About the Audio Recordings
In 1972 Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc was invited to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, to teach his work to a group of psychologists and Alexander Technique teachers. The course focused on what was to become known as Awareness Through Movement®. Over 5 weeks, Dr Feldenkrais taught dozens of lessons, intermingled with discussions and talks.
Historically, notes from 43 of these lessons have been available through the Esalen Notes prepared by Judith Stransky (Practitioners and Trainees may purchase these Notes – they are Not transcripts – here, log in required) who participated in the workshop, and then exclusively to Feldenkrais practitioners. The notes, while valuable, are a recollection, not the verbatim teachings of Dr. Feldenkrais. The original audio recordings were thought lost due to a fire in the Esalen Archives. Thankfully, copies of the recordings were found in materials donated to the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF) by the Feldenkrais Institute, however the copyright was held exclusively by a third party, and the recordings were not able to be produced. Thoughtful contract negotiations have allowed these unique recordings to be accessed by all who wish to benefit from them. The IFF’s Distribution Center is pleased to make them available.
The complete set of 46 audio files are a remarkable document of Dr Feldenkrais’ teaching in his prime. They are clear, concise and powerful. The sound quality is generally excellent, a boon from so old a recording. While individual lessons are available for purchase they are best experienced in the context of the whole workshop. This was the first “immersive” training Dr Feldenkrais taught, teaching two lessons per day. Lessons vary widely from simple and elegant to complex and challenging. They are both a rewarding introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® created by Moshe Feldenkrais, as well as a rich resource for practitioners seeking to enhance their understanding of Awareness Through Movement.
Thank you to all the people involved in resurrecting this powerful workshop.
Purchase Audio Discs
In a cooperative venture between the IFF Distribution Center and Feldenkrais Resources, you have the choice of purchasing and downloading files from the International Feldenkrais Federation website, or purchasing physical CDs of the Esalen Workshop Audio from Feldenkrais Resources.