Three 2012 Advanced Trainings:
Alan Questel, Dennis Leri, Deborah Bowes
Bundle price ends TOMORROW, May 1
If you can't attend all three,
Super Earlybird deadline is Friday, May 4
For Alan Questel's Coalescing A Lesson

Feldenkrais Class

I hope you're well, happy and itching to hone your skills! As I hope you know by now, throughout 2012 the Feldenkrais Institute will offer three outstanding advanced trainings for practitioners and 3rd and 4th year trainees: Coalescing a Lesson with Alan Questel, An Introduction to the Primitives with Dennis Leri and The Pelvic Floor: Discovery and Integration with the Feldenkrais Method with Deborah Bowes. If somehow you've missed the details, take a look below.

Ending tomorrow: our bundle discount that includes all eleven days of training (four with Alan and Deborah, three with Dennis) at a steeply reduced rate of $975 (under $90.00 per training day). To get the discount, you must sign up for all three trainings by May 1st. A convenient payment plan is available. Call for details.

Ending Friday: the super earlybird registration rate (just $370) for Alan's Coalescing a Lesson.

Don't miss out. Contact us until 8:00 pm tonight or anytime tomorrow for the bundle discount. I look forward to seeing you at the Feldenkrais Institute.

All the best,

Mark Hirschfield
Creative Director
Coalescing a Lesson
with Alan Questel 


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 8-11 (Friday through Monday)

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
$370 through Fri, May 4; then $415 through Fri, May 25.
Regular Tuition
: $460

The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-1014

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.
An Introduction to the Primitives: Radical Insight Into Advanced Functional IntegrationSM
with Denis Leri 


primitive [L., primitivus first or earliest of its kind] Mathematics: Applied to a line or figure from which some construction or reckoning begins; or to an operation not derived from another. Biology, Anatomy: Applied to a part or structure in the first or very early stage of formation.


In this advanced training for Feldenkrais Practitioners, I will introduce and make applicable the notion of a primitive. Primitives guide us in knowing how to organize our actions, our thinking and our intentions. Their proper use can make Functional Integration lessons more meaningful and effective.


We will first cover the movement primitives that are the basis for any and all human movement. You will learn how movement primitives are found at all levels of action. Moshe Feldenkrais starkly stated that his lessons were little better than common exercise if they didn't clarify the primary image. We will use what I call the movement primitives to see, sense and know the primary image. The primitives and the primary image will enable us to "see" and concretely experience Function, Differentiation and Integration.


Next, I will present the conceptual primitives which guide any and all effective thinking. For example, to know how to proceed and how to know when an FI lesson is finished require modes of fluid thinking. Finally, I will present the categorical primitives, which orient our intention towards giving an aesthetic, pragmatic or theoretical lesson. In aesthetic lessons we "go for" elegance or beauty. How is that done? In a pragmatic lesson we invent new means to act, we bridge gaps. How do we see what others don't?  The intention to give a theoretical lesson is organized around creating and testing a hypothesis about human nature. What general principles can or do lessons demonstrate?


We will explore meaningfulness as it emerges out of what we do and how we do it. Both Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement lessons unfold on many concurrent levels requiring us to constantly juggle between means and ends. Sequencing the parts of a lesson to create auspicious consequences is aided greatly by the effective application of the primitives in the service of clarifying the primary image.


Date: September 7 through 9 (Friday through Sunday)

Friday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm;
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Early Bird Tuition:
$310 through Fri, Aug 10; $345 through Fri, August 24.
Regular Tuition: $380

The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-1014


Dennis Leri has worked in and directed Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs around the world and is widely regarded as an innovative and inspiring teacher. He is a graduate of the first U.S. Feldenkrais training program and worked closely with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S. and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Dennis' accessible and challenging teaching style reflects training in Western and Eastern philosophy, psychology, and the martial arts. He studied personally with Milton Erickson and his Buddhist studies began as a student of Jiyu Kennett Roshi in 1971, and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1972.  For the last few years he's been a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.  He has 30 years of experience in Japanese and Chinese martial arts and Chi Kung. In addition, Dennis complements his teaching with the Neuro-Epistemology of Francisco Varela, Humberto Maturana and Heinz von Forester.  He has published numerous articles on the Feldenkrais Method and directs the Berkeley FPTP. Dennis lives with his wife Maria in Marin County, California. 

The Pelvic Floor: Discovery and Integration
with the Feldenkrais Method

Deborah Bowes 


This Feldenkrais continuing education program will cover what you need to know to comfortably include pelvic floor function in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. You will apply principles of the method to discover how the pelvic floor is involved in action for both men and women. Your male and female clients with a history of back or pelvic pain, incontinence, hip replacements, childbearing, abdominal surgeries, prostate problems or surgery, as well as dancers, equestrians, and other performers, will benefit from this work.

Some of the benefits include improvement in:

  • balance
  • breathing
  • bladder control
  • emotional and sexual expression.

The teaching will include relevant functional anatomy, physiology and research evidence to lay the groundwork to creatively meet the needs of your students. Find out how to teach this material to groups. Practitioners can also enjoy personal benefit as well.


Dates: November 9 -12 (Friday through Monday)

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:
$370 if through Fri, Oct 12; then $415 through Fri, October 26.
Regular Tuition: $460

The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-1014

Deborah Bowes, PT, is a Feldenkrais Trainer and has worked closely with David Zemach-Bersin for many years.  She is known for her clarity and depth of clinical experience gained from over 25 years of teaching in private practice, schools, hospitals and clinics. Starting as a Physical Education teacher in 1973, she has always been intrigued by the relationship between learning, movement and self image.  Deborah received her Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University in 1975 and became a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 1987.  She is co-founder of the Feldenkrais Center for Movement Education in San Francisco where she maintains an active private practice teaching the Feldenkrais Method to adults and children. Deborah has taught widely in Feldenkrais training programs since 1993, was Director of Somatics at the Delayed Recovery Center in the Occupational Health Clinic of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco.  She brings an avid interest in the neurosciences to her teaching, and lives with her family in San Francisco, California.


June, September and November
Alan Questel: Coalescing A Lesson

Denis Leri:
An Introduction to the Primitives

Deborah Bowes: Working with the Pelvic Floor

Register by May 1st and receive all three Advanced Trainings for only $975.
Call 212-727-1014 to register.