At least part of the time, remember which way is up. - Dr. Ida P. Rolf


Summer Newsletter, 2017

A Letter from Our President

26 June, 2017

Kapa’a, Hawaii

Dear Guild Family and Friends,

Greetings from Kauai!

I hope that each of you is well … happy, healthy and pursuing your dreams with confidence and success.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Emmett’s death, and for me, a time of pause and reflection. The memories bring smiles and tears; reminders of what once was amidst the reality of what now is. And they foster gratitude, an overwhelming, stunning appreciation for the grace and generosity of Life’s journey. Richard, Emmett and I lived and loved more than forty years of enchantment. How can I not be grateful?

A review of the past without consideration of The Guild is impossible. In 1973, the Guild for Structural Integration literally moved into our home in Boulder, Colorado, and became a cornerstone of Abbey Place and all of its activities. At Dr. Rolf’s request and under Richard’s guidance, the Guild for Structural Integration opened it’s doors and we welcomed the world.

Dr. Rolf was often a guest …sometimes for a meal; other times a meeting. Whatever the circumstance, her blue eyes sparkling, she held us rapt in her presence and her message. She was Ida P. Rolf, and she was on a mission.

In those first years, our home was blessed with a constant stream of outrageous characters who entered and joined Dr. Rolf’s Taurean advance toward some unknown, yet undeniable destination. Evidencing the truth of Tolkien’s “Not all who wander are lost”, we joined Dr. Rolf’s march.

In its infancy, Dr. Rolf’s Guild family consisted of her thirty-two student/practitioners, their families, and an eclectic assortment of friends and supporters. The list of those who visited Abbey Place is long and notable. Peter and Susan Melchior were often in our home, and they were integral to The Guild’s early growth and development. Folks like Stacey Mills, Neal Powers, Judith Aston, Julian and Cynthia Silverman, Jan and Betsy Sultan, Louis Schultz, Ron Thompson were regular visitors at Abbey Place. Byron and Mary Gentry and Bella Karish and Wayne Guthrie were collaborators. (There are/were so many other wonderfully talented, impassioned individuals who sourced The Guild … please excuse my not remembering and recognizing you in this moment.)

In a downstairs office, Richard and Anna Hyder managed the school’s operations. Emmett’s  rolfing studio sometimes became the site of “Selection”, a life-changing and hugely emotional process through which Dr. Rolf and others would interview and accept (or not) prospective students into Structural Integration (rolfing) training classes. Our Boulder home hosted many Guild events, both professional and social.

We rented a Post Office box and obtained a telephone number. Our classrooms were rented space in local motels. (Anyone remember the Highlander Motel?) The Guild for Structural Integration was in business.

A few years later, the school moved from Abbey Place into an office at 302 Pearl Street in downtown Boulder. The Guild for Structural Integration became the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. We received governmental designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The movement was morphing from a dedicated group of loving, idealistic, free-thinking anarchists into an accepted professional and career-oriented community.

March, 1979, Dr. Rolf died; but her message had been heard, and her students continued the journey she inspired.

For several years, the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration was home for Dr. Rolf’s many disciples. Gradually, differences in the understanding, the intention, and the scope and application of the Rolf method of Structural Integration manifested. In 1988, for both political and philosophical reasons, the Guild for Structural Integration was reborn and became a voice for the dissemination of our particular understanding of Dr. Rolf’s teaching.

The rebirth was successful in large part due to the devotion and dedication of its administration, its faculty and its membership. Once again, a group of individuals pledged to self-discovery and service was making its presence known. GSI classes filled with students, and for many years we grew in membership and in public standing.

In 2000, Richard, Emmett and I moved to Kapa’a, Hawaii. While Susan maintained the Boulder office, Richard continued his direction from Kauai. GSI classes were offered in both locations, and GSI continued to be successful in its delivery of the traditional teaching of Dr. Ida P. Rolf.”

Today, the Guild for Structural Integration is again experiencing a rebirth. There are a number of factors contributing to our current state of being. Certainly Peter Melchior’s death in 2005, dealt the Guild a blow. Richard’s death in 2012, and Susan’s retirement in 2014, brought huge organizational transformation. And most recently, Emmett’s death has had immeasurable impact. Administrative missteps and the stresses of relocating our office from Boulder to Salt Lake City, Utah, created additional challenges.

During the recent past, Neal and Daragh Powers and I attempted to stay the course. Neal, (as President and Senior Instructor) and Daragh, (as Financial Director) worked tirelessly to maintain and sustain the Guild. Last year, Neal and Daragh retired from their positions on the Board of Directors. Happily, I can confirm that Neal will continue to teach for the Guild, both nationally and internationally.

Recently, and with the best of intentions, we seated a new Board of Directors. (They are being introduced to you in this newsletter.)

The reason for my ongoing involvement is to nourish a vision shared by so many for so long … to allow the legacy of the Guild for Structural Integration to continue its contribution to a happier, healthier world.

To insure that continuance, we must ask ourselves these questions:

Who are we? and What is our message?

What is the Guild’s mission?

Do I want to participate? … and if so, how can I participate?

Answers to these questions are not mine, alone. The Guild for Structural Integration and its future are ours to determine. You are invited to stand with the Guild family … to involve yourself more fully in this ongoing adventure. Your role is vital; it is essential. Please contact me directly and/or any of the GSI Board of Directors with your thoughts, your concerns, and your vision for the Guild.

I close with two quotes which may help you understand why I remain committed to the Guild for Structural Integration.

From Emmett: “Structural Integration is about the whole person . . . the sensation of moving from weakness into strength, the exhilaration of owning a new part of oneself, the immediate and simultaneous re-education of one's being and action with the joy of self-empowerment, waking up. These are the experiences of Structural Integration. (Note: I am aware of having used this message in an earlier letter. It deserves our review … as individuals and as an organization.)

And from Richard (quoting Dr. Rolf): “ At least part of the time, remember which way is up.”

BE in touch.

With love and gratitude,


Wayne Hackett

President, Guild for Structural Integration

Meet the Board

President – Wayne Hackett

Wayne Hackett was born and raised in California, graduating from high school in Tehachapi, California. He attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he majored in pre-dental studies. He was accepted into the University of Oregon Dental School; however, later chose to return to Abilene Christian University, where he received a B.S. Ed degree, specializing in the sciences and secondary education. In Texas, he worked in both state and private institutions as a teacher/counselor. Read more

Vice President – Elisa Jane Noel

Elisa Jane Noel graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Weber State University. Through her tenure in physical education, Elisa has developed a thriving sports and wellness based career – including teaching a variety of physical education courses for her alma mater at Southern Illinois, working as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and conditioning coach for the Women’s Basketball program at Salt Lake Community College. Read more

Treasurer – Weston Horne

Weston Horne grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently lives in Utah. He first got into healing by attending and graduating from the Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT). However, UCMT was only the beginning. This was the gateway into which introduced him to Structural Integration--his passion. Since then he has traveled to Boulder, CO to pursue his training in Structural as a practitioner as well as Kauai, HI. He recently has traveled back to Hawaii to achieve his advanced certification in Structural Integration in which he has brought back to SLC.  Read more

Secretary – Joe Zeidner

Ronald Joe Zeidner, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University. He then received his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Rueben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. Following his education Joe worked as legal counsel for Nu Skin International and then became General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Legal Officer for 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc.  Read more

Director of Education – Amy Grier

Amy received her initial training in Massage Therapy at UCMT, Utah College of Massage Therapy in 1999. She went on to study Structural Integration in 2000 at UCMT under Andy Crow. After receiving her Structural Integration certificate she went on to teach at UCMT in the Movement Assessment program as well as the Structural Integration track. In 2005 she took her first workshop at the Guild for a Structural Integration with Emmett Hutchins in Kauai. Amy received her Advanced Training certification in Structural Integration in 2007 with the Guild for Structural Integration under Emmett Hutchins. She continued teaching as the lead instructor in the Massage Therapy Program at Miller Motte Technical Institute from 2012 to 2014. Amy continues to maintain a private practice in Structural Integration and Massage Therapy in Augusta, Georgia.  Read more

Executive Director – Jerry Packer

Jerry Packer holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from California State University, Fullerton. Jerry is currently president of Sterling Strategic Management, an association management firm based in Laguna Beach, CA. Previously, Jerry was co-owner of EXHIBITCORP, a Los Angeles based company specializing in the design, manufacturing and logistics of exhibits and trade show displays worldwide.  Read more

Will Johnson on Alignment,
Structural Integration & Meditation

A few months ago GSI Education Director Amy Grier had the chance to touch base with practitioner, teacher and writer Will Johnson. The Guild has the pleasure of hosting Will Johnson in Salt Lake City for his workshop, Mystery School: Meditating on The Line. Participants will enjoy four days of teachings, starting in the evening of August 4th and continuing through the 7th, 2017.

Will received his training in Structural Integration in 1976 with Ida Rolf and Emmett Hutchins. He then took the principles of The Line into his studies of sitting meditation and has written extensively about the role of the body in spiritual practices in a number of books from the Buddhist and Sufi traditions including The Posture of Meditation, Breathing Through the Whole Body, and Rumi’s Four Essential Practices.

Attending Mystery School is like attending a meditation retreat from the Buddhist, Hindu, or Christian traditions, but with the important distinction that it is Dr. Rolfs transformational vision of The Line that primarily informs the meditational practices. 

1. How did you become involved with the Guild?
I was in my mid-20s, at a time when I was struggling to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, when I received my initial ten-series.  Bingo!  The experience was life-altering, and the idea of entering into a profession that could so potently help others undergo such a powerfully transformational experience just really attracted me.  I did my auditing with Dr. Rolf and trained with Emmett.  Now this was way before The Guild existed (1975-76), but I’ve always looked to those two not only as my source teachers, but as the source teachers for what eventually became The Guild as well.

2. Tell me about the evolution of your practice.
The most important thing I ever heard from Dr. Rolf about doing the work was that she wanted us to know anatomy forward, backward, upside down, and inside out, and then . . . forget everything we knew when we put our hands on a body.  While I have a reasonable understanding of basic anatomy, the work I do now is almost entirely a function of my just putting my hands on a body and playing with tissue.  So I’m not so oriented to “making something happen” (as perhaps I was when, bright eyed and bushy tailed, I completed my basic training) than I am to just making contact through my hands, dancing with the tissue, stimulating the current of the life force through the touch, and letting change occur on its own.  In truth, this journey of refining what my hands feel and do when they touch a body has been a long one.  Another area that's evolved in my work is my understanding that holding back and restraining the breath is a primary source of a body’s physical and psychological restrictions.  While I can look at a body and see glaringly obvious structural issues, what I'm mostly drawn to looking at in a body is where that body doesn’t move when it breathes. 

3. How has learning the Rolf Method changed your own life?
Well, first of all, it gave me a profession that I always felt was aligned with this innate sense that the best thing I could do with my life was to “help others.”  It has also been an amazing laboratory for observing human nature, and through the work, I came to appreciate the holding patterns involved in staying locked inside our mind and out of touch with the felt presence of the body.  As I became more involved with sitting meditation practices, I realized how important it was to apply Dr. Rolf’s vision of The Line to the practice and posture of sitting meditation, and this is pretty much what I’ve been bringing into the teaching I do in the Buddhist world.  Dr. Rolf used to call the path of exploring and improving the relationship between your body and the gravitational field of the earth “a way of life,” and I feel that what she’s suggesting by that is nothing less than a practice of embodied mindfulness.
4. What was your most profound moment with a client?
Hard to pinpoint one really.  Watching a severe scoliosis miraculously come undone from a second session, which I still have no way of explaining, would be up there.  I think, though, of working with a client with severe, and classic, multiple personalities.  One day, as we were working, my client suddenly turned into a very young, quite frightened little girl.  Totally different person, and quite a different body as well.  What I remember is just holding her and talking to her for the next half hour and helping her to feel safe.  That little girl—whom my client was only vaguely aware of—became, over a number of sessions, a kind of friend, and it was lovely watching her grow and evolve.  
5. What is one word that you would use to describe your experience with the 10 series?
6. Any closing remarks?
What so obsessively fascinates me about the 10 series is that it so powerfully promotes the understanding that transformation has to be of the whole body.  It can’t just be a little bit here, a little bit there.  The understanding that I now bring into the Buddhist world is that transformation is a function of the awakening of the felt presence of the entire body, not just an opening through the heart, a grounding in the belly, etc.  One of the things that fascial restriction does is numb the felt awareness of the minute, shimmering, vibratory sensations that can be felt to exist on every part of the body down to the smallest cell.  Lost in thought, we lose touch with the felt presence of the body.  Awaken the body, and it’s as though a plug gets pulled on the parade of the semi-conscious monologue of thoughts in the mind.  What emerges when body awakens and the parade of thoughts goes silent is the condition that interests me the most.  Several years ago, at the conclusion of an eight day meditation retreat I taught where I’d assembled a wonderful team of young, SI practitioners to do sessions on all the participants, I remember posing this question to them:  “So, is what we taught here traditional dharma or an exploration of Dr. Rolf’s transformational vision of The Line, and is there any difference?"    
Amy Grier 
Director of Education
Guild for Structural Integration

150 S. 600 E. Suite 1A
SLC, Utah 84102
(800) 447-0150
(801) 696-1169
Structural Integration is about the whole person . . .
from weakness into strength, the exhilaration of owning a new part of oneself, the immediate and simultaneous re-education of one's being and action with the joy of self-empowerment, waking up.

These are the experiences of Structural Integration. - Emmett Hutchins


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