Here is information about our workshop in Spokane, Washington, July 30 through August 2, 2020.

Like you, we're wondering whether the public health situation will permit this workshop to go forward this summer. July seems like a long way off, but we're all experiencing a lot of uncertainty. If we were to guess, we would say not, but hope springs eternal! If things return to some semblance of normal we'll do it; and if you think you'll want to come in that case, please go ahead and register! But please don't send any fees at this point; PayPal actually charges us a handling fee even if we refund a payment! So for now, cross your fingers, wash your hands, build your immune system, keep active, keep cheerful, and hope!

As time goes on, we're gaining experience in online teaching. It's not as good as being there, but we're finding it surprisingly effective. Naturally the format differs, but we're having good luck with it.
If we find it still won't be safe to have the workshop in the usual format, we'd appreciate your letting us know whether you'd be interested in attending an online version of the workshop if that's the way we decide to go. There's a checkbox down at the bottom of the application form for you to indicate your interest. Don't worry, you're not committing yourself to anything by checking it, just giving us a reading on the level of interest. Thanks!

About the workshop

The Four-Day Workshop

This four-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, yoga, and energy work

Location and schedule

Holy Names Music Center


The course is co-sponsored by the Holy Names Music Center, and will be held at their facility on Custer Drive at the beautiful and historic Fort Wright Mukogawa Institute campus. We will assist those who need help in finding nearby accommodations. Meals are not provided; there is a wide variety of restaurants in the immediate vicinity and throughout Spokane. The Spokane airport is served by several major carriers and we will provide transportation from the airport to the course.


(Details subject to change)


7–9:30 pm: Introduction and home groups

Friday and Saturday

8:30 am: Optional early activities
9:30 am: Home groups
10:45 am: Rotating groups
Noon: Lunch
2:00 pm: Private lessons
4:00 pm: Activity classes
Finished by 6 pm


8:30 am: Optional early activities
9:30 am: Rotating groups
10:45 am: Home groups
Noon: Wrap-up

The schedule is arranged so that every participant will have plenty of opportunities to work with each of the teachers.


We're proud to introduce our remarkable faculty. We have worked together for decades. Along with solid grounding in classical Alexander work, we have unusual experience working with many different aspects of the Alexander Technique: Body Mapping, teacher training, group work, teaching in higher education, working with performance, working with people with physical and health challenges, integrating Alexander work with energy work. Here is a unique opportunity to work with a very interesting group of teachers.
Bill Conable
Bill Conable is the senior Alexander teaching student of Marjorie Barstow, with whom he began working in 1962. He also studied with Frank Jones and Walter Carrington and studies energy healing with James Kepner and Carol De Santo. He is certified at the Advanced Practitioner Level in Nervous System Energy Work. He developed the first university course in the Alexander Technique at the Ohio State University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music. He is the inventor of the concept of Body Mapping and co-author with Barbara Conable of the influential book How to Learn 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 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
Dale Beaver
Dale Beaver, RMT, has a BMus from the University of Mt. Union and graduate work at OSU. After a 10-year period of study with Bill Conable and others who trained in Lincoln Nebraska, he became a certified teaching member of ATI. For more than 20 years, he has taught residential Alexander Technique workshops in Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, North & South Carolina and Washington as well as state music conventions throughout the Great Lakes region.  For eleven years he taught Alexander Technique courses at Ohio State University in the School of Music, Dance Department and Theater Department and was Director of Health and Wellness for the School of Music at OSU. Along with continued regular Alexander studies with colleagues, he studies energy work with James Kepner and Carol DeSanto, and has been certified at the Advanced Practitioner Level in Nervous System Energy work. Dale has been an organist and choir director for over 45 years, and runs a private vocal studio.
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Shawn Copeland began studying the Alexander Technique in 1997 while a student at the Brevard Music Center and qualified as a teacher in 2006 after a five year apprenticeship with Marsha Paludan. Those who have guided his learning and continue to influence his teaching include Sarah Barker, Glenna Batson, Dale Beaver, Bill Conable, Donna Doellinger, and Robin Gilmore. He maintains a vigorous schedule of teaching, presenting and performing. Shawn is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and the Alexander Technique in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He also teaches Alexander Technique at the Eastern Music Festival and at the Summer Clarinet Clinic at Stetson University and is co-director of Inter-Mountain Alexander Training, a teacher-training course in Spokane, Washington. He travels extensively, presenting at universities and international conferences throughout the US and abroad. Shawn has been studying Nervous System Energy Healing since 2010 and explores the many intersections of energy work and Alexander Technique in his teaching and research.  He is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International and a licensed Andover Educator.
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Donna Doellinger, RN, RMT, has been a Registered Nurse since 1973. She specializes in Newborn Intensive Care. She pioneered the use of Alexander's principles with premature infants beginning with the trauma of birth and resuscitation through various stages of healing and growth including respiratory and feeding issues, calming and coping issues for drug addicted babies, as well as working with parents to improve the quality of bonding and care-taking. She has also given classes for nurses to work on improving their use while performing their duties.
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.


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DISCOUNT TUITION (for Alexander teachers and trainees and full-time students): $495

DEPOSIT of $250 will guarantee a place in the course until July 8, when the balance is due.

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds are made up to one month before the course. In case of cancellations received after July 8, the deposit is non-refundable. There will be no refunds after the workshop begins.

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For Teachers and Trainees

For Teachers and Trainees

If you're an Alexander teacher or teacher trainee, we have some extras to offer you:

• First, of course, is the 10% discount from our already-low tuition fee.

• 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. Bill in particular has been focussing on working with teachers in using their hands effectively.

• All of us have spent a lot of time in recent years exploring energy work and its relationship with the Alexander Technique, and 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. In addition to the teachers' home group, if there's sufficient interest we'll offer a late afternoon group dedicated to this subject.

We hope to see you in July!