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Learning to Think With Images, Patterns, and Connections

Discovering the Art and Benefits of Employing Inflatable Balls in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration

Advanced Training with Ilana Nevill

After more than 20 years of exploring how such learning tools can facilitate psycho-somatic learning in the Feldenkrais Method, I feel confident enough to quote Moshe Feldenkrais:

You will be surprised what you can do. I was surprised. *



Number of participants: limited to12


Place: La Ruzole du Haut, a hamlet in the French Pyrenees situated above the SAURAT Valley, Ariège

Dates : Saturday 9 – Friday 15 June, 2018

Arrival: Friday 8 June, ...if possible for lunch at 13.00

Introductory session : 16.30 – 18.30

Departure: Friday 15, after lunch


Schedule : Breakfast: 8 – 9am

Morrning session: 9.30 – 12.30 (incl. tea break)

Light lunch: 13.00

Afternoon session: 15.30 – 18.30; Dinner: 20.00


Price: 600 € shared rooms and simple meals included

(Please let me know if you would like to have a room of your own. I will then tell you what’s available in the vicinity and at what price)

Deposit: 60€ to be sent on registration

It would be possible to come just for the weekend (Friday 9 – Sunday 11) provided there are any places left. Price : 300 € ( Deposit : 30€)

For further information please contact:

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Novelty and Surprise in Feldenkrais


* The quotation from which I took the title for this Advanced Training was published by Feldenkrais Resources in an e-mail communication, 6.5.2017

The way I teach my students to work is to bring them into conditions where they can learn to think. They have to learn to think without words, with images, patterns, and connections. That sort of thinking always leads to a new way of action. ... Maybe whatever you do has already been invented by somebody, but you have (now) invented it yourself. You have created it. So you can see actually begin to think for the first time in your life, originally, creatively. You will be surprised what you can do. I was surprised.

* Last year (28.04.2017) the American Feldenkrais Trainer Elizabeth Beringer announced the beginning of a new training with the following words : Surprise in Feldenkrais

One of the hallmarks of Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration is the use of novelty and surprise…

Novelty and surprise can be used to engage the prefrontal areas of the brain in a way that potentiates learning and makes it maximally effective.

Using inflatable balls in our method is a sure way of surprising both yourself and your students !

You would benefit from the June workshop by informing yourself in advance about the crucial function of connective tissue, the «fascia». (See YouTube and Wikipedia). Extraordinary recent scientific discoveries (presented in French) are to be found by clicking:


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The studio space

The valley of Saurat from the house

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The terrace at La Ruzole


Saurat valley from La Ruzole