A coaching colleague recently asked me what was the most significant change to my life that I could credit to Nia. I thought about who I was before Nia, the chronic pain, the weight, the drinking, the self loathing and the depression. I thought of the insomnia, the fear, the lack of confidence and ease with my self. I thought of the journey I have had with Nia, all the principles and practices that have transformed my experience of myself in the world. Then I turned to her and I said, I don't usually share this with people, it is really intimate.... but I hated sex before Nia. Nia taught me to experience and value pleasure as a way of being in the world. And Nia is the reason I now have a deeply gratifying, satisfying, pleasurable sex life with my partner". She looked at me and said, "You should tell people that."
Jeanne currently works as a Nia Black Belt at ACAC and as an Advanced Transformative Coach at Divine Play, LLC Charlottesville, Virginia.
Born and raised in New York City, Jeanne earned her BA in Dance & Theater from Antioch College, MA in Psychological well being from Lesley University and is currently pursuing her PhD at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Jeanne founded and directed the Yellow Springs Moving Arts Studio Cooperative in Ohio in 1997; studied midwifery with New Moon Midwifery in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and completed her professional massage training at The Ann Arbor Institute of Massage in 2000. She moved to Charlottesville in 2002.
Jeanne sold her well-mother Doula/Massage business and began her career as a Nia teacher in 2003. She built her Nia practice alongside her business and marketing coaching. After 500 hours of study of Laban Movement Analysis with The Laban Institute of Movement Studies, and after completing all the Belts and Nia Trainer Training of The Nia Technique, Jeanne has taught Nia around the world, including New York, California, and Ethiopia!
In December of 2011, Jeanne completed the Nia Trainer Training program and founded DIVINE PLAY, a social business in Charlottesville. Dedicated to teaching freedom of mind and innate well being, Divine Play seeks to reduce burn-out, increase pleasure, and help service care providers create prosperous lives of service that they love - forever.