Mind Body Studies Retreat at Esalen

Sun, May 21 2017, 4:00 PM - Fri, May 26 2017, 12:00 PM [PST]

55000 Highway 1 , Big Sur, CA, 93920 , United States

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Sun, May 21 2017, 4:00 PM - Fri, May 26 2017, 12:00 PM [PST]

Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway 1 , Big Sur, CA, 93920 , United States.

Mind Body Studies; the Work of Dr. Feldenkrais

with Mia Segal and Leora Gaster 


How can we enhance our mind and body potential to become the best we can be?  How can we find a path towards expressing our best selves in all the spheres of our lives?

Our brain is in charge of our body and thoughts.  Through our body we gather information from the world around us: by seeing, hearing and feeling.  Through our body we express and execute instructions from the brain, in a continuous cycle of interaction.

Dr. Feldenkrais' Mind Body Studies clarifies to you your own, unique connections of thought and action, and guides you in exploring additional choices, thereby empowering you toward your optimal wellbeing and self-expression.

In this workshop, Masters Mia Segal and Leora Gaster will provide you with an experience to learn how awareness of your movements is directly connected to your thought process and self-image, to open a world of new possibilities and potential.

This workshop applies the latest developments in utilizing mind body connections, to give you a practical set of skills with which to make the most of the opportunities and challenges of life.

The workshop comprises of group classes and partner work.  The group classes allow you to discover individually your own patters of thought and movement. The class is interspersed with demonstrations and explanations.

"Movement and awareness were the tools that Dr. Feldenkrais chose to prove his philosophy.  The genius of these theories is that they are grounded and you can perform and apply them practically.  Theories are interesting, yet unless you bring them to life they remain useless"  Mia Segal.



Meet the Trainers:


Master Mia Segal was Dr. Feldenkrais' first assistant, collaborator and associate for sixteen years, after which together, they trained students worldwide.  

Of Mia, Feldenkrais said: "With you, I have reached summits that along, I could not reach.  The best lessons I ever gave, were inspired by your encouraging gaze".

Mia is known for her unequalled mastery of the work and as a superb teacher.  The unique design of her programs is tesimony to her vast experience and leadership in teaching this method.  She is committed to ensure the work continues in the essential and powerful form it was given to her by Dr. Feldenkrais, during their many years of collaboration and friendship.  Mia has been acclaimed worldwide as the standard-bearer for the applications and philosophy of Dr. Feldenkrais' Mind Body Studies.





Leora Gaster grew up under the personal guidance of Dr. Feldenkrais and has spent the last 3 decades developing the curriculum and methodology of his complete work in Mind Body Studies for MBS Academy.

Leora has been teaching Mind Body Studies internationally for over 30 years, collaborating with her mother, Mia Segal, in conducting courses for all levels and multiple profeessional applications.  Leora wrote the comprehensive set of manuals and Core Principles of MBS, illustrating its foundational elements and applications.   

Leora enhanced her extensive knowledge of MBS with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and is also an NLP trainer.  Leora received a black belt in Judo from the Kodokan, Tokyo, when she was 16.


Esalen Institute:

Since 1962, Esalen Institute has been devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential" - the world of unrealized human capacities that lies at the growing edge of consciousness. Esalen is known for a blend of East/West philosophies, experiential/didactic workshops, a steady influx of expert teachers from around the world, and breathtaking grounds and natural hot springs.  Once home to a Native American tribe called the Esselen, Esalen is situated on the spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind.



All participant accommodations and meals are taken care of by Esalen.


Workshop Schedule:

*Note-Due to the intensity of this workshop, the daily schedule is:

Sunday, May 21: 8:30p-9:30p

Monday, May 22 - Thursday, May 25: 10:00a-12:00p & 2:00p-4:00p

Friday, May 26: 10:00a-12:00p


Registration Process:

Once you complete your workshop registration (link below), you will receive a code to book your accommodations at Esalen.  

Videotaping during Workshop:

The workshop is documented via video recording and all participants must sign a waiver authorizing their participation can be recorded.  For more clarification, please contact MBS Academy.


Participant Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a [10%] administration fee.  No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training. If you cancel, you may apply tuition to another training that must be attended within two years of your cancellation date.  *Please note this is for MBS tuition only.  Esalen has their own cancellation policy.




Danielle Whitston


MBS Academy has long been recognized as the leader in developing and teaching the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. For over four decades, we have introduced and trained students, practitioners and trainers worldwide in the approach, philosophy and practical applications of Mind Body Studies, as originated by Dr. Feldenkrais.

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