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Workshops

Workshops

Workshops are the cornerstone of every Congress, and your chance to showcase the work.

Your reputation and professional expertise are extremely valuable to the international Alexander Technique Community, and will help to make the Congress a reflection of the best that the global Alexander community has to offer.

This time, we are offering three different time lengths of workshops to allow you to match your energy levels.

  • Mini (30 min)
  • Medium (75 min)
  • XL workshops (150 min.)

Every day of the week, except for Wednesday, there will be at least two Mini or Medium and one XL running in parallel.

* Workshops (and all other Congress events, except Continuous Learning) are walk-in events. This means you don’t need to book your spot.
We only have to make sure that maximum room occupancies are being observed. For your favourite workshops, we therefore advise you to be there a few minutes early before the workshop starts.

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Alexander Technique & Authentic Movement

Korina Biggs

Korina Biggs
East Sussex, United Kingdom

Alexander Technique & Authentic Movement

The Alexander Technique & Authentic Movement How can these practices enrich and add possibilities to each other? In this workshop we shall use the practice and form of Authentic Movement to focus on themes of non-doing, movement arising, and our modes and habits of perception. Mary Starks Whitehouse who founded the term ‘authentic movement’ describes the process in which the person moving is ‘being moved’ as opposed to creating movement. Participants will take equal time in being both mover and witness and explore how dropping deeply into the practice of inhibition may foster our capacity to stay with not knowing what movement and experiences may emerge. We will explore what arises in us whilst witnessing another move and practice speaking from our own experience. The invitation is to relate our discoveries to our Alexander practice. Everyone welcome, no need for previous experience.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Decolonize Thinking – Anti-Racism and its importance for diversity

Susanne Spahn

Susanne Spahn
Germany

Decolonize Thinking – Anti-Racism and its importance for diversity

How does the long history of colonialism affect our way of thinking, reacting and teaching the Alexander Technique? Explore why Anti-Racism is important for building a diverse Alexander Technique community. The first part of this workshop consists of an introduction into the history of colonialism and its context to racism. We learn more about terms like structural racism, othering and cultural approbation and we discuss how they can influence a person’s use of the self. In a calm and friendly environment, participants are encouraged to take a closer look at perspectives from BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Color) and to gain a deeper understanding for the destructive effects of colonialism and racism. In the second part of this workshop, participants will experience this topic within a group activity. Participants please bring a pen and paper.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Ease on Skis: try it out indoors without snow or ski equipment

Erik Bendix
North Carolina, USA

Ease on Skis: try it out indoors without snow or ski equipment

Indoor movement explorations have become an essential part of Ease on Skis, our application of the Alexander Technique to alpine skiing. We use these indoor explorations every day at our winter workshops to familiarize students with the movements they will need the next day out on the ski slopes. By learning the movements in safety indoors, students at winter workshops have a more secure base from which to inhibit their reactions to sliding downhill once they get outside. At a summer workshop, students trying these explorations can get a taste of what skiing with dynamic ease feels like. Expect plenty of hands-on guidance of movement, leaning this way and that as we stand or walk, even some rolling on the floor. Bring your mask! Let’s stay safe so we can really enjoy this. It is such fun.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Sports||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Listening Council

Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

Listening Council

This is an invitation to gather and listen to each other.  Being together in Berlin offers us an opportunity to share our hopes, dreams, fears, and fantasies about the current qualities of our community, as well as any directions we would like to see in the future. We will use a process called Council. Council is a non-hierarchical, confidential form for speaking and listening from the heart, created and evolved by indigenous cultures worldwide, and shared as a wisdom tradition for all people. Council practice elicits the co-creation of community, recognizing that each voice needs to be heard, and that every person has a gift, a story to share, and a piece of the whole. Rather than having a discussion, Council Circles offer a place for offering and receiving; a container where each story is heard and held, allowing the deeper wisdom of the group to be revealed. Everyone is welcome, and you always have the choice to share, to pass, and/or to witness. Let’s listen to each other.  

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Posture, Rhythm and Resonance: Kinesthetic Energy Patterns and the Alexander Technique

Posture, Rhythm and Resonance: Kinesthetic Energy Patterns and the Alexander Technique

In the 1930s kinesiologist Josephine Rathbone discovered four basic ways people move and hold residual tension in their bodies. These four rhythmic patterns flow throughout the nervous system and show up in the way we move, think, learn, relate to one another, and behave in our environment. Understanding the characteristics and nature of kinesthetic energy patterns will not only enhance our ability to “read” and “resonate” with our students; this knowledge can augment our pedagogical acumen and shed light on the way our own primary energy patterns impact the way we teach and use our selves. In this workshop we will explore both the scientific and practical aspects of kinesthetic energy patterns in a multi-faceted format that includes lecture, demonstration, discussion and practical application. Particular attention will be given to understanding and identifying the four patterns and considering ways to incorporate this knowledge when teaching inhibition, end-gaining and direction.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques||Science

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Teaching the Young Actor: Creating a Safe Container

Harry Hobbs

Harry Hobbs
Massachusetts, USA

Teaching the Young Actor: Creating a Safe Container

In this workshop we will explore the current challenges the young actor faces and how creating a “safe container” can help dissolve barriers to authentic self-expression. We will explore: What is a safe container? How do you create and sustain it? What results from it? By identifying the characteristics of a safe container, this workshop will show you how to create the conditions that bring out young actors’ best work. We will also explore the barriers young actors face, like anxiety and overwhelm, and the ways in which you can make the Alexander Technique more accessible, through your words and your touch, in order to help dissolve these barriers. Some of the barriers we will cover include: self-criticism and sensitivity to criticism from others need for affirmation existential crises Learn how you can support young actors in accessing their rich emotional life and responsive physicality so they can more deeply embody who they are and the role they are playing.  This workshop is for anyone who: Teaches in a university setting Works with young actors in training programs  Is interested in how acting and the Alexander Technique meet  While applicable to actors, this workshop may also be useful for directors of Alexander Technique training courses who want tools to support trainees of younger populations.  I look forward to sharing this workshop with you!

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Dilemma of Feeling Music Without Feeling Tension

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell
Ontario, Canada

The Dilemma of Feeling Music Without Feeling Tension

Musicians seek Alexander Technique lessons when they have discomfort or injury rather than for artistic reasons. They may not recognize that their artistry and emotional response to music can contribute to technique problems and pain, preventing them from reaching their full musical potential. Pianists often connect to music by feeling the tension in their neck, shoulders, arms, and lower back. Their listening skills can be compromised as they impose a degree of tension that feels necessary for control of the instrument. For example, pianists can shorten their stature and pull their heads into their necks as the music lowers in register or volume and tighten their mid-backs and lift their chests as music passages ascend or increase in volume. In moments of musical intimacy, shallow breathing, fixed eyes, and held facial, neck, and shoulder muscles can occur. Pianists assume – usually unconsciously – that they can only “feel” the music by feeling the tension in their bodies. After a series of Alexander Technique lessons, pianists can learn to inhibit their misuse and regain balance, but sometimes this occurs at the psychological cost of feeling robbed of their emotional connection to the music. To explore this dilemma, workshop participants will have an opportunity to bring their music (memorization is unnecessary), play the piano, and work collaboratively with Heather to discover what specific habits they may have that result from their emotional response to the music and not necessarily from technical challenges. One way of experimenting with this concept is to have a pianist play difficult and easy passages to observe which patterns of misuse are apparent under both circumstances. Heather will explore new ways for each pianist to stay connected to the music without misuse. Heather will encourage participants to sense the critical relationship between the flow of AT directions within them and the flow of music they are creating as a means to emotionally connect to the music. Some participants may experience a new form of active listening as they understand that their responsiveness to music can remain intact through means other than physical tension. When achieving a degree of balance and flow, musicians may report an experience of “watching themselves play” or feeling that the music is playing “through them” or “playing itself.”

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Face of Decision

Richard Casebow

Richard Casebow
United Kingdom

The Face of Decision

When we encounter an obstacle to our plans, we contract our corrugator muscles, shorten in front, in a pattern that Alain Berthoz has called the face of decision. This workshop will play with becoming aware of this face and its implications for the re-thinking that then follows. Participants will be invited to use Alexander’s technique to inhibit the face of decision in exploring conceiving a new way of how to proceed. In exploring inhibition this way, we will look at the implications of different types of obstacles and the difference between working at behavioural, strategic, role governing and ontological levels according to the invalidation experienced. We will also touch upon how the face of decision can be habitually used in evaluating and rejecting new experiences within the context of an Alexander lesson.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Inner Quiet: Decanting the Overwhelm in Trauma

Bob Lada

Bob Lada
Massachusetts, USA

Inner Quiet: Decanting the Overwhelm in Trauma

Trauma can result when a person doesn’t have the time or space to process an overwhelming experience.  Loss of power is an essential injury in trauma. The most basic locus of empowerment is over one’s self, and one’s actions. As an Alexander teacher, you will encounter students who have experienced trauma, whether they realize it or not. This workshop will share our understanding of trauma and explore how AT can empower students to respond to and reduce the effects of trauma.  Like all AT, our workshop is not a substitute for therapeutic care, rather what AT teachers might need to know about working with the likely presence of trauma in our students.   We will explore how AT teachers offer tools that students can use to reduce the effects of trauma and will offer our perspectives on how not to re-traumitize your students while working with them.  We will offer insights on how teachers can be a supportive presence as compassionate guides, on breath, on orientation in space and time, on accessing internal and external resources for support, and on how learning AT in a group can reduce isolation by sharing a supportive learning community. This will be an experiential workshop with plenty of interaction and particularly useful for teachers who will be working with displaced persons.

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Alexander Technique for Musicians 1

Michael Clausnizer portrait

Michael Clausnizer
Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Alexander Technique for Musicians 1

20 years of experience with all types of instruments and singing For everyone who wants to get to know the Alexander Technique on the instrument/singing. First, I work on preparatory postures and movements for each instrument and singing. Then, on this basis, the instrument/singing is used to try out how making music in balance is possible. It is usually about simple sequences of notes, more rarely about elaborate works. Active and passive participation, maximum 8 active participants. Please bring an instrument with you ! http://www.michael-clausnizer.de http://www.musikschule-filderstadt.de/filum/lehrkraefte/michael-clausnizer/            

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Authentic Portraits with Ralf Hiemisch

Ralf Hiemisch portrait

Ralf Hiemisch
Germany

Authentic Portraits with Ralf Hiemisch

In this workshop one will learn to be natural and centered in front of the camera. In simple, straightforward steps, Ralf will show us ways to ground yourself and flow forward and upward from there. Discover how presence emerges from this flow and how you can connect through the camera with the person viewing your portrait. The viewer will feel invited to look at you. communication arises. In this workshop Ralf will show portraits of people before and after a portrait session. Ralf will photograph portraits during the workshop while explaining how to do it. What you learn you can implemented immediately. We will do simple activities together to get in touch with each other, photographing each other with professional cameras or smartphones and exchanging ideas. You can use the knowledge you learn in this workshop to photograph your own portraits for your website and your social media accounts. Or maybe you’re an art lover and you’re all about the art of portrait photography itself. Ralf is looking forward to meeting you. The workshop will be held in English ? PLEASE BRING Smartphone or professional camera SUITABLE FOR * Alexander Technique teachers who wish to have portraits for their website, social media and so on. * Camera shy Alexander Technique teachers. * Photographers and people who are passionate about photography and art. For those who after reading this think Ralf can’t write nice lyrics … this is an automatic translation made by this website. Powered by Google.

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Communication/Verbal Skills||Business / Marketing

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

For the Love of Games

Portrait Rossella Buono

Rossella Buono
Kent, United Kingdom

For the Love of Games

Games, activities, little “to do” – they all add up to create a repertoire to use when teaching, when explaining what we do during a dinner party, to wake up the audience etc. My friend Anne and I had a collection of those – it turned into a book. This large workshop, based on the book “For the Love of Games”, is going to be like a marathon. Bring a bottle of water, a snack and your inner child. Very simple structure – we’ll do an activity, discuss in pairs, move to the next one. We’ll alternate more active games with more restful/recharging activities. We’ll also look at some new activities developed in the last 4 years. We’ll finish with a well deserved guided semi-supine. We also tried on Zoom, it was fun. rossellabuono.com

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Games

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Hearing Neuroscience While Getting Turns

Jeremy Chance
Tokyo, Japan

Hearing Neuroscience While Getting Turns

Practical BodyThinking with Jeremy Benefit: Experiencing a lesson with Jeremy as he explains how neuroscience informs his teaching and touching methods. Back in 2010, I created two courses of study – BodyThinking and ThinkingBody – for my teacher training school. I deliberately chose confusing names to emphasise that trainees study two sides of the same thing: using Alexander’s discoveries in your daily life. In this workshop, I will emphasise BodyThinking. BodyThinking explores the relationship between postural support (coordinating movement) and movement (activity movement) and how body image & body schema interact with these two distinct neuromuscular systems. Exclusively through giving lessons, I will demonstrate how to optimise both systems: Coordinating Movements This is what neuroscientists call the (primarily involuntary) postural support system. Alexander’s fundamental discovery impacts this system: FM maintained that the relativity of head/spinal movement calibrates all other systems; more popularly known as Use affects Function. I will initially demonstrate the efficacy of coordinating movements by guiding each participant through individual touch into creating a “one-second-plan” that recalibrates their postural support system to walk. More popularly known as “getting a turn.” Activity Movements This is what scientists call the voluntary movement system. Coordinating movements (postural support) impact this system. Body image/schema – systems studied and debated by neuroscientists – have a prominent role in learning and perfecting skilled actions, which I will demonstrate through individual lessons within the group. More popularly known as “BodyMapping”. Please come ready to explore a skilled activity – asking someone for a date, martial arts, dancing, playing music, performing, singing a song etc. And more walking is fine too. BTW: Please don’t ask me to “get you out of a chair” – I will refuse. Too many Alexander habits to deal with; it’s another kind of workshop! BACKGROUND To read more about what I mean by Coordinating Movements and Activity movements, check out these blogs: Detailed Description of a Lesson with a Musician showing how an Activity Plan can impact your Coordination Plan: https://atsuccess.com/blog/2019/03/technical-sidebar-getting-comfortable-posture.html Blog on Coordination Plans https://atsuccess.com/blog/2013/06/m0213-co-ordination-plans.html Blog on Activity Plans https://atsuccess.com/blog/2013/06/m0214-activity-plans.html Another Blog Explaining Coordination and Activity Plans (but the graphics are missing, sorry) https://atsuccess.com/blog/2013/06/m0216-activity-and-co-ordination-plans-help.html For the truly dedicated who still want more… https://atsuccess.com/blog/2013/11/day-nineteen-how-teach-people-see-invisible-things.html

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Sports||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Anatomy||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques||Business / Marketing||Science

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Qualitative (Not Quantitative?!) Criteria? Yes!

Qualitative (Not Quantitative?!) Criteria? Yes!

Come to an experiential workshop derived from a considered qualitative approach to evaluating  teaching competence. Participants are invited to complete the ATI Teacher Certification Process in miniature and reflect on how the process relates to their thinking about the Alexander Technique and the way they teach it. Attendees will participate in interactive small group discussions about Alexander’s Writings, Anatomy, and Ethics in Teaching.  They will then be invited to observe a lesson  with the ATI Teaching Criteria in mind.  The workshop will conclude with an open discussion about how this qualitative approach to teaching competence relates to different ideas about what it means to teach the Alexander Technique. This is a joint workshop together with Sarah Barker, Gabriele Breuninger, and Joe Kaplan.

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

The forgotten anatomy of the CranioSacral system

Elke Mastwijk

Elke Mastwijk
The Netherlands

The forgotten anatomy of the CranioSacral system

A workshop on the influence of deep fascia tension on use and behaviour. You can find the anatomy of the CranioSacral System in every anatomy book, yet most people don’t know much about it.  That is why I call it the forgotten anatomy. The CranioSacral system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. Which are bathed in a cerebrospinal fluid that has a rhythmic pulse, similar to blood pressure. This fluid is contained in a fascia sac which covers the brain and the spinal cord. A CranioSacral therapist senses the pulse and looks for any subtle restrictions in the flow of the fluid and excess tension in the fascia and helps release it. This facilitates freedom of movement and better coordination. As Alexander Teachers we work with the CranioSacral system every day even if we are not aware of it  How would it affect your teaching if you knew how deeply it influences use and behaviour? You are invited to come and find out. How can the CranioSacral system influence use? Pupils who have suffered emotional trauma or who have been inflicted by physical trauma such as (car) accidents, surgery, orthodontics and long term illnesses can feel out of sorts for a long time. Trauma not only influences patterns of use but also creates tension patterns in all the fascia of the body, including those of the CranioSacral system. This in turn can interfere with the Primary Control in quite an unexpected way. The workshop In this workshop we will explore knowledge and insights from CranioSacral therapy on fascia tension. Certain fascia tension can actually make it impossible for your pupil to release the neck and experience the true freedom of “forward and up”.  We will take a look at the forces that are at work inside the skull, around the spinal cord and the sacrum. The workshop will start off with a basic introduction to the CranioSacral system through video animations. After which we will work “hands on” to gain a deeper understanding of how fascia pulls can interfere with use.

Workshop-XL
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:45 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Anatomy||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Altogether, One After the Other: A Lecture-Performance Exploring Dilemmas Faced by a Brazilian AT Teacher

Raquel Cavalcanti
Minas Gerais, Brazil

Altogether, One After the Other: A Lecture-Performance Exploring Dilemmas Faced by a Brazilian AT Teacher

In this interactive performance, Raquel will share, problematize, and discuss aspects of her PhD research on dance and the Alexander Technique. With lots of humor, dancing, and using excerpts from AT websites, articles and books, Raquel will creatively reveal some challenges she has encountered in her more than 20 years as a teacher and practitioner of the AT. Using the “disassembly” method (desmontagem) conceived and practiced by Latin American artists, she will interact with the audience in a variety of ways—from a demo chair lesson to a dance improvisation—during which her questions, discomforts, and dilemmas come to the surface in a surprising way. After the performance, there will be an opportunity for open and informal discussion, allowing participants to ask questions and share their impressions about the presentation.  

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

5

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Finding a True Stop, Clear Choice, and Amazing Coordination

Portrait Penelope Easten

Penelope Easten
Clare, Ireland

Finding a True Stop, Clear Choice, and Amazing Coordination

Inspired by the work of Margaret Goldie Life is a juggling act that consists of catching – or missing – all the ‘balls’ that come our way. It may seem that we have no choice, but if we can come to a true stop in a place of quiet aliveness and receptivity, from there we can make a real choice. The possible science behind this will be considered with a model of mind/brain functioning, moving from possibility to probability to action. What is the difference between a true stop and a pause? In this workshop we will explore coming to a true stop in a state of quiet aliveness so that, when you choose to catch, you can find amazing co-ordination. And how does vision play a part in coordination? We will discover that when we come fully present we see in real metrics; then the rest of the body simply co-ordinates itself. We can then have a new learning experience of juggling more balls (or beanbags) than we are used to, and you may surprise yourself! We can also discuss this in the context of other learning, such as a musical instrument or sport. The workshop gives you practical experience and knowledge to bring to your teaching in person, in groups and online.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Science

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Games and Body Puzzles with Contact Improvisation and Alexander Technique

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
The Netherlands

Games and Body Puzzles with Contact Improvisation and Alexander Technique

Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance form developed in 1970’s by dancer/choreographer Steve Paxton as a way of exploring spontaneous movements and playful body mechanics with a partner. It has since grown into both an important component of contemporary dance training as well as a recreational dance form world wide. In this workshop we will have a taste of how CI and AT can work together. We will start by exploring some simple games and body puzzles that challenge one to improvise while maintaining AT principles. For example, can you walk with a partner through the room while slightly leaning on each other? Can you then change the leaning point smoothly without losing contact and without tightening or collapsing? How does this change your AT experience of walking? After playing with some simple exercises, we will open things up a bit for some more free form improvised movement.  This will allow for some deeper exploration of the roles inhibition and direction can play in improvisation. I’ll be drawing on my experiences from 15 years of teaching CI and AT together on a regular basis. The movements will be lightweight and easy for anyone with or without CI experience. We will include lots of warming up and there will be lots of flexibility in the level to which you want to take the movement. It should be fine for any body type or fitness level and useful for anyone looking for a new experience, or for new ideas for games that could be used in any group AT setting.  You should wear fairly soft and flexible clothing if possible, though we can also adapt to your needs. I hope you will join us for a little fun!

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||AT Games||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

How to Create a Radically Successful (and fun) Group Intro Workshop

Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

How to Create a Radically Successful (and fun) Group Intro Workshop

A Practical Workshop for Building Your Practice Whether you are a brand new graduate or a seasoned teacher looking to expand into group teaching or new communities, this workshop explores the question – ‘how will I get students?’ You can, of course, advertise and offer private lessons – but how will people know that you are offering just what they are looking for?  What will get them to walk in the door and sign up for your amazing lessons?  How will they learn that this thing called Alexander Technique may be the answer to their questions about comfort or ease or passion or agency or making new choices in their life?  How will you find these future students?  How will they find you? In this practical, experiential workshop, we will explore some basic tools and templates for creating successful introductory workshops for any size group, in any time frame.  Rather than telling them everything you know about AT, craft a class where they leave with a direct experience of the essence of the Work and what it means for them personally, in their areas of interest.  How do you excite them enough to sign up for your lessons in just 30 minutes? or in 3 hours?  How do you present the Work differently for different interest groups or professions? Consider this skill of introducing the Work as fundamental as your website and your hands – it is a time-tested way to quickly build a full practice.  

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion||Business / Marketing

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Individualiserter, strukturierter und personenzentrierter AT-Unterricht

Individualiserter, strukturierter und personenzentrierter AT-Unterricht

AT-Unterricht weiter gedacht: ein pädagogischer Ansatz, die Bedeutung von Transparenz, Nachvollziehbarkeit, Dokumentation und Verbildlichung. Ich teile sehr gerne mit euch mein mehr als 30-jähriges Erfahrungs-Wissen aus der AT. Ebenso greife ich zurück auf 40 Jahre pädagogisches Wissen aus meinem erziehungswissenschaftlichem Studium und netsprechender Arbeit. Im Workshop gebe ich euch im ersten Teil Einblicke mit einem Vortrag und Bildern, wie ich AT unterrichte. Im zweiten Teil möchte ich anhand eurer Fragen und Anregungen verschiedene Aspekte, die für euch in der AT-Unterrichtspraxis von Interesse sind, im Gespräch und mittels praktischer Veranschaulichungen vertiefen, sodass ihr konkrete Ideen für eure eigene AT-Arbeit mitnehmen werdet. Meine Erfahrung ist: wenn Transparenz, Nachvollziehbarkeit, Dokumentation und Verbildlichung Grundlinien des AT-Unterrichts sind, dann ist AT-Unterricht für uns LehrerInnen, ebenso wie für unsere KlientInnen stets lebendig, leicht, interessant und vor allem mit viel Lern-Potential versehen. Tina Schober, beendet bei mir Ende des Jahres ihre AT-Ausbildung, kann euch aus der Perspektive der „KlientIn“ etwas zu den Themen dieses Workshops berichten. Der Workshop wird in englischer Sprache gehalten. mail@fahrenkamp-brandt.de Christina.Schober@hotmail.de

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Making Peace With Yourself, So You Can Be At Peace With Yourself

Portrait of Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson
Massachusetts, USA

Making Peace With Yourself, So You Can Be At Peace With Yourself

All habituation is to some degree habituation of identity. Identify is a key part of what the Alexander work is all about: it enables us to forge a deeper sense of who we are, or certainly wish to be.  We will be looking at identity in a lighthearted and supported way. We will look at topics such as fluidity of identity, identity in relationship, and identity as attachment to personal narrative. We will provide the time, space, and support to explore who you wish to be  in a given moment in any circumstance. For the ultimate ‘use of self’ is to make peace with yourself so that you can be at peace with yourself… and others. For teachers: you can only bring to others what you have brought to yourself.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

On not making a sound…

Sarah Bonner-Morgan

Sarah Bonner-Morgan
Edinburgh City, United Kingdom

On not making a sound…

This workshop we will have the opportunity to explore not making vowel sounds…those pre-verbal ooos and ahhhs and iiiis of communication and expression.  How might inhibition, in this case a gentle decision not to imitate a given vocal sound, allow space for the unwinding and unravelling of early vocal patterns. Dropping into a place of spacious listening we can explore the delight of choosing if, when and how we might like to make a sound.  In a safe group setting this process can often give rise to unexpected, playful and creative responses. The experience of not sounding vowels may take us into deep, sometimes blissful, wordless states which might be unfamiliar to our adult selves, so there will be ample time at the end to integrate and share our experiences and frequent verbal check-ins as we go along. It seems important to say that this is not in any way a singing workshop but a space for exploration.  If you wish you can choose not to make a sound for the entire session!  Bring a blanket for extra security if you wish.

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Voice & Movement, a Flowing Integration

Clara Sandler

Clara Sandler
Massachusetts, USA

Voice & Movement, a Flowing Integration

In this workshop we will explore singing and improvisatory and directed movement to find freedom of the voice, embody our songs and have fun in the process! We will first all together improvise movement to various styles of music (classical, tango, Brazilian samba) to warm up the body and let go of inhibitions 🙂 There will be free flow and directed movements. We will then, all together, improvise movement to our own song: first the song will be in our head while we improvise, then we will all sing out and improvise at the same time: a beautiful cacophony! We will then open the floor to anybody interested in trying solo singing and improvising movement. This workshop is open to anybody who likes to sing and move/dance to music! We will be using the AT principles while improvising, and elements from 5 Rhythms modality. Please think of a song you would like to work with and wear comfortable clothes.  

Workshop-Medium
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The ABC's of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Jennifer Mizenko portrait

Jennifer Mizenko
Mississippi, USA

The ABC's of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

A place to begin your journey with the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Join us to learn more about DEI, and gain practical tools for incorporating DEI awareness into your practice.   Questions we will touch upon will include: What is DEI? Why is DEI important to me as a Teacher of the Alexander Technique? What resources can help me as an Alexander Technique Teacher? We will share with you our experiences and welcome you to bring your questions and experiences. Offered by members of the Alexander Technique Liberation Project.

Workshop-Mini
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:45 h - 17:15 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

‘Widening the Back’ Made Simple!

Portrait Penelope Easten

Penelope Easten
Clare, Ireland

‘Widening the Back’ Made Simple!

Compression in the upper back, neck, shoulders and chest is very common and as AT teachers we spend our careers working with problems resulting from it. In this workshop we explore the functional anatomy of the upper body and how this helps to free the primary control. Through a simple set of directions to the elbows you will learn how to: release chronic tensions in the arms and upper body reduce pain quickly and safely access strength and power in your back strengthen your back naturally and appropriately improve elasticity in fascial tissues activate your primary control For teachers, understanding the functional anatomy of the upper body means we can work usefully with the causes and effects of problems, and direct another person to find their coordination of the upper body, whether in the same room or online.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Anatomy

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

„Everyone has the power to stop the world“- Ethical means for a global turning point

„Everyone has the power to stop the world“- Ethical means for a global turning point

Reducing stress and inappropriateness in the way we use ourselves has a far reaching effect on the way we live, the way we interact in relationships, deal with situations and resolve conflicts. Step by step we reduce commonplace violence and cooperate with the wholeness of the world out of a deeper connection to what we are. This workshop explores the ethical magnitude of the Alexander-Technique when, at the moment of engaging with the world, we work on ourselves.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

AT and Focal Dystonia

Alexandra Mazek
Österreich, Austria

AT and Focal Dystonia

Dystonia is a movement disorder. ‘Focal’ refers to a condition affecting a precise area of the body, e.g. hands – writer’s cramp or musician’s dystonia, neck – torticollis, or eyelids – blepharospasm. Dystonia exemplifies the oneness of mind and body. Every mental ripple can cause worsening of symptoms and, interestingly, there is not much difference between the effect of a pleasant or an unpleasant excitement.  The inability to control one’s movements, especially when it seems particularly important, can cause great stress and insecurity. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when confronted with a condition like this as a teacher.  I would like to show how AT can be very helpful for dystonia sufferers without us seeing ourselves as therapists. Workshop content dos and don’ts when working with a dystonia client; useful, practical procedures; stepping into the shoes of a person with dystonia; time for specific questions and for sharing your experience of working with dystonia. Read more by clicking the link to the article “Dystonia”  which was written together with my colleague Christian Steineder and published in STAT News in Jan.2019 Dystonia article_Statnews_Jan2019_v2

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Science

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

AT for the Queer, LGBTIA+, & Non-binary populations

Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

AT for the Queer, LGBTIA+, & Non-binary populations

How does AT serve the queer and non-binary population? This is an era of deeply questioning our societal labels and roles. People are actively exploring the use of masculine/feminine/neutral pronouns and appearance, and re-thinking where they might fit on a scale of gender and sexual orientation, rather than the traditional binary categories. In this experiential workshop, we will explore specific tools for using AT to support people who identify as queer, LGBTIA+, and non-binary. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in exploring these themes personally and/or professionally.  Perhaps you would like tools for exploring your own assumed gender expressions and definitions? Or perhaps you are interested in offering AT for the Queer community or for those who are actively exploring non-binary options, and you’d like some tools and a place to share experiences? Or maybe you’ve been serving this community and you have insight and experience to offer the group? Everyone is welcome. Let’s explore together. We will build our content based on the curiosity of this who attend. Topics we may consider include: How to embody a range of gender expressions with ease and integrity What ‘roles’ have you subliminally embodied, and how do you recognize and release patterns that are not in resonance with who you choose to be right now AT for Drag Queens – sustaining both worlds in one body Embodying the TRANS experience ‘Dykes’ and ‘Faeries’  – Wearing the Stereotypes  How to ‘pass’, if and when necessary, without compromising your wholeness Embodied ‘social location’ tools – how to be comfortable in mixed company! Epigenitics of Gender Bring your questions – every topic is open for exploration!  

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Celebrating Marj Barstow's Legacy: Observation, Activities & Teaching Groups

Ariel Weiss portrait

Ariel Weiss
PA, USA

Celebrating Marj Barstow's Legacy: Observation, Activities & Teaching Groups

Master teacher Marj Barstow was a visionary innovator and the richness of her teaching legacy is more relevant today than ever before. The worldwide pandemic has severely limited teaching AT in-person in the classical style of hands-on one-on-one. We have the opportunity to thrive in the current reality by making good use of the potential to connect around the world online. Marj’s teaching provides a unique template particularly well-suited for online and group teaching and can help teachers and trainees from all backgrounds and at all levels of experience to enhance and further their skills and adaptivity. This experiential workshop will target key areas of Marj’s pedagogical approaches: • Observing use and patterns of interference • Directing coordination in activity • Teaching in groups Observing use and patterns of interference Marj had a super keen eye and never missed even a momentary change in someone’s use. She’d look across a room at you and know EXACTLY what was going on with your Primary Control. When we don’t have our hands to sense what is going on, we need to optimize what we see and hear, as well as fully engage our students as collaborators in the process of discovery. • Finding visual and auditory clues to determine movement quality, sequence and direction • Seeing the whole – even when you can’t • Promoting students’ agency in self-observation and feedback Directing coordination in activity One of Marj’s greatest innovations was to teach in activity – helping singers as they sang, jugglers as they juggled, etc. She understood that the stimuli for discoordination were deeply embedded in the habits surrounding these activities. When we go directly to the source of the stimulus/response we help our students navigate directing themselves in the very dynamic manner they are most interested in. This requires a keen eye, a dynamic appreciation for Use and the ability to transpose AT Principles in any situation. • Finding “critical moments” • Transposing the Classical Procedures • Sleuthing the thinking behind stimulus/response patterns • Promoting students’ agency in self-observation and experimentation Teaching in groups Marj is perhaps best known for teaching in large groups – a practice that is still often misunderstood. The benefits of teaching in groups are plentiful; it promotes the student’s agency and diminishes dependency, and is also cost-effective making the work more accessible to greater numbers of people and promoting AT teachers’ ability to build a thriving livelihood. Teaching effectively in groups requires specialized skills to transcend from teaching a series of private lessons in public to creating dynamic, experiential learning opportunities. • Teaching the “part within the whole” – effectively teaching individuals in a group setting • Finding and developing themes • Deconstructing activities • Creating community • Promoting students’ agency in observation, self-observation and experimentation

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Business / Marketing

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Direction of Musical Impulse

Direction of Musical Impulse

Direction of Musical Impulse: 30 Years at the Conservatory Musical impulse sparks enormous energy in the musician. The desire to express is often misdirected and leads to tension in neck, back, arms, and breath. The Alexander program in Utrecht involves all students at the conservatory. Over time, respectful observation has lead to a better understanding of the processes involved in music making. Identifying common stimuli-reaction patterns in the musician and working through them in practice enhances classical AT learning and teaching. The Musician in Balance curriculum at the Utrecht Conservatory was developed at the Artist in Balance institute. Practice tactics help to clear the path for expression. Remarkable changes in playing and singing are observed within minutes. This motivates the student to look more deeply into applying inhibition and direction to their playing. The procedures help to decode unnecessary reaction patterns allowing the musicians to overcome stereotypical tensions and express themselves freely. Practice tactics can be named, learned and repeated to progressively clear the path of musical impulse: from its inception in the imagination to its final destination in the air. This is an interactive workshop with demonstration and participation. Try techniques for harnessing imagination, finding the slower pulse, not reacting to high and low notes, identifying the contact points where sound and articulation are made, playing with acoustics and spatial thinking in playing. Bring your voice and/or instrument if you like. Untrained singers also most welcome! Workshop given by Crissman Taylor and Gilles Rullmann, Artist in Balance institute, musicians and teachers at the Utrecht and Amsterdam Conservatories. https://www.artistinbalance.org/

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Exploring Ease of Movement with the Dart Procedures

Exploring Ease of Movement with the Dart Procedures

We will explore the primary and secondary curves and spirals, based on the work of Joan and Alex Murray. Inhibition will be our guide. We will be working together in pairs and Frances and Julia will give individual turns. This workshop is open to all, beginners and Dart aficionados alike. As Raymond Dart said, “You can only look forward as far as you can look back.”

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Grenzüberschreitung (Übergriff/Missbrauch) in der AT-Körperberührung

Grenzüberschreitung (Übergriff/Missbrauch) in der AT-Körperberührung

Grenzverletzungen sind Überschreitungen der körperlichen oder psychischen Grenzen anderer Menschen. Sie können aufgrund von unterschiedlichen Empfindungen von Nähe und Distanz oder durch Unkenntnis oder Nichtbeachtung von Verhaltensregeln absichtlich oder unabsichtlich entstehen. Workshopaufbau: Teil 1: Sammlung eurer persönlichen Erfahrungen mit Übergriffen zur Sensibilisierung aller Teilnehmer*innen für das Thema in Partnerarbeit oder Kleingruppen Teil 2: Vortrag zu folgenden Themen: Wie sieht in der Kindheit gesunder Körperkontakt aus, wo kippt er ins Problematische? Gibt es Räume erlaubter bzw. notwendiger körperlicher Grenzüberschreitung? Körperliche Berührung in der AT- Arbeit: wie ist unser derzeitiges Problembewusstsein? gibt es Übergriffigkeit in der AT Arbeit und Ausbildung? wie gehen wir mit Übergriffen um? Teil 3: Praktische Übung zum Thema Übergriffe in der körperlichen Berührung der AT- Arbeit in Partnerarbeit oder Kleingruppen. Teil 4: Gemeinsam wollen wir eine Vision entwickeln, wie wir in der AT konstruktiv mit diesem Thema umgehen können. (Workshop wird in englischer Sprache gehalten)

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Playing With Heads

Jennifer Mizenko portrait

Jennifer Mizenko
Mississippi, USA

Playing With Heads

Head lead/Body Follow is a mantra we hear all of the time in the Alexander Technique world. In this workshop we will explore this mantra by literally playing with heads. We will hold heads while supine. We will connect heads while crawling. We will make contact with heads while standing. All the while exploring the experience of moving the head and the connection with the body. Descartes said, “I think therefore I am”…but what about the rest of him? And how does the head/thinking integrate with the whole? Come explore this movement and these questions. *Note – this will be a very active, moving workshop, with some elements of contact improvisation. This workshop can be adjusted to be “non-contact” if necessary due to COVID-19.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Sports||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Standing in the Light: Teaching Presence to Performers and Speakers

Jana Tift portrait

Jana Tift
Florida, USA

Standing in the Light: Teaching Presence to Performers and Speakers

What does it mean for a performer to claim space and to share their performance with an audience?  Certain performers seem to do this instinctively; others push or force their performance, or they struggle with stage fright. Their creative impulses are blocked. Is performance presence an elusive state, bestowed upon a chosen few, leaving the rest of us to hope that “it” will appear at the crucial moment?  Does presence come and go at the whim of the creative gods? We say an emphatic “no!” It is not. The “recipe” for presence is tangible and readily available to performers through a simple change in thinking. Add a new awareness and a dab of inhibition, and Voila!  Performers can give themselves permission to be fully present in their bodies and fully present in the space. What a relief! This workshop offers simple, powerful practices that support performers in auditions, on stage, in the classroom, in front of an audience. Based in the Alexander Technique, these explorations liberate performers from trying to please or “get it right.” Old habits that imprison them simply fall away, and performers are free to express their deepest creative instincts. Standing in the Light is for actors, singers, public speakers, teachers – anyone who speaks or performs in front of an audience (or a class). Based on our book, Your Body Knows (by Meade Andrews and Jana Tift), this is a participatory workshop for all who attend, although if you prefer to observe, you are welcome to do so.  Participants may be invited to share a bit of music or text – just a few lines/measures from a poem or song would be sufficient. https://www.routledge.com/Your-Body-Knows-A-Movement-Guide-for-Actors/Andrews-PhD-Tift-MFA/p/book/9780367258825

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Teaching Actors: Design Group Classes that Inspire

Morgan Rysdon

Morgan Rysdon
Georgia, USA

Teaching Actors: Design Group Classes that Inspire

Many actors are highly trained to analyze the text of a script, to understand characters and scenes, and to recognize subtle nuances of subtext between different characters. However, what should they do with their body, breath, and voice when embodying a character?   Too often actors experience moments of tension, rigidity, and stress while performing. That’s where the Alexander Technique can help actors develop their kinesthetic awareness, discover habits of their physical body, and foster better alignment.    In this interactive workshop, I will be sharing the group exercises I use in my classes that best engage students, and result in significant changes in the actor’s performances.    My group classes are carefully created with the intention of being inclusive, safe spaces, for my students to learn (free of judgement) so that they can become more familiar with their body, breath, and voice.    Please come prepared to perform and have fun! 

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Teaching Challenge: Agency vs Appeasement

Belinda Mello

Belinda Mello
New York, USA

Teaching Challenge: Agency vs Appeasement

Creating an environment that is an inclusive and safe place for learning is essential to our teacher/student dynamics. In this workshop we will experience, using games and discussions, the ways in which appeasement can be one of the most pervasive patterns we address in our lessons and classes. And we will see how choice and inhibition can be instrumental in supporting a sense of agency, countering the need to appease. The most often misunderstood of the four stereotyped responses to a perception of threat (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Appease ) is to appease –  the focus of this workshop. We may be missing how often teachers and students use appeasement to “keep the peace”. Metabolically costly, appeasement obscures the ability to see all our options, until after the fact.  In this workshop I will share ways to structure learning environments that consciously aim at leveling hierarchies, engaging students’ capacity to recognize their freedom of choice. Because access to choice is not equally shared, grappling with appeasement can build our empathy for the toll it takes, highlighting the need to teach tenderly, fostering more equity of resources for safety and agency.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Art of Self Direction, Part One: Using Your Voice Well – Secrets from Marjorie Barstow

The Art of Self Direction, Part One: Using Your Voice Well – Secrets from Marjorie Barstow

I trained with Marj Barstow and she was very particular about how we used our voices—no umming or gasping allowed, and attention paid to our vocal quality—resonance, clarity, and intention. In this workshop, we will play with the strategies and techniques we learned from her, from whispered ahs, to reading aloud, to singing, storytelling, and anything else you want to explore. Bring an easy-to-read children’s book (with pictures) to read aloud—in any language you like.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Heart is in the Hands When Teaching

Portrait of Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson
Massachusetts, USA

The Heart is in the Hands When Teaching

Did you know that there are receptors in our fingers and hands which are connected to centers in our brain responsible for conveying compassion? How often however, even when we as teachers do not consciously attempt to impart a corrective cue through our touch does the person we are teaching feel corrected. Their commitment to who they feel and think they need to be at a given moment in response to a stimulus often outweighs immediate acceptance of the new experience even though personal acceptance of what their new experience offers might lead to the changes in their life they wish for. Change seldom endures in the presence of self judgment. Change is commensurate with self compassion, reaffirming for the student they did the best they could with what they had available to them at the time. Given that unconditional touch is already connected to brain centers responsible for conveying compassion, when teaching could not the Alexander teacher then instill that same non judgmental compassionate touch already built into the system within the quality of their touch? And would this not invite their student to accept their new experience as an already existing part of their identity less foreign to them. With this in mind we will explore the “heart” in the Alexander work, through hands-on demonstration, discussion and multiple exercises designed for your personal experience of acknowledging what nature has already bestowed and intended.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Very palpable moments

Carsten Møller

Carsten Møller
Denmark

Very palpable moments

In this workshop, you will be introduced to a simple way to approach and to communicate the qualities of a united state of mind and body. The procedures are very easy yet gives a clear sense of a bodymind in an active and a present state. This workshop is based on the perspectives that: – Stability comes from motility. Letting the body be in a field of movement creates a vibrant stable presence. – Tensions are movement not yet done. Rather than letting go of them as ‘problems’, we can find other ways to integrate the energy held in the body as tensions, then finding more vitality and sensuality in presence. – Slow down to be fast. When we give ourselves time to perceive, to be with something, the brain can receive and process more information, and then a sense of calm will arise, where the experience of time changes. – The body is a system of self-regulation.  When given the right possibilities, the body will find a way to integration and organization by itself. The format is experiental.

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees

Who's the Teacher? Who's the Student?

Harry Hobbs

Harry Hobbs
Massachusetts, USA

Who's the Teacher? Who's the Student?

Who’s the Teacher? Who’s the Student? A Workshop on Enhancing your Learning and Growth in Private Practice In this workshop, we will explore how our students represent the lessons we need to learn as Alexander Technique teachers. It is often said in our community that our students are our teachers, meaning they teach us to inhibit, to stay connected to the means-whereby, and to stay conscious of our own use.  I see another level to this idea. Over the course of my time in private practice, I have experienced students coming into my studio for reasons intimately connected with my learning and growth as an Alexander Technique teacher, and as a small business owner. I have found that students can fall into one of five categories: – suitable student – unsuitable student – bread & butter student – ideal student – challenging student We will explore the characteristics of these categories and teachers will be invited to share their stories – both successful and challenging – that involve these types of students and their corresponding lessons. You will be invited to see your practice as a laboratory for your learning and growth, and how your students are the agents for that growth.  This clearer picture will provide insight into how your business and teaching skill are progressing, and help you identify the clues that are already there, pointing you toward the changes you need to make in order to have more profit, satisfaction and joy in your professional life.  I look forward to meeting you and sharing our teaching experiences!

Workshop-Medium
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Communication/Verbal Skills||Business / Marketing

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees

Embodying Your Faith: Been and Done

Kathy Privatt

Kathy Privatt
Wisconsin, USA

Embodying Your Faith: Been and Done

Embodying Your Faith is my ongoing project at the intersection of Alexander Movement Technique and Christian faith.  We’ll take a metaphor about tradition from the Christian faith back to the physical/observable to explore and maybe (hopefully) expand our relationship to God and to each other.  Participants from all faith and spiritual practices are welcome. Alexander Movement Technique is the tool we’ll use to physicalize the metaphor.  In this particular work, the Technique guides us to examine how we live in ourselves (mind/body fused – not as separate entities), by reconnecting to our self-awareness, pausing to interrupt habits, and using process (rather than focusing on the desired result) as the way to encounter these ideas in new ways. Please wear a pair of shoes, preferably that you really like, and that you are willing to remove during the workshop.

Workshop-Mini
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
14:15 h - 14:45 h
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CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

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Fully Practical

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Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Grow a Successful Teaching Practice

Morgan Rysdon

Morgan Rysdon
Georgia, USA

Grow a Successful Teaching Practice

We’ve all trained to become skilled Alexander Technique teachers. Long years refining our hands on skills, practicing our keen sense of awareness and observation, and honing our skills of improved ‘Use’ and “Direction’. But have we failed to better prepare ourselves for the work necessary to build a successful practice? How do we market ourselves, acquire new students, and retain long-time, existing students? What are the best practices we can employ to guarantee our teaching practices flourish? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the same tools I’ve used to grow my practice in NYC, Atlanta, and online.   You will learn: how to market and sell to your students systems you can implement to streamline your business skills for improving your communication of this Technique best practices to spark curiosity and interest in this work how to create lasting relationships that lead to business opportunities—even years later I look forward to helping you grow your teaching practice.  

Workshop-Mini
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
14:15 h - 14:45 h
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CATEGORIES
Communication/Verbal Skills||Business / Marketing

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

What Does AT Need to be Liberated From?

Kristin Mozeiko portrait

Kristin Mozeiko
Connecticut, USA

What Does AT Need to be Liberated From?

We are providing this mini-presentation and Q&A to introduce the AT Liberation Project (ATLP), formerly the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition (ATDC), and to invite you to learn about this long-term project. During this session we will share who we are, our brief history, when and where we regularly meet, the topics we discuss, and the action projects we are currently collaborating on as well as individual initiatives. We believe that most AT teachers, trainees, and students value DEI, but many of us are unsure  how this impacts our work or are uncertain where to begin. We are here as colleagues, opening this conversation in order to support each other in taking constructive action. Join us!  — The AT Liberation Project (ATLP) is an international coalition of volunteers that curates space for those interested in the intersection of Alexander Technique (AT) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (DEI). ATLP is composed of AT students, trainees, teachers, teacher-trainers, and supporters. ATLP has tasked itself with examining how AT principles and practices align with DEI values  and goals. We gather to investigate how to create greater equity and accessibility in our  individual teaching practices, to uncover biases found in AT history and current teaching models, and to provide tools that help us move toward a more open space of belonging.  

Workshop-Mini
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
14:15 h - 14:45 h
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CATEGORIES
DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Unconscious resistance – a jobless shoulder is complaining

Maike Lenz-Scheele portrait

Maike Lenz-Scheele
Hessen, Germany

Unconscious resistance – a jobless shoulder is complaining

How we can overcome persistence of old habits that show up over and over again and is working against the integration of new options in clients daily life. One part of our student I always served her well and now she wants to throw me away. How unfair. If you look back all the years what I did for her, I helped her writing, I kept her upright, I kept her together when it was freezing cold, my gesture let her say “I don’t know” witouth even opening her mouth. Yes, I am the hard working shoulder and my colleague from the left side and myself, we did a very good job. Now she learned about a new technique and we`re not worthy anymore. But we can’t leave her alone, we’re responsible for her wellbeing. She needs our help, now more than ever before.   Metathoughts of the Teacher How can I deal with this part of my student? There’s no such thing, called a good or a bad habit. How can I talk to this part, who is justifying it’s well done job? How can we integrate this understandable voice? What offer can I make if my client confounds herself with this voice and that reality.   The workshop Understanding the involuntary reactions in the body of our clients is the starting point of dealing with the resistance. Welcome, listen, name it and talking respectfully with it will make a big difference in the impact of your work. We’re going to collect stories like the above one, from other overworking parts of the body. We can talk to the intelligent student and how to inhibit habitual reaction. And we can talk to this inner voice, who speaks up for resisting parts of the body. We will experiment with this options in the workshop. It’s a benefit for our work, because it can be difficult if you and your student wish for a conscious change-process but involuntary habits are still working in the opposite direction. In the workshop we’ll look at this phenomena from a systemic point of view. As a teacher we’re always dealing with person-centered-systems as there are somatic-, psychic-, cultural- and interpersonal systems working together and melting into each other. We as humans are many and we have many different ego-states in ourselves. At the same time we’re dealing with all this parts in our client, as well. Understanding that there are always different parts acting with each other, makes teaching easier and allows the students to work better on their own. We’re going to work in small groups to observe ourselves, while teaching.  

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

4

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Alexander Technique for Musicians 2

Michael Clausnizer portrait

Michael Clausnizer
Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Alexander Technique for Musicians 2

20 years of experience with all types of instruments and singing For everyone who wants to get to know the Alexander Technique on the instrument/singing. First, I work on preparatory postures and movements for each instrument and singing. Then, on this basis, the instrument/singing is used to try out how making music in balance is possible. It is usually about simple sequences of notes, more rarely about elaborate works. Active and passive participation, maximum 8 active participants. Please bring an instrument with you ! http://www.michael-clausnizer.de http://www.musikschule-filderstadt.de/filum/lehrkraefte/michael-clausnizer/

Workshop-XL
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 13:00 h
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CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
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Authentic Portraits with Ralf Hiemisch

Ralf Hiemisch portrait

Ralf Hiemisch
Germany

Authentic Portraits with Ralf Hiemisch

In this workshop one will learn to be natural and centered in front of the camera. In simple, straightforward steps, Ralf will show us ways to ground yourself and flow forward and upward from there. Discover how presence emerges from this flow and how you can connect through the camera with the person viewing your portrait. The viewer will feel invited to look at you. communication arises. In this workshop Ralf will show portraits of people before and after a portrait session. Ralf will photograph portraits during the workshop while explaining how to do it. What you learn you can implemented immediately. We will do simple activities together to get in touch with each other, photographing each other with professional cameras or smartphones and exchanging ideas. You can use the knowledge you learn in this workshop to photograph your own portraits for your website and your social media accounts. Or maybe you’re an art lover and you’re all about the art of portrait photography itself. Ralf is looking forward to meeting you. The workshop will be held in English ? PLEASE BRING Smartphone or professional camera SUITABLE FOR * Alexander Technique teachers who wish to have portraits for their website, social media and so on. * Camera shy Alexander Technique teachers. * Photographers and people who are passionate about photography and art. For those who after reading this think Ralf can’t write nice lyrics … this is an automatic translation made by this website. Powered by Google.

Workshop-XL
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 13:00 h
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CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques||Business / Marketing

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

From primary reflexes to primary control

Elke Mastwijk

Elke Mastwijk
The Netherlands

From primary reflexes to primary control

From Primary Reflexes to Primary Control We know that, for some pupils, it is much easier to apply the Technique than for others, regardless of the number of lessons. Elke Mastwijk helps you understand the possible influence of the seven Primary Reflexes which are key to early childhood development. These reflexes organize a baby’s nervous system in the womb and after birth, and provide the foundation for attention, balance and coordination skills later in life. Primary Reflexes should be naturally inhibited through movement as the baby’s nervous system develops. If there are disturbances in early childhood (such as prolonged stress, feeding or crawling problems) Primary Reflexes may not be fully inhibited. This creates compensation mechanisms which disturb postural reflexes and fine motor skills in later life to varying degrees. In pupils with uninhibited Primary Reflexes there can be powerful reflex and muscular reactions which conflict with AT inhibition and directions. Elke Mastwijk can give you understanding of: Primary Reflexes and early childhood development the influence of an uninhibited reflex and how it affects activities such as violin playing, swimming and horse riding, and specific Alexander procedures such as monkey and chair work. In this workshop you will gain knowledge to guide “difficult” pupils” through lessons and will know when to refer.

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Jeremy Chance Practical B

Jeremy Chance
Tokyo, Japan

Jeremy Chance Practical B

Practical Individual Lessons as a Group Learning Experience – B Benefit: A chance to personally experience the ideas being presented in my daily How-To Sessions & Whatever I am busy presenting a daily How-To Workshop – which leaves me precious little time for good old-fashioned teaching! I received my first lesson from Alan Murray in 1969 – that was more than half a century ago. I also trained thrice as a teacher: first on a STAT course in London in the 1970s; then again with Marjorie Barstow in the 1980s; then finally as I started training teachers in the Oughts by attending workshops with the many different visiting teachers I invited to Japan. This is an (almost) unstructured class – orientated to giving individual attention as a means for group learning experience and answering random questions – based on the needs and wishes of those who attend. I will present different ideas and teaching plans as the occasion calls for them. I will start with one of the many different AT games I developed for my trainees, then take your requests from there. Please come ready with an activity request. I will both teach, and explain my teaching as I teach – something I am used to doing for my trainees. I have been teaching like this for most days in my Japanese training school for the last two decades. I ticked every category for this session except the diversity one – I still get into trouble with my Gen-Zener daughters, so I best keep away from issues like that. I am getting better though… “OK, Boomer” LOL

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Sports||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Anatomy||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques||Business / Marketing||Science

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Teaching the A.T. to Children with Special Needs

Portrait Gal Ben-Or

Gal Ben-Or
Mate-Ehuda, Israel

Teaching the A.T. to Children with Special Needs

“Give a child conscious control and you give him poise” f.m.Alexander A practical way for working with children Many teachers of the technique would love to work with children or are interested in this domain bur are reluctant to do so for all kinds of different reasons. In the workshop I will discuss about different aspects of working with children (focusing on children with spaicial needs) and share my 30 years of work in this field. The main motivation in giving this workshop is to assist Teachers Bridge the gap between wanting and actually doing it as well as helping those with experience find new possibilities and develop their skills. I will show a few privet films not accessible to the public of case studies of my work and explain the different approach to each child. During the workshop I will talk of many different aspects of working with children such as: Preparing the room First conversation with the parents and how to create a partnership with them First lesson with a child Different approach to different ages Timing Giving directions during playing games Working in a kindergarten and plenty of space for questions and discussions. http://vimeo.com/13422781  

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Alexander Zoo – The Totem Pole of Personal Use

Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

The Alexander Zoo – The Totem Pole of Personal Use

Discover this delightful way to introduce people to the most common interference patterns in personal use! Explore whether you are more like a slumping dog, a strutting duck, or a sighing dinosaur….or discover a lively totem pole of ‘personal use’ animals, including a snake, cuckoo, gorilla, turtle, cobra, eagle, and whale. Experience this unique, non-judgmental, and fun way to introduce students to the idea of noticing habits of personal use and coordination through play and lots of laughter, as we each build our own Totem Pole.  

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Anatomy||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

The Art of Self Direction, Part Two: Joints and How to Use Them

The Art of Self Direction, Part Two: Joints and How to Use Them

Pupils often come to us asking for help with different activities—getting in or out of a chair, walking, writing, using their voice, hitting a tennis ball.  While it might be nice to know what muscles we use for any activity, it is much more effective (and efficient) to know what joints to use. In this workshop, we will have fun meeting the biomechanical challenges presented by everyday tasks.  Consideration of joints and their structure as we “direct” makes any task much easier and simpler.

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Anatomy

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

The Experimenters Union: A place to find your unique teaching voice

The Experimenters Union: A place to find your unique teaching voice

Are you looking for a rigorous but warm-hearted environment where you can test out your unique teaching ideas and get high-quality, supportive feedback? Do you want to find and clarify your own unique teaching voice? This workshop, hosted by Clare Maxwell and Eleni Vosniadou, creators of The Experimenters Union, is for you. We will share our simple yet rigorous formats for teaching and giving feedback; you will bring your courage and your beautiful teaching ideas. Put those two things together, and magic happens. At least one of the following is necessary for participation: A willingness to learn and explore A teaching idea or experiment for a group or an individual We will provide the rest! If you don’t have a teaching idea to share, no worries! Your presence in the “student” role is just as valuable and needed as the “teacher” role, no matter what your level of experience. If no one is ready to step into the “teacher” role at first, we have several different ways to generate teaching ideas on the spot. Our two simple formats, researched and developed over the course of the last three years, are as follows: A teaching moment has 3 parts: 1)  Beginning 2) Middle 3) End Feedback from each individual participant may include, in no particular order: 1)  What did I sense (multi-sensory experience) 2) What did I feel (emotional tone) 3) What did I think (cognitive associations, connections and context)  Feedback (led by our facilitators) begins from the bottom up, with sensations, emotions, and then thoughts. We call this a non-hierarchical format because no individual is an authority on anything other than their own experience. The workshop will begin with gently guided open time to arrive and settle into the space together, and end with a quiet moment for integration and rest.  

Workshop-XL
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 13:00 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees

Unlearning hierarchy in our learning-teaching spaces

Unlearning hierarchy in our learning-teaching spaces

Creating Non-Hierarchical Learning Structures for individuals and groups In this workshop, we offer to circle together and sense as a team of learners how we can allow our knowledge and experiences to be in the center of the space, where it is available equitably to all who are present. The experiences and knowledge that emerge belong to everyone. How can we embody this teaching paradigm where the student doesn’t need to go through the teacher to reach the knowledge or understanding? How can we all be learners in this process? Our intention and responsibility as facilitators is to create and hold a safe space together as a circle. This is essential for the process of exploring ways in which we might let go of our familiarity with hierarchical ways of teaching our work. Might letting go of this paradigm lead us to a more nurturing relationship with our work and each other? We wish to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to explore in depth the ways hierarchy resides in our (AT) teaching spaces and allow new ideas to emerge. Breathing, movement, and small group activities, will be used as a means-whereby to embody Alexander technique principles in our relationships with a learner or a group of learners. Through these activities, the group might choose several principles which we will then put into play together during this co-created workshop. I whish to present this workshop with Corinne Cassini who will register soon

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
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CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

1

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees

What you say?

What you say?

What happens when you don’t just say or sing words but your words sing and speak you? As a singer I have been fascinated by the moments when “I” don’t sing but “it” sings. Through Alexander’s work we enter a realm that is beyond words from which you will be surprised to find spot-on words that really meet your students or any other audience.  I will offer group interactions and demonstration with a few participants in real-life situations.

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Addressing and Challenging Patriarchy With / In the Alexander Technique

Karin Heisecke

Karin Heisecke
Berlin, Germany

Addressing and Challenging Patriarchy With / In the Alexander Technique

This workshop will explore the impact of patriarchy on our work as Alexander Technique teachers, the potential of the Alexander Technique to challenge patriarchy, and practical ways of doing this. Issues and questions that will be explored theoretically and through practical experiences include our and our pupils’ habits related to gender dynamics, gender stereotypes that we may unconsciously reinforce through our teaching style, and our (potential) role as Alexander teachers in the context of broader efforts for societal change towards gender equality. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore ways to consciously and proactively integrate and address this issue in our work, whether as trainer of future Alexander Technique teachers or as AT teachers working with individuals or groups. We will explore ways to apply our skills in different contexts of our lives to contribute to a society free from discrimination and harmful gender stereotypes. Participants are invited to share experiences and good practices, and to join a conversation on the way forward (and up).

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:00 h - 13:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Finding Our Place in Time: The Art of Anticipation

David M Mills

David M Mills
Washington, USA

Finding Our Place in Time: The Art of Anticipation

You are living in the past. What you experience as the present is a result of several milliseconds to seconds of integrating sensory information. You are also living in the future. Your perceptions are shaped by your beliefs about what might be coming next. As the American psychologist, George Kelly said we are all “living in anticipation.” This practical workshop is based on two ideas: Our brains are prediction machines. We commonly think that perceiving and moving are two different activities. We are wrong. Through a series of practical, playful activities, we will explore the recent science behind those two ideas. As we do, this new perspective will fundamentally shift your understanding of Alexander’s concepts and principles, and in turn, deepen and enrich your practice.

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:00 h - 13:15 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Science

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Let's look at the skeleton – and discover directions

Portrait Andreas Dirscherl

Andreas Dirscherl
Bavaria, Germany

Let's look at the skeleton – and discover directions

In this workshop, I will offer yet another way of exploring our basic Alexander directions – just by looking at the (human) skeleton. In working with students and trainees over the years, I’ve discovered that the skeleton can directly teach us very useful practical connections and directions. Every observation will be “put to the test” as we explore the immediate practical effect on use, in ourselves, and when putting hands on. I would like this workshop to be a lab for exchanging ideas and playing with directions My intention is not to challenge your tried and established ideas, but expand your toolbox and give you additional ways to instruct your students. Disclaimer: We’re alive, human beings, not just matter. And it is definitely not about posture! Yet there are positions of mechanical advantage. Especially useful for beginners. We’ll be looking at The skeleton as a whole from all sides – what do you notice The line head-spine-legs-feet From the sternum to the sacrum Position of the arms in relation to the legs Hands-arms-shoulders Inherent balance vs. inherent imbalance What’s in front of the spine, what’s behind From 4-footed animal to supported biped Looking at the “monkey” from a skeletal perspective … and more!

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:00 h - 13:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||Anatomy

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Touch, but not shape. Co-regulation as a means whereby

Carsten Møller

Carsten Møller
Denmark

Touch, but not shape. Co-regulation as a means whereby

Is it possible to work hands on without conditioning the other, without correcting, and yet support and guide towards more presence and understanding, towards a better use? This workshop is an invitation to approach hands on work from a non-invasive perspective. Over the years many AT teachers has renounced the use of touch due to possible corrective and manipulative elements of that practice, which can hinder the pupil to own or to really learn something for themselves. I can fully understand this position, but I believe that the use of touch is a cornerstone in teaching the AT. Touching and being touched is a basic act of human relationship, and through touch, it is possible to communicate on deep level, verbally and non-verbally. Co-regulation in this context means that the individual behind the touching hands, is continuously regulating the self towards presence: Whatever is sensed or perceived in the ‘pupils’ system must at first be dealt with in one’s own system, to be able to be fully present with the other. This brings a sense of being there together, teacher and pupil, exploring possibilities. Touching means crossing personal boundaries. In order to assure safety, it is necessary to negotiate boundaries before and during a session based on touching, so that the individual being touched is always in control of the situation. This workshop is based on the perspectives that: – Whatever the state of use of the pupil is in, it is the perfect version of that specific model of use. – To step out of the zone of the known/control, there must be safety – The teacher must always work for establishing a safe environment    

Workshop-Medium
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:00 h - 13:15 h
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CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees

30 – Minute Experiential: Breathing Lie Down in Prone

Kristin Mozeiko portrait

Kristin Mozeiko
Connecticut, USA

30 – Minute Experiential: Breathing Lie Down in Prone

This thirty minute experiential workshop is open to all. Starting with everyone in semi-supine or in a chair there will be a brief explanation of the benefits of lying in a supported and directed prone position. A foundation will be provided to learn for ourselves and teach others to lie prone with the breath in both virtual and in-person AT private lessons and classes. Additionally, participants will be given some research regarding hospitalized COVID patients and lying prone. We will also explore how, anecdotally, breathing in prone can help with COVID recovery, breathing illnesses, and as well as how it can assist wind musicians, singers, and actors.   In this session the participants will be guided into the supported prone position and asked to experiment with lying down and breathing. Some simple breathing exercises and controlled exhalations will also be explored in this position. Participants who want to experience the lie down in prone are encouraged to bring a few pillows (or an extra yoga mat) and a towel for this session. Participants who do not wish to lie down will be asked to observe and, if there is interest, to use listening hands on the individuals who are lying down. Finally, there will be some time to discuss individual experiences, the benefits and pitfalls related to lying prone in an AT context in-person and online.

Workshop-Mini
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:45 h - 13:15 h
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CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills

1

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Alexander Technique and Mindfulness

Malte Holstad
Germany

Alexander Technique and Mindfulness

In recent years there has been a boom and widespread adoption of mindfulness aka meditation practice in almost every context one can think of. This trend was mainly driven by scientifically backed up and accordingly promoted teaching formats. Many Alexander teachers find themselves confronted with this development and try to find their place in this surrounding – especially since it can be argued that AT is a mindfulness practice, or at least involves aspects of it. As a long term Zen practitioner and Alexander Technique teacher, who is also certified for MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), I have a special relationship to this topic and can see the interrelations, differences and potentials in the approaches. They can inform and enrich each other on a quite profound level. When it comes to external perception, Alexander work can only benefit and learn from the professional appreciation, widespread success and legitimacy mindfulness practice has achieved in the last years. This has opened the door for many related approaches and AT is definitely one of them. In this small workshop I will: give a basic overview and common used definition of mindfulness as it is taught in contemporary programs, as well as its historical background, dating back to a man named Buddha 2600 years ago draw connections to AT practice and identify similarities and differences between these two reflect on how each practice can inform and enrich each other and why I think they are a perfect match be guiding a meditation

Workshop-Mini
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:45 h - 13:15 h
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CATEGORIES
Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

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Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Flowing the breath in daily life

Portrait Penelope Easten

Penelope Easten
Clare, Ireland

Flowing the breath in daily life

Are you aware how often you hold your breath?  You may be doing it all the time – even gripping your whole body – when you go to do the simplest thing, such as open a door or chop a carrot! In this workshop we will use a simple game that teaches us how to interfere less with our breath and the movement itself, and flow them together in synchrony. We then take this into simple daily activities, where the strength required for the activity can be found in a dynamic and flowing way that links the whole body and awareness. In this way you learn to apply the AT as a living process in your daily life. As with all my workshops, you will learn skills and activities that you can apply to teaching online or in person, with individuals or groups.

Workshop-Mini
Friday, 26 August 2022
12:45 h - 13:15 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Science

2

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Breathing and Sensations as the Barometer for Reorganizing in Response to Challenging and Oppressive Environments and Habits of Thinking

Breathing and Sensations as the Barometer for Reorganizing in Response to Challenging and Oppressive Environments and Habits of Thinking

During this presentation, we will explore the sensation and movement of the breath while we unpack the intersection of the Alexander Technique and DEI/anti-racist practice. We will look at integrating these practices into our classes, private practices, and how we use ourselves. Through conversation about challenging social situations, teaching and/or community engagement, we will explore Awareness, Inhibition and Direction as some of the tools one can use to counteract defensiveness, urgency, binary thinking, fear of open conflict, and additional hallmarks of white dominated western cultures. We will highlight supporting resilience and self-regulation. Our focus will be to use the AT tools in relation to ourselves as a self-study and first step in facilitating and supporting others – including our students/clients – in challenging environments, and beyond. We will be communicating a trust in another individual’s agency to learn and empower them in their self-exploration.

Workshop-Medium
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:15 h - 15:30 h
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CATEGORIES
DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

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The Art of Self Direction Part Three: Teaching With Intention

The Art of Self Direction Part Three: Teaching With Intention

The most important idea underlying teaching is our intention.  How we teach—meaning what we do in a lesson—is incidental.  We may do “chair work” or “table work” or work only in private lessons, or only in groups, we may do “activities” or not. This workshop will explore 1.  Observation.  How do we know “what” to do, where to place our hands, or not, and what to say.  2.  Direction:  what is it, how do we direct with a pupil and how do we know we are “doing” it correctly.  3.  Inhibition:  How do we use “inhibition” (with that name or not) in our work.  What did Alexander say about inhibition? We will explore all of those questions (and more!) with practical ideas about (literally) how to use our hands, improve our observation skills, and how to improvise in the moment, regardless of what the pupil may be saying or doing. Before the workshop, consider these questions:  What does teaching the Alexander Technique mean to you?  What is the role of the teacher and pupil?  How much responsibility does each have?  What prior knowledge does each have that might influence their responses?  What do we believe about how quickly a pupil can learn what we are trying to teach?  What did Alexander believe about how to teach?  What do you believe? Also, rereading the first chapter of The Use of the Self, and pp. 49—51 from the second chapter will be very helpful. Pay attention to what he says about inhibition, especially in chapter two. It will be fun!

Workshop-Medium
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:15 h - 15:30 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills

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Fully Practical

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Zooming out: how to observe details while staying connected to your whole self and the space around you.

Maaike Aarts potrait

Maaike Aarts
The Netherlands

Zooming out: how to observe details while staying connected to your whole self and the space around you.

As we all know, most people have the tendency to concentrate on something by ‘zooming in’: by excluding the awareness of the rest of themselves and the space around them. Even when our AT students have learned to inhibit and direct this can still happen; very subtly our students can ‘zoom in’ to inhibit and direct, start to focus on a detail, on a particular change, zoom in on parts that are ‘still tense, different or painful’, or zoom in on the teachers hands. In this way their attention becomes like a ball in a pinball machine, shifting rapidly from detail to detail.  As teachers we can help to prevent this from happening. We can teach our students how to ‘zoom out’ and show them how to observe the feelings/changes/details from wholeness and spatial awareness.  The benefits are big: students will experience more freedom of movement, more connection to themselves and the world, a wonderful sense of wholeness and ease, more curiosity, more eagerness to explore, less judgment and less ‘trying to get it right’. This is a practical workshop in which we will explore how to tell the difference between zooming in and out, both in ourselves and our students. We will talk about the difference between ‘input’ and ‘output’. We will explore what language to use to incorporate a detail into wholeness/spatial awareness. We will explore how we can use our hands in such a way that we can help the student stay connected to wholeness. And we’ll talk about the differences between observing, checking and feeling and how to explain these differences to our students.  Let’s have some fun by experimenting and exploring this together!

Workshop-Medium
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:15 h - 15:30 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Designing Successful AT Games

Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

Designing Successful AT Games

How do you offer a clear and profound experience of AT Principles to a group of people, in a short time, without using your hands? Play a game.  But not just any game. A game that has been carefully crafted to create such a deep experience that people will be telling you what AT is all about –  even if it is their first intro or exposure to the Work. Learn the basics about designing and crafting games that will work for groups of 2 – 200 or even 2000.  What are the essential ingredients of a successful game? What are the common pitfalls when crafting group games?  What is important about delivery and pacing? How do you illicit useful feedback?  How do you create themes? We will also play several ‘tried and true’ games that I have crafted and polished over 40 years of teaching, with thousands of students.  We will ‘play’ them, and then deconstruct them, so that you understand why they work. This skill of crafting AT Games for groups, is one of the most practical and useful business tools for anyone wanting to build or boost their AT practice.  Come add to your Teaching Toolbox!

Workshop-XL
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:30 h - 17:00 h
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CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Business / Marketing

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

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Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Natural Movement with the Alexander Technique

Christoph Bacher
Deutschland, Germany

Natural Movement with the Alexander Technique

Natürliche Bewegungen wie Gehen, Laufen, Springen, Rollen, Klettern, Balancieren, Werfen, Fangen sowie Heben und Tragen von Lasten sind Bewegungsformen, die wir quasi geerbt haben. Diese Bewegungen sind Nahrung für unseren Körper und er ist ideal für diese Bewegungsformen gebaut. Wir entwickeln, was von uns verlangt wird, was nicht benötigt wird, wird eingespart. So funktioniert die Natur, also auch unser Organismus. Der Trainingserfolg ist das Ergebnis einer solchen Anpassung. In einer sitzenden Gesellschaft ist es wichtig, unser Erbe anzutreten. Die Alexander-Technik bietet die optimalen Werkzeuge, um diese natürlichen Bewegungen effizient und achtsam zu gestalten. Darum geht es in diesem Workshop. Der Workshop wird in Englisch und Deutsch unterrichtet.   

Workshop-XL
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:30 h - 17:00 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Everyday Activities||Sports||AT Games

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

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Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Your Spiritual Body and Your Dance of Life

Portrait Nadia Kevan

Nadia Alexandra Kevan
NRW, Germany

Your Spiritual Body and Your Dance of Life

In this workshop I will introduce my passion called “Dance of Life”. Since my childhood I have been involved in dance as a language for our experience and expression of the deeply touching interconnectedness of heaven and earth. Using my approach to the Alexander Technique which I call “The Psycho-Physical Supporting System” I will teach a transformative movement class with dance improvisation. The aim of this encounter with Dance of Life is to offer an experience that is not thinking-based but feeling-based. Inhibition and Direction as the AT’s central processes for the conscious use of the self will be taught as a soul experience reaching into the individual’s potential as a spiritual being. Please wear clothes you can dance happily in. If the floor allows it we can be bare foot. Socks can be slippery. You do not have to be a professional dancer, all are welcome. But please bring an openness to what we call spiritual awareness and your search for physical expression.

Workshop-XL
Saturday, 27 August 2022
14:30 h - 17:00 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice

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Fully Practical

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Jeremy Chance Practical – C

Jeremy Chance
Tokyo, Japan

Jeremy Chance Practical – C

Practical Individual Lessons as a Group Learning Experience – C Benefit: A chance to personally experience the ideas being presented in my daily How-To Sessions & Whatever I am busy presenting a daily How-To Workshop – which leaves me precious little time for good old-fashioned teaching! I received my first lesson from Alan Murray in 1969 – that was more than half a century ago. I also trained thrice as a teacher: first on a STAT course in London in the 1970s; then again with Marjorie Barstow in the 1980s; then finally as I started training teachers in the Oughts by attending workshops with the many different visiting teachers I invited to Japan. This is an (almost) unstructured class – orientated to giving individual attention as a means for group learning experience and answering random questions – based on the needs and wishes of those who attend. I will present different ideas and teaching plans as the occasion calls for them. I will start with one of the many different AT games I developed for my trainees, then take your requests from there. Please come ready with an activity request. I will both teach, and explain my teaching as I teach – something I am used to doing for my trainees. I have been teaching like this for most days in my Japanese training school for the last two decades. I ticked every category for this session except the diversity one – I still get into trouble with my Gen-Zener daughters, so I best keep away from issues like that. I am getting better though… “OK, Boomer” LOL

Workshop-Medium
Saturday, 27 August 2022
15:45 h - 17:00 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Sports||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Anatomy||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques||Business / Marketing||Science

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Fully Practical

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Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Shaken, not stirred? How to stay cool, calm and collected like James Bond (or other heroine or hero of your choice!)

Portrait Penelope Easten

Penelope Easten
Clare, Ireland

Shaken, not stirred? How to stay cool, calm and collected like James Bond (or other heroine or hero of your choice!)

Inspired by the work of Margaret Goldie  We’ve all suffered through the Covid pandemic and it’s more important than ever to stay cool in the face of loss and fear for the future. Miss Goldie taught her pupils to ‘come to quiet aliveness throughout’, which brings one to a state of calm, fully alive and able to think clearly in order to move into the unknown without fear. This work builds resilience and courage in the face of the unknown – maybe not dodging bullets or escaping from a tank of sharks – but the challenges of life that we face every day – or on stage or performing. We will explore this state of quiet with some simple games. We will also seek to understand it by looking at the autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory i.e. how to move from states of fear and alarm to calmer states of balance and social receptivity. This is important to know for us as AT teachers, and as supportive friends and family members. For AT teachers, this understanding enables us to recognise where on the “ladder” of the ANS our pupil is currently residing, and gives us tools to bring them back to a state of safety and presence from where we can work effectively with them, both in person and online.

Workshop-Medium
Saturday, 27 August 2022
15:45 h - 17:00 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Everyday Activities||Practical Teaching Skills||AT Games||Communication/Verbal Skills||Science

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WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone