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White Belt April 2016

  • Kokiri Centre Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive Raglan, Waikato, 3297 New Zealand (map)

Learn to cultivate more vibrancy, energy and love in your body's way

The White Belt training is a chance to explore your inner workings through the joy of dance! A 7-day sensory experience, the White Belt teaches you to invite vitality, energy and make sound choices by communicating and honouring your Body. It is open to absolutely everyone - no previous nia experience needed, all fitness levels and physical capabilities are welcome!

The White Belt is a beautiful seven-day exploration involving 50+hours of somatic learning and is your first step into a deeper understanding of the Nia practice. Learn more about your body, your mind, spirit and your connection with music and your environment. 


A note from Nik - White Belt Producer

I'm so excited to be hosting this event in my home-town of Raglan.  We already have trainees signed up from all over New Zealand - Whangarei, Hamilton, Waiheke and every where between.  We have support from past trainees coming over from Australia, Noumea and from across New Zealand.  This training is going to be an exciting event and I hope you can join us!

Arohanui Nik x


Q&A Session with White Belt Producer, Nik and NZ Nia Teachers

"I don't think I changed in how I move and what I could do, but it allowed me to dance the way I would want to dance and made to dance. I just didn't allow myself the freedom to just completely let go and let whatever comes out come out... [The White Belt] unlocked something that was already there"

Take a listen to the recording of our March 2016 Q&A session with Nik - the producer of the White Belt Raglan, Nia teachers from around New Zealand and interested and registered trainees!

Learn about Natural Timing and how everything unfolds, listen to perspectives and experiences about how we really can have it (do it all) and some beautiful examples of how the White Belt has been life-changing to all of us as teachers and graduates (seriously!).

"As it happens you step out of White Belt and you go along your life and you aren’t really aware of all that you've learnt until you are faced with the lesson in life. And you realise that you have changed because you handled it in a completely different way. "




Trainer for the White Belt Training Raglan, 2016

Listen to the recording of our Dec 2015 info hour -a casual popcorn style Q&A session with our trainer Sophie Marsh, producer Nicola Chung, other NZ Nia teachers, recent white belt graduates and budding Nia White belt attendees. 

Find out why EVERYbody can do the white belt regardless of age or Nia experience, common outcomes of completing the training and a typical day at course... Plus more!

"(the) White Belt is an opportunity for us to explore, our unique gifts and how we can integrate them into our body & our lives to live into our greatness" 


Introducing Sophie 

This training will be facilitated by White Belt trainer, Sophie Marsh - Australia's first Nia Black Belt and Australia's only White Belt trainer.  Sophie brings with her a contagious passion, high energy and community-minded practice as well as a wealth of experience as a wellness coach, physical and energy educator.  We are so excited for Sophie, to be coming to New Zealand shores and sharing her knowledge with us all. 

Love your body, Love your life!

Who would benefit from this training?

  • Anyone looking to have a more loving relationship with their body and their existence
  • Anyone who would like to move with more freedom, ease and energy
  • Anyone looking to experience more connection with their body
  • Anyone interested in exploring the body, mind, spirit and emotional connection
  • Anyone interested in sharing the practice of Nia as a teacher.

Can I do this?

Yes you can!  The white belt intensive is suitable for everyBODY.  Regardless of movement ability, dance-ability, nia experience, or age, this training can be completed and enjoyed by anyone.

How do I get more information?

You can get more information and register by clicking on the 'Register Now' button below. Or if you need more information thereafter, please contact Nicola on

We look forward to you joining us!

Your Body, Your way!

More about Raglan

Your White Belt Training Location

Raglan is a small seaside community on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its world class surfing breaks, long picturesque beaches and its mighty Maunga - Mount Karioi. Raglan is home to many artists, musicians and entrepreneurs and attracts many a visitor looking for a relaxed, restorative and fun getaway.

The white belt training is located at the Raglan Surf Lifesaving Club overlooking Ngaruanui Beach approximately 4kms out of Raglan township. There is plenty of parking and car-pooling (and beach-combing) can be arranged.

Where to stay

There are a number of accommodation options in Raglan, from backpackers to self-contained houses.  We would recommend the following sites to help your search for the perfect place to rest your head:

Please do not hesitate to contact Nik on to help you with your accommodation needs. There may also be opportunities to stay with local Nia-nites so please ask.

How to get here

Situated 48kms from Hamilton it is a 45 minute drive from Hamilton's airport or a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland's International Airport.

Buses service from Auckland to Hamilton (Intercity: & Nakedbus: and then a local regional bus from Hamilton to Raglan.  To find out the current timetable for your connection by bus from Hamilton to Raglan please look here:

Shuttles giving door-to-door drop offs from Auckland or Hamilton directly to Raglan can be arranged.  Please contact the local shuttles below: 

Need more help?

Please do not hesitate to contact Nik on or +6421 0242 3284 for any other enquiries about the white belt or other logistics surrounding the training.