Holistic Awareness Training

Bios Module


Bios Module Overview


The Bios module explores embodiment and what it means ‘to live’, to exist as an embedded expression of life, GAIA and to be engaged in the world. It builds on earlier modules such as Primordia and expands further the multidisciplinary exploration of feeling, sensing, perceiving and relating to life.

Topics such as cognition, subjectivity, inter-subjectivity and aesthetics as important aspects of embodied experience - that is life and self awareness are delved into.

A deepening into the meta-theme of Wholeness through the works of luminaries such as David Bohm will be introduced.

Bios continues the journey through evolutionary biological concepts from the micro to the macro, the repeating themes and motifs that move life as an interconnected,

co-arising and extraordinary meta-organism that we, as human beings, belong to.

The Bios module looks at the orchestration and organisation of life emerging, as an ongoing creative movement of wholeness.

It continues to deepen and build upon the concepts learned in earlier modules of the different aspects of the NAIO™ holistic awareness process for participants, and those on the NAIO™ Practitioner Training and Certification Path.

Module Type & Format

The Bios 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. Bios 5-day in-person retreat

The Bios in-person retreat is scheduled over 5-days. Each day consists of 8 class hours of learning, discussions and experience. Lunch and tea breaks are included. This totals 40-hours of in-person attendance.

2. Bios in-person online tutorials

The Bios 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. Bios online self-paced tutorials

The Bios 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. Bios 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 Biox module. A home-study log is required of hours spent. This totals 25-hours of study.

5. Bios 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. Bios in-person group salon

Bios 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 Bios module and practitioner development of Naio™ . This totals 3-hours of in-person attendance.

Assessment Structure

Bios 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:

  • Explore Bios - from the ancient greek word ‘to live’, and the in-dwelling intelligence within life that NAIO™  supports awareness of.
  • Relay and discuss the concepts of emergence, and emergent properties within the larger meta-organism of life, GAIA

and in our own bodily-being.

  • Understand, summarize and relay multi-disciplinary principles on the organismic development of feeling, sensing, perceiving and relating to life.
  • Relay and demonstrate an ongoing appreciation for the interconnectivity and interdependence of life processes, understanding the themes and motifs that emerge co-occurring within our bodily-being. 
  • Describe and comprehend the biological movement processes from the micro to the macro that underlie the human experience of living. 
  • Explore theories related to biophysics and convey ideas on light and energy within the soma and biological systems.
  • Discuss and describe cognition, subjectivity, inter-subjectivity and aesthetics as important aspects of embodied experience including from a NAIO™ perspective.
  • Discuss further the idea of Eudaimonia, life-awareness and the goal of NAIO which is to support well-being through somatic movement education.
  • Understand and discuss NAIO’s meta-theme of Dynamic Wholeness and the Open Order, the phenomenal and embodied experience of it, and its relationship to David Bohm’s ideas and other ancient philosophers.
  • Continue to demonstrate a deepening ability for being in Open Awareness, and orientation to an internal sense of wholeness, and innate fluidity.

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.

Credentials Offered

Module participants are expected to complete the entire six constituents of the Bios 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 Bios module will receive a Certificate of Completion.

A Certificate of Completion for the Bios module is a prerequisite for studying further modules of Naio™, and one of the prerequisites for entering the Naio Practitioner Path.

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.

NAIO International is a member of the following organizations

The NAIO Practitioner Training program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Graduates of the NAIO Practitioner Training Program meet all requirements to become a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT).