Post-Graduate Alexander Technique Weekend Gatherings
Develop your practice and network with international teachers in the spirit of enquiry and collaboration
Facilitators: Rachel Stevens and Ruth Davis
To develop a thriving network of international AT teachers from all training courses in order to collaborate, share skills and be inspired.
Our ideas for The Circle grew out of our wish to hold a space for teachers to gather, whatever their training background, to learn and grow alongside one another in the spirit of openness and acceptance. To explore ways in which we can share our work with each other and more importantly with the rest of the world.
How do I want to develop my practice? Where can I learn about new developments and evolving pedagogies within the work? Where can I meet like-minded teachers who wish to grow and work together? New initiatives are springing up within the AT community: teaching online, teaching hands-off, group classes or specialising in a particular niche.
We are both deeply committed to the “work” and wish it were more widely known. Between the two of us we have over 45 years’ experience teaching individuals, groups and in the corporate environment. Whilst hailing from differing ‘lines’ of the AT work (MacDonald and Carrington) we have found working together over the last few years that we have much in common. Recently working with Bruce Fertman (The Alexander Alliance) we have come to appreciate that there are limited opportunities to work with other teachers and how valuable it is to be able to study, discuss in depth and work together. We feel that we all have so much to share and learn from one another.
What the Weekend will cover:
- Two Masterclasses with experienced teachers
- Hands on work together
- Discussions and presentations on a range of themes: Alexander Language / Marketing / Teaching Online / Teaching in Groups / Classical Procedures Revisited / Body Mapping/ Applying Alexander to Life Situations etc
- Opportunities for skill sharing
During the course of the weekend we will explore themes in a spirit of open enquiry and reflection.
Whatever our journey with AT, wherever we were trained, we believe we are stronger and more focused, clearer and more confident if we are supported and inspired along the way.
Rachel has been immersed in AT for the past 37 years and qualified from the Haahr School in Devon, UK in 1987. She has taught consistently since qualifying; one to one sessions, group classes, residentials and holidays and introduced AT to the BBC in Bristol where she taught for many years. Shortly after qualifying, Rachel set up Optimum Performance Training Ltd to take AT into the corporate world offering workstation assessments combined with AT awareness to numerous companies including Hewlett Packard and the University of Bristol. She was part of the team of teachers involved in the first Bristol AT training school and became Assistant Director during the late 1990’s.
Rachel took part in the SEAT (Service Evaluation of AT) at St Michael’s Hospital Pain Clinic in Bristol and now specialises in working with pupils experiencing chronic pain.
Ruth was inspired by Alexander’s ideas as a pianist studying Performing Arts at Leicester. She went on to train in London and completed her training in New York with Rivka Cohen. Ruth has taught privately in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and the UK. She has extensive experience working in corporate and performing arts environments, including Goldman Sachs, Yokohama University, the Australian School in Singapore, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012 Ruth has been a consultant to Lush Ltd., working internationally to promote the benefits of the Technique both within the company and to clients. Ruth is particularly interested by somatic disciplines that seek to broaden the understanding of psycho-physical unity, exploring the work of Feldenkrais and Ruthy Alon, as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Gaunts House in Dorset is a rambling manor house complete with stunning grounds and a ballroom and library where we will gather to work together. Meals are vegetarian with vegan menus, gluten free and other dietary needs catered for.
Fully inclusive from £275.00.
Accommodation in shared room for early bird fee before July 1st 2020 of £275.00 or after July 1st 2020 £295.00.
Accommodation in your own room with shared bathroom (your own bathroom may be possible for an additional fee) early bird booking before July 1st 2020 £295.00 or after July 1st 2020 £ 325.00
The fee also includes:
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal plus unlimited teas and coffees)
- The programme of events including the Masterclass
The weekends are open to all qualified AT teachers. Spaces are limited so please book early to guarantee your place. For any queries please contact Rachel Stevens on: firstname.lastname@example.org
To book your place please contact Ruth Davis on: email@example.com