, meals AND accommodation + donkeys, lap pool, sauna, hot tub, fun and more :-)