Us Too – The #metoo Movement & Mature Behavior:
A Call for Transparency, Action and Accountability in The Feldenkrais World.
“We, the Undersigned, have experienced, witnessed or have been informed of harassment and abusive behavior in Feldenkrais® Training Programs and Advanced Trainings by both teaching and administrative staff members and visiting practitioners (EDs, Trainers, Assistant Trainers, Practitioner Assistants and/or experienced Practitioners), which has negatively impacted students and staff members on many levels.
Some events are recent, others date back more than 35 years. Abusive behavior has been tolerated, dismissed, minimized, ignored, negated, covered up, and its seriousness disregarded by the leaders of the Feldenkrais Community for decades. This behavior and complicity is unacceptable. These incidents have had a destructive impact on many: on their physical and mental health, their self-image, their career and finances, their sexuality, their personal and family relationships and their compassion for and sense of pride and trust in The Feldenkrais Method and its leaders.
To the victims of abusive behavior in Feldenkrais Training Programs: You are not alone. Find the courage to speak. Don’t allow fear or shame to prevent you from speaking up and speaking out now. Your story is important. What happened to you matters. Your voice can become part of our collective healing, as well as your own.
To those who have witnessed abusive behavior in Feldenkrais Training Programs: You are not alone. Don’t allow fear to prevent you from speaking now. Overcome your shame, fear or embarrassment about not speaking up in the past. Stand with the victim.
Please articulate what you have witnessed. To those who have or are currently covering other’s abusive behavior: Don’t be complicit any longer. Do not continue to fear consequences of being honest as limiting your career opportunities. Stand with the victims. Say what you know. Be part of the solution to this systemic problem, rather than a collaborator and an accomplice. It’s never too late to do the right thing. To the perpetrators who have abused their power, whether sexually, emotionally, psychologically, physically, or otherwise: It is time to be accountable and to accept the consequences of your behavior.
Take this seriously. Listen. Face what you and others have done, and become aware of the impacts your actions have had on each individual victim’s life and career. It is never too late to apologize, and to make sincere efforts to amend past behaviors. Let us truly honor the truth of our Method, not its misuse. “What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.” Moshe Feldenkrais.”
SIGNATORIES: Please insert your name in alphabetical order, add your credentials and country. Signed: Trish Bate, PhD, M.App. Sci. (Phty), GCFP, Australia Stephen Cheslett-Davey, BSc Physiotherapy, GCFP, United Kingdom Melinda Glenister, GCFP, United Kingdom Cheryl Hertzog, GCFP, U.S.A. Molly Jaeger, GCFP, United Kingdom Katerina Joumana, FPTP Student, Austria Jeremy Krauss, LCFP, CFT, ED, Founder JKA , Germany Suzanne Kronisch, LCFP, GCAT, U.S.A. Dragana Kukavac, GCFP, ND, Germany IFF Assembly Agenda Appendix 2018 1 2 Manifesto: Us Too Asha Leitner, GCFP, Germany Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, LCFP, U.S.A. Cornelia Michalek, GCFP, Germany Mary Morrison, GCFP, MBSP, U.S.A. Monika Praxmarer, GCFP, GCAT, JKAP, Germany Esther Shorr Raphael, GCFP, Brazil Bernd Tröger, GCFP, GCAT, Germany Felicia N. Trujillo, ND, LCFP, GCAT, U.S.A. Kim Wise, BSc., Dip Phys., MIT, GCFP, Australia Additional pages of signatures to be appended CREDENTIAL KEY BSc = Bachelor of Science CFT = Certified Feldenkrais Trainer Dip Phys = Diploma of Physiotherapy ED = Educational Director FPTP = Feldenkrais Professional Training Program GCAT = Guild Certified Assistant Trainer GCFP = Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner JKA = Jeremy Krauss Approach LCFP = Lifetime Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner MBSP = Mind Body Studies Practitioner MIT = Movement Intelligence Trainer ND = Naturopathic Doctor IFF Assembly Agenda Appendix 2018 2
To the International Feldenkrais Federation Assembly May 2018 To the elected representatives of the Feldenkrais Community: We ask that you do everything in your power to adopt and implement an effective ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy on abusive behavior in Feldenkrais Training Programs and in practicing the Feldenkrais Method. We propose the inclusion of new language in current Standards of Practice and Code of Professional Conduct; comprehensive training on Workplace Harassment in its various forms as it affects students and training staff; clearly communicated pathways to file grievances; close monitoring and censure of known abusers; clearly delineated legal, financial and professional consequences for those found to be in violation of said policy, including, when necessary, their decertification and removal from power, and an absolute commitment on the part of the organizational bodies to uphold the true meaning of a Guild: . “An organization of persons with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed for mutual aid or protection… organized to maintain standards and to protect the interests of its members…”
Please accept the accompanying manifesto and its signatories as evidence that members of the Feldenkrais community are determined that abuse of power no longer be tolerated. Trish Bate, PhD, M.App. Sci. (Phty), GCFP, Australia Stephen Cheslett-Davey, BSc Physiotherapy, GCFP, United Kingdom Melinda Glenister, GCFP, United Kingdom Cheryl Hertzog, GCFP, U.S.A. Molly Jaeger, GCFP, United Kingdom Katerina Joumana, FPTP Student, Austria Suzanne Kronisch, LCFP, GCAT, U.S.A. Asha Leitner, GCFP, Germany Deborah Elizabeth Lotus, LCFP, U.S.A. Cornelia Michalek, GCFP, Germany Mary Morrison, GCFP, MBSP, U.S.A. Monika Praxmarer, GCFP, GCAT, Germany Esther Shorr Raphael, GCFP, Brazil Felicia N. Trujillo, ND, LCFP, GCAT, U.S.A. Kim Wise, BSc., Dip Phys., MIT, GCFP, Australia I