32 years after Moshe Feldenkrais passed away, how many Feldenkrais trainers are there world wide? Just 70. (http://www.eurotab.org/AllTrainers.pdf). Some of these are even inactive. No one else in the world has the right to ‘grow’ the pool of new Feldenkrais practitioners.
Of the 70, 10 share an address or a name, in other words they are partners.
Where are they all? There are 27 in the US, 12 in Israel, 12 in Germany, 13 others in Europe, 4 in Australia, 1 in Mexico and 1 in Canada.
Some places have no trainers. Like South America and Russia. Some cities have multiple trainers … San Rafael: 4, Santa Fe, San Francisco and San Diego, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: all 3.
How diverse is their origin? The early trainings in San Francisco (1974) and Amherst (1980), which contained some 350 people, provide 41% of today’s total trainer tally – 12 and 17 trainers respectively (to the best of my knowledge).
There are some questions of interest.
- How old is this cohort?
- How many productive years remain to those who were trained in 1974 and 1980?
- What if they all retire simultaneously?
- What steps, if any, are they taking to ensure their replacement?
- Considering the average age of a Feldenkrais graduate is in their 40s or 50s, and it takes as much as 25 years to become a trainer, is it a worthwhile engagement to attempt to become a trainer?
- Is a trainer who waited 20 years to become a trainer twice as good as one who waited 10 years, 33% better than one who waited 15 years? Does the extraordinary duration lead to a significant qualitative advantage?
- Do aspiring assistant trainers struggle to find an appointment allowing them to gain the ‘flying hours’ necessary to become a trainer – except for those who are partners with an existing trainer?
- There are no trainers in Japan or South America. Other areas of the world are underserved. High profile trainers fly at great expense around the world to do trainings, simultaneously inflating costs and stifling local skills development. Is this an organisational error?
- If there were more trainers, would there be more courses, more graduates, and more growth?
- Is there an organisational goal to grow the Feldenkrais profession for the benefit of future practitioners and public benefit? Or is it just fine for those who are benefiting right now?
My perspective from the trenches is that the trainer process is in crisis. Is that so?