Scott Clark: Feldenkrais Classes & Lessons in London
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a four-year professional training, led by
Elizabeth Beringer
 

Our first course finished in August 2015. We have begun another training in the summer of 2016, and and that is now full. We are not at the moment sure about when we might start another programme, but we welcome enquiries.
 
The 2016 training will meet exclusively during school holidays. The usual schedule will be three weeks in the August, two weeks at Easter, and two or sometimes all three of the half-term holiday weeks (these are generally in October, February & May). In this way we will meet the internationally-agreed requirement of 160 training days, spread over three and a half years. Here is the schedule for the first year, which will be slightly different:
 
13 - 24 Aug 2016Sat - Weds, then10 days
 Sat - Weds again 
24 - 29 Oct 2016Mon - Sat6 days
13 - 18 Feb 2017Mon - Sat6 days
3 - 15 Apr 2017Mon - Fri, then11 days
 Mon - Sat 
28 May - 2 June 2017Sun - Fri6 days

The training has been accreditated by the European Training Accreditation Board, working together with the other international Training Accreditation Boards, so that our graduation certificates will be recognised anywhere in the world.
 
Total course fees will be £11,840 for the four years, payable by a choice of instalment plans: yearly, by course segment, or by monthly standing order.
 
frequently asked questions 
 
Where will it meet?
Who will the teachers be?
Can I pay in instalments?
What if I have to miss time?
What if I have to stop or transfer to another course?
When will I be qualified to teach classes (ATM)?
When will I be qualified to do individual work (FI)?
Where is the qualification recognised?
What kind of assignments are given between course segments? How much written work is required?
How much anatomy will I learn?
What kind of previous knowledge or experience do I need?
I'm not sure I want to be a practitioner; is this the right course for me?
Will I need to buy any special books or equipment?
 
Where will it meet?
We have a preliminary booking for premises in a school, two minutes from Old Street Tube Station. We used this school for our previous training, and it was spacious, conveniently located, with friendly staff. If it were necessary to use another location, we would expect to stay on the eastern side of central London.
Who will the teachers be?
Elizabeth Beringer will teach the majority of the training, along with Scott Clark. Several leading Trainers will also participate, including David Zemach-Bersin, Arlyn Zones, Garet Newell, Angelica Feldmann & Julie Peck. In addition, we will have Assistant Trainers from the UK and beyond.
Can I pay in instalments?
A variety of payment plans will be available. Some students like to pay for an entire year at a time (this will get you a discount), some prefer to pay by monthly payments, others find it more convenient to pay by the training segment.
What if I have to miss time?
We know that life makes many demands on people, and it may not always be possible to attend as consistently as you would wish. There will be a variety of ways to make up missed time. First of all, the international regulations by which we must abide stipulate that you can miss up to 10 class days in the entire four years without making them up (though no more than 5 of these can be in any single year). Time can be made up by attending makeup weekends in London; four or five will be held each year. There will be a small charge for attendance at these. Alternatively, you could listen to the audio recordings for the days that you missed, and do a written summary of your experience with the material. This will be straightforward, as all course proceedings will be recorded, with the recordings available to students. Finally, for longer missed periods, you could makeup time in another course.
What if I have to stop or transfer to another course?
We understand that life circumstances can change in unexpected ways. Should you find it necessary, you would be able to transfer to another course without appreciably losing time. If you needed to transfer, or to simply leave the training, you would not be responsible for paying for any days beyond the point at which you gave notice. The one exception to this is the first two weeks — if you start the course, then we will ask that you pay the full first two weeks, even if you were to leave earlier than that.
When will I be qualified to teach classes (ATM)?
Upon satisfactory completion of the first two years, trainees will be authorised as student teachers, provisional on continuing in the training process.
When will I be qualified to do individual work (FI)?
You will be authorised to do the individual work — Functional Integration — on satisfactory completion of the entire four-year training.
Where is the qualification recognised?
Our training has been accredited by the European Training Accreditation Board, which acts jointly with the other international Feldenkrais organisations; as a result, the qualification you will gain will be recognised anywhere in the world.
What kind of assignments are given between course segments? How much written work is required?
The majority of the course work will be experiential. We will give suggestions for further study between the course segments, but these will primarily be practical — on the order of 'try this lesson on your own' or 'practice this technique with friends'. Some reading will be assigned; for instance, the major publications by Moshe Feldenkrais will be examined and discussed during the course. There will be two or three small written projects, for instance, planning a one-day workshop.
How much anatomy will I learn?
One of the largest elements of the course is the practical, experiential exploration of anatomy in action that is Awareness Through Movement. It will be an ingredient of every day of the course, and provides a basis for everything that we do in the Feldenkrais Method. Altogether, it makes a kind of encyclopaedia of movement. But this is very different than the usual approach to anatomy, which is based on a conceptual understanding of the form and structure of the body. We will include some material of this sort, and also include pointers toward sources of further study of that if it interests you. Our primary aim will be to equip you to understand and speak about anatomy as it manifests in action.
What kind of previous knowledge or experience do I need?
People come to a Feldenkrais training with a wide variety of previous preparation. In the past we have had physiotherapists, doctors, Pilates instructors, yoga teachers, dancers, actors, musicians, Alexander teachers — but also linguists, lawyers, school teachers — the list could go much further! We enjoy the rich mixture of skills and interests, especially as this is the kind of project in which we all learn from each other. The training process will challenge everyone, in different ways. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a vision that was radical in its time, and it remains so today.
I'm not sure I want to be a practitioner; is this the right course for me?
Students may enter the training with some idea of what they want to do with the Method, but then find that they are engaged in a different way later on. Some who think they will never practice end up being terrific teachers. Others will find, or even may be clear from the beginning, that they are doing the training programme primarily for self-growth and development. The training is an unparalleled opportunity for growth in ways that will surprise you, in their depth and in their direction.
Will I need to buy any special books or equipment?
There are a few books, primarily those by Moshe Feldenkrais himself, that you will certainly want to buy. There are others that will depend on your personal interest — books, CD and DVD recordings of lessons and workshops, and so on. Almost all the books and discs are available from Feldenkrais Resources, in California, and we have arranged a significant discount from them for our students. You are also likely to want some equipment — a Feldenkrais table and some foam rollers — though some people wait longer before getting these. We will arrange a group purchase of locally-sourced tables, in order to make it more economical.
 

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