Foundations of Learning

Back in the early 1990s, Larry Goldfarb, CFT, Ph.D., taught Feldenkrais® workshops for physical therapists (and other health professionals) and for the general public at the Bewegungszentrum (Movement Center) in Innsbruck, Austria. During his visits to this charming town, he also gave hands-on Functional Integration® lessons, many of them to children. This generated a great deal of interest amongst therapists, parents, teachers, and pediatricians in the application of Moshe’s method to working with infants, toddlers, and older children, which, in turn, led to him offering this eight-day workshop on the topic. 

FOUNDATIONS OF LEARNING is built around a specialized series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons that highlight the early movements of life and explore the transitions between them.     

                 Table of Contents:

        1. EXPLORING THE BABY POSE*
        2. EXPLORING THE BABY POSE CONTINUED*
        3. CIRCLING THE KNEE*
        4. FROG LEGS 
        5. FROG LEGS – Version 2
        6. FROG LEGS – Version 3
        7. TONGUE CIRCLES
        8. SEQUENTIAL ROLLING, LIMBS OVER CHEST 
        9. FLEXING O
        10. FLEXING O CONTINUED 
        11. ROLLING VARIATIONS
        12. SIDE-SIT TO HANDS & KNEES – Complete
        13. COMING TO HANDS & KNEES 
        14. COMING TO CREEPING
           

*The first three ATMs in the series were missing, so they have been replaced with versions of the same or similar lessons that Larry taught at some later time.

To complement the experiential learning from the ATM® lessons and to create a basis for understanding the method, Larry gave a series of talks about the developmental logic of learning, drawing on systems theory, cybernetics, and both the research and theoretical models he was learning about in his graduate program in movement science. To help the participants better observe how children move — and understand what they observe — he taught them how to use SPIFFER, a framework for analyzing movement from a pattern perspective. To help them understand how learning happens, he also presented the 7 Cs, which reveal the teaching tactics of Moshe’s method and demonstrate how to use them.  

The workshop was recorded, edited, and made available as a collection of 10 cassette tapes. Those tapes have been digitized and the workshop is now available as MP3 files. The sound quality is very good; the hiss from the original recordings has been removed from most of the files. Two of the original ATM lessons were lost or irretrievable, so we added two versions of FROG LEGS to round out the collection. 

One of the participants, physical therapist and Feldenkrais teacher, Daniel Rosenfels took extensive notes during the workshop. The digital version of these notes is included with the recordings. They are not an exact summary of the workshop. Instead, they offer one participant’s understanding of the material that Larry taught, adding depth and a different point of view. The notes also cover the parts of the workshop that were not recorded or were lost, giving a full overview of the content.

Edited live workshop plus detailed notes:
14 Awareness Through Movement lessons
6 Talks
For a total of 20 MP3 files available to download or stream for immediate listening
60 Pages of detailed notes (PDF file)
$137

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