Carol Kress & Dennis Leri

A Mid-Summer's Dream Intensive: Third Annual

With Dennis Leri and Carol Kress

The third installment of the Mid-Summer Dream Intensive will be of interest to those with significant prior experience with the Feldenkrais Method, as the course delves into lessons that use a braiding of attention, imagination and movement in a more primary way than many of the more classic Feldenkrais lessons. This third workshop will be of particular interest to those with meditation or mindfulness practices, somatic practitioners, and anyone looking to experience the full power of a quiet and full breath.

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The latest five-day course presents material thatintroduces participants to effortless breathing and the full use of one's embodied Imagination. The two series presented here—the Rhythmical Breathing series and the Primary Image series—give students a sense of "mature" action, action open and responsive to the present moment. The breathing lessons leave us with a palpable sense of effortless breathing. We learn that when Feldenkrais repeatedly says "don't breathe" he doesn't mean to hold the breath, but rather he means for us to have the profound experience of breathing without the "breather." It's truly liberating.

In the Primary Image series, Feldenkrais lays bare the dynamic essence of our self-image - the 5 Cardinal Line schema. Any real change in ourselves always clarifies and refines the Primary Image. And, as unencumbered breathing is a prerequisite to maintaining a stable Primary Image, the benefits of the breathing series are amplified. In addition, nine compelling lessons round out this ATM Intensive workshop. These lessons supplement and augment the two series by providing both breadth and depth to the learning experience.

    Day 1
  • DL Front, Leg Arcing
  • CK Breathing Rhythmically #1
  • DL Primary Image #1
  • CK Edges of the Feet
  • Day 2
  • DL Primary Image #2
  • CK Sliding Hands Along the Leg
  • DL Standing Up from a Chair with Legs Crossed
  • CK Breathing Rhythmically - Left Side #2
  • Day 3
  • DL Primary Image #3
  • DL Front - Coming to Stand
  • CK Breathing Rhythmically - Both Sides #3
  • CK Side Lying, Standing the Lower Leg
  • Day 4
  • CK The Toad Lesson
  • DL Primary Image #4
  • CK Breathing Rhythmically - Twisting #4
  • DL Gluteus to the Maximus
  • Day 5
  • CK Breathing Rhythmically - Pressing & Breathing #5
  • DL Primary Image #5
  • CK Differentiation in Turning - Arm, Head & Leg
  • DL Primary Image - Tanden Point #6
Dennis Leri graduated from the first U.S. Feldenkrais training program and worked closely with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973 to 1984 in the U.S. and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He directed numerous training programs and was widely regarded as an innovative and inspiring teacher.
Dennis complemented his teaching with the Neuro-Epistemology of Francisco Varela, Humberto Maturana and Heinz von Forester. He also had a long-time interest in Western philosophy, Buddhism and had deep experience in the martial arts. During his life, Dennis practiced the Method in various forms for more than 30 years.