The Basis is a NAIO™ introductory module that lays out the foundational aspects of the NAIO™ holistic awareness process for participants. It serves as a prerequisite for taking further modules and for entering the NAIO™ Practitioner Training and Certification Path.
NAIO™ was developed by Prue Jeffries, a professional surfer, artist, educator and therapeutic guide. She spent life in the water as a surfer and water-person, immersed in the ocean and natural world. From young, Prue kept alive her openness to creativity and the transpersonal, her personal experiences inspired her to delve into existentialism, philosophy, phenomenology, metaphysics and more. As one of the world’s best professional surfers, she created an experiential and multi-field approach inspired by personal,
mainstream, and holistic influences for wellness and performance. NAIO™ originated from her personal approach to supporting people informed by water, the body, and nature, and refined by ongoing studies and teaching in
well-being approaches over the last 30 years.
The NAIO™ process has been further informed by somatic, meditation and focus practices. Also, advances in neurobiology and biophysics, psychology, physics, philosophy. As an evolving process today, it can support resolution of conditional patterns, with the integration of personal and bodily awareness, life awareness and overall feelings of interconnection, self regulation and well-being.
In this module, we learn about the origins and development of NAIO™. There is an introduction to the foundational theories and embodied experience of NAIO™ and how this applies in developing a practice as a somatic educator and health care practitioner.
On completion of the Basis module, participants will summarize and relay the philosophical basis, meta-themes, history and development of NAIO™. They will demonstrate a knowledge of and ability for being in Open Awareness that includes developing their capacities for settling, centering and self-regulation. They will begin to orientate to an internal sense of wholeness, and innate fluidity. Embodying a connection with Open Order, the ordering matrix of
Training participants will learn to establish a compassionate and safe container of relationship for working with clients, which includes building skills of self-reflection and concepts of listening, relationship, body to body resonance, being to being and gentle listening touch.
Participants will grow a sensory capacity based on touch, perception, and bodily awareness of the polyrhythmic movements of life. They will have a basic understanding of felt-sense perception and its biological basis. Using somatic education principles and awareness practices, concepts will be grounded in latest understandings in anatomy and physiology, biology, physics and neuroscience.
The Basis module can be taken to enhance participants skills who work in related fields such as somatics, psychology, bodywork, massage, meditation, and care-giving professions. It serves as the prerequisite module and preparation for entering the NAIO™ Practitioner Training Path conducted by NAIO™ International.
The Basis module consists of 110-hours of multi-modal study. Consisting of the following six constituents:
NAIO™ International training programs are designed with layers of experience and learning opportunities in mind. The intention
is to support people sensing, feeling and becoming deeply connected with the
holistic life awareness process of NAIO™.
The Basis in-person retreat is scheduled over 5-6 days. Each day consists of 7-8 class hours of learning, discussions and experience. Lunch and tea breaks are included. This totals 40-hours of in-person attendance.
The Basis in-person online tutorials consist of four days (usually over 2 weekends) of 5-hour tutorials with breaks included. This totals 20-hours of in-person attendance.
The Basis self-paced online tutorials mirror and support topics delved into for the Basis module. Designed to support the integration of Naio™ the tutorials include awareness practices for participants. This totals 20-hours of attendance.
Training participants are given a suggested reading list of books and also module materials. They can explore the materials at their leisure and also explore related anatomy and physiology concepts for the Basis module. A home-study log is required of hours spent. This totals 25-hours of study.
Training participants schedule an in-person salon with Naio™ founder and educator Prue Jeffries for each module. The salon is an open ended choice around training topics pertinent to the Basis module and practitioner development of Naio™ . This totals 2-hours of in-person attendance.
Basis cohort training participants schedule an in-person group salon with Naio™ founder and educator Prue Jeffries for each module. The salon is designed as an open ended gathering around training topics pertinent to the Basis module and practitioner development of Naio™ . This totals 3-hours of in-person attendance.
Basis module participants wishing to enter the
900-hr NAIO™ Practitioner Training Path are asked
to complete the entire module, including home-study and submit their log hours. This includes finishing the online portal lessons and built in quizzes. Quizzes and reflective writings help educators learn how to best support you, and be aware of your assimilation of knowledge. Quizzes are not graded; they are guides and a feedback mechanism for participants and educators.
During the practitioner path there are practicum assessments, home study, projects, reflective exercises and ongoing review of training participants with educators throughout the program's length. Requirements for graduation of the entire certification program also include the training directors ongoing evaluation of suitability throughout the program.
To enter the NAIO™ Practitioner Training Program please also see all prerequisites needed on the website here:
At the completion of the module participants will demonstrate an entry competency in the following skills:
The entire 110-hour module costs $1250.00 USD.
This includes access to the online learning portal for the module and also training materials.
Fees may vary in different global locations outside the USA to accommodate cost of living indexes,
and also travel costs for educators.
The $1250.00USD consists of:
$450.00 for the online learning components of the module and training materials.
The 5-Day, 40-hour retreat is $800.00 USD.
Module participants are expected to complete the entire six constituents of the Basis module even if they do not wish to follow
the NAIO Practitioner Training Program.
Module participants who finish the entirety of the six constituents of the Basis module will receive a Certificate of Completion.
A Certificate of Completion for the Basis module is a prerequisite for studying further modules of NAIO™, and one of the prerequisites for entering the NAIO Practitioner Training Program.
Affiliated and Collaborative Organizations
NAIO International is a member of the following organizations
Our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT).
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