NEW: The International Feldenkrais Training Program. START JULY 2015.
The Feldenkrais International Training Program starts in July 2015 and takes four years, with 40 days of in-class instruction per year. Internationally highly regarded and distinguished Feldenkrais Trainers will teach along with and under the experienced guidance of Educational Director Donna Ray, M.A., M.F.T.
The Training Program can be accomplished alongside your professional life. Teaching language is English.
The Feldenkrais Method: surprising learning
Throughout our whole life we continue to develop. We can learn to move with more precision, efficiency, and in particular with greater ease. We can even learn to learn.
Feldenkrais lessons explore a wide range of human movement, from infant development to the highest performance
skills. The lessons are comfortable, sometimes surprising, and offer a sophisticated yet natural way
of somatic learning which can have an instantly positive effect on our movement in every day life.
The impressive effects of the Feldenkrais Method include an expanded range of movement, better breathing
as well as improved movement skills for professionals such as musicians, athletes and dancers. Further
effects can be more comfort and the re-discovery of an easy mobility. Changing one’s perception and experiencing
a better understanding of oneself can also lead to fully reaching one’s individual potential both professionally
The Feldenkrais Method is a unique and revolutionary approach to the understanding of human learning, movement and function. It can be practiced equally effectively in group classes as in individual lessons.
What you learn – the syllabus
Your Feldenkrais Training Program offers 160 teaching days over four years. Every year features three segments consisting of 20, 10 and 10 teaching days.
In the first year of the Training Program you will be immersed in learning Awareness Through Movement. You will undergo an in-depth exploration of the ways you learned and moved as a growing child, and you will learn to move in ways you have never done before. You will greatly refine your ability to sense your bodily movement, become more aware of your processes of thinking, feeling, and action, and come to understand through self-observation, and the observation of others, how learning occurs. This intensive preparation will serve as the basis of learning how to communicate with others through the language of touch and movement.
A major theme of the second year is learning how to teach Awareness Through Movement lessons. We will analyze the structure of lessons including functional logic and learning principles. You will acquire a large repertoire of lessons during the course of the year. You will learn how to teach through small group exercises that focus on different aspects of Awareness Through Movement education, such as observational skills, understanding functional relationships, and use of voice and language. Small group exercises will provide you with practice time and feedback opportunities from the trainers and assistant trainers. In the practicum you will be given personal feedback on your learning abilities, competencies, teaching skills, and un-derstanding of the method. After successfully completing the first two years of the Training Program, you will be permitted to teach Awareness Through Movement as student teachers to the general public. This permission is provisional until full certification is achieved at the end of the Training Program.
In the third year you will learn elements needed for giving Functional Integration lessons. By this time you will have familiarity with a variety of basic functional situations. You will learn with greater clarity how these relate to basic skeletal movement patterns. You will also learn more about basic locomotory patterns such as crawling and walking, and other action patterns including lifting, pushing, and reaching. We will explore how all these patterns of action include elements of orientation, exploration, manipulation, expression, and discovery. You will also learn to see a person's habitual patterns of organization in movement, posture, and behaviour in functional terms, and how to go with a person's pattern of self-organization or how to present new options. You will learn more about how to shift and enhance a person's attention and perception, as well as how to clarify and improve their self-image.
During the fourth year of the Training Program you will give lessons to other students in order to learn the timing and structure needed to give supervised lessons to the general public. Practical supervision sessions of Functional Integration will provide feedback which you can utilize directly and immediately to improve the quality of your work. In addition, the topics will include Interpersonal Neurobiology; the fundamentals of current neuroscience and how they relate to relationships and learning. During the practicum you will receive feedback on your skills, sen¬sitivity, and theoretical understanding. The fourth year ends with your graduation and an internationally recognized certificate will be awarded.
Diversity and Languages
We welcome people of all ages and from all professional backgrounds (moving arts, music, sports, education, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, medicine etc.). As our Training Programs are characterized by international groups and an international educational team the teaching language is English and the second working language is German.
Our Training Program is one of the few in the German speaking countries that intentionally does not have interpreters. In our experience interpreted trainings lose almost half of the teaching time for the repetition in the other language – and that’s what we want to avoid.