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2012 Feldenkrais Method® Conference

You Are Invited:

We invite you to attend a special event focusing on neuroscience and highlighting the synergy of theory and practice in the domains of human development, learning and performance. Plan now to join us in the San Francisco Bay Area at the 2012 Esther Thelen Research Symposium and Feldenkrais Method Annual Conference, “Embodying Neuroscience: The Feldenkrais Method in Human Development, Performance and Health.”

The idea of “embodied neuroscience” offers rich insights, a rewarding challenge and opportunities for scientists, teachers and health care providers. The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education is an avenue through which scientific understanding of learning, thought, emotion and behavior becomes EMBODIED - concrete and perceptible.


  • Keynote address by Dr. Michael Merzenich
  • Presentations by internationally known researchers and scholars
  • 26 Feldenkrais Method workshops
  • Ongoing discussion
  • Mentoring
  • Awareness through Movement lessons
  • Opportunities to connect
  • Practical applications of leading-edge research
  • Poster sessions
  • Access to the Feldenkrais Science Network (

Esther Thelen Research Symposium
Thursday, August 30 – Friday, August 31

Read more about the Symposium topics and program.

Conference Keynote:
Friday, August 31
7:30 pm

Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco, and co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Posit Science, and a pioneer in brain plasticity research. His keynote address will be “On the Path to Integrated Recoveries: Brain Plasticity Bases of the Development and Restoration of Impaired Brain Systems.”

Friday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 5

See information regarding program and pricing.


For Feldenkrais® practitioners and students:

  • Immerse yourself in leading-edge research and scholarship in neuroscience
  • Refine your teaching skills in practical workshops and mentoring sessions, led by innovative colleagues and trainers

For scientists, researchers, and scholars:

  • Experience concrete and actionable translations of your knowledge into effective practice
  • Renew your inspiration and creativity by finding possible collaborations in new avenues of scientific exploration and discovery

For professionals in the fields of human development, performance, and health:

  • Meet individual and organizational needs more capably and cogently, with your new insights from our interdisciplinary community of experienced teachers of the Feldenkrais Method®
  • Gain valuable resources, ideas, and applications rooted in neuroscience, embodiment studies, and philosophy, through the Feldenkrais Method®
  • Earn up to 43 educational programming contact hours

The 2012 Annual Conference and Esther Thelen Research Symposium will offer many opportunities for learning, making connections, and enjoying the outstanding attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CLOSED Workshops

S1: Too Strange to be Believed: The Foundations of Reversibility
S2: Fostering Fluency
Su2: Deepening our Somatic Dialogue: Shaping Actions into Behavior
Su3: Thinking and Sensing: Motor Learning Theories and the Feldenkrais Method®
Su4: The Intelligence of Moving Bodies

San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 South Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, California 94402 USA

Rooms are still available at the Marriott for most nights. Go here for more information.