Is the Feldenkrais Method really approaching a Tipping Point that could take it into the mainstream? And, if so, what does that mean for the practitioner community, devoted students and interested newcomers to the Method? What changes are coming, and how do we best prepare for them? The best answers for these questions will grow out of the interactions of experienced practitioners, new trainees and an interested public at this year's Feldenkrais Method Conference, to be held on the campus of UNCA in beautiful Asheville, NC, July 7-10. In the intervening weeks, you can learn more about the themes that will be explored in a series of fascinating interviews with Feldenkrais practitioners and like-minded thinkers who will be presenting their ideas this summer.
When Ralph Strauch attended a Los Angeles workshop with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1980, he was already actively exploring the nature of perception and the interrelationship between sensing, feeling, thinking and acting. He was drawn to Feldenkrais's teachings, and decided to enter the Amherst training, “because Moshe seemed to have very good tools for exploring things I was interested in — the ways we put the world together, and create the experiences that we think come from the world out there.”
Andrew Gibbons is a Feldenkrais® practitioner with a full practice in New York City. A trained classical pianist, Gibbons has worked with world-class musicians and performers in venues like the Manhattan School of Music and at the annual Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, VT. In addition to his work with private clients and teaching group classes, he has presented the Feldenkrais Method® to many new audiences, including at a Tech Talk at Google's Manhattan offices, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, and in public programs sponsored by the NY Department for the Aging. He is on the staff of Jeff Haller's IOPS Academy, a two-year graduate program for Feldenkrais practitioners.