Creating our Sacred Livelihood


By: Jeff Stewart  |  December 21, 2009

WOW what a year! Not that I should be surprised; life at Nia is always exciting and ever evolving. I have a huge appreciation in my heart for all of you, for your continued support of Nia and for all you do to share the powerful and transformative medicine of Nia with people around the world.

This year marks many new developments for Nia Technique, Inc., some behind the scenes, some very public. Most notably, Carlos is retiring after devoting 26 years of his life to co-creating Nia. Needless to say, this is a huge moment in the history of Nia.

We are very happy for Carlos and Annie and have the highest wishes for their Sacred Livelihood. I am inspired to know that Nia has evolved to a place, as a practice and a business, where we can embrace and fully support one of the co-creators moving on. I expect 2010 will be a year filled with emotion as we mark our personal transformation with a beloved teacher and alchemist. We are excited to invite all of you to share your fondest memories of Carlos through video testimonials, so we can create a living and permanent testimony - and “thank you” card – for his greatness.

Debbie, with the enormous support of Black Belt Danielle Eastman, has radically transformed the Nia educational materials for the White Belt. These will be released in beta version in 2010. The coming year will be intense as Debbie continues with her core work as well as the additional responsibility associated with Carlos leaving. I was blessed to share with Debbie and her family the passing of her father, Arthur, 89 years old. His passing on Thanksgiving day, surrounded by family, was one more stroke of poetry in my magical life.

Karri Winn has been working on a new concept and delivery of White Belt Principle 11. This has been one of her passions since 2002. In short, “Business and Marketing” has now evolved into what it means to Create a Sacred Livelihood. This is clearly more aligned with Nia, beyond our love of movement; our common thread is a commitment to enrich our lives with purpose. Karri touched the heart of Nia with this new concept, the addition of which will strengthen the fabric of our work. Thanks Karri and welcome aboard.

Thank you to those who took the time to respond to the Nia Survey. Early next year we will share what we learned about who we are as a community. The better we know you, the better we can service your needs. And congratulations to Patricia Rieser, our grand prize winner of the all-expense paid week for two at Rancho La Puerta, and to Lydia Wedlock, our second prize-winner of $1,000 Nia bucks!

This year, Debbie and I were able to visit Cape Town, South Africa. This was a rich experience for both of us. One of Nia’s gifts to me is that I am able to support the expansion of Nia. In this case, I am specifically grateful to Kathy Wolstenholme, and the support of her husband David, for taking Nia to South Africa. I am also thankful to South African Nia Teacher Gillian Warren-Brown. Thanks to Gillian, Nia is now being taught in South African townships.

The evolution of Nia continues and, as with any organic body, if you treat it right, it will grow with elegance. Thank you all for your part in supporting us as we continue to live into our purpose, into Creating our Sacred Livelihood.

With enormous gratitude in my heart and appreciation for all the love you give to Nia, Happy New Year everyone.