All interventions will be translated in advance into English or French according to the initial language: participants will receive a summary in their own language (the booklet distributed back there is accessible here, by clicking on the icon ; same about the contributions here under).
Each intervention includes a questions and answers period in both languages.
The key question of the seminar – what is it to be an hebertist in 2019? – entitles to all contemporary issues related to a physical education practice such as ours. From the proposals received and the philosophical discussions held in the framework of the instructor trainings, we have listed the following issues :
Hebertism is a philosophy of life. Its cornerstone, MN, is based on the principle of respecting the natural laws of the human being in order to allow everyone to achieve optimal physical development. If the principle is unalterable, its implementation is not a shackle. His doctrine, far from confining, is the backbone that supports the whole and which is the specificity of the MN. And this, for a specific purpose: to allow man to live in the fullness of his means. It is necessary to distinguish the doctrine, the pedagogy and the implementation as well as, for each level, the language or the communication related to it. Because asking the question “What is it to be an hebertist in 2019?” supposes, pre-supposes that the answer could or had to evolve for 20, 30 or 50 years. The question then is to know how …
THE DOCTRINE: the principle founding the MN – the use of gestures that are those of our species – are not to be questioned.
PEDAGOGY: it has its main guiding principles, and as G. Hébert has written, is subject to adaptations that we may discuss about.
IMPLEMENTATION: it is open to (almost) any possible path as long as the above criteria are observed.
By comparison, a theatrical work is an entity in itself and is not subject to change. His staging may be subject to adaptations that will however respect the spirit of the piece. And the sceneries will vary according to the creativity…
Starting from a reading workshop of historical texts, we will first examine Hébert’s position in the society of his time concerning the place of women in sport. This first step will allow us to go into current questions around gender issues and the horizons they suggest for the evolution of our practice.
Without seeking any objectivity, the speaker -who has never been a professional nor an instructor in sport- follows the line of his biography to develop the theme of physical education and physical activities with occasional meetings -sometimes unexpected or discovered a posteriori- with the practices coming from Georges Hébert.
It is the secondary school (between 12 and 18 years old) that was the most painful but also the most revealing of the contradictions for him, without forgetting the questions and disclosures.
Between 20 and 30, the speaker has had various experiences, some of them related to mandatory military service which has gradually reconciled him to some sports. Little by little, he has acquired a fairly broad experience that does not make him a sportsman but allows him to be “a bummer nowhere”. Current developments are pulled between the awareness of the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health on one hand, and the intrusion of money in too many areas related to sport, with less consistent effects with well-being on the other hand.
Despite the radical distinction he made between sport and physical education, and his early denunciation of the abuses of competitive sport, G. Hébert set up an entire system of evaluation in order to equip the instructors and the practitioners with benchmarks to their physical progression.
The “achievements” are a valuable tool in this respect. The healthy emulation that makes you want to outdo oneself can also come from the organization of more sporting activities such as timed parcours or Ball-Barr tournaments.
A philosophical and democratic discussion, in two groups (depending on the language of the discussion: French or English), will take place to try to give a definitive – but necessarily temporary – answer to the key question of the seminar: what is to be Hebertist in 2019?
After debating in each group according to the language, a short feedback will be done all together to allow us to synthesize both discussions.
Sport’nat® “Gymnat” Thuin
Son of Marcel BEUGNIER, one of the founders of the Belgian federation of Hebertism. Instructor in MN since more than 50 years. (Past) president of Sport’nat® Belgium for 25 years. Current president of FBHY.
Centre Hébertiste Nantais
Already 36 years that I practice the hebertism, that I discovered by my friend Geneviève, current President of CH Nantes.
It is with enthusiasm and pleasure that I lead our outdoor sessions, regardless of the public – children and/or adults.
I never miss an opportunity to promote our activity 🙂
Sport’nat® Val d’Heure
I am practicing hebertism for 18 years at the Center Hebert Val d’Heure. Since my arrival or almost, I also was the treasurer. A few years later, in 2005, I became a certified instructor by ADEPS. I was elected president of my center a year ago.
I am an instructor trainer and I was elected co-president of Sport’nat® Belgium at the same time as Philippe, in October 2017.
Sport’nat® Esneux & RCAE
Daughter and granddaughter of hebertists, I became a federal instructor in 2012, and have since worked on redesigning the training system for sports executives for Sport’nat® Belgium while completing my own course. Enchanted by computer graphics and web management, I take care of many of the Internet sites of the federation. I also plead guilty on multiple drawings, photos and digital or physical publications. The beautiful international dynamic that unfolds in recent years enchants me and this is why I organize from time to time a camp or Hebertist seminar …
I fell into the pot when I was little, my father being a fan of Hebertism and a pioneer of MN in Belgium – He used to be instructor in Africa, trainer at the scouts and founder of the Hebert Center of Esneux. I trained all my youth, taking part in the courses of Pierre Barron and all the challenges organized at the time before becoming a trainer and trainer instructors in my turn.
More than 35 years of practice of MN, Sport’nat® instructor since 20 years, and current co-president of Sport’nat® Belgium. While marrying Dominique, I married with Hebertism at the same time…
Sport’nat® Val d’Heure
I was President of the Val d’Heure Center for 33 years before passing it to Suzanne last year. I am a professor of physical education – now retired for two years -, a trainer since 1989, trainer of instructors and head of the Training Commission of Sport’nat® Belgium.
Gymnasia Natural Alicante
I heard “natural gym” for the very first time studying Pestalozzi at uni. After uni, I started to develop my own training method and in 2012 I trained myself on Hebert’s MN, which I incorporated to my method, Gimnasia Natural, and included it as the foundation of this.
Currently, our work is focused on documenting and communicating all the applications of Gimnasia Natural: we give academic training to Ph.E. teachers, social educators, physiotherapists, we deliver training workshops for different realms, we counsel public organisations on designing parcours, we lead projects with a range of public entities and we have weekly training groups.
Association Georges Hébert
Grandson of Georges Hébert, son of Régis Hébert, I fell into it from the cradle. I used to be monitor in Hebert Centers for 15 years. I am currently President of the Georges Hébert Association.
Association Georges Hébert
Grandson of Georges Hébert, oldest son of Régis Hébert, I fell into it from the cradle…
Université Paris 8 / MSH-Paris Nord
Pierre Philippe-Meden is a doctor (PhD) in aesthetics, science and technology of the arts. His research focuses on the issues of body ecology in the history of physical education, sports and performing arts.
Having started in 2013 with my first MN trainings on my own, I have received a real boost in the SET 1 meeting in 2015. In 2016 I joined the whole SIP Camp 1 with an enlightening trip through all MN-Centers in Belgium. Since then I had introduced MN in the daily work of our educational non-profit-organisation and am practising it personally and with my family still with joy, sharing it with hundreds of people every year in my work.
Forlì (Fc) – Spettine (PC)
AGESCI (scout association) – ETREFORT (my sport association)
I discovered hebertism for the first time in 1999 in my scout group. In the summer of 2002 I took part to a 5 days hebertism camp in Costigiola, the scout center where since 2008 I lead a lot of hebertism workshop and camp for boys and adults during the year. Meanwhile I studied all Hébert books, I took part to the first SEP and I trained in almost all the Belgium Hébert Centers in an 8 day trip with international friends… and some more thing could be add !
The SeMeNEP is a two-days seminar aimed at finding an answer to the question « What does being Hebertist mean in 2019 ? ». Without trying to lock up each other in a doctrinal straitjacket that would impoverish our practices, we will try to reach a “lowest common denominator” that allows us to state clearly who we are, while leaving us free to experiment and to help improving the method, as G. Hébert wished it himself.