NEW! Fall 2018 Study in APM with Neil Dunaetz

Shall we sign up for Neil Dunaetz’s 1-Day 
Sunday October 7, 9am-11am New York 6am-8am Pacific  
For Beginners, Intermediate & Advance
Do you feel that those in your local Practice group may like to sign up too?
NEW! Fall 2018 Study in APM with Neil Dunaetz PDF of the courses offered by Neil

Neil’s Fall 2018 Study in Gendlin’s Process Model (as amended Sept. 6)

Annotated summary and Colours added by Katarina for reference when talking with those who might like to participate. You can click on one of these links to lead to Neil’s description.

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NEW! Fall 2018 Study in APM with Neil Dunaetz

Neil Dunaetz writes: “I offer the following for study in Gendlin’s main philosophical work A Process Model. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these. There is no fixed tuition—you can pay what you want. Meetings will be on Zoom (you can join by internet or phone). 

Thank-you & best wishes,

Neil Dunaetz
Phone:  707 478-6787
Skype:  neildunaetz”

Gendlin’s Basic Philosophical Model,14-Week Intensive Course reading and discussing APM Chapters I through V-B.Our goal is to get a solid grounding in the basic concepts and relations. I will facilitate a close, honest reading–and discussion which stays close to the text. We will approach these early chapters as Gene intended them: as philosophical rupture and advance. There will be some additional reading outside of class.

Saturdays, September 15—December 15 2018. 12pm-2pm New York. 

Beginners, Intermediate & Advance

APM Chapters VI and VII-A, 14-Week Course
In Chapters VI and VII-A Gendlin “applies” his basic model in order to think sharply about the first emergence of behavior, perception, feeling (consciousness), space, had objects, and symbolic process. We begin to see the model’s power to think about what before has seemed opaque and resistant to clear thinking. Very exciting!
Sundays, September 16—December 16. 12pm-2pm New York
Continuing Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Pursuing Your APM Questions and Confusions
Let’s have one or two meetings specifically for working with your APM questions and confusions, and let’s do it in a model-instancing way where we relate the several questions within the model to let them “make sense” of each other. (Gendlin only did so much of this in his text; there are many more inherent relations to discover!)  So, get your questions and confusions ready. I’m very excited to try this!
Sunday October 7, 9am-11am New York
Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced.

“Meshed,” “Implicit Functioning,” “Held,” and “Reconstituting,” 4-Week Study. We will see how Gendlin further explicates his basic model with these so-important Schematic Terms of APM VII-Ao.
Thursdays—October 11, 18, 25 & November 1.  3pm-5pm New York
Intermediate & Advanced

Universals and Particulars in Gendlin’s Philosophy, 4-Week Study. Reading & discussing the derivation of kinds-as-such in Chapter VII and “the new ‘universality’” in VIII-A. Also, universality and particulars in “Monading” in the Appendix to VIII-A.
Days & times to be determined.
Intermediate & Advanced.

Monads and Diafils, 4-Week Study. APM Appendix to VIII-A. Can we un-confuse ourselves about these two terms if we use earlier places in the text to think what Gendlin is saying here?
Days & times to be determined.
Intermediate & Advanced.

“Each philosophy in some way uniquely undercuts and re-positions extant terms. Eugene Gendlin’s philosophy of the implicit does this in a very noticeable way. A Process Model (Gendlin, 1997) cuts deeply, seemingly comprehensively, into the very ground of thinking, creating an effective new ground, a second alternative basis, from which anything might be differently and fruitfully thought, known, had, understood.

Gendlin’s model is understandable in what his concepts freshly do. A paper describing an experiential approach to reading Gendlin’s text is available. (Dunaetz, 2006) To understand Gendlin’s model one must directly engage the text, and more than once.” (Entire article)


 2. May 4, 2006 – FirstApplying:An Experiential Approach to Reading Gendlin’s A Process Model. By Neil Dunaetz

Because I work experientially with Gendlin’s A Process Model, I often cannot clearly distinguish what is Gendlin’s from what is mine.

Of course I could point to his text and say “that is his,” and point to my own words and say “these are mine.” But that would be a spectator’s distinction (en#1) where “saying” is only what has been said, just the finished “thing” or “fact” of it, standing alone in an empty space, apart from the intricate living process which the saying is from. Because I do not approach A Process Model as en#1, it would be false for me to draw the line in that way, even if, from another perspective, it might be valid to do so.

Though inherently unfinished, Gendlin’s text constitutes a unique whole in itself. As I work with A Process Model (aPM), what I have is something that in one way is like a hybrid (Gendlin’s-and-mine), and in another way, it is mine. But how then do I speak from my experience with the text, and within that speaking also maintain the singular integrity of Gendlin’s saying? I cannot. In my saying, Gendlin’s saying functions, but not as it would itself, as its own whole. For that, one needs his text.

When you want Gendlin, go to his text. My intention here is to help you have more of Gendlin’s meaning as you directly engage his words. (Entire article)


3.  Thinking emergence as interaffecting: approaching and contextualizing Eugene Gendlin’s Process Model  by Donata Schoeller and Neil Dunaetz


Prior to A Process Model, Gendlin’s theoretical and practical work focused on the interfacing of bodily-felt meaningfulness and symbolization. In A Process Model, Gendlin does something much wider and more philosophically primary. The hermeneutic and pragmatist distinction between the concept of experience, on the one hand, and actual experiential process, on the other, becomes for Gendlin the methodological basis for a radical reconceptualization of the body. Wittgenstein’s formulation of “meaning” as “language-use in situations” is spelled out by Gendlin in embodied terms, yielding a profound new grasp of language, meaning, situation, language-use and culture as interactional body-process. Gendlin, in building his text, answers the pragmatist critique of a wrong progression of thinking where the results of an inquiry are read back to be its premises. With his central concept “eveving” (“everything interaffected by everything”) Gendlin shows how the seeming determinacy of preceding structure is opened in the actual occurring. He thereby elaborates a new conception of continuity where the possibility for responsive novelty is emergent in the event itself. The conceptual development of the text itself instances this kind of emergent novelty. We will somewhat follow Gendlin’s own path in using language-in-situations as entry-point into his more fundamental process-thinking, thereby asking ourselves how to engage his new kind of model. In the last part, we introduce some of the philosophical roots of Gendlin’s A Process Model. (Entire Article)


4.  A LIVING PROCESS: evolving notes on Eugene Gendlin’s ‘A Process Model’


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‘Ecstatic Expression in Song’ June 29, 2018

The Opera Project presents


Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm (doors open 6:00 pm)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 320 East 15th Ave. Vancouver (@ Sophia St one block east of Main)

Fasten your seatbelts for an operatic extravaganza featuring stirring music, traditional costume and a n international guest star! Ecstatic Expression in Song showcases the advanced singers of The Opera Project, led by acclaimed Canadian soprano Heidi Klassen. Go on a musical adventure ranging from the early music of Bach, Handel and Mozart to romantic highlights by Verdi, Puccini and Rachmaninoff. Rediscover familiar favourites like Gershwin, take in some sensual Spanish guitar, and enjoy wonderful Chinese and Turkish music presented by an all-star cast. Keep your eye out for a guest appearance by Arzu Semerci from Istanbul Opera, performing with Vancouver’s own Turkish Choir Orchestra . Proceeds will support the productions and programming of Opera Mariposa, a Vancouver-based group for young and emerging performers – so don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event, bursting with talented artists, sumptuous arias and global flavour!

Admission by donation (suggested $20) – available at the door

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Heidi Klassen, soprano

Arzu Semerci, contralto

Camilla Shi, soprano

Alicia Tao, soprano

Sylvia del Vall e Garcia, soprano

Christina Kent, mezzo-soprano

Elisa Rolston, soprano

Bonnie Dodds, contralto

with Eric Hominick, piano

and the Vancouver Turkish Choir Orchestra

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Acture: Influences of Your Ribs, Diaphragm, and Spine Advanced Training with Ellen Soloway

A Feldenkrais Advanced Training

Taught by

Ellen Soloway

Durham, North Carolina

Thursday Aug 9, 2018 – Sunday Aug. 12, 2018

Acture: Influences of Your Ribs, Diaphragm, and Spine

Your ribs serve many purposes.  In addition to protecting your vital organs, they provide a pliable structure that facilitates bending, folding, or extending in multiple dimensions.  The design and structure of the rib cage permits your front, sides, and back to move congruently.  Skeletal support, furnished by the rib cage and collarbones, allows the arms, shoulders, and shoulder blades to move fluidly.  The direction and force of motion from the pelvis transfers to the shoulder blades and arms via the ribs.  Children use these active relationships when they move forward on their hands and knees.  Gradually these learned connections integrate into adult walking patterns.  You will learn how the dynamics of the ribs, arms, and shoulders interface with the pelvis.

Minor shifts in the suppleness of the ribs affect your breathing because the diaphragm has muscular attachments on the ribs.  Breathing patterns and voice tone are clues to a person’s well-being and emotional health.  Listening for the visual and auditory cues that denote change in the functioning of the ribs or spine is an important skill for a practitioner to acquire. You will finish this training with a better understanding of how greater flexibility in the rib cage influences the breath and voice.

Variations in the mobility or position of the ribs produce significant changes in a person’s acture.  Functional knowledge of the rib cage is not limited merely to improving your own spinal mobility, posture, and breathing. The depth of your understanding directly impacts your skill level during FI and ATM lessons.

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Each one of us speaks, moves, thinks, and feels in a different way, each according to the image of himself that he built up over the years.  In order to change our mode of action we must change the image of ourselves that we carry with us. 

  • M Feldenkrais, Awareness Though Movement, (Chapter:  The self-image) p. 10 •
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Ellen Soloway graduated from the Amherst Training and has a private practice in New Orleans.  She is an Assistant Trainer & the editor of the Alexander Yanai Volumes.  Ellen regularly gives Functional Integration® lessons in Atlanta and San Antonio.  When mentoring, she helps practitioners develop their theoretical understanding as well as their technical skills, especially those necessary for children with special needs.  Observers, watching Ellen work with adults & children, learn how neurological developmental processes are integral to the Feldenkrais Method®.

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  • Details for Acture: Influences from your ribs, diaphragm, and upper spine.•

Explore complex relationships between the carriage of the head, ribs, diaphragm and spine

Date:  Thursday afternoon — Sunday afternoon August 9 – 12, 2018

Fee: Advanced Training: $490 • Make checks payable to Ellen Soloway • Mail to 4919 Pitt St. New Orleans, LA 70115

Location:  Shared Vision Retreat Center, 3717 Murphy School Road, Durham, NC 27705  (919.656.8179)

General Questions and Logistics:  Contact Marcia Eagle <>   Phone: (929) 732 5880


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David Kaetz possible workshop date!

Dear Freinds,
We are conducting a survey to see if the date works. Please let us know if you are interested in the David Kaetz workshop and whether the dates listed below would work for you.
LISTENING WITH YOUR WHOLE BODY: testing a possible workshop date for September, 2018
WHERE Victoria, BC Canada
DATES possibly weekend of September 21 – 23, 2018 (Friday evening through Sunday)
VENUE   a church (to be announced once David has confirmed)
Friday possibly starting around 6 on
Saturday  possibly from 10 – 5
Sunday possibly afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30.
LODGINGS  (information may be provided once David has confirmed the dates and venue)
CONTACT us to indicate your interest.
MORE about David Kaetz ‘s workshop and book.
Gentle sturdy steps,
Katarina for David

Summary of Ellen’s Advanced Trainings, June, August, November, 2018 & April 2019.

Summary of Ellen’s Advanced Trainings, June, August, November, 2018 & April 2019..

#1 Ann Arbor Michigan is the town — Detroit (DFW) is the airport.
Topic:  The midline and the importance of crossing it.
Dates: either June  21-24, 2018 (Thursday-Sunday)
FI’s available on the day before the advanced
Contact: Dale Jensen. <>

#2 Raleigh-Durham area (Durham is the town — airport is Raleigh-Durham).
Topic: The spine, the head and face.
Dates: August 9-12, 2018 (Thursday – Sunday)
FI’s available on the Wednesday before the advanced.
Contact:  Ellen Soloway <>

#3 Washington DC area.
Topic: Seeing beyond your limitations.
Dates:  Nov. 3 & 4, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Contact:  Ellen Soloway <>

#4 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dates:  Thursday April 25- Sunday April 28 (4 days)
Contact: Kiera Garner <>

Attendance is usually limited to 20-24 people.
Ellen seldom allows more than 12 Feldenkrais tables to be active during FI practice.


Testimonials for FI Mentoring with Ellen Soloway


Testimonials for FI Mentoring with Ellen Soloway 


Ellen’s FI mentoring brings such additional depth and understanding to one’s practice whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner.  I have watched her hone the skills and explain the nuances of a particular touch to experienced practitioners; and has made me feel as if I can be successful in my endeavors in beginning my journey in FI. Most sessions end with the practitioners exclaiming:  “That was amazing, Ellen.  Thank you.”

— Jacquelyn Herzig,  Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Beverly Hills, California, USA 


Mentoring with Ellen Soloway has helped my Feldenkrais® practice immeasurably. Ellen has a superb ability to watch me doing FI and see the most subtle ways that it can be enhanced with a small direction. I feel and see far more successful results in my FI sessions. Ellen maintains a high standard of being true to the Feldenkrais method. I appreciate her commitment to helping her students get results and stick to Moshe’s principles. The real gold in Ellen’s teachings and mentoring is the vast amount of knowledge she has gained from studying with many senior Feldenkrais practitioners. I appreciate this incredible opportunity to round out my Feldenkrais training and experience with the finesse of Ellen’s teaching.

— Susinn Shaler
GCFP, Feldenkrais® Practitioner; ABM-Neuromovement Practitioner, Kelowna, BC, Canada


I find Ellen’s way of working is very down to earth and accessible for me. I appreciate her extensive knowledge and pragmatic ways of imparting that to us.

I can see her in my mind’s eye, I can see the moves she has guided the practitioner in working with the client, and I can remember the moves when I need it in the middle of an FI when I am back on my own. It is true that I am still myself in the lessons that I am giving, but I am more than I usually am when participating in a lesson. I feel that I have Ellen on my shoulder reminding me that I can hold in a better way, and transfer the line of movement more clearly.

— Lynne Bedbrook, Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada, Graduated with Yvan Joly, Carl Ginsberg, Montreal, 1996,


Ellen’s instructions on how to use our body as a practitioner are helpful. I can imagine times when I might become stuck and mistreat myself throughout my day of giving FI lessons. It is great to observe Ellen tutoring and see alternatives which I can apply to my own self-organization!

Also, when I am teaching ATM, Ellen’s instructions come to my aid. For example I noticed that my students were bending their elbows and using their arms instead of making a clear connection through their torso and entire self. My use of Ellen’s instructions brought these students more integration, ease and joy of discovery during the rest of the lesson.

I look forward to developing these observations from Ellen’s tutoring into my FI practice and ATM teaching.

— Susan Conant
Las Cruces, New Mexico


Ellen’s knowledge and eye for detail are remarkable. Her tutoring is delicate and precise. Mentoring with Ellen contributes greatly to my ATM teaching and giving FI lessons. One of Ellen’s most significant contributions to my learning is her modelling of kindness. Ellen demonstrates the importance of being kind and considerate of anyone engaged in a learning process: students, observers, and practitioners in the Feldenkrais® community. 

— Katarina Halm,  Feldenkrais® Practitioner Vancouver, BC, Canada, Graduated with Jeff Haller, Jerry Karzen, 2007,


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Sleeping positions

With appreciation to Doug Bolston, this post is excerpted from “You can (and should) train yourself to sleep on your back.
Although it is commonly recommended that sleeping on your back is the best position to sleep in, comfort is key Most Americans sleep on their sides, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While many of them presumably do it without pain, this is not the best way to sleep. It can cause shoulder and hip pain, for one.
On top of that, several studies have shown that sleeping on your right side can aggravate heartburn. Scientists think that’s because lying in this position loosens your lower esophageal sphincter, the involuntary muscles that keep acid from rising up out of your stomach and into your throat. Sleeping on the left side, however, seems to keep the trap door between the throat and stomach shut, so leftie sleepers are less likely to feel the burn.

How to nap

(with appreciation to Doug Bolston, adapted by Katarina)
Research has shown many benefits to naps—especially short ones. For example, over the course of a day, people’s ability to respond to stimuli—like an email from a coworker—naturally dwindles. A 2014 study in the journal Nature Neuroscience showed that people who took a 30-minute midday nap paused this decline in attention, and those who snoozed for 60 minutes actually reversed some of that day’s deterioration.

While everyone you know swears by a certain magic number (7 minutes! No, 17 minutes!), the National Sleep Foundation has this to say: “a short nap”—say, 20 minutes—“can help to improve mood, alertness and performance,” without side effects like grogginess.

Feeling really experimental? Try napping after drinking coffee. Several studies have shown that if you caffeinate before as short nap of 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll wake feeling even perkier than usual, because caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in. As Vox put it, “coffee naps are better than coffee or naps.”

Whatever you do, please do not try to replace your evening sleep with napping. While it has plenty of benefits, 20 minutes of shuteye in the afternoon is nothing like a good night’s rest.

Click here to read the entire article.


How much sleep do you need?

(with appreciation to Doug Bolston, adapted by Katarina)

“Human beings are the only animal species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep.”

One thing science knows for sure is that the less sleep you get each night,the less cognitively aware you are the next day, the day after, and every day after that

People think that sleep is like the bank. That you can accumulate a debt and then hope to pay it off at a later point in time. The brain has no capacity to get back all that it has lost.

You don’t know you are sleep deprived when you are sleep deprived,.That’s why so many people fool themselves into thinking thatthey are one of those people who can get away with six hours of sleep or less.

There’s no way you can effectively train yourself to need less sleep. You may get used to feeling tired all the time, but that does not mean you can suppress that tiredness and perform as well on cognitive tests as you would if you received eight hours.

One sleepless night is the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk

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Sleep helps the body clear away amyloid and tau (related to dementia)

(with appreciation to Doug Bolston, adapted and annotated by Katarina)

A single night of interrupted sleep causes an increase in brain proteins believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, researchers reported.

They believe their research shows that “sleep helps the body clear away the compounds, called amyloid and tau, and that interrupting sleep may allow too much of them to build up”.

A study, published in the journal Brain, does not show that poor sleep causes Alzheimer’s, but it does add one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause dementia.

“When people had their slow-wave sleep disrupted, their amyloid levels increased by about 10 percent,” said Dr.. Yo-El Ju of Washington University in St. Louis, who led the study .


Click here for the entire article.  “Here’s How Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer’s”


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