A Nia-accredited somatic journey of self-discovery and connection with horses

Deepen your self-awareness and sharpen your communication and leadership skills using the ancient bond we have with horses.  Nia & Horses Training is a three-day immersive experience that teaches you to explore physical sensation and move in harmony with a well-trained, gentle horse partner on the ground.

Each day begins with an energizing Nia exercise class designed to stimulate your sensory awareness, creative expression, and sense of play.  You’ll release tension and get moving. From this place of positive self-relationship, you’ll begin your somatic horse education, learning safety principles in preparation to meet the horses. Next, you’ll explore horse grooming rituals and ground "play" through a series of playful and energetic exercises with the other participants and the horses.  These activities are enhanced using the sounds of nature and music.

Throughout each day, you’ll enjoy a variety of creative sessions, movement meditations and artistic exercises that will inspire you to energetically self-connect to your true nature, moment-to-moment.  You’ll learn to make safe choices when directing your own energy and, ultimately, you’ll connect, blend with, and lead your horse partner’s energy.  You’ll hone your human collaboration skills too by working in ‘sacred herds’ - small teams of people with a horse – as you learn to dance together with your horse.

Why horses?
Horses sense when you are present in your body. They relax noticeably and are more willing to give the leadership role over to you when you are connected through sensation. No words are necessary. You’ll feel and sense the connection. Through rhythmic timing, and by positively directing your energy using Nia’s tools, you’ll develop subtle physical and mental communication cues. Horses give instant feed-back on your communication style. They will sync up with and learn to "read you" when you’re on the ground with them. This exchange can give us valuable insight into our inter-personal relationships. For equestrians, these tools also translate in the saddle. This is when we truly begin to create a lovely and magical partnership and dance with a horse.

Who can enroll?
This unique and dynamic educational retreat is open to everybody interested in restoring their natural state of wholeness through somatic connection, the art of listening, creativity, energetic awareness, and non-verbal communication.

Notes About this Training

This training is with Nia Faculty Trainer, Randee Fox who also trains the Nia White Belt.  will take place in Sammamish, Washington (17 miles east of downtown Seattle between Redmond and Issaquah) at Blue Heron Ranch Moving Arts and Equestrian. This peaceful 9-acre ranch boasts a beautiful horse facility with outdoor arena and a 1500-square foot moving arts studio with a gorgeous, floating sprung wood Brazilian cherry floor, high ceilings, and natural light surrounding. Magnificent Pacific Northwest ecosystem, fir and old growth cedar trees, wetlands and pastures, meditation path, gardens, hiking trails and fresh Pacific Northwest air await your arrival!


Blue Heron Ranch offers luxurious and comfortable lodging opportunities on the ranch:

One Queen bedroom and bath with use of kitchen and house amenities - $400 for the week.

One Queen bed in private living quarters trailer with use of bath, kitchen and house amenities $300 for the week.

Also charming inns and bed and breakfasts are available for your stay within five miles of the ranch. Contact Randee Fox for more information.

Learn more and register here

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 08:00 to Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 18:00
Blue Heron Ranch
25025 NE 8th Street
98074 Sammamish , WA
More Info: 

Learn more about Nia Faculty Trainer, Randee Fox on her Nia Profile page here and her website here: 

Learn more about Nia and Horses, an accredited Nia international program here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Randee Fox via email or phone at 206-427-7010 or 425-868-3475.