Here is information about our summer workshop, July 23 through 25, 2021.
We are excited to tell you that we believe things have progressed sufficiently to offer a face-to-face workshop this summer! Still, given the uncertainty of our public health situation, we think it best to also offer an online workshop for those whose situation makes it uncomfortable or impossible to attend in person. So we have decided to do both: an online workshop from 9 am to 1 pm (PDT) and an in-person one from 2:30-6:30 pm at Holy Names Music Center, our co-sponsor.
The morning session will be our third online workshop. We find that it's surprisingly effective, even for beginners. We'll be working on the Zoom platform, so all you will need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone and a place where you can be relatively comfortable and undisturbed for a few hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The afternoon session will offer classes and face-to-face private lessons as in the past. The faculty and offerings will depend on how many people join us. At least Bill Conable and Shawn Copeland will be teaching; Donna Doellinger and Dale Beaver will join us if enough people register. We will all wear masks and will preserve social distancing to the extent possible. We expect that people attending will either be fully vaccinated or will have had a negative COVID test within the week of the workshop. Obviously, unexpected developments may force us to cancel this session, and if so, any payments can either be applied to the morning session or be refunded in full.
You’re invited to come to either session or even both if you like. We hope to see you in July!
About the workshop
The Three-Day Workshop
This three-day intensive course is designed for the beginner as well as for students with varying experience in the Alexander Technique. It provides the opportunity to study with teachers trained in a variety of schools.
• 7 to 1 minimum student/faculty ratio
• Individual lessons and classes
• Small groups applying the Technique to particular areas of interest: daily activities, voice, music, theater, dance, sports
• Special activities for Alexander teachers and trainees
A Faculty on the Cutting Edge of the Developing Alexander Technique
• Body Mapping taught by its originator and a faculty deeply versed in its use in the Alexander Technique
• Application of the technique to performance: we have long experience in music, theater, and dance
• Exploring the interaction of Alexander with breathing and energy work
Location and schedule
The course will be offered in two segments each day. One will be on the Zoom platform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 9 am and 1 pm PDT; you can figure out the time adjustment for where you'll be. One of the advantages of the current situation is that wherever you are you'll be able to attend without the expense of transportation and lodging. Even people living in Europe will be able to join us (though the only course language will be English).
The exact details of the schedule will need to be arranged later, once we have an idea of how many people will be with us. It will include: working with activities such as music, voice, theater, etc.; body-mapping; Dart procedures; various energy-focused practices such as chi-gong and the Medicine Wheel; and private lessons for each participant. We will meet both as a whole group and in smaller break-out rooms.
The second segment will be held at Holy Names Music Center in Spokane, Washington on the beautiful campus of Mukogawa-Fort Wright. It will run from 2:30 to 6:30 PDT. The content will be similar to the morning session but will include the possibility of the face-to-face hands-on instruction that is usually such an important part of instruction in the Alexander Technique.
Bill teaches classes at Holy Names Music Center in Spokane, WA, and maintains a vigorous private teaching practice as well. He is a teaching member and Treasurer of ATI and a former teaching member of AmSAT. He has taught Alexander throughout the US and in Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Chile, Italy, and Hungary. He recently held his second successful workshop for teachers at ACAT in New York. He is President of Alexander Workshops, LLC, and Workshop Coordinator. He is a founding member of the teacher training program IMAT.
Donna has studied the Alexander Technique since 1977 with the Conables and Marjorie Barstow. She graduated from The Alexander Foundation in 1990 and maintains an active private practice in Columbus, OH. She teaches an ongoing Alexander class for persons with Parkinson's Disease, and is on the faculty of the Alexander Workshops Winter workshop in Columbus.
Since 1990 she has studied energy healing with James Kepner, Carol DeSanto, and Rosalyn Bruyere and is certified at the Advanced Practitioner Level in Nervous System Energy Work. She teaches classes on anatomy for energy healers, and beginning techniques and skills for people interested in energy work. Her focus now is on exploring the complementary use of energy skills with the Alexander Technique to lead students to an expanded experience of the whole self. She is a teaching member of ATI.
Morning online course: $300. Recognizing the difficulties many people are facing due to the current economic situation, we are instituting a sliding scale this year; pay what you think you can afford that feels fair. We would rather have your presence than a full tuition payment.
Afternoon in-person course: $300. Since we will have additional costs associated with this option, we cannot offer a sliding scale.
DEPOSIT of $50 will guarantee a place in the course until July 9, when the balance is due.
REFUND POLICY: Full refunds are made up to two weeks before the course. In case of cancellations received after July 9, the deposit is non-refundable. There will be no refunds after the workshop begins. If the afternoon session has to be cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances, any fees paid toward that option will be refunded in full or applied to the morning session according to your preference.
You may pay by check or credit card. Checks should be made out and sent to Alexander Workshops, LLC, 815 Villard St., Cheney, WA 99004. You may pay by credit card through PayPal. We've been having some problems with our PP page, so we're asking you to do this in a new way: On your browser, go to PayPal.me/alexanderworkshops. That'll make everything easy, and you can set the amount of your payment right there.
For Teachers and Trainees
If you're an Alexander teacher or teacher trainee, we have some extras to offer you:
• Attendance at the course will count towards your continuing education requirements.
• Our course is organized into "home groups" and "rotating groups." The home groups are formed of people of like experience and meet together every day. We usually have one group composed of teachers and trainees: this group can concentrate its attention on teaching issues and learn about cutting-edge advances in the Technique.
• All of us have spent a lot of time in recent years exploring energy work and its relationship with the Alexander Technique, and most are Advanced Practitioners of Nervous System Energy Work. Donna is also trained in Reiki. We offer workshops for teachers in this field, and this is a great opportunity to find out what our discoveries have to offer you.
We hope to see you in July!