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Jack Heggie, Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer. His Last Letter

The link to the letter below by Jack Heggie was originally posted on SomaSimple.com. It was sent to me by a reader. Thank you. Jack Heggie passed away, reportedly by suicide. Ryan Nagy talks about the apparent suicide (years apart) of Jack Heggie and Martin Weiner in this blog post (click). Jack's letter below gets to the abuse of power in the Feldenkrais Guild community that I believe ultimately led to the culture of sexual harassment and bullying that we see today. JACK HEGGIE'S LAST LETTER Dear Fellow Practitioners and Students of the Feldenkrais Method: I am taking the time and going to considerable expense to send this letter to each and every practitioner member of FGNA because I believe that our Method is in the midst of a crisis so severe that, if action is not taken...

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Nude Feldenkrais Trainer Asks Student For Sex

"I went to Dr. Wildman's apartment over in south east Eugene near campus. I arrived and walked up the stairs to his door. When he answered he was completely nude. I had gathered that he was a nudist and tried to respect his personal choice as he was in his own home space. I ignored him; I came in, saw my computer and grabbed that. He sat down on the couch and said he wanted to discuss something. This is when he told me that he could not stop thinking about my body, that I was exceptionally beautiful, more than most women and that he just wanted me so much he didn’t know what to do. Defensively I told him that I have been told this before and that I wasn’t impressed. And I tried to laugh it off. He said he didn’t understand how I could have financial hardships because of my looks, ...

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FGNA Ethics Program Is Highly Unethical

The Feldenkrais Guild of North America has an ethics policy. But they do not say who is on their ethics board. If you have an ethics complaint against a Feldenkrais Trainer, you are invited to contact the board via email or snail mail. But they do not tell you who is on the board: Inquiries and complaints may be sent in writing to: Ethics Committee Feldenkrais Guild of North America 401 Edgewater Place, Suite 600 Wakefield, MA 01880 Ethics@feldenkraisguild.com Retrieved on May 19th,2020 from https://www.feldenkraisguild.com/contact-ethics However, we have several sources who have told us that David Bersin and Paul Rubin have contacted those who have filed an ethics complaint. This is highly problematic as many of the complaints are against the longterm colleagues and busine

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The Incoherence of Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller, has a YouTube video called, "Moving Towards Emotional Dignity." I like Jeff as a Feldenkrais teacher and have experienced one of his advanced workshops. It was brilliant. However, listening to the video below, gave me the creeps. Jeff simply repeats - adnauseam - buzzwords from the popular culture. https://youtu.be/5eqALkuHwWs Feldenkrais helps you move towards emotional dignity?? How is that? Take a look at the abuse and harassment allegations listed on the current site. Many of the alleged harassers and rapists are Jeff's colleagues and friends. I wonder why he has not denounced them publically? Why does he continue to work with them? Why has he not spoken out? Does he have too much emotional dignity? And if the Feldenkrais Method is a powerful as Jeff suggests,

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Feldenkrais Abuse Allegations Ignored….

We had high hopes for this website, but it looks like the abuse allegations in the Feldenkrais Guild community are being ignored. For several months we thought that Ryan Nagy was going to write about the allegations. But he is no longer responding to our emails. What a douche! Perhaps he is worried that the scandal will affect the sales of his "bullshit, shitty Feldenkrais mp3's" and other crap he does online. Or maybe he is just to chicken to deal with the abusive comments and attacks that he will likely get if he blogs about us. What a pisser! We may have to start blogging with our real names so that we can get more traction...

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What’s “good” for the guild is bad for Feldenkrais students and practitioners

Something that has been written by several Feldenkrais practitioners from the Amherst training when talking about the alleged abuse is that, "I knew about Frank (or Ned or Dennis etc) twenty years ago, but I did not say anything because I wanted to protect the method." The method (or more accurately, "The Guild system") was protected in the short term. But in the longer term the abuses continued and they continued while being hidden from the public, students and other practitioners. In essence, a system was created in which abusers could continue to abuse, knowing that no one would speak out. So while the integrity of the Feldenkrais Guild system was maintained, so was the ability of people (mainly Feldenkrais trainers) to harass, bully and rape.

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FGNA Officers and Feldenkrais Trainers Urge Practitioners Not To Speak Out Publicly About Abuse

"The official position is that this is not a public matter." - Feldenkrais Guild Board Member. "I just wanted to echo what the board [of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America] has been saying. ... In the case of the process for addressing these [sexual harrasment] concerns, I see that an incredible amount of care has been taken to follow due process and do the best possible to prevent future harms and increase clarity around the issue. The official position is that this is not a public matter. *I* don't even know what happened in the proceedings and I will not push to find out. This is completely legal, and certainly conforms to my own ethics." [From a 3/22/18 FeldyForum Post. The FeldyForum is a private YahooGroups forum] The Swiss Feldenkrais Guild Ask Members Not To Tal...

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Is this Feldenkrais Training Organizer An Abuser?

Sascha Krausneker, Feldenkrais Training Organizer There are multiple accusations against Sascha Krausneker. Multiple, detailed accusations against him, accusing him of sexual coercion, violence and harassment towards a Feldenkrais student and a Feldenkrais practitioner. There are multiple, credible second-person accounts of the abuse. There was a police report filed against Sascha. And we have multiple credible reports of him having sexual relationships with – and harassing – a student in a training program that he organized. We have reason to believe there are more.

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Repost: Dennis Leri, Feldenkrais Trainer, Buddhist and Sexual Harasser?

Denis Leri, Feldenkrais Trainer Denis Leri. We were sent multiple messages that he and Frank Wildman were engaged in a contest to see who could "fuck" the most number of students. And there was a report that at one time he was not allowed to be alone with female students during a particular training. Denis reportedly has been against certifying more female Feldenkrais trainers: "In a lengthy conversation with Dennis Leri, some years ago, I raised several questions, about why some highly competent women were rejected as “trainers”, by Frank Wildmann and Dennis Leri. They had no justifiable reason except as Dennis said, he just did not like [trainer candidate name] who Dennis told me, was just as bad as Anat Baniel, who Dennis clearly disliked intensely."

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Repost: Allegations Against Former Feldenkrais Trainer Frank Wildman

Frank Wildman, Feldenkrais Trainer On January, 30th, 2018,  the FGNA reported that "Frank Wildman “relinquished” his membership and status with the organization. No additional information was given. None. Sexual harassment allegations have been swirling around Frank Wildman for decades. Why did the FGNA not mention this? Why was no additional information given? When were the first reports of ethics violations against Frank Wildman? If there were violations reported and they were of a sexual nature and not dealt with then the FGNA could be considered complicit in later acts, yes? Here is a link to the original anonymous email complaint against Frank Wildman that was forward to the creator of FeldenkraisHistoryX:  https://feldenkraishistoryx.com/2019/01/22/decertifying-fgna-trainers-re-f

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