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About Robert Fertman

Growing up, in the 1970s, I was turned on to the idea of personal transformation and influenced by the ideas of Gurdjieff and Carlos Casteneda.  As a 19-year-old, I took an experiential college course in group dynamics that broke open my youthful shyness and social insecurity. A few years later, I did Werner Erhard’s est training. In the late 1980’s I trained in NLP. By the time I was 30 I was already committed to personal growth. 

Like many people, I went to college and graduate school. Over the years I had many jobs. Notably, I worked in sales, and later a stockbroker. I still work as a self-employed Investment Advisor. All along the way, I continued my personal process of growth and development. In the early 1990s, while working in sales, I lived in a Kripalu yoga community, and later I participated in a fourth-way mystery school.

In my mid 50’s, I began to re-examine what really was important to me. I participated a few years at Landmark Education, and then went to Chile for training with Matriztica Institute. I formulated a plan to become a life coach as a sideline to my existing business. In 2014 I was certified in Ontological Coaching by Newfield Network, and credentialed by the International Coaching Federation.

Through training and experience, I realized that personal transformation is really an embodiment that happens in body, mind, and emotion. The study of somatic transformation led me to study acting. Initially, I studied the regulation of emotion through breathing through Alba Emoting. This led me to study immerse myself in the Meisner and Yat Malmgren acting methods. During this time, I stepped away from coaching to gain actual acting experiences. 

In 2017 my father died. This was a huge shift in my life. At age 60, while grieving the loss, I lost interest in acting. What emerged in its place was a renewed interest in personal growth, focused on my own embodiment. In 2018 I studied full-body De-armouring in Europe, and also the body-mind ideas of Wilhelm Reich. Based on these experiences, I discovered Shiatsu as a bodywork modality and began to train as a Shiatsu practitioner. I found that coaching is particularly effective when combined with Shiatsu and that the body-mind transformation it produced was profound for me and also for my clients.