A Letter from the President
Thursday, October 29, 2015
by: Nancy Haller, GCFP

Section: Board of Directors News




When I joined the FGNA Board of Directors, my goal was to work with the Council of Regional Representatives (CORR) to have more contact with my fellow practitioners. My practice is nearing the twenty year mark and I hoped to explore how other Feldies have been formulating their practices and find tidbits of information that I would be able to integrate into my work and business.

Shortly after joining the group as a Director, there were shifts on the Board. Rob Black resigned after many years of volunteering and serving our community. Being appointed to the Presidency was neither on my agenda nor in my vision. When approached to fill this position I stated that acceptance would depend on the strength and support of the team’s willingness to share the workload. I am truly grateful to have the support of this strong group who know the history, understand the structure, look forward to changes, and want to move into the future of the Feldenkrais® Legacy.

Introducing myself

I completed the Vancouver 1997 training and began my practice renting a room one day a week in a multi-disciplinary clinic. As my needs grew I rented more days until I was the sole practitioner in the room. As a single parent, my income from ATM® classes and FI® lessons supported two children, home, and business expenses. The necessity to produce was the driving force in the growth and success of my practice. Every day was a search for the next opportunity to share the Feldenkrais Method® and find another student, class location, and speaking engagement.

I was asked to join the FGNA Board in 1998 and served as Vice President, Chairperson of CORR, then named the Regional Council, and eventually the President of the Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) until 2003.

My current practice includes and is not limited to:
  • Daily development and maintenance of a business
  • Working in healthcare and wellness
  • Author and Publisher of articles, chapters and a book, with more in the future
  • Teaching seminars and workshops
  • Teaching NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education
  • Providing FI lessons in a corporate setting
  • Public Speaking
  • Working with equestrians and other athletes
  • Working with animals
  • Teaching ATM classes in a variety of settings
  • Volunteering in the community and the Guild
  • Talking about the Feldenkrais Method
  • Working with colleagues
  • Traveling and meeting people
  • Amazing experiences
I did not know when I laid on the floor during my first ATM lesson in Vancouver where the journey would take me. I was not comfortable in a group or in the spotlight. Lying on the floor, the thoughts of becoming an author or speaking to groups were not in my awareness. It did not occur to me that my future would include touch and human contact. I slowly jumped in with both feet and allowed faith and tenacity to guide my path.

I have enormous gratitude for all the support and opportunities throughout my journey. Every day offers me another opportunity to share the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education and I wake with the mission to take advantage of each one.

Sincerely,

Nancy Haller, FGNA President
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Comments (3)
Barbara Forbes
10/30/2015 10:47:53 AM
Welcome, Nancy, to the presidency! I appreciate the spirit of your statement, and the opportunity to learn more about what brought you to this moment. Thank you. I wish you a very rich journey forward, with much gratitude for your intention, and sending warm best wishes,
Barbara Forbes


Janice Vincent
10/29/2015 9:59:17 PM
Way to go Nancy!!! Having worked together on Boards, I know you will make a difference in many wonderful, positive and laughter-filled ways!


Deborah Elizabeth Lotus
10/29/2015 9:41:00 PM
I'm so excited that you are our new president! Could not think of a better choice; I know your humor, enthusiasm, and your habit of brooking no nonsense! I am doubly pleased because I have been elected to the FGNA Board of Directors, and I know it will be a pleasure to sit in the same room with you and envision and expedite a brighter future for our wonderful work! Our time has come, the tipping point approacheth, let's take take our work to those that need it the most--they just don't know it yet! With you at the helm, they soon will, I can feel it in my bones.

All the zest,

Deborah


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