Join Bruce Fertman for a free online class.
Welcome to Grace of Sense
Learn what it means to live a physically contemplative life. In the class Inlets to the Soul, Bruce will teach you a few easy, surprisingly powerful practices as a way of introducing you to his body of work known as Grace of Sense.
In a nutshell.
Become at once stable and mobile, relaxed and ready, soft and strong.
Receive the world through senses that are awake, lively, and refined.
Learn how to stop forcing, straining, pushing, grabbing, and grasping. Learn about grace.
Learn how to love and respect your body once and for all.
Walk into the world with pleasure, poise, power, and purpose.
Not sure yet? Get to know Bruce.
Three Short Videos
Quieting the Mind
The Family of Things
Opening the Heart
One Small Gesture of Kindness
Unbinding the Body
And Then You Know
Being with Bruce.
A sense of grace permeates Bruce’s teaching. His clear, sure, soft verbal touch guides with curiosity and rich imagination, encouraging ease of movement and exploration in ever deepening growth.
Here are ways to encounter Life’s blessèd unexpectednesses. And be invited to experience the familiar in different ways. Finding a certain newness – and surprise – just where we are.
”Grace of sense is a real treat for anyone wanting to connect the subtle with the substantial. Bruce has a way of playfully connecting poetry to movement and physiology. And to create lasting results, through creating awareness about how one conducts oneself through everyday life”.
Bruce’s teaching is a true gift, filled with wisdom, clarity, and insight. He was one of my original teachers as I trained to become an Alexander Technique teacher. Years later, when I read his book, I knew I had to study with him again. He has a way of connecting people to their own essence in a way that is beautiful to behold. He has helped me find more ease and effectiveness in my teaching, parenting, and life. The pace of his teaching always feels like being immersed in calm breathing, with pauses for everyone to digest whatever has been shared. I highly recommend studying with him and reading his book.
Grace of Sense has offered me a wonderful opportunity to perceive how I relate with myself and the world with an alertness I had not experienced before: To listen and to think with my entire body, not just my mind. Through Bruce’s gentle, deep and precise pedagogy, I’ve experienced a vast neutralization of judgement (right & wrong), when it comes to work with students or myself. Grace of Sense has made me be and act more gently with myself, physically, intellectually and emotionally.
I absolutely loved this course [GoS] and found it one of the most inspiring courses I have ever done. During a long and difficult lockdown it was definitely something to look forward to every week. If you have a meditative and/or somatic practice of any kind, it will only deepen that practice; if you don’t, you will very probably develop one!
Bruce’s imaginative use of visual metaphor linked to movement lit up my sensory experience in new ways and landed this mysterious integration solidly into my practice of the Alexander Technique.
Bruce has a deeply thoughtful and unique way of organising his teaching and experience. He…keeps to a contemporary language that makes a complex range of material easily accessible and open to anyone, all the while inviting curiosity and a spirit of adventure to the age-old journey of life learning.
People talk about “coming home to the body”, but with Bruce’s classes it feels like we’re realising we never left. Only this time I’m actually present to enjoy it! Grace of Sense is more than an embodiment practice, it’s more than the Alexander Technique, it’s a new way of being that will enrich my life from this day forth. It feels great to be home – in this body and this life.
I attended Grace of Sense Part I, II & III and enjoyed every single class. So many new ideas have contributed to a deeper understanding of how to teach the Alexander Technique to my private pupils, free from unnecessary jargon. Bruce is an excellent teacher who takes his time, making sure that his message reaches the body and not just the mind. These online courses have been a jewel to find and the best thing I could come across during the pandemic.
Studying with Bruce.
Details & Biography
What You’ll Learn
About Inlets to the Soul
“That called body is a portion of the soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of soul in this age”. – William Blake
In this 90-minute class, you will learn four remarkably simple practices that immediately and deeply bring you back into balance. If you want to become physically comfortable, if you want to know how, simultaneously, to calm yourself down and wake yourself up, if you want to know how to be at once, relaxed and ready, soft and strong, light and substantial, take this class.
It is good to know that balance and imbalance often have less to do with what is going on within our lives and more to do with how we relate to the context in which our lives unfold. Coming to a clear understanding of exactly what that context is and learning how to relate to it through well calibrated senses, grants us entry into the soul.
“The spirit is as much at home in the senses as the senses are at home in the spirit”. – Nietzsche
About Bruce Fertman
A Short Biography
Bruce brings 60 years of study as a movement artist and educator to his work having trained in gymnastics, modern dance, ballet, contact improvisation, the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi Chu’an, Aikido, Chanoyu, (Japanese Tea Ceremony), Argentine Tango, and Kyudo (Zen Archery)
For the past 30 years Bruce has taught, and continues to teach, in Europe, Asia, and the Americas helping people experience the interconnectedness between physical and spiritual life. He is the director of the Alexander Alliance Europe.
In 2020, Bruce began Grace of Sense, his online school, devoted to helping people to live physically contemplative lives. Author of Teaching by Hand, Learning by Heart, and of The Way In ~ The Way Out, Bruce lives in Coyote, New Mexico and Osaka, Japan.