Teaching Staff

The teaching staff consists of outstanding accredited trainers and assistant trainers. Julie Peck is the Educational Director. Arlyn Zones, Julie Peck, Stephanie Spink, Larry Goldfarb, Elizabeth Beringer, Susan Hillier, and Zoran Kovich*, will be the trainers in the programme. Bronwyn Fewster, our assistant trainer will also be part of the teaching staff. Working as a team, the staff teach Awareness Through Movement, give Functional Integration lessons and demonstrations, lead discussions, and direct small groups.

The international training accreditation guidelines require that we maintain a student to teacher ratio of 20-to-1 for the first two years and of 15-to-1 for the final two years. To insure that you receive individual attention, we are committed to meeting, or exceeding, this requirement in every segment. Sara Elderfield as the administrator will co-ordinate onsite activities and liaise with the trainees.

Experienced Feldenkrais practitioners from WA will also be part of the educational faculty. They will serve as tutor practitioners to provide support for the training and give FI lessons.

To insure continuity and congruence, Julie Peck will be present at least 50% of the time and one permanent Assistant Trainer will be present throughout the training.

* Subject to Accreditation

The Australian, European and North American Training Accreditation guidelines establish strict criteria that must be met by those who want to be trainers and assistant trainers. The guidelines require that a trainer have at least ten years active professional experience, have assisted through a minimum of four complete years of training, and receive the support of the established body of trainers. Among other requirements, an assistant trainer must have at least five years professional experience and demonstrate proficiency in the practice of the method.

Educational Director

Julie Peck

Julie Peck, Certified Feldenkrais Trainer (CFT), B.App.Sc.(Physio) Perth, Western Australia

Julie has a background in Physiotherapy and has maintained a busy private practice in Perth since graduating from the Sydney 1 FPTP in 1990. She became an Assistant Trainer in 1995 and Australia's first Trainer in 2003.

Julie finds her private practice and sharing her experiences with colleagues, clients and students are the main source of her continual learning. She has found the journey of being both a Feldenkrais practitioner and trainer has enhanced and refined her abilities in innumerable ways, particularly in stimulating her ability to direct her own discoveries and learning. She is committed to furthering the understanding and practice of the Feldenkrais Method in Australia and to have fun while doing it!

Trainers

Arlyn Zones, CFT, MA (Theatre Arts)
San Francisco, USA

Arlyn began studying the Feldenkrais Method in 1977 and graduated from the 1983 Amherst Training. She has maintained an active private practice since then, working with infants, children and adults. She has also taught in schools, clinics and hospitals, and has led special seminars for physical and occupational therapists on clinical applications of the Feldenkrais Method for orthopaedic and neurological difficulties. Arlyn became an Assistant Trainer of the Method in 1988 and a Trainer in 1994. She has taught extensively in the US, Europe and Australia in more than 30 training programmes. She also teaches advanced seminars for Feldenkrais Practitioners.

Lawrence Wm. Goldfarb, Ph.D., CFT
Santa Cruz, U.S.A.

Lawrence Wm. Goldfarb, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995) is a movement scientist, certified Feldenkrais® trainer, pioneering practitioner, and multimedia author known for articulating the thinking behind the method. Besides directing and teaching in professional training programmes in Europe, Australia, and North America, Dr. Goldfarb teaches public workshops, professional seminars, and post-graduate courses the world over. He is also the founder of Mind in Motion and Mind in Motion online (www.mindinmotion-online.com).

Having written extensively about the Feldenkrais Method® of learning, Larry is committed to developing explicit frameworks for understanding the method and for making the method relevant in everyday life.

Besides training new teachers, his current focus is on conducting post-graduate training programmes for Feldenkrais teachers, developing online learning programmes for the Mind in Motion website and spearheading an international project to create a database for Dr. Feldenkrais' lessons. He maintains the private practice he started nearly thirty years ago in Santa Cruz, CA.

Stephanie Spink, B.App.Sc.(Physio), CFT
Melbourne Australia

Stephanie Spink became involved with the Feldenkrais Method in 1982 and graduated from the first Melbourne Feldenkrais Training in 1991. She organised the second Melbourne Feldenkrais Training Programme and worked as the continuity assistant in the Melbourne III FPTP.  She has a background in Physiotherapy, and since 1997, has taught functional anatomy workshops and advanced trainings in Australia and New Zealand.  She was certified as an Assistant Trainer in 1998 and Trainer in 2010. She has worked in training programmes in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, New Zealand and Japan. She has been an active member of the Australian Training and Accreditation Board since 2002. She continues to maintain a Feldenkrais Private Practice in Eltham. She enjoys learning, life and travelling.

Zoran Kovich, MSc(Cog.Sc), BA(Soc.Sc), BA(Perf.Arts), CFT*
Sydney Australia

Zoran graduated from the Melbourne I Feldenkrais training in 1991 and completed his masters degree in cognitive science in 1995, focusing on the relationship between movement, perception, and thought. Having a passion for teaching and learning, Zoran commenced working in trainings in 2000, and became an assistant trainer in 2004. From 1990 to 2009 he lectured in university performing arts programmes, using Feldenkrais/Somatic Education paedagogy to construct courses designed to enhance performing artists’ abilities. Since 2005 he has been facilitating a variety of regular, ongoing post-graduate programmes for Feldenkrais teachers. Zoran maintains a practice in Sydney using his knowledge of Feldenkrais, somatic education systems, martial arts, performing arts, cognitive and social sciences, to create practical lessons that address peoples' personal and professional needs and interests.

Elizabeth Beringer, CFT
San Diego U.S.A

Elizabeth Beringer has been involved with the practice and development of the Feldenkrais Method for more than 30 years. She studied directly with the founder of the Method, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, in both the U.S. and Israel between 1976 and 1983. Elizabeth has maintained an ongoing and varied private Feldenkrais somatic education practice working with a diverse population including those with severe movement limitations, seniors, musicians, children and those in chronic pain, including Feldenkrais for back pain. She has also worked extensively with athletes, martial artists and dancers and is known for her ability to apply the Method in dynamic situations. Elizabeth has also taught postgraduate seminars for physical and occupational therapists and she travels extensively teaching in postgraduate and practitioner training programmes in Europe, Australia and across the U.S.

In addition to her Feldenkrais practice, Elizabeth has studied numerous other somatic disciplines. More recently she has pursued the study of the cognitive sciences and her teaching integrates current advances in the cognitive sciences into the Feldenkrais perspective. Elizabeth has practiced the martial art of aikido since 1977 and currently holds the rank of 6th-degree black belt.

She lives in San Diego with her husband, Rafael Nunez, a professor of cognitive science at the University California San Diego, and their daughter.

Susan Hillier, CFT, Ph.D. 
Adelaide Australia

Susan graduated from the Melbourne 1 Feldenkrais training programme in 1991. She incorporated the Feldenkrais Method into her work with people regaining function after catastrophic injury or illness. More recently she has worked as an academic, teaching and researching in the broad area of neuroscience with a particular interest in motor control and motor learning for adults and children who have challenging movement behaviours. She maintains a small private practice to inform and keep current her research and teaching in university, private and Feldenkrais Method training domains.

Assistant Trainer

Bronwyn Fewster, CFAT, B. App Sc. (Physio) 
Perth, Western Australia

Bronwyn graduated from the Perth 1 Training Programme in 1999. Since then, she has incorporated the Feldenkrais Method into her work with Community Physiotherapy Services; teaching on-going group education and exercise classes for elderly clients with multiple chronic health conditions. She has maintained a private Feldenkrais practice providing both Awareness Through Movement classes and Functional Integration since graduating.

Bronwyn is enthusiastic about how the Feldenkrais Method has enhanced her life and how it provides a framework and tools that encourage and empower us toward lifelong learning. She is keen to assist others in this endeavour and promote and further the Feldenkrais Method in any way she can.

*Subject to accreditation

Administrative Director

Sara Elderfield, CFP**, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Sara Elderfield had her first taste of the Feldenkrais Method at a meditation retreat 20 years ago and was immediately determined to do the training. Many ATM classes and FIs later, she graduated from the Perth 2 FPTP (2009). Since then she has incorporated teaching ATM classes and individual Feldenkrais lessons (FI) into her busy yoga and meditation school, Yoga Moves in Shenton Park. Sara has a passion for learning and teaching and finds that the Feldenkrais Method has made her better at both.

**CFP Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner