Moshe Feldenkrais

South Bend Workshop, 1980

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The South Bend Workshop
is oriented to the beginning student, yet many of the Awareness Through Movement lessons are new and not to be found on any of Dr. Feldenkrais's previously released materials. It is fascinating to see how he is able to bring a group with a wide range of abilities and ages to a level where they are all successfully doing quite challenging lessons. The South Bend Workshop is a valuable resource for your own self-study and both the lectures and ATMs can be used for showing to your public classes.


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The South Bend Workshop is as close to a live experience of Feldenkrais’s teaching as you can get today. It is currently the only workshop Feldenkrais taught for the public where you have the video image to go with the audio. We recommend this DVD for people with prior ATM experience.

The years of 1980 and 1981 were arguably the most creative and generative years in Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais's teaching career. They also mark the final years that he taught workshops open to the public. This two-and-a-half day weekend workshop, conducted in South Bend, Indiana, in 1980, finds Feldenkrais in top form. The  workshop is oriented to the beginning student, yet the lessons are uniquely constructed and will offer new perspectives for more experienced students at all levels. You will find it fascinating to experience how Feldenkrais is able to bring a group with a wide range of abilities and ages to a level where they are able to successfully perform challenging Awareness Through Movement lessons.

Throughout the weekend Feldenkrais masterfully interweaves his wide ranging ideas about human potential, learning, psychology, development and the plasticity of the brain, with his movement lessons. The audio quality of this course is very good, and though the video picture is mainly black and white and not up to today's standards, it is still clear and easy to follow. The South Bend Workshop is the only public workshop taught by Dr. Feldenkrais currently available on DVD.

Watch a video clip of the South Bend Workshop

The Contents of the Complete South Bend Workshop Include:

Lecture: Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method: Life is a Process

ATM: Use of the Self in Turning & Rolling

Lecture: On Learning, Choice and Health

ATM: Co-ordinating Flexion & Extension on back

Lecture: On Omnipotence and Living Your Unavowed Dreams

ATM: Folding Into Sitting

ATM: Lateral Bending on Stomach

ATM: Foot to Head and Rolling to Sitting

ATM: Full Movement of Shoulder

Lecture: On the Biology of Posture

ATM: Using Legs to Sit from Stomach

Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904 - 1984) began developing what has become known as the Feldenkrais Method after he sustained a crippling knee injury while working in England during World War II. His own recovery process and subsequent wide-ranging research resulted in the creation of a unique educational system that incorporated his background in physics, Judo, and a lifelong interest in human development. By the end of Dr. Feldenkrais’s life, the Feldenkrais Method had gained an International reputation and he had trained a significant number of teachers. The Method that bears his name continues to evolve and spread across the globe.

Jerry Karzen studied with Moshe Feldenkrais at the FeldenkraisInstitute in Tel-Aviv from 1976-1983. During those years he was Dr. Feldenkrais' personal traveling companion, secretary, and close friend.
Since 1980 Jerry has been the organizer or Educational Director for 25 Feldenkrais Training Programsin 9 countries, and has been a Visiting Trainer for numerous other programs. He is currently the Educational Director for Feldenkraistrainings in New Zealand, Germany, and Brasil.