Nia White Belt Training
July 14, 2012 Blue Heron Ranch Moving Arts Studio in Sammamish, WA, US
About the Nia White Belt
The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. If you have a desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training as a starting point for becoming a master student.
Over the course of one week, you will comprehensively explore physical sensation through five core-competency areas of study including movement, music, anatomy, science and philosophy. This joyful journey into the self is instrumental in helping you develop body knowing by learning to listen, interpret and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to you via sensation. Enroll in an upcoming training today, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.
Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a livelihood member. As a livelihood member, you obtain a teaching license (whether you decide to use it or not) and have exclusive access to an in-depth continuing education program, an online forum, and special benefits and privileges. You may enroll in the Green Belt Training - which is dedicated to the craft of teaching - at any time after completing your White Belt Training. You may also enroll in the next level of training, Blue Belt Training.
Meet the Trainers
Being a Nia Educator has positively influenced all of the areas of my life that I love to share with people – dance, music, the visual arts, creating positive communities and the immense joys and benefits of being with horses. I am passionate about sharing the creative magic of Nia through the wide variety of programs I teach, designed with the intention to allow you to tap into your uniqueness, your creativity, your power and your truth for living a healthy, balanced and harmonic life - in a fun, meaningful and joyful way.
About Randee Fox:
“Whether I am teaching Nia, teaching people about horses, or making art, I approach each as an expressive art form that can be life-force giving. Inspiring others to realize their joy of self-expression through movement, horses and art is, perhaps, one of the greatest accomplishments I will make as an artist and as a human being in my lifetime.”
Randee Fox, Nia Training Faculty and Black Belt Nia Instructor teaches a variety of Nia programs for those interested teaching Nia or deepening their Nia practice and, as well their relationship with their body and life.
Randee is also an award-winning fine artist, arts educator, journalist and an equestrian educator and has owned and operated her own ‘horse-human-ship’ school since 1997. Randee has developed special application of Nia for people who love horses; Nia in the studio for equestrians; Nia on the ground with horses for those who wish to ‘dance’ with a horse, and Nia in the saddle for equestrians. Randee encourages many of the same Nia principles to her horses too, creating a fun, motivating atmosphere for learning.
Background: After 22 years of studying a variety of dance forms - focusing mainly on African Dance, Randee took her first Nia class in 2000 then became a teacher in 2004.
A natural educator with a passion for inspiring others, Randee excels in teaching Nia, art and equestrian activities. She has won national notoriety and teaching awards as adjunct professor at Austin Community College.
Randee’s students have excelled as well!
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 Her art students’ counter terrorism posters traveled to Oslo, Norway for the 100th anniversary of The Nobel Peace Prize and were displayed in the United Nations building less than two months after the 9/11 attacks on our country.
Many of her art students from have gone on to become professional designers, illustrators and fine artists. Her Nia students have gone on to become Nia teachers with successful practices. Her riding students have excelled to become excellent horse owners, trainers, handlers and riders.
Randee’s professional background includes a long standing career (since 1977) as an illustrator and graphic journalist and fine artist. Her award-winning art, design, illustration, art direction, and journalism career has won her host of national design and writing awards. She was also team member of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalistic team at The Seattle Times as a News Artist.
She also has a background in retail and managed her own Gap Store in Beverly Hills, California. Because of her store’s success she was awarded a position as Corporate Training Projects Coordinator for the Gap Stores internationally – a position she later left to become a full time artist. You can view her resume here.
Randee teaches Nia, art and horse-related programs at Blue Heron Ranch equestrian center and Blue Heron Ranch Creative Arts Studio in Sammamish, WA (since 2004) and at Bellevue Family YMCA in Bellevue, WA (since 2007) and presents workshops and trainings worldwide. Her edgy, wild, fun, creative, and high energy classes encourage ‘community and unity’ and because of this intent, her Nia communities are aligned, warm and welcoming to all. Her Nia programs are rich with artistry and inspiration and often taught at the beautiful Blue Heron Ranch Creative Arts Studio on her horse ranch.
NOTE: Randee's Nia White Belt Trainings are on hold while she is on sabbatical until 2018 as Nia Faculty Trainer. Her six Nia classes a week are going strong and she is continuing to offer special PlayShops and produce other Nia Faculty members at her ranch. If you are wanting to take your Nia White Belt Training, please choose a training from any of our wonderful Faculty members.
My philosophy is the body is sacred. My life purpose is rockin’ for The Holy.
I discovered Nia in 1995 when I was disabled with asthma. Nia helped me heal by teaching me how to listen to my body and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy sensations in my lungs. As a result of becoming body literate, I am now medication-free.
I’ve been teaching Nia since 1999 and leading Nia White Belt trainings since 2011. My new training, The Body’s Way: The Art of Nested Systems, co-created with Nia founder Debbie Rosas, is about sensing the sacredness of your anatomy and becoming a body literate.
I love witnessing the healing, joy and transformation Nia brings to people’s bodies and lives and hope you’ll join me in Nia classes or a training soon. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions.
Rachael R. Resch, MS PT/LMT, is a Nia Black Belt, Nia Training Faculty and holistic physical therapist with over 30 years' experience in movement and health education.
Rachael's Nia trainings offer a unique combination of scientific and somatic inquiry, blending wisdom traditions of science, poetry, world religions, energetics and the arts in exploration of the human body in motion for the purpose of living well and dying well in a body.
Rachael used Nia to help heal herself from years of severe asthma. She attended her first White Belt training as a PT in 1999 with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, lugging her portable nebulizer to every session. As a result of becoming body literate, she is now medication-free.
A third generation typographer and former professional dancer, she holds a BA in religion and dance from Oberlin College, a master of science from Pacific University and a green belt in Shotokan Karate. She is the owner of Synergy Physical Therapy in Ashland, OR.
Since 1978, Rachael has studied with leading teachers in mythopoetics, somatics, energetics and the arts, including Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Coleman Barks, Marion Woodman, Michael Meade, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield (zt"l), Martín Prechtel, Stephen Victor, and Paul and Patty Richards.
Inspired by her first teacher, William Irwin Thompson, founder of the Lindisfarne Association, Rachael seeks "new ways to broaden the humanities by exploring the mystical roots of science" and by bringing movement and embodied thinking into the practices of science, art and religion.
Rachael lives in southern Oregon with her husband, author Richard Seidman.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: Available for DCs, PTs, OTs and LMTs:
The Nia White Belt Intensive with Rachael R. Resch, MSPT/LMT, meets the requirements for 50 hours of continuing education and The Body's Way Training with Rachael R. Resch, MSPT/LMT, meets the requirements for 18 hours of continuing education for chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and massage therapists in the state of Oregon and for PTs in the state of Washington. CEUs may be applicable to other practitioners and other states – check with your licensing board. According to Oregon and Washington regulations, healthcare continuing education must be offered by a licensed health care provider.
Please let Rachael know before the training begins if you would like to receive continuing education credit. Thanks!
"The Body’s Way training occurs as a foundational piece of the “Source Code” of living and dying well in a body – the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega of the Nia Technique." – Diane Kennedy, Nia Blue Belt
"I am always looking for ways to experience my physicality that are fun, therapeutic and soulful. I love the way Rachael's teaching style embodies all three of these. She is masterful in what she does." - Mary Gorman, PT
"Rachael knows how to respect each person's rhythms and limits, and, at the same time, how to inspire just a little more: a little more movement, freedom, expression, joy." - Deborah Gordon, MD
"In 25 years of medical practice, I've witnessed many health-related fads come and go, but none is like Nia. Nia has staying power because it is based on the body's way of moving. Nia epitomizes the 21st century healthcare paradigm that is changing our focus from treating illness to giving people tools to improve their own health and well-being." - Maureen Small, MD, Nia Black Belt/ Nia Trainer
"The Nia White Belt has enhanced my effectiveness as a physical therapist. Not only do I move and experience life differently, my patients do as well. The benefits are immeasurable." - LaSheryl Olsen, PT, Nia Black Belt
“As a chiropractor, the principles of the Nia White Belt improved my skills in assessing postural distortions and movement patterns, and developed my own body awareness by leaps and bounds.” - Barbara L. Jennings, DC, Nia Blue Belt
"Now is the time to add a fitness program to your practice. We have an immense opportunity to make a difference in the health and wellness of the communities we serve by educating them and prescribing fitness." - APTA, Impact, January 2012
"As an occupational therapist, I use the principles of Nia every day in my practice. The Nia White Belt gave me confidence, a deeper connection with my body and a passion to share the Joy of Movement with my patients." - Peyton Moore, OT, Nia White Belt
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm
End: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm
Art and Science Dance in Harmony:
Join Nia Faculty Trainers Rachael Resch, MS PT/LMT, physical therapist and Randee Fox, artist and equestrian educator, for a week-long journey into the White Belt Principles of Nia. You will be immersed in a womb of beauty, creativity and healing energy all week long.
Rachael R. Resch is a Nia Faculty Trainer, licensed physical therapist, movement educator, dancer, and certified instructor in the Nia Technique. She has a B.A. in Religion and Dance from Oberlin College and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University.
Randee Fox is a Nia Faculty Trainer, visual artist, dancer and equestrian educator. She studied art at Art Center College of Design and dance at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. She has owned her equestrian education, Blue Heron Ranch - Educating Humans for Horses, center since 1997. She is currently developing Nia For Equestrians, an international program for the Nia corporation.
Continuing Education Credit Available for PTs, OTs and LMTs:
This White Belt Intensive with Rachael R. Resch, MSPT/LMT, meets the requirements for 25 hours of continuing education for physical therapists, occupational therapists and massage therapists in the state of Oregon and for PTs in the state of Washington. CEUs may be applicable to other practitioners and other states – check with your licensing board.
According to Oregon and Washington regulations, healthcare continuing education must be offered by a licensed health care provider. Intensives that Rachael Resch, PT/LMT, co-teaches with other Nia faculty, therefore, have a lower number of CEUs available. The Nia curriculum is standardized across all White Belt trainings and, regardless of the number of CEUs a particular training qualifies for, all trainings offer the same high quality education that is applicable to your practice.
The Location - Blue Heron Ranch Studio, Sammamish, WA:
This training will take place in Sammamish, Washington (17 miles east of downtown Seattle between Redmond and Issaquah) at Blue Heron Ranch Studio, a 1500 square foot moving arts studio with a gorgeous, barefoot only floating sprung wood Brazilian cherry floor with high ceilings, and natural light pouring in. This creative space is situated on a pastoral 9-acre horse ranch and is surrounded by the magnificent Pacific Northwest ecosystem...fir and old growth cedar trees, wetlands and pastures. Meditation path and garden and fresh cool Pacific Northwest air await your arrival!
The ranch also has hiking trails and a meditation path and garden.
The ranch offers limited lodging options that include:
A delightful camper trailer with running water, queen+ sized bed and electricity. (for one) $300 for the week
A queen bed room (for one) $300 for the week.
There are other wonderful lodging options (B&Bs, inns, motels, hotels) close by and available as well in Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond and Fall CIty. And there are local NIa teachers who may be willing to put you up for the week.
Contact Randee Fox firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of lodging options.
All trainees are on their own for food however the ranch has a refrigerator and microwave available for trainees' snacks and meals. There is a host of local restaurants and excellent grocery stores within 1.5 miles of the ranch for lunch options as well as two Starbucks stores.
You will love this experience with Randee and Rachael -- and just think, you will be able to start the Fall 2012 fully certified and ready to teach Nia if that is your desire!