In October 2020 we began a new four-year professional training, directed by Elizabeth Beringer & Scott Clark. It is now full, but you may use the application below to leave your details for the waiting list; for more information, please email us.
This training, as with our other trainings, has been accreditated by the European Training Accreditation Board, working alongside with the other international Training Accreditation Boards, so that our graduation certificates are recognised anywhere in the world.Frequently asked questions:
We have been using premises in a school, two minutes from Old Street Tube Station. We have found it spacious & conveniently located, with friendly staff.When will it meet?
(This is the schedule that we are aiming to follow, but adjustments may need to be made for the current health crisis.) All accredited trainings meet for approximately 40 days per year for 4 years. Since we are using school premises, we will meet during school holidays. The dates for the first year will be (please note, the later start will mean that a couple of weeks must be added to the end of this timetable):
The second year would be:
The last year would finish in the summer of 2024.Who will the teachers be?top
Elizabeth Beringer & Scott Clark will be the primary teachers. Guest trainers will include Arlyn Zones, Mara Della Pergola & Angelica Feldmann, with others yet to be confirmed. We will invite Assistant Trainers from the UK and beyond, including Shelagh O'Neill & Ryan Jansen.How much will it cost? Can I pay in instalments?top
The fees for the next training will be £12,800 for the entire four years. A variety of payment plans will be available. Some students like to pay for an entire year at a time (which will attract a small 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?top
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?top
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)?top top top
Our trainings have 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?top
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?top
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?top
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 work as a practitioner; is this the right course for me?top
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?top
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.