Feldenkrais Institute Northwest

Michael E Doren and Feldenkrais Movement Therapy in Woodinville

I was raised in the wilds of Alaska, where I developed a deep appreciation of nature and our connection to it. From my service as a U.S. Marine to my high-tech career, this connection to nature was never lost. There was, however, a constant yearning to return to the forests and mountains which would always be home. This yearning eventually led me to Washington State, where I now reside as the founder of Feldenkrais Institute Northwest. 

My intense curiosity has led me on many different paths, from construction to professional dog training, machining, seminary and boxing. Many stones were lifted and many lessons were learned. As a result, many more questions arose. The most powerful and pervading question for me became “why am I here?" Through many years of searching and reflection, I have realized that my main purpose for living is to learn and to teach. 
 
From my early days as a Formal Schools Instructor and Marksmanship Coach in the Marines, it was clear that teaching and mentoring would play a major role in my life. A student of personal development from a very young age, a coalescing occurred in later years to meld my many experiences and talents together as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I completed my Feldenkrais training under the expert tutelage of Dr. Jeff Haller,PhD in 2007.
 
Seeing clients as unique individuals with varying needs, my ability to meet people where they are and help them with what they need in the moment is one of my greatest strengths. No two people are the same, and no one person is ever the same from moment to moment. My ability to constantly adapt and improvise ensures that each lesson with a client is a new and engaging experience. 

My background in construction, mechanics, bodybuilding, martial arts, and professional marksmanship provides a deep knowledge base to draw from regarding the physical/mechanical aspects of the work. 

My extensive training and experience in leadership and mentoring provide a strong base of knowledge in personal growth and development, as well as a high level of maturity and awareness. 
 
This fusion of skills combined with the powerful desire to help my fellow human beings achieve whatever they can dream is the driving force behind the Institute.

Courses and Certifications:
2011 – 2013Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Professional Training Program.

2006 – Present – Advanced training in Neurology/Bobath with Sophia Buchholz, PT, GCFP.
07/2011- Moving to Higher Ground Therapy Course With Kim Barthel. 
2009 10-Day Advanced Feldenkrais® Training with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer.
2009 – Ongoing Advanced Feldenkrais® Mentoring and Client Reference/Consultation with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer.
06/2009 5-Day Advanced Feldenkrais® Summer Camp with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer, Educational Director.
04/2009 3-Day Advanced Feldenkrais® Training with Annie Thoe, Certified Assistant Feldenkrais Trainer.
02/2009 3-Day Advanced Feldenkrais® Training with Annie Thoe, Certified Assistant Feldenkrais Trainer.
03/2009 8 Week Advanced Feldenkrais® Mentoring Program with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer, Educational Director.
08/2009 Context International - Presentation Dynamics.
04/2009- Reiki Level 2 with Jack Blackburn, MTS, LMP, Reiki Master – Seattle, WA.
01/2009- Reiki Level 1 with Jack Blackburn, MTS, LMP, Reiki Master – Seattle, WA.
04/2008- Five month clinical Feldenkrais® Mentoring Program with Annie Thoe, Certified Assistant Feldenkrais Trainer - Woodinville, WA.
02/2008 – 10-Day Feldenkrais® Self-Use training with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer.
02/2008 – NLP Basic Series – Lindagail Campbell, Bend, OR.
2007-2008 Advanced Feldenkrais® Mentoring Program with Annie Thoe, Certified Assistant Feldenkrais Trainer – Woodinville, WA. 
10/2007 – Silva Method Basic Series with Barbara Hawkins – Wauna, WA.
2004-2007 Feldenkrais® Professional Training, with Dr. Jeff Haller, Ph.D., Certified Feldenkrais® Trainer - Victoria, BC.
1999 - Extraordinary Learning – 21st Century Leadership.
1999 - Context International - the Pursuit of Excellence, the Wall, the Advancement of Excellence.