That’s how long the AY a Day peer group has been meeting. Every day for the past five years, including major holidays, Feldenkrais trainees and teachers of all levels of experience have gotten together online to do a classic Awareness Through Movement class. Each day, one participant teaches; afterward, the group discusses the lesson.
Being able to partake in this process these past five years has been a pleasure and privilege. For the longest time, exploring the vast legacy of Feldenkrais’ lessons most often meant reading, doing, and deciphering an ATM on my own. Listening to colleagues bring Moshe’s words to life, each with their unique intonation, rhythm, and perspective, provided a welcome alternative, a wonderful way to learn with and from others. The lessons and subsequent conversations became a priceless professional lifeline during the extended pandemic shutdowns.
To mark this milestone, the founder and coordinator of the AY a day group, Kwan Wong, invited a group of master teachers to present a series of special lessons at the beginning of June. I am honored to be one of the presenters, all the more so because this year Mia Segal, Moshe Feldenkrais’ first assistant and longtime collaborator, will be giving one of the lessons.
Here’s the schedule:
- June 1, Wednesday
- June 3, Friday
Mia Segal 6 pm PT
- June 6, Monday
- June 8, Wednesday
- June 10, Friday
- June 13, Monday
If you’re not a member of the profession but would like to experience the method, you might be interested in the Daily Improvement Collective. In this spin-off project of the AY group, Feldenkrais teachers from around the world take turns teaching an online Awareness Through Movement lesson each day. (You’ll find a few free sample lessons on their website.)
If you’re wondering about this year’s almost annual ATM summer camp, please stay tuned. The announcement is coming next week. If you want to reserve time on your calendar, the Pacific group meets from 19 to 23 July and the Atlantic group convenes from 20 to 24 July 2022.
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