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Information on Feldenkrais Training & Accreditation is a Secret?

Then Why No Website?

There are committees called Training and Accreditation Boards or “TABs” that oversee regulation of Feldenkrais training programs, who teaches in training programs, and the process by which Feldenkrais trainers and assistant trainers become certified. The TAB’s are committees within the various guilds ie. the North American Guild, the Australian Guild, the European Guild organizations etc. and all policy must be approved unanimously by these membership organizations. Given the importance of these tasks, and these committees, I would expect to find clear information about them online. For example, a webpage or a website detailing who is on those boards, how members are elected or chosen, when the committees meet, what their policies are…no such website exists. Why?

Are you a Feldenkrais Practitioner? Do you pay dues to one of the organizations? Then why do you not have quick, easy, reliable access to this information?

The European Training and Accreditation Board or EUROTAB has a website: http://www.eurotab.org/ It has minimal information at best. But it is a start. There are a couple of pages about the Australian board. And the North American Board (NATAB)? Not much online. I could not find any website and very little information about it online. Who are the members of the NATAB? When do they meet? How are they elected or appointed? What are the organizations bylaws? Who exactly are the certified trainers and assistant trainers? How does one contact them?

Those of you who want to change things within the guild system, I applaud you. But first you must have some information, yes? Where is it? Do you feel like demanding it? You have already paid for it and have been doing so for years. Where is it????

Feldenkrais Volunteers Needed for the TAB

ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Distribute Immediately.

The training and accreditation boards (TAB’s) of the “Wiggle Your Butt, Make A Buck” Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Trainer Monopoly are looking for volunteers. TAB volunteers play a very important part of maintaining trainer control of curriculum, teaching and the monetary rewards of running certified trainings. As a member of the TAB your service is crucial in helping to maintain this monopoly.

In particular you will:

1) Help limit the number of certified trainers. This helps keep the work from being “diluted” (by criteria we have not yet specified, but we can assure you that the criteria do exist.)

2) Keep the costs of trainings high: By virtue of #1 above which limits competition, new ideas, and the creation of competing trainers and training programs.

3) Use the Amherst training as the “end all be all” of Feldenkrais training. You will do this by having an extreme eye for detail and making sure that newly approved trainings have the exact number of hours, days and seconds that Moshe taught in Amherst.

*A TAB sub committee is currently counting the number of times that Moshe said “oi vay” during Amherst and will likely require future Guild Certified trainings to use “oi vay” the same number of times. We welcome your suggestions of how we can further imitate Moshe to preserve and protect his legacy and make sure that trainings will neither be diluted nor evolve in any meaningful way.

TAB Application Process

How to become a member of the feldenkrais training and accreditation board.

1) You must affirm that you believe in one holy and apostolic guild. In particular, attest publicly that:

The TAB through edict of The Feldenkrais Guild of North America is the only flock of which Moshe Feldenkrais, the Son of Sheindel, is the only Shepherd.” (Feldenkrais Guild Book of Prayers, Pg. 666: “One Guild, One Method, One Guru”).

2) Submit a 10,000 word essay on why Anat Baniel (that bitch) is dangerous to everything that Moshe stood for and write a plan on how her success and independence can be avoided in future generations of Guild practitioners.

*Preferential treatment given to those who can show evidence that Anat was spawned by demons from the lowest depths of hell.

3) Create and submit a video on YouTube demonstrating your knowledge of the “Prayer for the Feldenkrais Guilds” (Sample YouTube video forthcoming), as well as your affirmation that you will say this prayer at 8:01 am, 10:02 am, 12:03 pm, 2:04 pm, 4:05 pm, 6:06 pm, 8:07 pm, 9:08 pm and 11:09 pm, seven days per week. You further acknowledge that failure to provide evidence of your prayer service and total devotion to the TAB may result in termination of your TAB privileges.

4) You must have never commented on Ryan Nagy’s blog nor said anything positive about him. And as absence of evidence is not evidence of absence you must write and 16,432 word essay on why technological savvy and the open sharing of information is inherently dangerous to Moshe’s legacy and the development of the work. Please explain what you will do to stop blasphemers like Ryan from doing their evil deeds.

5) Three letters of recommendations from people who knew Moshe personally, were blessed by him, can tell really cool stories about him – preferably involving Amherst, San Francisco, or Esalen, and who have been members of the FGNA or another guild for at least 250 years.

Roots of the Feldenkrais Trainer Monopoly

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

From the SRC 2009 Report:

“Since 1992, we [the International Feldenkrais Federation] have a “bottom-up”, democratically organized professional umbrella association in the IFF. Parallel to it, we have an older TAB [Training and Accreditation Board] structure with roots in the group of trainers who initiated it.

What does the SRC committee mean by “an older TAB structure with roots in the group of trainers how initiated it.” Sounds like a sentence from someone trying to be politically correct, doesn’t it? That won’t do.

David Bersin on The Trainer Monopoly

Let’s read the opinion of David Bersin. Get your barf bag ready.

“Please allow me [David Bersin] to bring to the foreground some facts…The TAB’s are three committees which are mandated to oversee the governance or regulation of Feldenkrais professional training programs, the teachers who teach in these programs, and the process by which Feldenkrais Practitioners become eligible to teach in programs, as Assistant Trainers and Trainers. The TAB’s are also responsible for the creation and evaluation of the policies which concern these domains. Functionally, the TAB’s are already committees of the Australian Guild, the North American Guild, and the European Guild organizations, and all policy must be approved unanimously by these membership organizations. This requirement for uniformity in TAB policies was created in order to insure full international discussion and collaboration, high standards for trainings, and to inhibit the undue influence of personal or small group interests.” From: DZB SRC

Functionally, David Bersin is confused. How does taking policy making out of the hands of the majority increase collaboration? How does giving a select few the right to set policy limit the undue influence of a select few? The TAB was created to “to insure full international discussion and collaboration…and to inhibit the undue influence of personal or small group interests”?! I think not.

What David is writing is the exact opposite of how the process works. There is not now, nor has there EVER been shared decision making on policy. Have any of you had a meaningful hand in certifying a new trainer? Setting training policy? Of course not. The TABs were specifically created to limit participation from the rable such as you and I. Denis Leri states it quite succinctly below.

Denis Leri Discusses the Trainer Monopoly

For a look on how the TAB’s were originally designed to work, let’s go back about 16 years to a letter written by Denis Leri (Denis_Leri_TAB-1992 DOWNLOAD). I do not know the exact context for the letter. It was forwarded to me anonymously. But it is written on a Guild letterhead. Perhaps it is from an FGNA newsletter? The first quote is verbatim. The second has my comments in block parentheses [ ].

“Some people think that anyone having anything to do with trainings should not be on the TAB because of conflict of interest. First, we have had an internal policy about conflict of interest dating to 1986 which we are making explicit in this proposal. It has been followed with extreme diligence. There are checks and balances in place. Minutes of the meeting exist. Secondly, speaking for myself as a training organizer, some previous policy decisions of the TAB were not implementable on a practical level not withstanding their good intentions.

I believe, as an organizer and educational director, we should have representation of and by those people who take the risks and do the very difficult and arduous tasks required to form a training program. I feel it is not desirable to exclude people who can and do understand the realities of training situations. Finally, it is a shared perception that generally speaking, the quality of trainings has improved. To me, that says, on the hand, that the trainings are doing a good job and, on the other hand, that you out there are responsible for drawing a broad range of quality people into our work.”

Filling in the blanks:

“Some people think that anyone having anything to do with trainings should not be on the TAB because of conflict of interest. [Not anyone, just trainers. It’s basic common sense. You want to regulate yourself under the guise of faux oversight of the TABs?] First, we have had an internal policy about conflict of interest dating to 1986 which we are making explicit in this proposal. [An internal policy about conflict of interest IS a conflict interest!!] It has been followed with extreme diligence. [Your secret internal policies, that you alone enforce??!] There are checks and balances in place [Says who?]. Minutes of the meeting exist [Who cares. Minutes are worthless and easily changed. Think Enron.] Secondly, speaking for myself as a training organizer [with a vested financial interest], some previous policy decisions of the TAB were not implementable on a practical level not withstanding their good intentions [Says who?]

I believe, as an organizer and educational director, [again – with vested financial interests] we should have representation of and by those people who take the risks and do the very difficult and arduous tasks required to form a training program [In other words, financial rewards are not enough to satisfy his massive ego needs] I feel it is not desirable to exclude people who can and do understand the realities of training situations [Does Leri understand the reality of the shrinking guild and his own training programs?]. Finally, it is a shared perception [I think he means: “shared delusion”] that generally speaking, the quality of trainings has improved [Bullshit]. To me, that says, on the hand, that the trainings are doing a good job and, on the other hand, that you out there are responsible for drawing a broad range of quality people into our work. [Which contribute directly to the trainers’ bottom line, but not our own]

In case you missed or don’t remember my post on Denis’s proposed Feldenkrais Trainer Guild, let me give you one choice quote:

…it’s a drag to cover up the fact that TAB’s and Guilds have no business involved in the formation of Trainers.

Yea, yea, that’s it baby. It’s a drag. It’s really a f*cking drag. Engaging in a decades long cover up has taken a great deal of emotional and intellectual work. And why bother anymore? It’s already in plain site: From the perspective of many trainers the TABs and Guilds have no business. No business certifying trainers. No business certifying trainings, no business engaging in ANY action that might limit the trainer classes ability to fleece the faithful. Feldenkrais: By the Trainers for the Trainers.

Enough said.

Next Up: The Guild Service Mark Application

Soon I will be posting some historical documents and information related to the Guild’s application for the “service marks” back in the 1980’s. You may not agree with my interpretation. But, as always, I will post links to original documents and sources when I can get them so that you can have access to source material. By the way – Please do not assume that this blog and its various resources will always be here. If something interests you, grab it, keep it, and share it.

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