Presenter: Helene Purcell and Stephanie DeMay
Course #: 1502

  • Nia Movement
    September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019
    Check In Time: 4:00 pm
    Check Out Time: 12:00 pm


Please contact Mana Retreat if you are interested to be placed on the WAITING LIST


“ … in order to live optimally healthy, happy lives in alignment with the authentic truth of who we are, we need to trust our bodies to guide us, to signal to us when we are out of alignment with our truth and to teach us how to move, how to love, how to go after what we desire, how to receive, how to live our purpose, and how to connect spiritually.”

— Lissa Rankin, MD. New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself 

As you step foot in the glorious sanctuary of Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, you are surrounded by the nature and spirit of Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Dancing Nia barefoot in community to soul-stirring music at The Octagon, a sense of Joy rises within you! Feasting on freshly-grown vegetarian meals, your eyes drink in the bush tracks, hills and bays tumbling down to Coromandel. 

Step in, be moved, be you! We welcome you to join this sacred, transformational weekend. Express your self through Nia’s form and freedom, healing and joy, and other embodied movement practices. Fall in love with movement, and being in your body. No Nia experience required. 

You will be held in the loving hands of skilled facilitators Helene Purcell (Queensland) and Stephanie DeMay (Christchurch) ~


Helene 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 ~
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 trainings. Stephanie is also a certified yoga instructor and enjoys how yoga complements her Nia practice.




Contact ~

Helene Purcell :

Stephanie DeMay :


Venue Phone: +64 7 866 8972

Venue Website:

608 State Highway 25, R.D. 1, Manaia, Coromandel, Waikato, 3581, New Zealand


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