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Friday, September 10, 2021 (8am PDT - 1:45pm PDT)
8:00am PDT - 8:45am PDT Morning Awareness Through Movement® lesson
Make the Impossible Rock and Roll!
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Frederick Schjang

From Rock and Roll to Rest and Relax: Hybrid Awareness Through Movement® with Softer Foam Roller
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Becky Behling
8:45am PDT - 9:00am PDT Break
9:00am PDT - 9:15am PDT Welcome Remarks
Open to: All Audiences
9:15am PDT - 10:15am PDT Keynote
Brokenness and Wholeness: Ancient and Always New

Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: David Kaetz
Description: What are we really doing? Starting with an unpublished essay by the late Ruthy Alon, David explores, with words, images and music, the evolving boundaries of science, healing, spirituality, and somatic practice. He proposes a new, and not so new, understanding of our profession, and invites us to consider the implications of a more expansive paradigm.
10:15am PDT - 10:30am PDT Break
10:30am PDT - 12:00pm PDT Workshops
Back into the Hip Joints
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Chrish Kresge
Description: Many hours on zoom and too much sitting have made our hips less flexible and available for walking, exercising and dancing. Perhaps your low back has been working overtime to make up for your tight hip flexors. Discover how to regain potent hip joints so that your whole body functions more optimally, with an even distribution of work throughout. In this workshop we will explore the use of our hip joints and hip flexors in three different positions: sitting on a chair, lying on the floor, and walking. While we do not usually talk very much about the muscles in the Feldenkrais Method pedagogy, I will be discussing how knowledge of the muscles around the pelvis, hip joints and low back are critical to our understanding of how we move elegantly through space.

Finding Our Voice the Feldenkrais® Way
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners, Practitioners of Other Modalities
Presented by: Carole Blueweiss, Margo Hennebach
Description: Join Carole Blueweiss and Margo Hennebach for a 90-min workshop by and for Feldenkrais practitioners looking to have more awareness and mastery over their speaking voice. Whether you want to deliver Awareness Through Movement lessons in a more embodied way or are an aspiring Feldenkrais podcaster, you’ll learn ways to improve and understand recording your voice. In this fun and lively course, learn tips and pointers about creating a podcast and speaking in general, as you are led through short Awareness Through Movements designed to help you embody and cultivate your whole body vocal system. You'll be introduced to fun anatomy facts about the vocal system and key podcasting tips. There will be a breakout room for pre- and post-Awareness Through Movement sharing, observations, and questions.

Roll Your Fingers To Free Your Ribs
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Carol Lessinger
Description: Surely you know that the movement of your ribs is connected to ease of breathing. But, did you know that the movement of your fingers is connected to the movement of your ribs? Actually, different fingers evoke movement in their matching ribs. In this workshop, you’ll experience two enjoyable Awareness Through Movement lessons to explore these relationships. A welcome “side effect” of the lessons is that they help you return to center, especially after a challenging day. Carol does them for herself often for alignment of her spine, mind, and emotions. Join her to joyfully rock yourself into new movement ideas.
12:00pm - 12:15pm PDT Break
12:15pm - 1:45 PDT Workshops
Empowered Approach to Pelvic Health Workshop
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Fritha Pegelly, Ruth Ever
Description: This introductory workshop combines the Whole Woman® Practice with the Feldenkrais Method® to provide foundational and often surprising information about your pelvic structures and how to better support your pelvic organs. Posture and breathing are key in supporting pelvic health and comfort. This workshop will be an overview of how the Whole Woman® work and Feldenkrais Method® complement each other to provide guidance to find a natural and supportive posture through education, practice and discussion, and provides opportunities to clarify and integrate this learning through Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons. This workshop will include sitting, standing and lying on a mat. This work is useful in both preventing pelvic issues and discomfort and to help people already experiencing bladder (urgency, leaking, etc) and uterine prolapse issues. This workshop is designed for people with female anatomy, but all Feldenkrais® Practitioners are welcome to attend to learn more about our work and orientation.

Repositioning the Head for Rockin’ and Rollin’ Flair
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Jean Elvin
Description: We will explore “Bringing the Head Back, (While Restin,’ Relaxin,’ and Lengthening).” Attendees will be able to improve their vertical axis and sense of uprightness, such as for walking, dance technique, balance, athletic prowess, and artistic performance – whichever applies. Non-performers welcome! Continue to increase neck comfort and ease afterwards, by recalling and applying just a few key movements.
Saturday, September 11, 2021 (8am PDT – 4:30pm PDT)
8:00am PDT - 8:45am PDT Morning Awareness Through Movement® lesson
Awareness as Touch; Tending to Our Organs
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Maria Bacha

Rocking and Rolling Your Core Pathways
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Josef DellaGrotte

Make the Impossible Rock and Roll!
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Frederick Schjang

8:45am PDT - 9:00am PDT Break
9:00am PDT - 10:30am PDT Workshops

Diving into the Lungs
Open to: Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Gail French
Description: Anatomy Adventure - diving into the lungs with gentle, light, inquisitive hands, we’ll dive into the anatomy of the lungs. Anatomical knowledge allows X-ray vision into areas where movement difficulties persist. The ability to recognize and visualize what underlying structure may be involved in movement limitations gives greater precision in FI with faster and longer-lasting effects. When you understand the structure and function of pleural spaces and pleural ligaments, you will better understand the structure of the lungs. Learn how to sense and identify lung tissue, ligaments, nerves, and arteries and how restrictions in these tissues could affect skeletal movements of the neck, shoulder girdles and ribs as well as full expansion of the lungs.

Feldenkrais Method and BrainEase
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Nancy Haller
Description: Are you brain injured, brain tired, do you live in brain fog or do you know someone experiencing brain issues? Tenacity and knowledge are your tools for lifelong learning to be the best person you can be at every moment. In this workshop, you will enjoy thoughtful use of the Feldenkrais Method® to create more BrainEase which will help you be kind to yourself and joyful for what you can do with ease today.

Mirroring Asymmetries - A Neurodiplomatic Approach
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Anastasi Steven Siotas
Description: Match the "good" side to the abilities of the "bad" side, this was a revelation that Dr. Feldenkrais accidentally discovered after injuring his good knee. He found, to his great surprise, that his bad knee overnight had become more functional. This experience informed the often-quoted FM principle of "doing less" that we've all experienced in Awareness Through Movement lessons and that I have been applying successfully in FI. Through the experience of a novel Awareness Through Movement lesson that follows each person's perceived asymmetries, we will unpack the deep implications of mirroring habitual behavior. My hope is to further our understanding of the neurological basis of asymmetry while highlighting the importance of creative play. We will also review the hemispheric division of labor according to Dr. Iain McGilchrist's lifetime research into the Left/Right brain behaviors. You don't need this knowledge in order to Rock n Roll but it will help you more satisfyingly Rest & Relax.

Personalize Your Practice: Create Feldenkrais-Based Experiences and Products that Sparkle with the Essence of You
Open to: Feldenkrais Practitioners & 3/4 Year Trainees
Presented by: Carol McAmis
Description: This presentation encourages practitioners and 3rd and 4th year trainees to explore a novel, playful process for creating engaging classes, workshops and products based on principles of Awareness Through Movement® lessons. Carol McAmis has combined her professional interests of voice teaching, Feldenkrais®, and ARTbundance coaching into many different kinds of experiences. She shares her processes of creating here. She will introduce participants to The Singer’s PlayBox(tm) with some playtime! Mini-Awareness Through Movement’s, card decks, straws, a Slinky—all can become a game in the PlayBox, developing body awareness, singing technique and musical artistry. The SingerSpa(tm) builds on the inherent healing abilities of the human soma, offering participants a DIY, free, 24/7 spa experience: the introductory “Mini-Sampler Package” of TREATments from the SingerSpa menu. Finally, the group will be guided through a playful ARTbundance process of imagining an outrageously fun class, workshop or project for themselves! Join Carol for a wonderful, laughter-filled time!
*Please bring some of your favorite art supplies for creative visioning. Anything from simple paper and pencil to watercolors, markers, crayons, huge sheets of paper, photos for collage, or anything else you'd like to play with would be great!
10:30am PDT - 11:00am PDT Break
11:00am PDT - 12:30pm PDT Workshops
Awakening to Your Body’s Miraculous Intelligence with Tellington TTouch and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Linda Tellington-Jones, Elinor Silverstein
Description: Linda Tellington-Jones will teach Tellington TTouch® and Elinor Silverstein will teach two Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons showing the connection between the premise of cellular intelligence of both the Tellington TTouch® Method and the Feldenkrais Method®. Linda will share milestones that lead her from the Feldenkrais Method to develop the Tellington TTouch Method that is taught on six continents for animals and humans. Linda will explain how TTouch® addresses both the “Nature” and the “Touch Deficit Syndrome”; and present the Mind Mirror Studies with Anna Wise that show how TTouch® results in “The Awakened Mind”, the activation of both hemispheres of the brain and why that is important in these times, also known as the Age of Aquarius. In this presentation Linda will lead participants on a guided meditative journey in which they will connect to their innate beauty and perfection at the cellular level that allows for the release of pain and fear.

Individual Freedom and Collective Liberation
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Joyce Lu
Description: Feldenkrais practitioners are very good at fostering a sense of freedom in bodies. What is our responsibility in terms of linking this freeing of individual beings to social movements for equality? This year has exposed to the world that many of our habitual ways of thinking, living and working are no longer relevant, or at the worst, harmful. This session ties the work we do creating new neural pathways for movement, or more options for movement, to other anti-oppression work. Participants will learn new vocabulary and new ways of seeing their own identities and those of others as part of a complex system that is yearning to get free.

Inner Loops & Outer Arcs: Feldenkrais Head Space & Working from Home
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Tim Sobie
Description: "Inner Loops & Outer Arcs: Feldenkrais® Headspace & Working from Home".. is a revelation of how our 'hidden-most' sense - the vestibular sense - can be brought into everyday movement awareness via Feldenkrais®-based movements. By improving our ability to navigate our head through space, Feldenkrais® practitioners can better maneuver their abilities to support their clients' head movements during Awareness Through Movement® & Functional Integration® sessions, while everyday persons working from a seated home or office workspace can develop a greater capacity for optimizing a more effective use of their whole self; thereby reducing posture stress, fatigue, and repetitive strain. Through using inner-ear experiential anatomy as an intrinsic framework for imagery, and extrapolating primary movement patterns from its inherent circular design, participants in this workshop will come to discover the possibility for a novel and new "internal ergonomic"; one that integrates cognitive space for thinking, feeling, sensing, and action more effectively in the world.

Movement, Learning and Community for Those with Memory Loss
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Jennifer Lee, Allison Porter, Chris Stribling, LeeAnn Starovasnik
Description:Do you know someone living with memory loss? Join us to explore the importance of using fundamental Feldenkrais principles to meet the unmet needs of people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Discover how basic Feldenkrais strategies can enhance your effectiveness with this population and support the caregiving relationship from a systemic perspective. Learn about the Feldenkrais practitioners at the forefront of integrative health research in the PLIE and MOVING Together programs funded over the last 10 years by UCSF, Alzheimer’s Association, VA, DoD, and NIH-SBIR. Experience MOVING Together, a fun, engaging, online, group movement program designed specifically for people living with cognitive decline and their caregivers using patient-centered and relationship-centered care models. Learn how and why the program integrates functional movement patterns with mindfulness, music, and social connection, how to participate in an MT research study, and how to become a MOVING Together Instructor.
12:30pm PDT - 12:45pm PDT Break
12:45pm PDT - 2:45pm PDT Legacy Presentation
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
2:45pm PDT - 3:00pm PDT Break
3:00pm PDT - 4:30pm PDT Workshops
Clarify Your Message So That Your Prospective Customer Will Listen
Open to: Anyone building their business, with an emphasis on somatic practices
Presented by: Barbara Anderson
Description:This is intended to be a highly interactive workshop in which we will use the seven step procedure as presented in "Building a StoryBrand" by Donald Miller as a jumping off place for sharing ideas and experiences. Talking with each other builds community. The main premise of Miller’s book is the necessity of focusing on what our clients want and need to reach their goals. Once we understand what our clients want, we can position ourselves as “the guide” . The guide is an important role because the guide gives the prospective clients a path to reach their goals by providing a plan, building a relationship, and calling them to action.
Questions we will discuss:
  1. What problems does the FM solve for the customer/student?
  2. How can we talk about our services in ways that people can easily understand and relate to?
  3. How will our customer/students' lives be better because they have engaged with our program?
  4. Why are they interested in the Feldenkrais Method? What are their goals?

Comfort, Confidence and Emotional Fluidity
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Molly Tipping
Description: When we feel stressed, we often choose to rest and relax. While this is a wise option, if our goal is to rock and roll on the big stage of life, we need to know how to move easily from one state to the other so we’re ready to put on the show of our lives! Living a life of ease is not just about taking it easy, it’s about doing what matters most to us by cultivating ease in the challenging, comfort in the intimate, and grace in the overwhelming. Exploring the intersection of ‘The Posture’ and ‘The Person’ we will clarify physiological and emotional comfort and confidence. We will explore ‘The Personal Anxiety Pattern,’ Emotional Reversibility and Fluidity from a bodily perspective and discover how changes in our eyes, breath, mouth, posture and body tension can help us build emotional potency. The workshop will alternate between quietly restful, emotionally explorative and pleasurably good fun. There will be time for contemplative reflection and conversation.
Please note we will be exploring the bodily manifestation of a range of emotions including anxiety, anger and sadness. If this sounds a little challenging please consider one of the other amazing workshops.

ROCK TO UNLOCK Your Body’s Wisdom
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Stacy Barrows
Description: Rocking has been known to calm a fussy baby, soothe low back pain and recently found to lull us into a deeper sleep with greater benefits. Findings have also shown that rocking motion has had positive effects with people in nursing homes and optimizes balance after traveling on a ship. What’s interesting is this motion seems to be innate, so it’s No wonder we seek this out in childhood and throughout adulthood. Inspired by this year’s theme to rest, relax to rock and roll- we will learn practical ways to move into our own wisdom. This workshop draws from the Feldenkrais Method® and movement science to uncover ways to ‘rock your world.

Sunday, September 12, 2020 (8am PDT – 1:00pm PDT)
8:00am PDT - 8:45am PDT Morning Awareness Through Movement® lesson
Dance! from Rest & Relax to Rock & Roll
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Anna Haltrecht

Groove and Move: FUNctional Fitness with Awareness
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Paulette Dolin
8:45am PDT - 9:00am PDT Break
9:00am PDT- 10:30am PDT Workshops
The Art of Falling
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Moti Nativ
Description: Falling and the fear of falling have a significant impact on everyone, but particularly on the elderly. Falls are one of the major causes of mortality and injuries, resulting in loss of confidence and therefore reduction in one’s quality of life. Dr. Feldenkrais experienced many falls during his years of training in Jiu-Jitsu and Judo on his path towards developing the Feldenkrais Method. Because of his broad practical experience of falling, Feldenkrais explained how important it is to “own” the skill of falling. He strongly emphasized the significance of practicing falling in order to protect one’s body (Jiu-Jitsu book - 1930). In his book, ‘ABC du Judo’ (1938), he explained the importance of falling through a physics principle, “Unstable balance is easily broken up; the body falls into a stable equilibrium position.” And once he was a Judo expert, Feldenkrais referred to falling as a skill, calling it “The Art of Falling” (Higher Judo - 1948). The Feldenkrais Method provides tools and answers to the problems that arise from falling by “learning” to fall, thereby preventing accidental falling and decreasing injuries caused by falls. In the workshop I’ll share with attendees the techniques based on my experience of teaching the “Art of Falling” to elderly as well as young students within the framework of rocking and rolling.

Our Primordial Connections: Integrating Our Phylogenetic History in Awareness Through Movement
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: David Zemach-Bersin
Description: For the past 20 years, David Zemach-Bersin has been exploring how to use the tongue, lips, and eyes to improve movement and reduce pain. The movements of our eyes, mouth and tongue have deep roots in the evolutionary history of our brain and the development of movement. They also have profound muscular and functional relationships with the movements of our spine, head and limbs, and a direct influence on our balance. These primitive dynamics and action patterns existed long before human beings appeared, yet are still present in our brain today and essential to our ease of movement and well-being. David will share his perspective along with two original Awareness Through Movement lessons.

Rocking and Rolling to Pre-Crawling
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Kira Charles
Description: Many Feldenkrais lessons are based on developmental movements – the building blocks for all human movement. Re-experiencing these movements can have a profound effect on our organization and our ability to move. This workshop is an opportunity to explore early developmental movements, looking at how a baby moves from flexion into extension and begins to roll and crawl. Along the way we will discuss topics such as proprioception, hand-eye coordination, crossing the mid-line, use of ground force, and the ability to shift weight. Come join me on a journey of discovery!

TMJ Another Way: A Whole Body Approach to Alleviating Jaw Pain
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Erin Finklestein
Description: This workshop will introduce a whole-body approach to alleviating jaw pain through the rocking and rolling of the sitz bones and clarifying the movements in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. Based on a lesson I developed while working with an opera singer whose pain in the jaw was so acute that opening the mouth was uncomfortable. After doing this lesson, she was able to return to singing and eating without pain. By exploring connections between the sitz bones and the TMJ, you, too, will use the softening and rolling of the chest along with gentle touch to explore the face, neck, jaw and mouth. This workshop will leave practitioners, students, dentists and people from other modalities with plenty of new options to explore in order to alleviate jaw pain.
10:30am PDT - 11:00am PDT Break
11:00am PDT - 12:30pm PDT Workshops
A New Paradigm: We are Neuroplasticians!
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Eileen A Bach-y-Rita
Description: The buzzwords these days in mainstream society are “brain health” and neuroplasticity. As we know, our work is relevant to these concepts through its novel movement sequences, images, sensory-motor learning and much more. Since the first Professional Feldenkrais Training in the 1970's, our method remains mostly unknown. To better promote it, we will explore the concept of redefining ourselves as Neuroplasticians- (Feldenkrais Certified etc.). We will explore sources and ways of becoming more fluent in the language of neuroplasticity including through an Awareness Through Movement sequence. I will share my journey of recovering from strokes and a major concussion and I will interview one of my early students (1980), Dr. William Wells, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Chiropractor, who severed his left hand accidentally and eventually regained its full use. Stacy Barrows will share her sister's journey from paraplegia to present time. We will share and practice in breakout groups and discuss our ideas as a whole. Participants will be able to ask questions.

A Whorfian perspective on the Feldenkrais Method®
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Ralph Strauch
Description: Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941) was an early 20th century linguist and anthropologist, and author of the “Whorfian hypothesis” – the idea that the way we perceive and experience reality is strongly conditioned by the language we speak. This workshop will draw on Whorf’s ideas and on my previous writings on the nature of perception, exploring their significant implications for us as Feldenkrais Practitioners. We perceive the world by selecting elements from the ongoing flux of information which constantly engulfs us, from both the external world and from within our bodies, and organizing those elements into images of things and activities that we perceive as existing independently of us. The workshop will explore some of the ways we do this, and their consequences for us and for our clients. Participants will leave the workshop with a new and deeper understanding of their relationship with the world around them.

From ‘Primal Swimming’ to ‘A Spring in Your Step’ An Experiential Tribute to Ruthy Alon (1930-2020)
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Marcia Giudice
Description: When I heard the conference theme, “From Rest & Relax to Rock & Roll”, I immediately thought of Ruthy Alon, a masterful Feldenkrais® trainer and founder of Bones for Life®, Movement Intelligence, and other programs inspired by the teachings of Dr. Feldenkrais. Ruthy had a profound influence on my journey toward greater joy of movement, as well as on my Awareness Through Movement teaching. In this workshop, we will explore Ruthy’s ‘Primal Swimming’ lesson and journey from quieting the nervous system to what Ruthy called ‘biological optimism’ or a feeling of ‘zest for life’. Join me for further conversation after this guided exploration in honor of the work and life of Ruthy Alon. You will leave the workshop with an integrative Awareness Through Movement that can be recreated at home, in depth, or as a brief reminder while sitting, standing, or walking.

Songbird Wisdom: Mother Nature Rock & Roll Me
Open to: All Audiences
Presented by: Annie Thoe
Description: Birds offer us a higher perspective. They also uplift us with their songs and beauty. Songbirds particularly alert all living things of changes in our environment - predators, food, water and weather changes. When we tap into this ancient wisdom, we can deeply restore our nervous systems and remember how to move with agility. In this workshop, we’ll learn Awareness Through Movement® lessons adapted from my study of key songbirds that live near the ground— birds you may see on a daily basis. Improve your awareness of your surroundings as well as agility and preparation to move in any direction. These nature, awareness, and Feldenkrais lessons will open your chest, heart and voice. You’ll learn novel ways to quickly ground your body as well as uplift your heart & mind. There is nothing quite like mother nature to rock, roll and hold us when times are turbulent & unknown. Enter birdland and renew these vital connections.

Taking the Magic of Learning from Awareness Through Movement into the World of Relating, ‘Rocking and Rolling.’
Open to: Trainees, Feldenkrais® Practitioners
Presented by: Astra Coyle and Aliza Stewart
Description: Have you ever observed yourself or a student experience a wonderful transformation during a lesson, only to see it disappear during the transition back to day-to-day life? Ever wondered how you could create conditions for learning like the days spent immersed in change during your professional training? Ever considered how you could facilitate that experience to help your students? Through examining our own processes and investigating the conditions that supported our training experience, we can learn how to better support the integration of learning so as to transform our day-to-day lives. This year, with less distractions and interactions, we’ve found ourselves taking a deep dive supporting our own habit changes, and the long term outcomes our students seek. Join us!
We will explore:
  1. how we lose the magic that happens during Awareness Through Movement lessons
  2. developing an “Awareness of Regression”
  3. conditions that create immediate recuperation of the magic without correction
  4. relationships and community that support habit change
12:30pm PDT - 1:00pm PDT Closing Circle