Nia White Belt Training
September 26, 2014 Abbotsford Convent Melbourne in Abbotsford, AU
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
Sophie Marsh is an inspirational teacher, community builder and movement-based life coach. She was the first Australian Nia Black Belt and is Australia’s only Nia White Belt Trainer. Sophie holds a welcoming and safe space for people to creatively explore and express their potential through the Joy of movement. Her passion is sharing Nia as movement medicine for healing and enlivening the body, mind, spirit and heart.
In her own journey, practicing Nia has brought self-love and self-knowing, and a profound respect and gratitude for The Body's Way. Sophie integrates over 20 years studying and sharing self-mastery techniques, holistic movement, energy healing and sensuous embodiment. She connects people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels in her Nia classes, playshops, retreats and White Belt trainings around Australia and beyond.
Sophie also offers one-on-one sessions, weekly mentoring calls, and community-based classes to diverse populations including Women's WellBeing Association, Brisbane City Council GOLD program, Micah, Mental Health Association of Qld, Harmony Place, Diversicare, Joining Hands, Cathay Home & Aged care, Commonwealth Respite, A Place to Belong, Inala Job Seekers, TAFE (ESL) students, Griffith University (Midwifery) students, ARAFMI (mental health carers), and students at both State and Private High Schools.
"For people like me who had previously lived from their ‘head’, Nia offers a path to the 'Self' like no other. Nia encourages inner knowing, grounded presence and trust in the body through awareness and choice. And that is where the power is. That is where the healing comes.
“Nia's blend of cutting-edge science with ancient wisdom taps us into our innate somatic (body-centred) intelligence. There is something magical and therapeutic that happens in the dance that invites people to learn, embody and share in meaningful ways. Nia brings amazing people together. I feel excited and blessed to be part the international Nia training faculty and a thriving Nia Australia community."
Notes About this Training
Start: Friday, September 26, 2014 - 2:30 pm
End: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
This training will be held at the beautiful Abbotsford Convent in central Melbourne. Due to the size of the studio, this training will be capped at 25 people. We recommend early registration to ensure your place. Once you register you also receive a link to a video of Nia's 52 moves and an online class as well as FAQs and a sample schedule.
Melbourne - 25 km
The training is non-residential. Please contact Julie Bartley if you have any questions about local accommodation. Billeting with 'Nia families' may be possible for those who register early.
We will begin on Friday at 2:30 p.m and finish that day with a class from 6.30-7.30 p.m. Saturday: 8.15 a.m until 5.30 p.m. Sunday: 7.45 a.m until 6 p.m. Monday: 7.45 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday: 8.30 a.m until 7.00 p.m. Wednesday: 8.30 a.m. until 7.00 p.m. Thursday: 7.45 a.m until 4 p.m.
Daily theres a 90-min. lunch break to refuel and recharge. The training will conclude at 4:00 PM on Thursday afternoon. The Intensive consists of ~60 hours of somatic education, incorporating a beautiful blend of movement and interactive teachings. A detailed schedule will be provided the first afternoon.
Can "I" Do This?
Yes, absolutely - you can do this! In Nia, we follow the Feel-Good Principle: "If it feels good, keep doing it. If it doesn't, tweak it until it feels good to you!" Nia is adaptable for all ages, fitness levels, and experience levels. In Nia, we highly encourage and celebrate uniqueness and personal empowerment. Go ahead - do it your way - and make the week the perfect intensity for you. No experience is necessary. I invite you to join us for an amazing week of integrated Nia education, body bliss, and self-discovery.
Part 1: Select the red "register" button to submit a US$799.50 deposit by credit card to Nia HQ. This secures your place in the training.
Part 2: Finalize registration by paying the remaining balance due (US$799.50 converted to AU$) to Sophie directly by 1 September 2014 or as arranged with Sophie
A) Mail a cheque to "Sophie Marsh" at 61 Plumer St, Sherwood Q 4075
B) Pay online to CBA account BSB 064-178 Acct 1037 2619
C) Contact Sophie for credit card or payment plan options
How to get to the Abbotsford Convent - 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
Car: Melways reference 44 G5. Parking is available on the north side of St Heliers street
at a cost of $6 in coins (gold coins preferred, no ticket or receipt issued). There is
absolutely no vehicle access onto the Abbotsford Convent site.
Train: Victoria Park station on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines is the closest railway
station. Please note that some services express past Victoria Park station. Once on
Johnston St, walk east (away from the City) for around 12 minutes to Clarke St. Turn
right into Clarke Street (the last right before the Yarra) and left into St Heliers St.
Alternatively, buses travel regularly from Victoria Park Station down Johnston St.
Bus: From the City- the 200, 201 and 207 depart from Melbourne Central/ Lonsdale
St in the city, run along Lygon St, Elgin St then Johnston St. Alight at Clarke Street
bus stop. Turn right at Clarke St then turn left into St Heliers St. The 205 runs from
Melbourne University via Elgin and Johnston St and past Clarke St.