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Workshop Presenters

The Feldenkrais Legacy Forum

In 2015 a small group of practitioners created the Feldenkrais Legacy Forum (FLF) to explore critical issues affecting the future of our work. The FLF continues to develop member participation in the Feldenkrais® Community as it works toward broadening the reach of the Feldenkrais Method in the Americas. Working groups are actively developing proposals including expanding membership in general, attracting younger and more diverse individuals, exploring new models for practitioner training, providing opportunities for collaborative learning beyond trainings, supporting public knowledge of the work, and developing proposals for funding for these and other projects.

Oliver Bayley

Nothing is more satisfying to me than helping people overcome real problems like movement challenges and pain. I have been an Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioner working with adults and children since 2013, with certifications in working with children, the aging, and high performers. I discovered this method after an incredible chain of events that involved my son’s mild case of Cerebral Palsy and my severe snowboarding accident in 2009. After devoting the previous 24 years to product design; designing physical products, web sites, and mobile apps with a focus on enabling people to use products with ease, now I help people move with ease.

Helga Bost

Helga Bost completed the Munich II Feldenkrais Training in 1989 with Gaby Yaron. Since then, she has been an active member of the Feldenkrais-Verband Deutschland (German Guild) with her private practices as well as serving on the Board from 2001-2005. Helga spent ten years as the German co-translator for Dr. Feldenkrais’ volumes of the Alexander Yanai (AY) lessons. In 2020 her book Discovering the Unexpected: How People with Spinal Cord Injury Can Learn to Sense Themselves and Move Again Using the Feldenkrais Method® which includes five case studies.

http://www.helgabost.de/

Marianne Constable

A graduate of Dennis Leri’s Semiophysics II training, Marianne Constable became a Guild- certified Feldenkrais Method (R) practitioner in 2005. She has since offered FI’s and ATM classes at various clinics including Ability Now. She also incorporates the Feldenkrais Method into her day job as Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, designing and teaching a combination studio-seminar course on Language and Movement. She has published widely on legal rhetoric and philosophy: in our field her 2009 article on “Learning to Dance with Nietzsche” appeared in the Feldenkrais Journal. She has earned many awards for her teaching and writing.

Josef DellaGrotte

Josef DellaGrotte, PhD, LMHC, LMT, GCFP-fisio, founder of CoreMovement Integration,, is known for his exceptional manual skills and ability to “read the body” to improve neuro-myofascial movement related disorders. His training includes physical therapy, Rolf Structural Integration, yoga and t’ai chi/chi kung. From 1973-1981, DellaGrotte trained with scientist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, becoming one of the first certified Feldenkrais® practitioners and trainers in the United States. Dr. DellaGrotte is well-known within the global wellness community having worked with thousands of clients and hundreds of practitioners worldwide.

Fariya Doctor

Fariya Doctor is a graduate of the 2004 Toronto Training and has her degree in Biology and a diploma in Massage Therapy. She is a passionate learner, mother of a neurodivergent son, and a lover of nature. Fariya is a Buteyko Breathing Instructor and specializes in helping people with Breathing Pattern Disorders. She volunteers as well on the Board of Directors of the FGNA. 

www.fariyadoctor.com 

https://www.facebook.com/fariyadoctor  

Caroline Feig

Caroline Feig is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Manual Therapist, a Pilates teacher, Tai Chi instructor, and Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Caroline’s treatments emphasize the basic properties of movement learned through intensive study of Tai Chi and The Feldenkrais Method. She also has a particular interest in the integrated function after limb loss. She designs her sessions to help people develop better self-organization, movement, and control.

Her manual therapy specialization is extensive and includes:

Cervical and Lumbar Spine Pathomechanics, Neurodynamics, Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle, Motor Control Retraining of the Hip, Explain Pain, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Orthotic Design,  Lumbar Pelvic Integration,  Pathophysiology of the Shoulder, Pregnancy and Postpartum, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Functional Orthopedics, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Women’s Health (Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, Prenatal and Postpartum, Diastasis, and Osteoporosis). www.Carolinefeig.com

Edward Feldman

Dr. Feldman has been in practice for over 40 years. In addition to Chiropractic, Dr. Feldman studied personally with Dr. Feldenkrais in the 2nd North American Feldenkrais® training program from 1980-1983. 

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Feldman earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College.  

He has updated his learning by auditing the 2nd NYC Feldenkrais Professional Training Program, completing the 4-year program in April 2009.  

In addition, he has studied with renowned Osteopathic teachers, John Upledger, Steven Sanet and Franklin Sills. 

More recently he completed the academic requirements for SEP-Somatic Experiencing practitioner. 

www.Feldmanwellness.com   

Marcia Giudice

Marcia Giudice, GCFP, has a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and over 25 years of experience as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Body-Mind educator.  Marcia is a graduate of Hartford Family Institute’s Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program, and Ruthy Alon’s, Bones for Life® and Movement Intelligence programs.  She is also certified as a SomaSoul® Somatic Therapist and Kripalu Yoga Instructor.  She currently teaches weekly ATM® classes and offers private sessions online from Massachusetts, USA.  

www.lifelongwellness.com  

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, PhD, C.F.P, is an assistant trainer who studied personally with Moshe Feldenkrais. She created and leads a Feldenkrais program for adults with cerebral palsy and other neuro-motor disorders at a learning center in California, offering a class in wheelchairs continuously for 20 years. The program has a team approach, bringing in top practitioners to give hands-on lessons and classes. Kathryn combines her deep interest in somatic awareness with other approaches, including societal change through awareness-based system change and Buddhist meditation practice, which she guides online. See her articles on change, organizational health, and generative mindfulness:  

https://coherentchange.com/somatics/pubs-somatics/  

Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller, PhD, Feldenkrais Trainer, regards the Feldenkrais Method® as a pathway to the inner composure necessary for living a creative life in a challenging world. He studied directly with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais Method. In 1983, Jeff graduated from Dr Feldenkrais’ professional training program in Amherst, Massachusetts. From 1984–1991 his studio offered classes in Feldenkrais, Aikido, Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. Since 1993, Jeff’s primary focus has been to train Feldenkrais Method teachers and sustain an extensive private practice.

https://www.insidemoves.org

Anna Haltrecht

Anna Haltrecht, GCFP (1986) and FGNA Assistant Trainer with over 40 years of experience as a somatic educator, dance teacher and performer. Anna is a long standing FGNA member, serving on the Board from 2001-2005 as the Canadian Director and Secretary. 

Anna inspires and motivates people to live fully by finding their true authentic expression. She is continually studying and practicing the art of mindful movement. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and kayaking. 

She is a Senior Movement Intelligence Trainer offering teacher and trainer certification trainings online and maintains a Feldenkrais® professional practice on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada and online. 

https://www.bonesforever.com

Paris Kern

Paris is a steady and inspiring presence, who brings a compassionate and light-hearted manner to her work. She has the ability to simplify complex theories and principles of the Feldenkrais Method. Through stories and demonstrations, she de-mystifies challenging concepts and brings a commonsense approach to her work. She has recently moved from Maryland to Saxtons River VT where she has established the Feldenkrais Center of Southern Vermont. Paris is a Feldenkrais Trainer and has organized and taught in the Baltimore Training programs since 1997.  In the last two years Paris has honed teaching over zoom, incorporating various strategies to create an intimate and fun learning environment. 

http://pariskern.com 

Allison Klinger

Allison has over thirty years of experience in dance, movement education and the healing arts. With a keen interest in kinesthetic learning, she completed the SemioPhysics Feldenkrais Training in 2000, and has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method in Sonoma County ever since. Most recently, Allison worked with Dr. Barnes and her research team to test PLIÉ at adult day centers in the San Francisco Bay Area 

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee, Senior PLIE/MOVING Together Instructor, is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®, completing Feldenkrais trainings in the US (1997) and Europe (2003), with a private movement practice specializing in complex orthopedic and neurological issues for the past 24 years. Since 2011, as the Senior Instructor for the PLIÉ and MOVING Together programs, she leads online curriculum development and instructor training. 

https://togetherseniorhealth.com/

Shona Lee

Shona Lee is a new Feldenkrais practitioner (SEAUS1 2018) who has always loved rearranging spaces. Bringing out the underlying potential of space to better utilize the elements that are already present for both functionality and aesthetics. Essentially what we do with our clients! She is also a remedial massage therapist, blending a hybrid thought process to how she works hands-on. She is based in Sydney, Australia and loves tackling a mess to establish systems, order, and harmony. The thought of moving house isn’t daunting for her…. oh, the possibilities! 

https://www.movingintune.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/movingintune 

https://www.instagram.com/movingintune/  

Joe Miller

A Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and yoga teacher based in New York City, Joe Miller teaches anatomy and physiology for movement teachers around the U.S. and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University and completed his Feldenkrais training in New York in 2013. Joe has also written about anatomy, physiology and movement science for several print publications and websites.

So Jung Park

Dr So Jung Park, PH.D in Performing Arts, Feldenkrais practitioner and professional, teaches dance using the somatic based Feldenkrais Method in the world of Parkinson’s. She finished the course study of MI (Movement Intelligence) from Ruthy Alon. She is also certified from Mia Segal’s MBS (Mind Body Study). Beginning in 2017, So Jung has been the Program Organizing Manager of the International Feldenkrais Professional Program in Korea, which is the first Feldenkrais Professional course in Korea. She has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method to the public since 2010 and helps people understand that life itself can be the way of dance. So Jung continues working with the Feldenkrais Method in her own creative way to connect movement with ecology and life.

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/sojung.park.9041

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/feldenkrais_education_korea/?hl=ko  

https://www.instagram.com/sojung.park.9041/?hl=ko

YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7M-nbHEsV2GSyWyb1_lJsQ/videos

Homepage: https://koreanfeldenkrias.modoo.at/

http://koreafeldenkrais.com/

Roger Russell

Roger Russell MA, PT, GCFT, Training with Moshé Feldenkrais in San Francisco, Israel and Amherst, 1975-1982. A physical therapist and movement scientist, he has been a Feldenkrais® trainer since 1997. An American, he has lived in Germany since 1981 where he is co-director of the Feldenkrais Zentrum Heidelberg. Author of two books in German about Feldenkrais® he has presented or coordinated Feldenkrais® and science conferences in Paris, Seattle, San Mateo, Berlin, Oxford and Heidelberg.

https://feldenkraiszentrum-hd.de/startseite.html

Frederick Schjang

A native of Harlem with roots in the Caribbean, Frederick Schjang is a nationally recognized fitness educator and innovator who specializes in the Feldenkrais® Method, Schjang leads a membership program of daily Feldenkrais classes and related events. It features both himself and many of the most sought-after teachers in the industry. At the post-secondary level, Schjang has taught in NYU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, at Parsons School of Design, and in the Hollins University MFA program in dance. His semi-annual LGBTQA Feldenkrais Festival has become a must-attend event for fitness and wellness enthusiasts and, since moving to Zoom in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, attracts thousands globally. 

www.FeldenkraisFestivals.com 

www.FrederickSchjang.com 

Tim Sobie

Dr. Tim Sobie is both a physical therapist (OUHSC 86’) and a senior practitioner in The Feldenkrais Method® (FPTP Oregon 96’). He completed his Master of Science degree in Behavioral Medicine in 1999 and his doctoral dissertation Ph.D. in clinical psychophysiology (Mind Body Medicine) at Saybrook University in 2016 by comparing an original, body schema & neuroplasticity-based Feldenkrais approach against usual physical therapy protocols for chronic low back pain. He continues as clinical director of Alliant Physical Therapy & Integral Medicine (www.alliantcare.com) in Tacoma – Olympia WA, USA, while moving to teach telehealth & consult online via SOBUS WellCare Solutions (http://timsobie.com). 

Luz Stanton

Luz is an accomplished actor, singer, director and tertiary acting teacher in Australia. She became a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® in 2000 and has since been applying the many offerings of the method for people in the Performing Arts. Over the past few years, Luz has been a Masters by Research candidate through Central Queensland University, exploring acting students’ perceptions of the method through a series of ATM lessons. She looks forward to sharing her findings with colleagues.  

https://www.facebook.com/learningwithluz  

LeeAnn Starovasnik

LeeAnn is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, enjoying over 20 years in practice and volunteer teaching with seniors at the LifeTime Learning Center. She’s nationally known for customizing seated Awareness Through Movement classes. Her focus on continuous improvement began with improving computer and business processes for GE. She’s also applied her expertise in changing habits to helping people quit smoking. She loves building hope and empowering her students through the “more brain, more gain” philosophy embedded in the Feldenkrais Method. 

Chris Stribling

Chris is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. He completed his Feldenkrais training in Berkeley, CA in 1997. With more than 28 years of experience in the study of movement and the healing arts, he has maintained a private practice as a hands-on practitioner and movement coach in Sonoma County. In 2018, Chris volunteered as an assistant instructor for the PLIÉ research study in Novato. 

Annie Thoe

Annie Thoe is an Assistant Trainer with a practice in Seattle and teaches online classes and workshops combining Feldenkrais and Nature Awareness. She has a background in healing modalities, naturalist studies, tracking and survival, meditation, and martial arts. Her nature-themed classes help connect one’s awareness with the wisdom of the natural world to deepen the connection to one’s body for inner guidance, creativity, and healing. She has an extensive video and audio library and articles on her Patreon site and YouTube Channel: Sensing Vitality. 

https://www.sensingvitality.com 

https://www.patreon.com/SensingVitality?fan_landing=true  

http://www.youtube.com/c/SensingVitality  

https://www.facebook.com/SensingVitality 

Didi von Deck

Didi von Deck, MD, GCFP, began studying the Feldenkrais Method® while competing internationally in ballroom dance in the 1980’s. Her love of science and learning led her to medical school, and her love of movement and dance convinced her to specialize in orthopaedic surgery.  By combining her understanding of orthopaedics and human anatomy with her knowledge gained from years of studying dance, yoga and Feldenkrais, she brings a unique perspective of working with her students in order to improve their functioning and well-being. She teaches Awareness Through Movement classes and Functional Integration in the Boston area and practices orthopaedics at the Cambridge Health Alliance. 

http://www.mercedesvondeckmd.com  

Dan Clurman

Dan Clurman is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner who has led Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes for over 20 years. He has studied a variety of somatic disciplines including tai chi, yoga, Chi Nei Tsang, and is certified in Judith Blackstone’s subtle body method, the Realization Process. He teaches Relaxed and Awake retreats combining the Feldenkrais Method and meditation at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Natural Dharma Fellowship and Esalen Institute. Dan also integrates somatic awareness into his work as a communication coach, working with individuals and organizations. 

www.feldenkraismethodguide.com 

www.comoptions.com  

Maureen DeCoste

Before becoming Executive Director at Ability Now, Maureen served as its Marketing and Development Director for 5 years. Before that, she served as the Director of Communications and Development at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. Maureen has worked in marketing, communications, and design for multiple companies and as an independent consultant. Her clients include Patagonia, JBL/Harman Kardon, and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Maureen earned an M.A. in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, U.K. after a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge.

Lin Maxwell

Lin believes in the transformative power of yoga! She’s dedicated herself to the study and teaching of yoga for the past 20+ years after leaving a career in corporate marketing. Lin is a 2001graduate of Piedmont Yoga Studio’s intensive teacher training program under Rodney Yee, where she trained in adaptive yoga with JoAnn Lyons. She studied directly with the Iyengars in Pune, India. Lin has taught people with disabilities for almost two decades and also teaches classes for able bodied students at numerous locations in the East Bay.

Awareness Through Movement Teachers

Seth Dellinger

Experimental creativity has been a life-long source of fascination for Feldenkrais practitioner Seth Dellinger. Walking to school in 2nd grade, he spoke in tongues. Around 2000, while part of a radical musical community in Middletown, CT, centered around the saxophonist/composer/improviser Anthony Braxton, Seth invented his own imaginary language. He led several creative music ensembles before becoming an activist and working in meat factories for nearly a decade. In 2012 Seth discovered Feldenkrais and the deep language of movement. In 2021, he began a new practice, enrolling in a year-long training at Guy Sengstock’s Circling Institute. 

https://sethdellinger.com/  

Mary Jo Healy

Mary Jo Healy graduated from the Somathematics Feldenkrais Training with Dennis Leri and Elizabeth Beringer in ’91 and has been teaching The Feldenkrais Method since 1989. 

Her love of movement and learning includes certifications to teach Yoga and Pilates, but her passion remains Feldenkrais and she maintains her multigenerational private practice in Ojai, CA. Mary Jo has developed a unique series of Awareness Through Movement classes tailored for her clients at the Artesian Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Meiners Oaks, CA. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a board member of Ruthy Alon’s Foundation for Movement Intelligence and a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. 

www.Healywellness.com

Moti Nativ

Moti is a Feldenkrais Practitioner (1994) and a Master teacher of Martial Arts. Following Moshe’s way to become a Judo expert, he is teaching worldwide the ‘Synergy of the Martial Arts and the Feldenkrais Method’, practically combining ideas and techniques learned in martial arts and the FM. Moti specializes in teaching Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling as an essential ability of self-preservation for elderly and young. 

www.feldenkrais-ip.org 

Francie White

Francie White is a Feldenkrais practitioner in Eugene, OR. She has a BA in letters, an MA and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. Living in her head took a toll on her body.

A Feldenkrais practitioner helped her to refocus her attention on her body and find the places that were not moving well. She finished her training in the Feldenkrais Method® in 2018.

She completed her training in Somatic Experiencing® in 2022 and works with clients who have trauma associated with their movement issues. She is also a certified HeartMath® practitioner.

https://integratedselfeugene.com