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If you've been around for any length of time, you probably already know Alan. If you were among those of us who had the pleasure of spending the second day of the NY Region's Conference with him in February of last year, you remember the simple, clear, incredibly useful (at least I've found it so) work he taught on distilling a client's request down to its tiny initiation and creating a lesson from that.

Alan taught one of the first advanced trainings I attended after becoming a practitioner. Among many other things, he taught us a template for an FI that I used regularly and often for years. When I had less experience, that lesson was a "go to" FI nearly every time I wasn't sure what to do with a client. And, hey, that training was in a beach town in Mexico. Given the surroundings, the fact that I remember anything at all is a testament to Alan's power as a teacher. 

I visited a training segment Alan taught about five years ago. He was teaching the trainees to better sense the force of their hands when working on a client. Using several different objects with varying weight, texture and density, he constructed a simple but effective experiment where we found a big improvement in our sensory understanding of just how much force is optimal, both in "grip" and then, subsequently, in moving a person. Three weeks ago, I had a client who said she was experiencing tension that was manifesting as what she referred to as "claw hands." I worked with her for about 20 minutes, doing a version of Alan's grip/touch exercise, and then gave her a thirty-five minute FI. She came back the following week marveling at how much better she felt because she'd been able to successfully allow her hands to be hands.

The point is, you don't want to miss this. And, in addition to Alan's advanced training, Coalescing a Lesson, he's teaching two workshops for the public titled, Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure, The Pleasure of Challenge, and Alan is excellent at taking concepts like those and illuminating them thoroughly through a Feldenkrais Method lens.

If there's any way you can do it, I urge you to attend all three of these fun, educational, feel-good experiences. If not, do as much as you can. Alan doesn't come to New York often.

All the details on Alan's workshops are below. If you sign-up for more than one, the Feldenkrais Institute will give you a discount on registration. Call 212-727-1014 for details.

Hope to see you soon.

All the best,

Mark Hirschfield
Creative Director 
Coalescing a Lesson
An Advanced Training with Alan Questel
Thursday, June 14, 6:30-9:30 pm


What makes a lesson a "Lesson"? What makes some lessons remarkable, while others simply dissolve away? We all struggle with these questions in various ways, at various times. The following five key elements of organization significantly influence the success of our lessons, deepen our understanding and act as a source of more complete 'patterns of action'.



  • By systematically relating these five elements to what we already know and do, we will learn to evoke more consistent successes, understand the role of our individual habits, and gain more clarity and insight into:

    What makes a lesson, COALESCE INTO A "LESSON"!

    Dates: June 8 through 11 (Friday through Monday)

    Times: Fri: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Sat, Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Mon: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Early Bird Tuition: $415 through Fri, May 25

    Regular Tuition: $460

    Location: The Feldenkrais Institute

    134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl

    New York, NY 10001


    To register, call: (212) 727-1014


    Thursday, June 14, 6:30-9:30 pm


    Did you ever wish you had more choices available to you?


    Maybe you do; maybe you aren't looking in the right places.


    Sometimes it's right under your nose, waiting to be revealed.


    In this evening evening together (using everything that's right under your own nose) we will explore choice...investigating and discovering new ways of creating them.


    When we feel that our choices are too limited we, unfortunately, keep looking in the same places. What would benefit all of us is to learn to look in places where we don't usually think of looking. In this workshop you'll have the chance to explore choice in a more fundamental way...through movement...creating the means to develop more choice in your everyday life.  You'll discover ways to generate more "choices" in everything you do.  Through easy, interesting, novel movements...in a risk-free learning environment, you'll be encouraged to discover yourself in new ways, finding new choices, new ways to know yourself better! 


    Date: Thursday, June 14
    Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Early Bird Tuition: $60.00 through Thu, June 07.
    Regular Tuition: $70.00
    Member Tuition: $40.00
    Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
    134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 727-1014

    Register for Alan's Advanced Training, Coalescing a Lesson and receive a discount off both Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure, the Pleasure of Challenge. You must call 212-727-1014 to register with the combined discount.


    The Challenge of Pleasure,
    The Pleasure of Challenge
    Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, 
    10:00 am-4:30 pm


    Did you ever think it could be a challenge for you to have more pleasure in your life? Or could you imagine experiencing greater pleasure when you are faced with a challenge? Pleasure and challenge, experiences that are too often exclusive of each other, will be the focus of this two-day workshop.


    Utilizing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons you will safely and enjoyably inquire into your own process. The result will be an enhancement of your understanding of what you feel, how you relate and how you respond to the challenge of finding more pleasure in your life and the pleasure of meeting a challenge.


    The themes of pleasure and challenge will be explored through movement...making the abstract concrete and giving you an embodied experience of these ideas, not only a cognitive understanding.  It is through movement that you will come to a different understanding of yourself in relation to these ideas.  Of course, there will be some challenge...but an appropriate level for you.  No demands will be made on you that are beyond your ability and I will be there to further adapt the lessons, if need be, to suit you in a way that you can 'succeed' and find pleasure in the processes.  We'll do 3-4 ATMs a day. 


    Date: Thursday, June 14
    Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Early Bird Tuition: $160.00 through Sat, June 09.
    Regular Tuition: $190.00
    Member Tuition: 20% off
    Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
    134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 727-1014
    Register for Alan's Advanced Training, Coalescing a Lesson and receive a discount off both Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure, the Pleasure of Challenge. You must call 212-727-1014 to register with the combined discount.


    About Alan Questel


    Alan S. Questel is known for his clarity, creativity and down to earth style of teaching as he brings a depth of understanding, humor and a gentle human perspective to the learning of the Feldenkrais Method.  Trained by Dr. Feldenkrais and a 1983 graduate of the Amherst training program, he teaches worldwide in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs and has directed or co-directed trainings in New York, California, Arizona, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth, Australia and Malmo, Sweden.  He has taught at Princeton University, S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the New York Open Center and Mother Teresa's Shishu Bhavan-Home for Disabled Children, Calcutta, India.  An actor before becoming interested in the Feldenkrais Method, Alan worked and toured with Jerzy Grotowski and Paul Sills. He is the creator of Pregnant Pauses - Movement for Moms and his upcoming training programs are in Malmo, Sweden and Cali, Colombia. Alan makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


    Mark Hirschfield / Feldenkrais Institute of NY / New York, New York 10001 /