A Bright Future for the Feldenkrais® Method
Team Member: Robert Black
Join me in a very special project.
I want the Feldenkrais Method® to thrive, not just survive. This has been a dream of mine since 1997, and I have volunteeered in a variety of projects that make the elusive obvious through articulating the abilities, skills, knowledge and attitudes of Feldenkrais practitioners. The next step in this journey is to develop a method of recognizing the competence of newly graduated practitioners so they can be fully certified.
This is beyond the capabilities of our many volunteers. We need help from qualified experts who will help us develop a valid assessment and a sustainable process. We have been told that the 18-month process can cost up to $100,000.
In order to achieve this dream, we are asking friends, colleagues, clients, passersby and anyone who wants to grow the Feldenkrais Method to join us.
- Donate $10 and I will send you a thank you card
- Donate $20 and I will send you a hand-carved souvenir from Costa Rica
- Donate $50 and I will send you an Awareness Through Movement lesson on a CD
- Donate $125 and you will receive a complementary Functional Integration® lesson
- Donate over $500 or more and receive an (almost!) complete set of all the Feldenkrais Journals (25 in total, spanning 30 years)
Simply click the donate button and the menu will assist you. All donations will go to the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and are in US dollars. There is a 1.7% service fee which is an additional fee.
And the best news yet:
When the total reaches $10,000, I will shave off my moustache.
Check back often for more exciting prizes and events being added!
Background to the project.
The world is changing rapidly, and more somatic approaches are being offered every day. We want the Feldenkrais Method to continue being recognized as the gold standard for teaching awareness and functionality. By hiring a consulting psychometrician to help us develop a bona fide certification process, we will raise the bar for all somatic disciplines. In addition, health institutions, fitness centers and corporations can hire with confidence. The next steps are clearly outlined in the following video: http://vimeo.com/109455467
At the 2013 conference Jeff Haller spontaneously began to speak about the early history of the drive to separate Certification from Graduation, and went on to describe the current Task Force. There are also a few comments from members. I think it is very compelling. A draft of the video is available for your viewing pleasure at http://vimeo.com/fgna/taskforcebackground