Holistic Awareness Training



Physis Module Overview


The Physis module explores Being and Becoming. Bodily-Being (physis) is an emerging process home to a subjective living experience evolving in unity with all life. Underlying principles of NAIO™ such as the eternal, timeless, unchanging Being which underpins the creative, changing, transforming of Becoming are explored. 

The underlying fecundity of biointelligent movements that generate conception, gestation, and emergence are studied. The morphogenesis of our development is examined further from earlier modules, and how this guides tissue orchestration into the shaping of our human-ess. 

Physis develops practitioners' knowledge by studying embryology to understand how our bodily-being develops and is informed continously. It continues exploring the terrain of our corporal existence from an ecological perspective, with an orientation to process and interconnection. Rather than a dissection of parts and anatomies.

Practitioner’s will start to develop knowledge of the processes that emerge as the ‘body’ for working with their clients who have specific challenges to be supported through holistic awareness.

Physis 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 Objective

On completion of the Physis  module, participants will summarize and relay the NAIO understanding of Being and Becoming. They will discuss the meaning of Physis, as Bodily-being that is home to a subjective living process. 

Training participants will be able to discuss bio-intelligence, conception, gestation and emergence, as processes and also themes. They will show an understanding of embryological processes and morphogenesis, having explored their role in tissue organisation into what we consider our human-ess. 

They will demonstrate a nuanced development of their sensory capacity skills  based on touch, perception, and bodily awareness of the polyrhythmic movements of life. 

The Physis  module can be taken to enhance participants 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. Physis 5-day in-person retreat

The Basis 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. Physis in-person online tutorials

The Physis 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. Physis online self-paced tutorials

The Physis 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. Physis 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. Physis 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. Physis in-person group salon

Physis 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

Physis 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:

  • Relay the NAIO™ understanding of GAIA, and ourselves as water-based life, in a process of Physis, Ancient Greek for Being and Becoming. 
  • Discuss concepts of individuation and how NAIO uses this term.
  • Describe and discuss definitions of individuals Soma - as a living organism and vessel for experience.
  • Relay the concept of wholeness - as a felt-sense of potency, unity and flow.
  • Discuss and describe bio-intelligence and its various movements. 
  • Describe and discuss conception, gestation and emergence. 
  • Understand and describe embryological processes and morphogenesis. 
  • Discuss the fluid movements that guide tissue orchestration and that shape our human-ess.
  • Explore and discuss the terrain of our corporal existence from an ecological perspective, with an orientation to process and interconnection.
  • Describe and understand nervous system development and interconnected processes that impact regulation, felt-sense and perception.
  • Understand and relay the NAIO concept of 'intersecting forms in experience'.
  • Discuss and understand the significance of evolutionary biology and theories related to it in the context of NAIO.

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 Physis 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 Physis module will receive a Certificate of Completion.

A Certificate of Completion for the Physis 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).