Bridging Worlds

2008 Feldenkrais Method® Annual Conference

Friday, July 25 — Friday, August 1, 2008 University Memorial Center University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado

Bridging Worlds is the perfect name for this year’s Annual Conference.  Please join us in bridging the world of the Feldenkrais Method to your world.  We have invited some of the top teachers in their fields to present workshops that bridge between the Feldenkrais Method and other modalities in order to share with you this incredible body of work, which has been a well-kept secret to much of the world.  Finding out about the Feldenkrais Method  will change the way you move and think in the world.  Reconnect with your natural ability to move, think and feel!  Start by joining us for a weekend workshop or for our Keynote evening with Dr. Joan Borysenko, and stay for the week!

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, 7 pm, Glen Miller Ballroom $15.00 Seating is limited, please arrive by 6:30pm

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Free morning Awareness Through Movement® classes

Date: July 28, 2008 to August 1, 2008

Time(s):
8:30am-9:45am

Cost: Free - no registration required

EXPERIENCE the Feldenkrais Method! It’s the only way to begin to understand what this new “movement” is all about. We are offering seven FREE Awareness Through Movement classes every morning, Monday through Friday. This year the seven themes to choose from are: Yoga, Pilates, Running, Tango, Voice, Rolfing®/Structural Integration and Recordings from the International Feldenkrais Federation Archives of Moshe Feldenkrais himself. You can enjoy five days straight of any theme or you are free to go to a different theme each morning. See below to learn a little more about each theme. We’ll post more details about each of these 35 classes on this website a few weeks before the Conference. Please come back and visit to view the choices.

Learning in Awareness Through Movement lessons is a unique experience. Students are encouraged to move in a slow and gentle way, paying attention to sensation so that they stay within the realm of their own comfort. Instructions are given to guide the student’s awareness so they may notice how they are doing what they are doing and how the whole of themselves can be involved in the movement patterns being explored in the lesson.  (It is not necessary to register in advance for these classes.)

Please contact the concierge desk located on the 2nd floor of the UMC Building Atrium for directions to the class of your choice. Come prepared to move in comfortable clothing.

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.” — Moshe Feldenkrais

1)Integrating Structural Integration

  A series of lessons to help one deepen, integrate and embody the effects of Rolfing/Structural Integration sessions.

  2)Tango, an act of balancing

  Feldenkrais lessons to enhance and inform your dance.

  3)Feldenkrais Method for Yoga

    Lessons for embodying and refining self awareness, to bring more ease, integrity and pleasure to your yoga practice – on or off the mat.

  4)Vocal Awareness

    Integrating voice into the study of the whole self and the whole self into the study of voice.

  5)The Feldenkrais Method for Pilates

    Learn movement patterns that provide awareness for accurately executing your Pilates exercises.

  6)Run stress-free

    by including Feldenkrais  Awareness Through Movement into your warm up, your run and your cool down.

  7)The First Feldenkrais Teacher

    Learn directly from the founder of the Feldenkrais Method. Recordings of Moshe Feldenkrais teaching in a variety of public workshops.

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 FAQs.

FRIDAY - JULY 25

10:00am-12:30pm

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

Lunch Hour [Details]

2:30pm-5:00pm

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

SATURDAY - JULY 26

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101: Speed and Control for Snowboarders and Skiers [Details]
P6-Your 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

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101: Speed and Control for Snowboarders and Skiers [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]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

SUNDAY - JULY 27

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

CANCELLED - P4-Learn Fly Casting the Feldenkrais Way [Details]
P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101: Speed and Control for Snowboarders and Skiers [Details]
P5-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]
P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method [Details]
P3-Gravity 101: Speed and Control for Snowboarders and Skiers [Details]
P5-Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner Break [Details]

7:00pm

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

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge desk hours [Details]

MONDAY - JULY 28

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Free morning Awareness Through Movement® classes [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

M1-In the Saddle: The Connection of the Seat, Leg and Heel [Details]
M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging [Details]
M4-Authentic Movement: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement [Details]
M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-5:00pm

M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging [Details]
M4-Authentic Movement: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement [Details]
M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner Break [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

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Free morning Awareness Through Movement® classes [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T3-The Balanced Runner [Details]
T4-Integrating the Breath to Ease Pain and Reduce Anxiety [Details]
T5-Research on the Feldenkrais Method: A Colloquium [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-5:00pm

T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance [Details]
T3-The Balanced Runner [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

WEDNESDAY - JULY 30

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Free morning Awareness Through Movement® classes [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

W5-Take a Tango Break [Details]
W6-Effortless Power [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-5:00pm

No afternoon workshops for the public [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

THURSDAY - JULY 31

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Free morning Awareness Through Movement® classes [Details]

10:00am-12:30pm

H4-The Feldenkrais Method and Dance: Length for Free Expression [Details]
H5-Walking With the Whole Self [Details]

12:30pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-5:00pm

H4-The Feldenkrais Method and Dance: Length for Free Expression [Details]
H5-Walking With the Whole Self [Details]

5:00pm-6:00pm

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge Desk hours [Details]

FRIDAY - AUGUST 01

8:00am-10:00am

FEFNA On-site Bookstore Open [Details]

8:30am-9:45am

Free 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]
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]
F6-Core Strength, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method [Details]

8:00am-6:00pm

Concierge desk hours [Details]

Workshops-at-a-Glance

Join us in Boulder, Colorado to experience some of the best Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionerscm in classes geared for the public.  We have an exciting line-up of topics this year. Boulder, Colorado, is the perfect summer vacation destination.  Housing is available on the beautiful University of Colorado campus, or at Hotels near to the campus.

Click on each day and workshop title to get more details about each workshop, such as price.  Want to print out details about the workshops? Please download our color brochure (5.0 MB PDF).  If you have trouble downloading the brochure, or are on a dial-up Internet connection, use the printable version of this website with photos instead (opens in a new window, which you can print).

FRIDAY - JULY 25

Three Day Workshops

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Moshe Feldenkrais was the first non-Japanese person to earn a black belt in Judo and was the author of several books on Judo and self-defense. His interest, training and expertise in these areas had a profound influence on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. We will use the movement lessons created by Dr. Feldenkrais to explore the martial arts underpinnings of the Feldenkrais Method, and experience and analyze self-defense techiniques as they arise, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival. This workshop will give you a direct experience of how the martial arts can be informed by the unique work of Dr. Feldenkrais.

 

SATURDAY - JULY 26

Half Day Workshops: Morning

P6-Your Base of Support for Sport
Presenter(s): Irene Gutteridge
Open To: Public
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 Feldenkrais movement lessons as our basis, we will discover the sources of ease, efficiency, mobility, and strength, so important in training and performance.

 

P8-The Movement of Self-Compassion
Presenter(s): Erin Geesaman Rabke, Carl Rabke
Open To: Public
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 ourselves. It appears in exercise, yoga, sports, and daily life. It causes injury, stress, burn-out, and a sense of never being good enough. Lasting improvement arises most effectively in a learning mode. The Feldenkrais Method provides a learning environment that is non-judgmental and encourages curiosity and exploration without fear of mistakes. Come learn what unfolds when movement becomes a vehicle for self understanding rather than correction.

 

Half Day Workshops: Afternoon

P7-Lengthen and Learn: Lessons for Hamstring Health
Presenter(s): Irene Gutteridge
Open To: Public
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. 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 Feldenkrais lessons will allow us to experience these principles in action and will leave not only our hamstrings in better shape, but our entire body.

 

P9-Cycling with Power and Ease: Linking Yourself on Your Bike
Presenter(s): Shannon Kolman
Open To: Public
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.

 

Two Day Workshops

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

Working with gravity to gain speed and paradoxically control, is the biggest challenge facing skiers and snowboarders. Having control allows us to really ‘let go’ and move freely through the terrain. In this workshop, movement exercises and discussions explore this paradox using lessons from the Feldenkrais Method. A secondary focus in the lessons will incorporate performance enhancement through attention to use of the eyes.

 

Three Day Workshops

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Moshe Feldenkrais was the first non-Japanese person to earn a black belt in Judo and was the author of several books on Judo and self-defense. His interest, training and expertise in these areas had a profound influence on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. We will use the movement lessons created by Dr. Feldenkrais to explore the martial arts underpinnings of the Feldenkrais Method, and experience and analyze self-defense techiniques as they arise, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival. This workshop will give you a direct experience of how the martial arts can be informed by the unique work of Dr. Feldenkrais.

 

SUNDAY - JULY 27

Full Day Workshops

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

CANCELLED - Watching the beauty of a well-placed cast on the water inspires delight and awe. Force will ruin it; the combination of strong technique and clear body organization will create it. Explore the missing link between traditional methods of teaching fly-casting and your mastery of excellent execution. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced caster, this workshop will use lessons in movement from the Feldenkrais Method to give you the skills you need.

 

P5-Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Erin Geesaman Rabke
Open To: Public
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.) With the Feldenkrais Method, we learn how to find stability in action and regard ease as fundamental to learning. Discover how the Feldenkrais Method can support an enjoyable, injury-free yoga practice. Learn how to increase flexibility without stretching by increasing our skill in movement as well as our sense of wholeness.

 

Two Day Workshops

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

Working with gravity to gain speed and paradoxically control, is the biggest challenge facing skiers and snowboarders. Having control allows us to really ‘let go’ and move freely through the terrain. In this workshop, movement exercises and discussions explore this paradox using lessons from the Feldenkrais Method. A secondary focus in the lessons will incorporate performance enhancement through attention to use of the eyes.

 

Three Day Workshops

P2-Survival: Martial Arts in the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Moti Nativ
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Moshe Feldenkrais was the first non-Japanese person to earn a black belt in Judo and was the author of several books on Judo and self-defense. His interest, training and expertise in these areas had a profound influence on the development of the Feldenkrais Method. We will use the movement lessons created by Dr. Feldenkrais to explore the martial arts underpinnings of the Feldenkrais Method, and experience and analyze self-defense techiniques as they arise, helping us to understand the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method from the point of view of survival. This workshop will give you a direct experience of how the martial arts can be informed by the unique work of Dr. Feldenkrais.

 

MONDAY - JULY 28

Half Day Workshops: Morning

M1-In the Saddle: The Connection of the Seat, Leg and Heel
Presenter(s): Pamela Beets
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

Riding is a dynamic process of action.....balance....stillness.  More than technique or a set of rules, the art and language of riding is a dynamic, continuous interaction between rider and horse. Equestrians will experience and explore their balance, postural dynamics and body mechanics with Feldenkrais movement lessons. Through demonstrations using dressage and western saddles, unmounted riders will have the opportunity to take the lessons from internal learning to actual experience in the saddle.

This workshop is applicable to equestrians of any discipline or ability level.

 

Full Day Workshops

M3-The Evolution of Human Movement from Embryo to Aging
Presenter(s): Frank Wildman
Open To: Public
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 program promises to be intellectually provocative and experientially stimulating.

 

M4-Authentic Movement: Witnessing and Experiencing Movement
Presenter(s): Lisa Tsetse
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Mover/witness roles create a bridge to the development of consciousness, informing our everyday lives. In the practice of Authentic Movement, seeing and being seen, moving and being moved create opportunities for observation and understanding. The exploration of the didactic relationship between mover and witness will engage participants in experiential movement lessons from the Feldenkrais Method. The mover’s responsibility is to be true to him/her self. The witness practices non-judgment in regard to the mover’s experience. Each session includes a lesson on scanning and eye use.

 

M5-Liberating the Voice with the Feldenkrais Method: for Actors, Singers, and Every-Day Speakers
Presenter(s): Darrell Bluhm
Open To: Public
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.

 

TUESDAY - JULY 29

Half Day Workshops: Morning

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

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 Feldenkrais movement lessons as the focus of inquiry, we’ll explore the potency of breath in supporting ease.

 

T5-Research on the Feldenkrais Method: A Colloquium
Presenter(s): Jim Stephens
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

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 will be presented by Ralph Strauch, Carl Ginsburg, Pat Buchanan and Jim Stephens and is open to discussion among workshop participants.

Participants should read the series of papers in the IFF Research Journals Vol. 1 and Vol.3, available at http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/index2004.htm and http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/index2007.htm.

 

Full Day Workshops

T2-Effortless Playing: How Posture Affects Instrumental Performance
Presenter(s): Fred Onufryk
Open To: Public
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 Feldenkrais movement lessons to discover the profound effects posture has on comfort and ease, tone and resonance. Musicians, bring your instruments! Piano will be provided.

 

T3-The Balanced Runner
Presenter(s): Jae Gruenke
Open To: Public
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.

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

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 30

Half Day Workshops: Morning

W5-Take a Tango Break
Presenter(s): Jean Fung
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm

All dancers strive to improve balance and posture. Using the twists and turns required in the Argentine tango as a focus, improvements in mastering these necessary elements will be addressed using targeted lessons from the Feldenkrais Method. The awareness of your movement patterns will help you discover how to dance effortlessly. Self care tools for dancing easily without pain or fear of injury will be included. What you experience will have a profound effect on your dancing-and enhance your sense of well being too!

 

W6-Effortless Power
Presenter(s): Judy Remedios
Open To: Public
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 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.

 

THURSDAY - JULY 31

Full Day Workshops

H4-The Feldenkrais Method and Dance: Length for Free Expression
Presenter(s): Prisca Winslow Bradley
Open To: Public
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.

 

H5-Walking With the Whole Self
Presenter(s): Diana Razumny
Open To: Public
Time(s):
10:00am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

Walking is a pleasure when it is done with grace and ease. This becomes possible when we incorporate our whole self. The FM is an exquisite technology for us to learn how to access more of our self in the service of organic movement. Join this workshop to explore movement and to learn how walking can be more pleasurable using the Feldenkrais Method.

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 01

Full Day Workshops

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

Feldenkrais movement lessons provide a model for making the Feldenkrais Method a practice of daily life. In this workshop we will use a variety of Feldenkrais movement lessons 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.

 

F2-The Ultimate Feat for Our Feet!
Presenter(s): Kathy James
Open To: Public
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 Feldenkrais 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!

 

F3-A Meeting With Remarkable Ideas: G. I. Gurdjieff's Teaching and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Lavinia Plonka
Open To: Public
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 Feldenkrais movement lessons that either reference Gurdjieff’s ideas or contain principles that correspond to both men’s teachings.

 

F6-Core Strength, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method
Presenter(s): Barbara Anderson
Open To: Public
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 Feldenkrais movement lessons that involve the core muscles. In this workshop, we will study the anatomy and function of these muscles, learn core-specific movements, and compare and contrast what the Feldenkrais Method and Pilates approaches have to offer to core strength.

 

Special Events

Please join us for our two evening presentations.

SUNDAY - JULY 27

7:00pm   

Keynote-Mending the Mind: Bridging Awareness and Healing
Presenter(s): Joan Borysenko, PhD.
Open To: Public

Dr. Joan Borysenko, Harvard trained medical scientist, psychologist, spiritual teacher and author is described as a “compelling pioneer in the field of mind/body science.” Her 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.

For anyone curious about optimizing the opportunities life presents, this lecture will offer a unique tour through the worlds of embodiment, science, movement, and meaning; rich with practical information and meaningful inspiration.

For Feldenkrais practitioners and professionals in other mind-body disciplines, Joan will provide informed perspectives on ways in which current science relates to our work.

 

MONDAY - JULY 28

7:00pm   

Research Forum:What We Know and How We Can Use It
Presenter(s): Jim Stephens
Open To: Public

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.

 

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson (1986) is certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, and a Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor with a master’s degree in dance. She owns and directs a movement studio where she integrates the Feldenkrais Method, yoga, and Pilates.

Pamela Beets

Pamela Beets (1991) is a Feldenkrais practitioner who has worked 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 Wallness.

Darrell Bluhm

Darrell Bluhm (1996) is a Feldenkrais practitioner and is 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 Method practice.  This year will bring his sixth season with the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, combining thirty-five years of martial arts experience with the Feldenkrais Method.

Julie Francis

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

Jean Fung

Jean Strybos Fung (2005) was instrumental in creating a tango community in the greater Philadelphia area.  A former research scientist, Jean combines her love of movement and dance by teaching both the Argentine tango and the Feldenkrais Method in New York City, Princeton NJ and Philadelphia.

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.

Jae Gruenke

Jae Gruenke (2003) is a runner, former dancer, and owner of Intelligent Exercise LLC, and 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, is a Feldenkrais practitioner with twelve years of expertise in the exercise and health sciences. She teaches principles of the Feldenkrais Method to the Canadian alpine ski team and is known 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, 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.

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 fully qualified as a PSIA ski instructor and trainer in the Vail Ski School, where she presents her “signature” integrated skiing and snowboarding programs each winter.  A Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner for over twenty years, Margaret is also an assistant trainer in professional Feldenkrais trainings.  Currently based in Maui, she enjoys surfing and windsurfing.

Moti Nativ

Moti Nativ(1994)is a Feldenkrais practitioner and has been teaching martial arts since 1978, is proficient in Budo-taijutsu(Japanese ancient fighting art), Judo and Krav Maga(military combat system).  He served as ETC rep Shihan(master teacher of martial arts), head of the Israeli Bjinkan Dojo, and has also served 4 years as President of Israel’s Feldenkrais Guild.

Fred Onufryk

Fred Onufryk (1991) is a Feldenkrais practitioner and 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) is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and studied fly casting with Jason Borger of A River Runs Through It fame.  Here from Montreal, Canada, Jean Pierre was certified as a fly-casting instructor by Joan Wulff, and has written extensively on the subject.  He applies his knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method to his first love, fly-casting.

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.

Diana Razumny

Diana Razumny (1993) Feldenkrais trainer, has extensive experience with Feldenkrais 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).

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) is a Feldenkrais practitioner and lists her early influences as the practice of Authentic Movement, modern and post-modern dance, and dance movement therapy.  She was the co-founder of the Ft. Wayne Dance Collective(1979) and now lives in Ithaca NY where she teaches creative movement, choreographs and directs multi-arts performances, and maintains a Feldenkrais Method practice.

Frank Wildman

Frank Wildman (1977) is a Feldenkrais trainer, and 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) is 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, Ballet Jorgen, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Sarah Lawrence College, among others. Her most recent excitement is learning trapeze!

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.