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Truth, Aroha and Barefeet with Helene Purcell and Stephanie DeMay

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - October 3 @ 2:00 pm

Two women dancing in a field.

This beautiful sanctuary is set in nature with bush-clad hillsides and sweeping views overlooking the bays below. A popular holiday destination, Coromandel is one of the scenic jewels for travellers. Come and connect with the spirit of Aotearoa, NZ.

About Nia -What is Nia?

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

How does Nia work? Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Consecutive trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. Read testimonials from people of all ages, backgrounds and locations.

Why was Nia created? Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. With the right tools and education, we can increase our confidence and happiness. We can become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own. Together we will unearth possibilities never before imagined.

Truth, Aroha and Barefeet – Nurturing Women’s Movement with Helene and Stephanie:

Dancing Nia to soul-stirring music, feasting on freshly-grown vegetarian meals, be embraced by the healing power of community, and nature’s sustenance. Your investment includes everything – meals, accommodation, tuition, all movement sessions! Join us for a sacred, transformational weekend. Express yourself through Nia, yoga and other embodied movement practices. Form and freedom, healing and joy, connection and peace. No Nia or yoga experience required. You will be held in a safe, nurturing atmosphere with skilled facilitators Helene Purcell (Queensland) and Stephanie DeMay (Christchurch) ~ Last year we were sold out, three months out! If you are feeling the pull, please jump in!

What Your Retreat includes:

  • Movement sessions including Nia, yoga, and other movement practices
  • Shared Accommodation including linens and towels
  • Three wholesome, vegetarian meals per day
  • Exclusive stay at Mana
  • Beautiful walks and stunning nature

Retreat Program:

Arrivals Friday 30 September from 4 pm, First session at 730 pm. Departures Monday 3 October 12.00 pm noon after the morning session.

What others say about this retreat:

Dr Jane, a participant from last year’s retreat, has this to say ~ “One doesn’t get that feeling of absolute contentment often enough – this Nia retreat has provided me with the most wonderful state of contentment, through its sensuous movement which also has invisible strengthening powers, facilitated by the greatest of teachers, full of wisdom and love. The group became connected with a welcoming warmth and friendships were easily made. Mana retreat provided the magical setting for this blissful experience. Ever grateful.”


The teaching Team

Helene Purcell Bio PhotoHelene Purcell  Helene has been instrumental in teaching, creating and growing the Nia New Zealand community. Training the Nia White Belt in 2007, Nia’s first level of training, she has since attained Nia’s First Degree Black Belt travelling to Australia, USA, and Germany. Continuing her study of therapeutic movement practices Helene has trained in Dance Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement. Currently based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, she is creating another great Nia community in Noosa. With family roots in Coromandel NZ, Helene feels honoured to be presenting a Nia weekend retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, hosting and co-creating with Stephanie DeMay.    

Stephanie DeMay Bio PhotoStephanie DeMay On 26 March 2009, Stephanie stepped into her very first Nia class … Helene Purcell was her teacher! And now, almost 10 years later, Stephanie has attained the highest level of Nia training: Second Degree Black belt. She has created thriving Nia communities in both Christchurch and Rangiora, New Zealand; offering classes, workshops, new teacher mentoring, and fundraisers under her brand: Plensory Movement. Over the past couple of years, she has continued Helene’s vision to grow Nia New Zealand by producing a number of Nia pieces of training. Stephanie is also a certified yoga instructor and enjoys how yoga complements her Nia practice.



September 30 @ 4:00 pm
October 3 @ 2:00 pm
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Mana Retreat Centre
608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1
Coromandel, 3581 New Zealand
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+64 7 866 8972
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Payment is required in full at the time of booking, by credit or debit card, or direct bank transfer using our secure POLi payment gateway.

We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration, please note our cancellation policy :

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee, and your spot will be offered to someone else.
  • 10 – 29 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $200 administrative fee. Event bookings less than $200 receive no refund.
  • 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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