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  Feldenkrais Practitioner Training ProgramS

2015-2018 Training Schedule

Practitioners should contact the office to arrange drop-ins, make-ups, and/or retraining. Call (510) 527-2634 or e-mail us.

Students can begin the training program during the first, second, or third segment of the first year. Make up sessions will be provided for late-enrolling students.


Information will be posted as soon as dates, et. al. are finalized. Prospective students should contact the appropriate program host (see details for each program below) for application packets. You may also call (510) 527-2634 or e-mail us with your contact information, brief details of your background / experience with Feldenkrais, and your reasons for taking the training.

The FELDENKRAIS MOVEMENT INSTITUTE is the most experienced training organization in the world for the FELDENKRAIS METHOD®. Each training program is developed by Frank Wildman, Ph.D., and taught by the most inspiring instructors in the field today.

The program is open to both professionals and non-professionals. Our FELDENKRAIS training program teaches all students how thoughts, feelings and actions are fundamental to neuromuscular control and bio mechanical efficiency. You'll learn how to relieve pressure and strain on joints and muscles while improving coordination and quality of motion. Students will learn through movement while achieving greater control and performance in their own lives.

Topics of study include:

  • Biomechanics (the study of human structure and function)
  • Communications Science
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • Engineering and Physics
  • Motor Learning and Action Theories
  • Movement and Language Acquisition
  • Creativity Study
  • Martial Arts and Dance

A successful FELDENKRAIS practitioner must be able to nurture a deep rapport with clients. This elusive quality is a key part of our program. It promises you intrigue, stimulation and lasting reward. The advantage of such a program includes the personal satisfaction of helping others while learning patterns of “breakthroughs” for even the most persistent of client problems.

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 Current Training Programs

Please review the information below and contact one of us with any questions. ALL of the training segments will be held on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.

Topics of Study will include

  • Biomechanics
  • Functional & Evolutionary Anatomy
  • Dynamic & Systems Theory
  • Motor Learning & Action Theories
  • The Psychology of Motion & Emotion
  • Neuroscience and the Function of the Nervous System
  • Martial Arts, Dance, Creativity Study
  • Communication Science
  • Anthropology
  • Developing Successful Private Practice

Year 1 (2015):
Segment 1: March 16-March 28, 2015
Segment 2: June 8-June 25, 2015
Segment 3: September 14-26, 2015

Year 2 (2016):
Segment 4: March 14-26, 2016
Segment 5: June 6-23, 2016
Segment 6: September 12-24, 2016

Year 3 (2017):
Segment 7: March 20-April 1, 2017
Segment 8: June 12-29, 2017
Segment 9: September 11-23, 2017

Year 4 (2018):
Segment 10: March 19-31, 2018
Segment 11: June 18-July 5, 2018
egment 12: September 10-22, 2018

University of Oregon School of Dance
When Begins March 16, 2015
Where Eugene Oregon
Tuition $4,200 per year*
*Tuition payable in installments prior to the commencement of each segment.

Students can begin the training program during the first, second, or third segment of the first year. Make up sessions will be provided for late-enrolling students.

You can see a list of all faculty associated with the Feldenkrais Movement Institute below, but the faculty working with the Oregon training are:

This training is accredited by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.


Feldenkrais Movement Institute

Frank Wildman, Director,


Send Application (download) to
Feldenkrais Movement Institute
721 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707

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Levico/Milano 5 (Italy) FPTP SCHEDULE

Year 1 (2015/16):
July 18-August 14, 2015
December 27, 2015-January 12, 2016
Year 2 (2016/17):
August 1-31, 2016
December 27, 2016-January 10, 2017
Year 3 (2017/18):
August 1-31, 2017
December 27, 2017-January 9, 2018
Year 4 (2018/19):
August 1-31, 2018
December 27, 2018-January 8, 2019
TOTAL TEACHING DAYS: 160 (40 working days per year)

LevicoLOCATION: The Training will be split in two yearly segments: Summer, in August, in Levico Terme (TN), Italy, and Winter during Christmas Holiday, in Milano, Italy.

Levico Terme belongs to the province of Trento- Region of Trentino, near the Dolomite Mountains- North Italy.  It’s a small thermal town that lies on a beautiful lake and offers many entertainments, from spa to sport.  In this location, you won’t need a car.  It requires only 20 minutes by foot to get from one end of Levico to the other.

  • ANNUAL PARTICIPATION FEE: Euro 3.300,00 (eventual VAT not included) per year
  • The fee includes the recording of the lessons in mp3 format.
  • The fee does NOT include food or lodging.
  • Accredited by Euro-TAB (European Accreditation Board) and by AIIMF (Associazione Italiana Insegnanti Metodo Feldenkrais)

Educational Directors

Dr. Frank Wildman
Bridging the fields of biology and the psychology of motion, Dr. Wildman is internationally known as a Feldenkrais Trainer, lecturer and writer.  Dr. Wildman’s life-long passions in the study of evolution, movement arts and somatic psychology and his exceptional talents as a practitioner have culminated in a rich and profound body of work.  He is former president of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and formulated the Standards of Practice, which serve as the defining guidelines for the Feldenkrais Method internationally.  Dr. Wildman has graduated 25 training programs on 4 continents.

Dr. Mara Fusero, Centro Feldenkrais di Milano
Dr. Fusero is a Feldenkrais Trainer, has a degree in physiotherapy and is registered as a psychologist.  She is the Educational Director of Monferrato 1 and Barcelona International 1.  She regularly teaches in several Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs.  She assures didactic continuity and collaborates with the students’ learning process.  Her previous training has a profound impact on her style of teaching, enriching it in terms of accuracy, knowledge and applications of the functional anatomy.  She is a Founding member of AIIMF (Italian Association Teachers of the Feldenkrais Method), a Scientific Director for the Centro Feldenkrais ASCD.

The faculty includes Steve Rosenholtz, Donna Ray and Jeremy Kraus.

In-between each segment we will organize sessions for more in-depth study of all themes discussed during the training.
Ettore Porcari, along with all the staff of our Feldenkrais Center, will guarantee the good progress of the course, and document it with video and audio, in addition to providing all materials necessary for comfort during ATM and FI lessons.

The program will be held in English and Italian language with translation.

We will organize an extra make-up segment before the start of the second year, during the Easter's holiday, for anyone that may have missed sessions in year one. There will also be audio and video recordings available.

We hope that this training will be a good opportunity for all of us to meet new colleagues as well as to reunite some colleagues again. Each new Training Program needs the help of the Feldenkrais community to recruit new students. Many students who decide to participate in a training program come from previous “Feldenkrais experiences” made with teachers from every part of the world.

I thank you all for your precious help to spread the word of this Training Program.

Mara Fusero & Ettore Porcari
Via Pecchio 8 - 20131 Milano
Tel/Fax: +39 02 29409005

email Mara Fusero, or call mobile: +39 335 8205490

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 Training Program Format

A US 4-year program, in Oregon, began Fall 2010... Late enrollment requires intensive make-up sessions for coursework covered since the original starting date.

The entire program lasts 4 curriculum years, 40 days per curriculum year, and will take three calendar years to complete (each curriculum year lasts nine months).

The coursework offers a profound and pleasurable learning experience. You'll balance your time between intense study and periods to assimilate the depth of information. Classes are woven together in an experiential and exploratory manner. Hands-on lessons, lectures, discussion groups, reading and dvds will help guide you to learn at your own pace in a non-competitive environment.

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 Curriculum and Learning Strategy

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® consists of hundreds of lessons that cover every joint and muscle group in the body, recapturing the organic learning processes of childhood. They are done in a group setting with other students. Many of these lessons were devised by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais himself. Others are specially designed by teaching faculty to illustrate particular movement concepts. The lessons are balanced with lectures, demonstrations and discussions.

FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® is a systematic approach of working "hands-on" with another individual to address specific neurologic or muscular problems. Students receive personalized private instruction and supervision from staff as they develop their own skills to work with others. In the final year, a clinic allows students to perform FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® lessons under supervision while receiving detailed feedback.

Teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais are extensively utilized including many of his lectures on videotape. The AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® ®classes and Dr. Feldenkrais's most interesting FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® lessons are closely examined and discussed in order to focus upon key principles and theories.

All discussions, lessons and demonstrations videotaped and made available to students. These daily recordings provide an indispensable means of study. They also facilitate make-up sessions in the case of absence. The video tapes also serve as a record of the student's progress and enable review of one's physical transformation. Transcribed manuals and commentary from lessons and lectures offer added clarity.

In addition to interaction with instructors, students work in small groups to maximize teaching and understand handling of different individuals. Study groups occur in a highly personalized manner for greater understanding of interactions. The groups promote invaluable relationships among participants and a sense of mutual support or home away from home. It is from these study groups that many lifelong colleagues and friends can be established.

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 Student Evaluation and Graduation

Throughout training, students have a regular opportunity to meet with the program director and teaching faculty for guidance in their studies. You'll receive personal support in your learning experience, encouragement of your progress, plus attention to many professional aspects of setting up your own practice. Lunge

Graduation is based on completion of

  • full attendance in all sessions of the training program and
  • successful evaluations from faculty.

Missed sessions must be completed through an authorized training program prior to graduation. Occasionally, faculty may advise additional training be undertaken before practicing the FELDENKRAIS METHOD®. In some cases, additional training may be a prerequisite to acceptance into the FELDENKRAIS GUILD.

Upon successful completion, all graduates are authorized to teach AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® and practice FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® as a CERTIFIED FELDENKRAIS PRACTITIONER, under the approval of the FELDENKRAIS GUILD OF NORTH AMERICA.

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 Teaching Faculty

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. is Educational Director of the FELDENKRAIS MOVEMENT INSTITUTE. All other faculty members studied directly with Moshe Feldenkrais and have been carefully selected for their mastery and strong teaching skills. Other certified practitioners with an advanced level of study and ability to inspire and support students may assist with instruction. During all phases of coursework, a low student-teacher ratio is maintained to ensure close supervision.

Coming soon: Faculty pictures and bios

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 Teaching faculty includes:

Ruty Bar, M.A. Robbie Ofir, Ph.D
Donna Blank, M.S., C.M.A. Dwight Pargee, M.S.
Deborah Bowes, P.T. Anastasi Siotas
Rika Fuji Stephanie Spink, P.T.
Mara Fusero, Ph.D., P.T. Donna Ray, USA
Carl Ginsberg, Ph.D. Stephen Rosenholtz, Ph.D.
Lawrence Goldfarb, Ph.D. Chava Shelhav, Ph.D.
Carol Kress, USA Katrin Smithback
Gil Kelly Mary Spire, M.Mus.
Dennis Leri, M. A. Zoran Kovich
Margaret McIntyre, P.T.  

 Tuition, Fees, Housing and Enrollment

Tuition runs approximately $4,200 per curriculum year. The exact cost may vary according to the particular location of the training program.

Housing information is provided to applicants upon enrollment. There are many housing options that range in cost, location and type of accommodation. Housing listings are mailed to enrollees with ample time to make necessary arrangements. Maps of the area and public transportation information are also provided.

We are currently accepting students for all NEW trainings. Contact the office for application information and forms.


(510) 527-2634 or (800) 342-3424
Fax (510) 528-1332

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. Upon acceptance into the program, a $500 deposit is required to confirm your enrollment. The application fee and deposit are both applied to the tuition of the first session. Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or by personal check. All applications are reviewed prior to acceptance by the Administrative Director and Dr. Frank Wildman, Educational Director. Primary emphasis is placed on an applicant's motivation for personal development and career goals. There is no education prerequisite or existing professional background required Therefore, your overall profile will be taken into consideration. A telephone interview may be requested of some applicants.

The Feldenkrais Movement Institute is a member of the Better Business Bureau and a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Feldenkrais Method worldwide, having trained more certified practitioners around the world than any other since 1985. Our Training Programs are accredited by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

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 Post Graduate Training

Upon successful completion of the training program, an apprenticeship system is available to graduates through a network of experienced practitioners in the United States. Study groups are often conducted in collaboration with regional committees or similar approved by the FELDENKRAIS GUILD. Graduates of the FELDENKRAIS MOVEMENT INSTITUTE program are given professional courtesy to participate in such continuing education.

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 Professional Practice

The FELDENKRAIS professional training program offered by the FELDENKRAIS MOVEMENT INSTITUTE provides a theoretical and technical background for study that relates to virtually every discipline taught in major universities and teaching institutions. Due to the great versatility and significance in people's lives, including rehabilitation, performance development and improving self-awareness, graduates are able to select from a variety of career opportunities.

After graduation, many students have applied their education to such fields as physical therapy, occupational therapy, neuromuscular rehabilitation, gerontology, childhood special education, massage therapy, psychotherapy, speech pathology, sports training, dance, music, performing arts and more.

During training, students evolve from trainees into practitioners. Graduates have experienced many opportunities to learn skills related to the workplace and development of their own practice. Graduates are able to generate and utilize research data pertinent to the FELDENKRAIS METHOD. They are capable of approaching people within their own communities to introduce applications for AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT and FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION. They also posses the knowledge and skills to offer lessons to special audiences. Practitioners are able to experience both professional and personal rewards only limited by their own dedication to growth and development.


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  1. The FELDENKRAIS professional training program is not intended to provide medical rehabilitation or psychiatric treatment for enrollees, nor is it intended to replace training in those fields.

  2. Training programs may be subject to cancellation in cases of insufficient enrollment, faculty availability or facilities. In the case of faculty or location changes, enrollees will be notified at least 30 days in advance and given the option for refund.

  3. The Feldenkrais Manhattan professional training program offered by the FELDENKRAIS MOVEMENT INSTITUTE satisfies the requirements for accreditation by the FELDENKRAIS GUILD. However, laws of a given country or state may vary in regard to the use and applications of movement lessons and/or hands-on procedures taught in the program. There may be additional requirements to practice in your state or country and some form of licensing may be required to teach AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT and perform FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION. The program may provide you with many or all of the state requirements. Any additional requirements beyond the scope of the course are the responsibility of the applicant or student.

  4. In certain states, or countries, professional practice may be subject to licensing laws limiting their professional practice unless the graduate has (a) certain license(s).

  5. Neither Awareness Through Movement® nor Functional Integration® may be practiced professionally until the person has graduated from an accredited training program. Interim authorization as an Awareness Through Movement teacher is a student teaching position, subject to completing all graduation requirements.

  6. Accreditation of this program by FGNA does not indicate that this program meets local or state laws for post secondary or vocational training.

The Italian program is accredited by the EuroTab. The Los Angeles program is accredited by the North American Tab. The Kyoto program is accredited by the AstroAsian TAB.

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