THE TEAM - FACULTY & STAFF
The faculty of The Feldenkrais® Professional Training in Santa Fe consists of the some of the best accredited Feldenkrais® trainers in the world. Alan Questel is the lead trainer and Educational Director.
The other trainers include Deborah Bowes, Arlyn Zones, Katrin Smithback, Donna Ray and Julie Casson-Rubin. Working in conjunction with the Educational Director, trainers participate in the design of the program, lead each segment, and coordinate the assistant trainers working with them.
Working as a team, the staff will teach Awareness Through Movement® lessons, give Functional Integration® lessons and demonstrations, lead discussions, and direct small groups. The trainers do the majority of the teaching.
To insure continuity Alan will be present throughout the entire program.
The international training accreditation guidelines require that we maintain a student to teacher ratio of 20-to-1 for the first two years and of 15-to-1 for the final two years.
To insure that you receive individual attention, we are committed to meeting, or exceeding, this requirement in every segment.
The North American, Australian and European Training Accreditation guidelines establish strict criteria that must be met by those who want to be trainers and assistant trainers. The guidelines require that a trainer have at least ten years active professional experience, have assisted through a minimum of four complete years of training, and receive the support of the established body of trainers. An assistant trainer must have at least five years professional experience and demonstrate proficiency in the practice of the method.
Feel free to select each button below to see the team members within each program.
ALAN S. QUESTEL, GCFP*
Santa Fe, NM USA
Alan, as the Educational Director of The Feldenkrais® Professional Training in Santa Fe, is responsible for the pedagogic integrity of the training program. He will develop the curriculum, manage the educational staff and maintain an overview of each trainee's learning.
Alan S. Questel is known for his clarity, creativity and down to earth style of teaching. He brings a depth of understanding, humor and a gentle human perspective to the learning of the Method and creates lively conditions for learning.
Trained by Dr. Feldenkrais (Amherst 1983), Alan has lectured and taught at hospitals, colleges and FELDENKRAIS® Professional Training Programs throughout the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Canada and Colombia teaching people from all walks of life.
He has taught at Princeton University, S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase, the New York Open Center, the New Actors Workshop, NYC, The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA and at Mother Teresa’s Shishu Bhavan in Calcutta, India.
An actor before becoming interested in the FELDENKRAIS METHOD®, Alan worked and toured with Jerzy Grotowski (My Dinner With Andre) and Paul Sills (Second City, Chicago and Story Theatre).
He became an Assistant Trainer in 1986 and earned his accreditation as a Trainer in 1994. He has taught in over 40 FELDENKRAIS® Professional Training Programs in worldwide.
One of his great interests is the embodiment of creativity and he has developed a body of work for performers utilizing the FELDENKRAIS METHOD®. Alan sees the FELDENKRAIS METHOD® as a means for individual maturation, and aspires towards making this appreciable and concrete for his students both in training programs and in his practice.
Alan has directed and co-directed 17 training programs in Bronxville, New York; Marin and Sonoma Counties, California; Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, Australia; Phoenix, Arizona; Malmo, Sweden; Cali, Columbia; Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently Educational Director in trainings in Santa Fe, NM.
Alan is also the creator of the DVD program ‘Pregnant Pauses-Movement for Moms’ and has produced 16 CD sets of public workshops in the FELDENKRAIS METHOD®. He makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
*GCFP-Guild Certified FELDENKRAIS® PractitionerCM