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Research-focused networking website previewed at August Annual Meeting

By Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT

Attendees at the Feldenkrais Guild® Annual Meeting in August were introduced to the FeldSciNet.org development website. FeldSciNet, or Feldenkrais® Science Network, is a project of the Esther Thelen, Ph.D., G.C.F.P. Research and Education Fund of the Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA). As stated on the home page, FeldSciNet is for people interested in actively doing or supporting research concerning the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. It is a space in which Feldenkrais practitioners with research interests and researchers who are exploring human development in educational, clinical, and research circles can all cross paths. Through this forum, we can discover common interests, combine resources, and share our findings with others. This website should go live and become available this fall.

The Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund welcomes contributions in any amount. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.*

Donations to the Esther Thelen Fund may be designated to support 1) the FeldSciNet website project to promote research endeavors, 2) research grants, or 3) left unspecified for use where most needed.

We invite those who can afford larger contributions to apply to become founding sponsors of FeldSciNet. Founding sponsors (Bronze $500, Silver $1000, Gold $2500, Diamond $5000 or more) who make their contributions before FeldSciNet goes live (targeted for late 2009) will receive prominent placement of their name(s) and link to their website on FeldSciNet for three years. Sponsorships may be used as tax deductible contributions or business expenses to the extent allowed by law.*

For more information about becoming a founding sponsor, please contact FEFNA at 800-775-2118.

Thelen Fund contributors who donate by check may leave the memo blank to allow us to use your contribution where it is most needed, or specify its use for “FeldSciNet” or “research.”

Checks may be sent to: FEFNA, 5436 N. Albina Ave., Portland, OR 97217 USA

Persons wishing to donate by credit card may call FEFNA at 800-775-2118.

*Consult your tax advisor. FEFNA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting understanding of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. The Esther Thelen Fund and FEFNA reserve the right to refuse any sponsorship application. Note that sponsors may only refer to the Feldenkrais Method.

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