The Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) supports and promotes advancing the Legacy of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education through research, education, and public awareness.
To realize this mission, FEFNA ensures that the greatest number of people have meaningful experiences of the Feldenkrais Method® and supports and cultivates participation in the development of social, cultural and scientific thought. FEFNA nurtures opportunities to share and infuse the Feldenkrais Method approach with other disciplines as well as gathering useful elements for public awareness.
A. Advancing the field of human development and learning is accomplished by having people informed about the Feldenkrais Method. The following ends relate to creating public awareness and active promotion of the Feldenkrais Method:
1. Information is created, collected, sustained and made available for public use.
It includes but is not limited to:
1.1 Information about Moshe Feldenkrais
1.2 Info about the social and scientific impact of the method
1.3 Info about the use of the method in the field of human development
1.4 Info about human function in relationship to the environment
2. Info is credible, reliable accurate, and valued. It includes but is not limited to:
2.1 Primary sources about the method
2.2 Qualitative, quantitative, formative and anecdotal research
2.3 Publications and products authored by Feldenkrais practitioners
2.4 Publications and products applicable to the Method
3. Information and materials promoted by FEFNA is assessed by experts
4. Information is made accessible to the general public as applicable
B. FEFNA is committed to fostering principled scientific inquiry, research and translational actions that foster societal change. This is accomplished by:
1.1 Providing grants for research that extends and advances the Feldenkrais Method and its theoretical foundations.
1.2 Providing grants to Feldenkrais practitioners or students in professional training programs that promote development and training in conducting quality research.
1.3 Providing grants for events or actions that bring together scientists and scholars, Feldenkrais practitioners, other professionals, policymakers, and the public for dialogue that facilitates improvement in the function and quality of individual lives and society.
C. Advancing the understanding of human development and learning is accomplished by having people participate in Feldenkrais Method activities and events. It includes but is not limited to:
1.1 Functional Integration lessons
1.2 Awareness Through Movement classes and workshops
1.3 Public programs and presentations in the arts
1.4 Cross-disciplinary scientific symposiums
1.5 Feldenkrais products and educational materials
1.6 Professional trainings