Bridging Worlds

2008 Feldenkrais Method® Annual Conference

University Memorial Center
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 


Pre-Conference July 25 – 27, 2008
Conference July 27 – August 1, 2008 

Joan Borysenko Keynote: Please join us to hear renowned author Dr. Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. speak with us about Awareness and Healing.
Mending the Mind: Bridging Awareness and Healing
University Memorial Center
July 27, 2008 — 7 pm, Glen Miller Ballroom

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"As you know, the Feldenkrais Method is a way of exploration— to discover, or rediscover, how we are, who we are and how we relate to ourselves and others. Our strength and uniqueness lie in how we root our discoveries in the ground of our own being. We can use our Method to explore other worlds (of science, athletics, meditation…), and we can help others use our Method to more fully explore their own worlds. — Katrin Smithback, Program Chair

Week-at-a-Glance

Have a look at the schedule of events by first selecting the day you’re interested in, then select the event to get more information. If you can’t find the level of information you need, the question may be covered in the Frequently Asked Questions.

THURSDAY - JULY 24

2:30pm-5:00pm

On-site housing check-in [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

FRIDAY - JULY 25

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

Conference Registration at Concierge Desk [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

SATURDAY - JULY 26

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Breakfast [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders [Details]
P6-Our Base of Support for Sport [Details]
P8-The Movement of Self-Compassion [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders [Details]
P7-Lengthen and Learn: Lessons for Hamstring Health [Details]
P9-Cycling with Power and Ease: Linking Yourself on Your Bike [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

SUNDAY - JULY 27

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Breakfast [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

CANCELLED -P4-Learn Fly-Casting the Feldenkrais Way [Details]
P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders [Details]
P5-Dwell in Possibility: Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

CANCELLED -P4-Learn Fly-Casting the Feldenkrais Way [Details]
P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization [Details]
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders [Details]
P5-Dwell in Possibility: Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

7:00pm

Joan Borysenko Keynote - Mending the Mind: Awareness and Healing [Details]

8:30pm-10:00pm

After Keynote Reception for Practitioners/Trainees [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Conference Registration at Concierge Desk [Details]

MONDAY - JULY 28

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Morning Awareness Through Movement Class [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

M1-In the Saddle: Translating Rider Request into Action [Details]
M2-The Balancing Act of the Vestibular System [Details]
M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging [Details]
M4-Seeing and Being Seen, Moving and Being Moved: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement as Tools for Observation And Understanding [Details]
M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers [Details]
MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

M1-In the Saddle: Translating Rider Request into Action [Details]
M2-The Balancing Act of the Vestibular System [Details]
M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging [Details]
M4-Seeing and Being Seen, Moving and Being Moved: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement as Tools for Observation And Understanding [Details]
M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers [Details]
MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

7:00pm

Research Forum: What We Know And How We Can Use It [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

TUESDAY - JULY 29

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Morning Awareness Through Movement Class [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons [Details]
T1-Self-Transformation: Bridging the Feldenkrais Method and Psychotherapy [Details]
T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T3-The Balanced Runner: Part One [Details]
T4-Integrating the Breath to Ease Pain and Reduce Anxiety [Details]
T5-Research on the Feldenkrais Method: How Can We Know About What We Do? [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Special Region lunch meeting [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons [Details]
T1-Self-Transformation: Bridging the Feldenkrais Method and Psychotherapy [Details]
T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T3-The Balanced Runner: Part One [Details]
T4-Integrating the Breath to Ease Pain and Reduce Anxiety [Details]
T5-Research on the Feldenkrais Method: How Can We Know About What We Do? [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

7:00pm

Guild Forum: Rebuild the Guild - Give Ourselves a Lesson [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

WEDNESDAY - JULY 30

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

8:00am

Memorial Gathering [Details]

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Breakfast [Details]
Morning Awareness Through Movement Class [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

Trainer and Assistant Trainer Forum [Details]
W1-The Feldenkrais Method and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): What TOS is and What it is Not [Details]
W2-Using Principles of the Feldenkrais Method with Atypical Learners [Details]
W3-Composition and Improvisation: From Music to the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
W4-Decision Making Processes of Feldenkrais Practitioners : A Colloquium [Details]
W5-Liberate Your Inner Dancer through the Twists and Turns of the Argentine Tango [Details]
W6-Effortless Power [Details]
W7-The Balanced Runner: Part Two [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

Getting the Message Across: Marketing Expo and More... [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

7:00pm

Guild Annual Meeting [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

THURSDAY - JULY 31

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Morning Awareness Through Movement Class [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

H1-Diversity, Inclusion and Learning: Deepening and Broadening our Perspective [Details]
H2-The Ties that Bind [Details]
H4-Length for Free Expression: for Dancers, Performing Artists and Movement Teachers [Details]
H5-Walking with Your Whole Self [Details]
H6-Language of Touch for Feldenkrais Practitioners [Details]
SOLD OUT - H3-The Development of the Sense of a Core Self and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

H1-Diversity, Inclusion and Learning: Deepening and Broadening our Perspective [Details]
H2-The Ties that Bind [Details]
H4-Length for Free Expression: for Dancers, Performing Artists and Movement Teachers [Details]
H5-Walking with Your Whole Self [Details]
H6-Language of Touch for Feldenkrais Practitioners [Details]
SOLD OUT - H3-The Development of the Sense of a Core Self and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner [Details]

7:30pm-10:30pm

Party Time! [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

FRIDAY - AUGUST 01

7:00am-8:30am

Breakfast [Details]

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Morning Awareness Through Movement classes [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

F1-Making the Feldenkrais Method a Part of Our Daily Lives [Details]
F2-The Ultimate Feat for Our Feet! [Details]
F3-A Meeting With Remarkable Ideas: G. I. Gurdjieff's Teaching and The Feldenkrais Method [Details]
F4-Reaching from Within [Details]
F5-Framing the Lesson [Details]
F6-Core Strength, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

Final chance to visit FEFNA On-site Bookstore [Details]
Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

F1-Making the Feldenkrais Method a Part of Our Daily Lives [Details]
F2-The Ultimate Feat for Our Feet! [Details]
F3-A Meeting With Remarkable Ideas: G. I. Gurdjieff's Teaching and The Feldenkrais Method [Details]
F4-Reaching from Within [Details]
F5-Framing the Lesson [Details]
F6-Core Strength, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

5:15pm

Closing Circle [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

Pre-Conference

We have three intensive workshops that are part of our Pre-Conference this year.  The teaching is more focused, and these workshops go into greater depth than the normal Conference workshops. 

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization (three-day workshop starts Friday)
P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method (three-day workshop starts Friday)
P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders (two-day workshop starts Saturday)

 
See also Workshops-at-a-Glance (Saturday 7/26 & Sunday 7/27)
Because the Pre-Conference is on a weekend, the Program Committee felt it was important to invite the public as well.  There are a number of shorter workshops designed for the pubic, but open to practitioners and trainees on our Workshops-at-a-Glance page.  The workshop descriptions will state which of the shorter weekend workshops are open to the pubic.

Pre-Conference Schedule

See below for the date(s) and link to more information on two- and three-day Pre-Conference workshops

FRIDAY - JULY 25

Three Day Workshops

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization
Presenter(s): Jeff Haller
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In San Francisco, Moshe stated he could lift a person’s head without changing the tone in his arms. Can you? The quality of our touch and ability to move our students in Functional Integration lessons is determined by our own biomechanical efficiency. After several years of giving lessons, refining our ability to support ourselves when working becomes even more imperative. In this workshop we will examine how to work around the table with better support, ease, sensitivity and effectiveness than before , making our work more functionally directed. The principles that help us become efficient and effective can be directly applied to athletic performance, martial arts, playing music, dancing, walking, and daily life.

 

P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In this workshop we will look at Moshe Feldenkrais’s ideas that are linked with his practical martial-arts work in Judo and self-defense, and discuss the basic influences that the martial arts had on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. From there, we will experience and analyze self-defense techniques as they arise from Awareness Through Movement lessons, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival.

This workshop is also open to the Public.

 

SATURDAY - JULY 26

Two Day Workshops

P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders
Presenter(s): Margaret McIntyre
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Gravity is, paradoxically, our biggest ally in sports that involve speed and the control of speed. Only when we have control can we really “let go” and feel the freedom of movement in harmony with nature. In this workshop we will use Awareness Through Movement lessons and discussion to explore this paradox, with an emphasis on the direct application of the Feldenkrais Method to sports, in particular my specialties of skiing and snowboarding. The specific role the eyes play in performance enhancement will also be incorporated in the lessons.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

Three Day Workshops

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization
Presenter(s): Jeff Haller
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In San Francisco, Moshe stated he could lift a person’s head without changing the tone in his arms. Can you? The quality of our touch and ability to move our students in Functional Integration lessons is determined by our own biomechanical efficiency. After several years of giving lessons, refining our ability to support ourselves when working becomes even more imperative. In this workshop we will examine how to work around the table with better support, ease, sensitivity and effectiveness than before , making our work more functionally directed. The principles that help us become efficient and effective can be directly applied to athletic performance, martial arts, playing music, dancing, walking, and daily life.

 

P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In this workshop we will look at Moshe Feldenkrais’s ideas that are linked with his practical martial-arts work in Judo and self-defense, and discuss the basic influences that the martial arts had on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. From there, we will experience and analyze self-defense techniques as they arise from Awareness Through Movement lessons, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival.

This workshop is also open to the Public.

 

SUNDAY - JULY 27

Two Day Workshops

P3-Gravity 101 for Skiers and Snowboarders
Presenter(s): Margaret McIntyre
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Gravity is, paradoxically, our biggest ally in sports that involve speed and the control of speed. Only when we have control can we really “let go” and feel the freedom of movement in harmony with nature. In this workshop we will use Awareness Through Movement lessons and discussion to explore this paradox, with an emphasis on the direct application of the Feldenkrais Method to sports, in particular my specialties of skiing and snowboarding. The specific role the eyes play in performance enhancement will also be incorporated in the lessons.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

Three Day Workshops

P1-Perspectives on Self-Organization
Presenter(s): Jeff Haller
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In San Francisco, Moshe stated he could lift a person’s head without changing the tone in his arms. Can you? The quality of our touch and ability to move our students in Functional Integration lessons is determined by our own biomechanical efficiency. After several years of giving lessons, refining our ability to support ourselves when working becomes even more imperative. In this workshop we will examine how to work around the table with better support, ease, sensitivity and effectiveness than before , making our work more functionally directed. The principles that help us become efficient and effective can be directly applied to athletic performance, martial arts, playing music, dancing, walking, and daily life.

 

P2-The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In this workshop we will look at Moshe Feldenkrais’s ideas that are linked with his practical martial-arts work in Judo and self-defense, and discuss the basic influences that the martial arts had on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. From there, we will experience and analyze self-defense techniques as they arise from Awareness Through Movement lessons, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival.

This workshop is also open to the Public.

 

Workshops-at-a-Glance

This page gives you a quick listing of all the Conference Workshops from Friday July 25 to Friday August 1, 2008 and shows who the workshop is open to and the name of the Presenter.

Need to Print? See the printable website with photos (opens in a new window, which you can print; 20+ pages), or download the Microsoft Word brochure (.doc) (no photos, 20 pages).

Pre-Conference July 25-27, 2008

You can also find three intensive workshops as part of our Pre-Conference.  This year for the first time we are also offering Conference workshops during the Pre-Conference dates.  Conference workshops are listed below.

Browse Workshops

The listing of links to each day under ‘Workshops’ below, is for scrolling this page to show the workshops on each day. Click on the workshop title to see the description and workshop times.  For workshops open to Trainees, please check the description to see if you are eligible to attend.  In some cases the workshops may be open to the public as well, which is noted in the workshop description.

SATURDAY - JULY 26

Half Day Workshops: Morning

P6-Our Base of Support for Sport
Presenter(s): Irene Gutteridge
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Athletics training typically focuses on the role of muscles in movements propelling us through space. Moshe Feldenkrais demonstrated that the way we use ourselves in relation to our environment is critical in maximizing movement potential, at the same time minimizing the energy spent. From his perspective we can learn to move with the greatest of ease and efficiency. In this workshop we will explore the principles underlying this view and offer an outlook that challenges traditional sports-training paradigms. With Awareness Through Movement lessons as our basis we will discover the sources of ease, efficiency, mobility, and strength, so important in training and performance.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

P8-The Movement of Self-Compassion
Presenter(s): Erin Geesaman Rabke, Carl Rabke
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

"You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." — Mary Oliver

Self-aggression often enters our most well-intentioned ways of working with our embodied selves. It appears in exercise, yoga, sports and daily life, causing injury, stress, burn-out, and a sense of never being good enough. Lasting improvement arises most effectively in a learning mode. In the Feldenkrais Method, we understand that learning is enhanced in an environment of non-judgmental awareness and curiosity, encouraging exploration without fear of mistakes. Through Awareness Through Movement lessons we will explore the rich terrain of learning that unfolds when movement becomes a vehicle for self understanding rather than correction.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

Half Day Workshops: Afternoon

P7-Lengthen and Learn: Lessons for Hamstring Health
Presenter(s): Irene Gutteridge
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
2:30pm-5:00pm

How often do we hear folks complain about their tight hamstrings! These notoriously tight muscles can become long and mobile again if given the right care. This workshop is ideal for first-time visitors to the Feldenkrais Method as well as for practitioners. We will learn key principles to help understand why so many of us have chronically tight hamstrings that seem to maintain their tightness even with diligent flexibility exercises. Selected Awareness Through Movement lessons will allow us to experience these principles in action and will leave not only our hamstrings in better shape, but our entire body.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

P9-Cycling with Power and Ease: Linking Yourself on Your Bike
Presenter(s): Shannon Kolman
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
2:30pm-5:00pm

Sitting in the saddle of a bike, our connection to the earth changes. Our ability to sense connections through our skeleton can dramatically affect our performance and comfort on the bike. In this workshop, movement lessons, discussions, and experiential exercises will help participants learn to generate maximum power and precision, while exerting minimum energy, on the bike. Whether you’re training for your next race, a weekend bike warrior, or just enjoy cruising around the park you will learn useful skills that you can apply to your cycling.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

SUNDAY - JULY 27

Full Day Workshops

CANCELLED -P4-Learn Fly-Casting the Feldenkrais Way
Presenter(s): Jean Pierre Martin
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

CANCELLED - The beauty and efficiency of fly-casting have nothing to do with force. They come from a combination of technique and good body organization. Mastering these can be greatly facilitated by instruction that integrates Feldenkrais Method principles. In this workshop, beginners and experienced casters alike will improve their ability while experimenting with a novel way of learning through Feldenkrais pedagogy. Come and explore the missing link between traditional teaching of fly-casting and an alternate way of learning, via the Feldenkrais Method. The model of this workshop can be applied to other sports and activities of daily life.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

P5-Dwell in Possibility: Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Erin Geesaman Rabke
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

"The hardest part of the body to adjust in a yoga posture is the brain.” — Yoga master Iyengar

“I’m not after flexible bodies, but flexible brains.” — Moshe Feldenkrais

The Yoga Sutras invite practitioners to discover stability and bliss (sthira and sukha.) In Feldenkrais work we regard ease as fundamental to learning and learn how to find stability in action. Discover how the Feldenkrais Method can support an enjoyable, injury-free yoga practice, increasing our skill in yogic movement as well as our sense of wholeness . Learn how to increase flexibility without stretching. Enjoy a day exploring the inner territory where these two streams mingle in a deep sense of embodied wholeness and vitality.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

MONDAY - JULY 28

Full Day Workshops

M1-In the Saddle: Translating Rider Request into Action
Presenter(s): Pamela Beets
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

More than technique or a set of rules the art and language of riding is a dynamic, continual interaction between rider and horse. Information will be relevant for both equestrian practitioners & students and those unfamiliar with riding. Through work with unmounted riders in a saddle, “riders” will experience and understand balance and postural dynamics, using specific skills and language relating to Equestrians. Using Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement lessons, discover how to translate a specific request from the rider, using ‘riding’ language, to bring awareness & understanding of body mechanics while riding.

This workshop is also open to the public for the morning half.

 

M2-The Balancing Act of the Vestibular System
Presenter(s): Charlotte Watership
Open To: Practitioners
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

What exactly is the vestibular system? Usually when we hear “vestibular"‚ we think of balance and only balance. However, all our senses are connected to this system of small canals in our inner ear which are in turn affected by other areas in the brain. Learn what this system is, how to directly affect each of the canals, and how our work as Feldenkrais practitioners influences this system more than we realize. Simple anatomy and physiology will be covered with extended exploration of the vestibular connection to vision, sound, and the kinesthetic sense.

 

M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging
Presenter(s): Frank Wildman
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Our most personal capacities to move, feel and think are related to hidden evolutionary mechanisms. Through exploratory movement laboratories we will discover how human motion and human awareness arose together through both persistent environmental pressures and rapidly increasing choices in sexual selection. This day long distillation is a synthesis of a program designed for Feldenkrais trainings as well as for audiences involved in the arts or sciences. Newcomers to the Feldenkrais Method may find it an interesting introduction to the breadth and depth of the Method. This program promises to make abstract ideas a very moving experience.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

M4-Seeing and Being Seen, Moving and Being Moved: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement as Tools for Observation And Understanding
Presenter(s): Lisa Tsetse
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

This workshop engages participants in Awareness Through Movement lessons and in the practice of Authentic Movement. Each session includes an Awareness Through Movement lesson on scanning and eye use and an exploration of the dyadic relationship between mover and witness in Authentic Movement. The mover’s responsibility is to be true to him- or herself. The witness practices non-judgment in regard to the mover’s experience. Mover/witness roles create a bridge to the development of consciousness and inform our understanding of the Feldenkrais Method and our everyday lives.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers
Presenter(s): Darrell Bluhm
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Participants will learn how skeletal organization and effective breath support can improve every-day speaking and singing and provide power for projection. This is a workshop for curious beginners and professionals alike. Together, we will explore the fascinating world of the voice through group singing and speaking. We invite you to be brave and come to learn how your voice is your entire body.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

Two Day Workshops

MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons
Presenter(s): Lawrence Goldfarb, Anastasi Siotas
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Whether determining how to develop your Functional Integration skills, figuring out what to do at the next study group meeting or planning a tutorial for trainees or teachers, how do we understand what makes for proficiency? Which are the crucial observational abilities? How do we foster “Feldenkrais touch” and cultivate skillful self-use? What does it mean to practice a pedagogy that claims to have no principles? When is learning happening?

Day One: Overview of requisite FI abilities, guideposts for evaluation and a map for stewarding professional development. Day One is presented by Larry Goldfarb and Anastasi Siotas.
Day One is open to all practitioners.

Day Two: Developing competence, understanding and intuition through interactive and collaborative learning. Day Two is presented by Larry Goldfarb. Attendance at the Day One workshop is a prerequisite for Day Two.
Day Two is only open to practitioners with 5 years experience

 

TUESDAY - JULY 29

Full Day Workshops

T1-Self-Transformation: Bridging the Feldenkrais Method and Psychotherapy
Presenter(s): Donna Ray
Open To: Practitioners
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

"If we do nothing to change our emotional pattern of behavior, tomorrow will resemble yesterday in most details except the date.” — Moshe Feldenkrais

In this workshop we will discuss Dr. Feldenkrais’s thoughts on self-transformation. I will demonstrate and discuss how to apply Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement lessons to change habits of anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, compulsivity and sexuality. I will also present innovative psychotherapeutic approaches and current theories in neuroscience that support Feldenkrais’s thinking.

 

T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance
Presenter(s): Fred Onufryk
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that involves thinking, sensing, and moving. Often the skills of sensing oneself and adapting one’s movements while playing are relegated to the background of perception, resulting in tension, pain, and overuse injuries due to excess muscular effort. In this workshop, we will observe musicians playing and explore when, where and how the skeleton does or does not provide the necessary postural support. We will use Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration lessons to discover the profound effects posture has on comfort and ease, tone and resonance. If not a musician, bring your curiosity.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

T3-The Balanced Runner: Part One
Presenter(s): Jae Gruenke
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Conventional wisdom has it that every person has a distinctive running style that can’t be changed without risk of injury and that performance depends on strength, endurance, and guts. Runners abandoning such beliefs face conflicting theories on how to safely make changes, reduce wear and tear, and increase efficiency.

In this workshop, we will use Feldenkrais movement lessons in combination with running to understand the main elements of good form and the learning environment that helps each runner safely grasp efficient, healthy, and technically masterful running. We’ll focus on feeling how to use the core muscles for maximum economy, how to align the hips, knees and feet to reduce knee and foot strain, and how to coordinate the upper and lower body for power. Participants will receive an audio CD, a list of refresher questions, and a follow-up phone consultation. (See also “W7- The Balanced Runner: Part Two” on Wednesday- open to practitioners)

Participants should bring a thick bath towel and come dressed to run.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

T4-Integrating the Breath to Ease Pain and Reduce Anxiety
Presenter(s): Julie Francis
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

In the face of injury or other insult we instinctively aim toward protecting ourselves. Doing so often results in movement patterns and postures that exacerbate rather than alleviate discomfort, be it physical or emotional. Focused breathing, integrated with gentle movement, can provide the foundation for healing and easier ways of being. Using Awareness Through Movement lessons as the focus of inquiry, we’ll explore the potency of breath in supporting ease.

The experiential morning session is open to the public, practitioners and trainees alike.

The afternoon session is open only to practitioners. In the afternoon session for practitioners we will investigate integrating breathing into all aspects of teaching the Feldenkrais Method.

 

T5-Research on the Feldenkrais Method: How Can We Know About What We Do?
Presenter(s): Jim Stephens
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Science is based on an empirical theory of knowledge, asserting that events are objective and reproducible within specified conditions. Many believe that the Feldenkrais Method is non-conventional, being experiential and subjective in nature. The interactive colloquium in the morning will be presented by Ralph Strauch, Carl Ginsburg, Pat Buchanan and Jim Stephens and is open to discussion among workshop participants.

The morning session is open to the public.

The afternoon session is for people who have done, are doing or planning to do research on the Feldenkrais Method. Two sets of discussions will be organized among qualitative and quantitative researchers. Cross-collaboration is encouraged. Participants should read the series of papers in the IFF Research Journal Vol. 1 and Vol.3, available at http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/index2004.htm and http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/index2007.htm.

 

Two Day Workshops

MT6-Furthering the Art of Functional Integration Lessons
Presenter(s): Lawrence Goldfarb, Anastasi Siotas
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Whether determining how to develop your Functional Integration skills, figuring out what to do at the next study group meeting or planning a tutorial for trainees or teachers, how do we understand what makes for proficiency? Which are the crucial observational abilities? How do we foster “Feldenkrais touch” and cultivate skillful self-use? What does it mean to practice a pedagogy that claims to have no principles? When is learning happening?

Day One: Overview of requisite FI abilities, guideposts for evaluation and a map for stewarding professional development. Day One is presented by Larry Goldfarb and Anastasi Siotas.
Day One is open to all practitioners.

Day Two: Developing competence, understanding and intuition through interactive and collaborative learning. Day Two is presented by Larry Goldfarb. Attendance at the Day One workshop is a prerequisite for Day Two.
Day Two is only open to practitioners with 5 years experience

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 30

Half Day Workshops: Morning

W1-The Feldenkrais Method and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): What TOS is and What it is Not
Presenter(s): Charlotte Watership
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Many people have the diagnosis or the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): muscle and nerve pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder and/or hand. The Feldenkrais Method can be very beneficial to those experiencing these debilitating symptoms. Learn the anatomy of this diagnosis, what nerve glides are, and how to differentiate between TOS and other disorders which mimic TOS. Explore how the Feldenkrais Method can be most helpful, using tactile, vestibular, auditory, and self-image strategies.

 

W2-Using Principles of the Feldenkrais Method with Atypical Learners
Presenter(s): Linda Flanders
Open To: Practitioners
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Within the educational system, we are often prevented from touching students. Many students will not or cannot follow verbal instructions. How can we teach atypical learners self-awareness and cognitive thinking skills? This workshop takes you through a class designed to teach principles of thinking and doing from the Feldenkrais Method through clay, art-based lessons and use of the imagination. You will learn “another way” to understand principles of learning from the Feldenkrais Method and how they can be used in schools, after school programs, or even through probation. This class is currently taught for a probation department with an 89% decrease in recidivism. (Written curriculum is available).

 

W3-Composition and Improvisation: From Music to the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Bob Schlesinger
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Music is not just one note after another, nor is a Feldenkrais lesson one movement after another. There are parallels between how music is composed, or improvised, and how an Awareness Through Movement lesson is composed or a Functional Integration lesson improvised. Exploring thematic development in music can show how to present a lesson that is unified yet varied. Demonstrating and understanding musical form can help us create a lesson from beginning to middle to end. We will listen to music and analyze the structure of Feldenkrais lessons against the background of musical composition.

 

W4-Decision Making Processes of Feldenkrais Practitioners : A Colloquium
Presenter(s): Teresa Miller
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Are there common threads to the decisions that Feldenkrais practitioners make when working with clients? How does an expert practitioner make decisions about how to proceed with a lesson? This colloquium will be an opportunity for students, practitioners, assistant trainers and trainers to learn about recent research on the decision making processes of “nominated master” Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. The significance of this study for the Feldenkrais community will be discussed and avenues for further research identified. ("nominated master" is terminology developed by the presenter)

Trainees attending this workshop must be enrolled in Year 3 or 4.

 

W5-Liberate Your Inner Dancer through the Twists and Turns of the Argentine Tango
Presenter(s): Jean Fung
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

This workshop is designed to enhance the skills of all dancers. The Awareness Through Movement lessons we will be using may appear deceptively simple, yet they will have a profound effect on your dancing, posture and sense of well being. We will discover how to dance effortlessly as we improve dancing balance and posture and learn how to reduce knee, foot, back, neck and shoulder discomfort. Included will be self-care tips and tools for dancing easily and freely without pain or fear of injury.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

W6-Effortless Power
Presenter(s): Judy Remedios
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

The human body can produce incredible power from very little effort. According to Moshe Feldenkrais, “the sensation of effort is the subjective feeling of wasted movement.” This wasted energy, exerted routinely in daily life, becomes a continuous drain on vitality. How can we learn to move as one integrated unit from the moment of stillness to action, without separation within ourselves? Combining fundamentals from Aikido and self-defense with Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration lessons, we will explore how to find our center, move from intention into action, control ourselves and then effectively affect another, with effortless focused power.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

W7-The Balanced Runner: Part Two
Presenter(s): Jae Gruenke
Open To: Practitioners
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Running is more than a sport; it is a fundamental human gait. As a follow-up to the full-day Balanced Runner workshop offered on Tuesday, we’ll look at the basic mechanics and the varied forms of running using images, video footage, and movement, with particular attention to the differences between walking and running. Then we’ll work in pairs to develop skills for observing running and strategies for creating lessons to help runners, other athletes who run, and anyone who would like to have access to this particularly thrilling aspect of our biological inheritance.

Participants should bring appropriate footwear for a small amount of running.

You must attend Part One in order to attend Part Two.

 

THURSDAY - JULY 31

Full Day Workshops

H1-Diversity, Inclusion and Learning: Deepening and Broadening our Perspective
Presenter(s): Donna Blank, Alice Friedman, Keith Johnson
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Moshe Feldenkrais voiced strong opinions. Still, he constantly investigated, contemplated and explored the ideas of others, integrating them into awareness, through movement. We all draw from a variety of disciplines, personal histories and inner resources. This workshop is an invitation to contemplate, share, and emerge working with a richer palate and multidimensional view of our practices. Contemplation begins prior to the workshop upon receiving questions stimulating reflection on your resources and interests. The workshop proper will build on these reflections, refining and deepening appreciation of our own styles, the styles of others, the learning we can create and then put into practice.

 

H2-The Ties that Bind
Presenter(s): Donald Vanhowten
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Every component of our system - bones, muscles, organs, and nerves are innervated and thus sense-responsive. Because our bones are suspended, tied in place by many of these other tissues, when we address a student through the skeleton we also elicit other tissues. If the tissue is very habituated it may dull the sensory response and cause the loss of inclusion of the area in our self image. We will explore how utilizing our method of contact from a slightly different perspective can enable us to address these tissues in order to create a more complete functional self-image.

Trainees attending this workshop must be enrolled in Year 3 or 4.

 

H4-Length for Free Expression: for Dancers, Performing Artists and Movement Teachers
Presenter(s): Prisca Winslow Bradley
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

"Unnecessary effort accompanying an action tends to shorten the body” — Moshe Feldenkrais

The posture of dancers has been admired by many. If mastered with length it is the foundation for free movement and expression. If accomplished with tension, it interferes with breathing and balance and can lead to injuries. In this workshop, we will explore how to move without effort and discover how owning our full height improves flexibility, balance, and breathing, and surprisingly allows us to access our strength like never before.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

H5-Walking with Your Whole Self
Presenter(s): Diana Razumny
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

This workshop will demonstrate clearly how Awareness Through Movement lessons can translate into walking with more grace, ease and whole-self integration. We will use walking-relevant lessons to bridge between: proximal and distal, parts and whole, inside and outside. The workshop, being open to the public, will also be an example of how to introduce the Feldenkrais Method within the theme of walking. For practitioners and trainees attending the workshop, the instructor will be available during lunch and after the workshop for discussion.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

H6-Language of Touch for Feldenkrais Practitioners
Presenter(s): Mischul Brownstone
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Is our work guided by an internal sense of satisfaction when we touch during a Functional Integration lesson? How does touch affect the quality of our student’s experience? A student’s openness to learning is influenced by a variety of factors, including the safety that comes from clear boundaries; the competence and confidence the student senses in the practitioner; touch that is caring and respectful of the student’s organic learning. This workshop is devoted to refining the ability to use touch as a tool for deepening our presence, developing clarity and keeping boundaries while we work.

Trainees attending this workshop must be enrolled in Year 3 or 4.

 

SOLD OUT - H3-The Development of the Sense of a Core Self and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Carl Ginsburg
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

This workshop is sold out. Daniel Stern, in his study of infant development, The Interpersonal World of the Infant, describes the development of a core sense of self. What is this core sense and how can we make use of this concept in our work as Feldenkrais practitioners? In this workshop we will explore this question with examples and Awareness Through Movement explorations that lead us back to the core.

Trainees attending this workshop must be enrolled in Year 3 or 4.

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 01

Full Day Workshops

F1-Making the Feldenkrais Method a Part of Our Daily Lives
Presenter(s): Jeff Haller
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Awareness Through Movement lessons provide a model for making the Feldenkrais Method a practice of daily life. In this workshop we will use Awareness Through Movement to address the question of how to cleanse past debris from our activities of thinking, sensing, feeling and moving, providing the space to live our own unique lives with greater contentment, fulfillment and improved performance.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

F2-The Ultimate Feat for Our Feet!
Presenter(s): Kathy James
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Our feet are our base of support and our connection to the earth. Our feet contain nerve endings for sensing and responding to the many activities in our lives - standing, walking, running, dancing, skating....

However, wearing shoes, and walking on concrete sidewalks and flat surfaces lead us to lose the natural sensitivity that our feet possess. In this Awareness Through Movement workshop we will learn to re-experience our feet in new and interesting ways that will enhance our vitality and balance. We may even learn to balance a book or two on our feet. What a feat!

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

F3-A Meeting With Remarkable Ideas: G. I. Gurdjieff's Teaching and The Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Lavinia Plonka
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Many people are unaware of Gurdjieff’s influence on contemporary philosophy and personal development. From the Ennegram to the Law of Attraction, much of his teaching has spilled into pop culture without his name attached. Moshe Feldenkrais often referred to G.I. Gurdjieff’s system of self-study and movement. Using film, movement and attention exercises and excerpts of Gurdjieff’s writing, we will explore the parallels between Gurdjieff’s teaching and the Feldenkrais Method. This experiential workshop includes Awareness Through Movement lessons that either reference Gurdjieff’s ideas or contain principles that correspond to both men’s teachings.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

F4-Reaching from Within
Presenter(s): Katrin Smithback
Open To: Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience)
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

One of the most important ways we contact the world around us is through touch, reaching out to investigate, manipulate and interact with our environment. In this workshop we will explore the activity of reaching, discovering how we can use reaching to improve other activities, such as sitting, bending, standing up, and to decrease neck, back and shoulder pain. Using the lens of reaching, we will explore ideas of length, self-image and optimal movement and learn how to use ground reaction forces. Throughout, we will be honing our skills of observation and effective self-use.

 

F5-Framing the Lesson
Presenter(s): Anastasi Siotas
Open To: Practitioners
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Like great compositions, great Feldenkrais lessons contain a clear beginning, middle and end. In this workshop, we will focus on strategies for “book-ending” our lessons in order to make the benefits immediately accessible to our students. We will examine the types of questions that encourage a functionally meaningful collaboration with our students and explore ways of developing home study suggestions for self-directed learning well after a lesson is over. Framing lessons not only helps students take a lesson home but is also a great way to hone our ability to have meaningful conversations about the Method.

 

F6-Core Strength, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Barbara Anderson
Open To: Practitioners, Trainees
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

The buzz words “core strength” are often associated with the Pilates Method. However, Moshe Feldenkrais showed us a different way to address core strength through many complex and multidimensional Awareness Through Movement lessons that involve the core muscles. In this workshop, we will study the anatomy and function of these muscles, learn core-specific movements, demonstrate how the Pilates technique addresses the use of the relevant muscles, and study lessons from Moshes Feldenkrais’s Alexander Yanai series that include core muscles. Finally, contrasting the Feldenkrais Method and Pilates approaches, we will discuss what Feldenkrais practitioners have to offer to core strength.

This workshop is also open to the public.

 

Special Events

SUNDAY - JULY 27

7:00pm   

Joan Borysenko Keynote - Mending the Mind: Awareness and Healing
Presenter(s): Joan Borysenko, PhD.
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

As scientific understanding of the human system grows, research is beginning to verify and correlate with the ideas and Method of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the brilliant scientist whose deep understandings of the human condition and human functioning were far ahead of his time. As the creator of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, he was described as “a visionary scientist who pioneered the field of mind-body education and therapy, [and] has inspired countless people worldwide.”

Dr. Joan Borysenko, a Harvard trained medical scientist, psychologist, spiritual teacher and author is also described as a “compelling pioneer in the field of mind/body science.” Like Dr. Feldenkrais, Borysenko thinks holistically. She has prolifically published in scientific journals and for the public, effectively bridging the worlds of current scientific understanding with practical, concrete, and deeply rewarding application to human life. An inspiring speaker, Joan has the capacity to take the most complex scientific research and make it comprehensible to both lay and academic audiences.

All attendees will enjoy the way this brilliant speaker brings light to the unique Method of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. For anyone curious about optimizing the opportunities life presents, this lecture will offer a unique tour through embodiment, science, movement, and meaning; rich with practical information and meaningful inspiration.

For Feldenkrais practitioners and other professionals in mind-body disciplines such as yoga, bodywork, psychotherapy, etc., Joan will provide informed perspectives from her own personal experience of bridging the worlds of science and spirituality. In addition, she will offer insights into ways we as practitioners might bring the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method to a larger population, as well as unique perspectives on scientific research which relates directly to the foundations of our Method.

Dr.Borysenko’s humor, authenticity and impeccable scientific background make her a compelling and inspiring speaker who promises to create a rich learning environment in which the bridging of worlds becomes a natural and exciting territory for exploration.

Joan Borysenko photo by Charles Bush

 

MONDAY - JULY 28

7:00pm   

Research Forum: What We Know And How We Can Use It
Presenter(s): Jim Stephens
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

This forum will have two parts. First, a summary of research done on the Feldenkrais Method, to date, will be presented. All areas and types of research will be drawn into this discussion. An emphasis will be placed on practical implications of this research for practitioners and questions that this research raises about the practice of the Feldenkrais Method. The forum will end with a poster session presenting some new and some old research on Feldenkrais Method, with investigators present to discuss their work. These posters will also be available for viewing on Tuesday.

 

TUESDAY - JULY 29

12:30pm-2:30pm   

Special Region lunch meeting
Presenter(s): Council of Regional Reps
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

You will be delivered the box lunch you specified on the registration form when you registered for the Conference. The location where you will pick up your box lunch, and where your region will be meeting, will be posted at the Concierge desk located in the Atrium at the head of the stairs to the first floor of the University Memorial Center.

 

7:00pm   

Guild Forum: Rebuild the Guild - Give Ourselves a Lesson
Presenter(s): FGNA Board of Directors
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

Within the last year a new awareness of vulnerability has dawned in our Feldenkrais community, involving both Guild members and non-members, staff and volunteers—including the FGNA Board of Directors. How can we revitalize our community and advance our profession? How can we rebuild the Guild? Reexamining our underlying assumptions and expectations is essential. Can FGNA function under current assumptions? Can we do everything we have wanted to do? How can members best help prioritize and influence decision-making? If our dues money will only go so far, how should we spend it? All this, and a Great Big ATM!

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 30

8:00am   

Memorial Gathering
Presenter(s): FGNA
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

Gather with your colleagues to reflect on and appreciate teh lives of those we have lost.

 

2:30pm-5:00pm   

Getting the Message Across: Marketing Expo and More...
Presenter(s): Council of Regional Representatives
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

Come together with colleagues to learn what we can say and do to bridge the gap between us and all the people who can benefit from our work. Along the way there will be special presentations and hands-on ways for you to take the next step in promoting your practice.

 

7:00pm   

Guild Annual Meeting
Presenter(s): FGNA Board of Directors
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

Join your colleagues, get information, and contribute your ideas at the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America Annual Meeting. Meeting topics include recognition of volunteers, nominations for the FGNA Board of Directors and other volunteer leadership positions, a financial report - with time for your questions - and a continuing discussion on topics brought forth at Tuesday’s Guild Forum.

We’ll finish the evening with a special Awareness Through Movement lesson.

 

THURSDAY - JULY 31

7:30pm-10:30pm   

Party Time!
Presenter(s): Party
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

Come celebrate with every bone in your body or, just kick back, watch and listen with awe as your colleagues entertain you. Be there for that magic moment, when the music begins and the dance floor explodes with Feldies doing what they do best ...... moving. We’ll have entertainment, all manner of impossible-to-label performances, contests, prizes, and food and drink to sustain you. Please join us for an evening of creative exuberance.

PS If you are suddenly gripped by desire to perform, take heart. Talk to Candy (who is walking about in an outrageous hat) and perhaps the impossible will become possible.

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 01

5:15pm   

Closing Circle
Presenter(s): FGNA
Open To: Practitioners, Practitioners (With 5+ Years of Experience), Trainees

As we gather one more time, filled with knowledge and camaraderie, let us send each other off with a wish for each other’s peace, safety and growth. Location will be posted at the Concierge desk before Friday.

 

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson (1986) holds a master’s degree in dance (George Washington University), is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor. She owns and directs the movement studio Body and Soul of Kansas City where she teaches 150 students/week integrating the Feldenkrais Method, yoga, and Pilates.

Pamela Beets

Pamela Beets (1991) has worked with riders and horses in diverse fields from roping to dressage for over 20 years. Pam has studied extensively with Linda Tellington-Jones, as well as participating in clinics with respected equestrian teachers Sally Swift and Susan Harris, and Olympic medalist Kim Walness.

Donna Blank

Donna Blank (1983), MS, CFT, CMA, is a Feldenkrais trainer with a background in dance, sculpting, Laban Movement Analysis, meditation and Authentic Movement, activities that inform her work in creativity, learning and positive self-image.  A founder of the Master’s program at Wesleyan University, she practices in the Washington, DC area and the Hudson valley.

Darrell Bluhm

Darrelll Bluhm (1996) is a sixth-dan, Shihan in Aikido and chief instructor of Siskyou Aikikai in Ashland, OR, where he teaches Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan and maintains a private Feldenkrais practice.  This year is his sixth season with the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, combining thirty-five years of martial arts experience with the Feldenkrais Method.

Mischul Brownstone

Mischul Brownstone (1983) has been exploring touch in both its subtle and concrete manifestations in Functional Integration for many years.  He calls this aspect of his work The Language of Touch.

Linda Flanders

Linda Flanders (1991) is CEO of Taproot, Inc., specializing in education through the arts. She has a degree in criminal justice and is an independent filmmaker. Linda is a published author and national conference presenter. She specializes in using the media arts to work with atypical behavior.

Julie Francis

Julie Francis (1994) is an assistant trainer.  Much of her private practice is focused on working with persons with psychomotor dysfunction and chronic pain, as well as those who in various stages of emotional discovery.  Julie informs her teaching with gentle humor and a playful spirit that makes learning fun.

Alice Friedman

Alice Friedman (1987), MA, R.Psych., is an Feldenkrais assistant trainer with a background as a psychologist and trained dancer.  She has studied and taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma recovery work in addition to studying Ericksonian hypnosis, cranio-sacral therapy and meditation.  Alice practices in Victoria, BC and on Salt Spring Island.

Jean Fung

Jean Strybos Fung (2005) was a former research scientist before becoming a convert to movement and dance. As one of the tango pioneers in the USA,  she was instrumental in creating a tango community in the greater Philadelphia area.  She teaches Argentine Tango and the Feldenkrais Method in NYC, Princeton, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA

Erin Geesaman Rabke

Erin Geesaman Rabke (2007) has been practicing yoga since 1987 and teaching since 1995. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she maintains a full-time private practice in The Feldenkrais Method, yoga and yoga therapy as well as offering regular workshops and courses. She loves her livelihood.

Carl Ginsburg

Carl Ginsburg (1977), PhD, has been a Feldenkrais trainer since 1991 and has written extensively about the Feldenkrais Method. He is now completing a book, The Intelligence of Moving Bodies.

Lawrence Goldfarb

Larry Goldfarb (1983), Ph.D., is an author, movement scientist and trainer. Founder of Mind In Motion, he currently directs trainings in Manhattan and Amsterdam. Known for demystifying the method and for his commitment to each student’s learning, Dr. Goldfarb offers practitioner supervision, advanced trainings and mentor training programs.

Jae Gruenke

Jae Gruenke (2003), runner, former dancer, and owner of Intelligent Exercise LLC, focuses on developing workshop and individual lesson formats addressing running performance. She works with runners and running teams in the New York City area.

Irene Gutteridge

Irene Gutteridge (2007), MSC, practices the Feldenkrais Method in Whistler, British Columbia and teaches principles of the Feldenkrais Method to the Canadian alpine ski team.  She brings twelve years of expertise from the exercise and health sciences to her work and is praised for her ability to provide and capture unique environments for human learning.

Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller (1983), PhD, has been a Feldenkrais trainer since 1993.  His background includes Transpersonal Psychology, athletics, martial arts, and outdoor activities.  He strives to provide his students with classroom settings that help in the development of dynamic and effective ways of working with their students as well as with themselves.

Kathy James

Kathy James (1983) is a Feldenkrais practitioner and assistant trainer. She holds a second-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and is trained as a dancer.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, teaches through Kaiser Permanente and has a private practice in Petaluma, California.

Keith Johnson

Keith B. Johnson (1997), MS, studied laser physics at the University of Illinois, toured for eight years with an avant-garde music ensemble, and worked at the Gesundheit-Institute in West Virginia while training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner in Strasbourg, France.  He currently practices full-time in Chalottesville, VA, serving retirees, equestrians and tri-athletes.

Shannon Kolman

Shannon Kolman (2006) is a Feldenkrais practitioner working in Golden and Denver, Colorado.  A Colorado native, Shannon has been mountain biking since the late 1980s (before bike shocks) and road cycling since 1990.  After a debilitating injury, Shannon used the Feldenkrais Method to regain her ability to cycle again with power and ease.

Margaret McIntyre

Margaret McIntyre (1986) is an assistant trainer and fully qualified PSIA ski instructor/trainer in the Vail Ski School, where she founded her “Signature” Integrated Skiing and Snowboarding programs and presents her programs each winter. She has also developed corporate Wellness programs. Now based in Maui, she also surfs and windsurfs.

Teresa Miller

Teresa M. Miller (1999), PhD, PT, has a PhD in physical therapy from Temple University. She is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, Downstate Medical Center, NYC and also owns a private practice.  Her research activities include outcomes, processes and decision making in the practice of the Feldenkrais Method.

Moti Nativ

Moti Nativ (1994) served four years as Israel’s Feldenkrais Guild president and ETC rep. Shihan (master teacher of martial arts), head of the Israeli Bujinkan Dojo.  He has been teaching martial arts since 1978, is proficient in Budo-taijutsu (Japanese ancient fighting arts), Judo, and Krav Maga (military combat system.)

Fred Onufryk

Fred Onufryk (1991), MS, PT, is passionate about working with musicians. He has worked with students and faculty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He also loves snowboarding, mountain biking, and Thai cooking.

Jean Pierre Martin

Jean-Pierre Martin (1991) has been interested in movement for more than 35 years.  He was certified as a fly-casting instructor by Joan Wulff and studied with Jason Borger of A River Runs Through It fame.  Jean-Pierre writes articles for fly-fishing magazines and gives workshops and presentations during fly-fishing events.

Lavinia Plonka

Lavinia Plonka (1994) has been a member of the Gurdijeff Foundation for more than twenty-five years.  She blends her background in theater, dance and inner arts to excite people around the world about the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method.  She has written two books and is director of Asheville Movement Center in NC.

Carl Rabke

Carl Rabke (2007), LMT, maintains a full-time private practice in Structural Integration, massage, and the Feldenkrais Method in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He offers regular workshops and courses in Awareness Through Movement.

Donna Ray

Donna Ray (1986), MA, MFT,  is a Feldenkrais trainer, educational director and psychotherapist who has studied and taught human transformation for more than 25 years.  Her private practice (Cardiff, San Diego) and teaching include infants to seniors, those severely challenged to successful performers.  She is interested in improving relational behaviors using the Feldenkrais Method and psychotherapy.

Diana Razumny

Diana Razumny (1993), a Feldenkrais trainer, has extensive experience with training programs in various capacities since she enrolled in her own in 1989. Assisting in five trainings continuously, she has designed curriculum including several segments with an emphasis on walking.

Judy Remedios

Judy Remedios (1997) holds a second-degree Black Belt in Aikido, has more than thirty years of teaching experience in Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation, is a musician and Feldenkrais practitioner.  Her background includes sports, music, psychology and martial arts; bridging Eastern and Western philosophies and the study of Being (ontology).

Bob Schlesinger

Bob Schlesinger (2007), a professional musician for thirty years, has been touring the country playing jazz, the blues, and R&B.  He has a degree in music theory and composition, composes music for film, and teaches piano and the Feldenkrais Method in Boulder, CO.  He presented this workshop in his training with rave reviews!

Anastasi Siotas

Anastasi Siotas (1997) organizes NYC Feldenkrais teacher trainings as well as advanced professional trainings for Mind in Motion.  He is a pioneer trainer in Bones for Life® and a teaching assistant for choreographer/anatomist Irene Dowd.  He is currently completing the Certified Movement Analyst training through the Laban Institute in NYC.

Katrin Smithback

Katrin Smithback (1983) is a Feldenkrais Trainer teaching in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia, she has an active private practice in Santa Fe, NM, and has taught Feldenkrais in the theater and dance departments at the College of Santa Fe.  She leads numerous workshops and mentoring groups for trainees and practitioners.

Jim Stephens

Jim Stephens (1987) is co-chair of the Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America Research Committee, has a PhD in Neuroscience, is on the physical therapy faculty at Temple University and has an independent Feldenkrais Method practice.  He has published peer-reviewed, quantitative and case report research about the Feldenkrais Method, most recently in the Physical Therapy Journal in 2006.

Lisa Tsetse

Lisa Tsetse (2001) maintains a Feldenkrais Method practice, teaches creative movement, and choreographs and directs multi-arts performances in Ithaca, NY.  Early influences include modern and post-modern dance, dance movement therapy, and the practice of Authentic Movement.  In 1979 she co-founded the Fort Wayne Dance Collective.

Donald Vanhowten

Donald Van Howten (1997) has studied massage, Polarity therapy, postural integration, cranial osteopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, visceral therapy, acupuncture, and the Feldenkrais Method.  He is an instructor at the Ayurvedic Institute and teaches his work around the globe.  He is the author of ‘Ayurveda and Life Impressions Bodywork’.

Charlotte Watership

Charlotte Watership (1991) has practiced the Feldenkrais Method in her private practice and with certified hand therapists, specializing in clients experiencing shoulder, elbow and hand injuries and neurological disorders. Charlotte has also been an occupational therapist for 28 years and has been fascinated by the connection of the Feldenkrais Method and Sensory Integration.

Frank Wildman

Frank Wildman (1977), Ph.D,  is the producer and educational director of numerous Feldenkrais professional training programs and is best known for his presentations of specialized programs to public and professional audiences.  His most recent materials include “Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability,” and “Improving with Age.”

Prisca Winslow Bradley

Prisca Winslow Bradley (1991), a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, has a private practice in Taos, NM and assists in Feldenkrais training programs. Twelve years ago her experience as professional dancer, teacher and choreographer inspired an annual week long Feldenkrais/Dance intensive for Dance Teachers. Prisca has taught workshops for WTXU, BalleJorgen, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Sarah Lawrence College, among others. Her most recent excitement is learning trapeze.

Fees

Practitioners

If you have graduated from an accredited Feldenkrais® training program, and are eligible for professional membership with FGNA, the following rates apply. You are eligible to attend the workshops marked open to practitioners, or if you have five or more years of experience since graduation, you can also attend workshops marked for practitioners of 5+ years experience.

2008 Member of FGNA
2-Day Pre-Conference - $175  Before 5/30/2008 or $200 after
3-Day Pre-Conference - $265 Before 5/30/2008 or $300 after
5-Day Conference - $365 Before 5/30/2008 or $430 after
  Get 25% off your 5-Day Conference rate if one or more of the following apply
  (you may not combine discounts):
    - 2008 Graduate
    - First-time practitioner attendee
    - International: Reside outside the US
Workshop Daily Rate $110  Before 5/30/2008 or $125 after
Workshop Half-Day Rate $60  Before 5/30/2008  or $75 after

Not Currently a Member of FGNA
2-Day Pre-Conference - $215  Before 5/30/2008 or $240 after
3-Day Pre-Conference - $325 Before 5/30/2008 or $360 after
5-Day Conference - $455 Before 5/30/2008 or $510 after
  Get 25% off your 5-Day Conference rate if one or more of the following apply
  (you may not combine discounts):
    - 2008 Graduate
    - First-time practitioner attendee
    - International: Reside outside the US
Workshop Daily Rate $135  Before 5/30/2008 or $150 after  
Workshop Half-Day Rate $75  Before 5/30/2008 or $90 after

Trainees

Trainees enrolled in an accredited Feldenkrais® training program are eligible to attend the workshops that are open to trainees.  Please review the descriptions of each workshop as some workshops are limited to trainees enrolled in Year 3 & 4.

2008 Member of FGNA
2-Day Pre-Conference - $110
3-Day Pre-Conference - $165
5-Day Conference - $260
Workshop Daily Rate $55
Workshop Half-Day Rate $35

2008 Non-Member of FGNA
2-Day Pre-Conference - $130
3-Day Pre-Conference - $195
5-Day Conference - $300
Workshop Daily Rate $65
Workshop Half-Day Rate $40

Members of the Public

If you are not currently enrolled in an FGNA accredited training program, or a graduate of an FGNA accredited training program, please see the website for events open to the public.

Cancellation Deadline and Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds are accepted up until 7/11/2008, with notification received in writing or via email by the deadline.  A refund processing fee of $50 deducted from the amount refunded.  After 7/11/2008, refunds are generally not accepted.  Refunds might be considered in the case of a health or other emergency, with a written note or email documenting the situation.  If granted, a refund processing fee of $100 will be deducted from the amount refunded for refunds made after the deadline.

Discounts

Get 25% off your 5-Day Practitioner Conference rate if one or more of the following apply.  You may not combine discounts.:

2008 Graduate: use this if you graduate in 2008, prior to 7/25/2008.
First-time practitioner attendee: use this if you have never attended conference before as a practitioner.
International: use this if you reside outside the US

Registration Form


For those who have an email address and can pay via credit card, registration is available online at:

http://www.feldenkrais.com/events/conference/2008/register/

If you need to pay via other means, request a printable registration form via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Lynn Ford at 800.775.2118 ext 125.


On-Campus Lodging

CU is offering 3 packages for on-site housing that includes meals.  Check-in/out is at Cheyenne-Arapaho Hall.  See below for times.

Pre-Conference Only - Room and Board Package
* Check-in Thursday, July 24 (after 12:00 noon)
* Check-out Sunday, July 27 (by 1:00 pm)
* 3 Nights lodging with one fan per person
* 3 Breakfasts (Friday - Sunday, 7:00 am - 8:30 am)
* 3 Lunches (Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)
* 3 Dinners (Thursday - Saturday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

Single per person (including tax) :  $313.78
Double per person (including tax) : $225.14
Pre-Conference and Conference - Room and Board Package
* Check-in Thursday, July 24 (after 12:00 noon)
* Check-out Friday, August 1 (by 1:00 pm)
* 8 Nights lodging with one fan per person
* 8 Breakfasts (Friday - Friday, 7:00 am - 8:30 am)
* 7 Lunches (Friday - Thursday, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm*)(boxed lunch on Tuesday July 29, for Lunch with your Region free with registration)
* 8 Dinners (Thursday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

Single per person (including tax):  $793.55
Double per person (including tax): $557.17

Conference Only Package
* Check-in Sunday, July 27 (after 12:00 noon)
* Check-out Friday, August 1 (by 1:00 pm)
* 5 Nights lodging with one fan per person
* 5 Breakfasts (Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 8:30 am)
* 4 Lunches (Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)(boxed lunch on Tuesday July 29 for Lunch with your Region free with registration)
* 5 Dinners (Monday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

Single per person (including tax): $498.18
Double per person (including tax): $350.45

To register for either of these packages, you can download and print out the form below under Link.  Fill it in and email, fax or mail it to University of Colorado.  No payment required until check-in.

Fax form to: (303) 492-5959 or
Mail form to: CU Conference Services
            500 30th Street
            Boulder, CO 80310 USA
E-mail form to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Download the University of Colorado Housing Form (pdf)
http://www.feldenkrais.com/download/conference2008/BoulderHousingResFormNew.pdf

Contact Us

Questions about the Conference?

Use this contact information for all questions, except on-site housing questions:

Lynn Ford
Membership and Conference Assistant

Phone:  800-775-2118 ext 125
Email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mail:
Attn: Lynn Ford /Annual Conference
Feldenkrais Guild® of North America
5436 N. Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217
USA

Fax: 503-221-6616

On-Campus Housing Registration Questions and Forms

See the information in our frequently asked questions, for housing cost and registration form, along with other common questions about on-campus housing. 

Use the following contact information for questions about housing or form submissions.

Fax form to: (303) 492-5959 or
Mail form to: CU Conference Services
500 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80310 USA
E-mail form to:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Map/Directions

Please see our frequently asked questions for directions and a map to campus.

We also have a campus map available there.