A Brief Message from the FEFNA Leadership
Friday, October 9, 2015
by: Patricia Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, GCFT

Section: FEFNA News




I find myself in the unexpected position of writing to you with one voice, multiple roles. As you may have read in the October 1st issue of Guild News, I am now the President and the Interim Executive Director of the Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA). I will also continue to serve as Chair of the Esther Thelen Research Committee, under the auspices of FEFNA, and as a member of the FGNA Board of Directors.
 
I am honored and humbled to serve—for now. Personally and professionally, it is my desire and intention to move from being one person wearing three leadership hats within FEFNA as soon as is responsibly feasible. These roles deserve individual attention, in my opinion. In the meantime, please know that I will serve FEFNA and our Feldenkrais community to the best of my abilities, given the resources presently available.
 
I am grateful for the guidance and support of our talented staff in Portland, OR and Wakefield, MA, our many volunteers, and our Feldenkrais community. Many people have helped clear, maintain, and blaze the path we’re now walking. Many thanks.
 
At this juncture, my vision for the next approximation of FEFNA includes:
  • Continuing the work to establish a solid foundation of clarity, transparency, and best practices in order to support the development of FEFNA.
  • Communicating regularly with FGNA members, the broader Feldenkrais® community, and donors about the activities taking place under the auspices of FEFNA.
  • Collaborating with current and new contributors to build mindfully and skillfully on the FEFNA foundation.
I invite your patience and understanding during this period of transition. In particular, I invite you to consider how you could contribute to this period of change—be it with your time and talents, your suggestions, your connections with stakeholders who can assist with core projects, or your financial contributions.
 
As Moshe Feldenkrais taught, I hold the vision that together we are able "...to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult into the easy, and the easy into the pleasant."
 
You can reach me by email at fefnaed@gmail.com or by phone at 1.419.283.9989.
 
I’ll be sharing more with you later this fall.
 
With gratitude,
 
Patricia Buchanan
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Comments (2)
Kate Conroy
10/22/2015 12:01:37 PM
Looking forward to getting to know you. :-)


Noti Nativ
10/16/2015 2:25:03 PM
Thanks for your contribution, and Good Luck!


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