Nia White Belt Training
April 25, 2014 Kawai Purapura Wellpark in Auckland , NZ
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 Trainer
Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. Through his teachings of body-centered movement and creative integration he inspires, motivates and educates people in becoming more sentient and feeling as human beings living into the embodiment of thoughts, feelings and actions through the physical body. Ken is committed to developing and teaching personal empowerment through movement practices that stimulate body/mind integration, emotional agility and spiritual awakening into Creative Integration of Self-Expression. Ken’s approach to Pilates – “Integrating Pilates” – is based in The Ron Fletcher Work™; he is a First Generation Nia Trainer teaching Nia Classes and Workshops and training Nia White, Green and Blue Belts domestically and internationally.
In 1983 Ken initiated his somatic journey into self-awareness, self-realization and self-actualization when he began re-birthing. Wanting to sense more depth into his psyche and physical integration of body•mind•emotion•spirit he began Reichian Therapy in 1986, truly beginning his inner journey of “self” as an artist in the world. Two years later, he trained in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy; not to be a therapist, rather to be more lovingly present when he later began teaching group classes and facilitating private and semi-private training sessions.
Ken’s work in somatic and movement precision was initiated in 1994 when he began training in Pilates; studying with teachers Ellen Croft, Cathie Murakami, Pat Guyton, Ron Fletcher and Kathy Corey. He became a Pilates Teacher in 1996 when he met Ron Fletcher, with whom he studied for 10 years finding the depth, dimensionality, and expressivity of detail in spinal mechanics “for the body•the mind•the breath•the spirit.” From Ron he learned how to live in the spirit of moving in the details of each breath. Currently Ken teaches his evolution application of the traditional work “Integrating Pilates” based on the fundamentals inherent of the work of Joseph H. Pilates, The Ron Fletcher Work™, and Nia®.
In 1997, Ken began his study and work with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, co-creators of Nia®. In Nia Ken found a program and fusion of transformational health and fitness, well-being and life-style. He is a visual/kinesthetic learner who has adopted auditory styles of learning; practicing Nia’s “Sensation Science”. He became a Nia Black Belt in 2003 and in 2005 one of the First Generation Nia Trainers facilitating Workshops, Master Classes, and Nia White Belt, Green Belt and Blue Belt Trainings; training in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North America including Canada.
Expressivity has always been a part of Ken’s life journey particularly when he discovered his home in the theater at Sacramento State College (Fall 1971) and later at the University of California, Davis (1972 – 1979 with completion of his MA in 1983). He is a body-centered actor/director in the theater; directing and performing with DramaDogs, a Theater Company (www.dramadogs.org) with his wife, E. Bonnie Lewis. Currently, his theatrical artistry is evolving within DramaDogs, a theater production and education company, where as co-artistic director he produces, directs and performs. Body-centered from inception to performance, DramaDogs creates challenging and entertaining theatrical productions and provides enriching workshops and theater arts programs. His creative work gives voice to the unconventional and offbeat; providing audiences and students with the opportunity to experience a greater compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.
Living in Santa Barbara, Ken owns EmBODYment, Somatic Education in Body-Centered Movement and Creative Integration (www.embodyment.com). Ken teaches in Santa Barbara at CenterPoint Pilates and Yoga Soup as well as other locations in the United States and Internationally. Ken’s philosophy is based on the belief that we are here to Awaken into the Awareness of sensation and feelings; to become more connected to our physical•mental•emotional•spirit realms through the physical body. Ken helps people awaken into the awareness of their body through the joy and pleasure of movement.
Notes About this Training
Start: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:00 pm
End: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 5:00 pm
You are invited to enjoy an ALL INCLUSIVE RESIDENTIAL OPTION for the six days of the White Belt Intensive for just NZD $513! This option includes bed and vegetarian meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (allergies or special requests catered for with prior notice). Accommodation is shared in twin facilities, with an additional third person if required. Single rooms will be allocated on request, if available.
Just 20 minutes north of Auckland City, 2 minutes off the Northern Motorway is Kawai Purapura Wellpark North Shore Retreat Centre. Nestled in the sea of development which is Albany there is a jewel - Kawai Purapura - a special haven which was once part of a wider, greater forest. It is now the sole remaining large tract of mature bush land within the surrounding area, a magical environment amongst mature trees, with native birds and gently flowing streams to add to the tranquility and sense of being at one with nature.
During your stay at Kawai Purapura you may find some time to enjoy the non-chlorinated, 25 metre Swimming Pool warmed by a solar system, or the adjacent cedar Hot Tub. You will also find a large sacred Glade for times of reflection or you may follow one of the many paths through the property on a Bush Walk connecting to the adjacent council reserve land.
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