Growing and Learning: A Feldenkrais Immersion 2018-19

In 2014, I was approached by a student with a very exciting request. Her request was to please provide an opportunity to dive deep into her movement history. She wanted to go back through the movements of infancy so she could experience them again—and in some cases for the first time. Together we hatched the idea for this Immersion, a series of six intensives rich in developmental movement, experienced through Awareness Through Movement®, the classroom model of the Feldenkrais Method®. Since 2014 three groups have gone through the Feldenkrais Immersion.

WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FELDENKRAIS IMMERSION?
The Feldenkrais® Immersion is for the dedicated student of the Feldenkrais Method, or other related modalities. Six four-day intensives offer a deep, immersive process for Sheri Cohen Feldenkrais Immersionself-study. Participants are already exploring personal growth and learning through movement or embodied practice, and are joining the immersion to support that path.

The Immersion will not provide an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method. If you are interested in the Immersion, and have never done a Feldenkrais class or private session before, you must do so before registering. If you have done Feldenkrais before, but not with me, you must attend at least one private session or class with me, so that we can be introduced before beginning the Immersion process.

Please contact me with any questions about whether the Feldenkrais Immersion might be right for you.

WHAT WILL BE THE FORM & CONTENT OF THE FELDENKRAIS IMMERSION?
The organizing theme for the material in the Immersion is developmental movement, or how we develop ourselves through movement from birth through walking. The schedule below indicates, roughly, the movement themes we will explore, 228Fprimarily through Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. While the schedule describes an overall chronological approach, this is just an outline. Many movement capacities are nested inside others. Our material will move somewhat elliptically—seeming to “jump ahead” or “reach back” in the chronology—in order to more closely mirror natural learning processes. The outline creates some structure for our material, but my main concern will be attending to your learning, and adapting the material to the needs of the moment.

Our schedule of six 4-day sessions, 5-6 weeks apart looked like this in 2017-18. Our schedule for 2018-19 is TBD:

Year Month Dates Learning . . .
2017 September 25-28 to Connect with others
November 6-9 to Locomote
December 11-14 to Sit Upright
 2018 January 22-25 to Creep
March 5-8 to Stand
April 16-19 to Walk

Daily flow: Each day will include 2-3 Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons. Occasional supporting activities will include discussion, experiential anatomy, hands-on activities, and processing activities like writing and drawing to help consolidate your learning. There will be one 45-60 minute break for lunch Monday- Wednesday, and at least one 10-15 minute break every day.

LOCATION:
Dharma Gate
1910 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

SCHEDULE:
TBD

Please contact me to register, or for more information.

Click here to read what participants have said about the Immersion.

Sheri Cohen Feldenkrais ImmersionINTENTIONS:
I hope that Growing and Learning: A Feldenkrais Immersion provides a rich, safe environment in which we all may learn from the amazing natural processes that brought us into maturity. The work is sometimes sweet and playful, and sometimes challenging; I hope to help make room for the full range of experiences to be held and honored.

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Summer In-Town Feldenkrais Retreat

The Summer In-Town Feldenkrais Retreat offers three days of gentle movement, awareness practice, self-care and restoration; a clean, quiet, comfortable space; an experienced teacher … and you don’t even have to travel to enjoy it!

Summer In-town Feldenkrais Retreat with Sheri CohenEach day of the Summer Feldenkrais In-Town Retreat will include three Awareness Through Movement lessons. The lessons will vary from quiet breath work to larger, more challenging (and fun!) movements. On Thursday, we have a shorter session, with a short break between our lessons. On Friday and Saturday, there will be time for a longer break, so we may eat an unhurried lunch in the center’s comfortable kitchen or in its beautiful garden. The schedule is designed to help you travel during off-peak hours, so you can sleep in, arrive without too much hassle, and return home well-rested.

Our theme for this retreat will be: Exploring Dynamic Resilience. We often meet life’s challenges with our own particular brand of machismo—we are tough guys, martyrs, stoics, deflectors, chameleons and more. These identities are often brittle shells that don’t serve us in the long run. There is a correlate in our bodily experience in the many ways we compensate for perceived weaknesses, such as by over-efforting, or by relying on one leg to carry the burden of our whole weight. Through Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, we’ll encounter the unconscious ways in which we create unhelpful “protections”, and allow our true strength to emerge from unencumbered movement.

Come for some solitary time, or share introspective time with new and familiar friends. The manna we’ll all share is Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, and the process of self-discovery it provides.

“Learning . . . is not the training of willpower but the acquisition of the skill to inhibit parasitic action and the ability to direct clear motivations as a result of self-knowledge.” Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self.

Summer In-Town Feldenkrais Retreat
Thursday – Saturday, June 14-16
Thursday, June 14, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dharma Gate
1910 24th Avenue South
Seattle
$300
Limited space available

Registration holds your space on a first-come, first-served basis:
First:
 Contact Sheri
Then, pay:
By check to Sheri Cohen, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E #309, Seattle, WA 98102
or by credit card or paypal: paypal.me/scmove
Questions? Contact Sheri

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The Magic of Self-Touch: An Online Workshop for Feldenkrais Teachers

This online workshop is meant, firstly, to care for the caregivers. Enjoy Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) to rejuvenate and nourish yourself. Additionally, we will Feldenkrais Teachers Workshop Magic of Self Touchexplore and identify different ways self-touch may be used in teaching ATM to support your students’ learning. Through the frame of receptive vs. imposing touch, we’ll clarify how different touch activities may produce specific qualities or responses in us, including (but not limited to) using the hand to “paint” awareness, rhythmic touching as a way of introducing movement in unexpected places, and bone-tracing for skeletal awareness. Of course, learning through self-touch will improve how we touch others in Functional Integration®, too!

Presented by FGNA-NW
For Feldenkrais Teachers and Trainees ONLY
Thursday, April 5
5:30-7:00 pm PDT
Free to FGNA-NW Region members
$15 for FGNA members not in NW Region, certified-only nonmembers, and trainees not yet FGNA members
Please contact Katherine before April 4 for pre-payment information and the Zoom link.

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The Spine: An Anatomy Workshop for Yoga and Other Movement Teachers

All movements are more powerful and easier when they are coordinated through the spine, because the spine plays a central role in our organism’s survival and functioning. The spine determines our shape and orientation, directs our limbs, carries our head, and Spine Workshop with Sheri Cohenmobilizes our whole self through space. In this experiential anatomy workshop, we will use movement practices (including yoga and developmental movement), hands-on partnering activities, and discussions, to explore and improve some fundamental movements of the spine. We will cover how to encourage distributed movements through the spine, spine safety, spine diversity, and the benefits and pitfalls of common core strengtheners. Students will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of—and will better embody—healthy spine movement.

This yoga anatomy training is open to all certified yoga teachers, and is eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education credits. Instructors of other movement and awareness practices (martial arts, massage, dance, somatic education, etc.) are also welcome.

This training is a part of Lotus Yoga’s 300-Hour Teacher Training, it is a required module in the training.

Lotus Yoga
Saturday and Sunday
May 5 & 6
Saturday 2-6 & Sunday 11 – 4
(9 training hours)
$132

Registration: info@lotusyoga.biz

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Listening Deeply: A New Year’s Day Practice

We lead busy lives and act with our best intentions, but how can we know that our actions come from a clear and centered source? Who is the one acting and where does the impulse to act come from? What is truly nourishing to this one—myself—who is working so hard?

In “Listening Deeply” we’ll begin our self-awareness practice by opening our curiosity—cultivating a sweet relationship with ourselves. We’ll then turn to ourselves with “big ears”, listening for signals from the body in gentle motion, and get better at “hearing” subtler sensations. We’ll ask, “What is wanted?” As we move larger and stronger, we’ll find out how our listening adapts to greater challenge. Finally, we’ll rest and meditate, opening our ears to the sounds of the world around us.

Listening Deeply: A New Year’s Day Practice
Monday, January 1, 2018
10-12
Lotus Yoga
4860 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
206.760.1917
info@lotusyoga.biz

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Growing and Learning: A Feldenkrais Immersion 2017-18

In 2014, I was approached by a student with a very exciting request. Her request was to please provide an opportunity to dive deep into her movement history. She wanted to go back through the movements of infancy so she could experience them again—and in some cases for the first time. Together we hatched the idea for this Immersion, a series of six intensives rich in developmental movement, experienced through Awareness Through Movement®, the classroom model of the Feldenkrais Method®.

WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FELDENKRAIS IMMERSION?
The Feldenkrais® Immersion is for the dedicated student of the Feldenkrais Method, or other related modalities. Six four-day intensives offer a deep, immersive process for Sheri Cohen Feldenkrais Immersionself-study. Participants are already exploring personal growth and learning through movement and embodied practice, and are joining the immersion to support that path.

The Immersion will not provide an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method. If you are interested in the Immersion, and have never done a Feldenkrais class or private session before, you must do so before registering. If you have done Feldenkrais before, but not with me, you must attend at least one private session or class with me, so that we can be introduced before beginning the Immersion process.

Please contact me with any questions about whether the Feldenkrais Immersion might be right for you.

WHAT WILL BE THE FORM & CONTENT OF THE FELDENKRAIS IMMERSION?
The organizing theme for the material in the Immersion is developmental movement, or how we develop ourselves through movement from birth through walking. The schedule below indicates, roughly, the movement themes we will explore, 228Fprimarily through Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. While the schedule describes an overall chronological approach, this is just an outline. Many movement capacities are nested inside others. Our material will move somewhat elliptically—seeming to “jump ahead” or “reach back” in the chronology—in order to more closely mirror natural learning processes. The outline creates some structure for our material, but my main concern will be attending to your learning, and adapting the material to the needs of the moment.

Schedule of six 4-day sessions, 5-6 weeks apart:

Year Month Dates Learning . . .
2017 September 25-28 to Connect with others
November 6-9 to Locomote
December 11-14 to Sit Upright
 2018 January 22-25 to Creep
March 5-8 to Stand
April 16-19 to Walk

Daily flow: Each day will include 2-3 Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons. Occasional supporting activities will include discussion, experiential anatomy, hands-on activities, and processing activities like writing and drawing to help consolidate your learning. There will be one 45-60 minute break for lunch Monday- Wednesday, and at least one 10-15 minute break every day.

LOCATION:
Dharma Gate
1910 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

SCHEDULE:
Monday- Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-  2:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

FEES:
Early bird payment in full by August 28: $1675
After August 28: $1875

Please contact me to register, or for more information.

Click here to read what participants have said about the Immersion.

Sheri Cohen Feldenkrais ImmersionINTENTIONS:
I hope that Growing and Learning: A Feldenkrais Immersion provides a rich, safe environment in which we all may learn from the amazing natural processes that brought us into maturity. The work is sometimes sweet and playful, and sometimes challenging; I hope to help make room for the full range of experiences to be held and honored.

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Moving from Center: A New Year’s Day Practice

When we feel centered we feel we can be more of who we are, living closer to our authentic selves. There is less of the extraneous stuff that gets in the way—less self-consciousness, confusion and compulsion. We feel we are more on our feet, as we can think more clearly and move more easily. Our actions are more aligned with our intentions.

LotusYogaIn this New Year’s Day practice, through yoga, breathing, meditation, and Feldenkrais®, we will seek center, explore around the edges of center, and move out into the world from our sense of center.

Sheri is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, choreographer, dance teacher, and registered yoga instructor. She has been teaching movement arts to diverse students for 25 years.

Lotus Yoga
4860 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle

Register here
$20 with paid preregistration
$24 day of event
10% discount for unlimited members

More info: info@lotusyoga.biz or 206.760.1917

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