Everything you do in playing your instrument, as in all coordinated actions, is a complex process that begins with intention. In this case musical intention which requires the coordination of a series of movements involving changes in weight, speed, orientation in space, eye-hand coordination and adaptations to gravity. When any of these are inefficient, it results in unnecessary friction wear and tear on the muscular-skeletal system and less than optimal results.
Ask yourself these questions:
This workshop will help you become more aware of the intimate relationship between the way you use yourself and the music you create. This enhanced awareness can support the ability to express musical intention.
In this introductory workshop we will lay the groundwork and provide tools to help you continue learning and improving. You will:
Space is limited to 20 participants -- apply early to reserve your seat!
Pay online here: either Live Workshop Plus Recording or Only the Live Workshop
Questions? contact Sandra Bradshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 250-862-8489
About the Instructors
Alice Friedman, MA, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, experienced Assistant Trainer, Registered Psychologist, and dancer has explored the intersections of motion and emotion her entire life. In her professional life she has investigated ways of integrating movement, awareness and sensory experience into many fields including performing arts. She has offered workshops for musicians and other performing artists at all levels. Alice has also organized two Victoria Feldenkrais® Teacher Training Programs, and is now part of a team organizing a training in Kelowna B.C. She maintains a private practice on Salt Spring Island and Victoria, British Columbia.
Sandra Bradshaw, PDP, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner has an extensive background in music and education. Her training as an Orff Music for Children teacher has provided an informative base for her Feldenkrais practice. She has had a private practice in Kelowna, British Columbia since 1999 and has presented workshops on a variety of topics including music and yoga. Movement. She has helped clients improve performance and helped them connect with their creative side. Sandra is now part of a team organizing a training in Kelowna B.C.
A Letter to You All,
Like all of you, we have been working to stay safe, protect ourselves and our loved ones and trying to see a path forward in this difficult time. We hope you and your friends and family are all well and staying as safe as possible. We recognize that these are primary in your life at the moment and send you our best wishes.
It has been a challenging time as we reorganize the future of the Kelowna Feldenkrais Training. How do we protect your safety and well-being now and still be able to offer the training experience we all wish for? At this point the future is all guess work. Looking toward that still-to -emerge time, the Kelowna Feldenkrais Training team has come up with a plan that will serve all our needs regarding the training.
First and foremost, being mindful of all our health and safety needs, and after much consideration, we have decided it is prudent to postpone the start of the training until March 2021. The postponement will give us all time to settle and we have come up with a schedule that will still have you graduate close to the original date.
We have put a lot of thought into how we can support you during this time. We plan to stay actively involved with your pre-training preparation and be responsive to your needs.
For people who are interested but have not yet taken the step to commit to the training, we have planned continuing with:
We feel it is important that we continue to reach out and support each other in these times. Julie and the rest of us on the team are looking forward to creating new materials to stimulate your learning and help you through these intense and isolating circumstances.
We invite you to keep up to date on what is happening via the website and our newsletter. Do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have questions or concerns. We are here to support each other.
We look forward to seeing you on-line and in-person in March 2021.
Stay well and keep learning.
The KFT team, Julie, Alice, Gisele, Sandra, Rob
Julie Peck, GCFP, Trainer and Educational Director
Alice Friedman, GCFP, Assistant Trainer
Gisele St, Hilaire, GCFP, Assistant Trainer
Rob Black, GCFP
Sandra Bradshaw, GCFP, Registrar
“An act that has no orientation and no timing is an idiotic excitation, that’s all.” [emphasis is ours].
This was a comment made by (Moshe) Feldenkrais while teaching in Amherst.
Not only are actions dependent on orienting, but indeed we “...cannot perceive unless we are aware of the attitude and orientation of the body.” (Feldenkrais, Body and Mature Behavior, p. 79). [emphasis ours]
On the surface, it can seem easy to appreciate the importance of orienting well for quality action.
However, the profundity and depth of this aspect of action is one that easily slides under the radar. There are nuances to orienting that are either taken for granted, or that we are unaware of, not only in ourselves, but then naturally, with our clients.
There is much to be unpacked, explored, experienced and integrated around this topic!
We’ve had to postpone the Advanced Training: Orienting for Action - Directing Yourself with a Purpose for obvious reasons, yet wanted to share a little taster not only to keep you engaged and curious, but to help everyone continually re-orient during these wild times.
When: Friday, March 20: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT (Yes! Only a couple days away!)
Cost: $40 CAD
Trainer: Julie Peck
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If this is the first you’ve heard about the upcoming advanced training with Julie Peck, you can check out a short description here.
Or contact Gisele at email@example.com for more information.
This is for you if:
Fee: $16 payable to the Calgary Jewish Centre, payable at the Reception desk.
Activity: Sitting and lying on the floor (mats provided)
What to wear: comfortable clothes appropriate for lying on the floor.
What to bring: Large towel (to fold and use for support)
For information on the weekend workshop, click here.
Albert Rosenfeld, recipient of many major science writing awards, wrote a fascinating article about the work of Dr. Feldenkrais in 1981 for the Smithsonian magazine.
The article starts with our watching a young boy and his mother approaching Dr. Feldenkrais. The boy has cerebral palsy. We listen to the conversation, and then watch how Dr. Feldenkrais works with the child. Then Dr. Feldenkrais says,
"See how much easier it is to have your knees open? To close them requires work. To keep them open, you don't have to do anything at all." The boy moves his legs in and out, in apparent disbelief, then bursts into a peal o[ delighted laughter.
Rosenfeld goes on to describe how he became interested in the work -- with none other than Jean Houston. He summarizes his understanding:
... we can, with the conscious brain, instruct the body to move in ways that will in turn instruct the brain to permit the body (and hence itself) to function at a level much closer to its full human potential. Through awareness, [Dr. Feldenkrais] believes, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom - at almost any age-and thereby improve our living circumstances not only physically (he says we may even find ourselves an inch or two taller) but also emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Click to read the full article.
The Lightness of Being, The Joy of Learning
This is a unique opportunity to study with a top professional, an internationally recognized teacher who comes to us from Australia.
In each location, the workshop has two topics, one for each day.
Day One – Through sensing the support of your skeleton, how does this change your sense of yourself and your possibilities moving and acting in the world? ……In other words, find your ‘lightness of being’!
Day Two – Learning to Learn – we are all learning beings throughout our lives, and our ability to understand the HOW of learning can greatly influence our quality of acting and interacting in the world.
Come along and
March 7 & 8: Julie in Vancouver with Alice Friedman, VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Click for more information & to register.
March 14 & 15: Julie in Calgary with Rob Black. Click for more information & to register.
March 21 and 22nd. Julie in Toronto with Gisele St. Hilaire: Lithunuanian House. Click for more information & to register.
An interesting article by Dr. Feldenkrais was published in 1979 titled, "On Health".
After posing the question, What, then, is health? Dr. Feldenkrais then goes through a number of different considerations from essential functions, to recognizing the complexity of the human body and mind. He poses the connection between health and resiliency:
The healthier the person, the more easily will he regain the conduct of his life after considerable sudden shocks by changes in all the necessities for life
But Dr. Feldenkrais sees that considerations of health takes us further in to person's wishes and dreams and conjectures that
.... a healthy person is the one who can live his unavowed dreams fully.
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Coordination - the hidden factor in falling
One of the missing components in health and fitness is coordination. We know about the strength component, the aerobic component, and flexibility, but what is missing is coordination. “Coordination is a hidden skill and at the same time, so obvious,” states Anastasi Siotas of New York.
Where many systems promote a kind of “magic pill” approach to wellness, the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education is a kind of anti-pill, explains Siotas, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. “In order to improve, you have to engage, to work with your whole self. There is no limit to improvement. You can continue into old age. “ He adds, “The Feldenkrais Method is a productive habit that counteracts the many counter-productive things that happen to all of us.”
Lack of effective coordination, results in our operating at less than our full abilities”’ says Rob Black, a Calgary Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner. “Coordination is an essential component of development”.
Siotas explains, “The Feldenkrais Method is an approach that addresses coordination by unpacking the details of how we organize ourselves to do any movement; how our brain understands movement. As children, we learned to walk by falling over, trying again, and learning from our errors. Balance is not a ‘thing’. It is a process of constantly finding centre and organizing yourself to be balanced around that centre. Balance requires active coordination. For adults, Feldenkrais lessons address coordination in an enjoyable, playful, safe, environment.”
In Siotas' two-day workshop in Calgary starting Nov 9, “Coordinating Balance”, participants will learn how to refine and improve their coordination, particularly in relation to balance. “It’s something you will feel,” he says, “and learn to cultivate in yourself.” For more information see the video on youtube (https://youtu.be/1S9QJ0Imjcg). To register, use this link: http://bit.ly/CalgaryNov.
Siotas invites people to be curious, even skeptical. He is offering a free introductory presentation on Friday, Nov 8. “Once you’ve had the experience, it all makes sense.” He will talk and respond to questions. He will provide practical ways that demonstrate the efficacy of thinking and moving in this way.”(To register for the free presentation, use this link: http://bit.ly/CalgaryNovSeminar).
Is there a Feldenkrais training in Canada? Yes! A team of four Canadian Feldenkrais practitioners researched locations across Canada and chose Kelowna in which to hold the training. “It’s the right location, the right climate and there are direct flights from and to many cities in North America,” says Alice Friedman of Saltspring Island, BC, one of the organizers. The group also searched for the best teachers in North America, and even world-wide.
“The training will be superb,” says Rob Black, one of the four organizers. “We have top teachers, an innovative curriculum and great support for the learners.” He adds, “A Feldenkrais training is one of the most profound educational experiences, both personal and professional, you will have in your life. After each segment you will not only feel more alive, more spontaneous, and even more intelligent, you will also feel that each segment was the best yet!” For more information about the training, please come to: https://kelownafeldenkraistraining.ca/index.html)
In the article, "Mind and Body", Dr Feldenkrais wrote,
I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think; at least, the continuity of mental functions is assured by corresponding motor functions.
To read the article in full, download here:
The Kelowna Feldenkrais Training started with a dream, and is coming together through daily and weekly work by the team.