with Ann Christiansen—Nia's International Trainer

A 4-Day Nia ReTREAT
September 23, 24, 25 & 26th, 2010

~designed for everyBody and
Nia Teachers alike~

~from your first Nia experience to
Teachers from all belt levels Welcome!~


This Nia reTREAT is devoted to the SACRED ATHLETE: a living archetype, reaching into the personal and collective unconscious of everyBody—inspiring them. Experience your own free spirit while being true to the magnificent temple of Body.

An Athlete has many qualities, the greatest may be the one of discipline, to return to the same skill or movement with a desire to do it again, to perfect it—fully inspired and motivated. Through the transformational fitness and lifestyle practice of Nia, SACRED ATHLETE redefines physical fitness as SACRED discipline...where Inspiration—Motivation—Joy invite us to reach our full potential in our bodies and in our lives. EmBody the sensation of the SACRED in your everyday life.

Ann Chistiansen—Nia's European Trainer

Ann Christiansen, born in Sweden, now lives and works in Hamburg Germany. With a 10 year career as a physical therapist/kinesiologist, Ann's history includes representing Sweden in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as a long distance swimmer, and placing as swimming Masters World Champion in 1998. Ann discovered Nia in 1997 and has never stopped dancing since. She was the first Nia Teacher in Germany and continues to teach and spread the Joy of Nia throughout Europe. In addition to teaching and training Nia students, she has worked with stress management, chakra balancing and sound therapy. Ann is currently a Trainer for White Belt and Blue Belt. She is the first selected "Nia Teacher of The Year" in 2008.


SACRED ATHLETE Nia Teacher Track: Tuition only $375 -with 5 addit'l hours teacher only sessions (for housing and meal package see below)           

SACRED ATHLETE for EveryBODY Track: Tuition only $335 (for housing and meal package see below)  

(Prices include a salmon potluck dinner and Port Townsend Film Festival Outdoor Movie & Street Party!)

On-Campus private waterfront rooms with local organic food options available.

Peacefully nestled within a 434 acre park surrounded by water and wooded hiking trails. Madrona's beautiful studio is located a scenic drive from Seattle in the "City of Dreams,"Port Townsend, WA.

On-Campus Package includes workshop tuition plus your own single occupancy guestroom (twin bed) for 3 nights, meals for Friday morning through Sunday lunch, linens, bedding, pillows. (Does not include 10% room occupancy tax)

SACRED ATHLETE On-CAMPUS ~ Teacher Track: $675 (tuition, housing, food)

SACRED ATHLETE On-CAMPUS ~ EveryBODY Track:  $635 (tuition, housing, food)

For more information about housing, please visit Accomodations & Provisions.

Don't miss the opportunity to study with this Nia Master from Germany in her only 2010 U.S. appearance open to All! Come to the playground of all playgrounds—the unexplored moment.


Thur/Friday (both days included) -  $99 (super saver) for EveryBody and Teachers (no additional charge for Teacher Track)
Saturday - EveryBody - $150* 
Sunday - EveryBody - $135*
       * Teacher Track for Saturday and Sunday is an additional $30 per day - payable on day of event

OPEN TO PUBLIC CLASSES (part of workshop tuition):

Nia Master Class w/Ann Christiansen - Saturday, Sept 25th, 10-11:30 am          $25 pre-register, and $35 at door – limited enrollment

SoulFull Sunday FreeDance w/Ann Christiansen - Sunday, Sept 26th, 10-11:30 am regular drop-in or class card.  For SoulFull Sunday Dance Only Register Here


Sacred Athlete Nia Teacher Track: (5.5 hours additional)

Thursday 5:30-6:30 (1 hour)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00-9:30 AM (4.5 hours)

Sacred Athlete EVERYBody Schedule:

Thursday 6:30-9:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM-7:30 PM
Saturday 10 AM-6:15 PM
Sunday 10 AM-3:30 PM

For Residential Participants:
BREAKFAST: 7:00-9:00 a.m.
LUNCH: 1:00 SUNDAY 11:30
DINNER:  7:00 p.m.


Register Early to reserve your space.

SHUTTLE INFORMATION TO AND FROM SEATAC AIRPORT - see Madrona's Guest Information Page -Transportation/Directions.   For Olympic Shuttle you would need to arrive at SeaTac no later than 12:10 (Noon) pm.

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My name is Adi. I'm a Brown Belt going on Black this year. I live in Israel. I konw Ann since Feb 2008 when I trained with her for Blue Belt. I have recently hosted Ann for a WB intensive, during the week she gave master classes and workshops.

I have met and danced with great trainers but Ann is a phenominon. I trained with excellent trainers like Casey Bernstein, Winalee Zieb and with Carlos and Debbie. In my humble opinion, Ann brings into her Nia practice a level of play, sophistication, joy, humour, intelligence, a deep understanding of human physique as well as being a teacher in all her existence, first and foremost.
She is a generous teacher. And has the capacity to inspire greatness in me!

I read your enquiry and can reply very simply - GO! no hesitation!
It will be worth it - words cannot do justice to describe what you'll gain from this encounter with Ann. Ann's mastery is on a level all in it's own league.

The workshops Ann offered in Israel were incredible - people are still talking about it...the magic she leaves behind is present. She crafts movement with meditation, movement with play, movement with grasping of Nia principles. Her classes and workshops are inspirational, ever creative, ever original, ingenious, brilliant. And playful!!!! fun. Joyous.

You'll have  great time and your Nia practice will burst with inspiration. Go for it.