Nia & Horses Training Opportunities

The Art of Somatic Communication

A somatic journey of self-discovery and connection with horses

Photos by Tom Reese

Caanie the horse and Nia & Horses participant, Tripte Kenzer sharing a moment of stillness.

“Through my work with Nia and horses, I am learning that there is a delicate sweet spot, balanced with honest, raw vulnerability (inward) on one side and magnetism through charismatic communication (outward) on the other. Horses sense this balance which allows me to more easily direct their energy. This is an ongoing practice which requires awareness and a constant reeling in.”

--Randee Fox, Nia Faculty Trainer, Equestrian Educator, Artist 
and Creator of Nia & Horses® Education


Nia & Horses® Education teaches you to explore sensation in order to connect to your body and move in harmony with a well-trained, gentle horse partner while deepening and sharpening self-awareness, character development and leadership skills. No Nia or horse experience necessary.

The focus for Nia & Horses Education is to foster sensory connection through Nia’s Body’s Way principles by way of the human-horse bond. The Body’s Way principles teach that the body is coded to keep us aware and safe. Sensory information feeds that awareness.
Nia & Horses participants, Jena, Judy and Katie walking in time with their horse, Sierra.
Outcome-Intent of Nia & Horses® Education:
Self-Awareness (through sensory information)
·      Heighten sensory awareness through physical connection to body, environment and others.
·      Develop physical relaxation and presence skills.
·      Cultivate increased sense of natural rhythm and timing.
·      Boost physical conditioning and stamina by learning to access, consciously self-initiate and energetically balance and flow sensations of flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength.

Character development (through physical energy)
·      Increase physical self-carriage, personal confidence and magnetism.
·      Break through feelings of self-doubt, hesitation, and ambivalence and transform personal energy into definitive, expeditious, positive action.
·      Enhance ability to physically sense and express compassion.
·      Fortify creativity and pleasure in body and life through dance, touch, movement and interactive play.
Leadership (through connection and communication)
·      Fine tune teamwork, collaboration and both non-verbal and verbal communication skills.
·      Integrate ability to sense, move and consciously direct attention and personal energy.
·      Learn how to carry physical centeredness in a variety of situations while maintaining safe boundaries and transmitting inner authority.
Nia & Horses participants in 'Sacred Herd' formation with their horses.

Who is Nia & Horses® Education for?

This unique and dynamic educational two-day retreat is open to everybody interested in restoring their natural state of wholeness through sensory, somatic connection, the art of listening, creativity, energetic awareness and non-verbal communication.

Students learn to sharpen their energetic communication, using exercises based first in choosing to tune into physical sensation then practicing and sharpening energetic communication skills, based in safe horse handling. These exercises and skills are first guided and practiced on one’s own, in groups of people, then with a well-trained horse on the ground.

Cost: $1000.00
  • Nia & Horses participants, Ginger and Simona enjoying the grooming
    ritual with their horse, Soleil while Michelle, Jill and Tripte enjoy grooming
    Caanie (in background).
The first step in gaining leadership is to be ‘present in our body, through sensation’. Then safety and communications skills are taught. We start with physical grounding through sensation and learn communication skills understandable to a horse with non-verbal physical expression or ‘body language’. The trained horse senses our centeredness and confidence and can mirror back by their willingness to connect, be with us and move with us. Establishing safe horse handling and strong leadership skills will help create a harmonious relationship. The trained horse will accept leadership and move with us as strong leaders. This is where the dance of connection begins.

Randee Fox teaching during a Nia & Horses retreat.

When we are centered and present in our body’s ‘sensation’, relaxed and confident, we are more able to be with and move with the horse. This is how connection happens - with us as centered leaders. They are magnetically drawn to our leadership, which allows them to relax and enjoy our company. Over time, they remember us and begin to trust us as their strong leaders. This is where the true relating happens and how a ‘harmonious relationship’, with us as leaders, is created.

Nia and Horses Training Retreats 

A somatic journey of self discovery and connection with horses

NOTE: I am continuing to offer my somatic-based horse-humanship 1-1-hour lessons (which include riding), private, group, an intro to Nia and horses 3 hour session and 6-hour day sessions at Blue Heron Ranch. See below and Learn more here

We spend most all of the two-day training outside with the beauty of nature surrounding us. All of the work with horses is on the ground, no riding. The daily morning ritual of Nia classes (which may include Classic Nia, Nia FreeDance and Nia 5 Stages) classes are done in a gorgeous, light-filled studio with sprung wood floor.
The horses enjoy their jobs and become very attached to their people partners. As our connection to sensation comes and goes, they let us know, in a kind way, that it's time to reel it back in. As prey animals they are most comfortable with a leader and us being in a leadership role allows them to respect, trust and connect with us. They are extraordinary somatic teachers and very intelligent. Being with them helps us elevate our energy and sensation awareness to new heights!

The two-day program is a full immersion in 'directing energy, being grounded in leadership, teamwork, movement, communication, awareness and taking care of our bodies first and foremost. There is lots of room for discovery and creativity. On the final day it all comes together with trainees creating, choreographing a dance with music with their horses in 'sacred herds'. 

Horses reach deep inside our cellular memory…as they have been partners of humans for tens of thousands of years. They are coded to connect to us - and bond with us when we are grounded in physical sensation. Waking this memory up is spectacular, gratifying, empowering, sensual, and healing. 


1-hour horse education programs 
with Randee Fox and her horses
Private, one-on-one progressive equestrian education (including riding) and Nia & Horses groundwork sessions sold in packages of four 1- hour lessons $350.
You may schedule private horse-humanship, progressively taught riding lessons or Nia & Horses ground play-sessions. Learn more here 


3-hour Intro to Nia and Horses: 
Meet our horses and learn what happens in a Nia and Horses 1-day or 2-day training
Spend three hours with Nia Faculty Trainer and Equestrian Educator, Randee Fox learning about what happens in a Nia and Horses two-day training. Meet the horses, do a little grooming, ask  questions and finally witness an inspiring demonstration of dancing with a horse with music. $300

6-hour Nia and Horses one day sessions:

Spend a six-hour day with Nia Faculty Trainer and Equestrian Educator, Randee Fox learning about how you use your own energy using the principles of Nia and Horses education $600

For more information about my horse education programs, please email me randeefox@gmail.com or call either phone, 206-427-7010-Mobile or 425-868-3475-Home.

Caanie giving Nia and Horses participants, Tripte and Jill a nuzzle.




















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