Dennis Leri and SemioPhysics are still accepting students into the new SemioPhysics Feldenkrais® Training Program. A 5-day make-up Intensive is being offered on the Workshops page for those who are interested in joining the Training at this time.
The Training will held at a beautiful site on a hill overlooking the Bay Area. It will meet two times a year for the first three years: Summer 5 weeks/Winter 3 weeks. In the last year the training will be 8 weeks long. It is felt that the longer segments permit greater immersion in the learning process. The overall length of the Training will be 37 months.
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By Dennis Leri
I am beginning a new Feldenkrais® Professional Training in Marin County in Northern California. It will most likely be the last that I both organize and educationally direct. I plan to make it special. It seems to me that a Feldenkrais®Training should demonstrate that know-how is inseparably connected to self-knowledge. While Moshe Feldenkrais always maintained that how an act is performed is more important than what is performed, I hold that who is acting is even more important. Knowing who we are in our role as practitioners leads directly to an increased ability to facilitate both learning and learning how to learn. Technical expertise, while essential, comes easily to those who understand the principles of the Feldenkrais Method® and who have internalized the training on their own terms and who have fun doing it.
Our marvelous capacity for adaptive learning is unparalleled. However, when encountering novel situations our previous habits of learning can work for us or against us. When it is necessary or desirable to adapt to change, the Feldenkrais Method® provides the means to know what to learn and how to learn it. By knowing how to access our nervous system's self-organizing processes -- through intention, attention and movement -- we can transform and refine our every activity. The goal of the SemioPhysics Feldenkrais Training is to introduce students to the deeply satisfying process of “learning how to learn.''
The Feldenkrais Method is beguilingly simple and versatile in application; to suit specific needs it is taught in two formats: Awareness Through Movement® group classes and hands-on individual Functional Integration® lessons. Sharing the same conceptual basis both approaches use the nervous system's ability to self-organize towards more effective and intelligent action. The Feldenkrais Method evokes and makes accessible each student's intelligence.
The SemioPhysics Feldenkrais Training is passionately committed to developing each student’s conceptual, experiential, verbal and non-verbal understanding. To facilitate learning the many different aspects of the Feldenkrais Method, course content will be explored in whole group, small group and individual one-to-one teaching modes. Student to student and student to teacher ratios will be constantly varied allowing participation in an open and intimate basis. The Training environment will be lively, non-competitive and supportive; it is assumed that students will progress at different rate. Students will expand and deepen their experiences of all aspects of the Feldenkrais Method by:
Exploring the common dynamics of Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration
Refining their sense of touch
Developing skills of self observation and observation of others
Learning to verbalize their understanding
Learning to translate their insights to teaching Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration
Dates and Times
The Training meets twice a year: five weeks each summer to provide time for immersion in the learning process and three weeks each January to insure continuity. To shorten the overall training length and reduce travel expense, the fourth year will be an eight week summer segment. The training is 40 days a year for total of 160 days. Class hours are 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 9 am to 1 pm Fridays to permit a long weekend. Dates generally exclude weekends and may change slightly depending on special events at the Unitarian Church training site.
Year 1: 18 June-20 July / 2012 7 January-25 / January 2013
Year 2: 17 June-19 July / 2013 6 January-24 / January 2014
Year 3: 16 June-18 July / 2014 5 January-23 / January 2015
Year 4: 8 June-31 July 2015
Accreditation and Certification
The SemioPhysics Feldenkrais® Training Program is fully accredited by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Graduates of the SemioPhysics Feldenkrais® Training Program will be eligible to become certified teachers of the Feldenkrais Method®. Diplomas may be honored worldwide.
The Training will be held in San Rafael in beautiful Northern California, 30 minutes from San Francisco and Berkeley, close to both hiking trails on Mount Tamalpais and pristine Pacific Ocean beaches. The Training site is tranquil, spacious and affords panoramic views of the surrounding countryside; it includes a garden, patio and kitchen. Virtual tour:
The Training is non-residential; assistance with carpooling is provided, as well as help in locating housing.
Dennis Leri, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM and certified Feldenkrais Trainer is the Educational Director for the SemioPhysics Feldenkrais training. He has worldwide experience presenting the Feldenkrais Method in training programs, seminars and workshops. Dennis graduated from the first professional American Feldenkrais training (1975-1977) and he enjoyed an extended apprenticeship with Dr. Feldenkrais at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He has taught the Method for over 35 years. His accessible and challenging teaching style reflects his training in Western and Eastern philosophy, psychology, martial arts and poetics. His published articles on the Feldenkrais Method have been translated into several languages.
As Educational Director, Dennis will be at the Training during all segments. Other Trainers and Training staff will include Elizabeth Beringer, Russell Delman, Lawrence Wm. Goldfarb, Arlyn Zones, Deborah Bowes, Mary Spire, Carol Kress, Kathy Pinkos-James, Gay Sweet Scott and Karen Zindars.
For information please contact MariaLeri@SemioPhysics.com.