The INTERNATIONAL and NZ based TEACHING TEAM sourced for NZ6:
Susan Hillier: Co-Educational Director &Trainer
Susan Hillier PhD is a certified Feldenkrais trainer. She lives in Adelaide, Australia, working in her own Feldenkrais practice and also teaching and researching at the University of South Australia where she is Associate Professor, Associate Head of School: Research.
Dr Hillier is an academic and clinician whose teaching and research interests are in the broad field of neuroscience and rehabilitation. One of her main research areas is on the effectiveness of rehabilitation approaches after stroke.
Zoran Kovich: Co-Educational Director &TrainerZoran Kovich is an internationally certified Feldenkrais Method trainer, and currently co-directs 2 Australian training programs. Having a passion for teaching and learning, he has been lecturing in university performing-arts programs since 1990, working in Feldenkrais Method® trainings since 2000, and facilitating post-graduate study programs for Feldenkrais Method teachers since 2005.
Zoran encountered the Ideokinetic work of Mabel Todd (a somatic pioneer greatly admired by Moshe Feldenkrais), whilst completing a BA in dance at the Victorian College of the Arts (1982-1984). His experiences practising and studying Ideokinesis changed the trajectory of his life. Whilst working as a professional dancer, Zoran began extending his somatic studies to include Body-Mind Centering, the Alexander Technique, and eventually the Feldenkrais Method®.
Today, Zoran manages the Sydney-based MIndful Action Studio, and utilises his knowledge of somatic education systems, martial arts, performing arts, cognitive and social sciences, to create practical lessons and courses that address peoples’ personal and professional needs and interests.
Julie Peck: Trainer
Julie has a background in Physiotherapy and has maintained a busy private practice in Perth since graduating from the Sydney1 Feldenkrais Professional Training Programme in 1990. She became an Assistant Trainer in 1995 and Australia's first Trainer in 2003.
Julie Peck finds her private practice and sharing her experiences with colleagues, clients and students are the main source of her continual learning. She has found the journey of being both a Feldenkrais practitioner and trainer has enhanced and refined her abilities in innumerable ways, particularly in stimulating her ability to direct her own discoveries and learning. She is committed to furthering the understanding and practice of the Feldenkrais Method and to have fun while doing it!
Scott Clark: Trainer
Scott trained as a dancer after taking a BSc in mathematics. An extensive career as a performer and dance teacher led him to the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, which he began studying in 1982, graduating in 1990 from the first London Feldenkrais Professional Training Programme.
Since 1997 Scott has devoted his teaching entirely to the Feldenkrais Method. He teaches in professional training programmes and has organised two trainings in London. Scott's special interest is working with performing artists, from dancers to actors to musicians. He loves working with individuals from all walks of life and has taught groups from Finland to Ecuador and now New Zealand.
Beverley Barclay: administrator and Assistant Trainer
Beverley was continuity assistant and organiser of the 2009-13 NZ4 Wellington programme with Jerry as ED and the 2015-2019 Auckland programme with ED Stephanie Spink. She will be present to assist both trainees and staff for all segments of the programme.
Thomas Spring completed his Feldenkrais training in 2002 in Auckland.
He lives in the Nelson region, offering personal sessions and regular classes in the Nelson/Richmond region. Thomas is fascinated by the human potential for learning, growth and change, enabling students to find their own resources and solutions.
Thomas grew up in Switzerland and for 10 years Karate was his passion, teaching for 6 years.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1994 he underwent various trainings in Structural Bodywork, Holistic Pulsing and Biofeedback. Besides The Feldenkrais Method® Thomas teaches Yoga and since 2001 has attended regular trainings and courses at the BSY, the world’s first Yoga University in India.
Gisella Warmenhoven graduated in 2010 from the Wellington Feldenkrais Training under Petra Koch and has been an Assistant Trainer since 2020. She is also an Alexander Technique teacher.
Gisella has a background in performing arts and landscaping.
Both modalities set her on a path to find pleasing, efficient movement.
Gisella lives in Tauranga Moana where she has a private practice with a wide variety of clients, also teaching a regular Feldenkrais class at the local Yoga Centre. Gisella mentors Feldenkrais practitioners and teaches special interest groups, such as gardeners, arborists and meditators.