2017 Feldenkrais Conference – Seattle, WA, August 23-27, 2017

Katarina Halm has submitted two proposals for conference presentations. A proposal for a conference workshop on Feldenkrais® & Taiji: self=organization to produce powerful movements! and Feldenkrais® & Breathing – Feldenkrais® contributions to restoring ease and function for those pervasive breathing pattern disorders. Please click here for free .pdf resource related to this proposal.

Happy Birthday Ruthy Alon!

Ruthy Alon began working with Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1960s in Israel, and is considered one of the foremost teachers of The Feldenkrais Method in the world. She teaches throughout Europe, America, and Australia as well as in Israel, where she makes her home.

Birthday: Born January 25, 1930 in  Cali, Columbia (now Ruth is 86),
Books: Mindful Spontaneity: Lessons in the Feldenkrais Method.
Creator of Movement Intelligence: awakening personal compass for optimal functioning

Follow up classes for John Pepper’s conscious walking for Parkinson’s

John Pepper, the maverick South African Parkinson’s disease campaigner, shared his marvelous and hope-filled story in Vancouver and Salt Spring September 24-30, 2016. John met with fellow Parkinson disease sufferers and spoke about his unique way of managing Parkinson’s symptoms. Feldenkrais® Practitioners Jane Williams and Katarina Halm are offering follow up classes.

PWR!MOVES® for Parkinson

The Richmond Library is offering PWR!MOVES® for Parkinson, an exercise demo workshop on September 27, 2016, Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 pm.  PWR!MOVES® for Parkinson, an evidence-based program led by PWR!MOVES certified instructors, is offered by City of Richmond Minoru Place Activity Centre.  The September 27th workshop provides opportunities for community members to try out the exercise routines at this free session and they can also sign up for classes.  Attached is a flyer to give you more information.

Stella Au | Community Programmer
Richmond Public Library
100 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, Canada V6Y 1R8
T 604-231-6455 | F 604-273-0459 | www.yourlibrary.ca  

Click to see poster for the event

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone’s new book! ‘Insides and Outsides: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Animate Nature’

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone’s new book!
‘Insides and Outsides: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Animate Nature’

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Insides and Outsides flyer 2016

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Insides and Outsides flyer 2016

“In her work Maxine Sheets-Johnstone appears as a unique brand in the eld of human science research. Elegantly, eloquently and with great knowledge she is able to integrate philosophy, human movement studies, psychology, biology, cognitive science, brain research and so much more into a complex and integrated theory of the animated nature of human beings. This volume is a great collection of her work.” — Reinhard Stelter, Professor and Head, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Copenhagen, author of A Guide to Third Generation Coaching

“This book is a testament to the truly remarkable range and depth of its author, Maxine Sheets- Johnstone. What comes across is the writer’s profound understanding not just of what is life but what life and living are all about, what it means to be a human being, and why complementarities are foundational to life. In a global world riddled with fear, the need to comprehend us and them, self and other, the enemy within and without, is more urgent than ever. Insides and Outsides provides penetrating insights into the essential interdependence of living things, the power to see ourselves as others see us and much, much more. It takes the apparently familiar inner and outer, and makes them so strange and dynamic that a new appreciation of what it means to be alive emerges. This book is a must read that, like its title, crosses disciplinary divides and urges us to examine our true, animate nature.” – J.A. Scott Kelso, Creech Chair in Science, Florida Atlantic University, and Professor of Computational Neuroscience,Ulster University

“Phenomenology matters: because it confronts our humanity in a way that is both honest and uncompromising; because it takes us as the moving, breathing, animate beings we truly are; because it insists that to set the world to rights we have rst to right ourselves. No-one has done more than Maxine Sheets-Johnstone to show why a phenomenological approach, grounded in the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, is needed for our times. And no-one has done so with such verve, in such forceful language, and across such a wide interdisciplinary terrain. Hers is a voice to be reckoned with.” — Prof Tim Ingold, Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

“Insides and Outsides is a major contribution to our understanding of the many ways by which an animate body’s movement is a key to understanding a remarkable range of different phenomena … This collection of recent essays by a leading philosopher of the body bears the unique stamp of Dr. Sheets- Johnstone’s agile balancing of phenomenological description with empirical research … The author proposes bold and ingenious resolutions of classical problems – such as the nature/culture divide and the mind/body problem – while exhibiting a decided proclivity for original, rst-order thinking of her own. This book comes as a special gift to its readers, thanks to the light it throws on so many basic dimensions of human and animal existence on earth.” — Edward S. Casey, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook


Insides and Outsides Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Animate Nature, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

Insides and Outsides brings together diverse aspects of animate nature. Indeed, the book lives up to the word “interdisciplinary” in its title. It brings together diverse academic perspectives within each chapter and across chapters, showing in each instance that scienti c understandings of animate nature are – or can be – complementary to philosophical understandings. Thus insides and outsides, typically viewed as subjective vs. objective, mind vs. body, and self vs. other, are shown to be woven together in complex and subtle ways in the complexities and subtleties of animate life itself.

ISBN: 9781845409043 • Paperback • 320 pages £19.95 • £14.95 / $21.50
PUBLISHED ON 1 September 2016


 Chapter I: Kinesthetic Experience: Understanding Movement Inside and Out
Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (2010)Vol. 5, No. 2: 111–127 Animation: Analyses, Elaborations, and Implications

Chapter II: Animation: Analyses, Elaborations, and Implications
Husserl Studies (2014) 30:247–268

Chapter III:  On the Origin, Nature, and Genesis of Habit
Phenomenology and Mind (2014) vol. 6: pp. 76-89

Chapter IV: Getting to the Heart of Emotions and Consciousness
In Handbook of Cognitive Science, ed. Paco Calvo and Antoni Gomila. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2008: pp. 453-465

Chapter V: Schizophrenia and the Comet’s Tail of Nature: a Case Study in Phenomenology and Human Psychopathology

Philoctetes (journal co-sponsored by NY Psychoanalytic Institute), (2007), vol. 1, No. 2: 5-45 (target article with commentaries and response)

Chapter VI: The Descent of Man: Human Nature and the Nature/Culture Divide
Anthropological Theory (2010) 10 (4): 343-360

Chapter VII: On the Hazards of Being a Stranger to Oneself
Psychotherapy and Politics International (2008), 6(1): 17–29

Chapter VIII: On the Elusive Nature of the Human Self: Divining the Ontological Dynamics of Animate Being
In In Search of Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood, ed. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2011: pp. 198-219

Chapter IX: The Body as Cultural Object/The Body as Pan-Cultural Universal
In Phenomenology of the Cultural Disciplines, eds. Lester Embree and Mano Daniel. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994, pp. 85-114

Chapter X: Descriptive Foundations
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2002), vol. 9, No. 1: 165-79

Chapter XI: The Enemy: A Twenty-First Century Archetypal Study
Psychotherapy and Politics International (2010), vol. 8, no. 2: 146-161

Chapter XII: Strangers, Trust, and Religion: On the Vulnerability of Being Alive
Human Studies (2015), vol. 38, No. 3 (DOI 10.1007/s10746-015-9367-z)

Chapter XIII: Movement: Our Common Heritage and Mother Tongue 

In Dance Knowledge, ed. Anne Margrete Fisvik and Egil Bakka. (Proceedings of the 5th NOFOD Conference, Trondheim, Norway, January 10-13, 2002), pp. 37-50

Chapter XIV: Globalization and the Other: Lifeworld(s) on the Brink
Psychotherapy and Politics International (2012), vol. 10, No. 3: 246-260


Maxine Sheets-Johnstone is an interdisciplinary scholar a liated as Courtesy Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon. She began her career as a choreographer/dancer/ professor of dance. Her many books include The Corporeal Turn: An Interdisciplinary Reader and The Primacy of Movement. She was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, 2007, for her research on xenophobia, and was honoured with a Scholar’s Session at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in 2012.

Honoring Gene Gendlin

Two psychotherapy associations are honoring Eugene Gendlin with their Lifetime Achievement Award at their respective conferences:

  • United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)
  • European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP)

Throughout his life, Eugene Gendlin has encouraged people to find their own path. The July, 2016, issue of Somatic Perspectives features several Focusing-oriented practitioners, each describing their unique way of following Gene Gendlin’s footsteps. Somatic Perspectives is a project of LifeSherpa, a nonprofit whose mission is to explore mindfulness as creative interaction. Subscribe to the LifeSherpa newsletter.

Here is a recent interview with Gene where he speaks about Implicit Intricacy:

Green Pie


green pie / borscht / croutons

green pie 

all organic

  1. brown rice flour
  2. oat flour / sometimes buckwheat flour
  3. olive oil
  4. sweet potato
  5. egg
  6. steamed rice
  7. chard /beet tops / sometimes spinach / always parsley /
  8. sometimes / green peas / sometimes green beans
  9. almonds
  10. hazelnuts / sometimes peppers or cheese for those who wish


  1. beets and beet tops / sometimes buckwheat flour
  2. carrot
  3. sweet potato or red potato
  4. onion 
  5. steamed rice


  1. oat flour or ground rolled oats / sometimes brown rice flour / sometimes buckwheat flour
  2. olive oil
  3. sweet potato
  4. egg
  5. parsley, basil, green garlic, white garlic
  6. orange, lemon
  7. ground almonds/ hazelnuts

Do you Feel Prepared? Multiple Perspectives on Disaster Preparedness

Continuing 3rd Thursdays Community Meetings
Hosted by Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP)
7-8 PM
Dunbar Community Centre
(DCC) 4747 Dunbar St
Vancouver, BC Canada

Feldenkrais® and Focusing (Katarina Halm 2013)

I have been integrating Focusing and Feldenkrais® for thirty years and have been teaching this crossing since 2006. Below are notes on the relationship between Focusing and Feldenkrais® and an invitation to join us for this adventure.

Donna Blank writes about her knowledge and skill as a kind of “background” or grounding from which her teaching springs: “Awareness has many dimensions and foci”. . .”My own experience is that the more I have explored different dimensions and principles, the more I perceive where they merge and where they are distinct” . . . “Ultimately, I meet each client with all of that background, and find where the relevant resonance leads us to begin”. . . “at a certain point, I feel, there are no longer ‘methods’, but awareness and meeting.” [1.] 

“Awareness and meeting” are central to the work of Eugene Gendlin and Focusing [2]. Carl Ginsburg sheds  light on Gendlin’s work in his 2011 essay and book review: 

Carl  Ginsburg’s 2011 essay and book review, The lnner and Outer: Phenomenology, Science and the Feldenkrais Method,  illuminates the basic themes of ECM: “Eugene Gendlin notices that our usual formulations are approximations in describing what we are doing, even in everyday life. He looks for the complexities and what is unsaid. But where is the unsaid? In Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning he opens the introduction to the book with a description of what he calls the ‘felt sense’. He describes it as ‘a directly felt, experiential dimension'” … “there is a powerful felt dimension of experience that is pre-logical, and that functions importantly in what we think, what we perceive, and how we behave.”

In his summary to the 2011 article, Ginsburg writes in regards to Feldenkrais® practice, “On one level our work seems simple. We learn through sensing and feeling in a kinesthetic way. We observe patterns and what we are doing in moving, as well as observing others in moving, through the patterns of the lessons. That we cross between the subjective (inner) and objective (outer), moving from observing our selves and then others, is not noticed. Out of this we pass the practice to others and continue with ourselves. It seems that the lesson protocols are enough, but the process is more than that. Phenomenology can open more depth for appreciating our work and practice.

Ginsburg continues, “To be better practitioners we need to be able to think out of the implicit. Explicit understanding is not enough. In giving lessons we need the implicit to connect to our clients and students. The felt sense can be a guide to what to do next when we get confused. Our ability to understand our clients and students depends on being able to contact the other person’s experience. Each person is different and needs a different learning that fits him or her at that moment. Somehow contact and feeling can connect us.” [3.]

In his article “Inner Sense of Space” Adam Cole writes about the leap from arithmetic to algebra: “a student must be able to recognize that an equation is not a problem asking for a solution, but an expression of a relationship like a balanced scale.”. . . “Seeing the relationship between the two sides is more important than using it to solve a problem.” Then from algebra to calculus is again a leap: “Something about calculus was different from algebra. It was harder, not just in the way that algebra is harder than counting, but in the way that comprehending algebraic relationships was harder than adding. It required a new dimension in thinking.” – page 21 “Mathematics and the Feldenkrais Method, Discovering the Relationship,” by Adam Cole, published in the Feldenkrais Journal Number 17 (Adam offers us this pdf: http://www.acole.net/publicfiles/math.pdf). [4.]

Ralph Strauch sees these leaps as patterns of perception in Functional Integration: “the perception of pattern as more than the relationship between isolated parts”. Ralph teaches ways of “enlarging the pattern you work with to encompass yourself as well as your client, and working with the conjoined system that results.” – “Focusing your Touch” by Ralph Strauch, http://www.achievingexcellence.com/p-str3.html [5.]

In the philosophy of the Implicit, the ground of Focusing, Gendlin develops his Process Model [6.]step by step as a series of leaps (each called a “doubling”).  In each moment of living we integrate and weave a variety of “spaces”. The “doubling” can be seen as a leap from one space to the next and has both a sequential and an immediate quality: 1. our plant-body space 2. animal-behaviour space 3. symbol space and language space 4. with another leap to a felt-sensing or Focusing space

  1. Donna Blank – feldyforum 14 Jan, 2012, at 10:25 AM
  2. Eugene Gendlin Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning (ECM) 1962.
  3. Carl Ginsburg –”The lnner and Outer: Phenomenology, Science and the Feldenkrais Method”, The Feldenkrais® Journal, Volume 24, General Issue, 2011.
  4. Adam Cole, published in the Feldenkrais Journal Number 17 (Adam offers us this pdf: http://www.acole.net/publicfiles/math.pdf).
  5. Ralph Strauch – “Focusing your Touch”  http://www.achievingexcellence.com/p-str3.html
  6. Eugene Gendlin A Process Model 1997

* The terms Feldenkrais®, Awareness Through Movement®, and Functional Integration® are registered service marks in Canada of the FELDENKRAIS GUILD of North America (FGNA).