Holistic Awareness Training



Basis Module Overview


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.



Module Objective

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. 

Module Type & Format

The Basis module consists of 110-hours of multi-modal study. Consisting of the following six constituents:

  1. 5-day in-person retreat: 40-hours
  2. Online in-person classes: 20-hours
  3. Online self-paced classes: 20-hours
  4. Self-paced home study: 25-hours
  5. In-person individual salon: 2-hours
  6. In-person group salon: 3-hours

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™.

Format summary

1. Basis 5-day in-person retreat

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.

2. Basis in-person online tutorials

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.

3. Basis online self-paced tutorials

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.

4. Basis self-paced home study

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.

5. Basis in-person 1-1 salon

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.

6. Basis in-person group salon

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.

Assessment Structure

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:

NAIO Practitioner Training Prerequisites.

Module Outcome

At the completion of the module participants will demonstrate an entry competency in the following skills:

  • Understand, summarize and relay the philosophical basis, history and development of Naio.
  • Describe and show ability for settling, centering and self-regulation.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and ability for being in Open Awareness. 
  • Orientate to an internal sense of wholeness, and innate fluidity.
  • Discuss the Plenum and Dynamic Wholeness, orientate and attune embodied awareness of the Plenum.
  • Embody a connection with Open Order, the ordering matrix and flow enfolded within life. 
  • Establish a compassionate and safe container based on a collaborative relationship for working with clients.
  • Show an orientation to self-reflection 
  • Relay concepts and demonstrate listening, body to body resonance, being to being and gentle listening touch. 
  • Grow a sensory capacity and develop a vocabulary based on touch, perception, and bodily awareness of the polyrhythmic movements of life.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of felt-sense perception and its biological basis.
  • Understand and describe definitions of somatic education principles.
  • Discuss the development of touch from evolutionary biology, developmental perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge about Haptic Perception and Touch, multi-sensory view and discuss synesthesia.
  • Name and describe basic ethics for touch with clients.
  • Discuss and show awareness of health challenges, neurodiverse experiences and trauma responses.
  • Discuss a process that is an acceptable level of re-organization and growth vs detrimental due to client's challenges such as trauma, neurodiversity or other health situations. Develop options to support these situations in clients.
  • Discuss Scope of Practice and when to refer to allied health professionals or licensed professionals.

Module Prerequisites

  • A pre-module interview with the training director and educator is required. 
  • A complete application form including references and non-refundable application fee of $150.00 with signed training agreement.
  • For people who enter the NAIO™ Practitioner Certification Training Path the $150 application fee will go towards the $300.00 practitioner training application fee.
  • The full payment of module fee $1250.00 is to be received no later than 30-days prior to the start date of the module. The time period may go to 60-90 days for overseas module training.

Module Fees

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.

Credentials Offered

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.

Additional Information

  • Module written materials will be provided as well as access to the online study portal.
  • There will be additional readings and book purchase or borrowing suggestions for the module. The reading list will be provided on signing up.
  • In-person retreat portion of modules please bring your own massage tables, bolsters, sheets, and blankets. 
  • Bring a notebook and pens for taking notes or equivalent.
  • Please be aware of personal body hygiene, refrain from perfumes or scents, dress in comfortable clothing and bring your own food, and snacks.
  • Please bring your own face-masks and sanitizers. 
  • In-person online seminars – you will need a computer with access to the internet and a quiet space.
  • Please respect the cohesiveness needed for a module and attend all six constituents. Participants understand that if they do not attend all six module constituents they will not receive a certificate of completion. They also will not receive a refund or discount. 
  • The module online tutorials are accessible for 12-months only for module participants. People that enter the NAIO Practitioner Training Program will have extended access throughout their training.
  • Module hours are 50-minute hour with 10-minute breaks, that can be taken accumulatively.


Find more information about the Basis and the NAIO Practitioner Training Program by contacting Naio International at hello@naioprocess.org

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).