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December 2020

Dear Feldenkrais friends

As this year comes to a close I feel that I have to remind myself to breathe! From the fires to covid life has thrown some strange challenges at us all.

In January, I was stretched in an interview for the Australian Online Summit. I was insanely nervous! My interview about horse riders was broadcast in September on Day 7 and led to interesting and rewarding conversations with riders all over the world.

See: www.feldenkrais.org.au/online-summit-2020

My practice quickly went online at the beginning of the pandemic. A steep learning curve for me but I love the medium. I can reach more people and still keep the intimacy of a small group. It may have been different this year but I am embracing the ability to contact friends and family across the world as I make the most of my new skills.

Classes were especially well attended at the beginning and I added extra classes. It's essential to have a way to re-connect with yourself and release any held tension in the body. This confirms the mind-body link and offers ways to stay flexible and vital.

I ran an ATM and individual sessions course for horse riders. The individual sessions online present advantages even though they are different to the usual hands-on approach. I will stick with both class and individual sessions online as requested in 2021.

My work with graduated practitioners is rewarding and through teaching, I learn. Isn't that always the way! To really know my vocation, it is useful to check out how it works as I seek the best way to present and develop my ideas.

I will be on holiday until 13th January. I will be available for individual sessions after that. Classes will start back in early February.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm throughout the year. It is this meeting with you and hearing your ups and downs that brings richness and vitality to my work.


August 2020

The AFG Online Summit 2020 is coming ... starting on 1 September.

Register for FREE at feldenkrais.org.au/online-summit-2020

There will be interesting talks from practitioners on a wide spectrum of topics - including breath and voice, rehabilitation, pelvic health and wellbeing and horse riding to name just a few. There is sure to be something for you!

The HORSE RIDERS interview with me will be published on 8 September.

I am offering two workshops soon after the Summit to explore the ideas I presented...

Know-how for the Equestrian Athlete for riders and vaulters and coaches on 16th, 23rd and 30th September, 6pm-8pm

Riding Life's Ups and Downs for anyone who has had challenges in 2020 and who wishes to celebrate life on 26th September, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Each workshop is complete and you will refine your ability if you decide to attend both.

Regular class, Learning from the Inside Out 2, will continue from 14th October on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7.15pm.

Additional classes may be added…contact me if you have a request.


July 2020

Dear all,

It's time to start class again! Check out the information below...

For now we are staying on Zoom, which seems to suit everyone, especially on these cold winter nights!

Please email me to confirm your place. Class size will still be limited to keep communication and relationships in our friendly group alive 😊

HEADS UP: The Australian Feldenkrais Guild is having its own FREE online Summit starting on 1 September. There will be one session a day covering all sorts of topics... I have done one for horse riders. It was recorded before COVID-19 arrived, and I soon realised how useful the information is for us all during these anxious and uncertain times. I also have a new article titled Riding Life’s Ups and Downs live on the website.

All feelings and emotions are sensed and experienced in the body and so having a practice to observe and work with yourself is most valuable.

Individual sessions are returning to face to face and can also be over Zoom, depending on what suits you best. Contact me to make an appointment. I have put COVID-19 safe arrangements in place for my studio and ask that you do not attend if you are unwell.

Please do stay in touch if you do happen to be unwell as the relationships we have made together in our practice of Feldenkrais are important. Other participants in class are always concerned if someone is away.

Stay well and keep in touch,

Catherine


April 2020

Good morning,

NOW is the time to reap the benefits of Feldenkrais practice!
NOW is when you need awareness for yourself, for your family and for your community!
NOW is the time to practice Feldenkrais principles for good health and resilience!

The new series of lessons starting 15th April is NOW!

In these unusual times the principles and practice of Feldenkrais offer ways to live well.

My classes will stay small. This way we have time for a check-in at the beginning and reflection at the end of class that is meaningful for participants.

What are you learning at the moment? Feldenkrais principles are scalable and immediately applicable in life.

Making the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.

Feldenkrais classes and individual sessions are all online and now more accessible to you than ever before. There is a regular online Wednesday 6pm class (returning class get preference) and new times of Thursday 6pm and 10am on Fridays.

Please email me with your interest in a class or session.

Stay safe,
Catherine


February 2020

It's time for Feldenkrais again 😀 The lazy rhythm of the long summer has been interrupted by the enormous fires that have swept the country in many places and changed holiday plans. I have watched with grief and anxiety at the loss of life, homes and habitat. If you have been affected, Feldenkrais may help your recovery.

Now with rain, here in Sydney we hope we are returning to a more normal weather pattern.

Feldenkrais classes and individual sessions offer calm through reconnection with body, mind and spirit. Movement is oiled, becomes easier and attention to quality brings us ways to live with vitality and meaning.

This term in class we will bring to the foreground Patterns of Life so we refresh the rhythms which sustain us. Classes start on Wed, 5 February at 6pm and Thursday, 6 February at 10am. Please book in to secure your place by using the contact page.

Individual sessions are available by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings. In these sessions you will enjoy tailored movement sequences and learn about your unique patterns.

Catherine


October, 2019

Spring into action now the days are longer, bush wildflowers are at their best and the mulberries are forming 😀 The garden and the bush are calling!

Feldenkrais learning is cumulative, in my experience. As we move through our daily life, there are opportunities to practice Feldenkrais awareness principles. How are you feeling? How are you thinking? What do you sense? And can you reduce the effort in your actions and increase your sensitivity? How can you get around resistance by finding another way? Are you breathing, and does your breath fit with the activity?

Feldenkrais asks many questions and holding the questions allows you to live into the answers, when the question fades away. How do you ask those questions of yourself? Can you be kind and easy with yourself?

Use your Feldenkrais skills as you walk around to scan and look around you.

Next term starts on 5th, 6th November. Let me know if you would like the Thursday morning class as at the moment it looks as if most of the class are travelling! Hopefully you will be able to come to an evening class.

I have taken registrations from those attending class last term but there is still room so email me to join in. The theme is:

Imagination and memory are at the core of our human ability to live a satisfying life.
Explore how these faculties are intertwined and shape humankind.
Discover how you can use your skills to be fully alive.
Observe where creativity serves you and when it may hinder you.

Did you listen to the Australian Feldenkrais Summit? I have had great feedback from everyone who did, and I certainly enjoyed it myself. It's not too late...use the link below and listen at your leisure!
www.feldenkrais.org.au/summit

I will be out of my practice now until 31 October. When I get back, I am offering a discount on an individual session package of 5 sessions. This will be available for a limited time. Contact me for details. Consider giving a Christmas gift certificate of one or more sessions to a friend or family member.

Enjoy spring!
Regards,
Catherine


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