Ira Feinstein, Managing Director
When I was in my twenties, my favorite job was at a small nonprofit that gave me a sense of direction, a loving and supportive work environment, and a small paycheck. I could pay my bills and go out to eat now and again, but otherwise, I lived frugally. During that time, I found myself in pain—both physically and psychically—and I set out to find ways to alleviate both. I discovered— and found significant relief from—one-on-one Feldenkrais lessons, but the cost was prohibitive. Luckily, a friend of a friend offered to give me lessons for one-quarter of his regular price! It was still a lot of money for me, but I adjusted my budget just enough to make it work. The sessions became the highlight of any given week for almost two years. A decade-plus later, I’ve realized that even if I could’ve paid full price, there is no way I could truly quantify how profoundly those lessons changed me. To say that I might not still be here otherwise is not an overstatement.
That experience is the foundation on which Feldenkrais Access’ Scholarship Program was built. The qualifications are simple: if you want to join us for a live online series but can’t because of financial constraints, there is a scholarship here for you. Whether you need a scholarship for one series because things are tight right now, or you’re on a fixed income and need a scholarship for every series—there’s a scholarship here for you. Whether you join us live on Zoom or via recording—there’s a scholarship here for you. And for those of you who worry that you’re might be taking a scholarship away from someone else, please rest assured: your scholarship is yours alone!