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Course Offerings

Begin with a free class. Move on to a 5-week course or to a 25-week course or onward to a three-year apprenticeship program. Classes are for anyone sincerely interested in bringing lasting vitality, peace, freedom and gratitude into their lives through a profoundly gentle, deep physically-based approach.

What will you learn?

Overview

Inlets to the Soul

A free introductory class with Bruce Fertman.

Enliven your senses.

In Grace of Sense, together, we learn how to open and enliven all of our senses. We learn how to move comfortably through our days. We learn about support, how to receive support from our own structure, from gravity and the ground, and from the immediate world around us. We learn how not to force, how not to over effort.

Unbind your body.

Through Grace of Sense, we learn how to unbind our bodies. As our bodies unbind, our minds grow quiet. Our hearts open. Time slows down. Space expands. Life shifts. Self-respect arises on its own. We come to love and honor our bodies once and for all.

Free your spine.

Specifically, we learn how to make our spines more supple. We learn how to free our ribs from their cage. We learn how to be breathed by forces within us and all around us. We learn how to disarm our arms. We learn how to stop running. We learn how to walk through the world, through our lives. We learn how to walk in pleasure, in peace, with poise and purpose.

Discover your naturalness.

We rediscover our mammal bodies, our naturalness. No matter our lifestyle or profession, no matter our age, culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, we all possess beautiful mammal bodies. In this deep way, we are one, and the same.

Beyond your body.

Grace of Sense begins with the body but moves beyond the body. Our study is both physical and metaphysical, physiological and philosophical, sensorial and spiritual, motional and emotional, personal and transpersonal.

Experience together.

Consider joining me as, together, we walk along this path, a path surrounded by a grace of sense, a path with which I have walked alongside my teachers for a half century, this path upon which I now walk alongside my students.

What’s the school year like?

Structure

Every season
Every season

Inlets to the Soul

A free introductory class with Bruce Fertman. Get to know Grace of Sense. Experience Bruce’s teachings and ask your questions.

Starts in January, May & September
Starts in January, May & September

Grace of Sense Begins

Grace of Sense Begins is as series of five classes in which we learn how to bring about a condition of grounded vitality. We experience what it’s like to simultaneously calm down and wake up. Grace of Sense Begins walks you to the threshold of a sensory world few have ever entered.

Starts once every year in the fall
Starts once every year in the fall

Grace of Sense Continues

A series of 25 classes that leads us much further into a world full of comfort, pleasure, and peace. And beauty! In Grace of Sense Continues, we learn how to become at once relaxed and ready, light and substantial, soft and strong, collected and expansive. We learn how to incorporate our newly acquired skills into our sometimes challenging lives.

Starts once every year in the fall
Starts once every year in the fall

Grace of Sense Apprenticeship

Our Grace of Sense Apprenticeship Program is available to those who wish to enter more deeply into Bruce’s work by taking two additional 20-week courses. The class Unbinding our Bodies gently unearths the underlying forces that bind us. The class Leaving Myself in Your Hands allows me to share with you what I have learned, over my 60 years of using my hands to help people, about physical life.

To be announced
To be announced

Special Offerings

Occasionally, I offer special classes and workshops. Periodically, we conduct, “in person retreats” for our Grace of Sense Community, in Europe and in Australia.

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Grace of Sense Begins.

Level 1

What you’ll learn.

Description

In Grace of Sense Begins, we begin. We learn how to become receivers. A receiver differs from a perceiver. A perceiver witnesses, notices, observes, sometimes analyses, occasionally understands. Perceiving is primarily a mental activity, a mindfulness practice. Receiving is a sensory practice. A receiver senses, feels, empathizes, experiences, enjoys, and appreciates. With receiving we go beyond the doing of our actions, beyond the perceiving of our actions and into the receiving of our actions. We begin not only to perceive the world but to receive the world. We venture beyond the use of the mind alone, dropping down into the wondrous workings of the body and of the heart.

When & Where.

Details

  • Join classes via Zoom
  • Sundays or Fridays (depending on your time zone)
  • One 90-minute online class per week
  • Total of 5 weeks
  • Recordings and notes available via our Member Portal
  • Access recordings for 3 months
  • No previous experience necessary
Price: $225

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Next Level 1 Starts on:

 

Sunday May 22, 2022,
6:00 PM Paris Time (CEST UTC+2)

Friday May 27, 2022,
8:00 PM New York Time (EDT UTC-4)

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Price: $225
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Grace of Sense Continues.

Level 2

When & Where.

Details

  • Join classes via Zoom
  • Sundays or Fridays (depending on your time zone)
  • One 90-minute online class per week
  • A 25-week in-depth study
  • Recordings and notes available via our Member Portal
  • Repeat Level 1 for free
  • Access recordings for 1 year
  • Active private community page on Facebook
  • Prerequisites: Level 1
Price: $995

What you’ll learn.

Description

A series of 25 classes that leads us much further into a world full of comfort, clarity, and peace. In Grace of Sense Continues we become more stable and more mobile. We leave every class feeling at once relaxed and ready, light and substantial, soft and strong. Students learn how to bring about this way of being on their own. As we learn and practice together, misconceptions fall away. New insights emerge. Life shifts.

In Grace of Sense Continues, we learn how to relate to gravity and the ground in a way that frees us and empowers us. We learn how to love our bodies once and for all. We learn about the physiology of self-respect. We learn how to be breathed. We learn how to walk with power and poise, how to sit naturally and easily, how to use our hands, wrists, and arms comfortably. We learn how to move well through our days. We learn how to take this new way of being within ourselves into challenging life situations. Perhaps most importantly, we learn how to cultivate inner peace, now and for the rest of our lives.

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Next Level 2 Starts on:

 

Friday Sep 9, 2022,
8:00 PM New York Time (EDT UTC-4)

Saturday Sep 10, 2022,
6:00 AM Paris Time (CEST UTC+2)

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Registration will open in June 2022.

Grace of Sense Apprenticeship.

Level 3

What you’ll learn.

Description

Becoming an apprentice are for those who, having completed Grace of Sense Continues, wish to enter more deeply into my work by taking the additional courses Unbinding Our Bodies, and Leaving Myself in Your Hands. Apprentices may take all of my course offerings twice. An abundance of material exists within my courses, considerably more than one can assimilate having taken the courses only once. By being able to take all the courses twice, over a three year period of study, ensures that a profoundly positive shift in how it feels to be alive will occur. Apprentices also have permanent access to the Grace of Sense archives.

Unbinding our Bodies gently unearths the underlying forces that bind us, It does so in ways that are at once funny, entertaining, and serious. And always, profoundly physical.

Leaving Myself in Your Hands is, in part, about the comfortable use of our hands, wrists, and arms in our everyday lives. For those of us who directly use our hands to help others in our work, Leaving Myself in Your Hands, allows me to share with you what I have learned, over my 60 years of using my hands to help people, about physical life.

When & Where.

Details

  • Join classes via Zoom
  • Two 90-minute online classes per week
  • Unbinding Our Bodies (20-week course)
  • Leaving Myself in Your Hands (20-week course)
  • Total of 20 weeks 
  • Recordings and notes available via our Member Portal
  • Repeat Level 1 & 2 for free
  • Lifetime access to recordings and notes
  • Prerequisites: Level 1 & 2
Price: $2995

Register now.

Next Level 3 Starts on:

 

Wednesday Sep 7, 2022,
8:00 PM New York Time (EDT UTC-4)

Thursday Sep 8, 2022,
6:00 AM Paris Time (CEST UTC+2)

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Registration will open in June 2022.

Treat yourself. Ongoing studies.

Specials Offerings

The Way In –

The Way Out

Renderings of the Tao Te Ching

“Wu Wei is sometimes translated as Non-doing, but perhaps it would be better understood as Non-Efforting, Non-Forcing, or Non-Interference with the nature of things. No other concept shapes Bruce’s writing, his engagement with the world, and the quality of his touch than this: the recognition of, and the commitment to work with, the underlying nature of things. Wu Wei. I sometimes wonder if Bruce is not part of a direct line of Jewish-Taoist contemplatives. I am thinking of Martin Buber, Arthur Waley, and Stephen Mitchell.”

John Tuite

Mentorship Program

Ongoing studies

Grace of Sense, as a body of knowledge, appears inexhaustible. There are people who have studied with me, not only for years, but over decades. I love introducing my work to people, but what is most precious to me is taking those who wish to delve evermore deeply into the interplay between physical life and spiritual life, under my wing, to mentor them, to accompany them on their journey. My mentorship program is for those who have completed Level 3 of Grace of Sense and who wish to continue their studies with me via monthly classes. My work changes continually. It gets simpler, clearer, deeper. Our Mentorship Program delves into pedagogy as well, how to effectively and beautifully impart this work to others.

In Person/On Land Retreats

New dates coming soon

In person, on land retreats allow you to be with me, and other highly qualified teachers, through touch. In this way, all the movement work learned via online can be finely tuned. A teacher’s knowing touch can help you to sense what you have not been able to sense, to release what you have not been able to release, to integrate what you have not yet found a way to integrate. In retreats, we participate in what we call Situation Work or Life Work. We spend some time playfully reenacting life situations that take us off balance and learn how to meet them and move through them more humanely and effectively. We get to spend time, in person, with one another, eating together, taking walks together, becoming friends.

Introductory Events

Free classes

Learn what it means to live a physically contemplative life. 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.

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