Northwest Region: Supporting Professional Growth
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
by: Jennifer Yagos, GCFP and Garth Lien, GCFP

Section: CORR News

Greetings, from Jennifer Yagos and Garth Lien, your Regional Representatives since 2011 and 2015, respectively. The Northwest Region of the Guild is comprised of Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We have a very active region with a total of 168 members in 2015. Many exciting events occurred in 2015, including professional training graduations in Eugene, Oregon and Seattle/Kirkland, Washington. Congratulations to all graduates!
As a Region Representative, it has been wonderful to create new bonds and strengthen old bonds with regional practitioners. We are fortunate to have a wide range of senior and new practitioners, providing our region with exciting opportunities to mentor and learn with each other. As a member, you are able to request funds from our region allotment in order to arrange study groups. For example, do you want to rent Amherst videos from the Northwest Region Library and form a study group? You may ask for up to $100 for procuring a meeting space, offering refreshments, and covering other costs that may arise. Public outreach programs have also been funded within the past couple years, and will be available for future outreach activities.  
The Northwest Region has an extensive library, and it continues to grow. Working tirelessly, Katherine Wieseman has been organizing materials and finding great deals for expansion. We extend our appreciation to Robbie Ofir for donating his collection to us, with over fifty additional resources available for lending. As a member, you will have access to the region’s library. Lending policies and a list of materials can be found on the Northwest Region page of the FGNA website. As a member, you will receive newsletters that provide updates on Northwest Region events and notifications of existing and new resources to help you thrive as a Feldenkrais® practitioner. Members are encouraged to submit events and other materials to be included in the newsletter.
In June of 2015, the Northwest Region's Annual Meeting took place in Seattle. As many of you know, a free advanced training is always offered as part of the Regional Annual Meeting. We began the day with Carrie Lafferty, one of our senior practitioners, who sparked our curiosity with “The Universal Spiral Pattern: Aligning Inner and Outer Nature.” We studied how our kinesthetic self-image arises out of and spirals into our direct connection to the Earth. Carrie gracefully offered unique ATM®/FI® lessons, along with simple Qi Gong and earth-based practices as we explored a harmonious dance between gravity and ground forces. The day also included the annual business meeting where a budget was proposed and community-building ideas were discussed. Additionally, a catered lunch gave us time to get to know each other better.
While the date and location have not yet been set for the 2016 Regional Annual Meeting, it will be free to member practitioners and trainees and may count toward continuing education credits. We are currently working on providing other workshops in 2016 to enrich your practice. Future topics include learning marketing and business skills with a Feldenkrais approach and an introductory workshop with Steven Shafarman, GCFP, founder of FlexAware®. For those attending the weekend workshop with Steven, there will be additional opportunities to training with him here in the Northwest to become a certified FlexAware teacher. We also hope to offer more Revivify workshops to help you discover how best to proceed with your individual Feldenkrais practice. During the Revivify workshop, you will receive mentoring in developing a Continuing Competency Plan.

We look forward to having you join us as a Northwest Region Member in 2016. Of note, we will make an effort to include you in the Northwest Region Annual Meeting virtually via Zoom for those who cannot travel to the meeting site.
Best Regards from your NW Region Representatives,
Jennifer Yagos and Garth Lien
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